Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: My Soul to Steal

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My Soul to Steal
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.
And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Let's get a few things straight before anyone reads my reviews of the Soul Screamers series...

Rachel Vincent is an amazing author and she is tied for first place on my favourite authors list. (The other being J.K. Rowling for creating such an amazing world.) Then, there's the fact that Rachel's Soul Screamers series is made of awesome. Those two facts combined - yes, I'm stating my opinion as FACT - make for one of the most wonderful reads ever.

Also, something to note... my reviews on the Soul Screamers series will always contain spoilers. I cannot refrain myself.


The previous three books in the series have been pretty good. Book One set the foundation with sharp plot twists you could cut yourself on. Book Two had one darn brilliant story line that takes a deeper look into all the characters. (Oh, Tod!) Book Three was heart-achingly sad that I nearly died from it.

Now, we're on Book Four...My Soul to Steal. Oh my, my, my. I have never been so frustrated and angry at fictional people in my whole life. Rachel introduced a new character named Sabine (pronounced Sabeen-ah, for those who may not know) and she's not human. She's a mara, and that means she can weave nightmares out of your worst fears. She's also Nash's ex-girlfriend who's really not an ex since they never truly broke up. Why? Because Tod died. Glorious, mischievous, Tod died and Nash left Sabine behind.

Of course, after a year later, Sabine finds Nash who is currently recovering from Demon's Breath addiction and Kaylee-withdrawal. Sabine marches in thinking she can take Nash back with her awesomnesss. (Which means she's a hardcore, smokin' hot, slut.) Naturally, I'm on Kaylee's side but that's when I became frustrated. I didn't completely agree with Kaylee ignoring him like she was. She needed to help Nash overcome his addiction THEN work on the trust issues. Baby steps! I also didn't agree with Nash and his pushy-ness. I also wanted to b**ch-slap Sabine and knock her down a few levels. She obviously didn't care about Kaylee's past so why should we care about how bad her's was? Tit for tat.

Then Avari came back! The instant I realized it, I could practically hear the timpani building the tension. I can see him waking up in the morning and stretching while saying "Oooo, how can I screw with my two favourite bean sidhes today!?" As evil as he is, I like him. He's interesting.

Tod wise...I was conflicted! I know I wished Tod and Kaylee were together earlier, (though it's sorta creepy) I was just incredibly pissed at Tod for what he said about Nash and Sabine belonging together. About how life would be if Nash never met her. (Implying, it would be better with out her.) I totally felt the hurt Kaylee did during that scene. I love Tod, but he was just demoted.

Over all, a very tense and good book. Rachel did a nice job writing it so we could easily experience the right emotions as a reader. I also feel that Kaylee has improved somewhat since the last book, but I desperately want her to stay with Nash. At the same time, I feel that Nash was subdued more than normal, which fit the mood of the book. The plot of the story was not as amazing as the first and second book, but it was good. Now, I simply can't wait for the fifth book; If I Die


I love this series so much that I've been trying to get my friends to understand why I ignore them during lunch to read the books. Finally, one of my friends snatched the book while I was turning an assignment in and started reading it. It had her hooked from the get go and now she AND her sister are borrowing my copies to read. I feel like such a proud recruiter! :D (I just can't lend out my signed copy. It means too much to me!)
So, if it can do that to my friends, it shall do it to you and you won't be sorry! Now go check it out!

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