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Review: Until I Die

Until I Die

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UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum was released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It was released in paperback format on April 8, 2013. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

UNTIL I DIE is the second book in author Amy Plum’s Revenants series. The third book in the series, IF I SHOULD DIE, was released on May 7, 2013.

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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.

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UNTIL I DIE is the exciting and utterly enchanting second book in author Amy Plum’s Revenants series. With its Parisian backdrop, its captivating storyline and lovable characters, this sequel continues this engaging series that is part urban fantasy and part paranormal romance with a touch of mystery.

As Kate begins to settle into a life with revenants and starts to feel at home among them, two new arrivals and the departure of a close friend change things once again. And with Vincent keeping his distance and keeping secrets, she’s feeling more like an outsider than ever.

But when she learns that there may be a way for her and Vincent to find their happily ever after, a way that won’t be as dark, dangerous and full of secrets as whatever way Vincent thinks is their only chance for happiness, she has to try and find out just what it is. Because if she can’t, if Vincent’s way is the only way, it could mean losing Vincent forever. And a lot sooner than she ever would have imagined.

UNTIL I DIE introduces new characters, new threats and a chance at a happy ending for Kate and Vincent. It delves deeper into the world of revenants and touches upon a new development that will likely be explored in the next book in the series. And while the pace may start off slowly, it picks up as the story continues and leads to an incredibly exciting and climactic conclusion.

The story’s protagonist, Kate, has become an even stronger and more interesting character in this sequel. With Vincent’s withdrawal and secretive behavior, she proves that she is more than capable of acting independently. And with Jules being ever-present, the story doesn’t quite abandon the idea of a love triangle.

The author continues to build upon the tension between the two factions of revenants in this sequel, and introduces a new, unknown enemy into the mix whose identity seems as if it would be fairly obvious to the reader, but less so for the characters, which adds to  the story’s suspense.

But it is the story’s end that offers the most thrills, excitement, surprises and heartbreak. The truth about the betrayal is uncovered, but questions still remain for the next book in the series. And with a heart-wrenching cliffhanger ending, this story guarantees that readers will return to find out whether this series ends happily or tragically.

UNTIL I DIE is a must for fans of this series. With new developments about the revenants, new possibilities for the main characters, moments that heartwarming and those that are heartbreaking and a killer cliffhanger ending, this second installment in the series is not one to be missed.

And for those readers who don’t enjoy hanging off a cliff, having the next book in the series on-hand is also a must.

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On a personal note…

I absolutely love these stories of revenants that author Amy Plum created. And this second book in the series revealed a lot more about them and their world. It offered up an exciting mystery filled with secrets and betrayal, an incredibly determined heroine, a maddeningly frustrating love story and a killer cliffhanger ending.

Oh my gosh that ending. It absolutely killed me not to be able to pick up the next book in the series the second I finished this one. Granted, I didn’t have long to wait before its release, but I can only imagine that if I did, the wait would have killed me.

The ending was the most exciting part of the story. And the way it left me hanging ensured that I would definitely be picking up the next book in the series to find out just what would happen next.

But while it was the most thrilling and nerve-wracking part of the book, my favorite moments in this story were the ones involving Jules. I adored him in DIE FOR ME but I was crazy about him in UNTIL I DIE. He was present in this story in a way that Vincent wasn’t. And some of the things he said, and some of his actions, made me wonder about certain other things….

Things I won’t talk about as they will be too revealing. But I have a feeling they are things that will be addressed in the next book in the series. And I really hope I’m right.

I wish there had been more Vincent in this book. I missed him in this story. While he was there, and when he was he said either all sorts of swoon-worthy things or was incredibly secretive, he wasn’t around as much as I would have liked. And the fact that he wasn’t made me wonder just what plans the author had for his relationship with Kate.

While Vincent may have been a bit absentee in UNTIL I DIE, Kate had no trouble keeping busy. Between spending time with one of the newly arrived revenants, Violette, training with Gaspard and trying to find an alternative to what Vincent was doing to himself, it wasn’t as if things were boring.

Especially when Jules was there, being even more charming than ever.

As much as I loved the “whodunit” aspect of the story, it did not take me very long to figure out who the betrayer was. I kind of knew right away. But I don’t think the author intended for it to be a secret from her readers, just her characters. Which made this book that much more of a suspenseful read.

And while the first book in this series may be my favorite of the two books, I loved going back to this world the author imagined. I loved reading about these characters that I wildly adored from the moment I met them in book one. I loved seeing how Kate’s character has grown. I loved learning more about them and their history.

And I cannot wait to see just how things wrap up in the next book. Even if the ending is a tragic one.

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Favorite passage…

I did not realize quite how many favorites I had in this book. Three pages worth. Of course most of them involved Jules.

While my most favorites were the last lines of this book and this long quote of Kate’s where she was giving someone a piece of her mind… and maybe a little extra… I thought they would both be too spoiler-y to include.

But this one was also a favorite. And no, I won’t say who it is….

His hands dropped to his sides, but he stayed–his face inches away from my own and his warm breath soft on my skin–for what seemed like forever. Then, abruptly, he turned and strode out of the studio. I heard his feet on the wooden stairway, and watched out the gaping hole of the window as he crossed the courtyard and stood motionless by the stone doorway to the street, waiting there for the others to arrive.

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