Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Die For Me By Amy Plum Review #77

Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Chapters
Available: Now
First Lines:"The first time I had seen the statue in the fountain, I had no idea what Vincent was."
Rating: 3/5

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?
Ah I want someone to die for me. Or *cough* I would like to be able to love someone so much that I would be willingly to risk my life for them. Society needs more Vincents(male lead). Miss.Plum may I ask where I can find one like him? Because seriously either chivalry is dead or it's hiding. Vincent is like every girls dream boyfriend. He's handsome, cute, gentlemanly, a bit of a flirt, rides a vespa and will do anything for his girlfriend. Of course their is a catch, like with all paranormal male leads. He is of course a paranormal creature, and no he is not a vampire (though by the title I see where you might of got that conclusion from). I also couldn't help but imagine Thomas Mcdonell as Vincent. I wonder how that actor would sound with a french accent.

However everyone must give props to Ms. Plum for creating her own, original, paranormal creature. I won't tell you what he is, you'll have to go and read it to find out. Yes other authors have created their own version of a already existing creature, but Miss Amy actually created her own paranormal myth/beings. This, in my opinion, was the best part of the novel. It makes it more interesting to the reader to not read the same-old-beings-story but to read a new-paranormal-beings-story. Don't get me wrong their is still the same Romeo/Juliet theme and the usual dilemmas in the paranormal romance genre.

Now you may be wondering why I rated it 3/5 instead of 5/5. Well even though the originality, fast pace and ending-that-left-me-wanting-more score high in my book, their was still some things that made me dislike the book. First of the dialogue, even though it gave me a few good chuckles, was unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone talking like that. Secondly the book didn't have that much action in it, not until the end, and for me that was kind of disappointing.

What I liked about the book: Kate ( A Female Lead who is strong, normal, loves book and I can relate to) , the paranormal gang (Vincent's friends were awesome especially Ambrose and Jules) and the setting (which I will go into further detail below).

The setting in Die for Me is Paris. A setting which you don't see often in YA books (or I haven't anyways). I have never been to Paris or any of the places that are mention in the book. Usually when a author describes a historical, beautiful place I will have to go online to get further imagery because a lot of the time the imagery isn't describe enough for me to imagine it. However Amy Plum does a fantastic, tremendous, out shining job of describing Paris and all the places in me. I applaud her because she has now made me, more then ever, eager to go Paris. I really felt I was there.

Overall readers will definitely eat up this new Paranormal series. I think by the end of this book readers can agree that Kate truly deserved Vincent. Someone once told me that: When someone leaves your life, then another will walk right in. And I saw Vincent as that. Not as a paranormal being but as a person who saved Kate from further depression :) He was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Yours Truly,


Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I'm a paranormal lover so it sounds like it will work for me. Dreamy love interest!

T.V and Book Addict said...

I love your wording, so lovely. It's good to know the ups and downs this book had. I'm still curious, but I'm sure I'll feel the same way about this one as you. I'm very, very curious about the parts in the book that made you want to go to Paris. I've also never been there and this book will probably serve as quite the teaser.

T.V and Book Addict said...

Oooh and that actor is CUTE. I saw him in that movie Prom recently. I only watched it bc I took my 10 year old cousin. Ah it was so meh :/

Book Monster said...

@T.V I saw it to and out of all of it he was the only good thing in my opinion lol

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

the leads sound really good!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Hm, I've heard some great things about this one, though not so great things from two of my close blogger friends... so torn! Great review though, and I love the sound of Paris, the unique paranormal aspects (the Revenant?), and that cutie. :D

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