Friday, April 27, 2012

Double Take Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent
Synopsis (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.
Original Review: 01/13/11
**Warning: The below review contains spoilers, the original review does not** 

My Thoughts: This is another book that was hard to reread when you know what's coming in book 5. We get introduced to Sabine and, well... I just don't like the girl. Well, I like her as a character in the overall arc but I don't like her single-minded determination to insinuate herself back into Nash's life no matter who she hurts in the process. If I'm honest, I keep going back and forth about her. She's creepy and incredibly selfish at times (I'm sorry but telling Kaylee that she should give up Nash because Sabine needs him more than Kaylee does is the thing that makes me lean toward not liking her in a BIG way) but she's incredibly honest about her actions. She never once lied about what she was willing to do to get Nash back. I don't know if that honesty can tip the scales in her favor though because I think she's a borderline sociopath. I mean, most people have a sense of socially acceptable things you shouldn't say to another person and Sabine completely lacks that filter.

One of the biggest things I love in this reread are all the hints about Tod and his feelings. I'm not sure how I feel about his little speech about giving Nash up and how Kaylee doesn't need Nash the same way he needs her but I do respect his honesty. Of course, his honesty is driven by his feelings, so... yeah. Speaking of which, as needy as both Nash and Sabine are I'm imagining that their relationship would be like those moments before a train wreck when you know bad things are about to happen but you're helpless to look away. I also imagine that their relationship involves spending huge quantities of time in bed. As everyone knows, that's always a basis for a strong, long-lasting relationship. ALWAYS!

Besides my mostly minor annoyance with Nash (in case you haven't noticed, I'm a lot less sympathetic to his issues this time around) and my teeth grinding over both Sabine and Kaylee's rather juvenile behavior toward one another (which is explained by the blitz and how they were targeted by the hellions), I'm loving the hints for the future that I'm catching on this reread.

Books in this series
Prequel: My Soul To Lose
             Double Take Review
Prequel: Reaper 
             Double Take Review
Prequel: Fearless (Kiss Me Deadly)
1. My Soul To Take
    Double Take Review
2. My Soul To Save
    Double Take Review
3. My Soul To Keep
    Double Take Review
4. My Soul To Steal
    Double Take Review - Paperback | Kindle
5. If I Die

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Reading challenges: The Soul Screamers Reading Challenge


  1. I was going to read this, but then I saw the spoilers bit and then decided I probably shouldn't. I'm going to go read the original review instead.

    1. Yeah. I had a hard time not talking about things. This whole series has a lot of *things* that happen in it. A lot.

    2. I read the original review, but I still had no idea what was going on. Sign I should probably read the books?

    3. Yeah. It's best to start at the beginning with this series.

  2. Oh, this just hurts so good! You know how much I love these books so I apologize in advance for rambling.

    I have a serious hate/tolerance thing for Sabine. One the one hand, you have to give her props for her honesty and persistence. However, I do agree that she's pretty much a sociopath! She has no regard or respect for Kaylee and her relationship with Nash. She wants what she wants! Frankly, I don't care what her issues are...Sabine is a bitch and there were many times where I would have loved for Kaylee to punch her in the throat!

    Nash, well, he's still in the doghouse!

    As for Toddles, I didn't care for the conversation he had with Kaylee (the one you referred to) BUT because it was very much driven by his feelings for her, I'll let it slide ;)


    1. I think you summed up my feelings perfectly with "it just hurts so good!" YES! It huuurrrrrrrts. But I can't stop reading it!

      Everything you said here. Everything. <3 <3 <3

  3. Loved your review here in the double take. I honestly cannot stand Sabine. She annoys the hell out of me, especially with obsessiveness and co-dependency. I totally agree that their relationship would be like a train wreck. I don't think it would last long.
    I have no sympanthy for Nash at all. He keeps digging himself in his own wholes.
    I can't wait to read your double take review of If I Die.

    1. Nash is painful to read this time around. I want to like him but I... don't. I just don't.

    2. I don't either Kelly. I used to be a full Nash lover, but now I am happily sailing the Tod ship and never looking back. I just read your double take review on If I Die, and I 100 % agree that Kaylee has been a peach. Do you think Nash and Sabine would last if they got together again?

    3. I really don't know. There entire relationship is so co-dependent that I can't see it lasting for the long haul. Buttttttt... I also think Rachel Vincent is an amazing author who *could* find a way to make it work between them.