Girls*Heart* Books: 'Die For Me' by Amy Plum: Review

Friday, August 10, 2012

'Die For Me' by Amy Plum: Review

Die For Me
Revenants Book #1 
By Amy Plum
Published By: HarperTeen
Published On: May 10, 2011 

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. (from Goodreads)

Die For Me is the first book in The Revenants series by Amy Plum.  I had been hearing wonderful things about this series from friends for a while. Add in the gorgeous cover and I simply had to pick it up. I'm so glad I did, this book definitely lived up to the hype in my opinion. 

Spanning the course of several months, the story follows the main character, Kate as she struggles to move past the grief of her parents death and adapt to her new life in Paris. When Kate meets Vincent at a local cafe her life begins to change and The City of Lights serves as a breathtaking backdrop to their fledgling romance. 

The story is told from Kate's point of view which ratchets up the suspense. Being inside Kate's head as the drama unfolds makes it all even more interesting for the reader.  She is a bookworm with a spine of steel and her personality leaps from the page.  I adored her from the very beginning . Bursting with both humor and sadness, the narrative flows effortlessly. 

In my opinion, Plum's deftly crafted characters are easily what set this book apart from others in the YA Paranormal genre.  Whether they're sarcastic, funny, sweet or plain old evil, they are all flawed and this adds to their authenticity. Ambrose and Jules, Vincent's  friends, are easily my very favorite part of this book. Their humor and loyalty make them completely unforgettable. 

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love this book.  Perfectly paced and overflowing with romance and intrigue, there is not a single dull moment in the entire story. There are a few pretty fantastic twists thrown in the mix and the ending is simply superb. In short, this is the perfect book for me and I cannot wait to read the second installment in the series. 

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About The Author:

Amy Plum is the author of the International Bestseller DIE FOR ME, which is an Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal. DIE FOR ME is the first novel in a YA trilogy set in Paris. The second, UNTIL I DIE, will be released in May 2012.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now splits her time between her centuries-old farmhouse in the countryside and Paris’s 11th arrondissement.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass. 

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  1. I haven't read this one yet- but I have added it to my ever growing list! I think the cover is beautiful- I love the colors. Awesome review- you definitely sold me. :)

    PS- Loving the new blog ladies. Looks great!

  2. Thanks so much Jess! It was an excellent read!! I can't wait to read the second one! :)


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