Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Series: Revenants (#1)

Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 10th, 2011
IBSN: 9780062004017

Source: NetGalley

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

Die For Me is Amy Plum's paranormal debut novel, set in the city of lights, Paris. Since Anna And The French Kiss, I'll pick up any YA set in France.

   The old cover, that I prefer
to the real one. I'm
a notorious swirly hater.
Die For Me created a unique paranormal world, but it didn't create unique characters. Our main character is the usual grief-stricken, insecure sister to a girl who out shines her.

It also suffers from what I've heard referred to as 'Twilight syndrome', where almost nothing happens for most of the book, and then the complication is tacked onto the end. Though, to be fair, it at least hinted at what was coming (eg. Kate meeting the villain about half way in, and having a weird feeling about him).

Die For Me was, overall, pretty light. I didn't think the writing style was bad, but it wasn't great. The chemistry/relationship between Vincent and Kate wasn't bad, but wasn't great. The plot wasn't bad, but wasn't great. It felt pretty average to me - enjoyable, but not enthralling.

In short, I had mixed feelings about this book, but the premise was interesting and I'm curious to see where the rest of the series goes.

I give Die For Me a 3 out of 5.