Thursday, July 12, 2012
5:38 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
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...
After reading If I Die, I was dying (pun intended) to read the next book in the Soul Screamers series. I loved where the series was headed (more Kaylee and Tod) and also curious as to what Vincent had in store for Kaylee and company.
While I didn’t love Before I Wake the way I did If I Die, I still loved and enjoyed it in it’s own way. Before I Wake deals heavily with Kaylee figuring out where she fits in now that she’s not actually living. Kaylee struggles with her new immortal status. She feels herself slipping away but what worries her most is that most of the time she doesn’t care. The only time she really feels alive is when she’s with Tod.
That being said, the story kind of dragged while Kaylee was trying to come to terms with being alive, but not alive. I get that it was important to portray that her immortality was an adjustment but I found myself getting bored with the whole none of it matters bit. More than that I was somewhat frustrated. She was given another chance to live and enjoy life (without an expiration date) and instead of being grateful that she had a chance to spend forever with the guy she loves she goes on and on about how it doesn’t matter.
I loved the Kaylee and Tod scenes. I still can’t believe how much I have come to love him. I really disliked Tod in the beginning and now I’m completely in love with him! He’s absolutely perfect for Kaylee. Scratch that, they are perfect for each other.
Sabine is one of my favorite characters. I love how she’s honest and doesn’t sugar coat things. I’m still hoping for an official Sabine/Nash reunion because I honestly believe that they are perfect for each as well. Nash just has to get it through his thick head.
The action in Before I Wake doesn’t really pick up until the end. This was probably the one part of the book that I thought was lacking. However, I feel that the ending set things up for an amazing ending to this series.
While it wasn’t my favorite installment, I thought Before I Wake was a nice addition to the Soul Screamers series. I’m anxious to see what Vincent has in store for us in what is sure to be a truly grand finale!
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