I really liked this book, because it combined my favourite things about the first one in the series with new characters and situations. I was really rather taken with the “new” Elena – the smart-mouthed, fiesty one – and was really happy to see more of her in Stolen now that she’s decided to stick with the Pack.
Of all the vampire books I’ve read, this is the only one I’ve seen so far that’s written by a Canadian. (I’m not counting Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, because vampires only feature peripherally.) It was nice to read a story set in my own city, with landmarks and places that I recognized.
Everything comes to a head in this book. All the drama, the conflict with the hellions, and the relationships between the characters come together to make it a rather action-packed finale to the series. I was actually rather impressed. I’ve read a lot of YA series where the final novel is a bit of a disappointment: they’re too slow, too predictable, or just don’t feel satisfying for one reason or another.
Can I start this out by saying … I love Kaylee and Todd together! The relationship between Kaylee and Nash had gotten so strained after the whole hiding-his-addiction-to-Demon’s-breath thing that I had been hoping things would end up over between them. I think that for me, the Todd/Kaylee and Nash/Sabine couplings work much better. They just seem to fit more, and once Nash eventually calms down, I think that they see it, too. It’s one of those rare times when I think that the love triangle thing actually worked out well in a YA series, though I’m a little annoyed that it seems to imply that everyone needs to be in a relationship to be happy and whole.
I didn’t see this one coming. Between the parallel to drug addiction in schools (Demon’s Breath) and the first real trouble brewing between Kaylee and Nash, My Soul to Keep took the series in a bit of a more serious direction. I mean, not that screaming for people’s souls when they die wasn’t serious, but not in the same, relatable-to-real-life kind of way.