Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

July 20, 2012 Reviews 0

A copy of this book was provided for the publisher for review. The following contains spoilers for the previous books in the Soul Screamers series.

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….

In this, the sixth book of the Soul Screamers series, Rachel Vincent pulls off her most intense book yet. I’m not entirely sure I’m going to survive reading the next (and last) book! If I Die was an extremely compelling read because Kaylee knew she was going to die and everything she did had a tinge of desperation to it. After that book I wrongly thought things couldn’t any more captivating, but Before I Wake takes it all to a whole new level.

In this book Kaylee, deceased, is trying to fit in with her friends again. It is difficult for her to go to school and act normal, especially since everyone at the school knows that her former Math teacher attempted to kill her. Under the spotlight, and trying desperately to act normal – you know keep breathing, staying corporal – Kaylee is understandably under incredible pressure. This book is riveting, partly because it’s so easy to sympathise with Kaylee and understand her dilemmas.

Added to this is the danger her human friends are in as the hellion Avari redoubles his efforts to harm Kaylee – apparently she more valuable to him dead than alive (figures right?). But a constant source of support is Tod – Tod! – and I love how he absolutely steps up in this book and is everything to Kaylee that Nash wasn’t. I also found Kaylee’s fathers struggles to understand how his daughter has changed and attempt to work his parenting around it endearing. He really is a cool dad! I was surprised to find myself liking Sabine and Sofie – we finally get to know Sofie as something other than the mean cousin (maybe because of the perspective of the adorable new addition to the gang, Luca) and Sabine becomes Kaylee’s unlikely friend and ally in these dangerous times.

Wonderful. Breathtaking. Irresistible. If you aren’t already reading this series, if you aren’t already hooked, then there is no describing the awesomeness you are missing out on!

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