Friday, July 12, 2013

Until I Die by Amy Plum [Review]

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: May 10, 2011
Hardcover: 341 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Shannon's Thoughts:
There were several things I really liked about this book.  First was the unique take on ghosts.  I liked the idea that revenants feel a compulsion to either save a person from dying or to convince them to kill themselves, depending on whether they are "good" or "bad" revenants.  In fact, Amy Plum puts a lot of thought into her revenant mythology and spends a lot of time worldbuilding.  I also liked that while Kate and Vincent had an instant connection, their actual relationship was slow to develop. Kate demands complete honesty from Vincent, who tries to give it to her.  Kate doesn't just take it all at face value.  In fact, Kate spends some time being very weirded out by the whole.  She also finds that being around the revenants' deaths reminds her of her parents' deaths and that makes her reconsider whether she can maintain a relationship with Vincent.  The slow pace was a nice change for this genre.

My only complaint was not a lot really happens. Because Amy Plum spends a lot of time explaining the revenant world, there are long passages of exposition as Vincent answers Kate's questions.  It is well done and doesn't feel too awkward, but every time they are together Vincent ends up explaining things to Kate.  After awhile, I wanted more action and less talking. 

Over all, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Die for Me
2. Until I Die
3. If I Should Die

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