Saturday 14 July 2012

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

For Review: Mira Ink
Published: 6 July 2012

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….

Honestly, I freaking love this series! I have no idea what I am going to do with myself after With All My Soul is published!

The story picks up from where we left it in If I Die. Kaylee is struggling to adapt to her afterlife, Nash is still holding a grudge and an old enemy returns to reek havoc...

One of the things I really admire about Rachel Vincent's writing and her stories is that there are always consequences and everything that happens is earned. There is no 'miracle switch' that she uses to make things easier for the characters - they go through what they should go through in the circumstances. I loved that Kaylee struggled with her afterlife. Of course I want to see her happy, but I felt that wouldn't be believable.  She has had to make a lot of sacrifices and she needs to adapt to that.

As for the storyline, things just got scary!. As much as I admire Vincent's willingness to take risks it does mean that my favourite characters are not always safe (you only need to be a fan of her Shifter's series to know that!) Things change in this one - I won't say any more than that - but I am crossing my fingers in hope that all these characters will get their happy ending!

Also, if I had any doubts of my love for Tod (I didn't, but still...) this book has truly cemented those feelings. I love him - he is so nice and kind to Kaylee. I adore the two of them as a couple.

As for Nash I really hope he sees the light soon. At the risk of being attacked (please don't hurt me...) I really like the idea of him and Sabine together. She has really grown as a character for me - I like how perceptive she is. And I do think she is mellowing! He also needs to sort out his relationship with Tod - I have a feeling that if he discovers the truth behind Tod's death he will realise what he has actually been given and stop wasting it.

So yes, I can't wait for With All My Soul. It promises to be EPIC!

Check back later - Rachel is stopping by to talk about her book covers!

1 comment:

Zoe said...

I can't believe I haven't read a Rachel Vincent book yet! :O This looks amazing, the story and the cover. Great review :)


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