Thursday, September 22, 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

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.

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 am 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?

Sometimes the cover gods smile on an author, and Amy Plum was lucky enough for this happen with her debut novel. As soon as I first saw it, I knew that it was a book that I would want to read. Luckily for the reader, the contents of the book don't do the cover an injustice.

Die for Me introduces a new kind of paranormal mythology to the YA world, which at times seems to be very saturated with vampires, werewolves etc. It is kind of a mixture of zombies, ghosts and gods as far as I can tell.

Kate Mercier is 16 years old and moved to Paris after the death of both of her parents in an accident. She lives with her grandparents and her older sister Georgia but she is finding it difficult to cope with everything that has happened in her life in the previous year. When she meets Vincent, she is immediately attracted to him, but what she doesn't know is that he is a revenant (“one who comes back”) and that means that he dies over and over again to save other people, thereby prolonging his life forever if he wishes. He is of course in a life or death battle with the enemy of the revenant - the numa - and they have to kill people in order to maintain their life strength.

Kate is introduced to Vincent's fellow revenants and must gain their trust as she learns more and more of the secrets of this strange new world that she has been introduced to.

As a YA heroine, the author avoided some of the cliches surrounding young kick-ass heroines for most of the book although there were moments where some cliche slipped in. Vincent is of course a teenage girl's dream, but he was definitely a likeable character and I can see why Kate reacted to him in the way she did.

One of the points of difference in this book was the use of Paris as the setting! Amy Plum clearly knows Paris and loves the city and it shows in the way she guides the reader through the city, both the well known sights, but also some lesser known features. She made me want to visit Paris again!

This is the first in a planned series and there is definitely a lot of scope for more development and exploration of the revenant/numa mythology. I also suspect that we are going to find out more about Kate's family background in future books which I definitely plan to read!

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

This review was originally posted at Australian Romance Readers


  1. Well - the cover is indeed beautiful. Plot sounds good. How was the dialog? did they sound like teens? Hate when a book about teens has the teens talking like middle aged people. LOL.

  2. Hi Marg.
    I have to agree with you regarding the cover. It caught my eye months ago on goodreads. I'm happy that you find the inside just as great as the outside. The paranormal mythology does sound a little different--which is refreshing. Having just visited Paris for the first time last month I love that this takes place there! Yay! I'm going to look for it at the library for sure!

  3. Good news! My library has the book!
    Bad news... the US cover isn't nearly as lovely. Oh well.

  4. This sounds really good! I'm tired of seeing werewolves and vampires everywhere. And I think I already have a crush on Vincent, just from the synopsis!

  5. I like it when YA paranormals take a new tack, and it sounds like this one does. What an imaginative premise, and you are right, the cover is divine! Thanks for putting this one on my radar. It sounds excellent!

  6. Zibilee, it was a bit refreshing to have something other than vampires and werewolves.

    Shelley, he was pretty good. Personally my favourite YA Parisian hero is still Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss but Vincent isn't bad.

    Christine, I couldn't find another cover.

    Mardel, they sounded fairly teeny. I guess it was somewhat toned down because of two factors - she was grieving and he was actually pretty old!

  7. My library has this cover version: Die For Me.

    It's nice... just not as 'ooo la la' lovely as the one you posted. :)

  8. Oh no. The original one is so much nicer!

  9. Love this book! I read the ARC a few months ago and it is definitely one of the best reads of the year for me. Can't wait for the next book to come out.