Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum
Friday June 1, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Harper Teen
Copyright: 2011
Published: May 10, 2011
Pages: 273
Form: e-Book
Series: Revenant Series (1)
Author: Amy Plum
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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

My Thoughts:

In Die for Me, Katie is reeling form her parents recent deaths.  In an effort to get a fresh start, Katie and her sister Georgia moves to Paris to live with their paternal Gandparents.  Katie spends the first few weeks wallowing in her pain and grief, and isolating herself from everyone and everything.  Things begin to look up for her when she meets a cute guy named Vincent.  But unbeknownst to Katie, Vincent is much more than he seems.  He is actually a member of the undead, a revenant, compelled to save the lives of humans over and over again.

First I have to start off by saying that the story was entertaining and managed to keep my interest.  But the whole time I was reading I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing.  I felt like I was constantly on the cusp, or the edge of something really good, but I never quite got pushed over.  And this left me with very shallow feelings about the story.

I had a hard time connecting to the main characters.  Katie was only mildly interesting to me.  I liked her interest in books, museums, and art, but nothing about her really stood out.  And although Vincent is cute and tough, I just didn’t feel myself getting all swoony for him.  At times it almost seemed as if he were too perfect.

However, Vincent’s undead ‘family’ managed to keep my interest.  I found myself wanting to know more about them, their own personal histories, and the whole revenant history and dynamic.  I was charmed by Jules, and pleasantly mystified by Ambrose, and longed to know more about them.

I wish the book had less of a superficial feel to it, but despite my misgivings, overall it was a pretty decent story.  I will admit to being intrigued enough to eventually continue the series and hope that the next in the series grabs me more fully than the first.

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17 Responses to “Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum”

  1. I know what you mean – I had a tough time connecting with the characters in this one too. I probably won’t continue the series because Die For Me didn’t leave much of an impression on me. In fact, I’d probably have to re-read it to refresh for book two. Not gonna happen. ha

    • Jade says:

      Well at least I knowI’m not alone in my feelings. I’ll probably continue, but it’s not something at the top of my priority list at this time. I can only hoope the second is better.

  2. In felt the EXACT same way, Jade! I read this book and it was sweet and I liked it, but there always felt like there was something missing for me too — especially with the romance. A lot of people even compared it to Twilight haha! But Jules was my favourite character like you!! There’s something about those playboy types x) But I read Until I Die and loved it so much more than this one, so I hope you do too! 😉

    Awesome review, Jade! <3

    • Jade says:

      You guys are making me feel somuch better about my review. I had no idea so many others shared my feelings about this one. I’m glad to know that the sequel is much better though.

  3. Yeah, I think the main reason I haven’t read this one is because I’ve read a lot of reviews that have noted similar reactions as you. I need a guy I can get all swoony over or else, why bother. LOL

    • Jade says:

      See I hadn’t read anything but gushing reviews so I was caught off guard that I didnt completely get mesmerized by this one. And if the guy is not swoony…then whats the point?

  4. Oh, I had almost forgotten about this series! I know I was curious a while back, but never quite intrigued enough to pick it up.

    I’m very glad you ended up liking it! It sucks you didn’t swoon over Vincent though and it makes me a bit less interested to pick it up, since I have to agree with Missie on this one! But I might have to, just to see what it’s about. I’m definitely curious about his family. 😉 Great review!

  5. I know what you mean. I think I enjoyed the side characters more than the main ones in this one. I also had an issue with the grandmother letting her stay the night with her boyfriend to work things out. After all this time, I still remember that. It seems so unrealistic and forced. Is that the only way that the story can be advanced? I listened to this one on audio so I always wondered if my feelings about it came from that. Great review!

    • Jade says:

      YES! The side characters had such personality while Kateie and Vincent were kind of boring. And I thought the Grandma giving permission to spend the night was unbelievable and not cool at all. Completely unrealistic.

  6. Brie says:

    Does this end on a cliffhanger? Because at this point, every time I see a YA Paranormal that’s part of a series, I make sure there’s no cliffhanger involved. Sadly, chances are, there is 🙁

  7. Olivia says:

    Die for Me will definitely be going on my “favorites” shelf. I absolutely ADORED this book!! This addictive story had all the elements that I look for in a favorite novel: smart and relatable protagonist, very-near-perfect *cough* HOT love interest, wonderfully executed story, great supporting characters, awesome setting (PARIS!!), and a new and interesting mythology.

    Thanks for the beautiful review.


    • Jade Jade says:

      I did like the mythology and the world building in this one. The MC’s were just okay for me, but the secondary characters were cool.

  8. Lena says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this for some time, glad you did a review on it because your sentiments usually align with mine. So I will try it and see how it goes.

    Thanks for sharing a insightful review.

  9. I love the cover. Something about the undead and Paris always draws my attention. I understand about something interesting on the cusp but …nada. Arrgh! Frustrating!