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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen

The Blurb:
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 Review:
Die for Me is the first book in the Revenants Series by Amy Plum. I found something pretty unique within this book. I don't really want to call them zombies, although they compared themselves to zombies within the book. I don't want to call them ghosts either, but they definitely have some ghost-like qualities. They called themselves the revenants, which means "ghost", "undead", or "to come back" in french. That term still makes me think of vampires and zombies, but to me these guys are something entirely different. To me these guys were like some kind of supernatural heroes. You have to read it to see what I mean. The whole idea behind how they come back, who they are, and what they do give us something different to read within paranormal fiction, and I enjoyed the originality quite a bit.

The characters were pretty great too. The romance was an instant one, but it had rocky moments. The fact that Vincent is what he is makes things a little hard for Kate to handle. And guess what? I don't see a love triangle happening! Possibly some jealousy, but no triangle. Yay! I enjoyed the supporting characters as well. Jules was my favorite, by far. I loved his attitude and flirty personality.

Paris was always one of those places that I never really cared about going to. Of course, I wouldn't turn down a trip if the opportunity presented itself, but it wasn't on my top five list. With that being said, Paris seemed like the perfect setting for this story and it now has me a little more intrigued then I was before. It was your city of romance with a dark side.

I'm excited about this series, and I can't believe I didn't start reading it sooner. I had no idea it would be so different and fun. This isn't just another paranormal romance.

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About the Author:
Amy Plum is the author of the International Bestsellers DIE FOR ME (Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal), UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE. The books have been translated into eleven foreign languages. The trilogy is accompanied by an eNovella entitled DIE FOR HER.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now lives in Paris with her two kids and big red dog Ella.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.

Check out videos and extras from Amy at Revenant Central.

To learn more about Amy Plum and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

1 comment :

  1. Oh I so loved this series! So original. Hope you like the next two books!


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