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.
What originally drew me to this book can, sadly enough, not compromise the disappointment I feel towards Die For Me. I fell in love with the cover. It’s got the wow-factor, it explains that it’s set in Paris (which is a refreshing setting since everything else is always set in someplace in America/USA) and the title is kind of attention pulling. So after having it on my To-Read list for a long while, I finally decided to give this one a go.
I have to admit, I fell into the story right off the bat. The prologue is written in a very intense kind of way. I was hooked and ready for more but when I started chapter one, all that suspense and hyped up tension dropped away.
In the first few chapters I could put aside the badly written dialogues and overall flatness of the characters but after a while it became too much which transformed the concept into a grey outline of characters and story building. I did, however, feel that the discriptive techniques that Amy Plum uses to describe Paris are very on point. The city came alive in front of my eyes but it doesn’t cover the lack of depth or on-point sarcasm.
Die For Me tells us the story of Kate who suffers from depression after her parents died in a car crash. Together with her sister, Georgia, Kate has to move to her grandparents who reside in Paris where she spends her life reading books and hiding away in cafés. During her getaways, Kate spots two guys a few booths away from her. One of them is staring at her, intently. Kate is flustered by this gesture but as soon as she tries to make contact, the boys have disappeared.
Not too long after, Kate is witness to a suicide in which the same two guys are part of the rescue mission. So when Kate meets the boys again, she doesn’t hesitate to introduce herself.
It drops Kate right in the middle of Vincent’s world as a Revenant, who is basically a zombie who’s addicted to saving people’s lives. Vincent literally dies while saving people from suicides, accidents or anything resulting in death but Vincent always comes back to life. His body animates into the state he was in before his original death.
Having difficulties with death and people dying, Kate decided to leave it at that and dumps Vincent yet her heart has chosen him. She has fallen in love with Vincent and therefore choses to come back to him and his world of Revenants.
They go on a few dates, things are a little romantic and sometimes a little creepy until one day Kate discovers that everything isn’t as perfect as she thinks it is. Opposite the Revenants are the Numa, evil undead zombies who are addicted to killing people. The two sides of the coin are at war with each other and the Numa leader only wants one thing.
The first novel of this series doesn’t contain much more than that short summary.
I’m very sorry to say that the characters don’t grow in this novel and thus aren’t that interesting to read about. They don’t feel real, in a way. I couldn’t connect to either one of them. Apart from that, there’s an INSTA-love that didn’t make me feel the lovey-dovey feels that comes with YA pairings so I lost interest in them as well. There is little to no chemistry between Vincent and Kate, and I couldn’t find any reasons for them to fall in love in a way that required them to be as miserable as possible after Kate decides to break things off after only a week. There’s no basis for them to be like that.
It just didn’t feel real….
I rated this book with two stars over on Goodreads. I had high hopes for this one since the cover is so pretty and the synopsis was interesting. Also, the prologue peaked my interest but at the end of it I couldn’t wait for it to end and for me to be done with it.
I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever be reading the second part of this series. I don’t think so but who knows what may come up.