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
After the death of their parent’s, Kate and her sister Georgia pack up and move clear to Paris to live with some of their father’s relatives. With a broken heart and feelings she’d never experienced before, Kate never believed that her life would be whole again. She was perfectly content being a loner and shielding herself from loving anyone as much as she had loved her parent’s. That is, until she met Vincent.
While charming, Vincent and his family have many secrets. Instantly drawn to him, Kate soon discovers that Vincent is something called a revenant, someone who continues to die saving people and is brought back to life. The one bonus, or downfall as Kate might argue, is that revenants do not age. True, they can age if they don’t die. However, once they die protecting someone else they go back to the age that they originally died at. While Kate’s feelings for Vincent are deeper than she ever imagined experiencing, she just doesn’t know if that’s something that she could handle in her life. For every time Vincent or one of his family members dies, Kate instantly thinks of her dead parent’s.
In a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings, Kate and Vincent must learn how to cope with both their grief and their love. And with a looming danger that surrounds them, Kate must ultimately decide what is most important to her: her love for Vincent, or her fear of losing him.
So many people have been recommending Die for Me for several months now. I’ve brought on guest bloggers to review the book and I’ve been told how amazing the book truly is. After all the high praises I’ve heard for Die for Me, I went out and purchased both the book and its sequel, Until I Die. Unfortunately, I did not feel the connection with either the storyline or the characters that many people seemed to have felt.
As soon as the book started, I instantly disliked the main character, Kate. This did not change or improve at any part of the book. I found her to be whiny and obnoxious, as well as many years younger than she actually was. I wasn’t bothered by the fact that she was devastated and depressed by her parent’s death. Actually, those were the parts that really spoke to me, because I felt such a deep connection on that subject. Being so close with my own mother, I couldn’t imagine losing her or how I would react to that situation. Frankly, I thought Kate handled it way better than I ever would. But constantly whining over her “relationship” with Vincent grated on my last nerve. I considered what Kate and Vincent had to be puppy love. I never once took it seriously because it seemed so fake. In high school, you’ll witness a couple get together because the other one is “oh so cute” and they’re all about each other and constantly touching and whining and whatever else those couples do. That was exactly how Kate and Vincent were portrayed, and I pretty much found it repulsive.
To make matters worse, I also couldn’t stand the second main character, Vincent. I’m sorry, but if you should technically be an almost 80 year old man, then you should have a slightly better maturity level than an eighteen year old. I completely understood why an old man would be interested in such a younger girl, so I wasn’t too shocked about that, but I just wanted to tell Vincent to grow up. For Kate, it was slightly acceptable because of her young age, but it was clearly explained that Vincent was technically an old guy. Again, I just found their whole relationship to be unrealistic and awkward.
I had a lot of trouble getting in to the actual story line. The villain was very predictable, and there was so much drama between Kate and Vincent that I never really cared about what was going on. I was more affected by what was going on with the other characters in the book because they were less dramatic. I did like the idea of revenant’s, though, because it’s something that I’ve never read about in the YA world yet. I love finding unique story lines and ideas, but I wish they would have been better put to use.
On a more positive note, I thoroughly enjoyed all of Vincent’s family members. I found them to be absolutely adorable, and they are the only reason that I will continue the series. I loved loved LOVED them!
I hope that Until I Die has more structure and better writing. I found it an acceptable book to read. However, it’s not something I will ever read again. I can definitely see why a book like this would appeal to a younger age group, but this was not a book for me.
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: “Well, spit on my empty grave–if it ain’t the attack of the Disney princesses!”