After the tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old Kate Mercier is left parent-less. Kate can’t handle what has happened and she doesn’t know how she can ever get back on track again. Is there anything worth living for anymore? Kate and her older sister Georgia move from Brooklyn to Paris to live with their grandparents. Kate hopes that the beautiful city of Paris will distract her mind from the past that she can’t seem to overcome. But there might be something else that will demand Kate’s attention… the undead.
The first time Kate sees him she isn’t quite sure what to think. It’s almost as if he’s teasing her, but Kate doesn’t know what to make of it. She does know that he is gorgeous and almost every girl’s eyes are on him and his friends. They’re all stunning really. But there’s something about that one boy that makes Kate all tingly and flustered inside. Does he know how he makes Kate’s heart beat faster?
This is what it’s like for Kate the first time she sees Vincent. He’s charming, handsome, and like a prince in shining armor he has come to rescue Kate from her monotonous days in Paris as she tries to forget all that has happened. Kate is inexplicably drawn to Vincent, and she doesn’t know why they keep running into one another.
At first, it’s nice to see him and run into him now and then. But as she gets to know Vincent a little bit better, things start to happen that just can’t be explained. Kate doesn’t know what to think of all these strange events taking place, and she soon becomes frightened. Who is Vincent really? Kate decides that if she is to continue seeing Vincent she wants to know the truth. But does she really? Amy Plum reveals all in her out of the ordinary paranormal tale of one girl who is walking a fine line in, Die For Me!
This wasn’t your typical paranormal story. There were new ideas and concepts thrown in that made Die For Me stand out. Fans of Hush, Hush and Twilight should definitely give this one a try. Die For Me was given to me by HarperTeen as an advanced reader’s copy for review.* Thank you so much HarperTeen! This book is more appropriate for teens fourteen and up, as it can deal with some more mature topics that are not suitable for younger readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of revenants. It wasn’t something I usually see in paranormal reads, and that was definitely a nice change. Amy Plum really developed the whole idea of revenants, which made it a much more permanent and significant feature in the story. It was a bit hard to keep up with all the different “rules” of being a revenant, such as when they become dormant and how they age. I would try to explain it in more detail, but it’s kind of hard to describe. Overall though, the idea of revenants were almost like a mix between the undead (or zombies) and angels in a way. Any paranormal fans looking for an innovative new read should definitely try this one.
The main character, Kate, was very easy to relate to, and I think that was one reason why I enjoyed Die For Me so much. Kate was vulnerable and wasn’t the invincible female protagonist. She had just been through a lot, coping with her parents’ death and moving to Paris and getting used to a whole new lifestyle. It was very easy to connect to Kate and her emotions. There were times when Kate would just stay in her room reading books because she felt like she couldn’t deal with the pain and move on. Also, it was hard for her to commit to a relationship with Vincent, because she just wasn’t sure if she could go through seeing him die over and over again.
It would have been nice to have seen more demonstrations of the revenants’ skills in Die For Me. I might have been able to understand the whole concept of revenants if I got to see their special “powers” in action a bit more. Like being possessed by a revenant or learning more of their undead ways. That’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of times where their powers were shown off, but I just would have liked to have seen it even more often. Amy Plum did give enough examples though to get the gist and idea of their different abilities.
In the end, Die For Me is a new take on a mix of angels and the undead. Join Kate, as she searches her soul for what she is willing to hold onto and what she is prepared to risk in, Die For Me!
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*I received this novel from HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. I received Die For Me as an advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. This book comes out May 10, 2011. Thank you so much HarperTeen!