My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Oh boy! Vincent does it again with another fantastic episode in the Soul Screamers saga.
Not only do we have Kaylee, who is slightly broken underneath, but Nash is back to his normal almost-amazing devotion of Kaylee. That is despite the withdrawl from his addiction to Demon's breathe, and the fact that he was aware that evil bad-guy Avari was using Kaylee's body (something she still can't forgive him for - and who would?)
Kaylee knows that if it was just the addiction she probably could have helped Nash more through his withdrawl but for Avari to use her body and Nash know about it, thats something that goes way beyond the laws of loyalty and trust. Something she probably can't do either of with Nash again.
Kaylee is clearly just about coping with life without Nash, and its now up to Alec (rescued from the Netherworld in the previous book) and Tod to hold her together with an enormous amount of help from Emma, her BFF.
I must admit that I hated Sabine from the start, probably because I was supposed to. I really wanted Kaylee and Nash to have a chance again but either Sabine or Tod always got in the way. Tod for better and Sabine for worse.
Staring Kaylee straight in the eye is jealousy. Everytime she sees Sabine with Nash she gets wound up. But she doesn't understand why because she turned him away. Right? Wrong...there are worse forces of the Netherworld at work which is driving all of the kids at school nuts. Suddenly best friends are fighting one another, maiming each other and causing chaos and mayhem at the school.
Kaylee is convinced its Sabine when she finds out that Sabine is actually a Mara, or Nightmare. She can pick out your fears and bring them to the surface, making you unable to control yourself.
While Nash and Kaylee get pushed further apart, and while Sabine pushes all of Kaylees buttons Tod makes more of a show of his affection towards Kayley, which in my mind has been a long time coming. I loved the way that she was finally able to see that Tod would do anything for her, whereas Nash is still under the cloud because he gave all their 'firsts' away to Avari.
Sooner than later all of their lives get so messed up that Kaylee is 99% sure that something in the Netherworld is responsible for it. And she goes to investigate with terrifying consequences.
Once again, I loved every single page of this book. I just keep wanting to read more and more!
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