Yes I’ve said it before; I am a sucker for a pretty cover. And just look at this one…beautiful * sigh * How could you not lust after such a gorgeous book? The appeal doesn’t end there though. Reading the synopsis had me drooling. A tragic heroine…check, mysterious and handsome hero…check, stunning setting of OMG Paris! …check check! Amy Plum’s debut seemed to have it all.
Die For Me brings something new to the YA paranormal genre…Revenants. I had no idea what a revenant would be and part of the fun of this book was discovering just that, so I’m not going to spill any beans there. I loved the idea behind them though and thoroughly enjoyed discovering their secrets.
The book starts off fantastically and is incredibly readable; in fact I read it in just a couple of easy sittings. I liked main character Kate and got behind her right away. She’s a loner and struggles to make friends, hiding behind her vivacious sisters limelight. She reminded me a lot of myself. Vincent is an intriguing character too; handsome and mysterious with an air of danger to begin with, he’s pretty hot! Die For Me doesn’t just centre around him though, there’s a whole family of Revenants and I loved hearing the stories and influences behind each of them and seeing the dynamics behind the tightly knit group.
While Die For Me offers an original and different story, it does tread a well worn path at times and has a familiar feel to it (dare I mention the ‘T’ word?) The setting and the paranormal creatures may be something new, but at times the similarities were almost too glaring. There was one notable absence though…no love triangle..yay! Though there are hints that one character may wish there was, I’m hoping this isn’t something that’s continued into the next book.
Despite groaning a little bit when things became just a little bit too ‘Twilighty’ (There, I said it!) I did really enjoy Die For Me. Amy Plum’s writing is easy and compelling. There’s enough new stuff to keep the reader interested and by dripping information in slowly it has a mysterious quality that will ensure you’re glued to the pages. On the romance front it certainly doesn’t disappoint, with both the gorgeous setting and doomed love between Kate and Vincent causing me to swoon repeatably. There’s also a nice bit of action to keep the book exciting and a very well drawn and believable creepy villain to loathe. If you like Paranormal Romance, then you’ll love Die For Me and I recommend it.
Published by Atom (UK) May 2011
Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.