Die for Me by Amy Plum

Came out: May 8, 2011

Pages: 341

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: ARC

Source: Inkwood

Age Group: Young Adult

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                                                                         Die for Me (Revenants)

Recommended for Ages

12 and Up

                                                              due to violence

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.

I constantly consider myself a fan of paranormal romance. Fallen, Hush Hush, Deadly Little Secret, Firelight, Vampire Academy, Nevermore, etc. I have an addiction. Even before Die for Me came out, I was lusting over the cover and the description. When it came out, I couldn’t buy it because of the state of my wallet, but was yearning for it for weeks.Recently, I was given an advanced reader’s copy of the novel and I immediately tore into it with enthusiasm, not tearing my eyes away from the page while I read.The setting was gorgeous; Paris is such a brilliant place to set a story like this. It made for excellent romantic ventures and an exotic, beautiful feel to the action and the descriptions of the places that fights took place. At one point, a character jumps off a bridge, witnessed by the protagonist and her sister. I loved the setting and I thought it worked perfectly for the characters and the events that occurred.The characters were brilliant. Kate is probably one of my favorite protagonists that I have read about in a long time. Her grief makes her realistic and her doubts make her one of the most relatable heroines that I have read about. I liked how she understood the risks with Vincent and at first didn’t want to commit to something that could harm her. Unlike most of the headstrong heroines pictured in these novels, she’s more timid than the rest of them.Vincent seems like he would be another obnoxious love interest who is perfect. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that he wasn’t obnoxious at all. I liked him, and wished he would transcend paper and come into reality JThe romance between them was lovely. It was more realistic; it wasn’t immediate “I love you”s or even knowing that they were meant to be. It started out with curiosity, gratitude, and they took it slow. I mean, they really liked each other and wanted to make it work because they both thought that they would be in love in the future, but it wasn’t immediate oh-my-gosh-you’re-my-soulmate-let’s-get-married type relationship in some teen books nowadays. They were steadily falling in love, and I can’t wait to see where the next books take them.The action in this was remarkable. Swordfights, deaths, clever plots, and betrayals all were roped into this book with ease and I loved the cleverness of the showdowns at the end.Most people don’t like paranormal romance because there is no action but Die for Me has joined the ranks of books with a lot of it. Not at first, because the beginning of the book is more about how they met and an introduction, but towards the middle and the climax.I was addicted to this book. While reading, I refused to put it down, and when somebody was trying to talk to me, I’d get mad at them, saying that I was still reading. It brought out my antisocial instinct.The idea of revenants was extremely creative. It was perfect for a fresh new paranormal romance. Some ideas have been used up and dragged through the dirt but people still use them. Some come up with fresh ways to spin them, but it is still nice coming upon a new one. I liked how it was unique and still pulled some of the standards of paranormal romance while still making it different. Some issues never addressed in other books came up in this one and it was undeniably wonderful. She made the idea sound so glamorous and still left enough questions to be answered in a sequel.The supporting characters were amazing. They brought the plot to life and made you even more emotionally connected. They acted with lots of surprises and I really enjoyed hearing about them, especially Charlotte and Charles.The ending was intense. Action, romance, and shocking twists colored it and made it unforgettable. The even smallest characters had a role that shocked me and I found myself hungering for what would happen next. The action was extremely clever on the part of Amy Plum. I liked how she involved both the hero and the heroine without making it contrived. It was more realistic than most ideas, and left a few loose ends for another book.Whenever one of my family or friends tried to talk to me or get me to do something while I was camped out reading, I immediately warned them not to disturb me, I was "at a really intense part" because it was intense the entire way through. It was thrilling.I loved it and will surely be recommending it to a lot of my friends in the future.Recommended to anybody who loves: Fallen; Hereafter; Starcrossed; revenants; Paris; paranormal romance; different ideas; books with action; Graceling; Steel; Twilight;etc,.Possible book club questions:How does grief affect people in different ways? Do you think Kate's response was normal or her own?How is Vincent and Kate's relationship different than in other paranormal romances?Do you think that Vincent's past relationship could affect his and Kate's in the future?Why do you think Amy Plum chose the city of Paris in her story?Kate reads and looks at art because she likes living in imaginary worlds. Do you think it was comforting or not for her to find an element from those imaginary worlds (revenants) in everyday life? Use examples from the story to support your answer.Do you think her grandfather's knowledge of revenants may come up in later stories?