Book Review: Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent

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....

Release Date: June 26, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Purchased

This was my favorite Soul Screamers book to date!  I liked If I Die a lot, especially the ending, but Before I Wake was even better.

I have long been anticipating the end of Kaylee and Nash.  He was on my last nerve the last couple of books, so when Kaylee finally ended things with him in book five, I wanted to stand up and cheer!  Simultaneously, she discovers Tod's true feelings for her, and realizes her feelings for him.  This kind of a rebound relationship usually bothers me, but it really worked here.  I liked that Tod and Kaylee were already friends and had a long-standing mutual respect for each other.  Nash and Kaylee weren't friends before they started dating, and I think that was a contributing factor to the demise of their relationship.

Beyond my happiness over Kaylee's love life, Before I Wake had a great plot.  Like the other books in the series, it took a little while to get moving, but once it did, it was a real page turner.  I loved Kaylee's strength and focus in this book.  She is really coming into her own, and I love that.

The ending, oh the ending!  I could not believe what happens!  The final book is going to be great, and although I hate having to wait for it, I think it will definitely be worth the wait.

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