This book just wowed me. Team Tod! Raise your banners!!!
Title: If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Published by: Mira Ink
Source: Publisher (thanks Lucy!)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository
No one wants to be this teacher's pet…
The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr Beck. That is, 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.
I said in my previous review for My Soul to Steal that it was my favorite book. I'm taking it back, because If I Die has just topped my rankings of my favorite book in the series! If you think the first four book is good, then this one is great. It's more heart stopping, more emotional and just intense! I had to catch my breath and give myself a few minutes to wrap my head around all that has happened.
Kaylee's living on borrowed time and she doesn't have much of it, but before it all ends, she had one more thing to do: save every girl in school from an incubus. Kaylee's just reminded me why I loved her. She's got sass, she's strong, she's smart and very much selfless. Even knowing that death is virtually staring her in the face, she still manages to be brave and still thinks of others before herself.
And finally! Team Tod, put up your banners and wave them proudly! I've had issues with Nash after reading My Soul to Steal, starting with his Frost addiction and this book just established all the reasons I had why I'm on Team Tod. Trust me, there's A LOT of him in this book and we're finally seeing more developments in his relationship with Kaylee. Finally! I can't give away any more details without spoiling you but I knew I was on to something when I finally hated Nash in the fourth book.
Rachel Vincent just turned up the ante on this book. What a roller coaster of emotions I went through while reading. Rachel's style of writing is simple, but there's just something in it that's so addictive I couldn't stop reading this book. It's nerve wracking, it's sad, it's scary, it's frustrating, but overall it is one intense ride that is worth every moment. The twists and turns are enough to drive anyone insane after reading. Frankly speaking I did not see most of the developments in this book coming. It's the wonderful type of being blind sided. Rachel Vincent has given her readers a lot to think about with the wonderful twist at the end of this book. Is it the end for Kaylee or not? I don't know about any of you but I will be patiently waiting for Before I Wake!
Content (plot, story flow, character):
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Warning: May cause insanity because of intense emotions and countless twists in the story
Stunning: Worthy of a Goddess' Praise!
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
And as part of Mira Ink's Blog Tour, I was able to ask Rachel a few questions about a few of her favorites. Check it out:
Your most favorite quote in the book?
Most of my favourite If I Die quotes are spoilery, so I’ll pick one that isn’t. It’s from Kaylee’s dad: “I should have made something stronger than Coke floats.”
The most favorite song you listen to while writing If I Die? Or if you don't listen to music while you write, the most favorite thing you do while writing?
I rarely listen to music while writing, because the lyrics distract me. But I often listen to it while plotting.
Your most favorite moment/part of If I Die?
The part where Kaylee decides to fight back.
Do you have any favorite character this time in the book?
As always, I love writing Sabine and Tod. Tod gets to be funny, and Sabine gets to say whatever she’s thinking. That’s fun for an author.
Your most favorite cover of If I Die? (US, UK, French)
You know, I like them all, for different reasons. The US cover nicely reflects Nash and Kaylee’s changing relationship. But the dresses aren’t immediately relevant to the plot. The UK cover captures the tone of the book really well, I think. But the butterfly isn’t immediately relevant to the plot. The French cover uses the art from the UK cover of My Soul To Take, but with a slight adjustment in saturation and tone, they’ve managed to capture the intense feel of the last third of the book. So…I think they’re all great illustrations of various aspects of the story.