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Before I Wake Mini-Reading Challenge

I just couldn’t resist the chance to have a reading challenge for Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent. It’s purely for selfish reasons, because I’m dying to see what everyone thought of this book!

And I’m really hoping that by having a challenge, it will give fans of this series that much more reason to add it to the top of their reading piles this month and write those reviews. So that I can check them out and also have several someones to talk about this book with. Because it was amazing. And it was an absolute killer. And…

Okay, I’ll stop. I don’t want to spoil anything.

So, this challenge will be just a bit simpler than the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. It’s just the one book after all. So….

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The Challenge

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To READ and REVIEW Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent by August 1, 2012.

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See? Super easy!

WHAT TO DO…

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1. SIGN UP by leaving a link to your blog, Facebook page or Goodreads account in the Linky List in this post, BELOW.

{If you do not have a blog and want to have your review posted on the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Blog, leave a link to that blog with your name in the Linky List.}

2. Create a participation post (optional) and leave your link to that post BELOW.

3. WRITE A REVIEW for Before I Wake by August 1, 2012 and leave your link BELOW.

4. Grab a challenge button from the sidebar! (Not required.)

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THE DEETS…

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1. You will get one entry for signing up below, but you will only be entered into the giveaway if you post a review by August 1st.

2. You will get one entry for writing your review and linking it below.

3. You will get one entry should you choose to create a participation post – which can be an announcement on your Blog, Goodreads, FB, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t have a blog, that announcement post can be made on the SSRC blog.

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Even if you already posted a review for Before I Wake prior to the start of this challenge you are still eligible to sign up, link your review and be entered into the giveaway at the end of the challenge.

Yep! There are no penalties for reading and reviewing it early. Though if you’d prefer to have something posted during the challenge, feel free to write a “thoughts” post and link that below instead.

But the maximum number of links you can leave are three.

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The Incentives

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There will be FOUR prizes awarded for this giveaway.

1. The first place WINNER will receive $50 in books of their choice from Amazon or The Book Depository.

2. The second place winner will receive three Rachel Vincent books of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order, which I will send to the author for her signature.

3. The third place winner will receive two Rachel Vincent books of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order.

4. The fourth place winner will receive one Rachel Vincent book of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order.

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So, that’s it!

I hope you decide to join in. I really can’t wait to see what you all think of this awesome book! And if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will respond.

Happy reading!

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Link Up




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, 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  – 15 points

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Smiling Ina’s Bookish Corner

Aleksandra’s Corner

Bookeater/Booklover

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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)

OR

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

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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

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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 WAKE 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…

UPDATE:

CHALLENGE STARS Eligible for a BIW pre-order

Librarian Mouse

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Kristin @ Goodreads

Aleksandra’s Corner

Bookeater/Booklover

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.]

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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.

So…

THANK YOU!!!!

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.

AND…

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.


SSRC Before I Wake Giveaway

I received the most amazing package of books in the mail yesterday from author Rachel Vincent. Two signed copies of Before I Wake and two signed copies of Shadow Bound.

Of course one of each of those is mine, personally inscribed, but the other two are for giveaway….

And while I will be giving away a number of signed books when the challenge ends, as I’ve received Before I Wake just a little bit early, I am offering it up for giveaway now to active challenge participants who might also love the chance to read this one a little bit early, too.

So, yes, this giveaway is only for active challenge participants. And they’ll have had to already have read  If I Die as there’s no point in getting a book early if the previous book in the series hasn’t yet been read.

Anyway, there are some rules for this giveaway – not hoops, just requirements – so be sure to check them out below….

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What’s up for grabs:

A paperback copy of Before I Wake signed by the author, Rachel Vincent.

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The rules:

1. You MUST be EITHER an SSRC active participant (at least one post linked prior to today) OR have left a comment on the SSRC Rachel Vincent Appreciation Weekend blog post before today.

 2. You MUST have read If I Die.

 3. There are extra entry opportunities for each book you’ve read and posted about. I WILL be checking the past Linky Lists before announcing any winners.

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The deets:

1. One entry per PERSON.

2. There will be ONE winner.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on June 10th in this post.

7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

Enter in the form below:

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. The giveaway is now closed. I’ll be adding up the entries and running the names through Random later today. Stay tuned and good luck!

Congratulations Ina! You are the winner for the signed copy of BEFORE I WAKE according to Random.org. I will be contacting you for your address details and will send out your book by Tuesday!

Thank you so much to everyone for entering and for participating in the challenge or leaving a lovely comment for Rachel Vincent. There will be more copies of the book – signed and unsigned – given away when the challenge ends later this week.

Stay tuned! And thank you all so much again for reading or re-read the SOUL SCREAMERS series along with me this year!


Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Five

Well it’s the final month of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge! I can’t believe it’s almost over. Although, the fact that it will be over is a good thing. Because it means that in less than two weeks after the challenge ends, Before I Wake will be available – a book I’ve been waiting a long time for.

And I’m hoping the If I Die spoiler chat will help bridge that gap. Especially since I won’t be able to wait until closer to month’s end to re-read If I Die. Not after the tormenting, twisty heartbreak that was My Soul to Steal.

Another reason I can’t wait for the challenge to end is that the amazing author, Rachel Vincent, mentioned having a BIW chat at some point after its release. I’m hoping that will be on June 27th, but I don’t think it will be quite that soon. Anyway….

Even if you just found out about the challenge now, you can still join in. Yep, the only time it will be too late is at midnight on June 15th.

All you have to do to be considered a participant in this challenge is sign up in the SIGN UP post and read and review or share your thoughts on any one of the full-length books in this series. If you’re just signing up now, thoughts or reviews must be dated during this month’s challenge dates of May 15th through June 14th.

If you want to announce your participation by creating a post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

But if you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But whatever you do, don’t forget to stop back and leave your link. Because this month’s prizes are awesome!

And, for each book you read and post you create, you’ll get at least one entry into the end of challenge giveaway for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake.

If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for any of the previous books in the series – My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep or My Soul to Steal – in the Month One, Month Two, Month Three or Month Four linky lists, not to worry. You can enter them this month.

But it will be the last chance to post those thoughts and reviews. Because once this month’s linky list closes, the challenge will officially be over. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in this last month’s linky.

Unclaimed Prizes

There are still a few unclaimed prizes for the Month One through Month Three giveaways. But since I’d posted the winners on the SSRC blog versus here, I thought I would give one final chance to those winners by announcing them in this post.

If all prizes from the first three months of the giveaway are NOT claimed by June 1st, they will be added to this month’s giveaway. Month Four prize winners will have until June 15th to claim their prizes or new winners will be chosen.

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MONTH ONE

Fiction Freak – a signed copy of My Soul to Keep

Jo’s Book Reviews – a Kindle eBook of Never to Sleep

Epic Chocolate Fantasy – a Kindle eBook of either My Soul to Lose or Reaper

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MONTH TWO

Angie @ Pinkindle – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

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MONTH THREE

Team Tod’s Soul Screamers Reading Challenge FB – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

Riffs and Reviews – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

The Cait Files – a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

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Month Five

May 15 – June 14, 2012

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The goal for this fifth month of the challenge will be to read If I Die.

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Goodreads description:

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

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If you missed last month’s deadline, don’t give up! Whether this is a first read or a re-read, If I Die is the pivotal book in the series and one you may just not want to miss. Especially since the action hits you right from the start. A shocking blow will leave you reeling very shortly thereafter. That roller coaster that author Rachel Vincent likes to put you on is the longest, craziest ride ever. The ups. The downs. The loop-de-loops. Insane. Absolutely insane.

But that’s just my opinion.

Oh, and it won’t let you loose until that last page. So, be prepared.

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Whether this is your first month participating, you’ve been here from the start or you joined somewhere along the way, as long as you sign up and post at least one review or thoughts post you’ll be eligible for the end-of-challenge giveaway for a pre-order for Before I Wake.

As promised there will be at least ten pre-order copies up for grabs. The actual number will be determined after the challenge ends and depends solely on just how many people who signed up have posted at least one review for one of the five full-length books in the series.

There will be a separate wrap-up post after the challenge, in which the winners for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake will be announced.

And just a reminder: If you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

What do you need to do this month?

1. Start reading or keep reading!

If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep and/or My Soul to Steal this month.

And you have all month to read and review this fifth book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

2. Post your review or thoughts!

Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until June 14th to do so to be entered into this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

But note, for the four special giveaway prizes, you will have had to post at least TWO reviews of the full-length books during the challenge to be eligible. And yes, those two reviews can be posted this month!

3. Leave your link!

Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through June 14, 2012 ONLY.

What are this month’s incentives?

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FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Two winners will receive a Rachel Vincent book of your choice – this can include a pre-order copy of Before I Wake

One winner will receive a signed copy of Soul Soul Screamers Volume One

One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

Three winners will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

Two winners will receive a signed copy of Before I Wake*

*Prize delivery time TBD as BIW will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winners

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FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO POST REVIEWS FOR TWO+ FULL-LENGTH BOOKS

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

*BIW delivery time TBD as it will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winner

$50 in books of your choice from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

A ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Reaper signed by the author

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

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In case you wanted to know….

Extra Credit Reads

You can still post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads this month. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into this month’s giveaway.

What if I don’t finish the book this month?

That’s okay. The challenge will be over, but If I Die is awesome. So no matter when you finish reading it, it will be a WIN.

What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the challenge.

The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t If I Die, is that okay?

Absolutely! If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than If I Die, you can still post your reviews for that book – or any of the other Soul Screamers books – during this month’s challenge. It will give you an entry – or more depending upon how many reviews you post – into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway.

But, you only get an extra entry for posting your review for If I Die during this month of the challenge.

How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on June 17th. The end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway winners will be announced in a separate post on June 19th.

For this month’s ALL PARTICIPANTS giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

For this month’s SPECIALTY giveaway prizes, participants names will be drawn using Random’s list generator by name.

Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

And guess what….

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Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of June, there will be an If I Die spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

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So….

Leave your links below for posts created from May 15 through June 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON June 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this final month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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Let’s see those posts!


Book Thoughts: My Soul to Steal

Title: My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4)

Author: Rachel Vincent

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN

Pages: 352

Release date: December 21, 2010

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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Goodreads description:

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

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My thoughts on My Soul to Steal are based on a re-read of this fourth full-length book in the series. I had a chance to read MStSteal the first time in November 2010, thanks to an early galley I received courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN. My re-read is based on the finished eBook I purchased and I re-read it having read the five full-length books and three novellas in this series currently available.

As I’d already reviewed this book for the blog, Goodreads and Amazon, I’ve chosen to post my thoughts on the re-read instead of re-reviewing it. But if I were to re-rate it, I would give My Soul to Steal five stars, as I did when I first read it.

Re-reading My Soul to Steal was even more nerve-wracking than the first time. I knew what was coming, which made things so much more torturous. The knots that I had when I read it the first time were nothing like the ones that I had on this second read.

I agonized over every anguish-filled moment that Kaylee had when Sabine entered the picture. And my heart ached for her with the knowledge of everything that was to happen. But having read If I Die, there was also a certain sadness that blanketed the events in My Soul to Steal. A sadness that wasn’t as deep on first read.

It wasn’t until this book in the series where my hope for Kaylee and Nash’s relationship took a nosedive. On first read I blamed it all on Nash. Even though his addiction fueled his decisions, they were still ultimately his to make. He made bad choices and hurt Kaylee worse than anyone should be hurt. And while with both reads I never felt Kaylee should completely forgive him, I did feel, on second read, that he deserved to be with someone who could.

When I first read MStSteal, I was so caught up in Kaylee’s pain that I thought that Tod and Emma weren’t being good friends. I thought they were traitorous to her for even thinking that Nash should be with Sabine. But on second read, I thought the opposite. Even Sabine’s words – the ones that weren’t just meant to get to Kaylee – made so much sense. As much as Nash messed up, he deserved a chance at happiness. And he deserved the chance to be able to forgive himself.

Until this book, I’d always felt Kaylee was incredibly strong. In this installment, I felt that she was at her weakest. Because of what happened with Nash in My Soul to Keep and also because of the mara’s presence and influence in this book, her insecurities and fears were at an all-time high. Which made her the most sympathetic she’s been in this series so far in a book that is the most heartbreaking so far.

For the re-read I attempted to take the time to keep track of all those details I was sure I missed on first read because I was rushing through it, riding that wave of tortured, anxiety-filled emotion that takes hold with each and every book that Rachel Vincent writes.

And while I noticed a few things that I missed on that first read, I was caught up in the emotional roller coaster. Again. So, I may have missed a few, though I tried so hard not to.

What I did notice is that there is definitely some foreshadowing about Tod’s feelings toward Kaylee. What those are exactly is still to be determined. But on more than one occasion he was fighting hard to hide some emotion in those swirly eyes of his.

I was also able to look past some of Sabine’s behavior. What I hadn’t realized on first read was that some of that meanness may have been a direct result of the hellion’s influence. Just as some of Kaylee’s insecurities were. Sabine’s need to be forgiven by Emma and the fact that she did apologize to Kaylee were really what drove this home.

While she may have been just as relentless in her pursuit of Nash, she may not have been as cruel as she had been when doing so. At least I hope not. Because, while on first read I didn’t have a single ounce of sympathy toward her, I did sympathize with her quite a bit this second time around.

I was just as caught up in the mystery, chaos and utter mayhem when re-reading My Soul to Steal as I was when first discovering the story. I did re-read it in one sitting and was even more invested in the story’s outcome – as if it may have somehow changed from what I’d remembered – than I was the first time.

And the re-read has made me even more desperate to get started on the next book in the series. While on first read I was utterly heartbroken, I still had a thread of hope, albeit a fragile one, for Kaylee and Nash. And I definitely needed some time to recover from My Soul to Steal.

But now, although I’m still heartbroken for the pair, I don’t need any time to recover. And knowing what’s ahead in the next book, makes me that much more anxious to get started.

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As much of my connection with Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series is an emotional one, I thought I’d compare the range of emotions the author put me through between the first read and the second.

Emotions on first read: Shock. Anger. Angst. Heartache. Anger. Rage. Anger. Betrayal. Fear. Hopelessness. Nervousness. Some more anger. Anxiety. A little more rage. Hopefulness. Disgust. A lot more angst. Relief. A little more hope.

Emotions on second read: Heartache. Sadness. A little despair. Anger. Disgust. Angst. Heartbreak. Sympathy. Understanding. Some more sadness. A touch more anger. A lot more angst. Just a little bit more anger. HOPE.

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And since I didn’t list a favorite passage in my review, I thought I’d share two of them here.

“I don’t think there are words for what we are, Nash.” Yet I could think of at least one: broken.

Nash and I were like the wreckage of two cars that had hit head-on. We were tangled up in each other so thoroughly that I could no longer tell which parts of us were him and which were me. We could probably never be truly untangled – not after what we’d been through together – but I had serious doubts we could ever really recapture what we’d had.

“…It kills me to sit here knowing I no longer have the right to lean over this table and kiss you. I want to be the first person you call the next time something goes wrong. I want to know that you’re eventually going to be able to forgive me. And I’m not gonna do anything to jeopardize that possibility.” He took a deep breath and held my gaze. “But Sabine needs me…”


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