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If I Should Die

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I will not lose another person I love.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but our future together has been shattered. He was betrayed by Violette, someone we both called a friend.

I know Vincent is not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him. After what we've already fought to achieve, a life without him is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake ...

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Overview

I will not lose another person I love.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but our future together has been shattered. He was betrayed by Violette, someone we both called a friend.

I know Vincent is not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him. After what we've already fought to achieve, a life without him 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 him back?

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“Intense romance, action-packed adventure, filled with danger and uncertainty.”
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
The final book in the Die for Me series picks up right where Until I Die (HarperTeen, 2012/Voya April 2012) left off in a stunning scene at Paris's Sacre Coeur monument. Violette betrays the revenants by capturing Vincent and plans to destroy him. She believes he is the Champion, or the one who is prophesied to conquer the numam, those that become immortal by taking lives rather than saving them, which is opposite of the revenants. No longer just a feud between a few revenants and numa, Violette's actions threaten an all-out war. Kate, Vincent's girlfriend, knows that he is not completely destroyed. They can still communicate through their thoughts even if unable to see each other. Her devotion to Vincent remains steadfast as she is convinced that he will be able to be more than just a spirit. "Vincent still existed, even if his body didn't. The boy I loved so desperately hadn't completely disappeared." With the help of her understanding grandparents, and Vincent's family of revenants, she sets out to research the ritual that is needed to bring him back to life. Like the previous books in the trilogy, there is plenty of romance, danger, and unpredictable turns against a backdrop of Paris. Readers will be rooting for Kate and Vincent all the way. Those looking for something beyond the Twilight series will enjoy these fast reads about immortals and will likely relish the dose of history and research involved in Kate's journey to discover the truth. Reviewer: Kelly Czarnecki
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Surfaced secrets and life-changing discoveries abound in this fast-paced supernatural tale as it barrels toward its exciting, bittersweet conclusion. Bent on stealing powers that evil Violette believes Vincent possesses, she destroys his body, leaving him a drifting spirit. But Vincent is still able to contact his mortal love, Kate, and his revenant kindred (undead beings who spend their immortality sacrificing themselves for others). Kate refuses to lose Vincent forever, so she enlists help from her family, friends, and a supernatural healer. Her quest to find a ritual that could return him to physical form takes her from Paris to a secret antiquity collection in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meanwhile, Violette, in her quest for power, continues to hunt for the Champion, the revenants' savior. While some readers might figure out the identity of the true Champion before the protagonist does, this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. Backstory fills in the gaps and encourages readers who are new to the trilogy to seek out the first two titles. Tension, danger, and romantic yearning are palpable. Despite fantastical elements, the romance reads realistically. There is some sexual content, but it is not gratuitous. The world-building is solid and unique. Recommend to teens who enjoyed Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series (S & S).—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The Die for Me series about an American teenager involved with undead revenants in Paris concludes. Courageous, loyal Kate mourns not the death, which is a normal occurrence for revenants, but the cremation of her undead boyfriend, Vincent, at the hands of Violette, leader of the evil numa. Vincent can't come back to life if his body no longer exists. Luckily, Kate and Bran, the revenants' healer assistant, unearth a ceremony that might restore him but only if they also can find the ancient, lost equipment necessary. With or without Vincent, the book continues with preparation for battle, then actual battle, with plenty of well-paced tension. Appropriately spaced romantic interludes provide variety. The major plot point is the identity of a prophesied champion, destined to win the battle between good and evil, at least in Paris, for now, and of course, the heroine faces the usual insurmountable odds. Fortunately, this series doesn't take itself completely seriously. Plum includes fairly frequent tongue-in-cheek humor lampooning her own plot--"my safety was at risk because of an evil undead medieval teenager"--which helps lift the book above standard undead fare. Yes, it's the usual mishmash of romance and the supernatural, but the author keeps the narrative moving along at a sprightly pace and handles the suspense well. Formulaic but fun, which makes all the difference. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
Aprilynne Pike
PRAISE FOR DIE FOR ME: “I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.”
ALA Booklist
“Move over, Bella and Edward. Plum introduces a world and a story that are sure to intrigue teen readers and will easily attract fans of the Twilight series.”
New York Journal of Books
“Intense romance, action-packed adventure, filled with danger and uncertainty.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062004031
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 316,791
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Plum

Amy Plum is the international bestselling author of the Die for Me series. She spent her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, her twenties in Chicago and Paris, and several more years in London, New York, and the Loire Valley. Now she lives in Paris and swears she'll never move again.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    After the ending of Until I Die, without a doubt I knew I had to

    After the ending of Until I Die, without a doubt I knew I had to pick this one up as soon as I could. When it came out yesterday I read it without stopping and all through the night. I just could not put it down. It's rare for a book to make me want to stay up all night reading it but Amy Plum does just that with her writing and characters. I'm going to deeply miss the characters, but I'm overall happy with the ending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

    I was worried that this last book would not live up to my expectations. Boy was I wrong. If I Should Die did an amazing job to satisfy my Die For Me needs. I would of loved to have read more about what happens in the future but that would be my only issue. Fabulous book and series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    I loved this book. A lot of series suffer from last book syndrom

    I loved this book. A lot of series suffer from last book syndrome-- a buildup that ends up falling flat, but not this series. Kate becomes even more kick-butt, Vincent even more swoonworthy, and oh... Jules (that's all I'm saying.) Even Mamie is the most kick-butt grandmother I've ever read. The Revenant mythology is even more fleshed out in this last book, completing a world that the reader, like Kate, has slowly become a part of since Die For Me. This is a great end to a great series.-Emberchyld (sorry, B&N is having technical difficulties, forcing me to post as anonymous)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!

    Oh my gosh! This book was way better than I expected. My friend introduced me Amy Plum. She made me read "Die For Me" and "Until I Die" and i knew i had to read "If I Should Die"! I am going to miss the characters and the story line but that was an amazing way to end the story. I think I am going to have to read "Die For Her" which is Jules' story. Definatley a series worth reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    This book is so sensational and full of emotions. i couldnt take

    This book is so sensational and full of emotions. i couldnt take my eyes off it! its so sad this is the last of the series. its sad at some parts and exciting and passionate at others. you wont be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Before I even begin¿ Don¿t read a number of predictions on GoodR

    Before I even begin… Don’t read a number of predictions on GoodReads. Just, don’t.

    And before you ask if I read them, I did, and this made the book fairly boring in comparison to what it would’ve been if I had followed my own advice. But really, what was the possibility that they’d be right… Ah well.

    Spoilers aside, I thought that Amy Plum twirled together the ending really well. Even with said spoilers that were actually just accidental, REALLY ACCURATE, guesses, I was still surprised by a lot of things in this novel. The first was a surprise that awaited readers in New York, along with the departure of a loved character, the return of another, and the death of two or three that I really wish hadn’t happened (well, at least one of them I was alright with).

    Can I just say though, that I felt really bad for Jules? Like throughout this entire trilogy, he’s always gotten the short end of the stick, and this book was just like a dagger to my heart when it came to Jules. Even though Vincent and Kate were pretty much together from the start (and I appreciate her unwavering love for the guy), a part of me really liked her with Jules. Heck, I even loved her with Ambrose, but he was always meant for another (which speaking of, all my props to Plum for making that happen in the end).

    Throughout this novel, I was continuously surprised, and I loved that the book was not really ruined by my own curiosity. All and all, an excellent conclusion to a great trilogy. I’m going to really miss these characters. However, I can’t wait to see what Amy Plum has next for us ~

    Plot: 4.5/5
    Characters: 5/5
    World Building: 5/5
    Cover: 5/5
    Overall: 5/5
    GoodReads Rating: 4.34/5

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    If I Should Die did not live up to the super high standards I ha

    If I Should Die did not live up to the super high standards I had in place for it, but it was still good. The whole novel just seemed a bit anticlimactic to me, especially after the ending of the second book. The ending itself was satisfying, if convenient, and there wasn't much character development throughout the course of this installment. The plot was intense, but I just couldn't make myself feel that sense of urgency that the past two books had. This is a hard review for me to write because I'm just not sure how I felt about If I Should Die.




    Kate doesn't really evolve at all in this novel. She's still the same rash, irrational, stubborn girl that she was in the previous installments. I like Kate because she fights for what she believes in, but the girl needs to learn to control her emotions some and not make such idiotic decisions. Kate is smart, though, and I love that about her. She's also cultured and a researcher. There is more I like about her than not. Vincent is as sickeningly sweet as ever. I like his character, too, but I wish he had at least a bit of a dark side that we could SEE. Kate seems to have blinders on when it comes to him, and that annoys me a bit. I like my heroes to be a bit rougher around the edges than he is. Georgia is still annoying and childish. Mamie and Papy actually do grow some, and I enjoyed getting to know them better. There are a few surprising revelations with some of the secondary characters as well, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'm going to leave that alone.




    As previously stated, the plot is intense, but I couldn't make myself feel a sense of urgency. Many of the occurrences were much too convenient, and it was blatantly obvious that Plum was manipulating the story to her liking. I don't like when I can see an author's manipulations. The characters are supposed to have trial after trial after trial, not one trial that works out neatly without any mess. One of the glaringly obvious moments is when Kate is looking for something in the dark and the moonlight JUST SO HAPPENS to shine on her necklace and reflect on what she is looking for. Seriously? At least have her feel around and search until she finds it. That'd be more realistic. There are a few moments like that in the book, and those moments pulled me completely out of the story. Regardless, I couldn't put the book down, and I had to know what happened next. I never felt bored. I was invested in the story, even though I wasn't necessarily on the edge of my seat the entire time. In the end, everything wraps up nicely and neatly, and I would have liked a little more mess there, too. However, the ending was satisfying, and I don't feel like the author neglected to complete anyone's story. 




    Overall, I'd recommend this book to fans of the series and this series to anyone who wants a less gruesome spin on zombie tales. These zombies are hot, and the world Plum has created is pretty awesome and definitely unique. The first two books in this trilogy are unbelievably amazing, and this one is pretty good as well. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2014

    I feel so sad that I have finished this book. The trilogy is ove

    I feel so sad that I have finished this book. The trilogy is over but it has been a fantastic journey. I loved this final book, it was filled with suspense and the ending broke my heart just a bit. I will miss all of the characters, especially Jules. I just love him so much. I recommend this series to anyone who loves a good paranormal ya trilogy filled with action and romance and humor and mystery. It has been a great journey and a lot of joy reading these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Amazing

    This has been one of my favorite book series. Amazing ending. Its just so good.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    5/5 stars

    5/5 stars

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Great end to this series! Awesome!

    Great end to this series! Awesome!

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    A perfect sequel. Fun to read the continued stories of our belov

    A perfect sequel. Fun to read the continued stories of our beloved characters. Loved it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Love

    Characters are my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    I thought it was a great trilogy, read all three in the course o

    I thought it was a great trilogy, read all three in the course of 2 days!! But what really bothered me about the end of this book is all the unanswered questions. I'm dying for some kind of epilogue to their relationship. But overall it was a great story,  with interesting,( through kinda predictable) twists. But I just feel like  at the end it cut off unexpectedly and I wanted to know how Kate would act next, etc... It would have been aaaaamazing to put in their wedding as an epilogue or something. But there was a lot of originality in this book series, and this book especially lived up to my expectations. So sad it's over....

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    My first reaction to Until I die was "WHY AMY PLUM WHY"

    My first reaction to Until I die was "WHY AMY PLUM WHY" It's sad the series is coming to an end because I loved that the setting was Paris! and all the love and the characters. Defiantly something everyone should read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

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    AMAZING

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

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    4.5 stars:  IF I SHOULD DIE is the third installment in Amy Plum

    4.5 stars:  IF I SHOULD DIE is the third installment in Amy Plum’s Young Adult Revenant-Die For Me series.
    A bit of background into the storyline: Revenants are immortal, re-animated humans who feel the need to continuously sacrifice themselves to save humans. As part of their immortality, the Revenants must enter a once-monthly hibernation where their spirit becomes Volant and they have the ability to separate mind from body, and communicate with other Revenants while not in corporeal form. And in these cases-their bodies are protected from harm by family and friends.
    If you have not read the first two storylines, this review may be a bit spoilerish as the events of this particular book focus on re-animating a Revenant whose body has been destroyed by their enemy. Believing he is the Champion who would have saved the Revenants from certain destruction, his powers were to be used in the war between good and evil-stolen by a one time Revenant who had plans to usurp control of former kindred and friends. But this particular Revenant is not the Champion and his Volant spirit is continuously pulled towards his final death. When the true Champion is discovered, the aura will be a beacon for others to follow.
    As the Paris House of Revenants prepares to go to war with the Numa, they struggle with their feelings and emotions. Once again unrequited love will force two of their household members to make decisions that will affect the lives of the others, while another will sacrifice himself to save a friend. In the end, the Paris Revenants numbers will dwindle as two will face the final death and another must come to a decision regarding who and what it is he wants.
    Amy Plum has written a storyline that has brought some finality to this particular ARC of the series but has also opened up several potential avenues for a spin-off series for a couple of former Paris Revenants. Amy has taken the world of Revenant’s and Volant’s and, written a storyline for the young and the young at heart. As a YA storyline, Amy (thankfully) avoided the messy love triangle although there was a definite possibility for a heartbreaking end. The love between Vincent and Kate is strong enough to withstand death and it would have withstood competition from one of their own.
    The world of the Paris Revenants is awash in French history and the sights and sounds of Paris at night: and more of the history of the Revenants and the Volant is revealed when the search for a way to save one of their own requires a history lesson that dates back hundreds of years if not more. Amy reunites the characters from her previous storylines in a final struggle against a common foe and along the way, reintroduces the readers to a Revenant who has struggled to find his place among his kind.
    The storyline is fast paced. There is rarely any down time to consider what has happened as the plot pushes forward with the impending war between the Revenants and the Numa. The central characters are likeable and the reader is able to relate to and empathize with their sorrow and pain. 
    Overall, IF I SHOULD DIE is a fitting conclusion to this particular series. There is nothing overwhelming or philosophical in its presentation but in the grand scheme of love and ever lasting life-what would you sacrifice to save your one and only?
    Reading Order1. Die For Me2. Until I Die2.5 Die For Her3. If I Should Die
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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    After reading the second installment I couldn't wait to get my h

    After reading the second installment I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third. The waiting almost killed me and - unlike with most final installment - i wasn't disappointed by the last book in the series. It's just as good as the first two!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Great juicy read!

    I loved this trilogy! I really enjoyed the battle scenes and the history.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    After the second installment ended with a major cliffhanger I co

    After the second installment ended with a major cliffhanger I couldn't wait to geht my hands on the third book in the series! I'm often disappointed by the last book in a series but this time I wasn't. The last installment was just as good as the first two. If you enjoyed those, you will definetly enjoy this one!

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