Until I Die

Until I Die

Book rating: 04 Hardback Revenants

By (author) Amy Plum

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  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Hardback | 357 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 208mm x 36mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062004042
  • ISBN 13: 9780062004048
  • Sales rank: 130,284

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I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever.It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. And if I pretend, I can almost believe that my life is normal and everyone I care about is safe. But as long as I'm with Vincent, "normal" doesn't exist. Gorgeous, charming, and witty, he's everything you could ask for in a boyfriend--but his destiny is so much more. Even more terrifying than his destiny are his dangerous enemies, enemies who will kill for immortality. How are Vincent and I supposed to be together forever if we're always in danger?I know I'll do whatever it takes--even if it means lying to the people I love--to fight against a fate that is trying to tear us apart.

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By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 18 Mar 2013 5

After reading and enjoying Die For Me so much, I was excited to read Until I Die. Picking up right where the first instalment left off Kate is busy navigating exactly what being the girlfriend of a Reverant means. Determined to find a way to help Vincent resist the call that puts himself in mortal danger, Kate uses her grandfather's library and other slightly more risky resources to find answers to her questions. Vincent - in an effort to keep Kate in his life - uses his own methods to fight his destiny. With Vincent's secret draining his strength and the Numas regrouping, the Reverants need assistance. With reinforcements being brought into Paris and the Numas still a threat despite Kate (with Vincent's help) taking out their leader.

I love this series. When I read a book I normally take notes. About the characters, the plot, names (because I'm hopeless and forget how to spell half of them) and all sorts of other things. But for Until I Die I didn't take a single note. I was that absorbed in the story.

The Reverants (both the good and the bad) are an interesting type of supernatural creature I've not seen before. They're slightly dangerous, fascinating and I enjoy finding out more about them and their history as Kate gets herself more involved in their world.

At the core of this book is the love story of Kate and Vincent. They're sweet and unlike in many young adult paranormal novels, I really feel like they deserve each other. Kate's intelligent and despite trying to all she can to help Vincent, she has her own life and interests. She's still there for her sister and trying to be a good granddaughter - even when things get tricky. Jules' flirtatious banter with Kate is brilliant and cheeky but harmless. I love that there is no love triangle centred around the leads.

The supporting characters are what make this a five-star read for me. From Georgia to Jules, Violette to Arthur - they're all fantastic in their own way. Their personalities and own stories add to the overall plot in a way that enriches the world in which the Reverants series is set.

Paris, fantastic characters and a plot that kept me interested right up until the last page - Until I Die was a pleasure to read. The last book in the series, If I Should Die, is released in May 2013 and I for one can not wait to find out how everything goes for the Reverants.

By Alaiel Kreuz 20 May 2012 5

At the end of the first book Kate already knows about Revenants and Numas (the good and the bad guys) and after a very hard time cooping with the fact that her boyfriend, Vincent, feels this strong compulsion to die in order to save human lives the verdict is clear: she loves him and can't stay away from him. But Vincent realizes that after loosing her parents Kate's decision is too much so he decides to compromise: he won't die anymore, even if it hurts him not to do so.

Now, after killing Lucien who was the Numa's leader in Paris, Kate begins to train so she can defend herself (and her sister, Georgia) just in case the Numa want revenge. But it just doesn't happen...

And in meantime Kate and Vincent realize something: he needs to find a way to control the urge to save humans or their relationship won't last too much. Suddenly Vincent actually finds a way, but he wants to keep the details a secret until he can confirm it works... the only problem is that rather than helping it seems it's weakening him by the minute.
So Kate resolves to find a way herself... and the only thing she finds is death.

Personal opinion:
You all know how much I love pretty covers and Until I Die is definitely one of my favorite covers of 2012. The colors, her dress, the background and the composition make a very enticing job!

The book of course has been in my TBR pile even before I had it and although I liked it a lot I think a touch of more action will make it better. But let me be more specific: the story was good, really good. Some characters had to leave (but we see one of them for a little bit) and new characters arrived to make the plot richer and complicated.
A very interesting fact concerning Jean-Baptiste is revealed and one of Vincent' secrets reaches Kate ears which only make the story more deeper.
But I would have love to see Jules a little more because he is just too cute, too funny and too awesome for his own good.

And the ending... Oh My Goodness the ending... what a cliffhanger! I don't know how am I going to be able to life after reading it! I know I won't be able to eat or breath... (#dramaqueenmuchanyone). So yes, If I Should Die is already in my wishlist and it has a very special place in my TBR also (since the book doesn't even exists, right now there's a pretty paper with the title taking its place).

If you haven't read the series yet then I encourage you to do so, is good, is funny, is different and the way Amy Plum describes Paris will make you feel like you are actually there, walking with the characters.

By Andrea Thompson 05 May 2012 2

Did this pass my "100 Pages or Die" test? Not really, but I couldn't help myself.

I just need to start by making it perfectly clear that I do not like writing negative reviews. At all. In fact, it makes me a bit ill. All I can do is be honest. Having said that, here I go...

I don't even know where to begin. For starters, I found the story to be too convenient. Well, besides the whole dying issue. For example, Kate happens to be the only human to have the ability to communicate with the revenants while in spirit form. She's the only human who can be possessed by the revenants and not go insane. Kate loves boats? Vincent's family has the nicest yacht money can buy. You know the story.

Also, the love story. I have to confess, though, that I am not a fan of overly romantic dialogue. In my books or real life. In fact, I snarfed in the face of the first guy who told me he loved me. Having said that, the dialogue, internal and verbal, felt cheesy to me. When a couple declares their undying devotion, swearing they'd rather be dead than apart, I lose it. Call it survival instinct, but if my husband dies, I'm not going to throw myself off a bridge. And I didn't feel that way in the early, love-crazed days of our relationship either. The melodramatics made me cringe.

I felt no connection to the characters, except for possibly Georgia. And I think that's only because she's a bit ridiculous, in a good way. Kate was aggravating. One minute she was furious with Vincent, the next she's declaring her undying devotion. The Revenants are just creepy. Even Vincent, the romantic hero, held no appeal to me. All the dialogue, actions, felt generic. I didn't feel any heart.
And you know what? I still don't understand how the whole revenant situation works.

I could deal with some of the above issues if the story had any momentum. Short of a bit of research, some semi-romantic dates, and a lot of hand-wringing, nothing happened. The action finally took off with approximately fifty pages left. If I hadn't been insanely curious as to whether someone would do something, I would have stopped at the hundred page mark. Oh boy. That ending is going to have more than a few people throwing their books. Shocker.

I know I'm in the minority when it comes to this series. It has a really high rating and a lot of people love it. I know I come across as a big meany, but I do think the author has a really pretty writing style. The flow is generally nice. Fans of super romantic, purely escapist paranormal books will most likely enjoy UNTIL I DIE. Just be prepared for the last two pages!


Favorite Quote:

"Pausing at the doorstep, he glared at me. 'We will be seeing you again. Au revoir, Kate Mercier.'"
(pg. 293, ARC)
(This was my favorite because it made me laugh.)

Review quote

"The historical elements and the magic evoked by the Parisian setting work to paint a full landscape that has a deep otherworldly connection while remaining entirely ordinary in the very best way. The story's twists and turns are well paced and will have readers captivated."--School Library Journal