I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a trilogy, or any series, so fast.
(It’s also the first review with my new header graphic, so let me know what you think of the new style!)
All three of these books enthralled me completely, and though I couldn’t be happier with how everything was tied up, I must say that I’m sad it’s over. Each book seems to be even crazier and more entertaining, and If I Should Die was no exception. ❤
However, along with the craze and the entertainment came the nerves and heartbreak. The second book ended with a serious cliffhanger, and this one quite literally picks up exactly where its predecessor left off. The first half is a journey to fix this problem, and the second half is preparing and fighting an epic battle. That’s all I can say about the plot without spoiling, especially since it’s the trilogy finale. Just know that it’s a very enjoyable and intense ride that I’m sure you’ll be completely immersed in. 😉
I’ve been able to relate to Kate throughout both books prior, but could more than ever in this one. So much was going on in both the mundane world and the paranormal one, and she tried so hard to be strong. Her bravery definitely showed, but what I really liked was that her doubt and fear and other emotions did too. I especially enjoyed her passion toward the cause and her love for her family, friends, and of course, for Vincent. She became one of my favorite leads almost immediately, and that hasn’t changed. 🙂
I don’t think I’ve ever given the supporting characters the love they deserve in my reviews. Georgia, Mamie, Papy, Jules, Ambrose, Charlotte, Arthur: they’re all so dedicated and unique, and I love them all. 😀
One thing I know I have mentioned is how much I love Vincent. In my opinion he’s a lot like Rhysand, who I also absolutely love. If you disagree with what I’m about to say, that’s fine, but please be respectful of my opinion: they’re both feminists and I love that. Much like Rhys with Feyre, he wants to protect Kate but isn’t overbearing and instead fully supports her, even if he doesn’t agree with her methods. On top of that, he’s naturally charismatic and chivalrous, so he’s pretty much perfect in my eyes. ❤
Another thing I know I’ve made clear is that Kate and Vincent have become one of my favorite fictional couples ever. There’s no senseless doubt or drama between them, and they trust one another completely. It’s quite the opposite, really. Because while the trilogy is about the fight between this good and evil paranormal species, it’s mainly about them trying to find a way to stay together forever. It’s so romantic and they just go so well together. 🙂
(Also, extra points for no love triangle. I can’t say I’ve heard of many paranormal romance books that don’t have a love triangle!)
And as you probably know by now, I’ve become completely obsessed with France since I started taking French I at school. So it should come as no surprise that I absolutely loved the setting of these books, since it takes place mainly in Paris. I loved reading about the culture and scenery throughout the city, and more often than not I found myself trying to translate English words into French words I knew (there aren’t many yet). XD
Like I said, this was the most intense of the three books. In the first half I was worried about whether or not [character] would survive and in the second I was anxious to know the result of the war and if any of the characters I’d grown to love would die. The first two books were very quick reads for me — I read Die for Me in under a day and Until I Die in three — and this was as well. I read it in a day. You can’t really help yourself, these books are just so addicting, and I’m not even ashamed to fall prey to it. I love these so much. 😀
I could literally go on about these books forever, but I’ll stop here. If I Should Die was the perfect, though bittersweet, conclusion, and this trilogy is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I’ll be reading the digital novellas for sure! ❤
I would recommend this trilogy to you if you like the Lux series and/or the White Hot Kiss trilogy, both by Jennifer L. Armentrout!
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book, or others in the trilogy? Are these books on your TBR? If you have read them, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to read a bit more of Tainted by Alexandra Moody and play some Super Mario 3D World before heading to bed. And tomorrow is my last day of school before my five day Thanksgiving break! 😀 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤