If I Die
By Rachel Vincent
September 27, 2011
Harlequin, 352 pages
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.
But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.
Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent 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 running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.
— GoodReads.com description
Is this the last book of the series? I hope not because IT IS SO GOOD.
Seriously, why aren’t more of you reading these books?
Okay, I know that if I’m all like, “Well, it’s about reapers and the Netherworld and demons and bean sidhes (banshees),” you’re just gonna give me THAT LOOK. You know the look.
But whatever! Trust! Have I steered you wrong before? I hope not.
Look, here’s why it’s good, and it’s not even the paranormal bits: I totally changed my loyalties over the course of the books. Usually, the first boy to even give the main character a LOOK in a book has my allegiance. Yeah, I’m easy. But in these books I was just…won over. Allegiance changed. Final answer.
That’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to spoil anyone by even discussing the basic plot. Fans of the series will be happy with this installment, and soon-to-be fans…get going on book 1! Make it happen, people.
PS: TOD. OMG.
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, Book 3)
By Rachel Vincent
June 1, 2010
Harlequin, 304 pages
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…
— Amazon.com description
After reading and thoroughly enjoying My Soul to Take and My Soul to Save, I’m surprised it took me a few months to get around to reading the latest installment in this series. I think I was feeling disillusioned by reading series in which nothing NEW ever happened.
That definitely was NOT an issue in this book. Rachel Vincent took Kaylee’s world and completely shook it up.
What I loved most about the first two books was that Nash was Kaylee’s rock in the world of the bean sidhe (banshees). But when things start to come between the two of them in this book, I was pretty pumped.
Don’t get me wrong: I love them together. It’s just nice to see an author who is brave enough to, essentially, destroy everything she’s built up in two previous books, and who does so in a completely engrossing manner. In this book, Rachel Vincent somehow managed to turn her audience against a main character while never turning them against her, the author. Which is pretty damn impressive to me.
This book had me so captivated, I could hardly put it down. I kept delaying plans with my husband to keep reading. “Just give me 30 more minutes!”
I’ll be eagerly awaiting the fourth installment of the series, My Soul to Steal, which comes out January 1, 2011.
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