Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WOW #5


I'm waiting on...

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

Since there is no official description yet, supposed to be coming in March, I'll just put what Rachel Vincent said on her blog 

You see...If I Die was a game-changer in the Soul Screamers series, in several different ways. It's also gotten the best critical response (at least from readers and blog reviewers) of anything I've ever written. (Which probably means it'll be a commercial failure. I'm pretty sure commercial and critical success are mutually exclusive.) What that means is that If I Die was INCREDIBLY hard to follow. Why? Because each book in a series needs to be better than the previous book and the plot must flow naturally from the conclusion of the previous story. But everything has to be taken up a level. Everything. Bad guys. Drama. Plot. Emotion. Angst. And the characters have to develop or evolve. For the main character (at least), that evolution must be in the form of maturity. 

BUT... (You knew there was a but, right?) But, the next-levelness of the whole thing can NOT be over-the-top. It must all be believable and feel natural. 

Let me just say, that's HARD. And I have no idea whether or not I succeeded. I had several goals in mind for Before I Wake. 

They are these: (Do not read what's below if you haven't read If I Die. It's not overtly spoilery, but it hints at stuff. If you have read If I Die, you can highlight the text below to read.) 

Put Nash and Tod back on speaking terms, and begin the healing. Show what a powerful force the Hudsons can be, working together. 
Put Kaylee and Nash back on speaking terms, and begin the healing. 
Show the consequences of Tod's heroics in If I Die 
Show the results/consequences of Kaylee's new...everything. 

I took a shot at all of that. NONE of it was easy. I have no idea how successful I was. 

Now all the teaser quotes from her Twitter and Facebook 

“Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise," -Tod

Kaylee: "I'm trying to do the right thing here." 
Tod: "I'm not." 
[Note: In the current incarnation of the ms, "right" has been replaced with "mature."] 

"There's nothing funny about being locked up with only your personal demons for company. In Scott’s case, the demon was real." - Alec 

Kaylee: “You didn’t back off, you tried to kill me!” Sabine: “Well, I had to TRY, didn’t I?” #complicatedfriendships 

"Of every moment I’ve ever not-lived through, this one is the best." -Tod 

“Because he knew it would traumatize you, and your trauma is like his chocolate fudge brownie. It’s yummy.” - Alec 

Nash: “You want me to be your understudy? I’m not sure I have the dark wit to pull that off.” 
Tod: “Nor the tragic backstory." 

"Shouting in the Netherworld was like ringing a dinner bell in the Old West." 
[Note: This is from the narration. So technically, Kaylee's saying it to the reader.] 

Tod: "You know, there's an easier, simpler way to sedate her." 
Kaylee: "No, you can't knock her out." 

"I’d thought that if I could stuff the shell of my former self with the pieces of my former life, everything could go back to the way it was." - Kaylee 

“Fine. But if I have to stay invisible the whole time, I can’t promise to be on my best behavior. There's no telling what I might do." -Tod 

"I can sit here and list everything that happened, every mistake either of us made, but when I do the math—I add it all up over and over—it never works out like this in my head.” -Nash 

“My shirt got torn in a fight. Yours evidently has a fast-release tab.” - from Kaylee to Sabine 

“No, you should stay right where you are, or my estranged brother and I will settle our differences by seeing who can break more of your bones.” 
Tod glanced at him, brows raised. “You want to settle our differences?” 
Nash frowned. “No, I want to break every bone in his body, and I didn’t think you’d let me do it alone.” Tod nodded. “Good call.”
[Character name removed] glanced at me, brows [more details removed]. “Are they always like this?” 
I shrugged. “Sometimes they’re less subtle." 

“He’s kind of obsessed with Kaylee,” Em said, by way of an opener. 
“With her soul,” Sabine corrected. “Because it’s all purer-than-thou, with her being both a martyr and a virgin.” 

 More quotes than I thought once I pasted them all in one spot. Hope you enjoyed them! 

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  1. All those teasers! Thanks for sharing! I can't believe I missed them all especially seeing as though I am a HUGE fan of this series. I can't wait to read this book! Great pick, Jennifer. :)

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  2. Great WoW! Really looking forward to this one too!

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  3. As much as possible, I tried not to spoil this book for myself, but I really need to kick my butt into reading this series!

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  4. It's up to number six already?! Gee, I better get cracking with my reading! :-)

    Great pick!

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  5. Hello Jen :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I was going to post this book on one of my next WoW's. I LOVE this series!! I have Sophie's novella on my PC, waiting for me to pick it up and read, but I have no time *pulls her hair* !!!!!!!!!!

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  6. There doesn't need to be an official description for me to know I want to read it. I love the Soul Screamers series.

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  7. Hi! I didn't start this series yet..... BUT all the books covers are pretty nice! I will, for sure, start this series!

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  8. Love the teasers! I've heard a lot about this series. I should try it soon.

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  9. I really need to start this series!
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  10. Oh gosh, I'm so behind on this series! I totally need to read it. I've only read Shifters by Rachel Vincent, but boy did I loe those books. Need more of her! Great pick, I'm sure. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Excellent choice! This is definitely coming up on my blog as a WoW post soon. I LOVED seeing all the teasers together, it gets me super excited. This series is easily at the top of my all-time favorite YA series.
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  12. Agree agree agree! I think you know I'm a huge fan of this author, so it's obvious I'm über-excited about this book. Oh my. *need*

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  13. Ohhh I just bought the new omibus of the first 2.5 books so I'm glad there are more coming out! I'll have to read them soon :) Great pick!

  14. I really think I should put myself together and star reading the Soul Sreamers serie!! It looks so so great!! Great pick Jennifer!! :) :)

  15. Can you believe I STILL need to start this series!?!! I've heard nothing but good about it and I just love the fabulous cover!!!! Love it :)

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  16. I'm still on the third book in this series. One day I'll be caught up and anxiously awaiting Before I Wake... Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I haven't read this series but you seem to like it a lot... Guess I'll have to get the books :)

  18. I just skipped reading your entire post because I haven't read If I Die yet, but I love Rachel Vincent and this cover is ridiculously beautiful!!! My post is a Rachel Vincent series too!

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  19. I think I'm dying, I really do. I thought I was going to die over excitement at seeing the cover, but ALL THOSE TEASERS! It's going to be a very difficult wait for this book. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Great choice!! I am really behind on this series but I do love the cover of this one!!

    Happy reading and check out my waiting on Wednesday!!

  21. This is a great series that I've enjoyed reading since the beginning.

  22. Vincent is awesome. The covers is gorgeous. Great pick!

  23. Wow and I haven't even read the first one of these books but some of those quotes make me want to get them tonight! Thanks for all that cutting and pasting!! Terrific job with that!


  24. I love the cover for this!! I still need to read books 3, 4 & 5... I have them all from the library, I just need to get started on them. :) Great pick!

  25. Nice Pick!

    I still have only read the first book in this series! (I'm getting there) but I'm sure that I'll be just as excited for this one soon as the first was really good!!

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  26. This was awesome, Jennifer. I didn't catch all the teasers so I love that you posted them all here. *Sigh
    I really want to read NOW.

  27. I really need to catch up on this series - I have only read the first 2.


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