Die for Me by Amy Plum
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Published By: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Source: ARC received from Inkpop/Publisher for Honest Review
"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."
Review: ***** = 5 Stars
I saw the (original) cover for this book before I heard anything about it, and that is what initially got me interested (Don't get my wrong I love the final cover too!). After I read the summary, it definitely sounded like something I would enjoy. And it was. Die for Me has everything we readers look for in a novel. Characters that come to life(which is ironic if you've read the book), a great and unique storyline, action, mystery and of course, romance. Not once throughout reading this did I ever think it needed something more, or something different. I was thrilled at reading something with such a different concept than most books out there, but one that was still able to give us what us YA lovers crave, some good romance!
Kate, the main character, travels with her sister to Paris after the death of their parents. They settle in with their grandparents and go about exploring all of the things they once knew (from previous visits). I have to say, the setting in Die for Me is amazing. As someone who has never been to Paris, I loved the descriptions this book offered. I didn't have to worry about coming up with any ideas about how things might be over there, Amy did a pretty amazing job of making certain us readers KNEW and were able to see just how everything is, the food, the city, and the museums. It was like I was exploring the city on my own.
Along the way Kate meets Vincent. A (gorgeous) guy for the most part, but also somewhat of a mystery. Since the majority of this book deals with Vincent and his friends, I won't go into detail about The Revenants. It's just not the same reading a book when you know everything ahead of time. But I will say that I loved the characters in Die for Me, and the relationships they all had.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I've already made some of my family members read it, and they have all loved it too. If you like paranormal books, action, mystery and romance, then this is one you don't want to miss!
What did you think of Die for Me, or if you haven't read it, will you give it a shot?