Die For Me by Amy Plum
Review by Hayley Hoyle
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.
Kate’s life is turned upside after the death of both her parents. Moving from Brooklyn to Paris, she and her sister Georgia must put their lives back together while living with their grandparents. Kate would rather stay to herself and read her books then venture into Paris’ streets to try to meet new people, but fate seems determined to not let that happen.
After meeting Vincent, Kate is thrown into a world that she may not be prepared to handle. She must cope with her feelings and what her mind tells her. With good and evil battling in the shadows of Paris and danger draws closer, Kate must decide whether she is willing to risk her life for the ones she loves.
The story is told in Kate’s point of view and begins with her and Georgia arriving in Paris, but it doesn’t stay there. The book spans over several months of the characters lives, giving us hints along the way by how much time has elapsed. Some of the chapters begin where the previous ones left off, while others jump time to weeks later. Some would find this to be jolting, but I thought that Plum did a good job in keeping me invested in the story.
When I started reading this book, I actually had assumed that I knew what Vincent would be, but I soon found out that I was completely wrong. I’ve read several books involving the supernatural and this is the first one where I had come across revenants. To put it simply, they were immortals that save people’s lives by dying in their place only to come back to life three days later. The idea was very intriguing to me since I’d never read anything about an immortal like them before. It was quite a refreshing change from vampires, werewolves, or fallen angels.
All the characters had their own distinct personalities. Even though we don’t get much interaction with a majority of the characters during this book, the time we do get to read about them gives us what each one is going through. Kate, I thought, came off as very realistic. She didn’t just jump into a romance with Vincent. She had to work through her own problems and how to deal with his existence in her own time before she could commit to anything. While some of her very depressive thoughts and constant questioning herself got a bit heavy for me, I still couldn’t help but root for her.
My favorite character by far was Vincent. He was very sweet and understanding when it came to Kate. Even though it would hurt him, he was willing to stay away from her if that’s what she wanted. He gave off the whole “tortured soul” feel but under the façade was a true romantic.
The only minor point that I would say disappointed me was the romance itself. It started of slow and then when they got together, it picked up speed. The book seemed to be more focused on the reasons for the revenants’ existence and Kate’s role than in the actual romance between Kate and Vincent. I’m a sucker for romance so I was really wanting more. However, the moments in the book that did contain Vincent and Kate together were sweet and nice.
Overall, Die For Me was a great read. I would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of supernatural reads but also for people who like something different. It’s not completely loaded down with supernatural terminology, the idea behind it is unique, and the setting in Paris only helps you get immersed into the book. The sequel, Until I Die, is already out so I will be going to the book store soon to pick it up.
rating: [rating: 4]