Jul 20, 2012

Reading Mind's Review of Before I Wake

Before I Wake

[Note: Reading Mind's review contains spoilers for BIW]

If I Die…what can be said about this absolutely great book? It just shines with its brilliance, the fast-paced plot, the unforgettable characters and the sarcastic and witty lines written by the magic pen of Rachel Vincent.

"So, Kaylee, how's your first day back going?"

"Fine." As long as 'fine' could be defined as the half-way point between horrible and unbearable.

I thought I couldn't possibly love this book more than If I Die. Turned out I was totally wrong. I was hooked from the very first word (actually, from the dedication of the book) and I couldn't put it down. Kaylee is at her best; she's finally more confident, stronger than ever, even if she still has to work on accepting the fact that she's dead. She has some problems adjusting to her new non-life, but I love the way she acts, I love what she says…she has grown so much from the beginning and she is become a gorgeous independent woman. I loved the plot and the twists, all the unexpected things that happened (Avari! Hellion walking on earth! NOT GOOD) and I was stunned by Kaylee's new ability. Waiting for the next book is going to be an agony.

There is not a thing I didn't like in this books: Nash, my previously not-so-likeable Hudson brother, has kind of redeemed himself at my eyes. I can see how he struggles to get on track again and how he tries to protect Kaylee and I do hope he'll get better. Sabine has been a nice discovery, too. She's nicer than usual and I love her attitude and her bad-assness. She's starting to be less selfish and girl is smart. Tod…oh, well, what can I say about the most gorgeous, caring, loving and all-around GREAT reaper in the world?

“You're not lost, Kaylee. You can't ever be lost, because I'll always know where you are. And if I'm not there with you, I'm on my way, and nothing standing between us ill be standing for very long.”

See what I mean? He's absolutely perfect but he manages not to be arrogant. Kaylee and Tod are just the perfect couple and they fit each other perfectly. They are dealing with some nasty problems but they work in team, together with Nash, Sabine and Emma, and they great. I especially liked Kaylee's father in this book; he's finally come to term with the fact that Kaylee is a woman, even if he thinks he lost her now that she's kind of dead. I loved their conversations and the way he treats Tod.

This is not really a review, it looks like me gushing about how great the book was. It. Was. AWESOME. Rachel Vincent has done it again, she wrote a compelling, fast-paced, well-written and unputdownable story, a rollercoaster of emotions that won't disappoint the fans. Now, PLEASE, give me the next book!

RATING: 5 stars…no, wait, 5 supernovas!

Jul 16, 2012

Renee's Review of Before I Wake

Before I Wake

This book is…. something. I'm not quite sure what that something is just yet. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved it. Before I Wake dragged me onto an emotional roller coaster that left me a little shaken up. I must have literary vertigo. Yeah, that's it.

As always, this book was beautifully written without seeming to be too formal. As a reader, it's very important to me that each of the characters have a "voice." This sort of mental tenor I hear every time they speak, or in Kaylee's case, throughout the entire narration. The twisted mess that is my brain needs this as an anchor to tie the entire story together because without it, nothing seems real enough for me to believe it.

Each of the characters needs to be so defined that they create their own person. Someone that I can count on to maybe not always make the right decision, but one that makes sense for them. They have to be able to surprise me without making me feel skeptical, and they definitely have to make me miss them when they're gone.

Before I Wake had all of this and more: it was an entire whirlwind of craziness. It made me laugh so often that I was sore, and it made my heart swell with pride during those "awwwww…." moments. But I was so in shock throughout the entire thing that I don't think I fully came to terms with all that had come to pass until long after I reached the last page.

And that's when I broke down into tears.

Everything was kicked up another level from where things stood after If I Die. The stakes are higher, rules are broken, and suddenly everything is on the line because no one is safe anymore. All hell is about to break loose. Literally.

Rating: 5 stars

Jul 14, 2012

Helene's Review of Before I Wake

Before I Wake

[Note: Helene's review contains spoilers for BIW]

I’ve just finished reading BIW and the first thing I want to say is: Ouahhhhhh, this book is so so great.

I love this book and the fact that I won it with my participation to the Soul Screamers reading challenge makes me love it more.

How Rachel Vincent can have a so big imagination? There is always action and we never know what happens next, which dangers the characters will have to face.

In the beginning we were with Kaylee for her first day at school after her death. It’s very difficult for her because she is different now. During the entire book, I find that Kaylee is the same girl but in the same time she is completely different. The death makes her different. She has to get used to her afterlife and she needs time. Thankfully, Tod is here to help her. I love to see them together. They are for each other, they need each other. They love the other so much.

I love their first time together, it’s so sweet. Tod is so nice and cute. He wants that this first time means something for them both.

But Kaylee can’t spend her afterlife to just love Tod. The hellions are never far from her. Even dead, she has to fight them, to save her friends and family and to save her soul.

We don’t know what happens. People die again and souls are stolen. It’s not a new danger; it’s the same as always. Avari is here and more than ever he wants Kaylee’s soul. He finds a way to cross to the human plane. The author must have a very good imagination to find that because it’s so incredible. I could never find something like that.

And the end, I can’t believe that. It was so amazing. They face three hellions, and Emma dies but she comes back in Lydia’s body. The hellions are always a threat for everybody. How can we wait one year after an end like that? I want to read WAMS now even if I will be very sad after WAMS because it’s the last book.

I love so much Soul Screamers and the characters. They are like friends for me. I follow them during all the fights and I fear for them. Reading one of the Soul Screamers book is so intense.

And I’m so happy because I understand the entire book very well. After reading five full books and three novellas in English I think that I have a better understanding.

So I would like to thank again Rachel Vincent for this wonderful book and this wonderful series. She is a so great author and she has always time for her fans. It’s so amazing to have the chance to chat with her during the Soul Screamers chat.

I can’t wait for the BIW chat.

To conclude Before I Wake is so great and deserves a lot of read.

Jun 21, 2012

SSRC: If I Die Spoiler Chat

This is the last official spoiler chat with Author Rachel Vincent for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and it's this weekend! And we're talking all about IF I DIE!!! Finally!!!!!

While the awesome author will be having a spoiler chat for BEFORE I WAKE some time in July, she's doing that just because she's... well... AWESOME!

Every Soul Screamers book except for BEFORE I WAKE is up for discussion. So, I'm really going to have to try and not ask all those burning questions I have about all those shocking/amazing/oh em gee things that happened in BIW.... Wow, that's going to be tough.



DATE: Sunday, June 24th

TIME: 3:00PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

LENGTH: Approx. 1 hour

WHERE: Rachel Vincent's chat room. CLICK HERE to read the author's post for details. A live link to the chat room will be posted on her blog 30 minutes beforehand for those of you who want to stop by early.

WHO: Anyone is welcome to join in, even if you didn't participate in the challenge.

DETAILS: This spoiler chat will be for spoilers from all books in the series, except for BEFORE I WAKE. So, if you have had a chance to read it before release, please, please, please don't ruin it for those who haven't.

I really hope you'll stop by for the chat. And be sure to have your questions ready because it is just so easy to forget them when the chat actually starts.

As the chat will be taking place in Rachel Vincent's chat room a login is required. So stop by a few minutes early so you don't miss anything! Because you won't be able to see what happened before you log in. And you won't be able to ask your questions until you're given a "voice."

And once again I just have to say thank you so much for participating in the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. You all made it such an amazing event to host and it would not have been nearly as fun without each and every single one of you there!

Jun 20, 2012

SSRC: Unclaimed Prizes

I know it's a little soon to create an "unclaimed prizes" post, but I'm trying to wrap up all the giveaways for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and I'm hoping this post will put those who have won prizes on notice.

I think I ordered and/or sent out - or am in the process of sending out - over fifty prizes at the end of this challenge. Between the participation post, the end of challenge giveaway, the month five prizes and the star winners, it added up to a LOT of prizes. And a lot of panic.

But I don't think anyone got lost in the shuffle.

There are a few winners I'm waiting to hear back from in response to their emails to me that I responded to. (Did that actually make sense?)

And there are a few prize winners who are awaiting the release of Before I Wake so that I can send the books to the author for signature.

I've got all books ordered from Amazon and The Book Depository for those who did email me with their details. Yay!

And I've sent the addresses to the author for the specialty bound book prizes!


But I really don't think I missed anyone.

So, that leaves those who haven't yet contacted me to claim their winnings. And there are just a few.

If you are one of the following, please be in touch so that I can order your prizes!

UPDATED 6/28/12

Ron @ Stories of My Life - you won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE. FORFEITED 6/28
Young Readers at Home - you won a signed copy of BEFORE I WAKE. CLAIMED!
YA Reader's Escape - you won a Rachel Vincent Book of Your Choice. CLAIMED!
Kiara @ Goodreads - you won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE. FORFEITED 6/28
The Cait Files - you won a pre-order of BEFORE I WAKE. CLAIMED!
Shaft's Words - you won a pre-order of BEFORE I WAKE. FORFEITED 6/28
Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - you won a pre-order of BEFORE I WAKE. CLAIMED!

Thanks to everyone for being patient as I got everything sorted and ordered! I am so glad to hear that so many of you had fun! And I really do hope you can join in on the BEFORE I WAKE reading challenge that will run from JUNE 26-August 1!

Jun 18, 2012

A Thank You to ALL SSRC Participants

I wrapped up the challenge over at Fiktshun and announced the end of challenge winners there as well as highlighted all the stars of the challenge - those who either posted in all five months of the challenge or who received 10 points in the challenge.

But I wanted to thank and list ALL active challenge participants!

Without further ado, here they are in order of point values.

Hoping4More Simple Reviews 15
Smiling Ina's Bookish Corner 15
Aleksandra's Corner 15
p7 @ Bookeater/Booklover 15
Jen @ Midnight Book Thief 14
Deann @ Goodreads 13
Alaiel @ Librarian Mouse 13
Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal 13
Kristin @ Goodreads 13
Debbie @ Goodreads 13
Helene @ Facebook/SSRC 13
RiffsAndReviews 13
Melissa @ Goodreads 12
Kiara @ Goodreads 12
Renee @ SSRC 12
My Book Obsession 12
YA Readers Escape 11
Lucia @ Goodreads/Reading Mind SSRC 11
Kristin @ My Parahangover 11
April @ Books4Juliet 11
Tyawna @ Goodreads 11
Mandi Kay @ Never Too Fond of Books 10
Alba @ BookPics 10
Kat @ KHN 10
The Whispering of the Pages 10
Ron @ Stories of My Life 10
A Book Obsession 10
Ashley @ Wholly Books 10
Cinq @ To Tell the Time 10
Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf 9
Nicci @ Paper Dreams 9
Nicole (Dragonbee13) @ Goodreads 8
Shafts Words 8
Erin @ Paranormal Book Nook 8
Adriana @ Reading Fictional 8
Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf 8
Lis @ Nox-Invictus The Reader Lines 8
Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives 7
Herding Cats & Burning Soup 7
Reading in the Mountains 7
What the Cat Read 7
Pavan @ Goodreads 7
Carmen @ Coffeebookbandbat 7
Team Tod @ Facebook 7
Angie @ Pinkindle RR 7
Lea @ Goodreads 7
Tsk, Tsk What to Read 7
Psique @ Book Travels 6
Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase 6
Emilies Book World 6
Geek Chic 6
Carina @ Fictional Distraction 5
Kate @ Epic Chocolate Fantasy 5
Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews & Goodreads 5
Emily Baker @ Facebook 5
Maricar @ Blackplume 5
Gabic Reads 5
Putting Pen to Page Heather 5
The Cait Files 5
Shaina Jachim @ Goodreads 5
Ali @ My Guilty Obsession 4
A World of Words 4
Angela @ Goodreads "Angie" 4
Raquel @ The Book Barbies 4
Hannah @ In the Best Worlds 4
Poppy @ Goodreads 4
Heather @ Goodreads 4
Krazzyme @ Young Readers 4
Nicole @ Bookaholics 4
The Savidge Way of Blogging 3
Random Musings of a Bibliophile Judy 3
Hackaroos Reviews 3
The Autumn Review 3
ShawnaLeAnn @ Dreaming In The Pages 3
Stephanie @ From Books Paradise 3
Sukies Bookends 3
Well Disordered Mind 3
Bookworm Brandee 3
[Bookish Comforts] 3
Enna @ Goodreads 3
Rose @ Read, Write, Leave 3
Mortality Bites 3
Paige (The Book Vulture) @ Goodreads 2
Emmalee Giantomasso @ Goodreads 2
Bella Collela/Paranormal Book Club/GR 2
Inspire Imagination 2
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads 2
Sierra @ Happily Never Ending 2
Tee @ Dreamingdreams 2
Ephrielle @ Hope, Love, and Happy Endings 2
Ella @ Goodreads 2
Delphine @ Goodreads 2
YA Sisterhood 2
My Thoughts On Surviving Life 2
Irene @ Goodreads 2
Candaces Book Blog 2
Nea Barabea @ My Life is a Fairytale 2
Fiction Freak 2
Ciara @ Lost at Midnight Reviews 2
Steph @ The Night Bookmobile 2
Book Lovers Paradise 2
Meg @ Goodreads 2
Paranormal Fantasy Addict 2
Melt My Heart 2
Jennifer (Nightshade) @ Goodreads 2
Katrina Whittaker @ Goodreads 2
Andrea @ The Bookish Babe 1
Ifrah @ Booksters Café 1
Lavished with Books 1
Nice Girls Don't Read Naughty Books 1
Bookish Things & More 1
Hannah @ Once Upon A Time 1
Michelle @ Mishelvesofbooks 1
Jay @ We Fancy Books 1
Katrina @ Bookish Things 1
Debbie @ Coffee Tea Dreamer 1

While I counted 119 active participants (including me), I only list 116 here (not including me) as two entrants posted reviews that were dated prior to the start date of the challenge so were not technically "active" during the challenge and didn't receive point values for those reviews.

And for an explanation of the point values...

For posting a review of any of the full-length books during the correct challenge month dates, that earned you a total of two points each.

For posting a review of any of the novellas or short stories during any of the challenge month dates, that earned you a total of one point each.

For posting a review of any of the full-length books during a challenge month that was not for that book, that earned you a total of one point each.

If you passed on a prize and earned an extra entry into a monthly giveaway, that did not count toward your point values for the end of challenge, just for that particular giveaway.

Maximum points for this challenge were 15. And there were four challenge participants who got that perfect score so I'm adding in an extra thank you to them! Especially as the short stories were extra to the challenge and not part of the original list of "extra credit" reads.

I would like to thank all of you for signing up and taking part in this challenge! Each one of you made this challenge a success! I hope you enjoyed getting to read or re-read Rachel Vincent's amazing series. I know I did!

And if you'd like to join me on June 26th through August 1st for a read of BEFORE I WAKE, I'd love to have you join in. Details to come next week!

Jun 17, 2012

SSRC Month Five Winners

Prize #1 - A Rachel Vincent book of your choice - this can include a pre-order copy of Before I Wake - to TWO WINNERS

Winner One - #14 - Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

Winner Two - #86 - The Whispering of the Pages

Prize #2 - A signed copy of Soul Screamers Volume One to ONE WINNER

Winner - #34 - To Tell The Time*

*Prize will be sent directly from the author

Prize #3 - A signed copy of If I Die to ONE WINNER

Winner - #92 - Coffee Book Band Bat

Prize #4 - A signed copy of My Soul to Steal to THREE WINNERS

Winner ONE - #32 - Helene @ SSRC

Winner TWO - #30 - Deann @ Goodreads

Winner THREE - #29 - The Reader Lines

Prize #5 - A signed copy of Before I Wake to TWO WINNERS

Winner ONE - #69 - Unabridged Bookshelf **

Winner TWO - #73 - Young Readers**

** Prizes will be sent to the author AFTER release to be signed. Then shipped back to me to send out to the winners. If winners would prefer to receive prizes unsigned so they can get them closer to release date, please advise.

Prize #6 - A set (signed) of Soul Screamers Volume One*, My Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, If I Die and Before I Wake **

Winner - #100 - Tsk, Tsk, What to Read?

*Soul Screamers Volume One will be sent directly from the author.

** Before I Wake will be sent to the author AFTER release to be signed. Then shipped back to me to send out to the winner. If you would prefer to receive BIW unsigned so you can get it closer to release date, please advise.

Prize #7 - $50 in books of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository

Winner - #91 - Pavan @ Goodreads

Prize #8 - ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Reaper signed by the author*

Winner - #38 - Librarian Mouse

*Prize will be sent directly from the author

Prize #9 - ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Never to Sleep signed by the author*

Winner - #104 - Reading Fictional

*Prize will be sent directly from the author

Unclaimed Prize #1 - A signed copy of My Soul to Keep to ONE WINNER

Winner - #89 - Bookeater/Booklover

Unclaimed Prize #2 - As two winners didn't claim their eBook prizes I have replaced that with one pre-order copy of Before I Wake to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository to ONE WINNER

Winner - #1 - Mandy Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Unclaimed Prize #3 - A Rachel Vincent book of your choice to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository - it may be a pre-order of Before I Wake

Winner - #54 - YA Reader's Escape

There are also two other unclaimed prizes, but I am giving the winner until the end of today to claim them. If I do not hear back from them I will update this post with two new winners - one for a T-Shirt from Rachel Vincent's Urban Quill store. One for a signed copy of If I Die.

Congratulations Winners! I hope to hear from all of you! The sooner you email your details to me, the quicker the prizes can be sent or ordered. Please email me at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you have won a book prize that you already own, contact me and I'm sure we can come up with another prize!

WINNERS, if you do not wish to receive your prize - please let me know by email or in the comments and I'll choose another winner or winners. If you are the winner of a signed book and choose not to accept your prize, I will replace it with a pre-order of BEFORE I WAKE.

Winners of the signed books please send me your address details. If you won a signed BEFORE I WAKE and wish it to be personalized, please let me know if you want it personalized. If you do want it personalized, please include who you want it personalized to and any message.

Winners of the books of your choice, please send me your address details and book choice.

Winner of the $50 in books of your choice from Amazon/The Book Depository, please email me with your book selections and address details. Note that books priced at TBD must be USD prices through the US website. If you aren't sure about the total cost of your books, give me a list, in order, and I'll add books to the cart until I hit the $50 mark.

Winners of the signed books sent by the author - this includes the special bound volumes - please send me your address details AND whether or not you wish to have your book personalized. If you do want it personalized, please include who you want it personalized to and any message.


Congratulations to the MONTH FIVE giveaway winners!

The end of challenge giveaway winners for the pre-order copies of BEFORE I WAKE will be posted on Tuesday. I am still working on determining the number of books (minimum of ten) that will be up for giveaway.

And as announced on Twitter, if you were an active participant in all five months of the challenge, posted reviews for all five full length books AND do NOT end up winning a prize, other than an eBook, in this challenge (including the end-of-challenge giveaway) I will pre-order a copy of BEFORE I WAKE for you!

Stay tuned until Tuesday night for the End of Challenge post.

And be sure to check back at Fiktshun on June 26th for the start of the one month + "challenge" to read and review BEFORE I WAKE!