06 March 2012

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum

Published: 5 May 2011 by HarperTeen

Pages: 357 (Kindle edition)

Genre/s: Paranormal, Young Adult

Source: own library

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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. 

My Thoughts

Do you ever have that feeling when you start a book that it sounds too good to be true? A fear that the reality won’t live up to the hype? Those are exactly the two feelings I had when I started reading Die For Me. A gorgeous undead-type guy who is part of a war against evil? A romance set in Paris? Mmmm…maybe….maybe not…..

I liked Kate right from the beginning – devastated by her parent’s death and living in the city of lurrrrrve, she shuts herself off from people and immerses herself in books, art and daydreaming. But as Die for Me progresses, she makes some tough choices about her life and relationship with Vincent, and comes across as much more mature than her 15 years. Vincent took me longer to warm to – and that’s mainly for the first part of the book he is much more in the background while the scene is set for the story. But once he comes into the story as a full-fledged character he’s likable and admirable for his maturity and the responsibility he feels towards Kate.

I did find the story itself took a little time to get going, but I was so intrigued by the idea of the Revenants that I had to keep reading, and I’m so glad I did. More than just Kate and Vincent’s story, Die For Me also tells the backstories of the other Revenants and how they came to be, which adds another dimension to the book.

The romance – well it was a little bit ‘insta-lovey’ but not as bad as I feared it may be – there are lots of sweet moments and of course some inevitable decisions to make when Kate finds out that Vincent is, well, undead. But the relationship develops at a realistic-ish pace and the dialogue isn’t overly cheesy.

The story intensifies right up to the inevitable climax of the goodies fighting the baddies, and ends on a sweet note that in fact could just be The End but is, of course, setting the scene for the next book in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Great review here Kat, very balanced and true :)
    Like you I liked Kate, she's a character that is easily to relate to. I do agree that it's "insta lovey" but I think the way Kate handled her relationship with Vincent is very mature and well written.

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