Second book slump? What’s that? If you’re looking for that, you’ll have to find a different book. I mean, I don’t know who would want to read a book with second book slump. My point, though, is that Until I Die doesn’t have the slightest hint of it. As a whole it was a phenomenal book, and has firmly secured the trilogy’s place on my favorites shelf. 😀
Is it intense or packed to the brim with action? No, not really. Is it extremely entertaining, super cute, and sprinkled with exciting moments and a thrilling ending? Yes, absolutely. And let’s not forget, it’s set in my favorite country: France! I’m honestly, truly obsessed with this trilogy. It’s a fun paranormal read, with a story that features mythological creatures I’d actually never heard of prior to reading the first book. I won’t specify in case you haven’t read any of the books yet, but I will say two more things. 1) it’s really unique and 2) read it! 😉
I’m not trying to be pushy, I promise. I’m just very enthusiastic and want to spread the joy.
(And the soul-crushing feels, because every reader wants those, right?)
The characters in this book are just so lovable and complex. Kate is brave and determined, but is still very much a normal teenage girl: quirky, friendly, loyal. Much of the same can be said about Georgia, though she’s much more flirtatious and outgoing. On the otherworldly side, we mainly have Vincent, Ambrose, and Jules. They’re all super sweet and protective, but not overbearingly so. They all have great, individual backstories and personalities, but I have to say that Vincent is easily my favorite. As for new characters, we have Arthur and Violette, and they’re both interesting, to say the least. To avoid spoiling, I’ll just say that my feelings for both of them are mixed. 🙂
I swear, the setting is 65% why I love this trilogy as much as I do. Ever since I was little I’ve loved the idea of visiting France, and since I started taking French I in school this year my obsession has only grown. I’ve seen a few pictures and read exactly one other book set there (spoiler: it’s Anna and the French Kiss) but that was enough for me to realize just how gorgeous it is. The landscape and scenery, the culture, the food, the fashion, the language… when you get to the point of obsession I’ve reached, there’s no going back. XD But honestly, what is there to regret? ❤
For the record, that rambling mess of a paragraph is my way of saying I absolutely loved the Parisian setting in these books.
As for the other 35% of why I love this trilogy, it’s the relationships. Georgia is an incredibly supportive, fun sister, and their grandparents are clearly very loving, even if they don’t play a huge role in the story. Although I think the best one is Kate and Vincent’s romance. If romance typically makes you cringe, you may not like these books. But if you’re a hopeless romantic like me, these are 100% for you. The two of them are passionate, adorable, and so hopeful that they can make everything work with their inter-species relationship. They will definitely mess with your heart, and you’ll surely be rooting for their happy ending just like I am. ❤
The only warning I’ll give is to beware of the ending. It will break your heart and leave you terrified but still hopeful, and also wary of having that hope. That’s exactly what it did to me and I’m sure your reaction will be similar. It was a great, thrilling ending I never would’ve expected, and heart-wrenching too. I’m very eager to see how everything will play out in the third and final book.
Until I Die was everything I hoped for and more. This trilogy has quickly become one of my all-time favorites, and I’m sure the third book will be just as fabulous, if not more so, then these first two. I’ll find out soon, since I already checked it out at my library. I think I’ve raved enough about this book, so I’ll recommend you try it one more time and leave it at that. 🙂
TRY IT PLEASE. ESSAYEZ S’IL VOUS PLAÎT.
(The second phrase is the first in French.)
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book, or the first one? Are they on your TBR? If you have read one or both of them, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to color in my new coloring book and maybe read a bit more of Frozen Tides. 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…