Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
**Reviewing an ARC
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.
At first, the Soul Screamers books were not as amazing to me as they are now. My friend had bought the first one and raved about it, so she bought the sequels and persisted that I read them. When I picked up My Soul to Keep, I found the plot interesting but the novel was only okay to me. But as I got through the whole series, I started liking them more and more.
The cover of My Soul to Steal is definitely my favorite out of the current four novels in the series (excluding the novellas). I’m assuming the girl on the front is Kaylee and the boy caressing her is Nash. Their body language is really well shown and the colors draw you in. The model for Nash is exactly how I picture him, so that is a plus.
If you’re familiar with this book, then you know the characters. A new character is Sabine, Nash’s past girlfriend. She is gorgeous, threatening and oh yeah, a mara (literally your worst nightmare). Throughout the story, I wanted to punch her for being so self-absorbed and heartless. During certain moments though, I could not help but understand Sabine and not hate her as much. Still, she isn’t the person that I would want to talk to.
Also, Nash wins back my heart in this one. Even though Nash is supposed to be the heart-throb of the story, I always loved Tod more. Nash was such a butt in the last book and I was almost afraid to read this one knowing what happened in the past. But I have to say that his actions and words make me forgive him.
It would be an understatement if I said this book is great. It isn’t great; it is phenomenal. On the first page, insane things start to happen that hooks you right from the start. The events in this novel are like a snowball rolling down a mountain getting bigger as it gains momentum. Ounce you expect things to die down a little, Rachel Vincent shocks you by continuing to build up. I swear my anxiety was about to explode along with the climax of the novel.
Honestly, when I read the summary I thought the book would be about Kaylee and Sabine ‘fighting’ for Nash’s heart and all. It wasn’t. There is so much that happens in under 350 pages that a few times I had to go over the events in my head again so I wouldn’t get confused. There is a lot more action in this book that my heart raced even when I wasn’t reading. Rachel Vincent crafts the next chapter in Kaylee’s life so well that it is hard to believe what I am reading is fiction.
Believe me; the fourth novel will not disappoint any Soul Screamers fan. If you have not read this series yet, I urge you to do so!
Rating: 5 / 5