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Die for Me Paperback – April 3, 2012
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“I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.” (Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series)
“Action and drama abound. Plum has done an excellent job of setting up the rules for her creations and following them closely. Fans of this genre will have their appetites reignited by this new addition.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Move over, Bella and Edward. Plum introduces a world and a story that are sure to intrigue teen readers and will easily attract fans of the Twilight series.” (Booklist)
“The lush Parisian setting and gorgeous characters make this an immersing, franchise-ready story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Plum’s debut is the perfect combo of romance and thrills, with heart-pumping action that will make you jump and love that will make you cry out for joy. You’ll hang on every word, reading late into the night, waiting to find out what’s next.” (Romantic Times)
“Intense romance, action-packed adventure, filled with danger and uncertainty.” (New York Journal of Books)
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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 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. But I was ready to let it happen.
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'm 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? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like in Twilight, the hero is an old soul in a young body. Because Vincent died young, he looks like a hunky nineteen-year-old. But because he has been around so long, he has the sophistication, patience & maturity of an older male. The heroine, Kate, who has an old-fashioned beauty, is mature for her years due to her love of books and culture and because of her experience with tragedy at a young age.
No profound themes but a fun story. Book 1 of 3. Sweet romance, kissing & intense talking. Clean read.
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 344 pgs
Rating: **+ (I liked it.)
Review: First off, excellent concept. The idea of people who save the lives of other constantly, who battle evil. I love the idea. I was swept in at the beginning and was right with Kate as she discovers Vincent and who he is. Then in the middle it swung off the tracks for me. I think I wanted something packed with action, and if I'd read this as a basic romance with some thrills, I would have seen it differently. The middle became all about their relationship and much less about the larger plot that involved revenants--and that's what I wanted to explore. So, unfortunately, for me, by the end, the action felt contrived and settled fairly easily. The middle also felt like Twilight, but in Paris. The author began with some distinctions between the French culture, but also as the book went further along, it lost that. The characters--besides Kate and her sister, who are American--all spoke like Americans, using colloquialisms that the author corrected early on. Not sure if I'm interested enough to read the second and third books.
Sex - 2+/5 She and Vincent cut off a passionate kiss that both infer is very close to leading further. They kiss passionately several times. Kate discusses nude people in art. There is a nude model in Jules' apartment when Kate visits.
Language - 2/5 Constant vain use of "God." Two instances of "Damn"
Violence - 3/5 Lots of discussion of people dying and how they died. Fighting. A detailed and gory fight scene at the end.
Substance Abuse - 1/5 They got to clubs and other characters drink alcohol, though Kate drinks only Coke. She drinks "bubbly" at her birthday dinner.
Source: Bought on Kindle during a $1.99 promotion
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Let me start off by saying that I love Amy Plum's work. She is a beautiful writer and it is only made better by an amazing imagination and an outstanding story. Die For Me is actually a reread for me. The third book in the series recently came out and I am rereading the first two so I am not blind sided when I go to read the third. The first book is exactly what I remembered it to be, a wonderful and creative story.
It is hard to write a story that takes place in a country or place that the reader is unfamiliar with, let alone incorporating a completely different language into it. Yet, somehow, Amy Plum has managed to ease her readers in with grace and to a degree where, if you are ever confused, it isnt for long. She explain unfamiliar settings in a way that doesn't get too boring and you start skipping paragraphs (a terribly bad habit I have, especially with rereads) and not too little as to the point of being utterly confused. Plum found a happy medium that satisfies her audience as well as doing Paris credit.
Getting into the story more, we stumble upon a familiar love story. A supernatural being falling in love with a human against all odds and reason. With what is probably the most common and cliche basis for a story, Plum works her magic. Not that the story is entirely unique on its own, but with a setting not commonly seen and a supernatural race that hasn't really reached mass media, Plum makes and old story her own.
A common problem when incorporating a lot of characters is forgetting about some here and there and under playing some while over playing the ones you have had time to develop. Plum didn't seem tot have this problem. All of her characters that came into light got their fair share in the spotlight, which is something I highly respect as a reader. Amy gives you enough information to keep you guessing while not giving enough that it gives the story line away and makes you feel like the author thinks you're stupid.
The biggest problem I had with this story was in the romantic aspect. Vincent and Kate (the main characters) remind me too much of Edward and Bella... but in reverse almost. Kate runs away every time things get hard and after brooding for a while she runs back to Vincent who takes her back with open arms. And, at the same time, she blindly accepts so much of his world, while rejecting the human aspects of it. Oh the calming touch superpower thing? No problem. The dying thing.. not so much.
Overall, not a bad story and beautiful writing. The character development was fantastic and while the plot line was a little over played, Plum worked with what she had to make it her own. I am giving the story a 9/10 and a A- performance. Stay tuned for the review of Book 2 in the Revenant Series!