Die for Me – Review // Hopefully It Isn’t Too Early to Call 2016 Favorites

Die for Me by Amy Plum
Book 1 in the Revenants trilogy
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Pages: 341
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 17/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 17/20
94/100

This book was on my TBR for a while before I finally picked it up at the library. When I started it yesterday, all I knew was that it involved some sort of paranormal creature and was set in Paris. Those two things alone had me excited to read it, and very hopeful. I had high expectations for Die for Me, and they were met and exceeded. If it’s any help, I read this book in roughly 12 hours. πŸ˜€

the plot

I’ll admit, the plot isn’t the most unique. It’s a paranormal good vs. evil story, and a romance between a human girl and an inhuman boy. There were a lot of complications, like, “I love you, but I can’t be with you,” but I didn’t mind. The paranormal side was a refreshing change from vampires and werewolves and fae (although don’t get me wrong, they’re great too), and the romance was just so cute and fun. I think Die for Me is just one of those books; not the most creative story, but it’s still fun and captivating. It’s also a very quick read, or at least it was for me. πŸ˜‰

the characters

Kate was an amazing lead. She had recently lost both of her parents, and moved with her sister to live with their grandparents in France. Throughout the book, grief plays a big part in her life. It’s mainly in the first third, but stays as a sort of underlying theme for the rest of the story. Her emotions were written in such a raw way and I felt for her. For much of her time in France, she’s a lot more closed-off and cautious than she used to be, and that felt so realistic to me. The best part is that she doesn’t completely heal when she starts dating. Well, maybe that’s the second best, because I think the best part is that she was a huge book nerd. She was way more into classics than I’ll probably ever be, but I enjoyed the scenes where she would go to a cafΓ©, have a snack, and just read. πŸ˜€

Vincent was very similar to a lot of other fictional boys I’ve read about, but at the same time, so different. He had a tragic past, but instead of becoming reckless or arrogant, he closed himself off and tried to deal with it on his own. He was honest and chivalrous, and cared about Kate in such a raw way that made it clear to readers how genuine his emotions were. He tried to figure out what was best for himself and others of his kind while not endangering Kate or abandoning her, but if Kate wanted to help he let her. I could go on for a while, especially about his behavior in the ending, but basically, he’s a new favorite male lead. πŸ˜€

the setting

Die for Me took place in modern-day Paris, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve seen pictures online and in Disney movies, but aside from Anna and the French Kiss, I don’t think I’ve ever really read a book set there. It was so much fun. Everything was described in such a gorgeous way, and while I read, I learned a lot about the city of Paris, the geography, and the culture. I could imagine myself in the differentΒ arrondissementsΒ or walking along the river Seine or at an elegant cafΓ© or sprawling, beautiful mansion with Kate and Vincent, and that very well might’ve been the best part of the book for me. ❀

the relationships

One thing I especially loved about Die for Me was the family presence. Kate movies to France with her older sister Georgia, who’s outgoing and a bit hot-headed, and does what she can to keep her updated and involved without giving away Vincent’s secret. Georgia does her part to stay in her sister’s life, not in an annoying way, but to be sure she’s okay. Their grandparents often weren’t sure what was going on between the sisters or in their lives, but they encouraged Kate and Georgia to do what they wanted and supported the two however they could. πŸ™‚

Another one of my favorite parts of the story was Kate and Vincent’s romance. It developed slowly, at just the right pace, and they were completely open and honest. If there was a problem, they worked it out together, and the relationship was what they both needed at that moment. Like I said, it didn’t heal either one of them, but it gave them a new bright spot that hadn’t been there previously. They were so cute together, and to be honest, I would’ve had heart eyes in the very end if it was possible. XD

the twists

My only real issue was with the twists. The first and last thirds of the story were great and kept me on my toes, but the middle third dragged just a little bit. I feel like around chapter twenty the plot started to slow down, and didn’t pick up until roughly chapter twenty-eight. I could be wrong, as I wasn’t really keeping track of numbers, but my point is that a small chunk of the middle just felt repetitive. If it were another story, or if this one had ended differently, my rating would probably be lowered. But the last ten to fifteen chapters (again, I’m not sure my numbers are right, haha) were so intense that I couldn’t bear the idea of going to sleep without finishing the story. πŸ˜‰

overall

Die for Me was a fantastic paranormal romance story, and I loved it far more than I thought I would. This very well could be one of my favorite books of 2016. I loved the raw emotions the characters had, and the strong relationships, both familial and romantic. Not to mention, the descriptions of Paris will have me daydreaming for a long time to come. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel and continue on this fun French adventure! πŸ˜€

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to have breakfast and start reading The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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6 thoughts on “Die for Me – Review // Hopefully It Isn’t Too Early to Call 2016 Favorites

  1. I read this book years ago, and while I don’t remember exactly what I thought, I know I enjoyed it! I vaguely remember thinking the ending was confusing, though. I didn’t know it was a series now, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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