Friday 10 May 2013

Book Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum.

Product details:
Publisher: Atom.
Paperback, 408 pages.
Release date: May 2nd 2013.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Ages: 14+
Series: Revenants  #3.
Other Books in Series: Die For Me, Until I Die.
Overall Series Rating: 5 out of 5.
Source: Received from publisher for review.

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?

 Please note: This is a review of a next-in-a-series book. There may be spoilers for  previous books in the series in this review.

Take a moment to remember how you felt when you read the final pages of Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum.  You totally cried, right? That's okay, I won’t tell.  But, if you thought things couldn’t get any worse than our hero Vincent falling into the clutches of the evil, undead Violette, then think again, because I’m here to tell you that it gets worse.

It gets so much worse.

If you know your revenant folklore, you’ll know that Vincent, as a revenant dies all the time.  I mean, dying is pretty much a revenants reason for living, if you will.  So, really, dying is not a big deal.  Want to know what is a big deal, though? Burning.  And guess what Violette has in store for Vincent? Yeah.

If I Should Die picks up in the immediate aftermath of those torturous events in Until I Die. And the wait for this one, let me tell you, was torturous. I mean, I love a good cliffhanger – I do, but during our year apart, I thought about Vincent often. I hoped he’d be okay, you know, and that Violette would go easy on him.  I guess I should have known better.  Seriously, Violette goes too far so many times in this book, demented as she is. She needs to go down.

Thankfully, kick-ass Kate is not one to give up on her man.  I mean, who in their right mind would give up on a guy as awesome as Vincent? And with that beautiful hair of his too.  I digress. With the help of Bran, a healer, Kate discovers an ancient ritual that might – I say might and it’s a long shot – help save Vincent. Thankfully, alive or not, Vincent can still communicate with Kate. Which is cute. Really cute. But we need our man back for real, dammit.

Even with Vincent out of the picture, eye-candy is in plentiful supply in this book. Hey, Jules! Now, if you’ve read the novella DieFor Her, you’ll know all about Jules. And if you haven’t, well, you’ll find out all about him – and exactly what hides behind that flirtatious smile of his – in this book. Oh, Jules.  Also, Jules in NYC. Make that spin-off happen.

Do you love secondary characters? I do - and I love when secondary characters shine and have stories of their own. Maybe that’s one of the reason I love this series like I do. Plum has spent time crafting her characters over the course of this series, so much so that I care about them much in the same way as I do for Kate and Vincent.  You might think – yeah, so what’s the big deal? But I’m telling you now – making me fall in love with ALL THE PEOPLE is not an easy feat.  I’m going to miss these guys. I’ve been a big Georgia fan right from the start, and Charlotte and Ambrose – you guys! Also, Charles and his punky new revenant buddies. Love them. Another great spin-off idea!

I could seriously write about all the awesome stuff in this book forever. I loved it.  So much action (Kate totally rocks!), lots of plot-twists, a few surprises, funny times (I love the humour in these books!) and beautiful, beautiful swoony times, sometimes in hotel rooms. Yes.  Also, I have to mention how Amy Plum brings Paris to life in this series. Oh, swoon. Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. I heart Paris. And I heart, heart, heart revenants.  

You might think yourself all genre-jaded and so over paranormal romance, but you know what I think?  I’ll tell you.  I think that paranormal romance done well is the best, and, for me at least, it doesn’t get much better than this series, which gets ALL THE STARS from me.



  1. Oh I have this on my pile to be read soon and I'm really looking forward to it!

  2. Yay! I am so glad you liked this book. I always get so nervous that the final book in a trilogy will leave me disappointed, but since you loved it, I am sure I will too. I will definitely miss these characters and the incredible setting of Paris. I love that Kate is kicking butt in this book. Can't wait to pick it up! Great review, Leanna!

  3. I'm so behind on this series, but your review really makes me want to catch up! I agree, when parnormal romance is done well, it really is the best, and I'm so thrilled to hear this series is standing up to the best in genre. I'm still on book two, but it sounds like I have some angst ahead of me at the end of it. Luckily I don't have to wait for book 3. :-) Fabulous review!

  4. Becky @ Stories & Sweeties10 May 2013 at 22:13

    I seriously need to catch up with this series!! I haven't read anything but the first book. Ah, you loved ALL the characters?? I seriously need that right now, especially after one of the books I just read (I didn't like ANY of the characters! LOL)

    Great review, Leanna!

  5. I didn't read your review because I haven't read If I Die yet. I just got back from RT and my best book friends LOVE this series. I can't wait to read it.

  6. Love ur review! I love this series so much! From the very start....however, i still haven't read it because I don't want things to end yet! Haha. And my copy hasn't arrived yeah...

  7. Sounds great, I really need to read this series, think I would love it.

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

  8. I'm definitely looking forward to this final book. Sounds really good. Great review.

  9. "...because I’m here to tell you that it
    gets worse.

    It gets so much worse."

    Ahhhhh! I'm so nervous Leanna! *bites nails* I haven this one sitting on my shelf but I've been putting it off because I know things are going to be rough for Vincent in this one. But, you gave it a 5, so I need to buck up and get in there to see what happens! Awesome review:)

  10. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    It's a really good one! :)

  11. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    I know! I didn't want things to end either. I miss these characters so much already! I want more books!

  12. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    Your best book friends have great taste in books! :)

  13. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    What book was that? I hate when I can't connect to characters - it can really make or break a series for me. I think you'd love the characters in this one - and the romance!

  14. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    Oh, wow! Tissues at the ready for the end of book 2. It's a real tearjerker!

  15. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    Thanks, Christina. Yeah, Kate is great in this book. Like you, I'm always fearful that the final book will be a let down, but no worries here!

  16. daisychainbooks23 June 2013 at 21:07

    You are in for such a treat! :)

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  19. I haven't read until I die but I have if I should die yet I really want to read if I should die first


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