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Monday, May 9, 2011

ARC Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum

Title: Die for Me
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenants, book 1
Genre: YA paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“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?” 
Die for Me is the debut novel of Amy Plum, for her new series Revenants.

Sixteen years old, Kate Mercier finds herself orphan in America after a tragic accident in which her parents died. After some consideration with her older sister Georgia, they decided to leave their previous life behind and move to Paris to live with their grandparents.

Kate is completely heart broken for her loss. Her world crumpled at her feet and she doesn’t know how to continue living. She spends her days in her room in company of her books. She is grieving in the only way she knows. Georgia is different, she is very outgoing and deals with her loss in a different matter, she is always out at dinners or parties surrounded by people.
Kate grandparents and Georgia are worried about Kate and her self inflicted confinement; after one conversation with Georgia in which she tells Kate that she wasn’t the one who died and her parents would had wanted for her to continue living. She promises her sister to do an effort and at least start going out of the house.
Kate doesn’t enjoy parties and bars; she prefers to spend her days at museums or at a nice café reading a good book. And like that is that Kate starts spending her days. She even finds a café close to their house, making it her habitual place to read. One day at her café she sees for first time this gorgeous young guy with which she feels an instant attraction. After some sporadic encounters they start to talk and to know each other. Kate loves to spend her time with Vincent, she feels they have a special connection, and for the first time in many months she feels alive again. But Vincent Delacroix is not just beautiful and charming, he is something else entirely, the question is, would Kate be able to cope with everything that Vincent will bring to her life and does she want to take the risk to have her heart broken again?

Die for Me surprised me. I loved the cover and wanted to read it, but I didn’t have much expectations, I thought it would be another YA paranormal novel, but I was wrong, Die for Me is different from the norm, starting with the setting. This novel is set in Paris; the author’s knowledge of the city is palpable. The descriptions of the streets, places and people are as accurate and realistic as they could be. Another factor that makes this novel different is the paranormal aspect; it was refreshing to read a paranormal book that wasn’t about vampires, shifters or angels. I think Mrs. Plum did a great job with these new “beings”. I won’t say more about them, because is better is you discovered them submerge in the book.

Kate was a great heroine. I loved her normalcy and I really felt her pain for her parents’ death. It made me liked her almost immediately. I also loved the relationship she has with her sister, they are very different but they love each other immensely and are always there for each other even when they fight (it reminded me a lot of the relationship I have with my sister). I loved that she takes her time and considers the consequences of her acts. She doesn’t act rashly even though sometimes she would want to. I also loved her love for books.

Vincent is sweet and caring. He is very protective of his people. He wants to be with Kate but he is willing to let her go if she would be better off without him. I loved the relationship he has with his kindred, they are important to him and him to them, they are like a normal family.

I also liked that Kate and Vincent’s relationship wasn’t rushed. Ok, there was an instant attraction but they took their time to know each other, they went out on dates and took things slowly. I liked that Vincent didn’t expect Kate to accept his “truth” immediately and gave her the space and time she need it. I also liked  he is willing to makes changes to his life to be able to have her, instead of her been the one that has to change. In general their relationship felt real and possible.

The supporting characters made this book even better. They are all strong, different and interesting.  With each turn of the pages you will want to know more about them. From Kate’s grandparents that were adorable, always trying to do their best for their granddaughters, to Vincent’s kindred and their intrinsic relationship. I loved them all and their different personalities, especially Jules, Ambrose and Gaspard. And as I said before I would love to know more about them and the stories behind them.

Overall Die for Me is a very entertaining YA paranormal novel. It’s well written, well paced and with a beautiful world building. I read it in one sitting, I think that says something about how entailed I was with this book. I recommend this book not just to YA readers but also to all paranormal readers. You won’t be disappointed when you discover the new world that Die for Me presents us.
This is a series I will follow and will be looking forward to read the next installments.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Die for me (5/10/11)
Until I Die (2012)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I haven't read this one but my review partner really liked it. Sounds nice for a YA!

  2. Mandi, Yes, it was nice and a little bit different. I really liked it.

  3. The cover of this book caught my eye when it was revealed. It's nice when a book lives up to it's pretty cover. lol Nice review!

  4. Julie, thank you for your comment. Yes this book was definitely a nice surprise.

  5. I also read this book in one sitting, it was extremely different, yes this girl kept to herself but in this book she actually had a reason! I loved Kate and Vincent's both comical and serious relationship, it was refreshing. And i also loved the fact that i wasn't expecting what Vincent was at all, it kept me captivated, if you haven't read this u really should


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