Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review: Die for Me



Die for Me

by Amy Plum
Release date: 9th August, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 341 (Hardcover bought by me)
Next Book: Until I Die (8th May, 2012)

Summary 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?

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Have you read this book? Yes? No? Well, if your answer was yes then I hope you enjoyed it. If you answer was no then, let me tell you my opinion about it:

Go get it. Now.

As you can tell, I liked this book a lot. I'm a sucker for romance and if you add that I love paranormal stuff then this book had a really big chance of being between my favorites and... it made it!

So, what is "Die for Me" about? Kate (who's our main character) lost her parents in a terrible accident and had to move along with her sister, Georgia, to their grandparent's house in Paris. And, well, yes, she is depressed (who wouldn't?!) but if it's any consolation Paris is amazingly beautiful and their grandparent's are sweet and tender. Honestly, this book made me miss my grands, you know?

Anyway, Kate's way to fight the pain is to read (and I can relate to that) and whenever she has time she picks a book and goes to a café just to sit there, drink coffee and read. During one of these reading sessions she spots a gorgeous boy who is also looking at her. And Kate, who thinks it's nothing compared to her beautiful and easy-going sister Georgia, feels attracted to this mysterious guy.

After a few times looking at him from her chair they actually talk and after a few "casual" encounters they start going out. But (yes, of course there's a but, there always is) Vincent had a very big secret (isn't his name amazing?! I LOVE that name). He and his kindred are dead... more less. You see, they are revenants.
Like that explains a lot, right? Here is the quick explanation: if you die saving the life of another person (or group of people) you may be granted eternal life. Still, it has a price: you are alive, yes, but you will feel this huge compulsion of saving people, even if it means risking your life. And you might even die, again, but after three days you will wake up completely healed. A cool thing about revenants? They age like everybody else until the next time they die, once "resurrected" they start aging from the start. Say you died when you were 19 and you manage to stay alive 4 years which means you are now 23 but then you die rescuing a kid and after the three days wake up being 19 again.

Going back. Vincent and Kate are really happy until Kate witnesses one of this "risk-your-life-to-save-another-person" acts performed by two members of Vincent's family, Charlotte and Charles (twins) in which Charles dies in a really horrible way and Kate faces reality: she is going to have to cope with the fact that Vincent will die A LOT. And she, after what happened to her parents, doesn't have the strength to be with someone like him.

Of course there's more about this book like the fact that Vincent's dad figure doesn't like Kate, Georgia is going out a lot to fight sadness and Kate, without knowing it, is leading the way for someone who wants to kill Vincent.

Again, read the book, the cover is great, the book is enthralling and the myth of Revenants is well developed. As for me, I can't wait to read the next book!

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