Disclaimer: As a rule, I try not to be too spoilery; however as this is a second book in a trilogy, there are bound to be some spoilers. Therefore, if you haven’t read Die for Me (see my review HERE), you may want to skip this review.
Die for Me was one of my favorite books of 2011, so the sequel, published last month, was highly anticipated. I loved Kate and Vincent and even Georgia. The Revenant world is so unique and captivating. I just couldn’t wait to dive into Until I Die.
To be honest, this is a really hard review to write because the first 2/3 of the book fell completely flat for me. The characters were still largely the same and I still loved them, especially Jules and Georgia (who I think need their own stories, by the way). They each have a lot more character development and I am dying to know more about Jules! The world was still enthralling and beautiful; I love the French culture that Plum slips in so effortlessly. It simply seemed that for the first 2/3, the story fell into the classic middle book/middle movie syndrome…think Empire Strikes Back, or worse Attack of the Clones, no one says that’s their favorite Star Wars movie.
Here’s why it just didn’t do it for me. First of all, Vincent. I loved his character in Die for Me. Totally swoon-worthy and the ultimate loveable French dude. Yet, in Until I Die he’s pretty much absent for a majority of the book, so the things that make their relationship so wonderful aren’t there. When he is there, he totally comes though with the Vincent we love but I just kept feeling like he was a secondary character in this story which was sad to me. There are hints that perhaps someone else could be in love with Kate as well but she is completely oblivious. In this case, I think a love triangle might have helped.
The majority of the book was Kate traipsing all over Paris in search of something that would help her and Vincent’s relationship to work and Vincent on his own on vague assignments for Jean Baptiste while looking more and more “undead.” The plot felt a little predictable and forced for the most part. The whole time I kept thinking, “Kate, stop trusting ______ and listen to _______.” There were a few moments where I even eye-rolled over Kate’s obliviousness. She didn’t seem like the Kate I found so grounded in Die for Me.
I loved the secondary characters almost more than the main ones. Jules, Ambrose, and Georgia were completely awesome and I want to know more about them. The beautiful snippets of them were some of my favorite parts. It seemed at times to be more their story than Kate and Vincent’s.
The second 1/3 of the book was its salvation for me. I would give this part of the book a solid 4.5 stars on it’s own. It’s a total cliff-hanger ending with tons of drama and action. While the first 2/3 left me unfulfilled and a little annoyed at times, the wrap up was everything I loved from the first book. The conclusion left me with tons of questions and looking forward to book 3.
Overall, Until I Die was worth the read and I will still recommend the series to friends, but it’s not my favorite of the series.