Thursday 12 July 2012

Before I Wake Blog Tour: Rachel Vincent's Top 5 Childhood Reads

To celebrate the release of the latest book in her Soul Screamers series I'm thrilled to welcome Rachel Vincent to the blog today. Before I Wake is the 6th and penultimate book in the series so please be aware that the description below will contain spoilers for previous books if you're not up to date with the series. However, Rachel is going to be talking about her top 5 childhood reads so even if you're new to the series you can skip over the description and go straight to the guest post.

Even death can't get you out of high school.

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking her life is much harder than ex-teen banshee Kaylee expected. Now she's fighting to stay visible to the human world and struggling to find time alone with her new reaper boyfriend Tod.

To stay in the mortal realm, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls and, when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life . . .

Soul Screamers Series:
My Soul to Lose (prequel novella)
My Soul to Take
My Soul to Save
My Soul to Keep
Reaper (novella)
My Soul to Steal
If I Die
Never to Sleep (novella)
Before I Wake
With All My Soul (2013)

For more information visit Rachel Vincent's website


Now let's give a warm welcome to Rachel, I'm looking forward to reading about her top childhood reads!

Rachel Vincent

Rachel’s Top Five Childhood Reads

What were your favourite five books when growing up and why?

I mostly read classics as a kid. The Anne of Green Gables series. Little House on the Prairie. Little Women. Heidi. The Swiss Family Robinson. In the first four, I guess I identified with the main characters—girls, at various stages of development. And, of course, the historical settings were fascinating for me. I loved reading about how girls grew up in those different places and time periods, and I loved how different those were from my own life. And since they’d all four been made into movies (several versions, in some cases) I could watch the films and see the differences in both versions. As a child, those difference really made me mad. I didn’t understand that some things don’t translate well onto the screen, and I wanted them all to follow the books exactly. ;)

The Swiss Family Robinson was my first adventure book, and that gave me my first taste of action! In looking back, maybe that was the start of my love for writing action, though I’ve never really thought about that until just now. Interesting… ;)


Thanks for a fab guest post Rachel, I loved Little Women when I was younger but I have to confess that I've never read the others. I really think I need to go back and start reading some of the classics because I should have read more of these! What do you all think of Rachel's list? How many of these books have you read? What would your top 5 be?

It's hard to narrow it down to just 5 but I think my all time favourite childhood book was The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander, I loved his whole Chronicles of Prydain series and read the books over and over again. Other choices would include anything by Roald Dahl but The BFG was a particular favourite, I was also a big fan of and loved his books, The Queen's Nose, Saddlebottom andThe Fox Busters in particular. Of course you also have the classics like Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Peter Pan and I haven't even mentioned Enid Blyton and the Famous Five and Secret Seven series yet! See what I mean about not being able to narrow it down to just 5 books?!

Make sure you visit the other stops on the UK leg of Rachel's blog tour, see the banner below for details. You can also read my review of Before I Wake here.

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