Title: Die for Me by Amy Plum
Published: May 10, 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: Bought for Kindle
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.
I love paranormal and this is one of the best ones I have read this year so far. Ms. Plum’s writing is exquisite, so down to earth and easy to digest. The novel has a similarity to Twilight in the sense of the innocent girl falling in love with the immortal handsome boy. But, for me, that is were the similarity ends. Die for Me introduces a new premise in the revenats, kind of an undead (zombie?) beings with a compulsion for saving lives.
The characters in the novel were very well developed. I felt that I got to know and like Kate a lot. Vincent is a boy after my own heart. He has lived for a while, and knows that what he has found with Kate is precious and he treats it as such. Their relationship was believable and so sweet. I can’t wait to see what happens next to this lovely couple!
The secondary characters don’t necessarily take second place as they were also well developed and complement the story nicely. The setting of the story, Paris, is another main character in the story and the descriptions of the buildings, river, bridges, all made Paris come alive in the pages of the story.
If you love paranormal and are looking for something new that is also full of romance, this is the book for you. Great debut! The sequel, ‘Until I Die’ will not be published until next year, oh the agony. Check out Ms. Plum’s website, specially the extras (*wink*)
About the cover: The cover is so pretty, the red makes it pop and the model facing away from gives it an air of mystery. You can see Paris in the background which is very appropriate. I also love the swirls.