Book Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

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.


Plot
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.

The charming and mysterious stranger who is also extremely handsome is the one person who manages to break down some of Kate’s walls, the walls stopping her from really experiencing life. As Kate and Vincent grow closer, she realises that something is not quite right about him. He is, infact, a revenant. He, along with a group of others, spend eternity sacrificing themselves over and over in order to save others. When Kate learns of this, she realises that being with Vincent will mean her life never being the same again. Can she handle the pressure that being with Vincent brings?

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.

Book Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at love? (From Goodreads.com)

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.

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Die For Me by Amy Plum

UK                                                        USA 

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies…immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

I’m not going to lie, it’s the beautiful covers that attracted to me to this one. I actually can’t decide here which is my favourite (do you have a preference?) I like each of them for different reasons. Then I read the synopsis and wow, Paris! And Vincent Delacroix sounds um..hot! I’m so looking forward to this book!

Published in the UK by Atom May 5th 2011 and in the USA May 10th by Harperteen