Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Die for Me - Amy Plum

Where I got it: Publisher/Joy
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Very pretty and fancy and I love the covers, the girl on the front is a little typical but I would still totally pick this up.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 341 p.
Buy it: Book DepositoryAmazon

Kate's parents have died in a horrible accidents. Kate and her sister, Georgia, now live with their grandparents in Paris. Paris is quite a step away from the bustling NYC. Kate likes it here though, she can sit at cafes and lose herself in books. That is until she sees Vincent and his friends. There is something about him, maybe due to the loss of her parents, that draws Kate in. All of a sudden she is thrown into a world she can hardly believe is real. Kate isn't sure she can stand to be part of this world where death looms so closely. She has to make a decision, between living a life of happiness or safety. Though some things aren't ever really choices. 

I absolutely j'adore this novel. I don't know what it is about it, maybe it's the writing, the romance or the adventure? Whatever it is, it's perfect. I devoured this novel in one sitting, the pace just kept me turning pages. Amy is a great heroine, who can realistically be fawned over by a supernatural boy. She is witty and intelligent and strong minded. I was so relieved to have a bookworm heroine instead of a make-up and gossip fiend. Vincent, oh boy, what can I say about Vincent...*swoon* Vincent was such a good guy, even bathed in mystery he seemed so perfectly imperfect. He had flaws like anyone else, but he was in general good. Anyways, all the characters were so perfect, and I love the playful banter of Jules and Ambrose. I really enjoyed the facts about what they were. It is a unique idea for YA and I just found it truly fascinating. I loved how they explained it too, in such a horrifying but fun way. This book makes me wish I lived in Paris though, it sounds so dreamy and full of the kinds of guys that any girl would fall in love with. The States are filled with crass people. It's hard to believe that this is Amy Plum's first novel, her writing was beautiful and set a perfect pace throughout. Another thing I loved about this novel is how it ended. It tied up in such a nice but realistic yet dreamy way. There is definitely enough for a sequel, but you aren't left with huge unanswered plot-lines. This is the way series books should end! So if you have not read this novel yet, you 100% have to, you will not regret it.

First Line:
"The first time I had seen the statue in the fountain, I had no idea what Vincent was."

Favorite Line:
"'The answer would be...because we're zombies!' and he let out a horrible groan, stretching his mouth open and baring his teeth as he curled his hands into claws."

Others who loved it: The Bookaholics / Tales of the Ravenous Reader / Wondrous Reads
Others who didn't love it: Read Now Sleep Later / Mindful Musings

1 comment:

  1. I've seen mixed reviews of this one, but I wanted to read it a while back. I think I need to check it out myself to see how I feel about it. Swoony boys always help to make me love a book, as does a great setting. Since Die For Me has both, I have a feeling I'll enjoy it.

    Thanks for the review!


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