Book Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

Title: If I Die

Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin
Released: September 27, 2011
Series: #5 of 7 in the Soul Screamers

Book Summary:

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.

I don’t know how to even begin with this one… Can you love and hate a book at the same time?  Ok hate is the wrong word… Not sure what the right word is!

I rarely buy books at full price but this was one I purchased as soon as I finished the 4th book in the series, that is saying something for this series.

I admit Rachel Vincent is an amazing writer.  She knows how to manipulate my emotions and make me half crazy.  Seriously that doesn’t happen very often. I made it half way through this book to a place where I could stop and then took a month break before coming back to it.

I’m fairly certain this is the first books where I have ever “switched teams”.  I can’t think of any other instance where that has happened before.  Usually I know right from the start who I’m rooting for and that never changes.  So I guess kudos to Rachel for that first.

Rachel Vincent said this about this book:

“I’ve said several times that IF I DIE is a game changer for the series, and that’s true. The bad guys are a creepy, make-your-skin-crawl kind evil that was sometimes uncomfortable for me to write. And I will say that Kaylee’s forced into making an INCREDIBLY hard choice near the end, and both of the available options are horrible. Like, can’t-live-with-yourself awful.”

Um yeah I have to agree with that!  Sheesh!

The content in this book pushes the limits of what I’m comfortable reading.  With each book in the series there seems to be a little bit more content from violence to language to sexual content.

I do want to see where this series ends up but I’m content with the ending of this book even though it is a cliffhanger.  I’ve decided to not start the 6th book until the 7th one is out.

I don’t know how to rate this one so it’s getting a mulitipe rating:

Rating #1: 5 Stars for the writing – I loved it!

Rating #2: 2.5  Take it or leave it – well written but there is quite a bit of content that those who like to read clean like me might find too much. (My tween will not be reading this series anytime soon).

Source: Purchased

Content: Yes but to share what would be a spoiler… explicit language & sexual content.