Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Now that I a m finally home from all the Thanksgiving festivities I have reliable internet and can finally post some reviews that I have been meaning to put up. Me and my kids traveled all over the place for Thanksgiving going to Dallas and then to Mississippi. Then I fought the Black Friday crowd and finished all my Christmas shopping so it has been a busy break and while I love the holidays I am glad to be home for a bit. While traveling I read the latest Soul Screamer novel by Rachel Vincent, My Soul to Steal. I got my hands on an early copy and was really excited to get to read it early. Here’s the description from

“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.”

Rachel Vincent happens to be one of my favorite authors as I mentioned in my post about Alpha. I really enjoy her writing and the way she portrays her relationships. I feel that this book was probably tricky for her to write and will have a mixed reception since a lot of people would just want Kaylee and Nash to get back together. However, I am a big fan of the fact that she did break up with Nash and take some time.

With that said I really liked this book as it spoke to me through some personal situations I have gone through in my own life. I believe that it is important when you are in a relationship to take a stand on something and that is what, to me, this book is about. However, it isn’t just a switch you can turn off and stop loving someone. I think this part of the book was really well done.

As far as the plot goes I loved the addition of Sabine. She is a really fun character and she really keeps the novel interesting. A book about rehabilitation can get old fast but Sabine keeps it interesting. The mini-cat fights between her and Kaylee cracked me up. I do want to go track down the short story in one of the anthologies where her story is told. I think that may even enhance the novel more as you would see more of a back story.

I also enjoyed seeing more of Todd. He is in a good bit of this book and acts in a very protective manner with Kaylee. However, I sometimes wonder if there isn’t something there on the part of Todd in their relationship.

Alec is also in this novel and I would be interested to see what happens with him in the future. He takes on a very interesting advice giving position. I’m not sure if he made a clean exit in this book or if he will be back later. I really hope we at least see a little more of him in the future books so we know how he continues to acclimate to the world after living 20 some odd years in the Netherworld.

Overall this book was definitely a 5/5. I read it all in one sitting because it was hard to put down as the plot line moves quickly and I was trying to figure out if Nash and Kaylee would make it together.  This book would make a great Christmas gift. The release is schedules for January but you can now buy kindle books as gifts which is pretty neat. Click the link below to pre-order.

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