Die for Me by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Story: 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?
My Review: When we first meet Kate, she's nearly despondent. In recent months she'd lost both her parents to an accident. She and her sister, Georgia, moved to Paris with their grandparents and since then, Kate hasn't done much more than read inside her new bedroom. She's become quite good at building up a wall to keep the loss from enveloping her completely.
Her sister is finally able to convince Kate to get some fresh air and it's not long after she does that she meets Vincent. Although she feels an almost instant connection with him, their relationship isn't at all predictable. When Vincent takes her on a date, Kate witnesses something so horrific that she's tempted to never see Vincent again. Of course, she doesn't know who--or what--Vincent truly is, which adds an incredible amount of suspense to the storyline.
I liked that Kate isn't the average YA heroine. Despite her broken heart from losing her parents, she's still a strong character. She doesn't automatically accept Vincent for who he is just because he's attractive. And even though she's falling for him fast, she refuses to rush into a relationship with him. I also loved the secondary characters of the book. Kate's sister and grandparents have a strong presence and added a strong sense of family to the story.
Die for Me is a great new twist on a lesser known paranormal creature. It's exceptionally well written and romantic debut. I was immediately drawn into the story and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I read this book quickly and am very excited to see what happens next in the series. The atmosphere in Die for Me is vivid and breathtakingly beautiful. I loved the artistic elements that were added to the story and feel like they set the tone for what it is like to live in Paris.
Die for Me is a riveting, sexy and just terrific. I definitely recommend it!