Review of Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Heart Warming and Action Packed!

Five Stars

Before I Wake Cover

Length: 352 pages         Published: 26 June 2012


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…

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Review ***SPOILERS***

This book is fantastic! It pulled so many emotions out of me I was emotionally drained by the end!

So Kaylee’s not dead (Yay!) Well, she’s undead, and an extractor (she reclaims stolen souls). She thought returning to her life would be fine, and she could just pick up where she left off, but being undead has changed her and she’s finding it hard to connect with her friends and family and even harder to stay fully corporeal. The only person she feels whole with is Tod.

Her relationship with Tod is just a thing of beauty. The dynamics of their relationship are one of a kind and I found myself soaking up every moment they were together. Kaylee and Tod together were my favourite moments of the book.

Nash is getting stronger, he’s admitting to his mistakes as well as accepting Kaylee’s. He’s also being honest with his own feelings. Unexpectedly his relationship with Sabine whilst physically has progressed, emotionally it’s still being held back because he’s fighting his feelings for Kaylee.

I really felt so bad for poor Emma! She’s really been through a lot. She was killed, then her boyfriend died, her sister got impregnated by an evil incubus and if she has a boy it’s highly likely to kill her. Her next boyfriend was then murdered and had his soul abused and worn like a cloak by a hellion and finally she was killed yet again and her soul has been placed in another’s soulless body! (I think I got it all) Throughout all of this though, she still remains fanatically loyal to Kaylee, she really is a great friend.

I was really excited to see Avari back! Of course Avari is a Hellion of greed who seems to have made it his life goal to obtain Kaylee’s soul, to torture for eternity. This time he’s back with friends and has learned some scary new tricks that is causing chaos and heartbreak to Kaylee and her friends and family.

I really enjoyed this book, there was so much going on and I’m intrigued to see what the last book in the series With All My Soul has to offer.

There is also a diary of a day in Tod’s life (pre If I Die) that was awesome. It was great to see just how lonely and sad Tod’s life was becoming before Kaylee and to understand a little of how he felt and why he was somewhat detached from the world. Definitely worth a read!

Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.


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