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If I Die (Soul Screamers) Paperback – September 20, 2011

Book 5 of 8 in the Soul Screamers Series

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In this fast-paced episode of the genre-blending Soul Screamers series, Kaylee learns that her “expiration” date is six days away. No sooner has she decided that she doesn’t want to die a virgin and sets about to seduce her boyfriend than his (dead) brother starts trying to push the couple apart. Vincent does a nice job of balancing all the various species of character—human, incubus, bean sidhe (banshee), reaper, hellion—with dollops of humor and enough backstory to keep readers new to the series engaged, without dousing the pace for those already in the know. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She’s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Soul Screamers (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780373210329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210329
  • ASIN: 0373210329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.

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The ending was fantastic!
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This book was by far the best in the series yet and I cannot wait for more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Darling on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
For fans the Soul Screamers series, this book will either be everything you want...or everything you feared most. If I Die presents Kaylee with the biggest challenges she's ever faced in her life--she suspects that attractive new math teacher may not be everything he appears to be, she's still fighting her complicated feelings for her boyfriend Nash, and to top it off, she receives world-changing news that gives her only a matter of days to put everything right.

I really love Kaylee after this book. One of the things that surprised me is that she meets all of her problems with admirable maturity and sensitivity. There are a number of really difficult situations she has to resolve before time runs out, but instead of being self-pitying or railing against fate, she takes action to help the people around her, while remaining true to her emotional self; that's no small feat under the best of circumstances. I'm impressed by the author's frank handling of teen sexuality, which is very um, enthusiastically present in this book but written with exactly the right amount of excitement and humor and gravity. Most importantly, it's also included in the right context of Kaylee's life.

I'm also really happy with the way the author handled the tricky situation with Kaylee's relationship with her boyfriend. Nash was previously hooked on demon breath and his ex-girlfriend, the evil Sabine, complicated things further. Nash's behavior over the past couple of books has changed Kaylee's perception of him irrevocably, and the author does a terrific job of showing how agonizing and sad it is when feelings and priorities change with time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novel Nerd on October 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
As I type this I am still grinning from ear to ear after finsihing If I Die by Rachel Vincent. This book-like so many have said is by far the best in the series. The fact I am writing a review on here just proves it. I have never written a review in my life. But this book deserves one because it was that amazing. I can't even really put in to words how amazing this book was. There were times when I was reading it and I was thinking "Really Rachel? Your doing this to Kaylee? REALLY?" And then there times I was thinking "This woman is brillant!" There were also moments were I was thinking "YES! FINALLY!" and doing a mental happy dance around my room. While the next moment I wanted to throw the book across the room and pout. Seriously the ending nearly killed me when I thought ___ ___ _____ __ __ ____ ______!!!!! The way Rachel Vincent ended this book was amazing. I still have that last line bouncing around in my head as I smile. I can't even wait for Before I Wake-I could hardly wait for this one waiting for Before I Wake is going to be torture!! In short if you havent started the Soul Screamers series yet you need to. Like Right NOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Kaylee Cavanaugh's life has been anything but normal since she found out six months before that she's a bean sidhe (or banshee): a mythical death herald with the ability to guide souls as they depart from their earthly bodies. Kaylee and her boyfriend Nash, a male bean sidhe, have battled countless demons, hellions and other supernatural creatures with the help of Tod, Nash's Grim Reaper brother, Harmony, Tod and Nash's bean sidhe mother, and Sabine, Nash's ex-girlfriend who is (literally) a living nightmare, or mara. Nothing has prepared Kaylee for what she is about to learn: Tod saw her name of the Reaper List, and she has only six days before her borrowed lifeline expires. To make matters worse (if that's possible), one of Kaylee's classmates winds up in the hospital after a terrible and tragic miscarriage. Kaylee and Sabine suspect that the school's hot new math teacher is the father of the child, and that Mr. Beck might actually be a succubus: a love demon fixated on fathering a son. Fearing that Mr. Beck has set his sights on her best friend, Emma, Kaylee must work with what little time she has to ensure that those she loves are safe even after her inevitable death.

The hugely popular Soul Screamers series continues in author Rachel Vincent's fifth installment, If I Die. Those who have not read the previous four books beware: it is necessary to move through this series sequentially in order to keep up with the various characters and plot references. Those who have made it through the other titles, however, will find the fifth novel to be a bit of a mixed bag. It is clear from the start that the author is intent upon changing things up in this novel, particularly where Kaylee's romantic attachments are concerned.
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There is a reason that IF I DIE is the first book in the Soul Screamers series to break from the "My Soul to..." formula. Everything we thought we knew, everything we'd been hoping for, planning for, and partially dreading, changes. This is a series that has been building momentum with each book, breaking rules, breaking hearts (both the readers and the characters), and IF I DIE breaks more than all the previous books combined.

I've learned from the previous books in this series that the best way to start reading this book was to take all my expectations and chuck them out. The first chapter in IF I DIE is amazing and shocking. There isn't a single thing I didn't love about it from Vincent's delicate but strong handling of a very sensitive issue to dropping the biggest bomb of the series only twenty pages in. I can never predict what Rachel Vincent will do to her characters except that regardless of how unbelievable or even cruel it may seem on the outset, she'll write it in such a way that it feels inevitable by books end. IF I DIE is the best example of that to date.

Rachel Vincent writes incredibly strong and fully fleshed out characters. I never feel neutral about them. I either love them with a blazing passion, or despise them with a white hot anger. Better still are the characters who trick me into liking them before I can think to defend myself (no, not Sabine. I don't think I'll even warm up to her). In IF I DIE, the opposite happens. One of the characters I loved from book one slips into the despise camp so slowly that I still can't believe it happened.

Overall, take my advice and ditch your expectations. IF I DIE is nothing like what you think. Some characters shift into darkness and others emerge in delightful new ways.
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