Sunday, 26 August 2012

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by by Amy Plum
Book 1 in the Revenants series
Publisher: Atom
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

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.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:

Die For Me left me with mixed feelings, half of me liked this book and half didn't.  It's kind of straight down the middle.  Maybe doing this review will help me decide.  I'll start with the things I liked.

I really liked the setting of the book.  The book is set in Paris, and having never been there myself, I felt the descriptions of places were very good at giving me a visual on what I would've thought it'd be like.  The setting added a nice tone to the book.

I also liked some of the characters.  I liked Jules and Ambroses' humour throughout the book.  They seem to be really fun to hang out with.  I liked the twins and even JB.  I thought the concept of the story was original and I liked how you get to find out about most of the characters backgrounds.

Now onto the things I didn't like.  One of the things I wasn't too keen on was how the plot was executed.  I said in the paragraph above that I felt the concept was original but the way it was delivered, I felt, was very cliched and not very original.  Another thing I didn't like was when Kate finds out what Vincent is she keeps thinking of him as a monster which really made me angry at her and confused. 

Another thing I didn't like was how quickly Kate and Vincent got together.  I know there's a lot of books out there where the characters fall instantly in love, and sometimes (very rare occasions) in books I like that but most times I don't, I like dragged out romances that leave the reader thinking Will they? Won't they? but in Die For Me it happened like super quick, it felt almost like it happened in the blink of an eye.

Overall I thought this book was okay.  Although I think the execution of the plot lacked in originality, I definitely think it has potential which is why I plan to read the second book.