Sara’s Review of My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
This post is in response to the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge hosted by Fiktshun. If you are looking for a fun reading challenge to participate in, I highly recommend you check this one out. Murr!
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.
Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any more interesting, Vincent went and added a new element that I didn’t see coming. Murr! I think, at the present moment, that this is my favorite book in the series so far. =^.^=
As always, I would like to first start this review by talking a bit about the characters I’ve come to know and love/dislike. Kaylee is continuing to come into her own. I love how she has gotten stronger with each book and it still amazes me how well she handles every threat that comes into her life. I don’t think there is anything she can do to make me dislike her. As far as Nash goes, well, I have a bit more sympathy for him in this book than I did in My Soul to Keep. While I still cannot condone his behavior in the previous book, it was nice to see an effort being made to earn back Kaylee’s trust, to an extent. Yeah, he does a few things this time around that still makes it hard for me to really like him, but I do feel that he really does care about Kaylee and so it’s hard to not feel for him. I’m definitely starting to understand him more, which helps a lot. As for Tod…well, let me just say that my feelings for him haven’t changed at all. I love this guy! I just wish that he was around more often. Sigh
Now, let me take a moment to talk about a new character who has shown up and feels like she is going to be returning for the rest of the series. Her name is Sabine, and as of my writing this, I can say that I strongly dislike her. Not because of who she is, I’m fine with that, but because of her attitude. She really rubbed my fur the wrong way. I get that she was once close to Nash, but the way she went about going after Kaylee was wrong on so many levels. She’s a total punk. I can only hope that my feelings for her will change in the next book because she’s an interesting character and I want to be able to like her.
Anyways, as far as the story itself goes, this one felt different from the previous books. There was a lot more introspection on Kaylee’s part regarding her relationship with Nash and it was interesting to hear the reactions of the other character’s regarding the matter. Also the intensity behind the events was stronger and there was a growing sense of urgency that I didn’t feel in the past books. I think the amount of chaos that was going on around Kaylee helped considerably. I have a feeling that the remainder of the series is going to see more of this. Things are starting to build and it’s only a matter of time until it blows. Murr!
I can’t wait to read, If I Die, the next book in this series! But I’m sadden to know that after this there are only two more books left and then it’s over. I wonder what surprises Vincent has in store for us readers as this series begins to come to a close. =^.^=