23 maj 2011

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Plot: 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? (Summary from goodreads.com)

Cover: This is one of those covers that I never grow tired resting my eyes upon. I love the color scheme, the ornate flower frame around the title and of course, the silhouette of Paris in the background.*sigh*

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

My opinion: This is one hard review to write, because I can't quite make up my mind about the book. Sometimes while reading it I loved, loved, loved it and sometimes I felt quite blasé. The storyline with the revenants was, I have to admit, rather unique whereas many other storylines were more predictable. Pretty girl who doesn't know it herself. Check. Dangerous, paranormal, gorgeous man. Check. Mortal enemies that goes way back. Check. Instant attraction. Check. Stalker tendencies. Check.

Kate is a very likable protagonist and the writer succeeds in making the reader care about her and feel for her. She stands up for what she wants and believes in and is easy to relate to for us book nerds. Her love interest Vincent will make girls swoon all over the world, being such a gentleman and French at that (I have understood that being French is a popular trait of character). Many are the bloggers who have swooned not only over Vincent though but the entire love story. I found it very sweet and well-written but yet, somehow I couldn't feel it. Even when they were apart and supposedly heartbroken I still couldn't feel it. I was glad however that the writer went with just one doomed relationship without adding another love interest. I really hope that the perhaps-not-so-subtle hints about a possible future love triangle will not progress into one, so I don't have to add yet another Check to the predictability. 

For a debut novel, I think Die For Me was well-executed. That real jumping-off-the-page love was lacking for me, but on the whole, I enjoyed the novel and will probably read the sequel.

1 kommentar:

  1. lol, this is the third review I've seen for Die for Me today :p

    All have been generally positive and while the others have been really enthusiastic I think I'll feel the same about this book as you did, when it comes to reading it - but I guess we'll have to wait a few weeks to find out :)

    Lovely, honest review


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