Monday, 11 June 2012

Until I Die - Book Review

Until I Die – Book Review
Amy Plum
YA Paranormal
(Book #2 of the Revenants Trilogy)
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…
I must admit that after reading ‘Die for me’ I totally fell in love with the revenants series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel – which like its prequel has a stunningly gorgeous cover! And with the romance continued and the stakes raised that much higher, I’m pleased to announce that ‘Until I Die’ did in no way disappoint.
Back in the first book Kate and her sister find themselves suddenly orphaned and are made to move to Paris to live with their grandparents. While Kate’s sister Georgia is a social butterfly and quickly adapts to her new life, Kate is quiet and melancholy, preferring to spend her days hidden in a café reading. Only when she meets Vincent does she find meaning in life again, however Vincent himself isn’t technically alive.
He is a revenant, an immortal soul whose duty is to guard the lives of the humans around him. However this second book sees Kate and Vincent trying to find a way in which they can be together. For Vincent, this means not dying for the next 80 or so years of Kate’s life which as he learns, is easier said than done. However not happy with the sacrifices this plan demands of Vincent, Kate sets out to find another solution. Yet what neither of them knows is that someone else has other plans for them – plans that could cost Kate her life and lose Vincent his soul…
Packed full of action, mystery and intrigue, this story gives a broader view of revenant lore and history. We also get closer to the characters who are all just as equally as amazing as they were in the first novel. Jules in particular seems to play a bigger part and I can’t help but wonder if a love triangle is forming up between him, Kate and Vincent?
Kate’s sister, Georgia also has a larger presence in this second book – especially as she now knows about Vincent and the revenants - she is a source of comfort and advice for Kate. There sisterly bond is sweet to read and I really love how Kate and her family interact in general. None of this disinterested parents/guardian stuff that is so commonly found in YA books these days. This element alone makes Amy Plums books a refreshing read.
This book also sees a couple of new characters added to cast – each with their own distinct personalities, and their own hidden agendas. They help bring intrigue and mystery to the story, as well as throwing in a few unexpected plot twists which all combined together to make this book one stunning read.
My only flaw with this second book was that it had a very serious tone to it. This I felt impacted a little on Kate and Vincent’s romance as although their scenes together were still sweet and moving, they all held a tortured, slightly desperate undertone. Which I suppose is quite understandable, given that their future together is problem riddled and very uncertain. However I did miss their dates and playful banter.
Overall though I really loved this book and thought it made a fantastic sequel. The shocking, cliff hanger ending having paved the way for what will clearly be an emotional, heartfelt and explosive finale in book 3 – “If I should Die” coming May 2013. 4 stars!

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