Sunday, September 11, 2011

Die For Me

Die For Me
Amy Plum
441 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

After their parents die in a car accident, Kate and her sister Georgia move to Paris, France to live with their grandparents.  Kate is still unable to shake off her depression after her parents deaths and prefers to spend her time alone, reading at a cafe.  Then one day she catches the eye of a strangely attractive young man that she feels like she's known forever and soon she's drawn into a world that she didn't even know existed.

After a bit of a slow start for me, this book sucked me in and I literally did not want to put it down.  Hence me ignoring most of today's football festivities while holed up on the couch, turning the pages as quickly as a could, hating to even put it down to pee.  Seriously.

What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Kate and Vincent.  It wasn't like other YA novels where the two main characters fall instantly and irrevocably in love.  There was an immediate attraction between Kate and Vincent, but they both seemed to want to take things cautiously.  They even broke up for a bit partway through the novel.  On the whole, their relationship seemed a bit more realistic than those in other YA romances, or as realistic as a relationship can be with one partner being... undead.

I also enjoyed that aspect of the novel; I felt like Amy Plum set up a whole new world in her book.  They weren't zombies and they weren't vampires, they were simply undead and that came with a whole new set of rules that were very interesting to learn about and I'm looking forward to seeing that expanded as the series progresses.

What else did I love?  Paris!  The cover is gorgeous with a view of the Eiffel Tower, but I also loved the way Amy Plum threaded in different aspects of Paris into the novel, mentioning different cafes, museums, and bridges throughout the novel.  It makes me want to visit the city even more.

Four stars - I highly recommend!

PS:  Love books that take place in Paris?  Then you'll definitely want to check out my giveaway of Anna and the French Kiss!  You can enter here.  Anna and Kate both went to the same school... hmm, I wonder if they knew each other?

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