Pub. Date: June 26, 2012
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....If you have not yet read IF I DIE, or any of the Soul Screamers books I suggest you skip the summary and most of this review. The last two paragraphs of this review are spoiler free.
I have been hooked on this series since the very first book and none of the books have disappointed. BEFORE I WAKE was a wonderful addition to the Soul Screamers series and it left me wanting the next book now!
BEFORE I WAKE starts off shortly after IF I DIE and jumps right in to another fast paced plot. The first fifty pages or so were not very exciting and I found myself getting antsy for the real action to start. After those first pages the story really picks up. There was some action, mystery, and romance.
Can I just say how much I love Tod? From the very first moment I caught wind of Tod's feelings I could not stop rooting for him! You see in this book how amazing he really is and how perfect he is for Kaylee. They are one of my favorite couples in any book ever! As for the other characters, I loved how Rachel Vincent handled the "re-birth" of Kaylee. I don't think anyone can imagine going from alive to dead to somewhat alive, yet still dead. The way Kaylee was written and characterized really helped with understanding that. It's hard to explain, but when you read the story you'll understand.
One of the only problems I had with the book was Sabine. I've never liked her and just found her so annoying in this book. I find her selfishness and whining over the top. Sure, most of the other characters can be selfish and whine, but she is nonstop. I honestly do not understand how she fits in with everyone else. I hope she gets a wake up call soon and realizes she is not the most important thing in the world.
If you haven't read any of the Soul Screamers books you are missing out (and hopefully you skipped the summary...)! Your sure to enjoy the entire series because it is filled with all sorts of awesome mythological creatures, fast paced plots, and even romance. What more could you ask for?
Overall BEFORE I WAKE was basically everything I hoped it'd be and more. I don't think it is the best book in the series, but it is definitely in the top three.
Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars