Before I Wake
by Rachel Vincent
Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher via Kismet Book Tours
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
Kissing. Scenes of sensuality. Implied sex.
I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul
The good news? He didn’t get it
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….
The Soul Screamers series is not one that knocked me off my feet initially. The first two books were solid, fun stories with great mythology, but not especially memorable. That all changed with book 3, MY SOUL TO SAVE. The last three books have been increasingly excellent as Rachel Vincent started taking more and more risks with her characters and spinning her story into unexpected and completely unforgettable directions.
BEFORE I WAKE is the book after. By that I mean it’s the book that has to deal with all the shocking, tragic, and also unexpectedly wonderful things that happened in IF I DIE. There is an endearing fragility about Kaylee and all the various relationships this time. New love, rekindled love, love that tries to overcome the deepest kind of betrayal. Nothing feels certain, and that’s part of what made reading this book so engaging. One false move (and there were several scenes that terrified me because I was sure someone was going to do something that irrevocably damaged one of these new relationships) and everything would be broken.
One of the real highlights of BEFORE I WAKE was Tod. Seeing him get to explore his relationship with Kaylee was just beautiful. I think he had given up on any kind of happy ending for himself, and Rachel Vincent has written him in such a heartbreakingly lovable way, that it’s impossible not to cheer for every smile he gets…even when they comes at the expense of someone I’ve also grown to love through the course of this series. The balance is near perfect.
As the next to last book, BEFORE I WAKE does feel at times like a big set up for the end in terms of plot, but the character and relationship developments are huge. WITH ALL MY SOUL comes out on April 1, 2013 from Harlequin Teen. It is currently the last book under contract for the Soul Screamers series, so it very well may be the swan song to the series. I can’t wait to see what Rachel has in store for us.