Title: Die For Me
Author: Amy Plum
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
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.
I have been thoroughly charmed by the first book of Amy Plum’s Revenants series. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger I met at BEA, so I decided to finally give it a try. To be honest, I had been avoiding it because based on the title, I thought it would be some silly Twilight-style romance. It is most definitely a romance, but I was in love with it by the second page.
Confession: usually, I hate the whole insta-love relationship thing that’s so common in today’s YA. I don’t know why, but it just tends to make me less invested in the romance. In addition, I feel like sometimes with insta-love, the book becomes to focused on the love interest rather than the protagonist.
This was certainly not the case with Die For Me. Rather than falling for Vincent, I fell for Kate, because she maintained her identity and remained interesting throughout the whole story instead of losing herself in Vincent. Vincent, of course, was perfectly swoonworthy, but he didn’t distract from Kate as a character.
I also really liked the concept of revenants, with their compulsion/need to die. I’ve never read a book with beings quite like that, so this paranormal romance really stuck out to me. I also discovered the title, which at first I had thought was terribly corny, was actually ironic.
Die For Me was a fun, refreshing read with plenty of magic, mystery, and romance. Kate stole my heart and made me want more of her story, and I can’t wait to continue it in Until I Die.