Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review: If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent

Title: If I Die
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2011


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.

 If I Die, is the fifth installment in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. While I will avoid spoilers for this book, there may be spoilers for the previous installments. Kaylee does not get the infatuation all the girls have with the new math teacher. He is young and handsome, but Kaylee just does not see it. After an incident at school, she begins to think that her math teacher might be up to something. When Kaylee learns she is set to die within a week, she decides to use her last days to put an end to Mr. Beck’s plans.

With the liberation of knowing, nothing is really going to matter in a few days, give Kaylee a since of freedom. To do what she wants, eat what she wants, but mostly save the ones she loves. She needs to team up with Sabine to take down Mr. Beck, because they are the only ones not immune to his special “charms.” What kind of charms you ask? Well his incubus charms of course.

Kaylee in this book is very well adjusted and self-sacrificing for someone who knows they only have days to live. Instead of spending time doing selfish things, she chooses to continue to go to school, and work on a way to get rid of the threat to her friends. I think I would be freaking about a lot more, if someone told me I was going to die. She does experience fear; she just seems to rationalize it much better. It is just another reason why I love Kaylee, especially because of the vulnerability she shows in the book.

There is so much I want to say about things and people, but at last, I cannot. I do not want to ruin this book for any readers, because it is an amazing rollercoaster ride. There were points when I actually started to tear up, and my heart broke, and other parts where I could not help but laugh. I loved If I Die, and it is my favorite Soul Screamer book to date. I will see if this changes, with the release of Before I Wake in a few weeks, also if you have not read If I Die, avoid the synopsis of Before I Wake. If you have yet to start the Soul Screamer series, run to your nearest bookstore, do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of My Soul to Take.
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Anonymous said...

I really really need to start this series soon. I keep hearing great things about it and I have a feeling I'll really enjoy it. I only skimmed your review since you mentioned spoilers, but the book sounds simply amazing ! :)

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

@Nick It is the best one of the series so far in my eyes. With only two books left I am getting anxious!

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