Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Die for Me (Die for Me #1) by Amy Plum

Die for Me (Die for Me #1) by Amy Plum
This is a paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)
(Three Disappointed Hearts)
Book Summary
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.
My Review
Let me first give credit where credit is due. This author has create a unique world that could have been a 5 star read. Additionally, her writing is beautiful. Her words create a picture in my head. But then there are too many problems with plot that I can not give her a higher rating.
SORRY, this WILL NOT be a SPOIL FREE review.
The first of which is insta love. I’m sorry. It’s a bit creepy that Vincent who is about 80 something in real years falls madly in love with a 16 year old girl in seconds. It’s creepy with vampires and it’s creepy with what Vincent is. The author does a decent job of trying to explain away this 80 yrs to him resembling a teenager in mind, but he’s seen too much. I could go on about that, but moving on.
Kate in the beginning of the story annoyed me. She is like in her head saying 'he’s too beautiful for me'. Then when he pursues her, she plays hard to get. And I’m like Really! On top of that she’s 16 and she talks about before coming to Paris she’d go clubbing with her sister back in NY. 14-15 year old goes clubbing, really!!! Party maybe. But clubbing at least how she described, I think not. Do they have teenage clubs, yes. But that is not what she describes.
And no one seems to have a problem with a 19 year old boy dating a 16 year old girl. Yes, it’s 3 years. But let’s be honest. At that age it’s more like 10 figment years. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s not even mentioned. Which on average it would be.
Then back to Vincent, he never explains why he fell in love with her like seconds. And that's like before he met her. He admits he was obsessed before they actually met. Then, they like had two dates and one kiss. She breaks ups with him after because she can’t handle what he is. She knew what he was??? There was no real revelation, yet she breaks up with him. Okay. Whatever. They break up. Then they are both miserable over the loss of someone they just met. Really. He can’t eat or drink. She obsessed over him. (I swear the author better reveal that she’s the reincarnate of his first love to explain this away. That in the next book because she doesn't in this one.)
I’ve already rolled my eyes far too much in this story. I know I'm not the target audience. But I'd like to think the author doesn't think the average teenage is stupid and wouldn't see the obvious here.
And add to that the predictability of the story. And you have a big fat UGH!
Questions/Plot Holes
Jean Baptist asked Kate pointedly where she saw Charles and if he was speaking to anyone. And she blatantly lies and says NO, she says 'he seemed to be by himself at this club' she was at. Really. She says him standing face to face with Lucien. But of course later she admits he was talking to Lucien. Of course, the author didn’t want to reveal this info early but it’s a serious hole. Why not have him not asked her if he was talking to anyone and leave it at where she saw him??? Have their conversation interrupted. But honestly, a lie. And No one even calls her out as to why she lied the first time or “changed her story”???
How did Georgia know where Vincent lived? She never went there, and Kate didn’t tell her?
I won' get into how convenient the sister dating Lucien turned out to be and how she ignored Kate’s warning. That was like too obvious.
Well, one good thing. Vincent acted his age in the end. Only a man of 80 would know how to woo a woman. Key word, woman. But Kate a girl was impressed.

Oh, and why do they call themselves ZOMBIES. Did this book want to be all the rage with the zombie books that year. Honestly, as a sci fi buff, they aren't zombies. Zombies are mindless re-animated human bodies that crave flesh. No part of that definition is in this world building. Really???
And guess what NO CLIFFY. Too bad, I like cliffies. And in this case, I needed a cliffy to entice me to move onto the next book. Will I read the next book? If audible has an extreme sale and I have nothing else to read. Who knows? Never say never.
Audio Review
Julia Whelan did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
 Overall, I am deeply disappointed. This book had a lot of potential to be great.
My book boyfriend Vincent. (This guys eyes are blue, you just can't tell in this pic)

Just so you will believe me on eye color here is a pic of same model.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review Terri, I stopped where you said there were spoilers but man, I hate insta-love!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence