Thursday, June 2, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins)
Age: Young Adult
Species: Human/Revenant/ Numa
Rating: 4/5
Interest: Paris/Love/Revenants/200 in 2011
Source: Net Galley Advance E-book

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. (Summary from Goodreads.com)


Die for Me by Amy Plum was a fantastic book! The history of the Revenants, the stunning Paris back drop and interesting characters had me loving this book faster than I can say Bonsoir mes amis!

I loved the story of the revenants. The idea of someone "dying" for another person is so unique. It is the ultimate sacrifice. I was craving to know more stories about Vincent's crew and their past. I mean the sheer idea of sweet little Charlotte being part of a SWAT team absolutely blows my mind. That being said, I really cannot imagine standing by and watching a person I love killing themselves for strangers multiple times over the years. I would go insane, even knowing they would come back to me in three days. I would not be able to handle that kind of heartbreak on  a regular basis.

I guess that is one of the reasons I liked Kate Mercier. Even after losing her parents and having to watch out for her older sister Georgia, she still accepted Vincent's life or rather deaths. Mind you, it didn't happen instantaneously, Kate had to work very hard through a lot of pain to come to that decision. I loved that she didn't try to jump into a relationship, even with Vincent's swoon-worthy advances she tried her best to keep a level head. Unfortunately this led to a more drawn out story than necessary, but I was proud of her for it.

Vincent Delacroix didn't really flick my bic. He was horribly romantic and much too worried about Kate's emotional fragility. He was the kind of romantic that takes women on boat rides, buys them expensive dresses and kisses like a fiend. He is the guy that is so perfect he becomes unreal. I really enjoyed when he worked with Kate to destroy the evil foe though. I kept on feeling Vincent had so much more to offer as a character if he would just drop his stupid "I must protect Kate" shields. Bottom line, I wanted him to be more candid.

I adored the side characters. Charlotte was such a sweet and strong young woman. I needed more of her. She was simply too cute. Plus her secret crush! I want the second book to be about her and a certain other revenant getting together! (I mean I love Vince and Katie, but I'm sort of done with them at the moment.) Charles, Charlotte's twin, while misguided still made my heart melt a little. I can't wait to see how he's going to deal with himself in the next books. Ambrose! Oh, he was so funny, like a big warm teddy bear. (That will rip your arms off if you hurt the people important to him.) Gaspard was cute, in a nerdy poet way. I liked all of the strength and composure he had hiding on her his awkward demeanor. Jean Baptiste was alright. I didn't like him at first, but we were definite friends by the end. Jules. Dear lord how I loved Jules. I want him to be real and to be mine. (Almost to the point of wanting him to be with Kate instead of Vincent.) He was just, I want him, that's all. He needs to be in the second book too.

Ultimately I had problems with how long it took for Kate to be let in on "the secret". Also, some of the circumstances were a little too convenient for my tastes. Even the bad guy was a little bit of a let down.  It was however, still a fantastic book that I would recommend to any teen paranormal fantasy lover.

So, if you're looking for a romantic and adventurous book to read in summer look no further than Die For Me. It is a wonderful read which will keep you wanting more. I know I can't wait for Until I Die to come out! (Still holding out hope it's about Charlotte and her beau!)

Also, ZOMG look at that beautiful (to die for lol) cover! I love the dress and black swirly lines. 

Teaser Lines: "Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords"

Series Order:
1. Die For Me
2. Until I Die (Expected Publication 2012)

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1 comment:

  1. I really loved this story! I loved Kate who started off so lost finds herself and grows so strong. She's a smart girl and makes smart decision and follows her heart. Georgia is hard not to like, she carries such a care-free light in her. I loved their grandparents too; they're such caring people! Next the revenants.. I loved them all!! Vincent is such a good soul. He is sexy with a kind heart and a sense of humor. And Jules, artist (swoon!), I really liked his character and can't wait to read more about him!

    This concept of revenants, I have never read about before and I really enjoyed it! This is only the first in the series so I can't wait to read more about it! Also, the Paris aspect was beautiful! I loved the scenery, the cafes, and museums! Overall, fabulous book and I cannot wait for the next one!

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