Author: Amy Plum
Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult
Series: Revenants #1
Hardcover, 341 pagesPublication: May 10th 201l by HarperTeen
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Source: Won through giveaway
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 had Die for Me in my TBR pile for awhile, but I read the synopsis and thought…’oh, probably the usual YA books’ so I never picked it up. After finishing it, I wished I picked up the book sooner! Plum’s twist on the mythology of revenants was refreshing, no vampires, werewolves, or faeries in this book. Plum’s revenants are like zombies but different, the revenants die over and over when they save someone else’s life. The overall take on revenants’ is really well-written and complex, and made for an interesting read. I like that the author sprinkles the information throughout the book, and didn’t bog the readers down with info-dumping.
The setting is Paris, France, and what a wonderful choice. I never been to any countries, but the author did a great job of painting a descriptive Paris that I can picture myself there. I definitely think the location of the story made this paranormal YA different from other books I’ve read. The setting laid down the overall tone of the book, creating a mysterious yet romantic feel to the novel. I really like Kate; she’s just your typical and most time relatable sixteen-year-old. Kate and her sister Georgia reminded me of my sister and I. I like being at home and reading whenever possible while my sister loves to go out clubbing. Kate isn’t a totally kick-butt heroine, but she isn’t a damsel in distress either. When the leader of the Numi clan came to look for Vincent, she never backed down from his challenge and did what she could to protect the people she cared about. Vincent was also a great love interest, he isn’t shy about expressing his feelings, and kind of reminded me of modern knight in shining armor. It is stated in the book that revenants get kind of obsessive/stalker-ish about people they save…and there were moments where Vincent was a like creepy-stalker-ish. Being kind of of stalker-ish is not romantic people lol.
Finally this brings me to the secondary characters, the other revenants that live with Vincent. I love them as much as I love the two main characters. They’re all funny and different, and I enjoy the little brotherly/sisterly bickering that goes on amongst them. Overall a great start to a new series that I can’t wait to read more of it. There was not a lot of action, but what lacked in action was made up for in witty, great dialogue between all the characters, great setting, suspense, and a deliciously budding romance. I highly recommend this to all paranormal, and young-adult readers. This is a series not to be missed, and is not of the regular YA variety. A fresh and exciting read indeed! :)