Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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

3/5 Stars
Details of the Book
paperback ARC, 405 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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Summary taken from GoodReads.com: 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?

For me, this was the best book of the trilogy. There was a lot of action and drama that it was hard to put the book down. In some ways, I feel that there was too many things going on. In my opinion it could have been split into two. There are two major plot lines in this novel, Vincent's death and the war with Violette and the numa. Because this novel has two major plot lines, I think that the climaxes were rushed and seemed melodramatic by the end.


Strengths/Likes:


1) This book wasn't slow or boring, it held my attention through the beginning to end with all of the action and drama.


2) I enjoyed how Amy Plum wove the revenants into our history, it made it seemed very possible that there are revenants who live among us now and throughout the history of man. 


3) There is a happy ending at the end of the book, there is nothing left to wonder, and all the loose ends are tied up. I have been craving a book with a happy ending after reading trilogies such as The Hunger Games and a few others that made me depressed after reading them. 


Weaknesses/Dislikes:


1) The solutions to the major problems for the characters were too easily solved. I can't go into a lot of detail with this because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone, but I couldn't take the characters struggles seriously because of how quickly and easily the solutions were found. 


2) I complained about this in my review of Die For Me that there was not a lot of development in the characters' relationships. Couples pop up out of nowhere and not a lot of detail is given as to why they suddenly developed or appeared, making it almost impossible to feel attached or involved in their union.  


3) The writing style is not my favorite. Although I have not mentioned this in my reviews of the the other novels in the trilogy, I find it odd that the language keeps switching from French to English. In the middle of speaking English, the author adds in a few french phrases to prove that the speakers do in fact speak French. In general, I don't mind this but in this novel it kept switching up the languages in the middle of a dialogue that it became annoying. I took French and Spanish courses, and if I really wanted to I could throw in a few phrases from both languages into my every day speech but it would be confusing for whoever I was talking to and does not prove that I'm fluent in either language.  


4) I stand by what I said in my reviews of  the first two novels, that this trilogy reminds me a lot of Twilight. Violette representing Jane of the Volturi, and with this final war that it reminds me of the ending of Breaking Dawn. 


5) There were so many characters in this book, and in this trilogy that it was hard to become attached to most of them. I won't say who but a few characters die in this novel and I didn't feel attached enough to them to be sad about it. 


Favorite Quotes/Moments:



1) "There was something right about us: It was bigger than just two people in love. When we were together, it had been like the one of nature's true and rare beauties; like an impossible beam of sun-light piercing through black clouds, bathing the patch of earth before you in gold. Together, Vincent and I had created something beautiful" (63).

2) "And, with that thought, something hardened inside me. A refusal. A rejection of the fate being shoved onto me. Even though I had no idea what form it would take, I would find a solution. Because a solution must exist" (63).

I'm sorry that I didn't give so many details about this book, I was trying really hard not to spoil it for anyone. For those of you who are dying to have your questions answered, you can message me here or on my tumblr account and I'll try to answer them to the best of my abilities. 

Coming Soon: Review of The Selection by Kiera Cass

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