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If I Die by Rachel Vincent
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Jan 10, 12

bookshelves: demons, mysterious, reapers, souls
Read from January 02 to 09, 2012

The cover:

This cover is beautiful and simple. Yet, I have no idea what’s its relation with the story.

The storyline:

So, I’ll try as much as I can not to spoil this review, because If I wrote it yesterday at 11:30 pm, when I finished this book, I would’ve had a record in spoiling reviews. Now that I calmed down from the impact of the new way the story took and I’ve organized my thoughts, you’re going to get a coherent review .

What I liked:

The beginning was perfect and smooth, as usual. I liked how things were normal despite the obvious tension since Sabine is now present (And it looks like she’s not going anywhere, any soon).
The suspense was great, there were a lot twists, heartbreaks, pain that made the story almost realistic.
The writing is great, too. I could almost feel what was going on and understand it.
I loved that this sequel had a small relation to the previous novella Reaper which I read. Because it kind of helped understanding what was Tod talking about with Kaylee.
Emma was more present in this book, which is cool!
The incubus story was totally fun to go thru and I was glad that it continued till the end.
I loved seeing Levi again, and since I read an audiobook, hearing him talk like a small child was priceless. I wish there was more of him :s. Maybe in the next sequels?!
What I missed:

I missed Avari’s presence and constant annoyance. Yep, I’m a fan girl of hellions in this book because they add different twits to the story more than incubus do.
I also missed the old Nash and the poor naïve Kaylee who was totally in love with him and couldn’t breath without him. Of course, that changed too…
What I hated:

This one tiny thing, which most of you will think it’s ridiculous, almost stopped me from finishing the book. When you’re about 60% done with the book, you’ll be slapped in the face with a new turn the story takes. I hated how Kaylee was suddenly done with Nash, how in minute she was totally in love with him and adores him and in the next one she was done with and in love with someone else. I hated the cruelty, irresponsibility and immaturity in these few chapters. I didn’t like seeing this part of Kaylee.
The characters:

I don’t actually want to talk about any of them, to be honest, but I’ll do it fast.

Kaylee was impossible. She was strong, scared, caring for her best friend and even starting to like Sabine. But then, I hated her for acting like a selfish banshee.

Tod is Tod. I still think of him as cool and funny and mysterious but I hated how he contributed even as little in Kaylee’s new behavior and in his brother’s pain.

Nash is my hero in this sequel. Although he didn’t do anything heroic, just by enduring all of this by himself, and going thru hell, he’s been really courageous and hurt.

Sabine is one hell of a mara. I really like her. She’s direct, she knows what she wants and she doesn’t go around and make lies.

Emma is wonderful and trustworthy best friend.

Levi is sweet. Despite his young age, he has a mind and logic of a grownup man. I like him ^_^.

Mr. Beck is pathetic.

Conclusion:

If you’ve been this far reading the series, reading If I Die is inevitable. Whether you’ll like it or not, you have to read it to know what changed and what didn’t so you can later read Before I Wake when it’s released!

This is not my favorite book in the series but I did enjoy it, especially the ending.

I’ll be fair and honest and give it the rate it deserves from my point of view.
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Reading Progress

01/02/2012
37.0% "OMG!! Poor Kaylee :s Sabine, I'll kill you!!"
01/08/2012
75.0% "It's really confusing. The beginning was really amazing, but now, I really don't like how things are falling apart .... The suspense is cool but irresponsibility and cruelty are not >_<"

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