Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

From Goodreads: 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. While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart- as well as my life and my family's - in jeopardy for a chance at love?

My Rating: 5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Amy Plum’s enthralling debut novel, Die For Me, begins the start of a new series that introduces readers to undead beings that don’t seem to have been covered by the paranormal genre yet. The mythology Plum constructs around the revenants is woven carefully throughout the book, allowing readers to learn more about the revenants while still being engaged by the overall storyline. 

The romance between Kate and Vincent is believable and completely swoonworthy. What I loved about Die For Me was that although Kate finds Vincent attractive, she doesn’t automatically fall in love with him. They have coffee and go out for dates in order to get to know each other better, which is why readers will eagerly be anticipating that first kiss (and it’s so worth it). 

I also found Kate to be a highly relatable protagonist. Kate freaks out like a normal person when she sees Vincent in his dormant state, and when Kate feels like having a supernatural boyfriend is too much to handle, Plum lets Kate protect her heart and break up with Vincent. 

The secondary characters are well-developed as well. I especially loved reading about the interactions of the revenants with each other and Kate. Their easy bantering and camaraderie really did feel as if they had known each other for decades. 

In addition, Plum does a wonderful job with the setting in Die For Me. Most people are familiar with the major tourist attractions of Paris, but for those of us who have never been there, Plum makes it really easy to picture in your mind’s eye the atmosphere of Paris and all the places that Kate visits. 

A refreshing addition to the paranormal genre, Die For Me is released by HarperTeen today! 

Comments About the Cover: The cover is gorgeous! I love the girl’s red dress, and I like that she’s facing away from the reader to stare at Paris. The sepia colour of the city gives it an old world feel and the red background is not only the symbolic colour of love, but makes the white font stand out.   

In exchange for an honest review, this ARC was received from the publisher (HarperTeen) for free via NetGalley. 


  1. Everyone is loving this and l argee with the comments about the cover, it's just the icing on the cake for a great book!

  2. Agree * I should stop typing and just read! lol

  3. I cannot wait to read this! It sounds so amazing:) I love that it's a unique YA paranormal, I'm ready for a nice, refreshingly romantic YA read. So glad you enjoyed this one Zahida, I'm dying to get my hands on it!

  4. I love reading about new things and mythology in the paranormal genre so can't wait to read this one for myself.

  5. Nice review! I'm really looking forward to reading this! I love how you describe the kiss. I love waiting for *that* kiss so much more than boring insta-love. Kate sounds like a good character.

  6. Wonderful! I'm so happy to hear that this book appears to live up to its beautiful cover!

  7. I'm dying to read this one, Z! A refreshing twist, plus a swoon worthy romance and great secondary characters! Yes, this book is my idea of heaven!

  8. I've just finished reading this and I loved it! Undead French guys are so hot! The revenant boys have very distinct personalities and are so easy to love. I so can't wait for the sequel!

  9. Oooh, I can't wait to read this one!!! It looks great and I love the idea of revenants...and the cover...and the title...oh I just love everything! Can't wait to read. Btw, thanks for commenting on my blog and telling me about NetGalley. I'd never heard of that site before. One of the coolest ideas for a website I've seen :)

  10. This book sounds so good! Your review is making me even more psyched to read it. :)


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