Title: Die for Me
Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I have heard some mixed opinions of this book so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. That cover kept calling to me though and the summary was just too tempting for me to pass up. So, I picked it up for myself or rather I downloaded it onto my ipod. Either way, I still dove into the book to form my own opinion.
This first thing I noticed about this book was how Paris not only served as the setting for this book, but a character as well. Kate and Vincent are constantly on the move in this city visiting new places and the descriptions made me feel like I was right there with them. My favorite scenes were ones where the two found themselves lost in the scenery and enjoying Parisian life, it really makes me want to hunt some of these places down for myself and experience them in person.
So onto the characters. Kate is our protagonist and she has more than enough to deal with right now. I cannot imagine losing both of my parents at such a young age and then having to move away from everything you have known to live in another country. Granted, she does have family there and she has visited during summers before, but it still can’t be easy. Much of the book focuses on her sorting through her feelings and trying to cope with her loss. I appreciated her going through this tough time at a realistic pace and really dealing with her emotions and not just bouncing back when a cute guy enters the picture.
Vincent is a good influence on her though, trying to help her see the good in life again and not always wallow in the past. He makes an effort to help her move forward in her life and be happy again. He does come with a little history of his own and keeps much of his life private so Kate devotes quite a bit of her time decoding her own personal enigma. Once she is let in on the secret I was hooked into the mythology. It is a new concept I had not heard of before and I was really interested in learning more. Paranormal is my favorite genre, so when something new is introduced I want to soak it all in. I am looking forward to future installments so we can learn more about Vincent and his fellow Revenants. They are quite a cast of characters and they grew on me as the story unfolded.
Alright, now I am going to talk about my experience listening to this book instead of reading it. I have gotten in the habit of listening to audio books in the car since it is a 30 min drive both ways to work I get about an hour in a day. The only thing I have to be sure of is the book I am listening to and the book I am reading, are different enough that I don’t get them mixed up. I was reading an adult book about vamps when I started listening to Die For Me on audio book, so I was pretty sure I was safe. I am also very happy that I decided to listen to Die for Me rather than read it for a couple of reasons. The biggest one being the language. This book is set in Paris, France, therefore there are multiple references to Parisian landmarks and phrases. I have sadly never been to Paris and did not take French in school, therefore I have no idea how to pronounce any of the places mentioned. Except the Eiffel Tower, but I think everyone knows how to say that, right? Anyways, my point is the narrator of the audio book did know how to say those terms and locations correctly and I liked being able to hear them pronounced properly. I also enjoyed getting to hear French accents on many of the characters, it added to the content of the story and made the overall experience fantastic. If I was just reading this to myself I would be mispronouncing words left and right and would not be able to pull off that French accent at all. It is the first time I have preferred the audio book to just reading it myself. So if you are hesitant about this book, I would recommend listening to it like I did. I think you will be surprised at how the narrator really helps make this book great.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I am interested to see what happens with Kate and Vincent next and learn more about the Revenants.