Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Die for Me (Die for Me #1) by Amy Plum

Title: Die for Me
Series: Revenants #1
Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library

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.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.
Review: I had no idea what to expect from this book. The cover jacket is so vague and mysterious that I was utterly excited to being reading this book. Can I just say right now that this book was like a breath of fresh air for one reason (among others) 1: the supernatural creature that was featured in this book is one that I haven’t seen a lot of.

“Revenants” is the new concept (kind of like zombies) in this book and I was super interested to see how the author would play this out. Revenants are immortal….people?...who die over and over again to save someone else’s life. After dying, for three days, the revenants reanimate and then it begins all over again. As Kate, our protagonist, learns about the revenants, so do we and honestly, I just loved how Amy did it. It wasn’t too much information that over whelmed us but good amounts scattered throughout the book.

I loved the characters in this book, especially Kate. She’s horrified at Vincent’s true identity but she moves on with it; she doesn’t just stick with the fact that she’s got a paranormal boyfriend, which was really nice. She’s stubborn and proves that she can stand up for herself, against everything. Vincent, the love interest, was also a favorite of mine because he’s such a (French, oh la la) gentleman. He treats Kate with respect and he understands that she’s human but she’s also very strong. He also understands that when she says she’s okay with learning new information, he doesn’t keep her in the dark like a feeble child; he tells her what she wants to know. If you can’t already tell, their relationship is awesome, built very much on trust and understand and love; very awesome!

A French setting, an awesome protagonist, a swoon worthy (really, really swoon worthy) love interest, and a very well thought out, interesting concept, Die for Me is a must read. Even if you’re hesitant towards paranormal these days, give this book a chance. You might just be very pleasantly surprised.

Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—ILOVE IT! At first I didn’t realize that the swirls aren’t actually part of thedress but still, its super gorgeous!

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