Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jaime's Review of Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake
Rachel Vincent
Paperback: 352 Pages
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210612
Source: Borrowed from Rachel at Fiktshun thank's bestie!!! <33333333
Rating: Obsessed

From Goodreads.

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 have so many feelings about this book! I loved If I Die and I didn’t think that Rachel could top it, no way no how! I mean the thing that I had been waiting for forever finally happened in If I Die no not Kaylee dying but, if you’ve read If I Die you’ll know what I’m talking about ;)

Before I Wake made my heart soar at one moment then ripped it out and tore it to shreds the next. 
There’s one scene in this book where I lost it. I mean literally lost it! Ugly red eyes, tears, runny nose the works; and no I won’t tell you which scene but it devastated me. There were also a few scenes where I swooned so much I felt like I needed a cold shower and yeah… sorry Team Nash peeps those were between Tod and Kay. Also I already really liked Sabine in If I Die but I came to adore her in this one she had some of the best one liner’s and had me cracking up! I mean she actually says at one point about Sophie…. “Yeah and hissing kittens think they’re badass, too.” It’s so fitting! I also loved Kaylee’s dad in this one he’s trying so hard to make sure his daughter still has a “normal” life and he’s even trying to have an “open door” policy when it comes to Tod and Kaylee and a curfew lol it’s so cute! Oh and Nash isn't as much of an asshat in this one so Nash fans that should make you happy!

I don’t want to talk much about the story as I feel I will go into spoilery territory but holy crap! There’s things that I never saw coming not in a million years and Rachel definitely ups the WTF’ery in this one. I definitely used a lot of curse words while reading this one! I can’t wait to see how this story all ends in With All My Soul the final Soul Screamers book! But man am I going to be sad to see this series I love so much come to an end!

I had a really hard time finding a passage for this one that wasn’t too spoilery and I also had to choose from about 20 pages that I had post-it notes on. I didn’t want to share any of the swoon worthy scenes I figured y’all would love to wait and read them on their own….. So I think I finally found one that is awesome though! It’s between Kaylee and her dad.

I pushed the open the door to find him sitting on the edge of his bed in a pair of flannel pajama pants, squinting at the alarm clock on his bedside table. “Guess what? I made breakfast.”

“You made…?” But before he could finish that thought, our ancient water heater groaned to life and the sound of running water erupted form down the hall. My dad’s eyes widened as he glanced at the closed bathroom door over my shoulder. “Who’s in the shower?”

“Nash. We kind of… had an impromptu sleepover.”

“You and Nash?” My dad was out of bed in an instant, reaching for the robe tossed over his footboard.

“No! Well yes. But, Sabine stayed the night, too.”

“That doesn’t sound much better, Kay…”

“Hang on, Pa, don’t reach for yer shotgun just yet,” I said, grinning over the protective streak I found funny, when there wasn’t actually anything to shelter me from. “We were just circlin’ the wagons, not having an orgy.”

My dad suddenly looked like he might be sick. “Please don’t ever say that word again.”

“Wagons?” I teased, and he actually cracked a smile.

“Yes, you’re much too young to be using Wild West analogies,” He tied his robe and ran one hand through his hair that showed no sign of thinning, well into his one hundred and thirty-second year. “So what happened? Why are we circling the proverbial wagons?”

Add this to your Goodreads shelves.

If you haven’t pre-ordered this one yet I highly suggest it! You’ll want to read it ASAP!


  1. I don't know whether you will tell me or not, but do Nash and Kaylee get back together? (fingers crossed. LOL.)

  2. God I want to read this so BADLY!! Your review is awesome :)

  3. Great review, Jamie. I'm looking forward to it.

    Although, I am up to the point where I just want Nash happy. I don't even care who it is with. Kaylie, Sabine or someone new. The boy has been through a lot..
    Most people might not agree, but there it is.

    - Jen

  4. Amazing review! The more reviews I read for this, the more I can't wait! It's time to start the re-reads to get ready for Tuesday.


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