Until I Die by Amy Plum
Published: 3rd May 2012
Source: copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Well, it took me five days to get through this book and I think that speaks volumes. I really struggled with Until I Die, a book I had been really looking forward to reading, having absolutely loving Die for Me.
It's been a while since I read Die for Me so I don't remember every little detail, just the enjoyment I had from reading it. So I was very surprised to find myself feeling quite negative towards Kate. She just really didn't appeal to me throughout this book.
But I was still completely in adoration of Vincent, and that's probably what kept me going. The hardship that he was going through in this book for Kate just pee'd me off. While we don't find out exactly what it is until the end, we do know that it's not something that's doing him any good. He has bags under his eyes and sometimes literally looks like death warmed up. While I admired him for doing it, and trying to make it easier on Kate being with him, I felt that he shouldn't have to be doing anything, that she should have just accepted him as he was.
I very quickly guessed who the enemy was going to be and didn't like them from the start. A lot of the time I had an idea what was going on with their motives and couldn't figure out how no one else could see it, so needless to say, that was very annoying.
The secondary characters that we know and love from Die for Me actually play very little part in Until I Die and I missed the banter I had enjoyed between them all previously.
Kate begins to do her own sleuthing then on trying to find a cure for Vincent which does add a little bit more interest, but this isn't until almost halfway through. We learn more about the history of the Revenant's and the Numa and of a prophecy that tells of a Champion among the Revenant's, who will be able to destroy the Numa once and for all. But the person who kills the Champion, will automatically take all their powers.
Any action or excitement in this book didn't occur until the very end. And then it ends on a woeful cliffhanger. I was left feeling so mad that I just wanted to fling this book out of the nearest window. I couldn't believe that I had struggled through this boring, dullness for the past five days for it to end with that.
Obviously, such a cliffhanger ensures that I will indeed pick up the next book despite the fact that this was pure insipidness.