Until I Die by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
HarperTeen, 353 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Revenants #2
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.
The sequel to Die for Me is a terrifyingly beautiful story that continues the tough journey of Kate and Vincent. I will admit that the first ⅔ of the story seems a bit slow and lacking in action, but the relationship between Vincent and Kate,and their struggle to figure out how to maintain their revenant-human relationship is wonderful. The revenants that live with Jean-Baptiste (Vincent, Ambrose, Gaspard, Jules, etc.) and other supporting characters are so wonderfully fleshed-out with unique personalities and quirks that allow the story to take on a life of its own.
The Parisian settings and customs are created with exquisite attention to detail and vivid imagery that the reader will want nothing more than to take the next flight out to Paris.
The hauntingly foreboding premise that the numa have a new leader fuels the fear and anxiety of the reader constantly, but with Kate’s “never back down” attitude, and Vincent’s fierce protectiveness of her his kindred gave me so much hope.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but what hit me hardest was the ending. I never saw it coming and when it did…I was at a complete loss of words. That’s when I know that an author and their book have had such a profound effect on me. My heart was aching from experience such intense emotions and I can’t fathom how Plum is going to continue this story. Admittedly, the ending is sad and the outcome bleak, I know that this author will absolutely deliver hope and redemption in the third book.
Kate is one of my favorite female protagonists, and Vincent is every girl’s dream (apart from the whole…undead thing)…but the original and creative nature of the premise is what makes this series so irresistible!
So basically, did I love this book? Oui!