“new favorite series. seriously. ”jamie amber wrote this review Saturday, July 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was enjoyable.”shaina wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mon ange.... love it!”elaina~rainlover~booklover~markfoster~danauerbach~ wrote this review Thursday, July 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can not believe where the author went with this book in the end. I was shocked and sad, but I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens with Kate and the rest of the Revenants. Easy read and I couldn't put this series down.”Stacia H wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So far, this is one of my favorite series I have EVER read!”Dawn wrote this review Sunday, July 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Until I Die takes us back to Paris, to Kate and Vincent and the Revenants themselves. I loved the whole mythology of the revenants so was thrilled to see how much more we find out about them and their history in this sequel to Die for Me. There are some new characters – Arthur and Violette – older revenants who add new flavor to an already interesting cast, there’s a much bigger role for Kate’s sister Georgia, there are the guerisseurs (healers), the numa and their Big Plan, and a lot of intrigue and fighting.
Kate and Vincent are happy together but long for a normal life they know if out of their reach. Can Vincent really resist dying for others? Could they age together without Vincent suffering? Both are looking at ways to make this happen but wonder if it is even possible, especially with the numa on their trail. Their path together is as fraught with danger as ever. But they are determined to find a way.
This is no ordinary zombie novel and although it is very much a middle book, the twist at the end will keep you counting days to find out where Amy Plum is taking this plot.
“Wow. Until I Die is one of the most suspenseful and romantic books I've read all year. This book was intense! I read the entire novel in one sitting and could not put it down until the very last page. At the end, I felt like shaking my Kindle and screaming "NO I WANT MORE!" Unfortunately Until I Die does end on a cliffhanger, but I will forgive Plum for that simply because the book was so amazing that I can't hold a grudge. I do hate cliffhangers, though. That being said, Until I Die will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride that you won't forget.
Kate grows a lot in this book, and one of the things I love about her is that she's not stupid. She doesn't go off and do dumb things. I mean she makes mistakes, don't get me wrong, but she thinks things through. She may not always know the danger that she's putting herself and others in, but she plans things instead of just running off in a fit of emotion. I also like that she states that she's a complete person in her own right. She's a strong female character, and I really enjoy seeing France through her point of view.
Vincent was fabulous as usual. I always love him, and I hope to see a ton more of him in the next book. I also would like to see more of Ambrose and Jules. They're fun characters. We do get to see more of Jules in Until I Die. I liked getting to know him better. Georgia wasn't an idiot this time, and I enjoyed her character much more. We were introduced to a couple of new characters, and they are very different from the characters that we're used to. The interactions with these characters add a lot to the story.
The plot is captivating and will keep you fully engrossed in the book from first word until the final period. Plum kept me guessing the entire time, and while there isn't a ton of action, there is plenty of suspense. This novel focuses more on Kate and Vincent's romance and their developing relationship than it does on fight scenes (though we have a few of those as well!), but the plot still seems balanced. I enjoyed getting to see more interactions with Kate and Vincent. They're a sweet and healthy couple. I wish more YA couples could be like them. In addition to the balanced plot, Plum includes a lot of emotional ups and downs throughout the story line. There is humor scattered throughout the book so nothing seems too serious, but there were points when I almost cried because things were so sad. In an effort not to spoil the book, I'm not going to go into anymore detail with that. The pacing is quick, but not rushed.
Until I Die is one of the best books I've read this year, and also one of the best follow-ups I've ever read. For those of you who have read Die for Me, this novel is not to be missed. For those of you who have yet to be introduced to this beautiful, rich, and tragic world that Plum has created, go pick up Die for Me now, that way you'll be ready for Until I Die when it comes out on May 8. You cannot miss this series!
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: This sequel takes a long time to take off as Kate and Vincent search for ways to stop a revenant from the compulsion to die.
Opening Sentence: I leapt, drawing my feet up beneath me, as the seven-foot quarterstaff smashed into the flagstones where I had been standing half a second before.
This book begins the night Charlotte and Charles are leaving the mansion for exile–also known as Jean-Baptiste’s other country mansion. (Life as a revenant is hard.) The Parisian revenants are throwing a going-away-welcome-party; wishing Charlotte and Charles good-bye and introducing Violette and Arthur. Violette and Arthur are a super codependent non-couple that have been together since the Middle Ages. They’re only in town until Charles gets his head back on straight and they don’t have to worry about him. That being said, they’ve spent a long time in isolation in the countryside and are more than a little snobby. For one thing, Arthur’s got the whole aristocratic, revenants-are-better-than-mortals thing going on which doesn’t exactly endear him to Kate and the others.
While the revenants are dealing with their new housemates, Vincent’s struggling not to die. He’s stronger than most revenants his age, so he can last longer before the compulsion becomes unbearable, but how long is that? Kate knows he’s up to something–probably something dangerous or he’d tell her about it–to keep himself alive. But is his so-called cure for compulsion going to threaten his immortality? Kate takes it upon herself to find another way–a safer way. Delving into the ancient texts Kate finds an old book called Immortal Love, but the book has words missing. Words deliberately scratched out to keep someone from finding the cure. Her quest to keep Vincent alive and by her side sends her through Paris and straight into the revenant-numa underworld. A world Kate might not be ready to take on alone.
Die for Me, the first in the Revenants series, built an interesting mythology around revenants and the numa that Plum evolves even further here. Unfortunately, besides adding backstory and the sketchings of a love triangle this sequel suffers from sequel-itis. It takes a really long time to take off and, to be honest, the mystery of Vincent’s goings-on when he’s not with Kate wasn’t a strong enough plot motivator. A definitely plus side to Kate and Vincent’s relationship, however, is that they’re really mature about it. They aren’t just in love, they’re a partnership. They work hard to make sure they’re on the same page and being honest. Even when Vincent’s keeping secrets, he’s honest about his secrets. If that makes sense.
The plot was predictable and definitely designed to set us up for If I Should Die, with an almost-cliffhanger. But the last eighty pages are where the story really starts to get going, so I wish Plum had carried this book a bit farther into the plot. As I said, the mystery wasn’t mysterious enough and the stakes weren’t high enough for this book to hold my interest for long swaths of time.
“Non,” she said sharply. Then, her voice softening, she said, “All I ask is that you write your name on one of the cards, and place it in the dish. That way I can send you good wishes in my prayers.” She nodded to a stack of index cards on the table next to my chair. I scribbled my name on the card and leaned over to place it in the bowl. And froze.
Painted on the inside of the dis was a pyramid inside a circle. A pyramid surrounded by flames. I spun to see the old woman sitting immobile, staring at me with one eyebrow raised. Waiting.
I thrust my hand inside my shirt, pulled out my pendant and held the signum out for her to see.
She sat there stunned for a second, and then stood to face me. “Well, if you had shown me that when you arrived, we wouldn’t have had to go through this charade, my dear,” she said, her expression changing from distant and professional to complicit and friendly. “Welcome, little sister.”
The Revenants Series:
1. Die For Me
2. Until I Die
3. If I Should Die (May 2013)
FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Until I Die. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.”
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WOW! I’m sitting here trying to figure out exactly how I feel…
I’m still left at Hmmm…
I’ll figure it out by the end of this review. I hope.
As you all know I bumped this series up on my TBR list because I received an ARC of Until I Die while attending RT Convention 2012. As you also might know I didn’t score the first book very high. Just in case you don’t already know this then find out why HERE. If you follow me on Goodreads you’ll realize that I rarely give a book a 5 star rating. An impressive book usually gets 4 stars and so 3 stars isn’t altogether a bad rating. Sorry, in order to get a 5 star rating it has to be one special book. Give thanks to JK Rowling for my tough scoring because the writing and the feeling left after reading those books is what I compare all my readings/ratings to.
OK so with that said! I gave this a 5 star rating. The more I thought about the book and how it left me at the end the more it earned its 5 star rating.
Amy Plum totally redeemed herself with this read. I LOVED IT.
Until I Die picks up a few months after Die For Me. Kate is adjusting to the Revenants and the Revenants are adjusting to Kate. For the most part she is considered family and has earned their trust. She spends most of her time at the mansion that houses Vincent and his Revenant family. Kate is training with a sword so that she can defend herself better in case she faces off with a Numa. Numas are the equivalent of the Revenants in that they are undead but polar opposites in how they are kept animated. Speaking of the Numas, the surviving Numas are keeping a low profile since their leader was killed. It's as if they’ve all disappeared which keeps the Revenants in a constant state of alert.
Towards the end of the first book Vincent decides that he will make the ultimate sacrifice and force himself to not die in place of another in order to shelter Kate from having to morn his death over and over again. Kate jumps on this and agrees to be with him. Well, something happens in Until I Die that makes Kate rethink the terms of this agreement.
What I liked:
o The cover. Amy Plum continues to be blessed by the cover gods.
o In Die For Me I didn’t care much for Kate because I didn’t see anything special about her. She just was and that just wasn’t good enough for me. In this book she becomes that special person. We get to finally see a personality. She is strong, smart, responsible, determined, brave, realistic (as she can be given the circumstances), proactive and passionate. In the last book she was broken but even that didn’t come through. In this book you know she WAS broken but is mending.
o As I mentioned before, something happens that makes Kate rethink the terms of the agreement she has made with Vincent where he is forced to go against his compulsion to save people. She actually grows up in this moment. Instead of calling it quits like last time, which by the way quitting doesn’t even enter her mind this time (YAY KATE), she decides she will not stand by and let Vincent deal with the compulsion on his own. She realizes that he has a purpose and they just need to find a way to make everything work out. This is a huge turning point in their relationship and also one for Kate. She’s not being so selfish or close minded about things.
o Although we don’t see much of Vincent, he still has a strong presence and the feeling of importance and significance permeates throughout the book in regards to him. We also get to experience a deeper understanding of the love Vincent and Kate share.
o NO LOVE TRIANGLES! I forgot to mention this as a plus in the last review. I don’t like them too much and it seems a lot of writers dig them. I totally appreciate that this writer does not! Life seems to be complicated enough for Vincent and Kate. Just sayin’.
o Revenants. Oh how I loved getting to know more about them! You will meet new characters and learn more of the Revenant/Numa lore.
o France. The author does a great job in placing you in the story and making you feel as if you are traveling throughout Paris and other parts of France. I WANT TO VISIT FRANCE!
o There is a new villain in this book. I liked the new villain. I knew who the new villain was but still… I liked the new villain AND the book!
o Jules, Ambrose, and Charlotte! I continue to love them. They continue to be beautifully written. They are likable and you want to follow their storylines and dig further into their thoughts/history. I have some theories about Jules! I caught something there. Did you catch something there? Um yeah… I have a lot to say about this one and if any of you want to discuss, hit me up.
o Georgia! Yeah, big sis has won my heart. She is definitely a wonderful person to have in your corner and I am so glad that Kate has her unconditional love and support. As crazy as she is she is equally perceptive and more people should listen to her.
o You actually find “Until I die” in the story. I LOVE THIS.
o The ending… OMG!
o That upon finishing this book I felt compelled to Google Revenants and learn more about their lore.
I really don’t have any major dislikes this time. I just need to leave you with this thought though. The Revenants are supposed to be out making sure people are safe. There is a huge compulsion to take the person/human’s place in a situation that leads to death. You don’t experience those situations very much in this book. Also, there is an ongoing animosity between Revenants and Numa. They are enemies and you’d think there’d be more action. You don’t experience very much action in this book. I have come to terms with this. Perhaps this is not the type of book Amy Plum wants to write. HOWEVER, Ms. Amy, if you happen to read this review… adding more action would make this series even more kick ass! OMG! The potential is there!
If you didn’t like the first book very much, I recommend giving this one a try. It is fast paced in that there is something constantly happening just not in an action packed way. You will find an intriguing, compelling story full of passion, mysteries, love, anguish, lore, history and even laugh out loud moments. ”
This is the UK cover.
Okay. This goes to my favorite covers ever section! I still think the cover of the first book is better than this one (I love the reddish pinkish color ;)), but they can’t keep the same one now can they?
This one is gorgeous too!
This sequel blew me away!
It was somewhat different from what I expected. There are few things I really don’t like about it. Which obviously has to do with Kate (no offense to her fans.).
What I loved:
- Amy has a wonderful ability to explore and explain every setting of the story. It was amazing how I could simply imagine myself with the characters surrounded by these amazing settings.
- The involvement of the characters was great. I loved how each character had a reliable place in the story and everyone was involved, including Georgia!
- The dilemma in the story is gripping. And near the end, some twists were beginning to come out that I had to question what I read in the previous chapters.
- The mystery was great.
- OMG! The action in this sequel kept me going on :D.
- And finally, the ending. What an ending! I finished this book at 2 a.m. and I was like someone had hit me on the head! I had tears in my eyes and I wished (Still…) I had the sequel! You’ll be left breathless!
What I disliked:
- The beginning wasn’t as good and as strong as I ‘d expected. It was slow paced and made me somewhat question what was going on.
- The writing style was somewhat different; there were some expressions that didn’t fit the story at all, and it made me wonder that maybe the relationship that Kate wants is mostly physical. In other words, it felt like romance was being forced in the story. The way Kate’s character has evolved, I was wondering why for God’s sake she was acting so un-lady like (I wouldn’t want to see a 17 years old girl give the middle finger to someone who is centuries older than her! No matter how rude he was.).
This was the longest review I’ve written as far as I can remember.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure this book would get past 3 flowers (stars) for me. But after almost 10 chapters, I was sold, and I decided it won’t get less then four. And then, when I finished the book I decided 5 won’t be enough!!!
This book was a mystery and a puzzle to solve for me. I think the way things were made by Amy was the right way since I completely totally trust her.
I love this book, and this trilogy is going right with The Hollow Trilogy by Jessica Verday as my favorite trilogy ever!!!
If you love mystery, twists, romance, novels set in foreign countries and want to experience something unique, I recommend you read this series. You won’t regret!
One more phrase: I can’t wait for the final sequel!!! Come on 2013, come fast!