Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Soul to Steal Review

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4)

My rating 5/5 stars
Picture and synopsis taken from Goodreads

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.

Review My Soul to Steal 5/5 stars

I should start off this review by admitting I’m completely addicted to this series. I checked the first one out of the library on a whim and by the end of chapter one I was hooked (I’ve since gone out and purchased my own copy). I swear the pages of the book are laced with frost or some other Netherworld addictive chemical. If that last sentence didn’t make sense it can only be because you haven’t read the books, and you should fix that immediately.

At the end of the third book, My Soul to Keep, we were left in an emotional limbo with Kaylee having learned some devastating news about things a person close to her let be done to her. So I knew going in this book was going to be full of emotional angst and boy was I right.

My Soul to Steal starts off a few weeks after the end of book three. Kaylee and Nash’s relationship is still in limbo and Kaylee is unsure where things between them are going. In this book Kaylee is stronger and at the same time more vulnerable than ever. Within the past year, not only did she learn who she is and about her heritage, but she has had to deal with some level of betrayal by almost everyone in her life. This could have made her jaded or cynical but instead it made her more cautious, made her think before she leaps and helped her learn to rely on herself. But she isn’t too proud to ask for help. She listens to others’ input, allows for the fact she could be wrong and then forms her own conclusions, even if no one else agrees with her. She has really grown since we met her in book one and I was proud of her.

The Nash we see in this book isn’t the one we met in book one or the one we last saw at the end of book three (Yay for that). The Nash we see here is a little broken. He’s doing his best to find his footing and reclaim his life after the fall-out of book three. My heart went out to him, but I was still hesitant to totally trust him. Despite my hesitancy, the whole time I was crossing my fingers that he and Kaylee would be able to find their way back to each other. Above all I was hoping/praying/rooting that he’d prove himself worthy of her.

I really loved Tod in this book. He’s always been one of my favorite characters and this book was no different. If anything I loved him even more.We also get to learn more about Alec. He was an interesting character and his back story was intriguing.In this book we are introduced to Sabine, Nash’s ex-girlfriend who makes no secret of the fact she wants Nash back. Sabine is Kaylee’s worst nightmare… literally. When I read the blurb about this book and learned of Sabine’s existence I was worried immediately, as I should have been! She is a perfect foil for Kaylee. Sabine was a really complex character and kudos to Rachel Vincent for bringing her to life. I could go from being annoyed by Sabine, to hating her, to feeling a pang of sadness for her within a few sentences. It was amazing.

There is plenty of emotional drama in this book but there is even more fast-paced well-written plot. I had high expectations for this book and Rachel Vincent didn’t disappoint. My Soul to Steal comes out this January. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys this series. And if you haven’t read this series, you really should start. I loved this book and can’t wait for book number five. :)


Lesley said...

great review Lani, I can't wait to read it myself! :)

Aviles Family said...

Looks like another series you are going to get me hooked on! I love that we share such similar taste! Thanks Lani!

Kulsuma said...

Wow, this series seems really interesting and I think I shall read it. Sabine's power is awesome. How inventive. Great review.

hendy said...

Thanks for the review, I've been wanting to read this book since the reviews first came out.

Carlos Antunes said...

I enjoyed this review.
I don't feel I want to read the series, but it's a captivating text.