Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent

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.

Type: Young Adult, Paranormal, Bean Sidhe
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Oh I so do not like Sabine! Gah. Vincent is so very good at making unlikable characters. Loved this addition to the Soul Screamers series and I think it actually might be my favorite of the lot even with Nash's ex, the dratted "sleep terrorist" Sabine. My Soul to Steal was fast paced with crazy things happening at the high school, massive amounts of relationship drama, possessions and a huge dose of those blasted hellions that just will not go away. All makes for an excellent read and one I couldn't put down. 

I liked Tod a lot more in this book other than one moment where I really wanted to slap him around a bit. He's an interesting one and he had a few moments with Kaylee where you could see his feeling for her but I so hope that never really comes into play because I'm still team Nash all the way. I just love that boy even with all of his less than stellar moments the last couple of books. I liked that he was fighting against his addition and that he was trying to make things right with Kaylee. She's completely justified in her feelings and lack of trust but I still really hope they can work things out. I was a bit disappointed in her though for not being there for Nash when he was dealing with his addiction. Yes what he did while using was wrong and painful but she really wasn't there for him when he was trying to get better and that was a let down. 
“Nice is good, but it's not enough. I want you back for real. I want to talk to you at lunch, instead of staring at you while you eat. I want to see the smile on your face and know I put it there. I want to hear your dad's voice get all low and pissed off, like it only does when I've stayed over too late.”  -Nash to Kaylee
These two just haven't gotten any breaks. Before they can even start to really recover from  Nash's betrayal/addiction in comes Sabine. Have I mentioned I just do not like this girl?! I was with Kaylee all the way really wanting to be able to pin any and all of the bad things happening on her. She's such a home wrecker. I know it's only high school but damn that girl is just a low down dirty little home wrecker. An actual walking nightmare. Lord that's creepy. The things she did to Kaylee were just awful. Pulling out her worst nightmares, invading her mind, twisting things with Nash. I felt so bad for Kaylee having to go through that and then on top of it Nash not really doing anything to stop it. Ooooh, yeah, I wanted to pinch him and his support of Sabine. Are all boys really this stupid?! How could he not see how manipulative and hateful she really was? It was all so frustrating but the writing so well done in getting Kaylee's feelings and emotions across that I couldn't help but enjoy the drama between Nash and the girls. 

Outside of the relationship drama I really liked the plot and getting to see more of some of the other characters. Like Alex who they rescued from the Netherworld not too long ago. I really like him even if he was having some troubles adjusting and ended up being used a bit. On the evil front the hellions were back in full force. Those are just some nasty little creatures, aren't they? Not only are people being possessed but things are insane at the high school. Teachers mysteriously dying, students and faculty attacking each other. Loved not quite knowing what was going on until nearly the end. Was exciting and a bit nerve wracking all at the same time. 

All in all I loved the weird goings on and how Kaylee went about dealing with everything. She's a great heroine and such a strong girl. She's able to fight against so many horrible things with tremendous courage but at the same time she's still just a teenage girl dealing with teenage problems and emotional turmoil. I loved how the evil threat was dealt with at the very end and how the group is going to protect against it in the future. So not how I thought they'd fix things but I loved it. Damn shame it looks like Sabine's going to be sticking around. 

Can't wait to read the next installment and see what it has in store for Nash and Kaylee's relationship, find out what's going on with Tod and seeing Alex and how he's adjusting. The series is starting to channel Buffy the Vampire Slayer a little with evil taking up roost at the high school but I'm still loving the twists and turns that are happening and am so curious to see what's going to happen next. Thank goodness I picked it up earlier this week and can start it right away :) 

Did you love Sabine or love to hate her?! 
Team Nash or Team Tod?

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