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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Die for Me by Amy Plum was easily one of my favorite YA paranormal reads in 2011. It featured a heroine that I related to, a love interest to die for, a foreign setting, and absolutely no vampires or werewolves. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Until I Die, the second book in Plum’s trilogy.

Kate lives in Paris, and she’s in love. But Vincent is not like other males her age. Vincent is immortal, a revenant. He has the ability to age, but only if he can resist the urge to sacrifice his life for that of a human. Because he loves Kate, Vincent has agreed to let his kindred give up their lives instead. By doing so, he will be able to age with Kate, and once her life is over, he can resume his duties as a revenant.

Until I Die continues to develop the relationship between Kate and Vincent, as they discuss their future together. In some old texts, Kate discovers that there may be a way to ease the suffering that Vincent feels because he is no longer giving up his life. Vincent is also doing some research of his own, which may prove to have some serious consequences.

Some new characters are introduced to take Charles’ and Charlotte’s places in the mansion, and Kate forms a friendship with Violette, sharing her love of the arts and film with her. Soon the revenants learn that one of their own is sharing information with their enemies, the numas.

Until I Die is every bit as good as its predecessor, and further immerses readers into the history and mythology of revenants. There is also a prophecy, which might pertain to Vincent, and would make him a target for the numas.

I devoured more than half of this book in one sitting, and was frantically turning the last few pages during a very intense scene. I wasn’t able to predict anything that happened in this book, least of all the heartbreaking ending. I will impatiently count down the days until the third and final book in the series is released!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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