Sunday, 12 May 2013

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Title: Die for Me
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenant #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Source: Kindle
Pages: 341 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
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.

My Review:
Let me start off by saying that I love Amy Plum's work. She is a beautiful writer and it is only made better by an amazing imagination and an outstanding story. Die For Me is actually a reread for me. The third book in the series recently came out and I am rereading the first two so I am not blind sided when I go to read the third. The first book is exactly what I remembered it to be, a wonderful and creative story.

It is hard to write a story that takes place in a country or place that the reader is unfamiliar with, let alone incorporating a completely different language into it. Yet, somehow, Amy Plum has managed to ease her readers in with grace and to a degree where, if you are ever confused, it isnt for long. She explain unfamiliar settings in a way that doesn't get too boring and you start skipping paragraphs (a terribly bad habit I have, especially with rereads) and not too little as to the point of being utterly confused. Plum found a happy medium that satisfies her audience as well as doing Paris credit.

Getting into the story more, we stumble upon a familiar love story. A supernatural being falling in love with a human against all odds and reason. With what is probably the most common and cliche basis for a story, Plum works her magic. Not that the story is entirely unique on its own, but with a setting not commonly seen and a supernatural race that hasn't really reached mass media, Plum makes and old story her own.

A common problem when incorporating a lot of characters is forgetting about some here and there and under playing some while over playing the ones you have had time to develop. Plum didn't seem tot have this problem. All of her characters that came into light got their fair share in the spotlight, which is something I highly respect as a reader. Amy gives you enough information to keep you guessing while not giving enough that it gives the story line away and makes you feel like the author thinks you're stupid.

The biggest problem I had with this story was in the romantic aspect. Vincent and Kate (the main characters) remind me too much of Edward and Bella... but in reverse almost. Kate runs away every time things get hard and after brooding for a while she runs back to Vincent who takes her back with open arms. And, at the same time, she blindly accepts so much of his world, while rejecting the human aspects of it. Oh the calming touch superpower thing? No problem. The dying thing.. not so much. That and the fact that Kate just seems to be the exception to all the supernatural rules. Warning, tiny spoiler ahead in my examples! She just happens to be able to hear Vincent when he is in his spirit form, something no other human can do, Warning, BIG spoiler ahead! and there is the fact that she suffers no side effects from begin possessed by him, another HUGE no no... hmmm, makes me wonder.

Overall, not a bad story and beautiful writing. The character development was fantastic and while the plot line was a little over played, Plum worked with what she had to make it her own. I am giving the story 4 stars. You can read my review for Book 2, Until I Die, HERE.

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