Monday, May 7, 2012

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Good Reads Description:

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.

Mary's Review:

O. M. G! I cannot believe this second book!  As you know, the Book Nerds are HUGE Amy Plum fans.  I even rate her in my top 5 authors and this book just proves my point why.  

Vincent (*sigh* I love him) is just as dashing and wonderful as in Die For Me.  Kate has really grown up in this second book.  She is standing up for herself and not being so depressed.  I was so happy to see the same characters come back, along with the new ones.

As always, Amy Plum is a wonderful author that captivates you in her story line.  The twists, turns, fighting, making-up, and "loving" that goes on is awesome!

HOWEVER, the ending was horrible! Yep, horrible! Now, I am not going to ruin it for you because I suggest that everyone read this book, but I will say this ........


Jacque's Review:

Until I die picks up where Die for Me left off.  Charles and Charlotte move to the southern part of France for a while, which leaves room at La Maison for a couple of new characters.  Amy introduces us to Violette and Arthur, who are sort of like revenant royalty.  They have been around for a VERY long time and have amounted a considerable amount of expertise on the history of revenants and numa.  They agree to come live with Jean-Baptiste's Paris kindred to help track down the numa, who appear to have gone into hiding after the loss of their leader. 

Violette and Arthur add an interesting dynamic to the story, but we still have all of our favorite characters from Die for Me.  Kate learns a lot more about life as a revenent as well as their history.  As much as I was hoping for an instant cure to Vincent and Kate's struggles, I guess that wouldn't make for a very exciting last two books in this series.  We do get to experience some of Vincent's charm and exceptional date nights, which I absolutely LOVED, but that was not the focus of this book.  Vincent and Kate are under a considerable amount of stress throughout the majority of the book.  There is danger lurking everywhere and the "bad guy" is not as obvious as you would think.

As Mary mentioned, Amy left us with a cliffhanger like you can not even imagine.  I was in shock at first, but I am confident that If I Should Die will turn out as I hope.  Certainly Amy must have the same goals that we do???  I will hold onto this belief as I attempt to endure the year of waiting that we will all have to struggle through.  If I Should Die is scheduled to be released in May 2013.

Flo's Review

You may remember from our Die For Me reviews that I was the Book Nerd who was perhaps the most skeptical...I liked the story, but I thought it was trying too hard not to be Twilight. Well that problem was completely gone in Until I Die. Kate and Vincent's story has really come into its own and I am very happy to say that there is nothing in Book #2 that reminded me of Forks. I pretty much loved everything about this book. I loved the way Kate and Vincent's relationship progressed and matured. I loved that I had kind of figured out the twist at the end (I never do that!) I loved exploring a different part of Paris and even France with Kate. I loved that Kate refused to stand back and let Vincent do all the work, but at the same time she gave him the freedom to try his own way. And we can't forget Jules! I really loved seeing his loyalty to Vincent.

The end...OH MY GOSH the end!!! Amy Plum, what are you trying to do to me?!?! How are we going to wait to see how this plays out?!?! Without having a heart attack before?!?! breathes into a paper bag After having a few experiences where the second book in a trilogy falls into the dreaded action lacking “middle book syndrome,” I am happy to say that Die for Me was a 4* book – Until I Die is 5*.

Click here to read the Book Nerds review of Die For Me.

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