Thursday, June 6, 2013

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Series: Die For Me/Revenants series (bk. 3)

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: Paris, France, supernatural, love, death, zombies, ghosts, magic, immortality

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 405 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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?”


My Review: After that horrible cliff hanger at the end of Until I Die, I was dying to read the 3rd book. One year later I finally do get to and I glad that Vincent wasn’t totally and completely gone because that would ruin the story. Vincent became a wandering spirit, and Kate tries to find a way to get him a body. And if Vincent really is the Champion, this is a very bad thing for the bardia. But if Vincent isn’t the Champion, then who is? And how will they defeat Violette and the numa?

And after reading this book, all I can say is: I WAS RIGHT!!!! I AM SO SO VERY RIGHT!!! *dances and jumps up and down*. I’m not giving any spoilers, but I saw it coming in the middle of Until I Die, and it took forever to actually get to the point, but in part 2 of If I Should Die it’s finally revealed.

So why reveal it with only about 130 pages to go? Why end it with 3 books? Quartets are better than trilogies. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO END EVER?????!!!! (Let me keep Jules at least! I need that romantic French, artistic immortal to get me though the series withdrawal and possibly die for me in case I feel a bit suicidal or something. JK)

I love all the characters in this series. Jules is probably my favorite character because he’s a charming artist with a great sense of humor. After Jules, I like Kate and Vincent, both, together. I ship them, if ya know what I mean. Then Georgia, because she’s such a great sister. Almost like a best friend. I like Ambrose because he’s hilarious and similar to Jules, but not the mushy romantic type. The big tough brother type who’s very loyal. Then there’s Charlotte, who’s youngest female revenant. She’s also and loyal and great friend to Kate.

And of course there’s all the other bardia characters, like Jean-Baptist and Gaspard, Genevieve, Charles (who’s not in the book very much), Arthur (who’s crushing on Georgia), and Jeanne (human). Then there’s the evil bardia-turned-numa Violette and her cronies. Amy Plum did an awesome job creating characters. They feel so real. I kind of wish this became a TV show or a movie because I want to cast them.

This final book is a bit of an adventure, kind of like the last Angelfire book was, it has some Indiana Jones-esqe stuff in it. Not a lot of traveling, beside a visit to New York, but definably some decoding of revenant past and ritual and spells used by the healers. Bran helps Kate by letting her visit the archives of his healer family’s line. And Kate discovers some things that may help her help Vincent. And everything get better for a while, until Violette messes things up even more, and Kate finds herself in an unexpected situation, which she manages to get out of with some help.

The ending was an epic battle. Kate is so kick-butt, and there’s a lot of fighting between bardia and numa. It’s all very exciting and thriller and a great, bitter sweet ending to one of my favorite series. Some characters die, but I am happy to say most of them don’t die permanently.  

I recommend this series to fans of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Vampire Academy, and Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton, the Soul Screamers series, and Twilight series. Or anyone who loves paranormal romance and wants a trip to Paris via book.

Cover Art Review: I love the colors in the sky and the landscape. I like everything but the girl’s dress. That orange color is just ugly. Somebody did a bad job editing the color in Photoshop. Lot at the shadow on the bottom left of the cover. That’s supposed to be Vincent.  I love the swirl designs that wrap around the girl.



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