Title: My Soul to Steal
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
Time to introduce the love triangle.
I mean, it had to be coming, right? What YA series these days is complete without some kind of love triangle? Usually, I find this device rather annoying. It’s just an attempt to try to force some activity or suspense into the book. But in the case of My Soul to Steal, I think it’s actually done well.
The thing with Nash and Sabine is that they’ve already had a relationship, and it wasn’t ended with intention. They had moved to different places. So when she turns up, it makes complete sense that there would be tension between them and, by extension, between Nash and Kaylee. I think it’s played out rather well throughout the story – the very different personalities of Sabine and Kaylee, their attraction for and to Nash, and the way they “fight” over him and he tries to mediate.
Obviously there are other, non-relationship-related things that happen in My Soul to Steal, but they really just serve as a backdrop for the interactions between the characters. Personally, I feel like that was a good choice, to give a break from the external stuff going on to have some interpersonal drama instead. It works.