Die for Me

Paperback | April 3, 2012

byAmy Plum

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Die for Me is the first in an internationally bestselling paranormal romance series by Amy Plum. This thoroughly original young adult novel caused Booklist to proclaim, "Move over, Bella and Edward."

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she has to leave everything behind and move to Paris to live with her grandparents. Kate knows her life will never be the same. But she has no idea how right she is…until she meets Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix puts Kate in danger of losing her heart all over again. Especially when Kate discovers his impossible secret: Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny and enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. And Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Die for Me is the first book in a trilogy rich with atmosphere and thrills. Readers will no doubt agree with New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike, who said, "I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title."

This paperback edition has extras inside. Discover some of Kate's favorite things; enjoy a sneak peek at Until I Die, the sequel to Die for Me; and more!

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Die for Me is the first in an internationally bestselling paranormal romance series by Amy Plum. This thoroughly original young adult novel caused Booklist to proclaim, "Move over, Bella and Edward."When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she has to leave everything behind and move to Paris to live with her grandparen...

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My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were moving to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my life would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, he put me in danger of losing m...

Amy Plum is the international bestselling author ofAfter the Endand the Die for Me series. She spent her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, her twenties in Chicago and Paris, and several more years in London, New York, and the Loire Valley. Now she lives in Paris and swears she'll never move again.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062004024

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once you start you won't stop Incredibly addicting and amazing in way where you also learn a little about Parisian culture as well as develop both a new love and fear for the dead.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready for a new addiction! As the title hints, this book had me hooked. Literally from page 1. And can I say, I am ever more in love with the idea of Paris? Who knew it could get more romantic, right? Part of the excitement was the delving into a rarely explored kind of supernatural and it was completely refreshing! Just bought the next two and am insanely excited to keep the story going!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Die For Me, the first in a series of three books by Amy Plum is sure to spark some binge-reading! Amy Plum invites us into a Parisian world veiled in secrecy, danger and intoxicating romance. The story follows Kate Mercier, a teenage girl who moves to Paris to live with her grandparents and sister Georgia after the tragic death of her parents. Kate tries to escape the grief that still haunts her but fears her “ordinary” life will forever be filled with days of sadness. It is not until she finds herself one fateful day at the cafe, Saint-Lucie that she realizes everything is about to change. Kate's life is soon to become anything but ordinary, because there is nothing ordinary about Vincent DeLacroix. Vincent may look like a typical 19-year-old, stunningly handsome boy but he has been around for centuries, he is part of a fellowship known as the "Revenants", or more accurately, "Bardia". Revenants walk the earth gaurding and protecting humans through acts of heroism and self-sacrifice. Vincent is immediately drawn to "the sad girl", Kate and his infatuation with her is unyielding. There isn't anything Vincent would not do for Kate, even if it means resisting death. Kate finds herself captivated by Vincent's charm, beauty, clever wit and sincerity. She suddenly feels alive again, full of colour, like one of her many favourite paintings at the Louvre. Once Kate discovers more about his dangerous world and the sacrifices that Vincent and his family must make, she realizes the complexity and risks weighing on their relationship. Kate must decide if the loss of love is worse than death itself.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Highly recommend! This book sucked me right in. I can't wait to read the others in the series! (Just wish they were cheaper!)
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Die for me It was OK, your average cliche love story.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Die for me Wonderful book if you love supernatural romance:-)
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second read As I've read it for the second time, it's still as amazing as the first time
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second read Hey Everyone! I am a total book fanatic! I love everything about books, reading them, the feeling you get reading an especially thrilling book, even the smell of a book sets me off! I'm 15 years old and love books that have some kind of fantasy, romance, adventure and suspense. "Die For Me" was by far the best book i have ever read and let me tell you i've been through many. It was the perfect combination of everything. It was suspenseful, romantic, enticing, honestly perfect! I could not put the book down for a second! The book was about Kate a young girl, maybe about 17, i believe and she moved to France after her parents were killed in a car accident. Kate and her sister move in with their grandparents for a change of scenery and help moving on. Kate is in a tragic state after the loss of her parents, shes sad and lost and sees no point in living anymore. And then she met Vincent. Handsome, sexy, mysterious, who wouldnt fall in love with him? Kates whole world gets turned around the minute she falls for Vincent, obviously expected (sort of) but the ending? Incredible! As soon as your finished this book be sure to read Amy Plum's second book, Until I Die, her third If I Should Die and the amazing novella, which is only available on kobo, Die For Her. I hope you all love the book as much as I did! Happy Reading!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For YA readers with a love for Paris settings and romance! A gorgeous cover and an equally fantastic synopsis - how could I have possibly resisted picking up Die For Me?! A delicious Paris setting, a hot and steamy romance, and a set of mysterious characters that will instantly pull you in with a die-hard hankering to KNOW MORE!
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revenants- not your usual supernatural being! In a stupor of grief, after the tragic accident that claimed their parent's lives, Kate and her sister Georgia move to their grandparent's home in Paris, France to start over. Living in the old romantic city of Paris, each sister goes about their sadness in their own way. Georgia parties the nights away while Kate is left a barely functioning zombie that's just trying to get through the day until she can crawl back into bed again. But Kate begins to bear witness to strange and inexplicable events that quickly catapult her out of her slump and into a paranormal side of Paris that she never even knew existed. Set on the sprawling rooftops of Paris, with the iconic Eiffel tower in the backdrop and a beautiful girl overlooking everything - this gorgeous cover gives you an idea that it's a very romantic and innocent setting. It's a cover that draws you in (especially that red dress) with encircling vines, but it gives absolutely nothing away about the darker undertones of the story. At first I wasn't quite sure what to think of Kate. In her grief she was monotonous, but soon it became apparent that I could really connect with her and she was pretty much my geeky twin. She's a total escapist in the form of books or museums. I like that she's smart enough to deduce, rationalize and question things until she gets to the truth of it and everything clicks into place. There wasn't too much of running backwards in denial. She's quiet and a bit curt in her interactions sometimes - but this definitely works out when she's paired with the very charming Vincent. Vincent really personifies what you'd think a french gentleman would be like. Polite, smart, cultured, absolutely beguiling and witty! His bantering responses to Kate's straight faced answers completely loosen up the dialogue and move the story along in a very upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable way. It even starts to rub off on Kate as they grow closer together. But he lives a mysterious double life and it was thrilling to see how he would juggle his attraction to Kate and his duties. I've never heard of Revenants before reading this book. But according to Wiki, basically they're a ghost or reanimated body that comes back - usually for a specific purpose. In this case Revenants are inexorably destined to die repeatedly saving people. It was so refreshing to read about a supernatural entity that I had no knowledge of lore to compare to! Since they're immortal the characters come with a long and rich history that spans era's, whose reveals I always eagerly anticipate. Plum does an incredible job creating her Parisian setting. She uses landmarks and specifics to create a vivid vision of Paris for anyone that hasn't been. I went to Paris years ago, and whenever something familiar came up - it gave me an instant rush back to my trip. She even manages to slip in little Parisian life tips too, my favorite one was that everyone riding on the metro checks everyone else out (it's so true!). While these Revenants are ultimately the good guys, they of course have to have an arch nemesis. The strength of Kate and Vincent's adorable relationship (he's an absolute sweety, I'm a total sucker for his charm) is tested when a dangerous storm filled with secrets starts brewing and old enemies show up to settle the score. It started out a bit slow, but once everything's set up and revealed the action gets rolling and I couldn't put this book down until I was finished! It's such a perfect blend of action, adventure, the paranormal and it takes a hard look at what you're willing to sacrifice for the ones you love. Until I Die (the sequel) here I come!
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vincent and Kate = Looooveee!!! I absolutely loved this book from cover to cover (the cover is nice too so that’s another bonus). What was really nice was it was set in Paris and the descriptions of the setting was absolutely beautiful. They were well written and very descriptive, it really helped in imagining the setting and made the reading a more richer experience. The plot itself was interesting and something different that I have not read before. It was good with a nice mixture of action and romance. The romance part of the book was nice. Vincent is someone to drool over (he’s a good competition against Patch from the Hush Hush series. Hmm wonder who would win?) ah! but Jules is also worthy of attention because he’s such a flirty cad. I’d have to say, this book had quite an extensive list of rather memorable characters, each with their own personality so they can be easily distinguished between each other. The secondary characters are just as fun to read as the main characters (Georgia has her moments). Although the book is the first in a series, it’s also perfect as a stand alone. Sure, there’s questions to be answered and asked but the ending itself was just so perfect I absolutely loved it (plus it drove me to tears). I definitely recommend this to YA lovers, it’s a perfect book to read and enjoy.
Date published: 2012-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Your Average 'Love in Paris' Book. Yum, This book was really awesome! So packed with romance and thrill. This was perfect and was nowhere close to the average stories with people who fall in love in paris. I really liked how the author described everything from the settings to the even the smallest details. The Plot was amazing and the ending was never given away till well...the end. The characters were striking and I fell in love with them the moment they were first talked about. The story was amazing with a page turner at every corner. A-maz-ing! C:
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique take to the paranormal genre that's not vampires! Kate & her sister Georgia have been recently orphaned when their parents were in an accident. They are relocated to live with their grandparents in Paris. While Georgia is living up the party lifestyle to try and forget the pain, Kate has a different grieving process. She buries herself in books and museum visits by herself until she catches the eye of a handsome Frenchman by the name of Vincent. After witnessing an unsettling event involving Vincent and his friends, Kate discovers he’s a revenant, one who is destined to keep saving the lives of others forever. Him and his kind are faced with their evil counterparts and Kate must decide if her feelings for Vincent are worth her safety and life as she once knew it to be. Set in the present-day, Die For Me holds an old world quality to it as well. Vincent’s chauvinistic gestures from an earlier time mixed with Kate’s modern-day personality is a nice metaphor to the old and new of Paris. Although I personally found some of Vincent’s gestures to be a bit over-the-top cheesy, I merely attributed that to his character and his history. Plum has created a diverse group of distinct characters with very likable (and unlikable) personality traits. The story of the revenants is such a unique take on the often-saturated paranormal genre. What a breath of fresh air to not always read stories revolving around vampires! Plum’s writing of this beautiful setting is descriptive and transports you right into the scene that Kate is experiencing. When she’s sitting at a café reading a book, you feel like you’re right there next to her, seeing what she’s seeing. Filled with romance, action and a touch of the paranormal, Paris is the perfect location for this story. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intoxicating World I had my doubts about "Die For Me", but considering my need to read books and the lack of my usual reads--I gave it a try. I was not disappointed at all with the execution of this book. You could say the book follows the typical paranormal-romance formula, but there's much more added into this book that makes it stand out. First, the supernatural are much more interesting and not typical. Second, the characters are given realistic traits. There are insecurities about the characters that seem so life like, you'll probably be wondering the same thing. And I'm betting everyone who has read the book will connect with these characters, or at least know of someone who can relate. Amy Plum does a terrific job with her characters, and making them so realistic. I absolutely loved all the characters, and if you think it's just same old, same old--you're dead wrong. However, don't think her characterization is her only strong point. The world and mythology she has created in this novel are out of this world. There's no need for scientific facts or mythological beings. Amy Plum kind of brings in karma, which I now deem the "Law of the Universe". If you've heard the saying, "what goes around, comes around", then this the novel is sort of based on this. If you don't believe in karma, I pray that you don't do anything rash and upset the universe. I'm a fan of the paranormal and so far have been disappointed a bit by the lastest books in this category. "Die For Me" is an amazing read with a promising start to a great line of books. A story of love and pain intricately woven together to balance each other out is what you'll think of this book. With two lost souls searching for love and comfort, you'll be rooting for this couple throughout the entire book. Especially with the setting in Paris, France--the City of Light/Love!
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sweet, romantic tale! Rating: 3.5 out of 5! People have been recommending this book to me for forever, and I finally thought I'd listen! The whole idea of revenants — undead beings (who are not zombies!) with the irresistible compulsion to sacrifice their lives to save others — was definitely intriguing. And Amy Plum hit the mark with creating her world! The characters were so beautifully crafted that I found myself adoring every single revenant we were introduced to, especially Charlotte and Jules. Our heroine, Kate, was so intelligent and sweet that I completely loved her at first. But even though Kate and Vincent were great characters on their own, I just couldn't love them as a couple. It was too much insta-love without reason, too much talking about loving each other without showing, and too much not being able to function properly when apart — which I found really silly at times! I usually don't mind love-at-first-sight sorts of romances, but to me, this one felt forced. Still, with all of that aside, Die For Me was a pretty awesome debut! Original premise, great characters, and the beautiful Paris setting... It was enjoyable to read and the pacing made it easy to get lost in. I'm excited to see where the rest of the series is going! :) BUY or BORROW?: I borrowed this book, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it! If you're into sweet and original novels, Die For Me is the perfect book for your shelf!
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Start to Trilogy I’ve had Die for Me sitting on my shelf for quite awhile now, but I’m not exactly sure why it took me so long to finally read it! Amy Plum’s debut novel was an enticing read filled with romance and danger, and it was no wonder I found myself lost within the story in no time at all. As soon as I began turning the pages, I was already regretting not reading the novel sooner! Amy Plum swiftly sweeps her readers off to the city of Paris, where dark secrets await to be uncovered. I really loved the originality surrounding the concept of the revenants – undead beings who sacrificed themselves over and over again to save the lives of others. They weren’t quiet ghosts but neither were they straight-up zombies either. As Kate found herself more and more entrenched in the world of the revenants and the struggle against their enemies, it was also fascinating to learn more about the new mythology Amy Plum has introduced. Kate is definitely a stronger person than she gives herself credit for… and I liked how when it became too much for her to handle, she voiced her fears and concerns, and took a step back in realizing her own capabilities. The easy camaraderie between the characters in Die for Me made the novel all the more enjoyable to read! I loved how Vincent’s family welcomed Kate into the fold with acceptance and some teasing remarks which lightened the tension. Although I may have been initially sceptical by how easily Kate learned the big secret Vincent had been hiding about himself, I did appreciate how it kept a fast pace for the events to continue unfolding. Vincent was handsome, charming and just as dreamy as most girls would easily fall head-over-heels for, but I also had a soft spot for the sweet and funny Jules as well. If you’re looking for your next supernatural fix, Amy Plum’s Die for Me would be a perfect recommendation! With French boys who will leave you instantly swooning and heart-pounding excitement, all set against the gorgeous backdrop of Paris, what’s not to love about Die for Me? I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next novel in the Revenants trilogy, Until I Die, to learn what trouble will find Kate and Vincent next. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/12/die-for-me-by-amy-plum.html
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second time's the charm *March 2012 Edit* Okay, okay. I get it now. This book is pretty fabulous. For whatever reason was going on inside my head, I picked up Die For Me a second time and really enjoyed it the second time around. Maybe after almost a year of reading some pretty stupid YA romances, this one finally clicked with me. Kate and Vincent's relationship was so much more believable than a lot of relationships in YA. They talked, they went on a date, Kate actually decided at first that she didn't want to risk her heart and broke it off with Vincent. The secondary characters were fabulous and entertaining. I didn't find myself annoyed with almost anything, except the mope-fest. It still annoyed me the second time around. But that's my only complaint! Now I'm super stoked for the next one [book:Until I Die|12908877]. I'm going to leave my original review below, for merit's sake. And because I still am annoyed that so many publishers have used the same cover model for different books. *2011 Review* I feel like I should have given this book 4 or 5 stars, considering the praise it got from a lot of reviewers. It is supposed to be better than Hereafter and Starcrossed (neither of which I have read) and I went into it expecting something really special. It might just be that I'm finally at the point where I don't fall in love with a book so easily. Or because I knew things before they were revealed. I knew what Vincent was, who the bad guy was, and when the big "show down" between the two opposing sides went down, I knew what would happen. What I wanted was a story that I had no idea what the outcome would be. I wanted action--with a title like Die for Me, I was thinking there would be more, I don't know, death. Still, I didn't dislike it at all. I want to read the next book, but I hope there is a lot less pinning and a lot more taking charge on a lot of the character's behalves. And on a totally random tangent, I found out that Die For Me not only has the same cover model as one book, but two! And I love the cover, it's just starting to get really annoying that publishers can't get new photos for their books.
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a story about those flesh eating zombies... This as well as other reviews can be found here: http://thelittlebluepig.blogspot.com/201... I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book! Well, for this review purpose, I will try my vary best to sum up my chaotic thoughts on this book. When I say chaotic I don't mean bad I mean absolutely good! This magnificent Paris story begins in Paris, of course. Kate and her sister, Georgian, have lost their parents in a car accident and now live with their grandparents. How exciting, right? Not according to Kate, until she meets Vincent, the oh-so-handsom young man. Then she learns of his secrets and the secrets of his 'family'. Their all revenants, meaning undead. To prevent any spoiler spillage I am keeping this synopsis as short and sweet as understandably possible. I'm afraid of telling you guys something that was so fun to discover on your own. Where do I even begin? This concept and plot and creativeness and characters and all the nooks and cranies of this book was so original and refreshing, I stayed up late last night reading this, despite my head cold (which was demanding me of sleep). We have books on vampires and wolves, fairies and witches, ghosts and demons, but what about revenants? I've always known what a revenant was, hearing the term in Supernatural, but I never imagined someone using it in a book, and none other a book containg teen romance. For those who do not know what a revenant is, to speak generally they can be described as zombie-like. The revenant's in this book don't have rotting flesh and don't eat humans. These reveants are gorgeous, funny, mysterious, and dare I say it here, bad-ass! I'm not going to go into too much detail of how the author constructed this revenant creation, but know this, they are good. Period. Just remember that. Kate is the girl we are always in. Er, I mean we're always in her mind (that sounds better). So, the point of view is in dear Kate's perspective. She isn't annoying or naive. She's strong-minded but not tough like some girls are, making a reader annoyed. Her love for Vincent wasn't immidiate which I greatly appreciated. It was gradual and nice, actually. It was realistic. I like realistic. Vincent was what all us teen girls love in a good paranormal romance book. He's sexy, hot, protective, but also he has emotion, feelings. I hate the cardboard-thin boys in YA books that don't show emotions or pretend to hate the girl because he likes her. Vincent is the complet opposite. Amen. He didn't shy away from Kate, he laid down the truth (with a little force from Kate) and let her decide. Oh, Vincent, how I heart you. The other characters were just priceless. Jules was awesome and I totally wish I could have been in this book, experiencing everything, just so I can hear the jokes personally, up close. This book was funny at times, and I found myself laughing out loud late last night. All the revenants in this family had a great sense of humor and were just awesome. Simple as that. Read this! I'm telling you! Although I've read 3 other books this week, this one was the best. I needed this book to cheer me up. I've been sick with a head cold, making me sad and lonely. Ah, thank you books! My rating: 5 curly pig tails Flesh eating Zombies (hehehe), -Angela Side Note: This is nothing like Twilight. I don't see where people get this crazy idea, but it is clear as a sunny day that this is nothing like Twilight. Just because the author was inspired to write this after reading Twilight, does not, I repeat, does not mean it is like it. Vincent is much hotter and doesn't sparkle. Kate isn't annoying but strong-minded. Seriously, this is nothing like Twilight. Zelch. Zero. No similarities
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An original an enticing story! When I discovered that the setting of Die For Me was in France, I knew I had to get this book in my hands. I am in love with the Parisian setting and I was hoping to have a good dose of this wonderful place. I was not wrong. Amy Plum gave me France with tastes, smells, culture and more! The beautifully described Paris, enticing characters and captivating and original story, makes of Die For Me one of my favorite books of the year! Kate moves to France after loosing her parents in a tragic car accident back in the US. In Paris, she lives now with her grand-parents and sister Georgia. Here, Kate starts frequenting a café where she spends her evenings reading to distract herself from the sadness that brought her to France. It is in this café when she first sees him, Vincent. Oh Vincent! I was already into Kate's story when he were not there and then, I found myself absolutely immerse in this world from the moment he stepped into the page. Vincent is such a charming characters that will keep you turning pages with no-stop until you reach the last page. The chemistry between Kate and Vincent is deliciously enticing and I love the way their relationship evolve with struggles in a believable way. I can't make Kate justice enough. She is a very intelligent, down-to-earth girl. I love that she is aware of the pros and cons of her situation. She is not blinded by love and fights against her own heart. Although, we know the heart is often stronger than our minds. Amy Plum's world is one of the thing that picked my attention right away. It was exhilarating to be there and get to know this new concept of Revenants that Plum created. Amy Plum has created her own mythology! and she did it flawlessly! The story was also charged with action and lovable side characters that made of Die For Me a very complete world. I also need to mention that the beautiful and detailed descriptions narrowed to 0 the 5897.59 kilometers distance between Montreal and Paris. I was there! The ending is absolutely delightful and it will keep you dreaming about it for many nights after you finish this book. Die For Me by Amy Plum is a refreshing story filled with charming characters, action, drama and a captivating romance! With a delightful and to-dream-of ending, Die For Me will leave you longing in agony, for the next book to come. This is one of my favorite paranormal romances of the year! So, if you have not read it yet, go make it yours!
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really liked this book. The story was a nice break from the usual vampire/werewolf stories; I had only heard of revenants in passing before. The author wrapped up the storyline but left it open to a series, I would love to read Ambrose, Jules, and Charlottes stories. Am I the only one who would like to see Ambrose and Georgia get together?
Date published: 2011-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Was A Great Book Die For Me was a very good book and this is the first Zombie book I have ever read as well which I found very interesting, I'm normally not into zombie stuff so I was unsure about this book. But I'm happy to say that this isn't some eat your brains zombie book it's save people hero type zombies. I don't have much to say about this book except that I really liked it and I loved the characters and the storyline and the setting was awesome as well. Does anyone know if theres going to be a sequel? Check this book out. :0)
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FIVE BRIGHT and SHINEY STARS!!! Die for Me will definitely be going on my "favourites" shelf. I absolutely ADORED this book!! This addictive story had all the elements that I look for in a favourite novel: great protagonist (check), very-near-perfect *cough* HOT* love interest (check, check), wonderfully executed story (check), great supporting characters (check), awesome setting (PARIS!! check!), and so rare... it had an actual conclusion even though this is the first book in a trilogy! It had it all! Die for Me introduces us to a seldom written about paranormal creature called a revenant, and despite the "zombie" stereotype - where they are known to be evil, brainless and quite disgusting to look at... there is nothing icky about these revenants... not when they look (and act) like Vincent, Jules and Ambrose. The 'ology on revenants in this book was clearly explained and it worked so well. These revenants were once human--their first true death was the result of sacrificing themselves in place of someone else, and for whatever reason, some of those selfless individuals were chosen to come back from the dead and continue saving human lives... one at a time. Their purpose is so noble and one that they are very passionate about... it is part of who they are. They cannot deny their compulsion to save a human from certain death, which sometimes means their own death (from which they do come back from over and over again). Die for Me takes place in Paris, France. Kate, and her older sister Georgia, move to Paris to stay with their grandparents after they've lost their parents in a car accident. Trying to rejoin the living has proven very difficult for Kate especially... it's almost ironic who helps her heal... a revenant. I loved the relationships between the characters. Kate and her sister are close--they're each other's best friend--they also fight but they have each other's back, and they're both very different from each other. I liked that we saw a very real sisterly relationship between them. Kate was a great protagonist. She was REAL and honest. Her inner dialogue was relatable and understandable. I thought she was smart and had a great sense of humour, and her reactions to situations were realistic and believable. She didn't have that huge inferiority complex that many protagonists have... despite her baggage issues (dealing with the loss of her parents), she still had a good chunk of confidence in herself. Her relationship with the gorgeous and enigmatic Vincent progressed at a really believable pace and their romance had my heart melting left and right. It was sweet and sensuous. At first, I wasn't sure about Vincent, but I think I fell for him right along with Kate. A very charming and chivalrous 19 year old (well, in revenant years, he's much older... that's explained in the book... how they age) who catches Kate's eye at a cafe... not at school, which was another refreshing change of scenery. Yes, there was angst... but it didn't drag on for too long. The other characters added more than their share of richness to the story... the flirty Jules (who seems to have more than a friendly interest in Kate - possibly a potential love triangle... which I don't think I'll mind) to the adorable and brawny Ambrose. Little Charlotte, the lone female in this clan of revenants, is just incredibly sweet but also a little bit lonely, and her twin brother Charles. Kate and Georgia's grandparents (Mamie & Papy) were just lovable. Jean-Baptiste (JB) was sort of like the patriarch of this family of revenants... a cautious and more elderly revenant, along with the Gaspard -- the nervous but capable advisor and mentor. Of course, there are bad-guys... aka--bad revenants called the Zuma... they're revenants who are bent on destroying everything. I don't think we've heard the last from them. I think the one word that keeps popping in my head when I think of this story besides all the things that attracted me to it... like the romance, the revenants, the cover, etc., is that it was REAL... real with a paranormal twist. And I have to make a point about the cover... I'm a sucker for a great book cover... and in many cases, it's what sells me first on the book. But what made me most happy is that the pages inside lived up to this gorgeous cover. Finally, the ending wrapped up so nicely... no major cliffhanger...a nice conclusion that ties it all up with a beautiful bow... but with just a couple of dangling ribbons to be picked up in the sequel. I did not want to throw this book against the wall at the end because of a huge cliffhanger... in fact, I hugged this book. It made me happy!
Date published: 2011-06-08

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