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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Die for Me by Amy Plum

Title: Die for Me
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #1
Pages: 341 (Hardcover)
Source: ARC from NetGalley

Published by: HarperTeen
Release date: May 10th 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?

I was really excited to read this book! See the cover? Who wouldn’t want to read a book as gorgeous-looking as that? The prologue itself was enough to grab my attention. I knew then that I was in for a real good treat.

I really love the premise of Die for Me. The characters have very distinctive qualities and the revenants are hot! I love zombies but, good-looking undead French boys?? That is a major plus for me! Plum’s Die for Me is a new take on a paranormal romance. But you know what? Oh, I hate this part. All this didn’t work out for me.

The problem is, the romantic development between Vincent and Kate is too fast. They fell in love just after the first quarter of the book. I didn’t have time to feel giddy and excited during their get-to-know phase. So by the time I reached the first half, their relationship just about annoyed me. They still flirt a lot, but it didn’t work out for me. It also made the whole thing a bit unrealistic. I really wish that Plum took the romance more slowly. And while this book oozed with romance, it lacked a great deal of action. The last quarter of the book made up for the lack of action though, but the predictability kind of cancelled that out.

Despite Vince and Kate’s super fast relationship development, its plot is slow. Some of the events by the second half seemed a little forced as well. I found a plothole too that I hope I just overlooked the answer to; Jean-Baptiste asks the police to hand him the revenants’ corpses in exchange for something every time they die. If this happened one too many times before, don’t the police recognize the revenants’ faces? If you have read or are planning to read this book, do me a favor and try to search for the answers to this.

I had high hopes for Die for Me, but I’m sorry to say that it didn’t quite reach to my expectations. However, I’ll still be on the lookout for its sequel. I’d love to give this book another chance.



Unknown said...

Hmm, this one looks like it might be worth a try... Thank you for the honest review!

Lisa said...

Oh that's a little disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this one! It arrived in the mail a few days ago..

alovelywriterxo said...

-I think I might give this book a try. Hopefully I can find the answers to your questions! But, it's sad that this wasn't your favorite. It looks good. But you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover. I guess this is one of those.

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