Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel VincentMy Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #4
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 4, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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three-stars

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 reading the synopsis of My Soul to Steal, something I usually don’t do before reading, I became very afraid. The Soul Screamers series and I have been quite amicable and the plot of My Soul to Steal sounded like it was sure to enrage me. Ultimately, it did enrage me at several points, but I think that the ending really made the book worthwhile and overcame a lot of the rage-inducing moments. Thus this is perhaps the best and the worst book in the series so far.

The main plot of My Soul to Steal is built around a love triangle. Kaylee and Nash are broken up, due to what went down in the previous book, and Kaylee’s trying to figure out if she can trust him again. Before she can make up her mind one way or another, Nash’s ex-girlfriend, his first love (and first sex), shows up out of nowhere. Not only that but Sabine wants Nash back…and she also might be killing folk.

I read about all that and I went COME ON, Gob Bluth style. Like, seriously, we’re going to go from awesome paranormal plots to a straight up cat fight over Nash who I dislike because View Spoiler » Not gonna lie, My Soul to Steal does descend into classic fighting over boy behavior, complete with slapping and the trading of eternally effective and classy insults like these:

“You sound like a slut.”

“You dress like a prude.”

As one might have expected, Sabine and Kaylee spend most of the novel slut- and virgin-shaming one another respectively. Nash waits for Kaylee to make her choice, but makes it very obvious that he’s totally okay with Sabine should Kaylee decide in the negative. Basically, I spent 3/4 of the book wanting to force them onto MXC where I could watch them get painfully eliminated.

painful elimination

However, it does get better. Though I doubt the shaming is gone for good, since it’s been here, if in smaller doses, throughout, the overall attitudes are getting much healthier. Sabine does eventually get a bit of a character arc, which reveals her to be not just a boyfriend-stealing bitch. There is groundwork laid that she and Kaylee could maybe manage to be friends one day.

So far as the romance goes, I do think I’m going to get my wish in the sinking of the Nash/Kaylee ship. I don’t consider this spoilery, since it’s still on the fence in this book. Anyway, I am all for this, because Vincent’s promoting a really healthy awareness that just because two people are really into one another, that doesn’t necessarily make them a good match. Compatibility is more than physical, and someone you love who loves you can still be really destructive unintentionally. The new ship for Kaylee that seems to be chugging into harbor I’m honestly not so sure about, but it’s apparently for sure, as people keep spoiling it in Goodreads comments on earlier books where it wasn’t a thing yet. OBVIOUSLY I HAVE NOT READ THE BOOKS WHERE THIS HAPPENS YET, PEOPLE. UGH.

This may, hopefully, be the turning point where this series goes from slightly better that average paranormal to super awesome sauce. I hope so. Now, on to the next!

Favorite Quote:

“You think your virginity is some kind of satin-wrapped, halo-topped gift that, someday, some perfect prince will be honored to receive. But you don’t get it and no one’s had the heart to explain it to you yet. Fortunately for you, I’m full of heart today. So here’s the truth: sex isn’t a gift you give Mr. Right in exchange for ‘forever’ and a white dress. You’re selling yourself short and making us all look bad with that kind of naiveté. Sex isn’t something you do for him. It’s something you do for yourself.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

the boy is mine

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