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Friday, 27 April 2012

Review: Until I Die - Amy Plum

Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 352
Source: For Review

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.

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.

I have to be honest with you. I didn't REALLY enjoy Die For Me when I read it last year, and I wasn't expecting much from this. I was totally right. I'm not sure whether this was better or worse than Die For Me, but I certainly don't recommend this UNLESS you truly loved Die For Me. Sigh. I feel a rant coming on, don't you?

Maybe it's just 'cause I prefer bad boys in books. But hell, Vincent is so freaking boring! Argh! He has no fucking personality at all. I rather have Jules as the main love interest. Now Jules, he is my favourite character out of everyone. I LOVE HIM. Throughout this book, I was chanting PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PICK JULES INSTEAD. But nah. Unfortunately, we got stuck with Vince. 

You know, I was laughing hysterically at some scenes where the author wants to put Kate across as someone kick-ass and confident. It just didn't suit her bland personality and I just felt like the author tries so hard to make her a Tris, a Katniss, an Alex etc... I do love them girls, but in Die For Me, one of the things that I admired was Kate was a good girl. She was kind, sweet-natured, caring and smart. I dunno what the hell happened to her in this.

One of the things that irked me the most was the conversations between Vincent and Kate. They were quite cheesy and found myself rolling my eyes at them several times. I was like, would a seventeen year old girl REALLY say those stuff? Seriously? And Vincent is too perfect. Blah.

I figured out who the antagonist/s were the minute they stepped on a page. And for someone claiming to be smart, and for people claiming to be alive for quite a long time, I would have thought that they would have figured it out. I hate it when the reader (me, or anyone else) figures things out much earlier than the author expected them too. Authors take note; it means you're not doing it right.

I didn't really like the writing, other times the descriptions of places and stuff was too over the top and too long that I often found myself skipping along the parts. Which was very disappointing since in Die For Me, all the Parisian places and imagery was gorgeous, here it just fell flat. *facepalm*

The plot was quite frankly, too slow. Argh. Especially in the beginning and in the middle. There was like nothing happening. Thankfully, the action at the end and the big 'finale' (not really cause there's a third one coming out next year) kinda made up for it. My heart was actually pounding because even though I knew who the 'bad guys' were, you're still clueless about what's going to happen next and the outcome.

For me, the ending was a big and total asshole of a cliffhanger. But I loved it. (Anyway, if any of you guys have read this, let me know or something 'cause I want to discuss the 'ending'. I think I'm a bit confused about one thing').

SO. Half a goddess for Jules, half for the paranormal and revenants stuff, and one for the cliff-hanger ending. So TWO goddesses (I can't believe I had to do that twice - I suck at maths). I mean overall, I did enjoy this, but just mindless fun. 


  1. Oh... I'm a little less eager now. I did enjoy Die For Me quite a lot but I'm a afraid now about this sequel. Like you, Jules is my favorite character and Vince is not so much my cup of tea even if he's kind of cute. I hope there's more of Jules in this installment.

    So, i'll read Until I Die, but not as soon as I thought I would. I'll wait a little more.
    Great review!


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