Title: My Soul to Steal
Series: Soul Screamers #4
Author: Rachel Vincent
Read via: Purchased
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.
After the ending of the previous book, I was dying to see what would happen in this one. I was a little bit hesitant about the love triangle-angle, but the way it was written was absolutely brilliant. This book builds so well on the story of My Soul to Keep, and at the same time it manages to raise the stakes for everyone.
Kaylee has a lot to deal with in this book. She is still trying to salvage her relationship with Nash, which is remarkable considering the events of My Soul to Keep. Of course, then Sabine enters the picture, and her history wish Nash causes even more conflict. I expected to really dislike Sabine, but I came to love her. Her history is even more painful than Kaylee’s. She may come off a little bit strong, but she is such a fantastic character. The best thing is her honesty. No matter what the situation is, Sabine is honest, often to a fault. The result can be downright hilarious or just painfully awkward. Nash wins back a few points, but, I must admit, that his actions in My Soul to Keep will forever cling to him. Tod remains absolutely awesome, and becomes a very important person in Kaylee’s life. The friendship between the two of them is so sweet.
The pacing of this series is definitely one of the best aspects of it. The drama, action, romance, and mystery all add up to a story that flies by and is impossible to put down. The fact that each book has its own “mystery” and builds on the story of the series as a whole is another mark of a brilliant series. This book deals heavily with the aftereffects of all the things that happened in My Soul to Keep, which was thrilling. I love exploring the consequences to the decisions that characters have made, and this book does that perfectly.
Overall, I fell even more in love with this series and its characters. My Soul to Steal is a fast-paced, entertaining, and delightful read that builds nicely on the setup of the rest of the series. I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a unique paranormal read with a wonderful romance, strong family ties, and chilling mystery.
Overall: 3.8 out of 5