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.
“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.”
Man, what a rough go around for Kaylee this time. As you can guess from the description of this book, it is not a happy time. This is a depressing and anxiety filled book, and I loved it. Seriously, I loved the sense of doom, I loved the sense of hopelessness and desperation and not being ready yet. Knowing when you are going to die is probably one of the worst things I could wish upon you if I hated you, and Kaylee is living through it.
The story itself is also really good, even beyond Kaylee’s plight. There is a teacher in the school looking to create babies with the students. He is also killing their mother’s for the energy needed to procreate. This is really interesting, and it has so many horrifying consequences involved when you think down the line. Incubi are horrifying in this series.
I feel the most sorry for Kaylee’s dad. He is away most of the time, just trying to figure out one way to save her. He has lost his wife, he has lost her once before already, and he just can’t go through that again. Even when he surrenders to the fact that there is no hope, I still feel sorry for him. He is just so…beaten down. I really like him as a book dad.
The funniest part of If I Die was Kaylee. She is hellbent on losing her virginity before she dies. It is like the one thing she really, really wants to do. As an adult who has actually had sex, this is so utterly ridiculous to me, this entire idea. Her entire belief system on this act just makes me giggle. But what makes me giggle even more is how much of a cock block Tod is. He is always getting in the way between Kaylee and Nash, and it is hysterical.
I really loved reading this so much. If I ever read this again, I’m skipping the first four books, as they just weren’t worth my time compared to this one. Unfortunately, I have to recommend for others that books one through four should be read prior to this. I wish I could say you should read book one and then skip to book 5, but critical data would be lost. Oh well.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Soul Screamers series page!