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About the book
Before I Wake is the sixth book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. It was published by Mira Ink on 6th July and the book is 384 pages long.
Kaylee Cavanaugh recently died. The monster who killed her intended on taking her soul at the same time but he didn't get it. After weeks of hiding away and getting used to the fact that she's dead, Kaylee has to face facts... she has an afterlife. Kaylee has to go back to high school and fight to stay visible to everyone around her as well as figuring out her new job.Having an afterlife means that Kaylee must now reclaim captured souls. However, when she comes into contact with an old foe, she knows this is not as simple as it once seemed. Even though she's dead, Kaylee's life is in danger and that also means that everyone around her is in much more danger than she can handle.
What I thought
Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series is one of my favourite YA series and I always look forward to each instalment as so much happens. While this isn't my favourite book in the series so far, it is high up there on the list.
So Kaylee is now dead although having to deal with having an afterlife. She's trying to go back to school and she also has a new job in the afterlife and everything seems to be getting on top of her. I know her reasons for going back to school are explained, and really well, but I know that would be the last thing on my mind if I had recently died. At the same time, she's really just trying to deal with how she feels about everything that has happened so far and that is a really tough thing for her.
Thankfully, Kaylee has Tod on her side to help her out. Being a Reaper, Tod knows what it's like to die and to have a job in the afterlife. He understands her and is always there for her when needed. I always loved Tod throughout this series and was hoping the day would come that he and Kaylee got together. I am so glad this finally happened in book 5 and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop in Before I Wake. While Tod is great for Kaylee, she still has ex-boyfriend and Tod's brother Nash to deal with. The tension and upset between these three characters was fantastic to read about and the emotions were so well described.
The Soul Screamers series is coming to an end now so with this book being nearly the last one, I was expecting some major excitement. Rachel Vincent does not disappoint in this area either. Page after page, new twists and turns are thrown in and so much happens in this book. I was not expecting for most of the twists to happen and I loved the majority of them. There was one or two things that I would have maybe preferred to happen slightly differently but overall, the plot was a great one and very unexpected.
While most of the plot does revolve around Kaylee and her trying to get on with (kind of) life, new and old characters and intertwined into the plot. New guy Luca was really interesting and Sophie gets some more page time. I'm not Sophie's biggest fan by a long shot but it was nice to see her get more involved with her family and not be such an outsider. I was glad to see Sabine and Emma have quite a big part in this story too as they're both characters that I have absolutely loved so far. Sabine is still one of the best characters of the series for me and I love getting to know more about her.
As I said before, not my favourite in the series but still damn good!