Die for Me by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
HarperCollins, 341 Pages
Source: Bought for Kindle
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Revenants #1
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.
Hm, I feel very torn on this book. It was and wasn’t what I was expecting and I’m not sure if that’s why I was left feeling like I both liked it and didn’t like it at the end. I knew that this was going to be a paranormal YA novel and while I was thinking at the beginning of the story that Vincent was one particular type of paranormal creature, he actually turned out to be something that I’ve never ever heard of before. With that said, serious points to Amy Plum for coming up with something very original.
The characters were fleshed out and I was able to get a sense of who they were as individuals and what roles they played in the group dynamic. However, in the end I think what really turned me away from this book was the lack of character development at the beginning of the book. Within the first 30 pages or so, Vincent and Kate are pining for each other. I wanted to get to know Kate as an individual before trying to link her forever to Vincent.
Now yes, I know that there are people who are attracted to each other and fall in love at first sight. I’m just saying that I didn’t get a feel for who Kate was before she met Vincent and I think that it is important to know pre-Vincent Kate in order for the reader to appreciate the changes that she goes through in this novel.
Intriguing for me was the dynamic of Kate and Jules. I’m interested to see how their friendship turns out. I’ll be picking up the second installment, Until I Die, for that and to see what adventures lie ahead for Kate.
*Side Note: I have never been to Paris, but this book made me want to go.