UNTIL I DIE – Amy Plum
Genre – YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Published by – HarperCollins on May 8th 2012
Pages – 353
ASDFGHJKL Amy Plum please devour my soul.
A perfect sequel to an amazing debut in the Revenants trilogy, exactly what I wished and hoped for in my wildest dreams. Before this book I genuinely never had experienced a sequel that outshone its predecessor: Hunger Games > Catching Fire, Divergent will forever exist to be the annoyingly perfect older sibling to Roth’s other works, and the original HP is definitely my favourite of them all (apart from maybe the last one, but that’s irrelevant – RON’S FACE IS SO SMALL AND CHUBBY.) UNTIL I DIE serves as a near-perfect marriage of all things action, romance, relationship, fantasy and croissants. (because who doesn’t love a good breakfast pastry ESPECIALLY if it’s stereotypical to its country of origin?!)
“But this is the twenty-first century. And I’ve got this” – I pulled out the signum and held it up for him to see – “that says I’m kindred. And I’ve got this” – I pointed at my head – “that says I’m as smart as you. And I have this” – I held up my middle finger – “that says go to hell, you immortal bigot.”
UNTIL I DIE continues the story of Kate Mercier, and her complicated (to say the least!) relationships with a band of immortal beings known as the Revenants: these are split into two sub-categories known as the bardia (the good-guys) and the numa (no cake for them), because who doesn’t love a good immortal conflict of MASS PROPORTIONS. Kate, and her now-undead boyfriend Vincent, struggle to come to terms with the fact that their relationship has more complications, and intricacies than every other aspect of their lives combined. To summarise the plot line in roughly a few words:
Death, hostages, love, kidnapping, murder, FLOWERS, the cinema and conflict.
Although, of course, this book is centred around Kate and Vincent, I made a few eclectic comments on them both (including Georgia too!) here: bloop! So I thought I’d take this opportunity to evaluate a few other characters who are occasionally overshadowed by our main protagonists. Until I Die served as the PERFECT opportunity for character development and progression and boy oh boy did Plum run away with it (in a good way, of course!) even if it did counter the speed of the plot. I’ll allow it for these fabulous character explorations!
GASPARD AND JEAN-BAPTISTE: Their relationship GIVES ME LIFE. I really didn’t expect it, and on reflection they are just down right perfect for each other – introvert, meets control freak.
CHARLOTTE: I first and foremost will start (and sign) the petition to bring Charlotte back to the house (*even though both me and Kirstie are highly suspicious of either her or Geneviève*)
JULES: Genuinely my favourite character in the whole of the trilogy (as of yet!) – his disposition is just so crushing, and I think that he and Kate would just be perfect for eachother (if not for Vincent, that is!) His witty remarks never fail to disappoint, and his love for Kate is just … gah I can’t even describe it. *empathises intensely*
VIOLETTE: Ew, STOP WITH THE FLOWERS.
AMBROSE: Please wake up and smell the CHARLOTTE’S BURNING LOVE FOR YOU.
ARTHUR (AND GEORGIA): Although Arthur comes across as an old-fashioned so-and-so for the majority of this book, I absolutely loved his ending and the development of the relationship between himself and Georgia. I approve Plum, feel free to go wild in book #3!
What I ADORED
- The character development and progression (see above) – although the actual content of the book took a hit, I loved the expansion of rather shielded characters.
- GASPARD. His introverted yet completely charming nature really won me over in this book.
- Georgia and Kate’s sisterly bond – YES PLUM YES. I 100% approve of any Mercier-missions in the future. Georgia’s quick remarks, and Kate’s responses never fail to amuse and delight.
What I DISLIKED
- I feel like this book spent too long recapping Die For Me. I’m sorry but why would anyone in their RIGHT MIND start a trilogy at book 2?! Genuinely, it’s their own loss if they don’t understand it, I JUST WANT THE NEW CONTENT!
- The fact that Sebastien is spelt with an “e” instead of an “a” (Sebastian) – I’M SORRY, I KNOW THIS IS A FRENCH NAME BUT I’M NOT USED TO IT AND DON’T LIKE CHANGE *shakes head*
- The lack of some of my favourite characters due to the character development of others. I would have far preferred to read about Jeanne and Charlotte as opposed to Violette and Bran. (also side note: BRAN?! Is he legitimately a cereal? I 100% hope his surname is Flakes.)
spoilers. spoilers. spoilers.
Please avert your eyes to avoid my spoiler-filled ramblings, assorted musings and theories that I just NEED to share.
Papy is still numa-related. I would be so up for Papy to have given his book to Violette and pretend there was a “break-in” (the others would all be faked too). That would be how she knew to go to Bran’s shop and find his mother. Also, wouldn’t it just be brilliant for her to tell Kate that she is done with her granddad, and Kate could choose for either him or her to be killed. This leads to the second theory:
KATE IS THE CHAMPION. Credit to Kirstie for this one, but after she mentioned it I had such a revelation. I always suspected that Kate would become a Revenant, but it makes so much more sense if she has always been the Champion instead of Vincent.
Also either Geneviève or Charlotte are up to something not very pleasing. AKA SECRET NUMA TASKS. Their plot line just seems a little vacant away from La Maison, and I feel like one of them will take the other hostage as part of the ENORMOUS NUMA/BARDIA CONFLICT THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN IF I SHOULD DIE. I mean, it’s necessary, right? I thoroughly suspect that Geneviève will be taking Charlotte, although it could be reversed (even though I’m praying for it not to be because I. LOVE. HER.)
Literally stop whatever you are doing right now (apart from breathing, blinking, or other bodily functions – I guess they’re somewhat forgivable) and pick up this trilogy of books. I know that this technically received a lower score than Until I Die, even though I claimed it was a better book, but that’s because I far preferred this on an emotional level. Although the plot was not as incredible as book #1, I LOVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
*ALSO BOOGY DANCE I JUST PICKED UP A COPY OF IF I SHOULD DIE, THE FINAL BOOK IN THE TRILOGY*
Have you read the Revenants series? What were your thoughts?! If not, how is your March TBR going – are you powering through, or flailing under stacks and stacks of unfinished books? Let me know!