If I Should Die (Review)

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How did I get it?:
It was a present!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Die for Me
Until I Die

Synopsis:

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Thoughts:

I’ve been trying to finish off some series this month. I’ve enjoyed the Revenants series by Amy Plum. It may not be the best written series, but I find it incredibly engaging, and that’s all that matters! I thought If I Should Die was a fantastic conclusion. I loved the characters of Kate and Vincent and really enjoyed finishing their story. 

I don’t want to say too much, it being the final book of the series. One thing that stands out to me though is that out of all of the characters in this series, Kate has grown the most. She’s an incredibly strong character compared to the girl that was introduced to readers at the beginning. She may be afraid of what’s going on in her life, but she fights it. As for Vincent, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the perfect book boyfriend for many! He’s perfectly supportive of Kate, but at the same time doesn’t want to put her in any danger. I loved Kate and Vincent’s relationship. It wasn’t the typical angst driven love triangle story. That’s really refreshing. Within this series there are some fantastic secondary characters!

Overall, I would recommend the series. As I mentioned, the writing isn’t mindblowing, but it’s fun and engaging. The paranormal element is quite different to others and that, to me, is what sets it aside from others of its like.

Would I recommend it?: 
Yes! 3.5 stars

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14 series that were on my radar… How did I do?

Series that I completed:

(Click on the book cover for my review, if I’ve read it already!)

-Mara Dyer-

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I have so much love for Michelle Hodkin’s writing. This series is seriously crazy, but yet still so readable. It’s messed with my mind, and I although the ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted I still absolutely adore this series.

-Shatter Me-

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I’ve absolutely been sucked into this world. Ignite Me was a decent ending to the series!

-Under The Never Sky-

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I haven’t loved this series as much as others I’ve read, but I was still intrigued enough to see how it all ends. Into The Still Blue was a solid ending!

-Chaos Walking-

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I can’t believe I managed to complete this beast of a series! Very pleased I did though. It was incredibly enjoyable. I ❤ Patrick Ness.

-Everneath-

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I started and finished this series in 2014! I loved it.

Series I got up to date with…

-The Lunar Chronicles-

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This series just gets better and better! I am SO looking forward to Fairest and Winter!

-The Selection-

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This series was supposed to be complete… but The Heir is coming out next…

Series incomplete:

-Matched-

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I read Matched, but I just could not get on with Crossed, so I stopped reading! Not bad out of a selection of so many series on my radar in 2014!

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I could not get into these books!

Series that I wanted to start and have done so!:

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Soon I shall publish the series on my radar for 2015. It’s been good to have this to look back on and remember the series that I wanted to start and complete!

Until I Die

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How did I get it?:
A present from a colleague!

Previously read by the same author:
Die For Me

Synopsis:

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

Thoughts:

I read this book a while ago but for some reason I’m only just getting around to reviewing it! I really enjoyed Die For Me and thought it was an incredibly interesting concept. I really like books based in Paris and this one gives me a feel for Gothic Paris. I feel compelled to say, that this series isn’t necessarily the most incredibly written book. The writing itself isn’t particularly mature, but it’s enjoyable and so easy to read. I couldn’t help but be immersed in the story and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the series concludes!

Without saying too much (very conscious of spoilers for those that haven’t read the first book!), Kate and Vincent’s story continues with them trying to find a way to live together without either of them suffering. However, it being a paranormal young adult read, it isn’t going to be easy for them. There are, of course, dark forces getting in the way.

I do think that this book has particularly picked up the pace with the plot. Kate in particular has developed really well. I love how kick-ass she is becoming. I’m all for female characters being able to stand up for themselves.

I have to admit, this is a book that I would usually steer away from, but I’ve been gripped by this series, and I truly can’t wait to see how it continues.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A very good middle book in a trilogy. Good character development and fast-paced plot!

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come out with a list for us all to complete. This week’s list are the Top Ten Sequels that I Can’t Wait To Get To.

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Crown of MidnightSarah J.Maas– I’ve recently jumped on the bandwagon for this series. I can’t wait to continue it!

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Checkmate and Double Cross- Malorie Blackman– I am absolutely loving this series. The second book left on such a cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely Susan Dennard- I found the first book in this series intriguing. I have the next book ready to go!

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The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I can’t wait to see how this will all end!

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Monsters of MenPatrick Ness–  Again, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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If I Should Die- Amy Plum- Another series finale. I’m cheating really with this list, but I do have a lot to finish off!

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Flat-Out Matt and Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park- I find this series incredibly underrated. I can’t wait to read about the characters again!

WinterMarissa Meyer– No cover image yet! I can’t wait to read the next book. The Lunar Chronicles just seems to get better and better.

What sequels can’t you wait to read? Let me know! Feel free to link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

WWW Wednesday #91

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have many thoughts on it yet. It does look good though!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am really enjoying the Revenant series by Amy Plum. This is the second book in the series and I’m glad to say, it wasn’t an ‘awkward’ middle book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my Comparing… feature with Luna from Luna’s Little Library! I’m really looking forward to this one!

So what are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

 

Stacking The Shelves #82

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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I figured that I loved the first book in the Revenants series by Amy Plum so after getting the second last week, I thought I’d get the final book this week. Now that I have If I Should Die I can marathon the rest of the series at some point…I’m really looking forward to reading Pointe by Brandy Colbert. The cover is GORGEOUS and I love dance based books. I’m also looking forward to reading Something Real by Heather Demetrios. There are so many promising debuts out this year. It’s insane!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #81- The one where adults/children at work know I read!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

This week I left my job 😦 I’m starting university in September for a one year postgraduate course to train to be a primary school teacher (4-11 years old). The children and the staff got me loads of book vouchers so here is what I picked up with those!

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PrizedCaragh O’Brien– I’m looking forward to continuing with this dystopian series.

Until I DieAmy Plum– I really enjoyed Die For Me, so I’ll try and read the next book soon!

ProdigyMarie Lu- After reading Legend, I just had to get my hands on a copy of the next book as soon as I could!

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely- Susan Dennard– Here’s yet another series that I need to continue!

Lola and the Boy Next DoorStephanie PerkinsAnna and The French Kiss was cute, so I look forward to the next instalment!

It’s Not Summer Without YouJenny Han– I was pleasantly surprised by The Summer I Turned Pretty. Looking forward to this book!

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Everything Leads To You and The DisenchantmentsNina LaCour- I’ve heard such amazing things about Everything Leads To You. I have to read it! The Disenchantments has been on my radar for a while, so I’ll also try to get to it ASAP.

Hunting LilaSarah Alderson– I have been intending to start this series for a while now too. Maybe my summer break is the time to do it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link to the haul post you publish and I’ll stop by!