Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Die For Me (The Revenants Series, #1) by Amy Plum

Die For Me (The Revenants Series, #1)

Author: Amy Plum

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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: I had been reluctant to read Die for Me but I had heard good things about the book so I teamed up with my eleven-year-old niece to read it. She fell in love with the book right from the beginning. I, on the other hand, almost collapsed from boredom. I only read as much of the book as I did because my niece wanted to keep going and I hate not being able to finish a book. But halfway through the book I gave up, skimmed some of the second half, and decided to just jump to the last chapter.

Kate Mercier is a sixteen-year-old girl who has recently lost both her parents in a tragic accident and has had to leave the home she grew up in to live with her grandparents in Pairs, France. Where her sister Georgia takes to Paris life with zeal and finds comfort in new friendships, Kate secludes herself, unable to let go of the pain of losing her parents. Soon she meets the gorgeous Vincent and finds herself in a strange world where the dead don’t remain dead.

The concept behind the Revenants was the best aspect to the book. They act as pseudo-guardians in a way. It was a new twist to how zombies are portrayed and was an original idea.

There weren’t many characters I liked out of the book. I like that fact that Kate is introverted, loves books and art, and likes hanging out at coffee shops but she didn’t have any real spark to her personality. She lacked dimension and even though she’s supposed to have gone through growth in the book, it just wasn’t realistic enough considering she makes such stupid and reckless decisions throughout the book. Georgia is even more reckless, ditzy, and lacks depth. Vincent is mysterious, gorgeous, and charming. He was a likeable enough character but he was just too bland. I did enjoy both Jules and Ambrose’s characters. Jules started off as a total jerk but once he let his guard down, he was funny and charismatic. Ambrose was loveable from the beginning and just so laid back and open; you couldn’t help but like him.

The setting of the book was also another great aspect to the book. Pairs acted as the background and was set up beautifully; enticing the reader to jump on the nearest plane and head off to the city of lights. A scene I liked was when Vincent was able to take over Kate’s body. They both worked together to fight off the antagonists and it was a nice little twist.

But there wasn’t much more to the book that offered any real depth or originality. The main character suddenly heals from the loss of her parents after she meets and falls for the mysterious handsome boy who is stalking her. She finds him frustrating but can’t keep her heart from falling because there’s just “something” about him. The main character finds out the truth about the lead male character and she takes everything in strive, barely freaking out about anything. The best friend of the male lead character seems to be heading in the direction of falling for the main female lead which will in no doubt create a love triangle in future books. There isn’t much that happens in the plot; just a lot of revelations, dates, attempts at romance and some action scenes that come in the third half of the end of the book.

There just wasn’t anything about this book that really pulled me in or made me feel any real connection to the story or characters. The dialogue was bland or nauseatingly corny. Most of the characters, including the two main leads, weren’t developed much. The plot was pretty flat and the ending predictable.

Fans of the Twilight Saga and the last two books in the Mortal Instrument Series that have come out will most likely enjoy Die For Me.

For other Paranormal/Fantasy/Zombie fans, I suggest you turn elsewhere to get your fix.

About the Author: Amy Plum is author of the International Bestsellers DIE FOR ME (an Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal) and UNTIL I DIE. The final book in the trilogy, IF I SHOULD DIE, will be released in May 2013.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now lives in Paris with her two kids and big red dog Ella.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.

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