Thursday, 3 May 2012

Until I Die by Amy Plum


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Published by Atom Books in May 2012

I leapt, drawing my feet up beneath me, as the seven-foot quarterstaff smashed into the flagstones where I had been standing a half second before. Landing in a crouch, I sprang back up, groaning with the effort, and swung my own weapon over my head. Sweat dripped into my eye, blinding me for one stinging second before my reflexes took over and forced me into motion. 
Goodreads Summary
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. 
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As I mentioned on Twitter, sitting down to read this book, was like diving into a comfy chair with a few old friends and sharing a nice bottle of vino while catching up on all the gossip. The story picks up right where it ended in Die For Me and I was so happy to be back with such wonderful charismatic characters. 

I love the way Amy Plum writes; her writing is so descriptive you can almost smell and taste Paris. I have a feeling she may be a bit of a connoisseur on the quiet as her descriptions of food constantly have me drooling. When the author writes about Paris, she brings it alive and adds a touch of magic to the surroundings creating an urge to jump on a plane and visit. 

I am going to try really hard and not give away any spoilers, but this book does take the situation to a whole new level. Within the story, we find a lot more about the revenants throughout the world, which we were not aware of in the first  book. Kate is hit with a rather nasty reality check when she realises how doomed her relationship with Vincent actually is. She is desperate enough to search for a solution, however unknown to her, Vincent in obsessed with solving the problem too. I really did feel sorry for Kate in this book. She has suffered so much and appears so helpless in this book as she tries to conquer the inevitable: mortality. 

There are two new characters in this book, Violette and Arthur, who add some rather interesting twists to the story. There are also certain male characters within the story who I shall now be keeping a close eye on in future. Just little hints as the story progresses making me think that some revenants have hidden agendas.

The ending was a huge shock! And that is all I can say on that. I just wasn't expecting it to end the way it did and I wasn't happy! I came away with a heart wrenching feeling and can't believe I have to wait a whole year to find out what happened. 

I really enjoyed this sequel and I really feel it was even better than Die For Me. I think the relationships and the characters stood out even more. The writing was stronger and I was left desperate. 

An excellent YA that will have you desperate to visit Paris in search of your own hot revenant!

6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I can't wait to read this!!

    Fab review, thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it, it does sound good and I like reading about Paris.

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  3. Oh no..the thing with Paris and yummy things is that they have me drooling for days. I am sure this book would be like that then ;)

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  4. I loved this book! I think Amy's writing style is just so beautiful! The ending of the book killed me. I don't know how I'm going to wait a whole year for the next installment!

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  5. Great review Viv, I knew before I read the eview that you loved it but its better than Die For Me?!?! Wow!

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  6. I bought the first book and have it on my list for July..so glad you liked this and that it was action packed!

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