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I Belong


Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum

TitleUntil I Die

Author: Amy Plum

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Revenants (Book 2)

Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 357 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062004042 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062004048 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Emmy

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.

Quick & Dirty: This sequel takes a long time to take off as Kate and Vincent search for ways to stop a revenant from the compulsion to die.

Opening Sentence: I leapt, drawing my feet up beneath me, as the seven-foot quarterstaff smashed into the flagstones where I had been standing half a second before.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book begins the night Charlotte and Charles are leaving the mansion for exile–also known as Jean-Baptiste’s other country mansion. (Life as a revenant is hard.) The Parisian revenants are throwing a going-away-welcome-party; wishing Charlotte and Charles good-bye and introducing Violette and Arthur.  Violette and Arthur are a super codependent non-couple that have been together since the Middle Ages.  They’re only in town until Charles gets his head back on straight and they don’t have to worry about him.  That being said, they’ve spent a long time in isolation in the countryside and are more than a little snobby.  For one thing, Arthur’s got the whole aristocratic, revenants-are-better-than-mortals thing going on which doesn’t exactly endear him to Kate and the others.

While the revenants are dealing with their new housemates, Vincent’s struggling not to die.  He’s stronger than most revenants his age, so he can last longer before the compulsion becomes unbearable, but how long is that?  Kate knows he’s up to something–probably something dangerous or he’d tell her about it–to keep himself alive.  But is his so-called cure for compulsion going to threaten his immortality?  Kate takes it upon herself to find another way–a safer way.  Delving into the ancient texts Kate finds an old book called Immortal Love, but the book has words missing. Words deliberately scratched out to keep someone from finding the cure.  Her quest to keep Vincent alive and by her side sends her through Paris and straight into the revenant-numa underworld.  A world Kate might not be ready to take on alone.

Die for Me, the first in the Revenants series, built an interesting mythology around revenants and the numa that Plum evolves even further here.  Unfortunately, besides adding backstory and the sketchings of a love triangle this sequel suffers from sequel-itis. It takes a really long time to take off and, to be honest, the mystery of Vincent’s goings-on when he’s not with Kate wasn’t a strong enough plot motivator. A definitely plus side to Kate and Vincent’s relationship, however, is that they’re really mature about it.  They aren’t just in love, they’re a partnership.  They work hard to make sure they’re on the same page and being honest. Even when Vincent’s keeping secrets, he’s honest about his secrets. If that makes sense.

The plot was predictable and definitely designed to set us up for If I Should Die, with an almost-cliffhanger. But the last eighty pages are where the story really starts to get going, so I wish Plum had carried this book a bit farther into the plot.  As I said, the mystery wasn’t mysterious enough and the stakes weren’t high enough for this book to hold my interest for long swaths of time.

Notable Scene:

Non,” she said sharply.  Then, her voice softening, she said, “All I ask is that you write your name on one of the cards, and place it in the dish. That way I can send you good wishes in my prayers.”  She nodded to a stack of index cards on the table next to my chair. I scribbled my name on the card and leaned over to place it in the bowl. And froze.

Painted on the inside of the dis was a pyramid inside a circle.  A pyramid surrounded by flames. I spun to see the old woman sitting immobile, staring at me with one eyebrow raised.  Waiting.

I thrust my hand inside my shirt, pulled out my pendant and held the signum out for her to see.

She sat there stunned for a second, and then stood to face me. “Well, if you had shown me that when you arrived, we wouldn’t have had to go through this charade, my dear,” she said, her expression changing from distant and professional to complicit and friendly. “Welcome, little sister.”

The Revenants Series:

1. Die For Me

2. Until I Die

3. If I Should Die (May 2013)

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Until I Die.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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