Until I Die by Amy Plum
Digital Audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on May 8, 2012
Series: Revenants #2
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Vampires, Young Adult
Length: 353 pages or 9 hours, 47 minutes
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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.
Picking up Until I Die, I figured that I would hate it and regret my decision in continuing the Revenants series. I remembered that Die For Me was not my usual fare, being very fluffy and as I called it in 2017, a “kissing book”. But I liked Die For Me … and I liked Until I Die.
Continuing the theme with the first book, I wouldn’t say that this is a masterpiece of literature. It’s aimed for fans of paranormal romance, but what I like about it the realistic way that characters react to things. Vincent and the other Revenants are immortal. They die over and over again to save humans, not necessarily out of the goodness of their heart. The Revenant have a compulsion to save humans, and it sustains them. On a surface level, this is cheesy, reckless, and fully eye roll worthy. The humans in the book waste no time pointing out the ridiculousness of things. This is true in the love story, too. Vincent will make a grand gesture and as a reader knowing the usual way paranormal romance goes, I expect Kate to fall all over herself and flutter her eyelashes, and she doesn’t. I love it – there’s a real world balance.
Well, I mean, as much balance as you can get in a world with the Revenants.
Until I Die is a typical middle book. Not a lot gets resolved and the entire book is a lead up to the final story in the third book of the trilogy. That said, I didn’t expect the ending. Sure, I expected the traitors and I expected part of the twist, but the events of the last chapter were completely unexpected. And I think that’s where The Revenants succeeds – this series exists in a world filled with cliches, and placed at a crossroads, will go a different direction.
I really enjoyed the sisterly relationship in Until I Die. Kate spends a little time with her sister Georgia in the first book, but I think they’re more on the same page in the second one. Like Die for Me, Georgia is crucial in the climax of the story, but their evolving sibling relationship as the surviving members of their immediate family is interesting.
As characters, the Revenants are not very interesting, but Kate and Georgia add a bit of dimension. Nonetheless, the characters aren’t particularly layered. Kate has become all consumed by finding a way to be with Vincent forever, to the point of skipping school and stealing books. Vincent is doing his own thing in secret, which isn’t particularly interesting for the reader. Still, the pacing of the book is just right, so the whole thing went by really quickly and we got to the Important Point at the end.
I think this trilogy is going to be my “guilty pleasure” series. I used to feel that way about Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series but where the plot completely died off in that one in favorite of steamy scenes, Revenants maintains a good balance between romance, plot, and fantasy. There’s nothing here to swoon over, but it’s a fun, light series and I really enjoy it.
What is your guilty pleasure series? Not all books will be perfect masterpieces, but that doesn’t mean we can’t love them anyway! Share your favorite light, cliche reads in the comments!