Monday, October 14, 2013

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Soul Screamers Series, Book 6

Note:  If you haven't read the books in this series, the below information screams major spoiler alerts to earlier books...

Description (taken from Rachel Vincent's website):
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….

I just feel like this one didn't have enough "oomph" for me.  It was great and held a lot of Soul Screamer worthy potential.  But it seems like it's the big breath before the finale.  We're preparing you for something big.  And after having just read something else that felt this way, I'm ready for the main action.

Kaylee has come back to the world of the living.  But she's not alive.  And she finds that is something that's really hard to deal with.  Fortunately, she's got Tod helping her through this.  The gorgeous Tod.  And we also see the same characters from previous books.  And what's awesome about this series is we see Kaylee's mistakes carry through.  There's no instant fix to the people in this world.  We see them bear their battle wounds and try to heal.

Back to the hellions.  They do something kind of weird in this book.  And I feel like there wasn't enough explanation for this.  And it seemed like a door was left opened at the end in preparation for the final book.  Maybe I just need to start skipping middle books (or the ones that prepare you for the finale).

I love this series.  And I need to see how it ends.  Hopefully it's epic.  (I just hate how we watched Kaylee lose a little bit of her humanity when she died.)

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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