Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Title: Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6)

Author: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: June 26th, 2012

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Read: June 29th, 2012

Pages: 346-Paperback


  1. My Soul to Take
  2. My Soul to Save
  3. My Soul to Keep
  4. My Soul to Steal
  5. If I Die
  6. Before I Wake
  7. With All My Soul


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…

What I thought:

Where do I begin? I want to make this as spoiler-free as possible, because so much awesomeness goes on in this book.

Kaylee is back to her life from the last book, but after dying she is now a Reaper kind of like Tod. She is to go after souls that have been taken and get them back. Part of the deal of her coming back was that she could be around her family, finish school and go to college, but being dead is hard. She starts to wonder what the point of doing all these mindless things from before like school and a part-time job will accomplish since she will never age and live forever.

The only positive thing is her boyfriend Tod, who loves her very much and is willing to do anything for her. Her first day back at school is full of stares and questions of what happened to her and how she survived, but they don’t know she’s technically dead. And that she has to focus constantly to stay visible to living people.

That same day she has her first assignment, and she comes across an old enemy, one we thought was gone. A lot more is going on than anyone thought, a favourite villain returns and the tables are turned for the Hellions it seems. So now everyone involved needs to find a way to finally stop them, without anyone getting hurt. There are some losses and grief in this book, but it made the story even greater.

This is by far the best book, not only is Kaylee finally with someone who is good for her, but she has to keep fighting to be human and not give in to being dead and losing everything she loves. Tod is awesome as usual, and even Nash is trying to make things right.

Recommended for fans of the series and those who like paranormal.


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