About the book
If I Die is the fifth book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. It was published on 3rd February by Mira Ink and the book is 368 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.
Kaylee can see death coming. But how will she face her own? Teen banshee Kaylee and her friends have barely recovered from the violent chaos unleashed the last time their school was invaded by Netherworld entities when she receives the news she's top of a reaper's list and scheduled to die within days! But contemplating her own impending demise will have to wait, when it's revealed that new maths teach Mr Beck's an incubus who has just come into his once-acentury fertile period. And he's looking for a few healthy young girls capable of carrying a non-human infant to full term and Kaylee's mortal best friend Emma fits the bill perfectly. But as Kaylee fights to save her female classmates, her dark fate is closing in. And as Kaylee s borrowed lifeline nears its end, and the men who love her will do anything to save her life. Even if it costs their own...
What I thought
As this is the fifth book in the series, quite a lot has happened to Kaylee up until this point. She's had a pretty bad time of it but this book really pushed the limits. Rachel Vincent takes a massive risk with the idea that the protagonist might die. As an initial plot idea, I thought that this was really exciting but then I got to thinking about what would happen if Kaylee really did die - I knew there were more books to come in the series so I was a little confused.
If I Die starts off full of excitement and mystery - just the way I like a book to start. Along with Kaylee due to die, there are some pretty interesting other things going on. Kaylee has always been a character that I really liked and I still continue to do so. Even with knowing her own death date, she is pretty damn strong and refuses to let anything get to her. She doesn't want to dwell on the fact that she knows she will die but instead wants to live her last days to the fullest and get things done.
As the plot of this book does revolve mostly around Kaylee, the secondary characters aren't featured as much as they normally are - well, most of them anyway. While I did miss their presence at times, I think the plot made their absence more than justified. I was glad to see that they weren't completely missing though. One of my new favourite characters, Sabine, was around plenty. I love her fiery, feisty nature and she is a complete contrast to the other secondary characters and why I love her so much.
This book had quite a different feel to it compared with the rest of the series. It is still dark and creepy due to the problems encountered but it is a hell of a lot more emotional too which I haven't really felt from this series before now. I enjoyed the change in pace and tone from the rest of the series and because of this, it makes it my favourite so far.
The ending was not what I was expecting at all! What actually happened was a pretty big shock for me but I still loved it. With this ending, If I Die is left on quite the cliff-hanger and leaves the series in a place where it could start to get even more amazing. This is by far my favourite book of the series and I can't wait to see what Rachel Vincent has in store for us next.
The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee--she screams when someone dies.
But the next scream might be for Kaylee.
Yeah--it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck...before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.
But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.
(This is the fifth book in the series and while there are no spoilers for this book there maybe some unavoidable spoilers for previous books)
I have been waiting on If I Die by Rachel Vincent for what seems like ages now! And I am so glad to say that it was well and truly worth the wait.
From the moment I first started reading the opening chapter I was hooked and I took this book everywhere with me in case I got a spare minute to read - uni, to meet friends and even into the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil to make a cup of book reading tea.
I've been a bit of a Tod fan for quite a while now (he really is one of my favourite characters) and I loved the development in this book between him and Kaylee. Although it was a little expected I couldn't read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. There was more than a couple of steamy moments in this book between a few of the characters.
I've said it before and I am sure I will say it again but Rachel Vincent has really maanged to create a whole cast of memorable characters that really does bring this series and the books to life. From Emma the human best friend, to Sabine who has really grown on me since the last book and I still absolutely love Nash even thou some of his actions over the series have been a tad questionable.
Unlike some of the other books the Netherworld didn't feature as much in this story, but I didn't really miss it with everything else that was going on. However, I did have a few moments where I missed Avari (if you can miss Avari) but it was just a few moments - he does make for a great bad guy.
It wasn't exactly like there wasn't enough already going on in this book to keep me more than entertained. I also just didn't know where Rachel Vincent was going with If I die, and towards the final chapters I had no idea how it was going to end. But I do have to say that the ending of If I Die was just brilliant and I really, really want the next book NOW.
I think I say this in everyone of my Rachel Vincent reviews but I just love her writing style. If I had to use one word to sum it up I'd pick - effortless. I always find her books just so easy to read and minutes melt into hours and hours melt into a house full of undone chores.
This is one of my all time favourite series and favourite authors, if you are in the mood for some great YA paranormal then I can't recommend Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series enough! But my only advice would be to read them in order, you'll get a lot more from the overall story that way.
A great read!
Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent so far:
My soul to take
My soul to save
My soul to keep
My soul to steal
If I die
Before I wake (Not released until June in the US and as for the UK I can't find a release date yet!)
Genre - YA, paranormal romance
Published by Mira Ink (UK - Jan 2012)
Paperback - 342 pages (£6.99)
Source - I purchased my copy of If I Die by Rachel Vincent