Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Aug 9, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: June 26, 2012
ISBN: 0373210612
Pages: 339
Source: Bought
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

Waiting on Wednesday: Venom

Aug 8, 2012
Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

 Venom by Fiona Paul
Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

October 30, 2012

The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Aug 7, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: July 31, 2012
ISBN: 9780373210756
Pages: 395
Source: Bought
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out! I had been left wanting more background about the gods and goddesses and that is exactly what this book is. You get a little more information from the characters and some of my opinions changed and some did not. I think as a whole the book was good, but the individual stories were merely okay.

Hera is one character I never liked in the first two books and my opinion did not change much here. Sure I learned more about her background, her marriage, her obsession love for some people, but it didn't matter to me. I still find her one of my least favorite characters. I don't know if Aimee Carter meant to change your opinion of Hera, but mine sure did not. I almost think I dislike her even more.

Aphrodite's story was confusing. I always love her character, but found her "ways" a bit odd. This story was meant to explain her background and those "ways". Even so I still find it confusing. Though I'm not the Goddess of Love so I'll probably never understand...

I could not get through Persephone's story without skipping many pages. I felt it dragged on and on. I get that she was unhappy, but did she need three parts and a hundred pages to get that across? The beginning of the story was good, the middle was boring, and the end was good. This is a character I have a love/hate relationship with. Some of her decisions made me like her, but her incessant whining made me want to throw a rock at her.

Hermes is someone I never cared for. I didn't hate him, but I didn't love him either. Sometimes he got on my nerves, but for the most part he was just there. Sure he served a purpose to the story, there was no denying it, but it wasn't a huge purpose. At least not in my eyes. After reading his story I find that I care about him a bit more.

The story I was most excited to read was Hades's. I love this guy and found myself antsy to get to his portion (especially when I had to sit through all the whining). It wasn't what I expected though. It gave me more incite to him (as all the stories did), but it almost felt like it was rushed. Just slapped together because it had to get done. The best thing about this entire book and his story was that I understand now how he can continually be open to love even though he's been burned and hurt so much. I won't spoil it, but this was always something I wondered and felt was a little unrealistic. The stories here cleared that all up for me though.

One other thing I want to say is that you learn about ALL the gods and goddesses in this book. Though only five are listed as having their own stories, the others are in those stories. I loved that part of this book too, you learn about everyone and the part they play/played in the current/past stories.

Overall this is a good edition to THE GODDESS TEST series. I think I expected too much though, after all they are only novella's. They gave us great background information and more incite on each character, I just didn't like some of the characters backgrounds. If you have read the other two books in this series I recommend reading this book if you want more information and background on all the characters.

Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars
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