Sunday, March 20, 2011

Die for Me (Revenants #1)

Release Date: May 10th, 2011
I'm tickled pink that so many series are starting out this year. Die for Me is the first book in the Revenants trilogy by Amy Plum, published by HarperTeen. I was fortunate to receive this ARC through a galley grab! Here's the blurb:

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

Kate is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage over the loss of her parents when she meets Vincent, a guy who sweeps her off her feet with one look. Yeah, it's one of the those books. Where they are desperately in love from the get go. No, they don't actually say it, but their overly dramatic actions and words speak volumes. I have a hard time with this as Kate is only sixteen, and Vincent is 19 (sorta). I do understand, having been sixteen myself once, though, how easily it is to become obsessed with a boy and feel like the whole world revolves just around the two of you, etc. So, aside from what I considered a pretty corny relationship, it wasn't too bad reading it. Although, most of the book revolved solely around their relationship and Kate learning about Revenants.

The book didn't get really good until the last like forty pages, when all the action began. That was pretty cool.

Kate's character was pretty likable, and I felt that her thought process was written really well, covering all basis. I did not like how she was like sneaky, nosy, and going into places she shouldn't have been. Or how she felt entitled to know things or be places she had no business sticking her nose in. I understand completely though, that these characteristics were the ones that the author used to reveal this whole new world to Kate. So, whatever. It still annoyed me when she behaved in that fashion.

Vincent was like all gushy, obsessed, and a stalker (like he is for real a stalker). But, I guess he is no worse than Edward. I suppose, part of what bothers me so much about their relationship is that it mirrors Edward and Bella's so much (from Twilight, of course). And you could say there are differences because Kate wants to keep her distance from Vincent and Vincent is not exactly a threat to Kate's life, but still. It felt the same when I was reading it.

However, all that aside, it was a good read. I liked the creativity that went into all the new ideas, the new world that Amy Plum came up with. I thought it was great. It is also set in Paris, which I thought was cool. I would like to go to Paris after reading this, that is for sure. :)

I would definitely suggest that you read this book. I have a strong feeling that there could possibly be a love triangle sprouting in the next book, and I actually hope so. (PLEASE leave a comment and let me know if you thought the same thing...and with we can compare...I'm dying to know if it was just me!) Also, this book gets all the gushy lovey eyes out of the way, so I'm imagining the next books will have lots more action. Amy Plum writes great action, so I'm looking forward to that! Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I also like my romance a bit more gradual, a bit more realistic. But, maybe I was just in a mood when I was reading this.

I'm rambling now, but like I said, you gotta read the book. If YA fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, etc. is your thing, then this is a must read this year, just cause. I am anxious to know what other people thought about this book as well! :)

One book closer to completing these challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011


  1. i'm really looking forward to read this book, thanks for your review... =)


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