Title: Die For Me
Author: Amy Plum
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Revenants (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 341 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062004018 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062004017 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Emmy
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
Quick & Dirty: Revenants are the best kept secret in history and one Plum brings to life in modern day Paris with a strong plot mixed with family, romance and revenge.
Opening Sentence: The first time I had seen the statue in the fountain, I had no idea what Vincent was.
Her parents’ deaths tear her apart. She leaves her old life in Brooklyn behind and moves to Paris. Her sister Georgia copes by trying to feel more alive, going to parties, clubbing, anything to keep moving. Kate does the opposite, curling into herself, reading, haunting Parisian museums. She becomes a regular at a cafe, sitting for hours in the mornings and reading the required literature for school in the fall. It’s at the cafe she first sees Vincent, the Parisian too gorgeous to be real. Except she doesn’t have time for boys — especially not ones she keeps embarrassing herself in front of. She’s barely holding her life together as it is. Then one day a beautiful girl waves her across the cafe just moments before a chunk of rock demolishes her table — and the seat she was in.
It’s clear that Vincent isn’t all he seems. Another run-in and half a date open her eyes to the fact he’s much more twisted than she could have imagined. Who watches their best friend die and doesn’t shed a tear? Kate tries to get away from him as fast as she can, until she runs into Vincent’s completely not dead best friend. Like any self-respecting girl, she flips out. Answers, however, are one thing Vincent’s not in any condition to give her. While he wants to get to know Kate, knows that she’s the first girl he’s been interested in in years, he just wants a normal relationship. Vincent won’t put her in harm’s way. The world he lives in is not only confusing, but very dangerous.
Revenants are the undead. Not zombies or vampires, just the dead that have rose again three days after death. Except, they all died in place of someone else, for someone else, and their immortality compels them to do the same again and again. They live to protect humanity and save lives. Every time they die, their bodies restart to the age they were originally dead at — in Vincent’s case eighteen. Every year they live without dying, their body ages accordingly. Every three weeks they go dormant — basically fall into a coma — for three days before they restart again, good as new. But the compulsion to die saving others is massive and he’s only ever lasted as long as twenty three. How can Kate be in a relationship with someone she’ll have to watch die over and over again?
There’s a war between the revenants and the numa going on across the world. Numa are the opposite of revenants. They betrayed someone before their death, rising with the goal to take as many lives as possible. Prostitution rings, drug lords, they own clubs to give themselves a legal business front and attract the desperate and easily influenced. Then they convince their victims to kill themselves.
All on the backdrop of modern Paris, this story brings some of the greatest aspects of young adult paranormals into play. We have dynamic characters, not just our hero and heroine, but the secondary characters as well like Georgia. While there is a minor stalker-ish aspect that made me kind of uncomfortable, it’s all explained in the end as part of the revenant compulsion. When you save a life, you want to see what they go on to do with it. With a revenge story that traces back its roots to WWII, the plot moves beyond your average paranormal romance. I have Until I Die sitting next to me and I can’t wait to get started!
As I checked myself over for injuries, it dawned on me that the terrace had gone completely silent. But instead of focusing on me, the astonished faces of the cafe-goers were looking behind me.
The waiter stopped swabbing my eyebrow to glance ver my shoulder, and his eyes widened in alarm. Following his gaze, I saw that my table had been demolished by a huge piece of carved masonry that had fallen from the building’s facade. My purse was lying to one side, but my copy of House of Mirth stuck out from where it was pinned under the enormous stone, exactly where I had been sitting.
If I hadn’t moved, I would be dead, I thought, and my heart raced so fast that my chest hurt. I turned back to the table where the brother and sister had been sitting. Except for a bottle of Perrier and two full glasses sitting in the middle of a handful of change, it was empty. MY saviors were gone.
The Revenants Series:
1. Die For Me
2. Until I Die
3. If I Should Die (May 2013)
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