Kate Mercier has just lost both her parents in a tragic car crash. She and her sister move to Paris to live with her paternal grandparents where Kate hides herself away from her pain in books, museums and cafes until she encounters Vincent the dashing, mysterious and of course “devastatingly handsome” man who keeps turning up everywhere. After seeing Vincent and his friends involved it some very puzzling activities, Vincent reveals to Kate that he is a Revenant. A ghost-ish person who is destined to keep sacrificing himself for others over and over again for all of eternity. There is also a group of evil Revenant, who are bent on murder and destruction, that he must battle to protect mankind. As Kate falls deeper and deeper into love with Vincent she must decide for herself, can she stand losing him over and over again as he sacrifices himself to save those thrown in his path?
I adored Die for Me—absolutely a favorite. This was my first audio book and I wasn’t sure how I would like it because I tend to be a purist when it comes to reading…it took me years to consider an e-reader because I really can’t get over the cozy feeling of a book, a cup of coffee, my favorite throw blanket, and my favorite reading chair. However, I loved the audio version of this book because
1) the narrator is fantastic!
2) there is a lot of French in this book which would have probably made me stumble through and slowed me down
3) I could knit while reading (that was the best!)
Now, what I loved about the book itself. I loved that Die for Me is a fresh concept. No vampires, werewolves, etc. Therefore, there is no predictability to it because it is entirely new. I got to chapter 12 and there was still more to the mystery. The pacing was just right to keep you reading with just the right balance or revelation and mystery. Plum’s characters felt real and complex and genuine. Nothing about the book left me with a feeling that things were being forced or glossed over.
Kate is a wonderfully real girl, who asks the really tough questions of life and love. There is an element of “insta-love” which would ordinarily completely turn me off to a book because the whole “love at first sight” thing really bugs me, however, the characters fully address this and admit to themselves and each other that if this was an ordinary relationship they would take things much slower but fate has thrown them together and their love story is anything but ordinary. The fact that Kate and Vincent take a long hard look at their relationship and its risks, weighing them carefully, adds a depth and maturity to their love. Vincent is such an honorable character that you cannot help but love him…ugh, literary crushes are so hard. ;o) I love how steady he is and the sincerity and openness he expresses.
I love Kate’s grandparents too. Even though they are very much secondary characters, they are delightful, fun and very crucial to Kate’s sanity. Georgia, Kate’s sister, is very much the opposite of Kate and therefore is essential to the plot to add in the element of risk and danger. While Kate is a cautious person who seeks security and avoids risks, Georgia seeks adventure, adrenaline, and fun at every turn…even at the risk of her own safety. While I wanted to scream at her stupidity most of the time, I found her loveable and endearing at the same time.
Because, Die for Me is such a new concept, there is a big risk for under-development and lack of depth however, Plum really creates a mythology that is skillfully complete and entirely believable. The histories of the revenants are touching, whole and diverse. The whole concept behind Plum’s novel leaves you dying for more. I’m excited to see where she takes Kate, Vincent and the rest of her cast in the next book: Until I Die expected to be published in 2012…oiy waiting is hard!
Author: Amy Plum
Title: Die For Me
Series: Revenants (Book #1)
Published: May 10th 2011 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 341 pages ; Kindle; Nook; audiobook
Narrator: Julia Whelan