- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373210329
- ISBN-13: 978-0373210329
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If I Die Paperback – September 20, 2011
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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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Rachel Vincent's Before I Wake, the most awaited sixth novel of the Soul Screamers series, is all that I hoped for and more!
I was terrified of this book. Yes, terrified. If I Die left us with a lovely happy ending, and I just knew that from then on only pain and suffering would come. Add to that Rachel Vincent's teasing statuses in Facebook about killing off people, important people, and I was shaking in my seat. But after reading it, I have to say that it wasn't so bad. Scratch that. It is that bad, with tons of heartache, people that die, and hell breaking loose but...Kaylee's courage keeps you going. It keeps you hoping for better things, and we get that.
In this book, we encounter a very different Kaylee. She snaps when pushed, feels nothing when left alone, and thinks that giving into her depression is so much better than fighting. Wait, what? Yep. Gone is our fierce heroine. She feels like things don't matter anymore because she's dead. But isn't that why she agreed to become an extractor because her family and friends mattered and she couldn't just leave them? Kaylee has lost sight of who she is, and when horrible things start happening she can't help but despair instead of fight back, because what's happening is her fault, consequences of the choices she made during If I Die.
This was one of the hardest parts to read, because I wanted her to be the badass heroine of the other books but I also understood why she was like this. The only bright thing in Kaylee's life it's her gorgeous, sweet, grim reaper of a boyfriend. Tod is there for her 100%, never letting her give up. He tells her she won't feel alive until she starts acting alive again, and boy does he show her how to live (Ch.11 was perfection). Tod and Kaylee have the best one-liners ever.
Of course, Kaylee and Tod are not the only reasons why I love Soul Screamers so much. The gang is back and trying to stay together despite their differences and personal issues. Emma is trying to keep up with them. At this point she's the only human in their group. Nash and Sabine have their own issues to solve, and it would all go smoother if Nash wasn't still hung up on Kay, but he is. He still hates Tod, but at least they can agree that Kaylee's safey comes first always. Sophie and Luca are the new additions to the team, and their adventure in Never to Sleep blends in with the events happening here. What I liked the most was that I saw them try to reconnect with each other. Nash and Tod working together to keep Kaylee safe, Sophie asking things Kaylee and trying to understand, Sabine and Kaylee being extra frank with each other (LOL). And seriously, they need to stick together is they ever want to defeat the forces of the Netherworld.
The ending was an avalanche of trouble that had me literally at the edge of my seat. I could not believe what was happening, and what eventually happened...!!! Yeah. I can't wait for With All My Soul, the last Soul Screamer's book. It'll be sad to read the end of this series, but that's what re-reads are for! And I'm sure I'll be re-reading these books, and other Rachel Vincent books, for years to come.
The story dives right into the plot, when Kaylee finds out she's gonna die in six days. That's just the beginning because in that time she has to 1) Find out wassup with the new teacher Mr.Beck, 2) Find out what/who she really wants before she dies, and 3) Try to make everyone safe before she leaves the world. Kaylee is such a noble character, wanting to use her last days of life helping others. She really is one of my favorite characters because of this.
Sadly, I can't say I'm as happy with some other characters. Mainly Nash, but also Sabine. I don't hate her, I just don't get her. I don't get why she has to be so cruel at times. And Nash, sweetie you might have stayed in my good graces only because Kaylee believed in you, but not anymore. So, I'm sorry Nash but you're officially on my black list. That being said...Ladies get your Team Tod cheering outfits and start stretching, because you're going to do cartwheels up and down your house. Seriously, the tension here was at an all time high with Kaylee finally paying attention to Tod's beautiful swirling blue eyes.
That ending! *dies* I have to admit, for a moment I doubted you Rachel. When you have Kaylee dying, and things going to hell all around I was seriously doubting it could ever be fixed. And that moment! Those of you who've read this know what moment I'm talking about! I almost put the book down in that moment. But Rachel, you came through beautifully. I couldn't have wished for more after an ending like that. But I do. Oh I do wish for more and it makes me cry tears of joy because this series isn't over yet!! So technically I'm getting my wish!
This book changes the series for the better. I am really looking forward to reading the last two books now. I was already pretty hooked because the story is unique, smartly written, and has some unconventional yet compelling characters. It also deals with some interesting, dark themes without being depressing. However, I felt like there needed to be a shift of direction and this book achieves that. Tod was a favorite from the start so I was disappointed when he didn't have a larger role at first, but that's no longer a problem. I love where the author went with his character in this book. I think readers of the previous books will be very happy with this one. Book 4 was an improvement on Book 3 (and I can't help but love Sabine), and this Book 5 is an improvement on Book 4. It's hard for a series to get better towards the end of its run but the Soul Screamers series has accomplished that.
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