Review – My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Steal
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #4
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: July 17th 2011 by Mira (first published December 21st 2010)

Book Description

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.

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My Review

Now that I have read the 4th book in the series, I can understand why people become addicted to this series. It is such a fun ride and I love it!! There are only 3 books to go and I want to drag them out over the coming weeks because I think I will be sad at the end of the series. I love all the characters, they all have their natural flaws and it is easy to connect to them, even if I don’t have a paranormal ability like most of them do.

Kaylee’s main focus in this book is her struggling relationship with Nash. She is more like a normal teenage girl in this book, she goes to work, school and hangs out with friends. However, the appearance of his long lost first girlfriend puts extra stress on their relationship and makes it hard for Kaylee to sort out her own feelings when there is someone there to throw in extra complications.

Sabine has made it perfectly clear from the beginning what she wants now that she is back in Nash’s life and pushing Kaylee out of the way is what she wants to do. You can see that she has had a troubled upbringing, and tries to hide behind her tough exterior. But she has her own secrets that Nash keeps from Kaylee. You can see that Nash and Sabine have a deep bond and Nash wants to find a way to have both girls in his life and to gain Kaylee’s trust back.

Alec plays a bit of a role in this book and I must say I think he is a genuine character. He has been living in hell for the last 25 years and is doing his best to get his life on track, but even though he has escaped, can he remain safe? Tod plays a bit of a role in this one too, not as much as the last book but enough to have my feelings in turmoil! There is something in his eyes that looks like he may have stronger feelings for Kaylee, but I’m still not sure. I really like Tod, but could there be some brotherly rivalry on the horizon?? Love triangles spice things up for me, but I don’t know who I’d pick if it does happen!!

There is an underlying plot there that affects them all, which are the deaths of teachers at the school. There are a lot of conflicting things occurring at the school that started when Sabine first arrived at the school. The Netherworld is never far away and a familiar Villain still has Kaylee in his sights. Again, I loved how the story unfolded, the troubles all the characters have to work through and the emotions that are all in the air! I am desperate to get my hands on the next book… If I Die looks like fun!!

About the Author

A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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Check out my reviews for the previous books –


  1. Alec sounds great, and glad that you are enjoying

  2. Alec was a great new character. Glad he got to play more of a role in this book!

  3. Oh my!! You have me hanging now!! I am up to Before I Wake..... oh my! I don't want to cry!!

    Thanks for your kind words too Kimberly.... YOU ROCK!!!

  4. This series sounds really good and the covers are pretty awesome too :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing your Swoon tomorrow! :D

    Amy @ The
    Reading Realm

  5. I love this series, I am up to this one now, great review

  6. I think it was the forth one that is when I got obsessed with this series. This one was so good!! and every book after it gets better. The plot really gets going, the characters really grow, and if possible the relationships get so much more complected. And just a warning, you will cry in Before I Wake. The author is so cruel in that book.
    Hehehe, the "love triangle." You may or may not fall in love with Tod before the end of the series.
    Great review :D, can't wait to see what you think of the rest of the books.

  7. Oh, I am loving this series!! The characters are getting better and better!!

  8. Me too!! I am dying to get into the next one!! lol Running behind this week Lol


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