Series : Soul Screamers 5.5
Release Date : July 1st 2012 By Harlequin Teen
EBook : 56 Pages
Characters : Sophie Cavanaugh, Luca Tedesco
First Sentence : “I know she’s your best friend and all, Sophie, but Laura Bell has got to go,”
Last Sentence : What does a warrior princess wear for her first day on the throne?
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…?
Eastlake High was full of pretty people who acted like total freaks. I blame the local water supply. Which was why I drank bottled water.
Never to Sleep is a novella set during the events of If I Die – but completely separate to everything that happens in that book – well, except for Kaylee and Tod’s public display of affection, which we see from the outside this time. Never to Sleep follows Sophie, Kaylee’s spoilt, self-centered, entitled younger cousin, as a chance meeting with a new student and the sudden appearance of a soulless reaper bring about Sophie’s first visit the Netherworld, and opens her eyes to all things evil.
Sophie may be a right cow and too shallow for words, but in this story, I could only admire her. With hardly any information about what’s happened, why it happened, and how, Sophie manages to keep her head despite being completely terrified. Because of how shallow and bitchy Sophie is in all the previous books, it is to assume that Sophie is all surface and no depth, that she’s actually stupid – but she’s not. She might despair over being related to Kaylee, but the fact that they are is clear throughout the story through how alike they are when in trouble. She actually has a head on her shoulders, and is capable of thinking clearly and logically even under huge stress. Her ability to think on her feet and able to get herself out of the tightest of scrapes is just brilliant!
Of course, its also filled with laugh out loud moments. Some of my favorites are –
“I don’t even like regular plants. Except for corsages and long-stemmed roses.” And those only hurt when they don’t show up.
“Oh, shit, are you okay?” A guy knelt at my side, and I blinked, stunned, trying to draw reality back into focus as my vision doubled, then threatened to multiply.“That depends. Are you triplets?”
He laughed. “No, there’s only one of me.”
“Good. I think you’re okay, Sophie, but just to be sure—and this is for purely medical purposes—what’s your phone number?”
I laughed out loud. “Does it usually take blunt-force trauma for you to score a phone number?”
Being a short story, it’s a little hard for me to say much more without spoiling things. It’s awesome to be introduced to new characters and to revisit old ones. It’s even better to have questions that need answers, that will hopefully be answered in the next book, along with all the left over questions from If I Die.