Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum

Monday, July 2, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Revenants (#1)
Source: Library
Location: Paris, France
Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
When Kate's parents died in a car crash and she and her sister move from Brooklyn to France to live with their grandparents, she is certain that she won't feel okay ever again. But then she meets Vincent, a boy who seems too good to be true. When she finds out that Vincent isn't even mortal, Kate wonders if she can let herself fall in love with him.

Going into this book, I felt uncertain. While I do love some paranormal books, paranormal-romance and I tend not to agree with each other. And in the beginning of Die for Me it seemed like it would be another story about instalove with an insecure heroine who becomes obsessed with her supernatural boy friend.

I was wrong.

Die for Me is a great love story with an equally great protagonist. Kate, while she does fall head over heels for Vincent, is sensible. She thinks before she acts and uses her brain! To put it one way, she looks both ways before she crosses the paranormal street. I can't tell you how refreshing this is. Furthermore, Kate has a pretty awesome taste in books, and she's a fan of art and music, too. There is a depth to her, which makes the story seem real.

The supporting characters really add to the story, too. I loved the relationship between Kate and her sister, Georgia. In the beginning of the book, when Kate is the most depressed over her parents' deaths (and understandably so), Georgia brings some lightness to the story. The other revenants are a very diverse group, and they will make you chuckle more than a few times. And Vincent... well, he's definitely on my list of swoon-worthy fictional boys. He's charming, funny, handsome, maybe a little mysterious, but not overly so. He has just the right amount of bad-boy in him and he's a romantic. He and Kate have a good, healthy relationship that made me root for them.

The only character I had a problem with is the antagonist. (Won't tell you who that is, though, because it's a bit of a spoiler if I do.) I felt that the development is there, but it's just a little rushed. However, this book is mainly about Kate and Vincent, and the sequel will probably include more action. Another complaint is the dialogue. Most of it was fine, but there were a few lines that were trite enough to make me cringe. Thankfully that didn't take away from the overall reading experience, but it irked me enough that I had to mention it. 

And, of course, I have to mention the setting. Paris, at least as Plum depicts it, is truly one of the most magical and romantic cities in the world and the perfect backdrop for this novel. The little cafes, the museums, the architecture, the shops, the courtyards... I could go on and on. I feel like Die for Me really lets the reader see the culture and the beauty of Paris. I want nothing more than to go to Paris, find a seat at a cafe, and people-watch (the "national sport in France", as Kate says in the book) with a novel in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. 
*5 stars*
You'll Like This If You Liked: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Will you be reading Die for Me?

3 comments:

  1. Yes I do plan on reading die for me some day
    though I think I'll start with clockwork angel first since I have that on hand right this moment

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  2. Love your review of 'Die For Me'. This book really touched me in so many ways. Kate is such a terrific flesh and blood character. It's wonderfully refreshing that the characters are grounded in the real world as they deal with extraordinary circumstances and situations. Vincent and Kate's relationship develops in a natural and realistic way. Her loving and caring Grandparents and her sister Georgia; and Vincent's 'family', add to the story as friendship, acceptance and love develop. And Paris adds another incredible aspect to the story. Amy's descriptions of the 'City of Light' made me fall in love with Paris all over again! Cannot wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.
    GA Frost

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  3. I've actually wanted to read this one for quite a while. I'm glad to see that you rated it 5 stars! I'm definitely going to pick it up the next time I see it now. :)

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