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Until I Die (Die for Me) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“Plum handles the intrigue and builds tension, ending with a major cliffhanger that should compel readers to the final book in the trilogy.” (Kirkus)
“The historical elements and the magic evoked by the Parisian setting work to paint a full landscape that has a deep otherworldly connection while remaining entirely ordinary in the very best way. The story’s twists and turns are well paced and will have readers captivated.” (School Library Journal)
PRAISE FOR DIE FOR ME:“I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.” (Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series)
“Action and drama abound. Plum has done an excellent job of setting up the rules for her creations and following them closely. Fans of this genre will have their appetites reignited by this new addition.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Move over, Bella and Edward. Plum introduces a world and a story that are sure to intrigue teen readers and will easily attract fans of the Twilight series.” (Booklist)
“The lush Parisian setting and gorgeous characters make this an immersing, franchise-ready story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Plum’s debut is the perfect combo of romance and thrills, with heart-pumping action that will make you jump and love that will make you cry out for joy. You’ll hang on every word, reading late into the night, waiting to find out what’s next.” (Romantic Times)
“Intense romance, action-packed adventure, filled with danger and uncertainty.” (New York Journal of Books)
From the Back Cover
I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever.
It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris. Under the city's glamorous surface there's a battleground of immortals.
Vincent, too, is an illusion. Handsome, chivalrous, and witty, he's got everything a girl could want . . . except mortality. But when I chose Vincent, I chose love over reason and safety.
Vincent swore to resist his very nature so that we can be together. But I refuse to stand by and watch him suffer. I'll do whatever it takes to fight against his fate.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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First 50 Pages: I'd like to start this by saying that I adore the setting for both books. The rich, intrinsic, and drop-dead gorgeous Paris setting is to die for (no pun intended). The way the author describes everything makes you feel like you are really there experiencing everything the characters are going through without being overly done or confusing. Her writing style is pretty straight-forward and fairly easy to read and follow. Although, when the author does add French to the mix, it is a little bit distracting. I don't know more than five words in French, so I had to stop reading and Google certain words and such. It was a tiny annoyance.
With that being said, Until I Die felt very much like a "middle" book and I'll explain why I felt this way later on in my review. For the first 50 pages, I was seriously hooked and it didn't take me very long to finish the whole book.
Characters & Plot: I'm going to keep this spoiler free since I am writing this review a few months before the release date. I don't want to torture fans with spoilers!
The pacing in Until I Die is a bit slower than the first novel, I believe, and it is one of the reasons I consider this book a really good "middle" book, which technically speaking, it is since it is part of a trilogy.Read more ›
I loved Die for Me when I read it last year. I liked the story, the characters, the setting...I even appreciated the bad guy. However, I'm starting to notice a trend. A big majority of the books I read this time last year - read: the first books in trilogies that are slated to release sequels this year - really wowed me. Maybe I was just getting back into my reading groove and was happy to read anything at that point. This was around the time I started my blog and everything was new and shiny and full of awesome. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you compared my taste in reading materials from a year ago to the present, the results might be a bit skewed. Basically, I'm just warning you that I'm not going to review Until I Die as favorably as I did Die for Me, and I want you to know that I'm not picking on the book or the author. Also, it may not be any fault of the author or the book. It really could just be me that changed.
That said, I feel that Until I Die fell into the "middle book slump". It was 350+ pages of fluff, nothing of any consequence really happening throughout the entirety of the novel. Sure, Kate is searching for a way for her and Vincent to have a somewhat normal life together, and he's conducting experiments with the same end result in mind.Read more ›
It's fluff, and sadly, not even good fluff. Save your money on this one and wait for it to come to the library.
Quick & Dirty: This sequel takes a long time to take off as Kate and Vincent search for ways to stop a revenant from the compulsion to die.
Opening Sentence: I leapt, drawing my feet up beneath me, as the seven-foot quarterstaff smashed into the flagstones where I had been standing half a second before.
This book begins the night Charlotte and Charles are leaving the mansion for exile-also known as Jean-Baptiste's other country mansion. (Life as a revenant is hard.) The Parisian revenants are throwing a going-away-welcome-party; wishing Charlotte and Charles good-bye and introducing Violette and Arthur. Violette and Arthur are a super codependent non-couple that have been together since the Middle Ages. They're only in town until Charles gets his head back on straight and they don't have to worry about him. That being said, they've spent a long time in isolation in the countryside and are more than a little snobby. For one thing, Arthur's got the whole aristocratic, revenants-are-better-than-mortals thing going on which doesn't exactly endear him to Kate and the others.
While the revenants are dealing with their new housemates, Vincent's struggling not to die. He's stronger than most revenants his age, so he can last longer before the compulsion becomes unbearable, but how long is that? Kate knows he's up to something-probably something dangerous or he'd tell her about it-to keep himself alive. But is his so-called cure for compulsion going to threaten his immortality? Kate takes it upon herself to find another way-a safer way. Delving into the ancient texts Kate finds an old book called Immortal Love, but the book has words missing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kate lives in Paris with her sister Georgia and her grandparents. Grandpa works in an antique gallery, and grandma restores paintings. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lily M.
I love this series! It sucks you right in! I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a new young adult series to read!Published 1 month ago by Jessica Asher
Relaxing and captivating, Until I Die once again made for a few hours of enjoyable reading. As Vincent's frequent deaths upset Kate, they are looking into ways for him to exist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
These are five heartbroken stars...because I AM HEARTBROKEN!!
I don"t know what I would have done if I had read this when there was still a year to wait for the next... Read more
I’m really glad I decided to borrow my sister’s audiobooks for the rest of the series — the narrator is FANTASTIC! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelley (Oh, the Books!)
I enjoyed this book much more than the first installment of this trilogy. From the middle until the end I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brittany's Book Rambles