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Saturday, May 11, 2013
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)
Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Source: Publisher
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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?

Yeah, honestly, I don't even know what I wanted to read this book so badly. The first book was okay, the second book was bad, and this book just blew me away…with how absolutely awful it was. I hated it so much I didn't even know what to do with myself. I wanted to love this book, and I really wanted this series to redeem itself because I honestly believed that it could. But it just didn't even live up to the lowest of my expectations.

I have never like Kate and I make no secret about it. She's annoying and makes stupid decisions and she frustrates the living hell out of me. She is literally the most TSTL heroine I have ever read about and I really have nothing good to say about her, which is sad but true. She's stubborn to the point of being irritating and she makes the most ridiculous and stupid choices ever and she just makes me ache for humanity.

Vincent is okay, I guess. I can't really hate him but that's because there's nothing to hate. We only ever see him through Kate's eyes and she really paints him as this cardboard character with no personality whatsoever. I mean, what kind of person is as perfect as she seems to think he is? I mean, he's sweet. He's a gentleman, yet he can be brave. Other than that, yeah. Nothing.

Or at least two of them
I love Jules. He's an artist, and he's funny, and he's an amazing friend. Unfortunately, he is also madly in love with Kate, which really doesn't account much for taste. He totally makes an awesome choice in this book as far as I'm concerned though which earned him major points from me.
Arthur is probably my favorite character. I actually like him. Love him, maybe. He's a total gentleman, and he's definitely kind of old-fashioned, but strangely that makes him kind of sexy. He also does not choose Kate but her better sister Georgia so he obviously has better taste than Jules.

Honestly, this book had the type of plot that made me want to slam my head into the wall. Repeatedly.

First of all, there were so many "random coincidences" I seriously thought I was ready to tear out the pages individually and burn them. Furthermore, the dumbest things were done. There was one thing in particular treated as a big reveal that was pretty much obvious from the very first book and yet still managed to feel random and stupid.

I can't even describe how mad this book made me. You cannot just randomly make up facts and suddenly throw out new information and then fall back on crutches when you mess up. Making things too perfect is absolutely not okay on any level ever. It's just freaking annoying. It makes things not fit together properly and basically just ends up screwing everything over.

Hello, plot holes, I am falling into you.

I know this section is really short, but honestly if I go on any more than this it will go into a full-on rant in which case I cannot guarantee that I will ever actually shut up. So, I think I've said enough to get my point across.

I am not a huge fan of instalove in the first place, and I honestly don't even get what Kate and Vincent like about each other. Like, the physical stuff, okay, whatever. But that's not love, so I'm still kind of confused here. Their romance is so plain, and ordinary if it exists at all, that I feel like their story isn't an important one to tell. But that's just me.

I am not a huge fan of the writing. One thing I will say for this book is that the description is really, really nice. Everything is described so vividly and purely that the overall sensation was just really lovely. I love the backdrop of this book, I really do. However, it is runnier by pretty much everything else, including Kate's irritating inner monologue. No one talks to themselves in that kind of language or like that at all.

The ending was too sweet. While I would say that that's a good thing with a book with an actual plot, in this case it just didn't work. Everything worked out perfectly because the author manipulated everything to be way too perfect and the overall effect just didn't work for me. I just didn't like it and I couldn't buy it and the ending was wrong on so many levels.

I really regret reading this book and frankly would rather make out with a tiger shark than ever torture myself with this series again. After giving the entire trilogy a go it is unlikely that I will give this author another chance, which is unfortunate, but it is what it is. And I guess you never know. Anyway, if you liked the first two books of the series, you might like this one but honestly I don't know because it was pretty terrible. And obviously I would not recommend this series to anyone. Ever.




  1. NOO I'm sorry you really hated this one D: First Hinky and Jessi post about being the black sheep and not liking books, and then you and Nikki both post a one-star review and I'm like "Depressing day" lol.

    But I can totally see where you started to hate Kate and Vincent. Jules and Arthur were also really amazing characters, though, although you got upset at Jules for choosing Kate :) Haha I like that bit where you were like "I can't write anymore or else I'm going to start totally ranting"

    Fantastic review, Twinny!!

  2. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and you COMPLETELY have the right to dislike this book and to express that dislike. But, MY opinion on this series aside, I really don't like the way you choose to express it. This review, while true in your eyes, is extremely hateful and cruel. I think it would have been more upstanding of you to tell your readers that you did not like this book and that if they wanted to know the specifics that you would email them. Putting thoughts like this out in public is poison, and really, it's a lot like bullying. To the author, the book, and the people who like the book. I know that if my little sister (who does like this series)had read this, she would have been ashamed of herself and embarrassed. She would see you as some kind of expert on books and would look up to you, seeing your opinion as the right one, even though it's hers that matters. Please, take this review down, you have no idea of the kind of damage it could do. Readers look up to book bloggers, you put into words what we cannot or do not and it would be sad to see a great reviewer and book lover sink so low at to post something petty just because you didn't like the book. We all have books we don't like, there are lots of things that people don't like, but that doesn't mean we should brand our hatred on other people for them to bare.

    1. It's her blog. She can post whatever she wants however she wants. She didn't like it and said why, and she has the right for expressing so. Don't like it, leave.

    2. I disagree. Is it brutal? Yes. However, if a book is badly written that will happen. Hell, even if it isn't badly written, there will be someone out there that doesn't like it. This isn't bullying. Bullying would be directed and personal attacks at the author. This is NOT what she's doing. She's pointing out the good, the bad, and the ugly. Instead of getting emotional and complaining about the review, you should accept that this is HER opinion.

      If you are going to put a book out there, you can't be offended if someone doesn't like it. And if you look to the right, Anna Belle has only given out 12 reviews of less then 3 "roses". That should say something right there.

      As you said, "readers look up to book bloggers". She's not "sink[ing] so low at to post something petty". What's petty about this post? She clearly said she really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, she couldn't get past the flat characters, poorly designed plot, and overly perfect ending. Sounds like the book wasn't well executed. Is this the reviewers fault?

      If she takes this review down, she's doing a disservice to her readers. It's that simple.

      If you don't like the review, that's your decision.

  3. The above comment is way off, because, since you did get this book to review( right?) you are SUPPOSED to put your honest review up on your blog or else you aren't doing your job correctly. It may seem cruel and perhaps it is, but it's honest. A honest review is better than a made-up review at all, from what I have heard from publishers.

    Annabelle, I actually felt kinda alone in the hate-If-I-Should_Die-series. I was laughing througout this book review, because it was SO true. The author of these books seems quite nice, from what I've heard, so it makes me sad that I don't love her books, but I just can't stand her characters...and it is so freakin' cheesy at times!

    Great, HONEST review!

  4. I haven't read this series, and I probably wont since it doesn't seem to be my cup of tea. As for Billi, maybe you should post your own reivew on your own blog for others to see, rather than telling someone else to take thier reivew down since you do not agree with it.

    I prefer seeing honest reviews (both good and bad) rather than jsut seeing all rainbow and sunshine ones, even if the book wasn't that great. I'm forever greatful to bloggers like Annabelle and giving honest reviews.

  5. Sorry if my comment upsets you guys! I know she completely has the right to post this and I agree,I am thankful for honest reviews, and my comment was a bit harsh, I apologize for that. I just don't like seeing anything so mean said about anything. My opinion on twilight is way worse then this, but I would never post that anywhere or tell anyone who likes the books, because liking the book is their opinion and I know we won't agree on it. I know this is a book reviewer blog, so, good or bad she will give her review, I just thought it could have been in a kinder way. I have seen loads of bad reviews that on the surface looked just like this, but somehow came off as kind. They list the things they don't like in the book and then give their opinion on how they thought it could be improved. I love these reviews, so many people have different opinions on books and it's nice to see some of them before reading them, so that I can relate my opinion to theirs. It seemed to me that this review, instead of being her opinion, felt like she was telling us THE opinion, and I am sorry if my opinion upsets you but there it is, and it's mine, so you don't have to agree with it, and I don't want you to, you should have your own.

  6. I've only read the first book so far but I liked it, didn't love it. I did find the romance and two main characters flat. I loved Jules! I wanted Kate to get with him just because Vincent seemed boring. I probably will still try the next two books. This was a great review that warned me of what you didn't like but I like the series and I am in no way offended or dissuaded from continuing to read it. I know many people can't stand some of my favorite series. No biggie. I am just using the review to consider another person's POV. I would not call this brutal, just negative. I try to read both positive and negatives reviews of any books I am trying to decide if I want to read. I've read some really brutal negative reviews and usually I just end up wanting to read the book more! LOL


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