DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum [Review]

Is there a better setting for a love story than Paris? After reading Die for Me, I certainly can’t think of one. It’s about 16-year-old Kate and her sister Georgia, who move to Paris to live with their grandparents after the tragic death of their parents. The outgoing Georgia parties away her grief in the city’s nightclubs, while the more introverted Kate spends her time in museums and reading at cafés. It’s at a café that she first locks eyes with the handsome and mysterious boy named Vincent. Not long after, Kate and her sister go for a late night walk and come upon a strange scene of men sword fighting and a woman jumping off a bridge. A man jumps into the water to save the woman, and Kate recognizes him as Vincent. Now she feels drawn to this mysterious guy even more strongly than before.

While Kate realizes there is something different—almost supernatural—about Vincent and his friends, she’s not exactly sure who or what they are. Could they be vampires? Or zombies? Or angels? I don’t want to give it away because it’s fun to find out along with Kate. I will say that the mythology in Die for Me is unique—in fact, I’ve never come across anything like it before.

Die For Me is one of those enthralling books that you just can’t put down. The Paris setting and the author’s wonderful descriptions of the city’s cafes, museums, and streets immediately sucked me in. Add in the mysterious Vincent and some romance, and I was totally hooked. When Vincent’s supernatural secret is finally revealed, it’s surprising and so intriguing that you want to read more.

Not only is Vincent dangerous, he has even more dangerous sworn enemies out to get him. My only critique is that the identity of the big bad guy is way too obvious, as is his evil plan. As nefarious villains go, this guy is pretty lame. But I liked the yin and yang, good versus evil thing that was going on here. With a little bit of improvement, there is the potential for an epic battle in the next book.

So to recap: Die For Me has an awesome Parisian setting, supernatural romance and mystery, and a fight between good and evil. It also gets major bonus points for not ending on a nail-biting cliffhanger. While I’m sure readers will be eager for a sequel, they do get a satisfying ending here. Needless to say, I really enjoyed Die For Me and I highly recommend it, especially to fans of Twilight.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 352 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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