Monday, May 2, 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

From Goodreads:

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 book surprised me in the way it handled it's paranormal community. Now, let me get my evil laugh out of the way because I will not tell you exactly what that paranormal community entails. *EVIL LAUGH* I had an idea going into this book, but was wrong. So, I enjoyed this book mostly because of that fact. Made me more curious and wanting to know more.

As far as Kate, our heroine, I did enjoy her character for most of the book. Morose and grieving for their parents both siblings, Kate and Georgia, try to start over in Paris from America. Kate tries to lose herself in books to cope, and Georgia tries to party the pain away. Neither is wholly successful, but are doing the best they can. After getting booted out of the house, Kate tries to go to a café to read. At least she is among the living. In that first visit her eyes lock onto a enigmatic group of guys but becomes interested in one in particular. They do meet and things do not go well. Vincent manages to insult her at every turn, but he is loathe to give up. He finally tries again, but this time with a bit of honesty and they become friends and then each other's romantic interests.

Well, secrets get revealed and problems ensue. and our couple is torn apart. Both pine for each other even though they have only known each other for a little time. Now, I know people who don't like insta-romances may scoff at it, but it didn't bother me. Both characters are emotionally damaged as well as emotionally mature. How does that work? Well, I think it would explain the intense feelings, but it was tempered by wanting to do the right thing for themselves as well as each other.

I admit, however, by the end of the book Kate does something that makes me not like her. Again, I cannot reveal exactly what that is, but I do suspect my main complaint will be solved later in this series. Other than that one thing, she was a strong and mature character for this book.

I give this book 4 stars. It was an interesting take on the paranormal community. It was unique and refreshing in that aspect.

If you want to have my evil laugh erased from your brain... you can watch the author give up what these paranormal creatures are... ;) Hint: UF fans will have heard the word many times before. :D

I received this ARC from Book it Forward Tours and NetGalley (yes, I asked from both and forgot I had asked to be apart of the other *headdesk*) and no compensation for my review was given.


  1. Somehow your evil laughs always make me want to try the book you are reviewing...

  2. Gah! You tease!!!! Hmmm... Now I need this immediately!!

  3. ooh what does she do??? ;) Great review.

  4. So is this YA or UF? Or a combo of both? I can't really tell from the description.

    It does sound like it is an interesting world though and now I wonder what the creatures are.....

  5. Go ahead and drive me mad with curiosity.. it's not like it will kill me or anything.

    hehehe.. two requests? I guess you really wanted to read it. *sighs* I should check out netgalley more often. I didn't even know this one was not and now it is probably too late. *sighs*

  6. Now I'm curious about this supernatural world and I wasn't before!! Evil laugh..tempting into a new book for the TBR pile!

  7. @anachronist... *evil laugh* ;D

    @Bookish... Nah nah! :D

    @Nina... you must read to find out! bwa ha ha!

    @Felicia... It's YA PNR! :) UF people will recognize the word the author hadn't heard that much, but YA and PNR readers hardly ever come across it.

    @Missie... *Evil laughter resounds* Oh, and netgalley should still have it!

    @Mel... Bwa ha ha! *tempts some more*

  8. Oh no, not the evil laugh! You are truly evil

  9. Paris and paranormal seem to go hand in hand. And it seems that these are the hot, new creatures right now. There's another book that is a new release or soon will be that has the same type of creature.

  10. I will not tell you exactly what that paranormal community entails.


    Both pine for each other even though they have only known each other for a little time.


    ... by the end of the book Kate does something that makes me not like her.

    Extra boooooo!

    But despite all of my boo-ings I am very intrigued by this book! ;)

  11. I have been hearing such great things about the book - I can't wait to read it, especially since it's set in Paris.

  12. Great review. I loved this book and it unique paranormal element. I am curious at what made you annoyed with Kate at the end. I am trying to remember..

  13. @Misha... you will like it. Makes Paris sound so good.

    @Nic... well, I guess it wasn't a HUGE deal, but it can be. Hm... I know that didn't answer you at all... lol

  14. @Avery... LOL too funny. :D

    @Stephanie...Oh, I want to read that.

  15. Grrrr, I want this one as well! You are really not being nice lately with these book. These wonderful review, amazing sounding books, beautiful covers... What am I going to do! (I'm going to have to ixnay the buying hiatus!) lol Thank you!

  16. Thanks for an honest review hon! =D

    Im not sure I wanna read this one =/

  17. I loved this book! I thought the love in it was good. I am such a sucker for romance!

  18. Looks like a good one - always looking for a fresh take on paranormal. I'm not always a fan of insta-romance but I agree that it often works. Great review!


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