Source: Personal Purchase
According to Goodreads, this is book #3.5, but Rachel Vincent’s site has it between My Soul to Steal and If I Die, making it #4.5, but it technically takes place before book My Soul to Lose (#0.5).
I really, really enjoyed this novella, but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that I LOVE Tod. It’s funny because right before I read this book, I was wondering how Tod had died and couldn’t remember if it had been mentioned in the first book or not (since I read it a couple of months before the rest of the series). It was very interesting to see Tod’s interaction with Nash before he died. But the circumstances surrounding his death? Just made me love him even more. And the way it ended was good. Told you enough to pretty much know what was going on, but left some of it up to the imagination.
Fearless is a short story from the anthology Kiss Me Deadly. It is a prequel and takes place before My Soul to Lose (#0.5) and Reaper, but it definitely makes sense to read after My Soul to Steal.
This story is told in the first-person, like the rest of the series, but it’s from Sabine’s perspective. It tells the story of when she is in a halfway house after violating her probation and the oddities that she finds there. I found this story to be interesting, as we get to learn a little more about Sabine and her past. It also shows a bit more of her relationship with Nash, which helps us understand why she is so determined to get him back during My Soul to Steal. Also, there’s a new supernatural introduced. I really find it interesting all the different inhuman entities that Rachel Vincent is able to write about, whether she creates them or not. (I don’t know a lot about mythology. At the very least, I assume she reinvents them, like she does with banshees.) Sabine isn’t my favorite character, so this isn’t my favorite story, so I give it 3 stars.
Niederwald is a short story from the anthology Enthralled. It takes place between My Soul to Steal and If I Die, but I read it after since I was waiting on it from the library.
This story is also told from Sabine’s perspective. She and Emma go on a road trip for a school assignment, and stop off in Niederwald, Texas so Sabine can run an “errand” but run into trouble instead. It was an interesting read. It was cool to learn about another supernatural creature and to learn more about Sabine. If you actually read this before If I Die, there’s also a neat little bit of foreshadowing!
Source: Personal Purchase
This is #5.5, set between If I Die and Before I Wake.
This novella is from Kaylee’s cousin, Sophie’s, perspective. Sophie is half-banshee, but she doesn’t know it. I definitely never expected what happens in this book, as Sophie’s scream accidentally brings her into the Netherworld. What happens while she’s there is scary but fascinating at the same time. There’s also an amusing little bit of irony towards the end, which made me laugh. I really liked seeing a little more into the non-bitchy side of Sophie, and some of the scenes in it give me hope for her and Kaylee’s relationship in the final 2 books. Oh, and what seems to be a pattern for Vincent, which I love, is that we get to meet another species of supernaturals!