03 May, 2011

Die for Me - Review

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Die for Me by Amy Plum
Publication date: 10 May, 2011 from Harper Teen
ISBN 10/13: 0062004018 / 9780062004017


Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Keywords: Contemporary, fantasy, adventure, ghosts

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From goodreads.com:

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?

How I found out about this book: downloaded the e-ARC from Netgalley.com.

Alethea's review: I do like the mythology that Plum builds around her paranormal creatures--the revenants--though the exposition of this takes place as a Q&A format that's just slightly less awkward than Courtney Allison Moulton's Angelfire, the rules of her alternate world are interesting, at least. The main characters, and for that matter, the secondary characters, hardly aroused any emotional response from me, however.

Apart from some battles with the evil revenants, or numa (who feed on dying souls rather than sacrificing themselves for them) there isn't a lot of tension that isn't built around Kate and Vincent's slap-dash romance--one which skews too close to Twilight for my taste. (The good news is, if you still really really like Twilight--you'll enjoy this book!)

Normally I'm a fan of flouting stereotypes, and Plum, to her credit, does a bit of that. Frenchmen like English, and French grand-mère's say "Katya" instead of the expected "Katie". It had the strange effect of blending the separate characters too much (not a good thing with such a big cast of characters) and didn't help with my unwillingness to suspend my disbelief. The story also didn't have as much action as I was hoping for. There's a stabbing and some falling off of bridges, as well as an off-screen sword fight. All in all, I wasn't engaged by the story until the final boss battle, and then only just.

If you're more a fan of romance than adventure, you'll probably enjoy this a lot more than I did. I really prefer stronger, snarkier female characters like Astrid from the Killer Unicorns series by Diana Peterfreund, Dru from Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels, or the snarky Sophie from Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall.

Die for Me reads a little more like a travel narrative of Paris than a fantasy novel, with a few relevant tidbits from history worked in for those of us who like that kind of thing. It gets points for a great cover, clever world-building, and not much else.


Die for Me is Amy Plum's debut novel, and Book 1 of The Revenants series. Visit the author online at http://www.amyplumbooks.com/, and follow @iHeartRevenants on Twitter.

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2 comments:

  1. Aw! I really enjoyed Die For Me (then again, I also liked Angelfire. Lol). Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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  2. Oh, hee- even though this wasn't quite your cup of tea, you had me as "travel narrative of Paris." I studied abroad in Paris in college, so I suspect I'd enjoy this one. And I still do like Twilight, so hey. :D Sign me up, right? I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one!

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