Die for Me by Amy Plum

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Pages: 341
Source: purchased
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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. --Goodreads
 After the death of her parents, Kate and her sister moved to their grandparents’ house in Paris.  Kate was having trouble coping but, after lots of coaxing, her family finally got her out of the house.  At a café, she meets Vincent who has secrets that he is not entirely ready to give up yet.  But Vincent has something about him that makes Kate feel better when she is with him.  When she discovers his secrets, she is unsure if she should continue their relationship.  She becomes involved in Vincent’s secrets so much so that Kate may have to sacrifice certain things to be with him.  Is she ready to take on such a commitment?

Die for Me is a wild ride of love that you don’t want to miss.  It is a fast read with a plot that keeps you itching for more.

Amy Plum, you are amazing.  My zombie history has consisted of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Strange Angels series.  Never before have I encountered zombies like this, and truly I do not want to even count them as zombies except that that is what those characters are.  Such original zombies; if you are debating whether to read this book or not, definitely read it because these zombies are just one of the most unique creatures that I have seen in a while.  Sure, there is blood and gore and scenes that made me go, “Ew, gross” but not in the way you think.

With a new kind of zombies to understand and an amazing plot to appreciate, there may have been confusion.  However, Plum explained to readers through her characters how to understand these new zombies beautifully.  It was fun and easy to read and I, never once, got lost in a “Wait, how did he do that?” moment.  Plum’s writing was so imaginative and whisked me away to magical Paris with a bunch of awesome zombies.  Yes, Paris!  I long to travel to Paris, but for now, I will have to read books about it.  But that’s fine because it brings me to fantastic pieces of work such as this one.

Kate was annoying, sometimes.  I really loved her voice and loved listening to all the descriptions of her trips to the café and what books she was reading.  Still, she cried A LOT.  I realize that she was going through a bad time in her life.  Her parents had just passed away a few months ago and now she had just met a zombie.  Yeah, I would cry a bit too, but she cried too much.  Even though I loved her voice and style, she lost a few points with all her crying.  These creatures, the new kind of zombies were amazing and fun to read about, but they were also obsessive stalkers.  It was kind of weird, getting involved with Vincent, getting to know more about his world, and knowing that he was probably watching Kate wherever she would go.  Still, I loved Vincent; he was a gentleman and I had to keep reminding myself that he was a stalker.  I couldn’t help loving all the zombies.

Side note: I had so much fun with this book and not just with reading, but with the title as well.  When asked what I was reading, I would look up at my friends’ faces and hold up the book, “Die for me?” I would ask.  Thank you for the book title, because I now know only half of my friends would actually die for me, while the other half told me that it depends on the situation.  Thank you, Die for Me.

Overall, this book was action packed and one-of-a-kind.  Cannot wait to get back into this world with its second installment, it will be so much fun.  This was a refreshing and fast read that captured my mind and led me into a world full of awesome zombies that I couldn’t get enough of.

First Sentence:
“The first time I had seen the statue in the fountain, I had no idea what Vincent was.”
-Die for Me by Amy Plum, p. 1

 Rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences.

Cover: 3
Characters: 3
Writing Style: 5
Plot: 4
Ending: 4


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  1. I really wanted to learn more about the revenants. I guess book two does a little more to elaborate, but it still doesn't give up enough. Are you planning on continuing the series?

  2. It's good to know that you loved this book aswell! I agree that Amy Plum's writing is beautiful. Other than Vincent i thought that Jules was awesome and adorable! I'm looking forward to read Until I die.

    Great review! :)

  3. I just bought this for kindle and am looking forward to reading it. I don't know why I didn't know this, but I had no idea there were zombies. Now I'm even more excited.

    I found your blog through the comments on Katie's Book Blog and see that you are going to BEA. It's my first time going, too, and I am also nervous and excited. Are you going to the book blogger conference as well?