Title: If I Die
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
In this book, Sabine and Kaylee manage to start working together, which was a nice change. It allowed their relationship to move forward, and for the conflict to move on a bit from their love triangle (though still keeping it just close enough at hand to revive it if needed). It allowed for a neat little balancing act between the three of them that kept emotions high throughout the book.
I didn’t love the “bad guy” so much, to be honest. It was an interesting premise, but not my favourite of the series. I was much more interested in the “Kaylee’s going to die soon” plotline. It was interesting to watch everyone scrambling around trying to solve a more personal problem for once, rather than trying to save strangers.
There’s a twist that happens that I sort of saw coming, but wasn’t sure how it was going to be handled … and I think that Vincent did a great job with it. I don’t want to mention what it was here, but let’s just say – I heartily approve.
If I Die was a great addition to the series, and a turning point for so many things to come in the last few books.