05 May 2012

Review: Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum

Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum

Expected Publication: 8 May 2012 by HarperTeen

Pages: 352 (hardcover)

Source: Publisher for review


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.

My Thoughts

Disclaimer: There's a serious risk of spoilers here if you haven't read Die For Me, so if you haven't read the first book in the series yet, you can read my review of Die For Me HERE.

Ah, the old second-book-itis.  It's there, but it's not necessarily a bad thing - there's more world-building, more character and relationship development and so, so much to learn about the revenants, the numa and their shared history.  There are new characters introduced, some familiar characters fade into the background a little more, and even some changes of scenery from the utterly entrancing Parisian setting of Die For Me.

But I just wasn't as enamored with Until I Die as I thought I would be, and it's hard to pinpoint exactly why.  The relationship between Kate and Vincent is certainly deeper and more mature than in Die For Me, but there are also some cheesy lines that had me flinching - I didn't highlight the sentence but there's something about parched-souls that just....no.  And there is far less action, at least until that cliffhanger ending.

Ms. Plum's writing is still entrancing and free-flowing, for the most part the dialogue is believable, and the new characters give an extra dimension to the story.

Until I Die is a solid book, and builds the anticipation for the third book perfectly - it just needed something MORE to make me love it.


  1. I'm a little less eager to read Until I Die, now. It's often difficult with second books when the first one is good. I'm not a real fan of this couple, so I hope it won't make me cringe too much.

    I enjoyed Die For Me, so I hope I won't be too disappointed.

    Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. I really enjoyed this sequel to Die for Me! I'm now a big fan of revenants, which I had never heard of before this series. I'm fascinated by Plum's revenant mythology, so I loved learning more about them in this installment.

    In Until I Die, Kate and Vincent are desperate to find a way to make their relationship work. Kate is realistic about their relationship in the long term, and they're both trying to find a solution that will make it easier for Vincent to live, and age, normally with Kate. Meanwhile the Numa have a new leader, and the revenants are waiting for them to retaliate... so the Numa are a constant threat.

    I thought Until I Die was a bit slow to start, but really, I loved being back with these characters in the fantastic setting of Paris! The romance between Kate and Vincent is upped a notch, and I really like them as characters - individually and together. I love the kindred, and how they're a family. Jules, Ambrose, and Charlotte are my favorite... and I missed not seeing more of Charlotte in this one. Plum fleshed-out all the characters, while introducing us to new ones, and I loved the dynamics between them all!



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