Fans of Rachel Vincent’s fantastic young adult Soul Screamers series always knew that bean sidhe Kaylee Cavanaugh was living on borrowed time. When she was three years old, Kaylee died in a car accident but her distraught father pleaded with the reaper to save the life of his daughter and take him instead. Of course, everyone knows that reapers have a rather warped sense of humor, so the reaper spared Kaylee’s life but took her mother in exchange.
Since then, the young bean sidhe (banshee) has been living her mother’s timeline while she wrestled souls from demons, supported her Demon’s Breath-addicted bean sidhe boyfriend Nash, and came to terms with her need to scream blue murder every time someone in her vicinity dies. Such is the life of a bean sidhe (or banshee as you probably know them).
Now her time is up. Nash’s dead reaper brother Tod breaks the news that Kaylee’s name has appeared on his list and reaper rules are pretty clear about second extensions – there are none.
With just days to live, Kaylee tries everything in her power to get her father and Nash to accept her fate and not interfere or mess with the reaper. Meanwhile, she realizes that something is not quite right with the new math teacher, Mr Beck. With the help of Nash’s mara girlfriend, Kaylee soon figures out that that Beck is an incubus, an energy-sucking lust-demon. Can she save the school from this deadly Netherworld creature before time truly runs out?
If I Die is the fifth novel in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series featuring bean sidhes Kaylee and Nash and a host of supernatural creatures including hellions, maras, reapers, incubi and even the occasional human being. What will thrill fans most about this installment is not the fact that Kaylee is dying or that she is once again fighting evil, but the massive twist in the love relationship between her and Nash. I am not going to spoil it by saying what the twist was, I’m not even going to hint, but let’s just say that I spent most of the book thrilled, a short portion devastated and then I was absolutely happy in the end.