And the fourth book, My Soul to Steal, to me, felt like the turning point of the whole series. It left me feeling utterly frustrated but it's too late! I am terribly hooked in the series already!
Title: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: July 17th 2011
Published by: Mira
Source: Publicist (thanks Lucy!)
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Summary (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.
The book opens up as Kaylee is still trying to figure out her relationship with Nash. It's hard to stay away from him when Kaylee loves Nash but she knows she can never live with herself if Nash's life is put in danger again. As if there wasn't enough on her plate, Nash's ex-girlfriend, Sabine comes back, and she's hell bent on getting Nash. And the bigger problem is? Sabine isn't just Nash's ex-girlfriend. She feeds on human fear, powerful and deadly. And she doesn't have problems getting rid of people in her way to get Nash.
When I first started reading this series, I already loved Kaylee. From My Soul to Lose, up to this book. Thank you Rachel Vincent for bringing in more depth to Kaylee's character. Even though there are moments where I feel exasperated with her character, and she sometimes make me feel frustrated with her craziness, she's still my favorite. She's sassy and she's feisty too! It's hard for me to decide how I feel about her relationship with Nash though, it's a mess! I hope it gets better in the next book.
I still haven't gotten over my irritation for Nash from the last book. The opening of My Soul to Steal makes me all the more frustrated because of the pending "limbo" status of his relationship with Kaylee. I did feel a bit of pity for him for wanting to see Kaylee while he recovers, and for thinking that after two weeks everything will just be fine, but Nash is a tad bit clueless when it comes to girls, especially with his relationship with Sabine! Again, along with Kaylee, he made me all the more frustrated.
And even though he doesn't have a lot of exposure on this book, I am loving Tod! Charming, snarky Tod. Like Sabine is to Kaylee, he's got competition. Maybe Tod was being selfish when he told Kaylee what he said (I can't tell you, spoiler!) but maybe he has his reasons for saying that. And speaking of Sabine, if it was her goal to make the readers hate her, then she's successful. I am awfully annoyed by her, but she gives the story a bit more life. She's an extra complication, a competition for Kaylee.
Let me tell you, the Soul Screamers series is highly addictive! I feared for Kaylee's life and the creepiness of the demon of greed just scared me. And the more scary part is it's not yet over. Now I need to get my hands on If I Die to find out what really happens!
There are a lot of interesting developments in this book, and I am so happy for that! If you loved the first three books, then you're in for a treat in My Soul to Steal! It's darker, edgier, more intense and a whole lot more enjoyable! Looks like it was time for the characters to grow up, and in terms of character development, they have improved leaps and bounds in this book! But be prepared, readers, because My Soul to Steal will leave you frustrated, irritated, and sometimes it will just drive you insane!
Content (plot, story flow, character):
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I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.