- Title: Before I Wake
- Author: Rachel Vincent
- Series: Soul Screamers #6
- Previous Book: If I Die (#5), Never to Sleep (#5.5)
- Next Book: With All My Soul (not yet released)
- Source: Personal Purchase
Description 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….
As seems to be Vincent’s pattern, we find out some new information very quickly in the book. When Kaylee goes on her first assignment for the reclamation department, she runs into an old foe that we may have assumed was gone. We know that Kaylee did. We also learn that this old foe has connections to another old foe and is going to be making trouble for Kaylee. Being dead doesn’t make her invincible, and she can die for real this time.
This book was definitely the weirdest in the series for me. I don’t mean weird in a bad way, but as we’re now seeing an entire book about Kaylee being dead and struggling to fake her life, it just is a strange experience for the reader. As is typical with Vincent’s writing style, the book gives enough mystery and danger interspersed with love, friendship, and humorous moments to really keep it interesting. However, I would also say that this book is one of the creepier and scarier of the series, as we find out that Avari has obtained a new ability that is absolutely terrifying. Also, there is one scene that is just absolutely heartbreaking for Kaylee.
While strange, it is very interesting to see how much Kaylee really struggles with her afterlife. She really thought that going through the motions of her life would feel normal, like nothing ever happened, but she is all too aware that she is dead and that the things that once mattered to her don’t as much anymore. We also get to see Tod like we’ve never seen him before. He seems happier with Kaylee in his life, but he also sometimes struggles with how to help her through her afterlife. Nash, Sabine, and Sophie are all a bit more likable in this book, and I just love Luca.
The ending was intense and sad. It also ends on more of a cliffhanger than most of the other books, making me very eager to read the last book! Bad news is it’s not released yet. Good news? It’s supposed to come out in March, so at least it’s not too long of a wait!
While I really enjoyed this book, I didn’t find it as amazing as My Soul to Steal or If I Die, so I give it 4 stars.