Jun 18, 2013

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent Review

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
(Soul Screamers, #4)
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen; 343 pages

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.

Warning there will be spoilers from the previous books in this series, My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, and My Soul to Keep.  If you do not want to be spoiled, I suggest you proceed with caution.

There are times in which I put off reading a book.  The usual reasons are, the previous book in the series bored me, I don't yet own the book, and the most popular for me is usually there are other books that I want to read more.  But with My Soul to Steal, my reasons were a little bit different.  I enjoyed My Soul to Keep immensely.  But by the end of the book, I was so unbelievably heart broken by the actions of Nash, that I knew it would be awhile before I could go back to the series.  Finally, a few months later, I put on my big girl shoes, and dived back into the Netherworld.

I am going to start this by talking about Nash.  I want to punch Nash Hudson in the face.  I have wanted to punch him since about halfway through My Soul to Keep, when I figured out he was hooked on Demon's Breath.  And when I found out that he sold his memories of Kaylee, to obtain Demon's Breath, I pretty much wanted to run him over with a car...repeatedly.  But the final straw, was when it was revealed that Avari was using Kaylee's body to contact him.  That crosses a major line, and personally I find it to be extremely hard to forgive.  But then I started to really think about addicts.  And no matter how much an addict loves someone, an addict will pretty much do anything to get their next fix.  I think the author did a nice job of showing an addict's addiction.  It really wasn't sugar coated, it was raw, and it was real.

I had high hopes that Nash would somehow get back into my good graces in this book, but unfortunately it didn't happen.  In fact, the car that I want to run him over with, has been upgraded to a mack truck.  When Nash's ex girlfriend Sabine showed up in the very first chapter of this book, I shook my head and knew that as a reader I would be in for quite a ride.  Sabine is literally a nightmare.  I honestly can't think of anything else to call her besides a witch with a B!  Normally, I understand bad girls.  But Sabine bothered me because I couldn't see a single redeeming quality in her.  I found it hard to like her, but I think you aren't really supposed to like her.

Nash and Sabine's friendship really made me cringe.  I understand that Nash needs a friend.  He and Kaylee are broken up, and he's reeling with guilt over Doug's death and Scott's mental state.  It infuriates me that he keeps making these wrong decisions.  But then I remembered that Nash is a teenager.  He's a teenage boy growing up without a father influence.  The mistakes that he makes seem like typical dumb teenage boy decisions.

Kaylee is really growing some backbone, and I love it.  There was a part where I shouted, "Go Kaylee!"  while I was reading.  I was glad to see her express some of her anger.  I hope that we get to see more of assertive Kaylee, in later books.

I must say that the series has definitely not slowed down.  In fact, with each book my interest in the series rises.  The story lines aren't repetitive.  And the problems between Kaylee and Nash seem realistic with a paranormal twist.  As the series progresses, the writing gets better.  The story is sharper.  I definitely won't wait long before I read the next book, If I Die.

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