If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : If I Die8803932

Series : Soul Screamers #5

Author : Rachel Vincent

Paperback : 342 pages

Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin

Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh, Nash Hudson, Emma Marshall, Tod Hudson,   Sabine Campbell

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.

Review :

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.” 

Two words – Simply Amazing! 

This sure was one hell of a book & so far best of them all. It was a fast engaging read that kept me at the edge of my seat. It was the only book in the series so far that I really didn’t want to put down. I was so engrossed with this book, it hooked me from the very first page. The characters were as awesome as ever, Kaylee & Tod 😀 The chemistry is incredibly well written, it’s electrifying. Although I do feel sorry for Nash here. If I Die is a spectacular addition to the Soul Screamers series, and one that you will all love.

At the beginning of If I Die, Kaylee is told that she only has six days to live. Six days and then it’s the end. Kaylee is incredibly shocked but she tries to hold it together. All the things she will never do fly through her mind. She has six days to do whatever she wants, but things aren’t easy in Kaylee’s world. An Incubus starts teaching at Kaylee’s school and begins making moves on the girls. He’s in desperate need of a son but he only has a specific time to accomplish it. Kaylee needs to sort out the problem so her friends will be safe when she dies. The thing is nobody knows how to get rid of this incubus and Kaylee only has six days. Six days that fly by and things change so much.
Kaylee is put through a lot in this book. She has to come with terms with her death and that she will miss out on so many life experiences. We see her pain and anger and sorrow. And we’re there beside her feeling the same things. We just want to hug Kaylee and tell her things will be ok. She’s still strong willed and will do anything to make sure her friends will be ok after her death. Like always she puts their safety before her own. 

We get to learn more about Tod in If I Die. We learn more about his history and how much he is willing to lose for Kaylee. We see how much he cares and if anyone deserves Kaylee its Tod. They are perfect together, I only hope it lasts. Tod, I wish you were my prince charming.

Nash is…oh well Nash. His life just keeps spiralling downhill. Things keep going wrong for him but it’s his fault, his actions have consequences just like everybody else. Sabine, seems to cool off a bit in this book, she helps Kaylee and is a shoulder to lean on for Nash. Emma is still the best friend and she’s great, she’s there for Kaylee no matter that she’s a banshee. She’s the best friend Kaylee needs when she needs a break from the non-human world.
I was expecting good book but not mind blowing awesome! I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the gang in Before I Wake, which I have waiting to be read. Eeek I’m so excited. This series has gotten better by each book and If I Die doesn’t disappoint! If I Die is a spectacular addition to the series, full of suspense and heartbreak, that keeps the reader gripping to the pages.

Favorite Quotes :

“That’s because Tod never brings anything but death and bad advice,” I snapped.
“That’s not true.” Tod tried to grin, “Sometimes I bring pizza.” 

“You know, most girls sleep with a teddy bear or an extra pillow. But I gotta say, that’s kinda hot…” 

“You think I need to be rescued?”
“I think it doesn’t hurt to let someone else do the rescuing every now and then, when your own armor starts to get banged up.” 

“As a matter of fact, I was going to offer you something.” 
“What did you have in mind?”
“A field trip. You interested in doing something dangerous, and possibly illegal?”
“Does it involve underage girls, broken curfews and assorted fruit toppings?” 

“So … will you stay with me until it’s over? Please?”

“Kaylee, I would do anything for the girl who granted my dying wish.” 

“There’s an us?”
“As far as I’m concerned…” He leaned forward, his mouth inches from mine, and my pulse spiked. “There’s nothing but us.” 

“Because you don’t belong with him! I tried to tell you that, but you wouldn’t listen, and I thought if you understood that he’d be better off without you, you’d break up with him for his own good. So I…exaggerated how easy it’d be for him to get over you, with Sabine there to step in. But I underestimated how incredibly stubborn you are”
“I prefer to think of it as dedication…” I mumbled.” 

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Reaper (Soul Screamers #3.5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title – Reaper

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Series – Soul Screamers #3.5

EBook – 64 pages

Publishing House – Harlequin Teen

Published December 1st 2010

Characters – Tod Hudson,Nash Hudson

Summary

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life… Death… or something Between….

An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.

Review

I think I just fell in love with Tod all over again! I mean seriously guys you cannot read Reaper and not love Tod,it just isn’t possible. I was having conflicted feelings regarding being Team Nash or Team Tod but after Reaper no more confliction. Team Tod it is!
Reaper was absolutely amazing and I completely enjoyed every single second of it. However, this story also includes Tod’s pain & sacrifice which was heartbreaking to read. You will surely look at Tod in a different way after Reaper. On the sunnier side this novel cracked me up a number of times. Salute to Tod’s sarcasm for giving us so many LOL moments.
This novella is a perfect glimpse into Tod’s life. But unfortunately as is the case with most novellas it just left me wanting more. I would love to read a spin off of Tod’s afterlife. He’s just such an interesting character, that it’s hard not to love him.

Favorite Quotes 

“So,would you say I’m closer to a zombie or a vampire? I gotta know—are my parts going to rot and fall off, or am I forever frozen in youthful perfection?” 

“Can’t clean up after you anymore, baby brother, so don’t punk out. Make it count.” 

“If I weren’t already dead, I’d be alive with joy.” 

“I’m confiscating your hair dryer—you’ve fried your brain.” 

“What if the house catches fire?” 
“Roast marshmallows. And if it floods, you’ll go down with the ship. If there’s a tornado, I’ll meet both you and this house in Oz, after my shift. Got it?” 

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : My Soul To Keep

Series : Soul Screamers #37476122

Paperback– 296 pages

Publishing House : Harlequin Teen

Published June 1st 2010

Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson

Summary

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.

Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else…

Review

My Soul to Keep is the third novel in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. In the previous two books, Kaylee and Nash met, fell in love and realised the lengths they would go to prove their love for each other. Without giving away the plot, My Soul to Keep is a whole different matter as Nash fundamentally betrays Kaylee and her character is tested to the limit as she must overcome her shock and pain to push forward nevertheless and save the lives of Nash and her father.

My Soul to Keep starts with Kaylee and Nash at a party where a classmate is using Demon’s Breath. It’s deadly and highly addictive and of course, it’s from the Netherworld; Kaylee is going to find out just how this dangerous substance ended up in the hands of kids at her school. What Kaylee finds out is shocking and puts her life and those she loves in grave danger.
As with all the books in the series, the best character in the book is Tod and I cannot wait to see more of him. I felt every emotion that Kaylee felt throughout the book. Betrayal, shock, hurt, fear… All those emotions are so cleverly written into the story along with a strong sense of being there. The ending was fierce although I expected nothing less from Kaylee; she’s a strong independent young woman and has really grown into her character.
Rachel Vincent has a terrific style of writing, and is able to convey humour, sarcasm and descriptions effortlessly, without weighing down the flow of the story. I’d recommend My Soul to Keep to all fans of young adult, supernatural fiction. Fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy will love the banshees and demons in this series.

Favorite Quotes

“Regret couldn’t fix what he’s broken. Apologies couldn’t bring back what he’s lost. What we’d lost.” 

 

“Damn it, Tod!” He glared in the reaper’s general direction. “Do not sneak up on me in my own house–I don’t care how dead you are! Show yourself or get out.”
Harmony and I shared a small smile, but my father didn’t notice.
The reaper shrugged and grinned at me, then blinked out of the chair and onto the carpet at my father’s back, now fully corporeal. “Fine,” he said, inches from my dad’s ear, and my father nearly jumped out of his shirt. “Your house, your rules.”
My dad spun around, his flush deepening until I thought his face would explode. “I changed my mind. Get out!”

 

“But before I could come up with an answer, Tod appeared in the desk chair, where I’d sat minutes earlier. ‘Hey. Am I interrupting something?’ 
‘Yes,’ Nash said. ‘Get out.’ 
But Tod was watching me, and I could tell from the angry line of his jaw that he’d been listening long before he showed himself. He’d heard what Avari had done to me. What Nash had let him do. 
‘You want me to go?’ Tod asked me, his back to his brother. 
Nash implores me silently to say yes. Tod waited patiently. 
‘No,’ I said, looking right at Nash. He scowled, and his shoulders sagged. 
‘Good.’ Tod stood and kicked the rolling chair out of his way. ‘I just checked on your friend in the straitjacket. But first…’ The reaper swung before either of us realized what he intended to do. 
Tod’s very sold first slammed into Nash’s jaw. Nash’s head snapped back. He stumbled into the wall. Tod shook his hand like it hurt. ‘That’s for what you let him do to Kaylee.”