Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Published: HarperTeen (May 10, 2011)
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: Die For Me started off a bit slow for me. I actually contemplated giving up for a minute or two. So glad that I didn't, though, because I would've missed out on a fab cast of characters and interesting, original lore.

While it took me awhile to connect with Kate, I adored her grandparents. You know that old couple who is genuinely in love and after a thousand years of marriage, they can still stand each other? That's them. They were a bit lenient with Kate and her sister, Georgia, but when you've got hot dates with one another, who has time to worry about if the world is ending or your grandchildren are gallavanting with bad guys, right? (I kid!)

Once Amy Plum started spilling her guts on the Revenants, who they are, what they do, why they're doing it... I got suckered into this story. The rest of Vincent's housemates were lovable and the dynamic amongst them all was highly entertaining. I especially loved Jules and his weird, almost-competitiveness for Kate's attention? Ambrose and Charlotte were big faves. I hate to say it, but they kind of reminded me a little of Emmett and Alice Cullen (please, please don't hurt me!)

The romance, I compare to Easy Mac: just cheesy enough and leaves you satisfied with a guilty smile on your face. I enjoyed reading about Vincent and Kate and their relationship. OH. And Kate totally wears the pants and THAT IS AWESOME.

All in all, Die For Me is a solid debut and I cannot wait to read what Plum has in store for her readers. I NEED to find out what happens to Vincent, Kate, and the rest of them.


  1. Very nice review. I just finished reading this book myself. I really enjoyed the Revenant lore but didn't like the romance as much as you did.

  2. Great review! They reminded me a bit of the Cullen's too, but like, better versions ;) glad you enjoyed this!

    The Cait Files

  3. Ha! I love the Easy Mac analogy. I'm sold! Adding it to GoodReads now. :)

  4. I love, loved the idea of the Revenants. Such a cool, original concept, and that's very rare in paranormal these days. I was not a huge fan of the relationship though - waaaaaaaaay too cheesy for me. Glad you liked it though :)

  5. I just bought this book via The Dark Days of Supernatural book tour. Can't wait to read it!

  6. Revenants? How awesomely unique were they? I loved learning about them and their history! Also, Jules, Vincent, Ambrose...what's not to love about those guys? I think I might be partial to

    PS LOVE the Easy Mac reference!

  7. Haha. *cracks up* You and I both. I did get that that Alice-Jasper feeling. And you're right, now that I think about - Kate DOES wear the pants. Loved your review! It put a smile on my face.

  8. I love the fact that the setting is in Paris! Just that alone really makes me want to read this.

  9. Great review. I really loved this characters. Can't wait for the next one :)

  10. Now that you say that about Ambrose and Charlotte, I can see it. I didn't notice it while reading it though! Great review!

  11. I keep looking at this and passing it up! And you know I can't refuse easy mac...dang it. Great review!! OH and btw I miss your face!

  12. Another fantastic review ~ love Easy Mac!! Looks like revenants are another paranormal 'creature' we can add on to the long list of 'creatures' - - I am every amazed at what authors come up with. I have heard great things about this novel. I can't wait to read it!

    <3 Happy Reading!
    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity