Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin's strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she's put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep...forever.
Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family...?
My Thoughts :
Another day, another novella! It is amazing what you can find on your Kindle if you look in the right places and so I decided to get this one out of the way and have another quick read. I have been following the Soul Screamers series with some interest. It really surprised me at the beginning and I have been enjoying it a lot but the longer the series carries on the more I wonder where the author really wants to go with it. So this novella was a bit of an eye opener for me.
This short story is all about Kaylee's cousin Sophie and is told from her perspective. It actually crosses over slightly into the previous release and of course means it could be seen as a spoiler if you haven't already read the rest of the series. However it didn't bother me either way. I was just excited about finally getting to know Sophie better.
Kaylee's cousin has always been in the background, popping up when she wasn't needed and just basically being a bitchy pest. This short story changes that outlook and gives you a real look into her way of thinking and lets you better understand how she sees things from her point of view. She has never been introduced into the world Kaylee has and has no idea about what her cousin is and can do. So this novella opens a whole new world to Sophie and I can't wait to see what happens next. I think she is going to have a bigger role next time around.
Of course there is another character in this book. Luca isn't, from what I can remember, a character that has already appeared in the series. The end of the story also says that the reader can find out what he is really up to in the next release. If this little adventure with Sophie is anything to go by I think 'Before I Wake' will be extremely interesting. I don't believe I pre-ordered the last couple of books in the series but maybe this next one will make it on to my list because of this short story.
Soul Screamers Series :
#0.5 - My Soul to Lose
#1 - My Soul to Take
#2 - My Soul to Save
#3 - My Soul to Keep
#3.5 - Reaper
#4 - My Soul to Steal
#5 - If I Die
#5.5 - Never to Sleep
#6 Before I Wake (Due out in June)
#7 With All My Soul (Due out in 2013)