Soul Screamers Read A Long: Before I Wake

July 21, 2013 Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Soul Screamers Read A Long: Before I WakeBefore I Wake Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on June 26, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA
Pages: 339
Source: Amazon
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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….

**NOTE** The following review will contain spoilers for the series, but not for this particular book. HOWEVER the discussion & questions following the review may contain spoilers for Before I Wake. Consider yourself warned. 🙂

I am still amazed with each of these books that Vincent manages to keep me enthralled and interested, and still surprises me with the risks she is willing to take with her characters. Nash’s behavior in this story is much more understandable and relate-able. With everything that happened at the end of If I Die, and his history with Kaylee, I was hurting page after page for him. I truly hope he is able to find some peace, if not happiness, before the end of the series, though with Vincent’s track record I am not holding my breath for an HEA for everyone. Or anyone actually.

It was nice for Kaylee and Tod to be together. Even if there were some awkward moments because of the group dynamic. They are perfect for each other and even though I was kicking and screaming the whole way, I finally have to admit Tod is way better for Kaylee than Nash ever was. They have some terribly sweet moments that make him even more loveable than before.

As much as I connected with Kaylee in the earlier books, I had a hard time in this one. Probably because she is, you know, dead. And as far as I know I am not, nor have I ever been. She is dealing with so much more than I ever have, yet still is trying to be a regular teenager and go to school. I think home based classes would have been a better bet for her. But, life, or after-life as the case is, must go on.

This story didn’t have me riding the emotional roller coaster the last few books did until the very end, and then a huge WTF moment along with a decent cliffhanger left me stunned. It most certainly left me excited for the next, and final, book. At this point I honestly have NO CLUE how Vincent will wrap things up.


Scroll to the very bottom of the post to read the questions Christen sent me for the discussion, and my answers!


And don’t forget to join us August 15th for the LAST discussion!

February 15:
My Soul To Take (#1) and My Soul to Lose (novella # 0.5)
@ Goldilox and the Three Weres


My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5)

March 15:
My Soul to Save (#2)
@ Little Read Riding Hood


My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)

April 15:
My Soul to Keep (#3) and Reaper (novella #3.5)
@ Goldilox and the Three Weres


My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3) Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)

May 15:
My Soul to Steal (#4)
@ Little Read Riding Hood


My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)

June 15:
If I Die (#5) and Never to Sleep (novella #5.5)
@ Goldilox and the Three Weres


If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5) Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)

July 15:
Before I Wake (#6)
@Little Read Riding Hood

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

August 15:
With All My Soul (#7)
@Goldilox and the Three Weres

And now, the questions Christen sent, along with my answers! Answer along with me in the comments!

1. What do you think of Kaylee and Tod together? Do you like them together now that’s its official and they are a couple?

– I love them together! I am so glad she waited, even though she died first, and didn’t sleep with Nash. It made her time with Tod that much sweeter <3

2. In YA, its hard to balance having parents with parents getting in the way. What do you think of how the adults in this series are used?

-I love that the parents are as involved as they are. It gives the story more legitimacy than some other YA’s where the parents are all but non-existent.

3. Do you think Nash is justified in still being mad at Kaylee about him getting arrested, now that he knows why?

– I get his fury. Not only was he framed for murder, but his brother “stole” his girlfriend and she was killed, all in the same week. Even if there are reasons for it all, a hurt like that isn’t going to go away over night. I just hope there is a way he can be happy at the end of all of this.

4. How do you predict everything with the hellions and Avari will play out in the next – the last! – book?

– Oh gosh, I don’t even want to guess! I don’t think they can be killed, so unless hellions can be reaped, they are going to have to find a way to close his access to the human world. Or die trying (that is what I am afraid of!)


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One Response to “Soul Screamers Read A Long: Before I Wake”

  1. Christen

    That’s my concern too, that the hellions can’t really be killed so what are they going to do?!?!?!?

    And Emma and Lydia…holy crap what a surprise!

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