Saturday, December 17, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

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?

I've had this book in my "to be read" pile for quite some time.  Months even.  I was going to say I'm not sure why it took me so long to read it, but I actually know.  I was burned out on vampire stories, and I really thought that was what this story was going to be, despite the word "revenant" being in mentioned.  I was really pleasantly surprised.  I don't think I've seen this concept yet, so Amy Plum has managed, at least to me, to find an untapped paranormal element here that others haven't done a whole lot.  This definitely upped the uniqueness factor for me and made this story a surprising change, and surprisingly engaging.

I really Kate and Georgia both.  Granted, the story centers mostly around Kate, as she is the main character, but the scenes with her and her sister are some of my favorites in the book.  Having a sister so close in age seems, to me, like such a neat thing, as they could share experiences, go out together, and have fun, etc...  On the flip side though, I did briefly wonder how realistic that was, as most sibling so close in age are at each other's throats.  But add to the mix the deaths of their mother and father, and it made sense to me.

Vincent and his world was definitely a welcome and unique change to some of the other paranormals I've seen out there, and I really enjoyed getting to explore this new element.  I did pause a little over how quickly Kate and Vincent seemed to fall for each other.  It seemed a little rushed and more of the "you're good-looking/beautiful, and thus I love you after two days" variety.  But it wasn't completely distracting or anything, and the story was engaging enough that I went with it.

Basically, this was a really unique and entertaining debut, and I enjoyed it.  I will definitely pick up the sequel.
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