Until I Die by Amy Plum
Release Date – May 8, 2012
Publisher Website – Harper Collins
Publisher Social Media - Twitter/Facebook/SavvyReader
Pages - 352 pages
My Rating- 4.5/5
**obtained from the publisher for an honest review**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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.At the of Die For Me we left Kate and Vincent on a romantic boat head sailing into what Kate hopes will be a blissful future for them. Not in Kate's plan? Having to see Vincent die to save others. The pull in Vincent to sacrifice himself for others is strong but out of love for Kate he agrees to find a way to resist. Secrets, lies, and betrayls await them on their journey to happily ever after.
The setting of this story is perfectly written. Amy Plum’s Paris is full of romance and beauty but with the dangerous aspect underneath. Kate and Vincent’s love story seems even more compelling because of this well crafted setting.
Kate is just as likeable a character as she was in Die For Me, but I was happy to see her become stronger. She’s training, playing detective, and not sitting back while things happen. It may have got her into trouble sometimes, but it felt authentic to the character. Kate’s relationship with not only Vincent, but all of the Revenants is such a large part of the story. The interaction between all the characters, and how strong the bonds are between them are some of my favourite parts of the novel.
Vincent is just as swoon worthy as ever. He does, however, have some competition from Jules. Vincent is desperately trying to find anything that will make his relationship with Kate easier. The path he takes, and the secrets he holds prove to test, and deepen their relationship. The romance is hotter, and the quieter moments between Kate and Vincent really highlight their chemistry.
The mythology of the Revenants is even more prevalent and detailed in this instalment. As Kate and Vincent start to look for a way to make being together a delicious reality we learn more about the Revenants backstory and how it pertains to their relationship. I really enjoyed this part of the novel because it allowed us some answers to questions in the first novel. Secrets are revealed, characters are more flushed out, and the plot ties together with the first book very nicely.
The stakes in this novel are much higher than in Die For Me. We learn early on that danger is lurking and that Kate and her beloved Revenant family are in danger. Who the threat is, and what they are willing to do in order to accomplish their goals serves up twist, turns, and betrayals.
While the first novel had a satisfactory ending, and could have held that ending if Die For Me had been a stand alone novel, this novel ends on a heart-stopping cliffhanger. My initial reaction to the ending was “REALLY? IT ENDS THERE?!”. You’ll want to scream, and perhaps throw the book. However, it is a delicious torture because it just makes you that much more eager to dive back into Amy’s wonderful world.
Romance, action and a cliffhanger that will leave you aching for more, Until I Die takes everything you loved about Die For Me and amps it up. The relationship between Kate and Vincent is steamier, Paris even more magical and the stakes are higher. The third book can not come fast enough.