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

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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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My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : My Soul To Save

Series : Soul Screamers #2

Paperback : 279 pages

Publishing House : Harlequin Teen

Publishing Date : December 29th 2009

Characters :  Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson, Addison Page

Summary

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When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls  means putting her own at risk.

Review

Rachel Vincent does it again guys. I enjoyed this addition to the Soul Screamers series just as much as I did the 1st book and the short novella preceding the 1st novel.
Totally loved the pacing of the novel. Once the book starts so does the plot. There are no chapter fillers or any nonsense. Every page is important.
My Soul to Save is a bit darker and more of the book is set in the creepy Netherworld, a world hidden away from ours by a veil that is only crossable by some supernatural beings, which is populated by monsters and deformed creatures that are dangerous in more ways than imaginable. In the Netherworld everything thing and everyone wants to eat you, definitely not a place for a weekend getaway. I felt like this book really started to develop the soul screamers world and expand on a set of characters that I have already started to love.
In My Soul to Save Tod the Grim Reaper makes a bigger appearance, which is great because he really is one of the best characters in the series. As a Grim Reaper Tod holds the importance of souls above all else and he takes it really hard when a friend of his (in his previous earth-bound life) sells her soul, without realising what that means and what it means for her future. Along with Kaylee and Nash they set out to help Tod, to help his friend, despite the overwhelming odds of dealing with demons, monsters, the Netherworld and one very over-protective parent.
My Soul to Save was well written, unexpected and filled with a wonderful and interesting cast of characters that are anything but forgettable.

Favorite Quotes 

“You two are cracked,” Tod snapped.
My smile widened. “Says the undead man in love with the soulless pop star.”

“Chocolate says “I’m sorry” so much better than words.”

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) By Rachel Vincent Review

Summary

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when some

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one near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

Review

My Soul To Take is simply a promising start in the Soul Screamers series. Rachel Vincent has taken some of the best loved elements of the YA paranormal genre and given them a quirky and unusual twist. The result? Compulsively readable.
The main concept of this book are Banshees, which I’m sure everyone knows all about. In this case, we are looking at Rachel Vincent’s intriguing take on the Irish-Celtic myth of the bean sidhes, pronounced ‘banshees’, also known as ‘woman of the faeries’. In the Soul Screamers series, a female bean sidhe wails when somebody nearby is close to death. However, there are also male bean sidhes who mythology didn’t know about. Together, female and male bean sidhes can do fantastic things, which I won’t be telling you about because it’s a pretty interesting section when Kaylee learns about her heritage and I’m not going to ruin that for you.
Kaylee’s character is awesome! It’s the kind of character that is very easy to connect with. She’s no goody two shoes, which we see from the very first page as underage, her and her friend Emma sneak into a night club through the back door. Yet she’s neither popular or entirely unpopular either.
The story had lots of good twists and turns. It wasn’t really possible to predict what was going on, what was going to happen and why these girls were dying all over town for no reason. So as things were revealed it was surprise after surprise and then there was a major surprise and I loved that I didn’t see it coming at all!
I’m off to grab the sequel and here’s to hoping that the rest of the series will be just as amazing.

Favorite Quotes

“The worst memories stick with us, while the nice ones always seem to slip through our fingers.”

 

“…don’t judge your future based on others’ mistakes.”

 

“Great. “So not only am I not-human, but Death is my arch foe?” Who, me? Panic? “Anything else you want to tell me, while we’re confessing?”

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers 0.5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Summary

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it’s the worst day of her life.B002F3PPVE.01.LZZZZZZZ

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she’s fine–despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities….

“An eBook exclusive prequel to Rachel Vincent’s SOUL SCREAMERS series.”

Review

That’s some way to start a series. It was so damn intriguing. I sure can say that I did like it but then I have so many questions and it left me wanting more. In this short prequel, we meet Kaylee Cavanaugh and her best friend Emma. Kaylee was a very normal teenager, she has a best friend and of course teenage dilemmas. Talk about plotting revenge with the help of the best friend. Everything was fine until she had this weird feeling. Her panic attack started happening and she started seeing this black figure and then she started screaming. When she woke up she was in the Mental Health Centre.

I have to commend the author for the vivid writing. I imagined Kaylee hysterical and screaming. I was caught with the moment and ask myself what just happened? The aftermath of the commotion got me angry with Aunt Val and the whole situation. The ending had me so many questions. Questions that I think only the first book will answer. This story is completely different from anything else I’ve read in the YA paranormal genre and I would highly recommend giving it a try. My only warning would be make sure you can get hold of My Soul to Take soon after reading it as I’m sure you’ll be left desperate to know what happens next!

Favorite Quotes

“Kaylee do you know why you are here?” 
“Yeah. Because the doors are locked.”

“Great. I’m psychotic and sparkly.”