Die For Me by Amy Plum
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?
For more information on this author and her books, visit her website HERE.
This book was soooooo not what I was expecting. I mean that in a good way. And it's set in Paris! *Le Sigh* How perfectly romantic! The city is not the only romantic thing about this book. There is a guy, of course. His name is Vincent. He is mysterious. He has a family and they all have special "abilities". Okay, I know what you're thinking... It sounds like every other young adult paranormal romance book out there, right? Wrong. No vampires or werewolves here. You'll have to read to find out what kind of mysterious paranormals are lurking in this book. But let me just tell you that I was totally impressed with the originality of the mythology involved. The way it was put together with the ease of Amy Plum's writing made this book highly enjoyable.
When Kate's parents die, she and her sister Georgia move to Paris to live with their grandparents. While georgia is content with finding happiness at the bottom of a liquor bottle and surrounded by friends, Kate is very withdrawn and isolated in her grieving. When she finally attempts to leave her room, it's only to a nearby cafe to read. She's safe in her bubble. Until she meets Vincent. He's attractive and charming but there is something je ne sais quoi about him. Kate is very cautious. She is obviously still grieving over her parents and not looking for romance or even company so when she starts to get to know Vincent she doesn't jump the gun and say she loves him. But she can't deny there is a spark. Then she finds out what the mysterious Vincent is hiding and all hell breaks loose. If she was unsure about him before, now she is in total freak out mode. At least until she has a chance to think about it and ask more questions. She's very practical. And normal. Not normal in a dull way but normal as in she reacts to things like a normal person would. She has doubts and fears. All around I would say her character was realistic and well developed.
Now that Kate knows Vincent's secret though, she isn't in the clear. There are those that want to kill Vincent and his kind and Kate is caught in the cross fire. I felt like the whole book was evenly paced and I loved the action that was present in the second half of the book. The romance though was the main theme in the plot though. Kate and Vincent's dialogue was the most fun to read... except for maybe dialogue involving Vincent's brother from another mother, Jules. Jules is a flirty fun guy and I loved scenes that he was in. He seemed to have a but of a thing for Kate too so I can't wait to see if that goes anywhere in the next book.
Reading in first person from Kate's point of view, it was easy to immerse myself in this book. Amy Plum has a way with words. It's like when you fall asleep and drool on yourself and then you wake up with crusty drool on your cheek and you're all "When did that happen? I didn't even notice." because the same thing happened when I was reading this book when all the sudden I got to the last page and realized that I had just read this book in one sitting. I just couldn't help myself. The writing is smooth and it wasn't overly descriptive but just descriptive enough to let your imagination fill in the blanks while still envisioning the world being portrayed. Were there some plot cliches? Yes, but it was well done and worth reading. I can't wait for the next book! Die for me will be released on May 10th, 2011.
On the Lovitz Scale I give this book 4 Notes!