Never to Sleep (Review)

Book cover for "Never To Sleep" by Rachel Vincent.Title: Never to Sleep

Author: Rachel Vincent

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 65

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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…?

(This is a novella in the Soul Screamer series, after Reaper (novella), My Soul to Lose (novella), My Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, and If I Die.)

I didn’t really love this book. I think it’s because of the narrator – I was so used to Kaylee as a narrator that anybody else is just a weird, jarring change. Especially if it’s Sophie. I don’t particularly like Sophie, and that only changed a little bit by reading this novella.

In the end, the book helps the series move forward a bit, and gives it a little change of pace because of the change in narrator. But if it weren’t for that, I probably wouldn’t recommend reading it. Not because Vincent doesn’t do a good job as the author – she definitely does – but simply because of my dislike for the character. I suppose, though, that that’s the point. You’re not supposed to like Sophie. So maybe that’s just my failing in not being able to see past her character and accept her point of view as the narrator.

Needless to say, the actual novella Never to Sleep is written well and is an integral part of the series, so you should read it. Hopefully you’ll be able to get past Sophie better than I could.


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