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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Author: Rachel Vincent
Pages: 343
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Purchased
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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 was inspired to pick up My Soul to Steal while voting for Tod in the YA Crush Tourney hosted by the YA Sisterhood. My Soul to Keep has frustrated me so thoroughly that I had wanted to give myself time to get over the irritation and then come to My Soul to Steal with a clear head. But in all the craziness, I wanted more Tod, so I started reading it.

Rachel Vincent has so thoroughly ensnared me in this series, that even though I want to bash every single one of the characters' heads in (except for Tod and Alec), I still love the book! There are never any moments to catch a breath, even when you think there will be. In the first like 10 pages of the book, already  Rachel throws us, and Kaylee, a major curve ball in the form of Nash's ex-girlfriend. From there, it's disaster after disaster, and death galore, all the while trying to figure out who's behind it.

Character-wise, I was still on Kaylee's side concerning her and Nash, and was glad that she didn't let her emotions or her sexual frustration get in the way of rational thinking. As always, I loved Tod to death, and in this book there was some minuscule hints as to... something with him. I think I know what that something is, but I guess I'll just have to wait until If I Die to see if I'm right. Alec, a character that we met in My Soul to Keep, gets a much bigger role, and while there wasn't much character building for him, I still liked him a lot. Nash is slowly returning to my good graces, but still, he's an idiot. A monumental idiot.

The one person that I cannot stand is Sabine, Nash's ex-girlfriend. OH MY GOD I WANTED TO SLAP HER. Every scene she was in, my blood would boil because I just hate her that much. I may be Team Tod, but I don't want Nash to be with Sabine, either. That'd just be cruel to Nash.

Yet again, Rachel Vincent gives us an a great installment in the Soul Screamers series. I can't wait for If I Die! I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. I really enjoy this series. I can't wait for If I Die!

    And I can't stand Sabine either! I totally agree with the Todd/Kaylee, but still not wanting Nash and Sabine together thing, too.

  2. I love this series. I actually really like Sabine. If you haven't already, you may want to consider reading Rachel's short story, Fearless, from the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. It's from Sabine's perspective and is actually really good. If I hadn't read it then I probably would have hated her too.

    Great review!

  3. YES! I so HATE Sabine as well! She's such a bitch! And while, like you, I'm Team Tod, I don't want Nash to end up with Sabine either. That would be wrong on so many levels.
    If I Die is almost here! Can't wait!


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