Die For Me is the debut author from Amy Plum. It was published by Atom on 5th May and the book is 352 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
After Kate Mercier’s parents die is a car accident, her and her sister uproot their lives, leaving their friends and memories behind, to move to Paris to live with their Grandparents. Grief stricken, Kate copes the only way she knows how; by hiding behind her books and loosing herself in Parisian art. That all changes though when she meets Vincent.
What I thought
This is another of the books that I read during my books set in Paris/ France phase. I didn’t actually realise that it was though until someone else pointed it out and then I knew I had to read it next. Paris is extremely well described and gave me the feeling that I had been there myself. Amy Plum’s descriptions flow easily between the difference of day and night in the city of love and I loved every minute of Kate’s being there. However, I do feel like sometimes, being in Paris was pushed aside in favour of Kate’s relationship with Vincent. I think I would have preferred if these two things have coincided and for the atmosphere of Paris to have had an effect of the two main characters.
I immediately liked Kate. With both of her parents dying, she had been through a hell of a lot at the beginning of the book and because of this, I felt really sorry for her. Kate is extremely grief stricken and doesn’t really know how to cope with life in general. She is a big reader though and immerses herself in a world of literature, which is pretty much how she escapes from dealing with her feelings and what is happening around her. As a character, even though she does hide away for a little bit, Kate is outspoken and strong which were two things I loved about her. Until Kate meets Vincent, she is pretty sure of herself which was a great thing to see, even if it is short lived.
Vincent, unfortunately, just didn’t hit all the right spots for me. While he is supposed to be insanely hot, it wasn’t described well enough to make me believe it. I did understand what Kate saw in him eventually but I didn’t get that first, initial attraction with him. I certainly didn’t have that instant book boy crush like I have had with others. The relationship build up between Kate and Vincent wasn’t long enough for them both to have the feelings that they were supposed to have for each other. Maybe more so on Kate’s part. Vincent, after all, has been around a hell of a long time so must be really lonely and I can understand that once he knew he liked Kate, his feelings were magnified. Although Kate insists on getting to know Vincent, this could have been given a bit more time and for their feelings to develop more and make the relationship more believable on the whole.
I loved the idea of revenants as this isn’t something that has been overdone in the YA genre or much at all for that matter. The idea behind revenants was well explained and while some may say that there was too much information given, I think it set the scene extremely well. As there are more books to come, there should be no need to go over much of this again. I also love the history aspects of the revenants. The concepts, history, dates, mythology as well as what other people think of zombies was particularly exciting and interesting for me. These aspects of the book explained a lot about feelings that other characters, mainly secondary characters, had and why they act the way that they do now.
Even though I did have some problems with this book, I couldn’t put it down. I still loved it and for a debut novel, it was pretty damn good. I am excited for anything else Amy Plum writes and will definitely be carrying on with this series.