Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Review: Die For Me - Amy Plum
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 appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet.
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.
Can I risk putting my heart - as well as my life and my family's - in jeopardy for a chance at love?
Die For Me
Until I Die
If I Should (2013)
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Kate and Georgia's parents recently died in a car accident, their life has been turned upside down and they have moved from America to live with their grandparents in Paris. When Kate meets Vincent in a cafe she is attracted to him but she soon realises that he has a secret that could put her life in danger. Is she brave enough to stay with him despite the risks?
I've had Die For Me on my shelves for quite a while now and I'm annoyed with myself that it took me so long to get around to reading it. Although perhaps that really is a good thing as it means I have less time to wait for the next installment. This was a great addition to the YA paranormal romance genre, it is a quick and easy read and one I really enjoyed.
Kate and Georgia are both great characters and I loved the relationship between the two of them and their grandparents. The sisters deal with their grief in very different ways with Kate becoming more and more isolated and preferring to lose herself in a good book while Georgia is a social whirlwind who is constantly out making new friends and partying. I felt both ways were very realistic but I could definitely identify more with Kate as I have a similar tendency to hide away from the world when something is bothering me. I liked the fact that although Kate is instantly attracted to Vincent they take time to get to know each other, yes their relationship progresses fairly quickly but it does so in a believable way and I was routing for them to find a way to be together.
I loved the setting of the book, I've not read many stories set in Paris and Amy Plum did a great job of describing the cafes and museums that Kate spent so much time in. I really want to go back to Paris now and spend time exploring! I also loved the mythology of the revenants, I don't want to go into detail about that as I think it's best to discover them for yourself by reading the book but it made a nice change to read about something different from vampires and shape shifters. I really liked Vincent and his group of friends, Charlotte, Ambrose and Jules were particular favourites of mine but I'm keen to find out more about all of the others too and it will be interesting to see what direction things head in next.
Die For Me is a fantastic start to a new series and one that I'm keen to continue reading. I'm sure it will be a big hit with YA paranormal romance fans and I would highly recommend picking up a copy. I'll be looking forward to seeing what Amy Plum comes up with next.
Source: Received for review via Netgalley but I was also given a print copy from my friend Kirsty (The Overflowing Library)
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