5.12.2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: 5.10.2011
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?

Die For Me is definitely one of the better paranormal romances I have read. The paranormal aspect is unique, and very refreshing. In a saturated genre, it definitely stands out. There are some parts of this book that are very similar to other YA books right now:

The romance begins in a somewhat typical way
They're head-over-heels in love
The guy is oh so handsome...and attracted to the girl
Another guy wants the girl, too
There's a huge secret that no one else can know
The girl somehow finds out about this secret

But I was never bored while reading, and I never thought that I had read this "exact plot" in another book. Why? Because at the same time that it is like every other book out there, Die For Me is also very different from every other book out there. Amy Plum uses tried and true story lines, and freshens them up with surprising characters and new supernatural beings, that make it all seem new.

The main character, Kate, is level-headed and goes into her relationship with Vincent with her eyes wide open. She knows the situation with Vincent has the power to break her heart, and so she attempts to protect herself from that by setting up boundaries. I wanted to kiss her right there, because she didn't instantly forfeit her family and life for him. Thank you, Kate! This, THIS is what impressionable readers should find in books; they need to know that it's okay to be cautious, and that you don't always have to leave the rest of the world behind for someone else...that you can keep a distance and still be in love. Because you can. But I digress.

Vincent himself, is a refreshing character. Yes, he is handsome; yes, he is very old; yes, he acts like it sometimes. But the difference is that he isn't controlling. He lets Kate have her space when she needs it, and doesn't try to order her around under the guise of "protecting" her. I could go on and on about the characters because there are others that I really like, but I'll stop at these two because they made the biggest impact in the story.

Aside from the characters, the writing itself is fantastic. Amy Plum has a way with words and it shows, from exciting fight scenes, to calm, but loving, romance scenes. And I'm not sure I even need to mention this, but Die For Me is set in Paris. France! It is described beautifully, and is such a nice break from New York and California! :) I am SO ready for the next book!


Read this if:
...you love paranormal but are looking for something different.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{There may have been a few swear words...I admit to not paying much attention to that! There is some violence, like heads being chopped off, and whatnot, but it isn't very descriptive, and it is vital to the plot.}

5 comments:

  1. I agree that there were elements that were similar to many paranormals, but I still really enjoyed this book. I found it very readable. I just wish they had kept the old cover lol

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  2. Juju: Thank you! :)

    KM: Your comment got deleted, but I'll reply anyway. I totally agree with you about the cover. The old one was so much better, and it had a lot to do with the story!

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  3. I've actually read mixed reviews on this one. But after reading your review and an interview with Amy Plum, I still can't help but be intrigued!

    Awesome review! :)

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  4. I read some mixed review, too before reading, but I, personally, loved it! Hope you get to read it! :)

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