Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent | Short Review

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Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent | Short ReviewNever to Sleep by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #5.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 56
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Don't Close Your Eyes.

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 Initial Reaction…

I wish I’d known about Never to Sleep back when I first read the Soul Screamers Series. It was a really enjoyable quick read and gave a lot of background on Sophie, a character I always wished I’d known better.

Note: There are spoilers for book 1 in the series in this review.

The Good…

Getting into the head of Sophie, Kaylee’s cousin, was great! She’s not anyone’s favorite character I imagine, because she’s fairly shallow and really mean to Kaylee. But I know that by this point in the series, I also felt kind of bad for her. Her mother died extremely suspiciously and all kinds of crazy things are constantly happening around her and to her – but no one has deigned to explain to her why. She may not be a banshee, but she deserves to know what’s going on IMHO!

Well, just like Kaylee – no one’s going to tell Sophie until she gets herself into heaps of trouble and finds a cute boy to spill the beans. In this case it’s necromancer Luca – who you’ll get to know better in book 6. I found that Never to Sleep explained so much about their relationship and some of the changes you’ll see in Sophie in upcoming books – I really think it’s a must read for fans of the series. I loved seeing Sophie confront this world she’s been teetering on discovering for so long, and to face it with the same kind of strength that I’ve come to admire in Kaylee. And she had a great sense of humor that made reading Never to Sleep lots of fun.

The Bad…

Well, the only thing I have a problem with in Never to Sleep, I had a problem with in the series in general. Sophie is not a Banshee. Her scream is not a Banshee’s scream. This has been firmly established. She’s not the first daughter of a Banshee and human ever – so why is she the first one we’ve ever heard of that can scream and end up in the Netherworld? It just doesn’t work for me at all, even if I do like the changes it brings about in Sophie and the story. It just doesn’t jive with the mythology already established in the series.

Concluding Sentiments…

I really enjoyed Never to Sleep and definitely recommend you read it if you’re reading the Soul Screamers Series – or if you’re a fan that missed it like I did the first time around!

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About Rachel Vincent

A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

25 Responses to “Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent | Short Review”

  1. Naomi
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    I love the Soul Screamers series, and I haven’t read this story!! It was unavailable to Aussie’s when it first came out so I kind of skipped it. I will have to read it one day, because it seems to really tell me a lot about Sophie. Great review.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    (Even now I click on the link and it’s unavailable 🙁 )

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I don’t thin I knew about it when I read the series the first time – that was before I started blogging. I really don’t get books not being available to y’all! I mean it’s English – you read/speak English – so what the hell? Hope you get to read it someday 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Yeah – it always bothered me. I mean if she doesn’t have a Banshee’s scream then how does she have the ability to cross over? My brother suggested it could have something to do with her almost death… and that makes sense, but I needed that to be in the book! Oh well, I still loved the series and this novella 🙂
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  2. Michelle

    Can you even believe that I haven’t read any books in the soul screamers series yet? I have the first couple of books bundled together in paperback, but still I have not picked them up.

    They are on my personal TBR list, but I still don’t know when I will get to them. Maybe I will schedule them in for a read-a-thon or the second half of COYER.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      The Soul Screamers was a series I blew through before I started blogging and I still consider one of my favorites. I just talked my brother into listening to them and he loved them too. The last book is the best 🙂 Hope you get to read them soon!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Yeah – the premise works in every way except Sophie. And this revelation isn’t until the series is like 90% done, so by then I was hooked. And it was a great excuse for me to get to know Sophie better and like her more – plus pull her into the loop, something I really felt needed to happen for a while. So I guess the timing and situation made me overlook the major flaw in the premise. I really liked it, but it does have some serious teenage angst in some of the books too :/
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  3. Nina

    I feel so bad that I’ve only read the first book in this series. I know! Shame on me. I really enjoyed the first book and I seriously can’t remember why I haven’t read the series further. I might just buy the bind-ups and do a bit of marathon reading.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I know how that goes – I have several series that I’ve started and haven’t managed to continue, even though I loved them. Too many books, not enough time. I do recommend the series though. 🙂
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  4. Braine Talk Supe

    It’s been a looong time since I read the first two books, I hardly remember the characters but I do remember her annoying cousin so this one is a great expansion to the plot/series.

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Yeah her annoying cousin was VERY memorable. I did sort of feel bad for her though, with everything that was happening around her and with her mom and they kept trying to keep everything from her. So I’m glad that this finally happened. It was kind of overdue, honestly.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I think I would have understood the sudden change in the final book better, but even this comes too late for a complete Sophie reversal I think. LOL I still enjoyed it though 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I love the Soul Screamers, so I definitely recommend reading them (or listening if you like audio books – this series is narrated by Amanda Ronconi, one of my favorite narrators)! HOWEVER, don’t jump into this one before you read the first five books – you’ll have tons of spoilers if you do. You’ll want to read it just after reading If I Die and just before Before I Wake 🙂
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