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.In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series. (From Goodreads)
If zombies were anything like Vincent and the other revenants, I'd say bring on the apocalypse. The revenants are such a great twist on the paranormal and I love Amy Plum for bringing something fresh to the genre. In this second installment, the lore behind the revenants and the numa is explored futher. As it turns out they may not be as secret as they thought they were.
I was so happy to be back in Paris with Kate, Vincent, Jules and the rest of the group. Paris comes to life in these pages and seeing it through Kate's eyes is enchanting. As she tries to figure out a way to be with Vincent in a way that won't bring either of them pain, she travels to some pretty interesting places, both in Paris and in France. There were a couple times I wanted to smack Vincent for treating Kate like she couldn't handle things, but Kate even handled not knowing his secrets with grace. These two really trust each other - even when they aren't telling each other everything. Their relationship is beautiful and it really makes it worth fighting for.
The new characters were great too. There are two new revenants in the Paris clan, both coming from 15th century Brittany. So Violette is way old fashioned, at least until she starts hanging out with Kate. I adored that she knew the Victorian language of flowers and commuicates with Kate with bouquets. And then there's Arthur who looks like Kurt Cobain. He's cranky and quiet, but I rather enjoyed his character.
What really struck me when reading were the three relationshps depicted of one mortal and one immortal. There's Kate and Vincent who are trying for a future together. There's Genevieve and her husband who's future is ending. And then there's the book Kate finds that tells the story of such a relationship in the past. I feel like most immortal/mortal relationships generally end up with one gaining immortality - and maybe that could happen here, but they're really exploring the possibility of Kate growing old while Vincent lives on. I kind of love that. It's tragic, but it feels so much more natural and beautiful.
I loved this installment in this amazing series. There were moments where I felt the plot was lacking, but it's more than made up for in information and character building. Oh, and that ending. Yeah, that was mean. Seriously, like four more words probably would have made me a lot happier. In any case I'm definitely eager to keep reading Kate and Vincent's story.
Just because I love it so much - I also wanted to share the book trailer. Watch it and tell me that you aren't dying to be in Paris right now.