Monday, 31 October 2011

Review: My Soul To Steal by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Steal
Author: Rachel Vincent
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal
Publication Date: USA:Dec 21st 2010|UK:21st Oct 2011
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

I have really enjoyed reading this series by Rachel Vincent and when Mira Ink asked me if I wanted to review the book as part of their blog tour I jumped at the chance and as soon as I received my copy I dove right in.  My Soul to Steal introduces a few new characters into the story, one of the main ones being Sabine, Nash's ex girlfriend, who is also a Mara, a literal nightmare.

We continue straight on from the previous book, My Soul to Keep, and we see Kaylee still struggling with the actions of Nash and finding it difficult to trust him again, even when it comes down to singing for someones soul, she still doesn't feel like she can trust him.
Sabine is trying her hardest to make the chasm between Nash and Kaylee even bigger and is doing everything in her power to get what she wants, Nash.  While Nash still sees some good in Sabine, Kaylee sees nothing but bad and is prepared to fight for Nash, even though she isn't sure that she wants him back.

Rachel adds so much emotion and feelings into the book it's hard not to have strong feelings of dislike or love for the characters. 
From the moment Sabine is introduced I really disliked her.  Her whole attitude towards others wasn't nice, and even though she is 100% honest with what she is doing and what she wants I really couldn't bring myself to like her.  It wasn't till you get near the end of My Soul to Steal that you get to see the truth and why she acts the way she does, which makes me sympathise a small bit with some of her actions and her reasoning behind it.
However, although I want Nash and Kaylee to get their act together I was struggling with their issues myself.  Part of me want to scream at Kaylee and tell her to make up her mind about Nash, and either end it, as it wasnt' right to keep Nash hanging on the tiny thread of hope that things could be alright again, or make up and start over again on a clean slate.

I am really liking how Todd and Alec are coming into their own personalities and we get to see them more, and after a few things that I reading My Soul to Steal, I can't wait to see what comes from it.  I really enjoyed My Soul to Steal and was kept on tenterhooks with suspense, wondering what was going to happen next.
My Soul to Steal has upped the ante for the series and I really can't wait to read If I Die.

[Thanks to Mira Ink for my copy of My Soul to Steal]


Mira Ink also gave me the opportunity to ask Rachel some questions.  Here are the questions and answers. 
Thank you Mira Ink and Rachel for taking the time to do this for me.

1) How long did you have the idea for Soul Screamers before you actually started to write it down?

*A couple of days, maybe?

2) When you first started writing the books, did you already have an idea of what was going to happen when it reaches the end, or has it evolved to something different?

*Nope. My first 3 books were completely unplotted. I flew by the seat of my pants. The rewrites were awful.

3) What made you want to write about bean sidhe?

*They weren’t overdone. I wanted to do something new—or, as close to new as I could get, working with established folklore. ;)

4) If you had to choose between Nash and Tod, who would you pick and why?

That depends on what I’m choosing them for. I truly do love them both. Don’t make me choose!

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