Last year, I reviewed Die For Me and interviewed author Amy Plum as part of Paris Month and so, of course, I have to review the sequel for this year’s! It was because of Paris Month, and through Shannon @ Harper Collins, that I discovered this series.
Until I Die, the sequel to Amy Plum’s Parisian-set Revenants series continues on where Die For Me left off. Kate and Vincent are now together, despite all obstacles, and are adjusting to being completely in each others’ lives. Going against the Revenants’ nature, Vincent promises Kate that he will resist sacrificing himself and having her witness him constantly dying. Kate becomes consumed with the idea that there’s a way around this and sets off on a mission to find a solution, leading her deeper into a world that she is only just learning about. When an enemy threat surfaces, it sends the Revenants on high alert, risking & jeopardizing the lives of many among Kate & Vincent’s circle.
I absolutely love Plum’s use of Paris as a setting. Not only does this series take place in this gorgeous locale, but it often feels like it is its own character. She fully utilizes different aspects of the city that make you feel like you’re right there with the characters. It shows that Plum is incredibly familiar with the city, to include so much detail and essence of Paris into the narrative.
While the first book is full of the will-they/won’t-they/when-will-they, this second one they are now together and they’re completely in love. Personally, I preferred the chase in the first book more as I tend to like the action and lead-up to moments. Until I Die, while still capturing the romance of the couple, seemed a bit too much. At one point, they do comment to each other that they are being cheesy, but that might have been the only self actualizing moment they had. It felt like everything out of their mouths were things that would make everyone around them want to throw up.
However, once Kate starts her little secret mission and the enemy threat becomes more imminent, the schmoopy couple takes a back seat to the action that’s building up to a climactic end. I’m actually really glad that I waited this long to read the sequel, because with the way Plum ends this installment, I can’t wait to see what the third book has in store. If I Should Die, the finale in the Revenants trilogy, is out in stores May 7, 2013.