My disclaimer: There's a serious risk of spoilers here if you haven't read Die For Me, so if you haven't read the first book in the series yet, you may want to look away now.
Ah, the old second-book-itis. It's there, but it's not necessarily a bad thing - there's more world-building, more character and relationship development and so, so much to learn about the revenants, the numa and their shared history. There are new characters introduced, some familiar characters fade into the background a little more, and even some changes of scenery from the utterly entrancing Parisian setting of Die For Me.
But I just wasn't as enamored with Until I Die as I thought I would be, and it's hard to pinpoint exactly why. The relationship between Kate and Vincent is certainly deeper and more mature than in Die For Me, but there are also some cheesy lines that had me flinching - I didn't highlight the sentence but there's something about parched-souls that just....no. And there is far less action, at least until that cliffhanger ending.
Ms. Plum's writing is still entrancing and free-flowing, for the most part the dialogue is believable, and the new characters give an extra dimension to the story.
Until I Die is a solid book, and builds the anticipation for the third book perfectly - it just needed a little more pep in it's step for me.
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