Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum

Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Released: May 5th, 2011
Grade rating: B+/A-

Amazon summary:

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.


I honestly didn't expect to enjoy Die for Me as much as I did - I loved it! I read it without really knowing what it was about, though I had heard some whispering of zombies. If you think this is a zombie novel akin to The Walking Dead or Rot and Ruin, then think again. The word is used, yes, but these people aren't your average dead: they're revenants. What are they, you ask? To that, I'm going to say read the book: I don't want to spoil anything about their story or history. It's all fascinating!

Kate is Die for Me's main character and, although I liked her, I didn't love her. She'd be pretty average as far as teenage girls go, if it wasn't for the fact she's an orphan and lives with her grandparents in Paris. I've lost count of how many paranormal books I've read where the MC's parents are dead or missing and in a lot of cases, including Die for Me, I don't think it adds to the story. I just always end up feeling sad for the characters in question, as losing a parent so young is surely unbearable. I'd like to see more parents alive and kicking, please!

Vincent, the main boy hottie and Kate's romantic interest, was cool. He was a smooth-talking guy with perfect hair and chiseled facial features which, yes, is usually exactly what I like. However, I found Vincent a bit *too* nice. I much preferred his revenant friend Jules - his sarcasm totally appealed to me, and he had that bad boy quality about him. He would be top of my list, sorry Vincent!

Amy Plum's writing was compelling and flowed easily, which meant I read Die for Me pretty much in one go. I found it addictive and hard to put down, and the whole plot was brilliant. It was also a bit different to paranormal books I've been reading recently which is good as I do like to be kept on my toes when it comes to supernatural beings. The setting of Paris was also a brilliant idea, as it became a character in itself. Having never been there, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the landmarks and nightlife.

I'd recommend Die for Me to anyone who likes paranormal romances, strong characters and a well thought out plot. You'll get all that and more from this book, and I'm so glad it's the first in a series. Yay!


Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I am really encouraged to see you give this a good review - I've just been so overwhelmed with paranormal YA as of late, it's hard for me to differentiate between the good and the mediocre. But if you liked it (and it has zombies) then I shall most certainly be trying it out!

Cliona said...

There's been a huge buzz about this book around, but I didn't think it sounded all that great. After reading your review though, I think it was be brilliant!

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I loved this book - definitely one of my 2011 favourites! I can't wait to read more about those Revenants!

Kate said...

Ha, I'm glad I bought it now :p Great review

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

I've seen a lot of mixed reviews of this. I still really want to read it though!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I really enjoyed that these weren't the typical zombies, but an entirely different thing! This one surprised me, too, I really didn't expect much from it.

Raimy-rawr said...

Yay! so glad you enjoyed it too! I cant wait for the next one. Its so so so good! :D

Lynn said...

Looking forward to this one!

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

I've been hearing A LOT of buzz about this one and it sounds excellent. I think I need to pick this one up! Thanks for the review.

BooksforCompany said...

I couldn't agree more and that sums it up very quickly but perfectly when you say that the setting became a character itself.
Great review, l adore this.

Emma Book Angel said...

I loved this one too - glad you liked Jules cos Vincent is mine :P

Aik said...

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

Carrie said...

I LOVED Loved L o V e D this book! I read it on my Kindle and then because the cover is so gorgeous I just have to have a real life copy for my bookcase!

Yep, My name is Carrie and I'm a bookaholic!