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If I Die Paperback – September 20, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
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

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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

  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today's review is on If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If I Die is the 5th installment in Vincent's Soul Screamers series and is as good, if not better than the previous installments. Where as all of the other titles in this series allude to the souls of taking, keeping etc., this title alludes to the impending death of our heroine Kaylee. This change makes for a very different, exciting, and heart wrenching story.

Todd informs Kaylee that he has found out that her name has appeared on "the list" and that she has just one week left to live. Even with this hanging over her head, she still finds time to thwart the efforts of an incubus posing as a math teacher in her school. Though most often an incubus gets a human female pregnant, the baby needs a soul to survive, and not just any soul. An optimal soul is a pure virginal soul, something Kaylee still has.

Todd and Kaylee's relationship takes off when she finds herself kissing him, and though she hurts Nash she realizes that the relationship between them can never move on. She wants more and more to be with Todd.

In the end Kaylee saves the day by destroying the incubus, but can not prevent her own death and quite possibly the true death of Todd when he refuses to do his job and take her life. However in Vincent's world dead doesn't always mean DEAD.

A delightful series that keeps getting better and better with each successive installment. I hope there is at least one more. I have to know what happens next.

4 of 5 stars
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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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4.5 Stars
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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Book # 5 in the Soul Screamers series, If I Die, is a definite game changer. Kaylee and boyfriend Nash are both bean sidhes slowly working on restoring their relationship which was damaged by Nash's frost addiction and the appearance of Sabine, his former girlfriend. Kaylee knows her life isn't going to be normal, but she never expects the news she receives via Tod, Nash's dead brother (who is also a Reaper)...her death is going to occur in six days and there is absolutely nothing she nor anyone else can do to stop it. So what would you do if you knew you only had six days in which to live? Of course sex with Nash will be high on the list (or is it?), but Kaylee chooses to make her life count for something so she begins a battle against the new math teacher, Mr. Beck, who is also an incubus using teenaged girls as his sexual play toys.

There's a lot going on in If I Die, but the underlying theme is definitely Kaylee's impending death and her attempts to deal with it. Ms. Vincent handles all the issues with humor and determination, and I came away from this story feeling that it was about so much more than a teenaged paranormal experience. While Kaylee's time is running out, she's forced to face her feelings for Nash; to say that I am beyond elated at what happens is an understatement. And while the novel's focus is on the shortened timeline of life, it never loses sight of the fact that Kaylee and her friends do battle nefarious Netherworld beings and even human problems. Tod is a major force in If I Die, and this reader is seriously in love with his gallant decisions and his secret infatuation coming into fruition. And I don't think anyone will foresee just how this book comes to its climax.
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