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Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Die For Me" by Amy Plum


"Die for Me" by Amy Plum

Publish Date: May 2011 352 p. Harper Teen

“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.”

(HarperCollins Catalogues)

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I have been reading a lot of books simultaneously and many of them I haven't finished. So the first thing I will praise this book about is I finished it! Wahoo! Second, I was so glad to find out the mystery man, Vincent, wasn't a Vampire.

Amy is great with her descriptions of Paris, and while I have never been there, I could imagine and picture the places she describes. One of the things I loved about this book was, aside from the love story (I can't wait to read more in the next few books), Amy paints you a fabulous picture of the world that surrounds Kate or Katya. As a reader I fell in love with Kate's grandparents, the Cafe's where she would go read her books, and of course Vincent's Mansion Villa. Amy does a great job of describing just enough of the background to get a feel of what's going on but she doesn't overdo it. I want to fill in the other details with my own imagination. While she doesn't describe the Parisians around Kate I already know what they look like, what they are talking about, and even what they are eating—because Amy has set up the scene.

I think my favorite part (don't hate me if I don't say Kate & Vincent's romance) of this book was the relationship that Kate has with her sister Georgia. I love their interaction and I hope to see much more of them in the future books. I also love the relationship, although we only glimpses, Kate has with each of her parents. The fact that we don't know much about their deaths doesn't bother me because Amy focuses us on Kate, her pain, and how she is dealing with such tragic loss.

I liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, romance, death defying moments, struggle, loss of loved ones, and finding yourself in a completely new situation.

(I read this as a free ARC and I am not getting paid to write this review)

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