Review for After The End (After The End #1) by Amy Plum

After The End by Amy Plum

TITLE: After The End
SERIES: After The End #1
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
PAGES: 352 pages
SOURCE: Publisher via Edelweiss
RATING: 4 bows

Juneau is living is a close-knit community of survivors after World War III decimated the majority of the planet. They pulled together and made a community, connecting to mother nature to survive. One day she returns from her hunting trip to find all of her people missing. Determined to find them, she begins searching and what she finds brings her world crashing down around her. There was no World War III. The human population is fine and living life normally. Even though every adult in her life has lied to her, she is still determined to find and rescue her family. She soon realizes she is being hunted and must outsmart her pursuers, dragging a modern teenage boy along for the ride. Can she find her family or will a faceless enemy get their hands on her as well?

I must admit that Juneau held up much better in her situation than I ever could have. She pushes onward and keeps fighting to find her family even in moment when she knows in no unclear terms that every adult in her life has lied to her for years. She’s so strong and confident and exactly the type of role model young girls need these days. She’s so sure of herself and she doesn’t base her life or her future happiness on whether or not this particular guy likes her. We all hope he does because everyone wants that happily ever after (myself included) but her life doesn’t hinge on that fact. It’s awesome and refreshing. It was also kinda cool how this starts as a dystopian and then changes.

Miles is a normal dickheaded teenage boy. He’s done some stupid things and is altogether too cocky for his own good, but he’s a good guy, hiding deep (very deep) under that asshole exterior. He’s obviously in this for his own gain, but he still helps Juneau when no one else would and he eventually deviates from his planned path for her.

When I first saw this cover, one main thought ran through my mind: Those dogs better not die! And they don’t, for any other animal lovers out there with the same worry. My other worry was that a cliffhanger was imminent because Plum ended Until I Die on a horrid cliffhanger. I’m sad to say that prediction did come true. The ending of this was eerily similar to Until I Die ****SPOILER****What with the main guy’s life hanging in the balance and all****END SPOILER**** I loved the slow romance between Juneau and Miles, with that whole I can’t really stand up thing slowly morphing into attraction. Their relationship develops faster than I would have liked, but it’s acceptable because they spend so much time together that pushes things along quicker.

I am still a bit nervous about this series. Though I really enjoyed the first book in Plum’s Die For Me series, I didn’t love it as a whole and I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. So while I enjoyed this immensely, I can’t say that I loved it because for me it all hinges on the ending and a cliffhanger always prevents my full love. I know you aren’t going to kill off your lead character because that’s preposterous, but you could shock me like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did and I have to keep reading to find out for sure. If you aren’t like me and you have no problems with cliffhangers, I’m sure you’ll love it to pieces while I anxiously await the next book.

****Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

TITLE: If I Should Die
SERIES: Revenants #3
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
PAGES: 405 pages
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 3 stars

Picking up right where Until I Die left off, we follow a grief stricken Kate on her determined journey to save Vincent, who was killed and then had his body destroyed by Violette. Now he is just a wondering spirit and the idea of spending eternity never being able to really be together is too much for Kate to take. Soon enough, they have the spark of an idea of how to help Vince and lead an epic battle to destroy Violette and the numa once and for all.

Before I say anything else, I just want to express my utter disappointment with this novel.

I waited with baited breathe for this sequel since Until I Die left off with such a dreadful cliffhanger and I was dying to know how Amy would successfully wrap this story up. The answer? She doesn’t, really. I mean, yes the main plot and story all come to a close on a relatively happy note, but I don’t think it was wrapped up well. It just felt rushed and thoroughly predictable. ****SPOILER***I saw it all coming, from Jules disappointing lack of resolution to them finding the reimbodiment ceremony and Violette pulling Vincent back at the exact moment they were attempting the ritual. Even the little detail about Kate’s necklace with Vincent’s hair being the key to make the ceremony work. To Kate being the champion and leading the Paris kindred into war with Violette.****END SPOILER**** I feel supremely cheated and unsatisfied because I adored book 1 and enjoyed book 2 right up until the cliffhanger that pissed me off and now, this final book just didn’t do it for me.

I think mostly, besides the fact that it’s utterly predictable, I hate the way not everyone got a happy ending. Yes, Kate and Vincent do live happily ever after (as do Ambrose and Charlotte), but one character dies ****SPOILER****Jean Baptist****END SPOILER**** leaving his lover to live in despair for the rest of eternity and Jules gets a non-ending. I realize that they are in a war and there will be casualties, but I just didn’t like it. Not to mention the death, which occurs at the very end in the battle, was beyond unnecessary. Yes, this person jumping in front of Vince to save him was fine, though a little cliché, but he/she was a revenant therefore the death would have been fine, but nope, his/her body was destroyed before it could be recovered and it just felt….well, wrong is only word coming to mind. Jules is basically pushed to the side after the middle of the novel and I hate that. He’s one of my favorite characters and even though I love Vincent and Kate together, a tiny part of me was rooting for him.

It’s worth a read, if only to finish the series, but don’t get your hopes too high up. I don’t think it lives up to the first book and that’s just depressing.

Review for Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum

Until I Die by Amy Plum

TITLE: Until I Die
SERIES: Revenants #2
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
PAGES: 353 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

I’m a bit at odds with this novel. I adored it’s predecessor and although the novel was good, I am angry at it. Therefore, I will forewarn you that this review may come meaner than I originally intended. I’ll start with what pissed me off. There is only one really big thing and that is that it had a massive, horrible cliffhanger. The novel basically just stops at the worst possible moment with nothing resolved or wrapped up, except we finally definitively know who the bad guy is. For a moment, I thought I was getting used to cliffhangers because the last few haven’t made me angry enough to murder fucking kittens, but this one just pushed me over the edge. I plan on lending it to my sister and I knew parts of it were going to anger her so I made her promise not to chuck the book across the room at those parts. After finishing the novel, I sent her a message saying “Never mind, throw the fucking thing across the room”. Now I take very good care of my books (in fact when my step-sister return a book in bad condition, I literally hit her in the head with it and refused to speak to her for weeks), so it must really anger me to want to abuse it. I think part of the reason this one angered me so is that Die For Me didn’t have one, so I felt secure in the idea that this one wouldn’t either only to be smacked in the face at the end because it does.

I felt like screaming at the book. “I TRUSTED YOU!!!!!” So note to any authors reading this: please, if you intend to have cliffhangers in your series, go ahead and start the series out with one that way we know what to expect. Don’t pull this shit where the first novel is great and perfect then have to second one anger me to the point that I never wanna touch another book by you again. Okay, that’s taking it a bit far. I do actually desperately want to read the next novel, I just abhorred this ending.

Yes, Sam, I think I am.

Okay, now for the rest of the book. Beyond that ending, this book was pretty good. Kudos for Amy Plum for not falling prey that issue so many authors have where they write amazing first novels and horrid second ones. Although I don’t think this one is quite as good as Die For Me was, it’s still extremely entertaining. She could have easily taken this into love triangle territory because Jules obviously has a thing for Kate, but she steers clear of that and keeps things strictly Kate & Vincent, together forever.

The plot follows the logical next step of this story, which Kate & Vincent looking for something to help V resist the urge to die without unbearable pain. He thinks he has an answer but doesn’t want to discuss it with Kate until he is sure and since it seems to be adversely affecting him, Kate goes looking for her own answers. Everything seems silent from the numa end, no new leader seems to have emerged since Lucien’s death, but that doesn’t mean they are no longer a threat. It takes you on a ride to places you’d thought you’d see and twists in ways I’m sure most people won’t expect.

I’ve got to say that I love the characters in this novel. I like Kate and I like Georgia. I love Vincent, but I also love Jules and Gaspard. There are a few new characters added in this one, Arthur & Violette, neither of whom did I really care for. Charlotte and Charles aren’t in this one much, which saddens me because I like Charlotte. I wanna give the poor girl a hug because she is so in love with Ambrose that she can’t see straight and although I would love to see them end up together, I don’t think it’s going to.

This book will also make you laugh. I think that is what I love most about Kate & Vincent’s relationship is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Yes, she is a human who is eventually going to die and Vincent is compelled to sacrifice himself annually to save a human life. Yes, their relationship seems doomed and they seem a bit starcrossed, but they know when to laugh about it. They know that they have to enjoy the time they have and I adore their banter.

If you enjoyed the first novel, definitely read this one.

Review for Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum

Die For Me by Amy Plum

TITLE: Die For Me
SERIES: Revenants #1
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 341 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

I really adored this book. I picked it up because my baby sister kept raving about it and even though the description sounds like yet another average YA supernatural romance, I gave it a try. I’m glad I did.

I won’t waste your time with a half-asses summery because there are several out there that are written way above my writing ability, but I will tell you some of the many reasons I loved this book. One of the biggest ones is there is no insta-love. Kate is attracted to Vincent right off the bat, but instead of obsessing over him and stalking him, she……pause for effect…..treats it like a normal crush! Then, after they start dating and she finds out that he is a that he has to die repeatedly to save other people, she’s runs away. She doesn’t do that whole “I can’t live without you and I’ll deal with anything because I LOVE you”, instead opting for the “This is fucking insane and I’m out of here” mindset. For those wanting a happy ending, don’t worry, it’s all worked out by the end, but it’s refreshing to see an author treat teen love like just that.

I also loved the plethora of quirky side characters. Ambrose, Jules, Charlotte, Charles, and so on. I loved them all, even Kate’s grandparents.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It really is a superb novel, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great YA supernatural read.