Until I Die by Amy Plum Book Review

Book: Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum, HarperTeen, May 8, 2012

Book Info: YA paranormal, Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss, Available in HC 357 pages

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

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Until I Die by Amy Plum is the second book in the Revenants trilogy, and the sequel to last year’s Die For Me. In this series, Kate has recently lost her parents and moved to Paris with her sister to live with their grandparents. She meets a mysterious boy named Vincent who is actually a revenant, which in this book is a good zombie basically. But like any paranormal couple they have their problems, as well as the bad revenants called Numa who are always after them. In the sequel Kate and Vincent have a reality check about their future as a couple and we learn more about the revenants history.

I liked Until I Die just as much as the first book and was thoroughly entertained. There are character reveals and surprises that kept me guessing, and some hints about where the trilogy conclusion is heading. Until I Die is one of the better “middle” books and I didn’t feel like there were any slow parts- the only negative is where Plum left the story hanging at the end!

The book picks up where Die For Me left off. Kate and Vincent are happy together but hanging over their heads is the idea that their romance can’t last forever. Kate will eventually grow old and die and Vincent’s role is to sacrifice his life for humans again and again. They work independently to try to find a way to make it work as a couple, but their investigation is causing even more danger for themselves and their loved ones.

Even though it’s been a year since I read the first book I easily fell back into the story and immersed myself into the world of the revenants. The Paris setting is very charming, and the author uses the setting to her advantage by having the characters explore all the city has to offer. All of the characters are back in the sequel, and the revenants characters are my favorite, especially Jules and Ambrose. There are new characters as well that help explain more about the revenants back-story.

There is a whodunit mystery this time around, and even though I’m usually slow to figure these things out, in this book I called it early on. There are also some unsubtle hints about the direction of the series and the characters, and I can’t wait for the final book to find out if my suspicions are correct.

This is one of my favorite new paranormal romance series and the characters and the setting make it a delight to read. And Amy Plum lives in France so she knows her stuff and makes it feel like you are on a Paris vacation. The book is evenly paced and hard to put down, especially as you get close to the end. Like I said earlier though, Plum ends this one in a frustrating spot and it left me really anxious for the final book.  If I Should Die is expected May 2013.

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10 thoughts on “Until I Die by Amy Plum Book Review

  1. Nicola says:

    I’m always worried that book two in a series will be a let down so I’m to hear that’s not the case here! I’ll be reading Die For Me soon so I hope it enjoy it! Great review 🙂

  2. Elin says:

    Great review, Die for me is on my wish list. Never read it, but maybe soon:)

  3. Candice says:

    I’ve got Die for Me sitting around, waiting for me to read it. I might just have to now! I really love the cover of this one. I seriously might have picked it up just because of the pretty colors!

  4. Aww, yeaaaaaaah! I loved the first book, too, but was a little worried that the sequel would fall into the dreaded sophomore slump category. I am so glad to hear that isn’t the case at all! Amy Plum writes with a certain ease that has me so immersed in her story, so I can’t wait to read Die For Me soon!

  5. I”m not going to read your review just yet. I’m halfway through reading this very book so I’m going to wait till I’m done reading it before i read your comments. 🙂

  6. squee1313 says:

    I’m wondering how romance and zombie work together.I’ve read “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament” which had romance, but between two zombies. Also “Dust” by Joan Frances Turner was an excellent zombie with zombie romance. Human with vampire, werewolf, wiches and wizards I can see, but zombies? you say it works, though. hmm. You usually don’t lead me astray. I’m more of a Romero sort of zombie fan (you know… “BRAINS!!!”), but I’m a pretty open minded girl. I see a lot of people like it. I’ll put it on the list.

  7. VeganYANerds says:

    Great review, Luce! I definitely value your opinions when it comes to choosing books and if you say this is a good paranormal series, then I trust you because I am more of a contemp-lover but I do like to mix it up! And yay for it being a better middle-book-in-a-series than so many others!

  8. Kelsey says:

    i need to get a copy of this, I’m glad you liked it and the story didn’t drop from the first one. Or maybe I could wait for the next one to come out, and not worry about the cliffhanger at the end of this lol.

  9. Finished reading this last night. Ah yes, very enjoyable! My main complaint is that I have to wait till WHEN for Book 3??? 😉

  10. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Lucy! I had more mixed feelings about the first book than you did, but it’s good that the sequel didn’t suffer from “middle book syndrome” and you liked it as much as its predecessor. It’s nice that we’ve been getting stronger sequels lately.

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