MY SOUL TO STEAL
This is the kind of book that ups the ante in teen literature. The characters are true to life in a way not often captured by YA authors; Vincent writes dialogue as if she spends her days haunting the hallways of her local high school. The love triangle is fantastic — the plot weaving is subtle enough that the reader feels let in on a secret. Rather than blind heroism, which seems to have been the major motivation for action in past Soul Screamers novels, this plot is driven by more relatable impulses: love, friendship, jealousy.
Still reeling from Nash’s frost-fueled betrayal, Kaylee Cavanaugh is hoping for a quiet second semester to catch her breath. But she and her friends are in for another hellish adventure when Nash’s creepy ex-girlfriend shows up. Sabine is literally a nightmare, and she’s got nothing to lose; she wants Nash back and she’s willing to do anything to make that happen, including tormenting Kaylee and flirting with Netherworld demons. (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Jan., 352 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780373210275, PB, 12 & Up)