Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review of a past read: Die for Me by Amy Plum.

Die for Me

 

  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?

From: Goodreads.

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The cover:

I Love it!

The storyline:

I read this book in August. I didn’t have a book blog at that time but now that I do have one and the sequel is coming soon, I needed a proper review for it. It deserves it.

Usually, when you’ve read a book almost a year ago, you wouldn’t remember a thing about it unless it was a favorite book of yours. This book is one of those books that leaves you speechless and dying for more. I loved every bit of it and I totally still remember the story like I read it yesterday! Open-mouthed smile.

The story begins with Kate, sad and unable to feel her surroundings or care about anything, after her parents died in a car accident. She, along with her older sister Georgia, went to live with their grandparents in Paris, the City of Lights.

Because she’s a fan of reading and she’s trying to get her mind off her parents’ death, she takes a book with her to a nearby Café and sits at the far end where no one will notice her, and that’s when she sees, for the first time, Vincent.

After that first sight, she kept thinking about him until Charlotte one day saved her life before the Café fell to the ground. And the story keeps unfolding for her; she meets the rest of the amazing characters: Jules, Ambrose, Jean-Baptiste Charles (Charlotte’s twin brother) and Gaspard. Of course, there are villains that always interfere with beautiful couple and although I usually side with them, in this book, I was totally with Team Kate.

Along the story, I was impressed by how courageous, smart and yet normal she was during all this. And oh my God those last chapters where she fought against Lucien, they were my favorite one!! *_*

What I loved:

  • The writing was perfect for the story. It was paced right and everything happened in the right place at the right time.
  • The suspense!
  • The romance. I’m totally not a romantic person and I usually avoid books with romance as their main subject. But this book was my exception, the romance was just right.
  • The story itself is unique, so when you read it you’re always waiting for what to come.
  • The ending was just perfect and intriguing at the same time.
  • I love Amy Plum!!

What I hated/disliked:

  • Are you kidding me?! Nothing!

The characters:

Kate is the main protagonist and the one who speaks in the book. She’s 16 and totally brave. She makes me want to be like her!

Vincent is the male protagonist and he’s gorgeous, funny, serious, mysterious… you know, all those awesome adjectives?! Winking smile. His family trusts him a lot.

Jules is the crazy, sexy boy. He’s an artist who keeps asking Kate if she wants to ever dump Vincent for him, he’ll be waiting!

Ambrose is the somehow serious yet fun to be around guy. Charlotte has a thing for him yet we don’t know if he knows or not. Maybe their relationship will develop in Until I Die??!

Gaspard is the oldest and most serious one

Charlotte and Charles are twins. While Charlotte is super friendly, cute and cool, Charles seems to like to keep things for himself and for some reason, I sensed that he didn’t like Kate…

Jean-Baptiste is the one keeping them together. He keeps them organized, well hidden and always knowing their goal. I’d say he’s like a father to all of them, even Kate, you see, even though he didn’t trust her at first, she proved herself and he trusted her all the same :).

Favorite quotes:

Hmmm… I do have a lot of them but I’ll just give you the top three as a teaser ;):

But this time was different. Paris was the same as it had always been, but I had changed. Even the city’s sparkling, glowing air couldn’t penetrate the shroud of darkness that felt superglued to my skin. Paris is called the City of Light. Well, for me it had become the City of Night. --- Chapter 1.

I looked back up to see him inspecting my book.     

“To Kill a Mockingbird. En anglais!” he commented, his voice tinged with surprise. And then, in slightly accented but perfect English, he said, “Great book—have you ever seen the film . . . Kate?”      My mouth fell open. “But . . . how do you know my name?” I managed to utter.     

He raised his other hand and showed me my driver’s license, which featured an exceptionally bad head shot. By this point my humiliation was so great that I couldn’t even look him in the eyes, although I felt his gaze burning into me. --- Chapter 4.

“Vincent, that you in there?” Ambrose said, stepping away and looking at me. My head nodded. “Well, it better be, because if that’s you alone, Katie-Lou, I am officially afraid.” I smiled at him, and he shook his head in disbelief.     

“Come out of there, Vin, you’re freaking me out,” he said. --- Chapter 37.

Conclusion:

I adore this book and it’s totally one of my all time’s favorite. I can’t wait until Until I Die is out (I wish I had the ARC and there’s no e-ARC as far as I know :( ).

If you haven’t read this one yet, you should go and get it, it has romance, suspense funny moments, friendship, family… everything that could possibly make it that good.

If I could rate it 100 flowers (stars) I would have.

5/5

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(For those of you who’ve been asking about the meaning of this picture, it means it’s one of my favorites Smile).

Randa