The Revenants Series by Amy Plum

*Note: I wanted to write a review of the series since I found it quite nice and highly recommended this to all of my friends. It’s an amazing book series to start that talks about honor, duty, sacrifices and love.

Die for Me (Book 1)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 10 May 2011
Series: Reverent Book 1
Read: 2019 and again 12 March 2020
Shelved: 13 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Until I Die (Book 2)
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published date: 8 May 2012
Series: Reverent Book 2
Read: 2019 and again March 13, 2020
Shelved: 14 March 2020
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Die For Her (Book 2.5)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 2 April 2013
Series: Reverent Book 2.5
Read: 2019 and again 14 March 2020
Shelved: 15 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
If I Should Die (Book 3)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 7 May 2013
Series: Reverent Book 3
Read: 2019 and again 16 March 2020
Shelved: 17 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Die Once More (Book 3.5)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date:  3 February 2015
Series: Reverent Book 3.5
Read: 2019 and again 17 March 2020
Shelved: 18 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Die For Me
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Until I Die
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.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

Die For Her
Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for. 

If I Should Die
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?

Die Once More
This one-hundred-page novella picks up where the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy ended and follows the eternally irresistible Jules Marchenoir as he leaves Paris behind for a fresh start in New York City.

Jules is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the last century flirting his way through Paris and, most recently, falling in love with his best friend’s girlfriend. Loyalty and heartbreak have led him to choose a new life in NYC.

Separated from his friends and his home, Jules is adrift in this dangerous new world, facing unknown enemies . . . until he meets a revenant named Ava. Though the battle for France has been won, an epic war between good and evil has just begun in the Big Apple, and Ava needs Jules’s help to uncover the key to an American victory. Jules finds himself in the same position he crossed an ocean to escape: at risk of losing his immortal existence as well as his heart.

The Characters.

Vincent Delacroix

Vincent Delacroix, the main hero, is a young revenant (died at 18 and is 19 years old at the start of the series), whose duty is to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others, and keep doing it after death. Each time a revenant dies, they reanimate at the same age that they had died the very first time. Revenants are not humans, but are immortals.
Vincent discovers Kate walking in the banks of Seine and was mysteriously drawn to her due to the aura she emanated and later saves her also. He enlisted Jules’s help, his best friend, to help guard and guide Kate, when he was in his “dormant state”. He is prophesied to be the champion of the Paris Revenant Covenant.

Kate Mercier

Kate Mercier, the heroine, is a sixteen year old girl from the US, who became an orphan with her sister, Georgia, after the mysterious car accident that caused their parents’ lives. They were uprooted to live in Paris with her father’s parents.
Coping after the tragedy, she immersed herself in book and art around Paris. She kept to herself throughout the book compared to her sister until she met Vincent and started to question everything about her, her parent’s accident, the Revenants, etc. This is a slow burning process for her as she becomes stronger and braver as the story progressed, especially when she she learned that she may hold something “special” that changed everything that what the Revenant prophesies predicted.

Jules Marchenoir

Jules Marchenoir is the flirty Revenant that tries to charm Kate each time they meet. He is loyal to his friend Vincent since they’ve been together for the longest time. He is a fierce fighter and will die for either Kate or Vincent, if needed.
Caught in between the love for Vincent and possibly for Kate, he made sure to take himself out of the equation of the possible feelings he has but instead, found himself in more pain as he sort his purpose as a Revenant while being away from the family he’d known for so long.
Jules is a saint under a ‘bad boy image’ based on how his character grew and what he had to sacrifice at the end in Book 2.5 but his story comes full circle in Book 3.5.

The Verdicts.

The series revolves around the three main characters above during a time when a war is also rising in the Revenant factions. The stories are moving together in one area but we have to remember that there are other Revenants all over the world that have their own fights to handle. A lot of people compare this with the Twilight saga, which is understandable since it roughly came out at the same time. Some may say that I’m biased in that I love this series because of Twilight but just so you know, the Twilight series was only “meh” for me. I tried to like it but it was harder to believe. For this series, it just got to me. I think the descriptive places and rituals was the clincher. It didn’t hurt also that the setting was in Paris then later New York.

The writing is lovely since it was very “visual in words” for me and I felt that I was walking along the banks of the Seine while looking at possible “jumpers” and battles of the Revenants in Paris and NYC. I real colorful treat all through out the series.

Die For Me (Vincent & Kate’s story)
I love the book from start to finish. I enjoyed the visual treats provided and at the same time, I was mesmerized with the secrets of the Revenants – their culture, beliefs, re-animation, etc. Kate and Vincent are a curious pair and makes you want to see their story through. Kate is the meek and hesitant one while Vincent was the protector and the proactive one” in pursuing for the relationship. I can see the similarity to the Edward/Bella relationship.

“I can’t promise you an ordinary experience, Kate. I wish I could transform myself into a normal man and be there for you, always, without the trauma that defines my life as “the walking dead.” Since that isn’t possible, I can only reassure you that I will do everything in my power to make it up to you. To give you more than a normal boyfriend could.
I have no idea what that will mean, exactly, but I’m looking forward to finding out with you.”

― Vincent, Die for Me

I’m a bit apprehensive on Book 2 and what will happen but all part of the plan of Amy, I am sure. I could not put the book down and is diving into Book 2 immediately.

Have I peaked your interest? You can read the first eight chapters of Die For Me here to see for yourself.

Until I Die (Vincent & Kate’s story)

Warning: cliffhanger alert! This book ends with a big cliffhanger but do not worry…it gets even better for Book 3 that you will forgive Amy.

Kate and Vincent dives deeper into the world of the Revenants. Both of them are maturing as they come to face their responsibilities of saving their clan and learning about their love for each other. It’s wonderful tale of young love but also understanding how their love will affect others around them. They use this as a driving force to be “more” to each other and the Covenant.

“The day I stop seeing you as one of the strongest people I know is the day I wake up human.”

― Vincent, Until I Die

I am so excited for the both of them, even to Jules who is starting to show signs of maturity and responsibility with his friendship with Vincent and his growing love for Kate. This is the clincher love triangle to end it all. It is interesting but very obvious from the start on where this will end. There are many moments in the book, wherein Jules is trying his best to share his feelings more to Kate as he’s always the assigned bodyguard for her. It breaks me heart to see how Kate reacts and just leaves Jules to his own since she is already “answered for” in her head.

Die for Her (Jules’ story)
Jules…you are a darn saint!

“As Jules kissed my cheeks he whispered, “She has nothing on you, of course, Kates. It’s just that you’re so very…taken.”

~ Jules, Die for Her

My heart broke when I read the quote above. It really poured his heart for the love and loyalty he has for Kate. This book focuses on Jules and his thoughts. I appreciate Amy for giving time on this one unexpected character that won my heart. I wish things would have been different for him. I guess Amy has Jules’ story written and sealed already to have him end up with Kate. His heartache is one that he will have to go through to have a better ending after all this.

In the end, I was surprised by his actions but I understand why he did it – to put some distance to himself, Vincent and Kate. I was a bit scared of what it would mean to Vincent but there was so much turmoil inside Jules that I want to just hug him. How ironic that I now shifted from rooting for Vincent to Jules. I feel like a teenager for him…the heartache and unrequited love. I hope that he will find his “soul-mate” somewhere later in the series.

I’m still reeling on the pain as I re-read the story.

If I Should I Die (Vincent & Kate’s story – finale)
Book 3…heavy heavy stuff going on but I was happy that Kate and Vincent’s story rounded out well in the end. I got to wrap my head around that it’s not Vincent saves Kate but vice versa. It’s a heroine in our midst and I’m so excited as I approach Book 3.

I am amazed and pleasantly surprised to see how Kate quickly developed into the strongest character (though it could be construed as too fast in such a short span) based on other books I’ve read. I am happy on how Vincent took on the realization of all that happened…an epiphany. From the shift in expectations to the realization that no one could have predicted. Kate rose up and led the Covenant to victory!!!

“If I should die…,” I began to say.

Vincent cuts me off. “Stop, Kate!” And then he sighs and his shoulders hunch slightly. He knows it’s dishonest to pretend we’re all going to make it out alive. He shuts his eyes and, when he opens them, he looks resolute. “Whatever happens, remember that I will love you forever,” he says. “Even if my spirit is dispersed and my consciousness released to the universe . . . whatever is left of me will never stop loving you.”

― Kate & Vincent, If I Should Die

I’m happy to have Kate and Vincent’s story to focus on this since I was a wreck on the last book with Jules, Vincent, and Kate but definitely enjoying the other supporting characters in the process now that I know Jules will have his story told at a later time.

Die Once More (Jules & Ava’s story – <3!)
I’m so happy that he finally got his happy ending! I understand that some are still frustrated with his being hung up with Kate but heck, this is teenage crush/love etc going on and after being shut down, it’s not easy to get rid of feelings and move on.

Ava is one cool character. She’s just as kick-a** from the start like Kate (who didn’t show it at first but later was stronger than anyone realized) till finish. She’s more fitting to Jules in my opinion and is happy that Amy gave as much background as she could for both characters in their own spin-off and also considered how the other side of the pond (NYC) Revenants have to win in their own war.

I can now breathe better. Although still going to be a wreck for a few days with what happened, I at least can rest easier at night with how things turned out. I appreciate the location change and it really gave Jules a chance to become his own person and find his “soulmate” in another strong woman. My emotions are still all over the place as I recall the details!

“My home is not a place. It’s not a fixed location on the map; not Paris or New York. It is with Ava. Wherever she is— that is where I belong.”

― Jules, Die Once More

Amy Plum is the international bestselling author of the DIE FOR ME series (Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal). The books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages. The trilogy is accompanied by two eNovellas entitled DIE FOR HER and DIE ONCE MORE and a compendium entitled INSIDE THE WORLD OF DIE FOR ME.

In DREAMFALL and NEVERWAKE a radical experiment to cure chronic insomnia goes wrong, and its seven teenage test subjects are plunged into a shared coma populated by one another’s nightmares; those who die in the dream will also die in real life.

Amy’s action/adventure/magic duology, AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews, and enthusiastic reviews from Kirkus, USA Today, ALA Booklist and School Library Journal.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now lives in Paris with her two kids and her black lab, Oberon.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.

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