Book Review: My Soul To Steal

My Soul To Steal CoverBook: My Soul To Steal by Rachel Vincent

Published January 2011 by Harlequin|Pages: 304

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Soul Screamers #4

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Rachel Vincent’s Website

Summary: 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.

I really am glad I liked My Soul To Steal.  Things are certainly interesting for Kaylee and Nash because they’re not together and because of Sabine, who I really didn’t like.  I get that Kaylee is having trouble with the whole dragon’s breath thing, and I don’t blame her.  But…her not wanting Nash to be with Sabine and yet not wanting to let him go…it was frustrating to read.  She needs space and time, loves Nash while not being there when he needed her, and not wanting him to be with anyone else while she makes up her mind.

Kaylee definitely was not a goody-goody and she was all paranoid.  I totally get her paranoia and her struggle with trying to forgive Nash.  Part of me was frustrated (like I just said) but part of me wanted her to have the chance to work through it on her own with no distractions.  So, naturally, there are distractions- like Sabine, who Nash apparently never really broke up with, and Avari working with another hellion and them taking over the school to get to Kaylee and to Sabine, who is, literally, a Nightmare.  And it was rather smart of the hellions to set it up so that Kaylee blamed Sabine for everything.  I should have seen that one coming.

I don’t think Sabine is going anywhere, and it’s interesting that Kaylee is the only one who doesn’t like Sabine.  They don’t get along to the point that Nash refuses to talk to both of them because of how they were acting.  Sabine definitely has a lot of issues, so while I’m not her biggest fan, it’ll be interesting to see where her story goes in the rest of the series.  I didn’t like her methods, but I did understand where she was coming from.

We see Nash, but it’s not a lot of him, so while we hear Sabine’s side of what he’s going through. we don’t actually see it for ourselves.  We do see a lot of Tod, which was actually really nice.  I’m not sure if Vincent iss headed in the direction of a love triangle, but right now…if it were to happen…I think I’d be Team Tod.  As much as I like Nash, I’m kind of liking Kaylee and Tod.  Kaylee’s still trying to figure out the whole Nash thing, so something with Tod might not even happen.

What’s interesting is that Tod tells Kaylee to let Nash go, because he’s hurting and to let him be with Sabine.  I’m interested in seeing where this goes, and what Kaylee decides to do.  In all honesty, I get why Nash’s friendship with Sabine picks up where it left off several years earlier.  He needs a friend, and Sabine’s there for him to talk to, which is more than you can say for other characters.  And while I’m being slightly hard on Kaylee, I get that her feelings are being heightened by what’s going on at school with the hellions.

And Alec!  That was definitely an interesting part of the book, and I sort of liked having him around.  I can’t wait to see if he makes another appearance!

Final Thoughts:

I don’t have much to say about My Soul To Steal, but I did really enjoy it.  I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than My Soul To Keep, and overall, I can’t wait to see where things are headed.  My Soul To Steal gets 4 stars.

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