Author: Amy Plum
Release date: May 10, 2011
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel
Missy's take -
Die For Me ended up being a surprise read for me. I had seen a mix of reviews on it, but decided I would give it a shot anyway. A friend gifted me with a copy and I dug right in. I ending up totally adoring this story.
Kate is living in Paris with her grandparents after the death of her mother and father. She is depressed and going through a very rough period after the loss. She separates herself from people and spends her time reading books so that she can escape the reality she is in. After some encouragement from her family she ends up spending some time in area cafes reading. They figure that it will at least get her out of the house. This is where she first spots Vincent. He is extremely attractive, mysterious and, she feels, completely out of her league.
The relationship that she had with Vincent progressed way more quickly then what I normally prefer. While insta love doesn't generally deter me from a book or the story, I do get a little tired of it. I like a book that actually builds the relationship with the characters. I like them to have more elements to the relationship rather than instant attraction to one another and nothing else to really base it on.
Overall, looking past the insta love, I really did enjoy the story itself. The whole aspect of the revenants that are a different kind of "zombie-like" character. Most of the supporting characters were extremely likable. I am looking forward to checking out the next in the series!
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