Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Pages: 405
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pub. Date: May 7, 2013
Source: Personal Copy
Series: Die For Me (#1), Until I Die (#2)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself. Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want. It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him. After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me."
If you are a fan of this series, I am sure you remember the cliffhanger at the end of Until I Die. Things pick up where Until I Die left off and Kate is mourning the death of Vincent, her boyfriend.  Vincent is a revenant and is supposed to die for others, but this is different. His body was cremated by Violette, their enemy.  Because his body has been cremated, he can't come back to life and obviously, this destroys Kate.  Things start to look up though when Kate and Bran, a healer, realize that there is a way around this and hope ensues.  Meanwhile, there is the issue of the Champion and the epic battle coming up between the two opposing sides. One thing is for sure: Kate will do anything to save Vincent.  Amy Plum's final installment in the Revenant series, If I Should Die, is an entertaining, edge of your seat read that fans of the series will love.  I was very happy with the ending of the trilogy, which doesn't happen often!

I have thoroughly enjoyed Kate and Vincent's relationship in this series and even though Vincent isn't "around" as much in If I Should Die, I still found their relationship to be one of my favorites in YA. I am sad to see the series end as I really enjoyed these two.  I also LOVE Kate's sister, Georgia. Her funny one-liners and sarcastic tone always kept me laughing out loud and kept the If I Should Die light in times of "seriousness."

The setting of the series as well as If I Should Die is mostly in Paris and if you have read my other reviews, you know how much I love the way Plum brings Paris to life. This is another aspect of the series that I will greatly miss.  Plum has a way of bringing us to Paris along with Kate and we feel as if we are there with her. 

Yes, I felt that at times things were tied up a little too neatly, but this is the end of a trilogy and I like the way Plum decided to end things.  As a fan of the series, it had me smiling.

The pacing of If I Should Die was pretty good and the moments of suspense were done very well.  Plum is a fantastic author and I look forward to reading her next series, After the End, which comes out in 2014.  

For fans of paranormal romance, I highly recommend this series. You won't be disappointed.


  1. Interesting! I recently posted my review and I wasn't so enthusiastic about this book. I'm happy you liked it better than I did! :)


    1. You weren't? I was really happy with the ending. I like my stories all tied up nicely and I thought Plum did that. I'm sorry you were disappointed. Thanks for dropping by, Mel!

  2. I was very happy with this one too. I miss these characters!

    1. I know you were happy as well! We usually feel the same way about these things. :) I will miss them too. Thanks for visiting, Leanna!

  3. So glad to hear this book was great! I love this series, and I haven't read this book yet, even though I really, REALLY need to! Whoot! Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Me too! I think you will really like the ending. Can't wait to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting, Christy!

  4. I'm looking forward to this one Christina! I've been a fan of Vincent and Kate since the beginning too, and I definitely need to know how the events of book two are remedied in this one! I'm glad that despite the easy solution to some of their problems that you were still pleased with how everything worked out:)

    1. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this final book! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by, Jenny!


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