Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum.

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  Title: Until I Die.

  Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2012 in UK and May 8th,2012 in UK.

  Series: Revenants #2.

  Author: Amy Plum: website, Twitter and Facebook.

  Publisher: HarperCollins in the US and Atom in UK.

  Format: e-ARC.

 

  I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever.
  It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. And if I pretend, I can almost believe that my life is normal and everyone I care about is safe.
But as long as I’m with Vincent,normal doesn’t exist. Gorgeous, charming, and witty, he’s everything you could ask for in a boyfriend—but his destiny is so much more.
  Even more terrifying than his destiny are his dangerous enemies, enemies who will kill for immortality. How are Vincent and I supposed to be together forever if we’re always in danger?
I know I’ll do whatever it takes—even if it means lying to the people I love—to fight against a fate that is trying to tear us apart.

From Goodreads.

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The cover:

This is the UK cover.

Okay. This goes to my favorite covers ever section! I still think the cover of the first book is better than this one (I love the reddish pinkish color ;)), but they can’t keep the same one now can they?

This one is gorgeous too!

 

The storyline:

This sequel blew me away!

It was somewhat different from what I expected. There are few things I really don’t like about it. Which obviously has to do with Kate (no offense to her fans.). Before I go on talking about what I like and what I don’t, here’s what happens in a very short paragraph:

 

Warning: Contains minor spoilers for those who haven’t read Die For Me and Until I Die.

 

Kate is now part of La Maison and everyone considers her to be one of their kindred, and after what happened with Charles, Jean Baptiste decided that both Charles and Charlotte need some time away from their kindred. With Lucien dead, and both Charlotte and Charles away, JB brought two new revenants, Arthur and Violette, to the house in the place of Charlotte and Charles and also to help him prepare for the Numa’s attack in case it happened.

Things look normal and start to be a routine, but not for Vincent and Kate who’re trying to live as a normal couple. This pushes Vincent to doing something that has major side effects on him and which he doesn’t wan’t Kate to know what it is, and Kate, as always, just can’t stand it, so she goes do it her own research.

Thanks to her naivety, things get ugly. Secrets are spelled out and a final action does it all.

At the end, you’ll end up stunned and wanting the final sequel, If I Should Die.

 

What I loved:

- Amy has a wonderful ability to explore and explain every setting of the story. It was amazing how I could simply imagine myself with the characters surrounded by these amazing settings.

- The involvement of the characters was great. I loved how each character had a reliable place in the story and everyone was involved, including Georgia!

- The dilemma in the story is gripping. And near the end, some twists were beginning to come out that I had to question what I read in the previous chapters.

- The mystery was great.

- OMG! The action in this sequel kept me going on :D.

- And finally, the ending. What an ending! I finished this book at 2 a.m. and I was like someone had hit me on the head! I had tears in my eyes and I wished (Still…) I had the sequel! You’ll be left breathless!

 

What I disliked:

- The beginning wasn’t as good and as strong as I ‘d expected. It was slow paced and made me somewhat question what was going on.

- The writing style was somewhat different; there were some expressions that didn’t fit the story at all, and it made me wonder that maybe the relationship that Kate wants is mostly physical. In other words, it felt like romance was being forced in the story. The way Kate’s character has evolved, I was wondering why for God’s sake she was acting so un-lady like (I wouldn’t want to see a 17 years old girl give the middle finger to someone who is centuries older than her! No matter how rude he was.).

 

Favorite quotes:

“Gaspard notified us of your acrobatic feats, Vin. Very James Bond. Nicely done,” Ambrose said as he pulled away from the curb. --- Chapter 7.

“Do you know what we do for you, you unappreciative human?”     

Georgia looked thoughtfully at her fingernails. “Um, from what I understand, you go around saving people’s lives in order to prevent yourselves from coming down with a supernatural case of delirium tremens.”    

After a second, the entire table burst out in laughter. Violette grabbed her coat off the back of her chair and strode out of the café. --- Chapter 9. Georgia and Violette.

“Kate, if this works, it’s our answer. I’ll be able to avoid death until . . .”     

“Until I die,” I filled in the gap. --- Chapter 30.

The characters:

Vincent: Probably my favorite character in the book. He’s a gentleman. He’s nice, polite, funny and most importantly smart. He thinks before he speaks and tries to make everyone happy, especially Kate.

Kate: Is my least favorite character before Violette. She was so not lady like in this book. Her attitude kept bringing a headache to me. She acts naïve and like she has no idea what happened or that they actually warned her it would happen and then a disaster happens because she wasn’t careful who to trust. I do, however, admire her loyalty to the Revenants, her courage and her determination to make her and Vincent work. She’s one tuff girl.

Jules: I keep thinking of Jules as Damon from TVD. He’s flirty, determined, serious, funny, loyal and as I’m suspecting he likes Kate, not in a best friend way. But unlike Damon, because of his loyalty to Vincent, he keeps his feelings and words to himself and acts protectively around her.

Ambrose: Is super fun to around him! He’s serious when time comes, but always tries to lighten the mood when he’s around.

Gaspard: Hmm, what can I say. you’ll find a tiny little fact about Gaspard that will explain his attitude and his determination. I think of him as a honorable gentleman.

Charlotte: Is the only real revenant friend Kate has. She’s my second favorite character. She’s strong, protective, nice and cute.

Arthur: I didn’t know how to feel about Arthur until the end. He was a hard character to figure out. However, he turned up to be a gentlemen too! Oh, and yes, he too couldn’t get away from Georgia’s grip ;).

Violette: Is one wicked girl. She has the body of a fourteen years old girl but acts like a very aged lady (which is true, because she’s very old). I want say much about her or I’ll spoil things for you, again.

 

Other characters worth mentioning: Jean Baptiste, who is like a father to all of them. He hasn’t changed at all! Charles, who is now trying to make out for what he did before, is now finally starting to feel better. Genevieve, the revenants’ old friend, she has a very similar faith to Kate’s. Georgia, of course, Kate’s sister, support and best friend. She became better actually at guessing who’s bad and who’s not! And she hasn’t changed a bit when it comes to boys.

 

Conclusion:

This was the longest review I’ve written as far as I can remember.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure this book would get past 3 flowers (stars) for me. But after almost 10 chapters, I was sold, and I decided it won’t get less then four. And then, when I finished the book I decided 5 won’t be enough!!!

 

This book was a mystery and a puzzle to solve for me. I think the way things were made by Amy was the right way since I completely totally trust her.

I love this book, and this trilogy is going right with The Hollow Trilogy by Jessica Verday as my favorite trilogy ever!!!

 

If  you love mystery, twists, romance, novels set in foreign countries and want to experience something unique, I recommend you read this series. You won’t regret!

 

One more phrase: I can’t wait for the final sequel!!! Come on 2013, come fast!

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Randa