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.

7 comments:

  1. This is the third review of this book that I have read this morning! I REALLY want to read it now even more than I originally did:)

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  2. I love the cover of this book but then you said the 'T word' lol. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. I LOVED this book! I can't wait for the next one.

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  4. I like Viv adored this book, I honestly did not see a comparison to Twilight.

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  5. Despite my grumblings about being slightly disillusioned at the moment with paranormal romances, I'm still overly excited to read a fair few, this amongst them.

    Partially the beautiful cover, partially because of the enthusiasm of some the reviews of it I've read. I think it must be hard to write paranormals at the moment, and as there isn't much new ground to cover?

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  6. I'm so glad you liked this book! I'm head over heels for the cover too! Check out my review HERE.

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  7. i just finished reading this book and....i was not impressed. The characters didn't seem real to me, mostly Kate, her reactions were weird to me. in one part of the book, She sees someone die a horrible death, and almost didn't react, she was like "he is fllirting w/ me!, and wow im at his house!, and wow cool house!" then after a few pages she FINALY starts being upset that the guy died! Also she was kinda annoying, everyother chapter she is "omg i love him, then i can't love him, i love him again, now i can't again" one thing i did love about this book is the idea of Revenants. The author kinda confused me on them a little when we got to hear more about them, but i would LOVE to read more books w/ this idea. I give this book 3 stars out of 5. I will probally get the next book from the library when it comes out.

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