Book Review: If I Die

If I Die CoverBook: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

Published September 2011 by Harlequin Teen|304 pages

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Soul Screamers #5

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Summary: 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.

Anything.

If I Die is another great book in the Soul Screamers series.  It’s definitely my favorite in the series.

Kaylee dying…part of me was hoping it wouldn’t happen, but it did.  Seeing how she reacted compared to everyone else- I actually liked that she went about things like she normally would because she couldn’t change her dying.  And distracting herself  by taking out Mr Beck was definitely how Kaylee would distract herself.  Who knew it would turn out so badly?

Then again, there are actually consequences for whatever happens, which is actually NICE to see in a YA book.  This sort of falls into the consequences for your actions category, so I think it is a good place to mention that Kaylee and Nash break up, and that Kaylee and Tod get together.  Kaylee finally realizes that she can’t forgive Nash for becoming addicted to Demon’s Breath, and it’s after she kisses Tod!  Nash…I started out completely loving him, and now I’m not really liking him at the moment.  Demon’s Breath was bad enough a couple books ago, but there are a couple things in this book…goodness, how Nash has changed.

I’m totally trying to not give anything away here, because if I do, I’ll majorly spoil the book, and I really don’t want to do that for anyone who may want to read it!

I’m actually glad she and Tod are together.  They’re a much better couple than Nash and Kaylee.

I can’t believe I just said that, because I never would have thought that after the first book or two.  But it’s totally what I’m thinking right now.

I suppose I have to talk about Mr. Beck and him being an incubus.  I’m always impressed with what Rachel Vincent does in terms of paranormal creatures, and Mr. Beck is no exception!  Sabine helping Kaylee was slightly unexpected, but I ACTUALLY LIKED SABINE.  Sabine was still Sabine, but she really grew on me in this one and I was surprised by how likeable she was.

I thought Mr. Beck being an incubus and teaching high school students because he wants a son was an interesting and different.  It’s totally creepy, especially because he goes for girls who need help with math.  But it also sort of makes sense because he’s going for girls who are more likely to give him a healthy child.  Totally makes sense in this really creepy way.  And I did like how everything connected back to Kaylee and her past.  Not just with Mr. Beck but in general.

I just love so much about If I Die.  I really can’t think of anything bad about it.  Nash comes close, but while Nash was frustrating, I’m totally willing to overlook it.  For one thing, I kind of get why he acted the way he did.  And I think he was headed in that direction for the last couple books.

Final Thoughts:

I seriously LOVED If I Die.  It’s my favorite one in the series so far, and I can’t wait to read Before I Wake.  This is one hell of a journey for Kaylee and her friends, and I like where things are going.  If I Die gets 5 stars.

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