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Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Wrap-up

I am actually kind of sad that the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge has ended. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun and gave me a chance to re-read and get to know a series I loved already just a little bit more. And it gave me a chance to get to know a few readers and bloggers that I might not have otherwise known.

And while I’m ecstatic that BEFORE I WAKE will be out in just over a week, I’m sad that I won’t be reading a Rachel Vincent book each and every month. So,Β to combat that, I have started to read her SHIFTERS series and will re-read the UNBOUND books currently available when I’m done. Hopefully that will pass the time until the next UNBOUND book is available.

Yes, I’m hooked. Rachel Vincent’s writing is highly addictive. Her characters are amazing. Her plots are gripping. And her love stories are twisty-turny in all the best ways. I love the SOUL SCREAMERS series even more than I did the first – and second for some of the books – time around. And of course I am equally excited and terrified to read the final book in the series.

Anyway… I mentioned, I was going to announce the winners for the end of challenge giveaway on Tuesday. But I decided to buckle down this weekend and get everything sorted now so that I could start getting those pre-orders in as soon as possible.

I also announced the Mini Challenge Redux winners and the Month Five winners on the SSRC blog. Be sure to check them out to see if you might have won.

So, after much tabulating, organizing, confirming, checking and re-checking, I determined that there were 119 active participants in this challenge – meaning 119 of those who signed up for the challenge posted at least one review/thoughts post during the challenge. Which means – if I round up – that there are 12 copies of BEFORE I WAKE up for giveaway.

I then added up all the points for entries and extra entries for those who posted at least once, which added up to 685 entries, and I put all 685 entries into Random’s List Generator and it has spoken. Amazingly it didn’t post any duplicates, either!

Congratulations Kiara @ Goodreads, Melissa @ Goodreads, Mag @ Geek Chic, Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal, Jen @ The Midnight Book Thief, April @ Books4Juliet, The Whispering of the Pages, Kat @ KHN, Cait @ The Cait Files, Shaft @ Shaft’s Words, Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives and Debbie @ Goodreads!

You all have won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository. Please contact me by email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your prize. If you have already won a pre-order copy of BIW and wish to select a different Rachel Vincent book of your choice, including a pre-order of the SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO, which comes out in mid-November, you can do that instead.

Thank you all SO MUCH for participating in this challenge. I am so amazed by just how many people came back month after month to share their reviews and thoughts about the books! YOU all made this challenge awesome!

There were so many awesome participants who joined in the challenge who posted in one, two, three or four months of the challenge, but there were only 21 participants who posted reviews in every month of the challenge.

[EDIT: In fact there were 22 participants who posted reviews in every month of the challenge and a total of 29 people who received 10 points or more. Due to a similar name of one of the participants when typing this post, I inadvertently left them off. They have been added in, as they are also a star, and they are awesome!]

And to me, they are the STARS of this challenge and I wanted to thank them personally, here in this post.

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Challenge Stars – CHAMPIONS

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month, 3 novellas and 2 short stories Β – 15 points

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Smiling Ina’s Bookish Corner

Aleksandra’s Corner



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Challenge Stars – AMAZING

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month, 3 novellas (13 points) or 2 novellas + 2 short stories (14 points)

Librarian Mouse – 13 points

Reading the Paranormal – 13 points

Debbie @ Goodreads – 13 points

Helene @ SSRC blog – 13 points

Riffs and Reviews – 13 points

The Midnight Book Thief – 14 points

Kristin @ Goodreads – 14 points


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Challenge Stars – AWESOME

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month (10 points) and one or two novellas or short stories (11-12 points)


Participated in all five months of the challenge, reviewed all 5 full-length books (not in correct challenge month) and 2 short stories (10 points)

Melissa @ Goodreads – 12 points

Kiara @ Goodreads – 12 points

My Book Obsession – 12 points

YA Reader’s Escape – 11 points

Reading Mind @ SSRC – 11 points

Books 4 Juliet – 11 points

Mandi @ Never Too Fond of Books – 10 points

Alba @ BookPics – 10 points

The Whispering of the Pages – 10 points

Kat @ KHN – 10 points

A Book Obsession – 10 points



There are also seven participants who posted frequently enough to have earned ten or more points in this challenge and participated in four of the five months of this challenge, so I wanted to spotlight them here, too.

As, to me, they are also stars!

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Challenge Stars – STELLAR

Deann @ Goodreads – 13 points

Renee @ SSRC – 12 points

Kristin @ My Para Hangover – 11 points

Tyawna @ Goodreads – 11 points

Ron @ Stories of My Life – 10 points

Ashley @ Wholly Books – 10 points

Cinq @ To Tell The Time – 10 points


As I mentioned on Twitter, for each participant who posted a review for all five of the full-length books in the series during this challenge and had a review posted during each of the five months, I would pre-order them a copy of BEFORE I WAKEΒ if they hadn’t won a prize (aside from an eBook) during this challenge. I’ve expanded that to include all 28 of the challenge stars above.

However, for the Challenge Stars that are either “Champions” or “Amazing,” if they haven’t already won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE, I will pre-order a copy of BEFORE I WAKE even if they won another prize during the challenge.

I will be announcing those winners on Tuesday. Stay tuned…


CHALLENGE STARS Eligible for a BIW pre-order

Librarian Mouse

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Kristin @ Goodreads

Aleksandra’s Corner


Helene @ SSRC

Riffs and Reviews

Alba @ BookPics

Reading Mind @ SSRC

Kristin @ My Parahangover

Ron @ Stories of My Life

Ashley @ Wholly Books

Tyawna @ Goodreads

A Book Obsession

If you are one of the 13 additional winners and you wish to claim your BIW Pre-order Prize, please email me at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com. If I do not hear from you by release date, prize will be forfeited.

[Edit: I am adding A Book Obsession to this list, who while they won a prize during the challenge, they opted to passed on it.]



I also want to thank all those who signed up at the beginning of the challenge or signed up and created a participation post. Your early support of this challenge meant SO MUCH! You have no idea.



Spoiler chats and one more challenge….

The IF I DIE spoiler chat is in the works and will hopefully be scheduled prior to the release of BEFORE I WAKE to avoid any spoilers for that book in the chat. Date and time to be announced soon. Stay tuned.

There will also be a BEFORE I WAKE spoiler chat later this summer. Details to come.


I will be hosting a BEFORE I WAKE reading challenge which will run from June 26th through August 1st. There will be a link-up and a giveaway. So if you just can’t wait to read BEFORE I WAKE and want to share your thoughts on, or shortly after, release date, feel free to stop back on June 26th for details.

18 Responses to “Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Wrap-up”

  1. T_T I didn’t want it to end!!! :'( I had so much fun!! Thanks for taking the time to think all this up, to host it and for the giveaways :’) thank Rachel V too!!! For the chats, though I only went to one… T_T ~I’m still too shy to ask her things~ But thank you!!!!!!!!!! For making me fall in love all over again! With the books, with the authors plots and writings and with… Tod πŸ˜› couldn’t help but mention him!

    I can’t even imagine all the work and time you invested in this!!! But THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! And if you do it all over again for WAMS I’m game! so you already have the first sign-up πŸ˜€

    And… I WON SOMETHING T_T though… as you may see yet again, random doesn’t love me AT ALL!!! bwahahaha T________________________T
    those are all tears of happiness… I think it wasn’t a good idea to check the blog at 3am with no sleepiness at all to keep me from going back to reread the post all over again just to make sure that my name was exactly where it says Winners and Eligible and BIW X_______________X oh my GOD! it does :'(

    but…but!! But this is too much :'( WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    I’m so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ~jumps, skips, jumps again, dances like the gif~

    You’re so lucky I can’t hug you right now… seriously…
    And… is it healthy or normal to want to reread the series all over again now??? ~gulps~ or do you think I need help??

    #1stalker <3

  2. Awwww, the SSRC’s over! *starts bawling my eyes out* I can’t believe it! It felt like I just started reading MSTTake yesterday! It’s been super fun while it lasted, so thank you so so much for hosting it! πŸ˜€

    And wow, that’s a lot of BIW preorders! O.o But I see my name on my list, so yaaay! Thank you! πŸ™‚ And I’m proud to have 14 stars too- so close to becoming a champion! πŸ˜› (Darn that Never to Sleep! If only I reread you! :P)

    And yeah! Another SS related challenge- can’t wait to participate in the BIW one! And I really wish I can attend the IID spoiler chat this time! πŸ™‚

    So once again, thanks for thinking up and for your patience in hosting this challenge! πŸ™‚

  3. Mandi Kaye says:

    I am *so glad* you hosted this challenge! I have to say – it was by far the best reading challenge I’ve ever participated in.

    I know that there is a lot of work that goes into making a challenge run smoothly – and you did it flawlessly.

    Thank you. I hope you decide to host challenges like this in the future!

  4. Kt says:

    Hey Rachel,

    I participated in all five months of this challenge, so I’m just wondering why my blog isn’t listed up there. A Book Obsession.. Did I link something wrong?

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Hey Kt,

      I’m so sorry you are right. I had you on the spreadsheet of finalists – 10 points – but when posting I confused the entries for My Book Obsession and A Book Obsession and thought it was a duplicate. I’m going to amend the post now and check to see if you qualify for the BIW pre-order giveaway. I apologize for the mix-up.

      • Kt says:

        Thanks! I had pre-ordered a copy of BIW from The Book Depository. I put in an email to them to try and cancel it since I won one here. *crosses fingers that they will* Thanks again!

        • Fiktshun009 says:

          Let me know if they do and I can order it for you! If they don’t, if you’d like something else I can do that, too! I’ll be sorting everything out in a couple hours when I get done with work. And again so sorry about the mix-up. I knew I should have waited until morning to click “post”!

  5. Deann says:

    Congrats to everyone! It was so much fun, thanks Rachel!
    I have to admit I’m a little bummed, I missed champion status by just a few hours πŸ™

  6. Jay @ We Fancy Books says:

    Congrats to all the winners and finalist! I honestly wished I have prepared for this challenge. I never really knew I’d love the series so much. I hope my omnibus copy would arrive soon, can’t wait to read more.

  7. Lis Carcamo says:

    Oh! So sad I didn’t ended up in the Star Status but I posted all my reviews in the last two months!
    Anyway. I’m sooo happy I joined this challenge. Other way I would never be able to read those amazing books!
    Now, I just need to be patient and wait for BIW.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH RACHEL for the chance to join this challenge, and for makes us love this series.
    It has been the better challenge of 2012!!

  8. Aleksandra says:

    Thanks for hosting Rachel πŸ™‚ I absolutely love Soul Screamers now & I’m a champion πŸ˜€ I’m usually not good on keeping up to schedule, but this time I did it πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to read Before I Wake & I’m already looking forward to re-reading the series, and also thank you for the copy of Before I Wake!

  9. Alaiel Kreuz says:

    Thanks for creating the challenge and for make it so much fun πŸ˜€
    Thanks for your hard work πŸ˜€
    Thanks for your amazing and stunning generosity πŸ˜€
    Thanks for making us read the SS series, I needed that little push and you were the one that helped me a lot πŸ˜€
    Thanks for everything, every post, every chat and for contacting Rachel Vincent… it was amazing to have her “here” with us in all the chats! πŸ˜€

    Yeah, thanks for being you. I’m one of your big stalkers… I mean, fans! And I’m with Alba Solorzano, if you decide to do something again for the release of WAMS I’m game too!

    A million hugs :]

  10. BJ Kenney says:

    Thanks so much! This has bee really fun πŸ™‚

  11. This was a wonderful challenge. I’m so glad I signed up, even though I didn’t start posting right away, I still stopped by to check the other challenge posts. So interesting and fun seeing the different perspectives and tastes. This is a great series and I’ve enjoyed every bit of the series and the challenge.
    Thank you, Rachel C for putting this all together for us…Thank you, Rachel Vincent for the awesome series, still have my pre-order ready to go since I didn’t win, but I’m just as excited to receive my copy anyhow…I also want to congratulate all the winners…CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!

  12. Kristin says:

    Thank you… if you ever need help with anything, let me know!

  13. OMG! I am freaking out! I almost missed the post for the month five winners!! WOW! I. Am. Floored! And beyond thrilled! Thank you soooo much again, Rachel! You are the BOMB!
    Shelley aka Bella@Tsk Tsk What to Read

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      You got a great prize! Congratulations! πŸ™‚ You are so welcome. I hope you enjoy!

  14. An awesome prize! Thanks so much! πŸ˜€

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