Until I Die by Amy Plum

until i die by amy plumUntil I Die by Amy Plum
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication: May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
2nd in a trilogy (see my review of book #1, Die For Me)
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads summary:

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

My thoughts: *If you haven’t read the first book, proceed with caution, there may be spoilers in this review.
I enjoyed this one just as much as Die For Me. There was less of the “Will they get together or won’t they?” and more focus on Kate and Vincent as a couple. Now that they were together at last, it was nice to see their relationship grow and develop. They were so sweet to each other, especially with Vincent again trying to win Best Boyfriend of the Year. As is common in books, including YA, the 2 main characters had a tendency not to tell each other important things, which we readers know is just going to come back and bite them in the ass.

The big mystery in Until I Die was whether Vincent could avoid sacrificing himself during his rescue missions. In his quest to mold himself to fit Kate’s life, he was trying out a top-secret experiment to see if it could help him control the urge to die. It had some disturbing side effects which caused Kate to go on her own mission to research all she could about the revenants in an effort to keep Vincent alive.

All of the characters we met in Die For Me were back and we learned more about them. Jules was just as flirty, Vincent was just as swoon-worthy and Jean-Baptiste was just as uptight. We learned much more about revenants, how they came to be and how their “society” worked. I enjoyed the extra history and thought it was interesting. I also learned the answers to a few lingering questions I had left over after Die For Me. There were a few new characters in Until I Die and the big bad numa played a bigger part in this novel. After the death of their leader in Book 1, the numa had been quiet which made the revenants highly suspicious. Just like in Die For Me, Kate’s grandparents barely appeared.

Here’s my biggest issue (and it’s more of a pet peeve): I didn’t like that Kate and Vincent’s problems in both books stemmed from her dislike of the idea of Vincent dying. He’s a revenant, it’s what they do. They die, then they come back a few days later. It’s not like he would be leaving her forever. It’s his purpose in life, it what he lives for, it’s why he’s alive, yet she wouldn’t just let him do it. In my opinion, she was being selfish and he was letting her. I understand she had trauma from when her own parents died kind of recently, but aren’t you supposed to love someone for who they are and not try to change them?

Amy Plum has a gift for setting the scene, especially a scene like Paris. I’ve never been, but I felt like I learned some things about the area and might even be a little familiar with the city now. She created a spectacularly romantic setting that was just perfect for this love story. The story itself was full of surprises and one fantastic twist that I didn’t really see coming.

Until I Die ended with a big cliffhanger; it’s hard to describe without giving it away, but it wasn’t a complete cliffhanger, like you would regularly find. As far as cliffhangers go, it was a good one.

The cover is very pretty and matches the theme of the first book perfectly. You can see the narrow alleys that Kate spends some time in. The dress is pretty though I don’t believe she wore anything similar in the novel.

The sum up: A lovely story perfect for the romantic in all of us.

Connect with Amy Plum:

Amazon hardback
Barnes & Noble hardback
The Book Depository

Other opinions:
Lisa’s World of Books
Hippies, Beauty & Books, Oh My!
Mundie Moms

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