- Title: My Soul to Steal
- Author: Rachel Vincent
- Series: Soul Screamers #4
- Previous Book: My Soul to Keep
- Next Book: Reaper (#4.5), If I Die (#5)
- Source: Personal Purchase
Description 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.
This book was so amazing that I finished it one day. For this busy mom of three, reading a 348 page book in one day is nothing short of a miracle! But I just couldn’t put it down!
In the first chapter, we see Kaylee interact with Nash for the first time, and as they’re trying to seriously discuss their relationship, a new girl shows up who turns out to be Nash’s ex-girlfriend. And she makes it very clear from her first meeting with Kaylee that she has every intention of getting him back.
Amid the craziness of trying to decide how she feels about Nash and how to deal with his ex-girlfriend, Kaylee also faces other weirdness. She starts having horrible nightmares, and there’s always the looming threat of Avari. Also, people at her school start going crazy, and her teachers start dying. Things are a mess!
This book was heartbreaking, seeing the pain that both Kaylee and Nash are in. But moreso, it was terrifying. Just thinking about the situation that Kaylee faces with Avari made my skin crawl, and my stomach was in my throat a lot of the time. I can’t say too much without spoiling the book, but seriously? This book took the creep-factor to a whole new level, but did it in such a way that this wimp was left feverishly flipping the pages, rather than being scared enough to put the book down. I didn’t even have nightmares! lol
As much as I didn’t care for Nash in the last couple books, in this book, I started liking him again, especially seeing his pain in this book. Kaylee continues to grow and become stronger. And Tod. *sigh* I don’t know if I’m supposed to love Tod, but I do. There’s just something about the Reaper that I cannot turn away from. I LOVE him! Sabine and Alec were very interesting characters as well. And Avari is terrifying as always!
The resolution had my heart in my throat and my heart pounding. It was intense, and I couldn’t see where it was going. The last chapter ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger, with a sense of hope for the next book. I cannot wait to keep reading this series! My only regret is that I started it now, when the last book is yet to be released! I easily gave this one 5 stars!
A note on the Kindle version: This was the first Soul Screamers book that I actually read, as I listened to the audiobooks of all the rest, and I liked it. While I missed Amanda Ronconi’s voices, especially for Nash, I did still have her voice in my mind for several scenes. Also, I liked being able to read it at my own pace. It took me just under 7 hours to read it myself, whereas the audiobook is 9.5 hours. However, I would recommend either way of reading this series, since the narration is wonderful. Just as long as you read it!!