Re-Read Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

, by Kt Clapsadl

My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent 
Soul Screamers #3
(Re-Read Review)

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else…

Just like my first two re-read reviews for this series, I feel the need to start off with a warning that this post is NOT a traditional review, and will be quite spoilery.  Also there will be a whole lot of ranting and bashing. I'm participating in the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge hosted by Fiktshun. You can either read the books for the first time, or re-read them, and I am doing the latter. I thought it would be fun to do a post of my thoughts about things the second time around with all of the knowledge of the following books. So again, I really would not recommend reading this review if you are not caught up in reading books one through five. You have been warned. ;)

Since I knew the betrayal was coming this time around, I noticed so much more. Nash was absolutely despicable throughout My Soul to Keep. I was literally disgusted with him to the point where it became hard to read. It just turned my stomach. He completely demoralized her by being so pushy sexually. I mean he continually used his Influence powers on her to try and push her further than she was comfortable with. What is that really but a somewhat lessor form of rape? To make matters worse he was incredibly cruel in telling her she was a tease and basically that she was lucky that he was still waiting. That anyone else would have left a long time ago. Excuse me? After three months of waiting? When she's only sixteen and still a virgin? Well listen here Nash, screw you and your high horse, you don't deserve a girl like Kaylee. No one deserves to be pressured into something they aren't ready for. No one.

The worst thing is that his behavior towards Kaylee was really only the tip off the ice berg. There was his lost of his past memories, as well as the constant lies. Then you add in him allowing Avari to use Kaylee's body including the inappropriate behavior that really stole from her, and he doesn't deserve another look, let alone a second chance. So I'm officially team Tod, or Team Kaylee, or really Team anything that isn't Nash.

Before I started to write this re-read review, I read the review I had written of the following book (My Soul to Steal) as I just wanted to see where my state of mind was for the fallout. After reading it, I'm just in shock that I was still a Nash supporter and wanted them to get back together. Granted, things hadn't really started too much with Tod, or at least it wasn't obvious.  Also, I hadn't noticed all the nasty details of Nash's behavior the first time around since we were in the dark for most of the book. Now however, I am more than ready to wash my hands clean of him completely. Actually, it is to the point where I'm dreading reading the next installment for the monthly re-read. I'll still read it of course, but I have a feeling this time around I will be rooting for Sabine, and clinging to all interactions with Tod. I'll just use some mental white out on Nash.

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