Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum
Released: May 5th, 2011
Grade rating: B+/A-
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!