Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: If I Die

If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
Goodreads Description:
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.
My Thoughts:
If I Die is the fifth book in the Soul Screamers series and is by far my favorite book in the series. Rachel Vincent drops a bomb almost immediately and the rest of the book you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the bomb to explode.
The main character can’t die in the middle of a series can they? Well, apparently Rachel Vincent didn’t get that memo. At the very beginning of If I Die, Kaylee finds out that she has less than a week to live. What’s worse, since she’s living on borrowed time from her mom there are no substitutions and exceptions. Kaylee will die.
I spent almost the entire book trying to figure out how Vincent was going to get Kaylee out of this mess. Her future was definitely looking pretty grim. Well, except for her love life. Kaylee’s love life finally starts to look up but of course this has to happen right before her death.  (I’m going to move on now from the love life part. I don’t want to give anything away but I definitely loved it.)
The sense of urgency in this book really pushed the story forward. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I thought Kaylee dealt with the knowledge of knowing that she was about to die pretty well, much better than I would have.
Tod gets a good bit of air time in this book which I loved. I loved learning more about him and seeing a different side of him. He helps Kaylee deal with her eventual death. He was the perfect person for this job since he’s the only one that actually died.
I also really enjoyed watching Sabine and Kaylee develop somewhat of a friendship. Their relationship will always be difficult because of the whole Nash/love triangle thing but I think all things considering they work together pretty well.
Be sure whenever you pick this book up that you’ve cleared your schedule. You are not going to want to put this book down!
Grade: A+

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