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Download Epub Format ß Die for Me PDF by ✓ Amy Plum At first, I just picked up this book thinking, meh, it s not going to be awesome and just use it as one of those books that I read to tide me over until the really exciting ones come out.
But, man, was I proved wrong Brava, Amy Plum, brava.
This book was everything I thought it wouldn t be It had love, and not the kind that makes me want to strangle the characters like many other YA novels gasp , action, and left me breathless at points to where I have gone back and re read my favorite parts which was almost the whole book quite a few times, which I never do Ever First off, I love Kate, because, unlike many other novels Fallen, especially Eugh yes, Kate and Vincent do have a connection when their eyes first lock, but guess what You might need to sit down, because this is a shocker Instead of them immediately going to some dark corner somewhere to make out, she actually tries to go about the crush normally And doesn t think about him all the time Because she has important things to do I know you guys, this is seriously life altering for YA novels She does what any normal I can t believe I used normal than once in describing YA person would do and makes the cafe a daily habit to see if she can spot him again, and she thinks that she sees him around sometimes, but it isn t all consuming She still thinks about the death of her parents Sure, she isn t super confident, but she does think she s pretty not as much as her sister , and instead of just gloating about how smart and grown up she is, actually does things to display it like go to a museum, read books, and actually study Don t faint yet because I actually haven t even gotten to the best part When she sees Vincent s supposedly best friend die from getting crumpled by a train and she sees Vincent s uncaring, cold, reaction, she actually runs away, says he s evil, and she hates him Because, seriously, I can only stand so many books where the girls are like you re a vampire werewolf, witch, faerie, etc , you re dangerous, but who cares I for some odd reason am still attracted to you and won t run away even though you could kill me I just thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she really gave them tests and trials to get through in order to be together, so that their romance actually had a strong base And Vincent Ohhhh mannn Is he one hottie frenchman I love that he s an actual good guy and doesn t believe that he s the root of all evil For once, the girl falls in love with a guy who doesn t hate himself And I love his backstory about Helene You can really see why he was chosen to be a revenant Heck, just that couple of pages about it could have been a story in and of itself Yeah, he does follow Kate and stalk her a little while in volant form, but I can get over that little bit of twilightish similarity.
And while I m on the Twilight thing to the people who are saying that this is like Twilight are total idiots Especially the thought that Edward is like Vincent Besides the stalking thing, which he actually has a good reason for doing since she almost kind of died and he said that he stopped after she almost died in order to give her privacy they are not alike At all And I will gleefully punch the next person that says it is It actually has something they might be missing in those closed off little heads of theirs depth As I said, Vincent doesn t go around hating himself and being oh woe is me my life sucks you should stay away from me even though I m stalking you in your bedroom He s actually a freaking HERO, not some whining thumb sucking asshat like Edward And a really badass super hero one at that Yes he s immortal, but it s not like he can use some sort of magical piss and make her one, too I m very interested to see how she works that with the immortality and I know he watches her sleep, but she actually knew he was there hell, she s the one who came to his house, so that s not even relevant And for those that say that the similarities are there I ll counter with this Plum takes the few similarities that there are between the two and changes it around so drastically that it actuallyworks,and ends up being how Twilight s should have gone It s like Plum knew this whole controversy was going to come up and had Vincent say, I m a revenant, not a vampire, ch rie So take that you Twilight loving people Ha ha ha ha he he he he Okay, that was my rant for the day, and back to Vincent and his total awesomeness we go.
I think the whole revenant idea is really fresh And she addresses even in her novel that they aren t zombies, they just re animate And they don t have rotting flesh or anything like that, either, which is good because I don t know how much I would go for that kind of relationship I mean, before this book, I d never heard of anything like this before She really lays it out for us what they are, and what their purpose is, so I m not left scratching my head, and I have done a lot of head scratching reading other novels I should get someone to scratch my head for me, how much I have and will continue to do it After the whole little break for their relationship, I just loved them together the whole kissing him and sleeping next to him while he was dead kind of left me shaking my head a little, but that was a small issue that letter that he wrote her just totally stole my breath, I felt like I was right there with her, reading it with trembling hands It was just gorgeous.
Man, I m still not done writing about this book I m going to get carpal tunnel Whoever reads this is paying my doctor s bill No joke.
Last of all, besides my ailing hands, I just really loved the prose and writing style that Plum used Some of it was funny like with Ambrose, Jules, and the other revenants, but most of it was just plain beautiful In the beginning with the death of Kate s parents, she described it perfectly I lost a close family member and I felt like I was writing that part myself I could literally feel and share Kate s pain about all that she had to go through, which just made her all the relatable to me Also how she wrote Vincent s and Kate s relationship was just so pure and raw and beautiful, and even a little funny like when Kate eats Vincent s face hahah I ll add some quotes in a little bit.
So, all in all, this book was totally amazing, and definitely not the blow through book that I thought it was going to be If you re anything like me, this will be a new favorite series, and trust me I m looking forward to the next book with all my heart 3Am I done Ehhh.
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I have one thing to say.
IT S NOT LIKE TWILIGHT Okay, now It s finally off of my chest And again, Brava and congrats and all that good stuff, Plum on an amazing first novel Good day to you all.
Edit This is how I imagine Vincent this book Die for Me was one of my most anticipated reads of 2011, after hearing good things from a friend waves to Olivia who read it early in the publishing stage So as you can imagine I had high expectations and I can happily say they were exceeded.
Plum s writing I couldn t get enough of it Her prose is beautiful and magnetic While the concept was truly unique and intriguing The pace was perfect allowing the beauty of this story to soak in, like the descriptions of the Paris setting sighs Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world, so romantic and gorgeous And Die for Me being set there added some extra charm to this story Also it was a refreshing change from the usual high school setting There was talk of art, museums and sitting at Cafe on the streets of Paris reading a book that all will make you want to trade places with Kate that and the kissing scenes with Vincent The characters were fantastic What I loved most about Kate is she thought about the consequences before making a decision It was nice change from your typical heroine that rushes into everything She was smart, strong and genuine Vincent p moison that is swoon in FrenchI hope Gorgeous, mysterious, sweet yet sexy and has a french accent What else could a girl want And the romance sighs again If you are like me and are a complete romantic fool you are going to love Kate s and Vincent s relationship It was delicious yet tender Lots of playful banter and yummy kissing scenes I could quote so many moments but I can t since this is an ARC.
Oh and if you hate those damn cliffhangers then you are going to love this beautiful ending that gave us a little something extra I wish that every series could end like this one.
Overall, Die for Me is an stunning debut that I want to read all over again It is a passionate and engaging read that I highly recommend for fans of paranormal romance.
In The City Of Lights, Two Star Crossed Lovers Battle A Fate That Is Destined To Tear Them Apart Again And Again For EternityWhen 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 VincentMysterious, 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 It s started out SO good The book and I had SUCH an amazing connection, you know And I was REALLY loving it and I was getting ready to introduce it to the family and then BOOM I got stood up at around the 40% percent line Seriously I might as well have been wearing a prom dress After the 40% mark this book s storyline deteriorated like well, like deterioration You know how with some books, you reach the halfway mark, and you re kind of wishing a HUGE, massive natural disaster would just come in and completely wipe out all of the main characters IT S NOT GOOD.
And that s how this book was.
And now I m sad.
We don t need to see the Edward Bella romance over and over and over again Seriously We ve already seen it It was called Twilight They even made a movie about it We don t need to see Bella with fallen angels and we don t need to see Bella with zombies Especially when the zombie is a carbon copy of Edward Does Vincent have godlike good looks Check An aura of danger Check Is he a virgin immortal Check Has he lived without love for decades Check Does he fall in love with our heroine for no apparent reason Check Is he a stalker Check Doesn t sleep Check Has a family of other immortals, including a Manic Pixie Dream Girl who becomes the heroine s best friend Alice Charlotte , one who resents the heroine and isn t thrilled with their immortal existence Rosalie Charles , an older figure who mentors the group Carlisle Jean Baptiste , an irreverent extrovert Emmett Jules , and one who trains the others in battle techniques Jasper Gaspard Check.
Is Kate an introvert Check Has she moved away from home Check Does she fall in love with the hero because of his looks Check Does she rhapsodize constantly about how gorgeous he is Check Does she sound like a forty year old woman than a sixteen year old girl Check Does she have any interests outside reading In a wild fit of originality, the author does give Kate another hobby sitting around in museums staring at paintings until she goes into an art trance Luckily, since that hobby in no way resembles something an actual teenager would do, Kate s still on track to grow up and be Bella Kate doesn t understand what Vincent sees in her Sound familiar This insecurity is based on the fact that he s as handsome as a Greek god Sound familiar She has a special ability most humans don t have Sound familiar She fits in great with the immortal family , most of whom adore her Sound familiar She and Vincent have chaste sleepovers Sound familiar She s obsessed with how good looking he is Sound familiar He s all she thinks about Sound familiar He slows her down sexually Sound familiar Vincent thinks he should leave her alone for her own good, but is an empty shell without her Sound familiar The villain gets to Kate through a family member Sound familiar There s no action until the end of the book Sound familiar He s sooooooo good looking Sound familiar You wouldn t believe how good looking he is Sound familiar That Vincent sure is one good looking dude Sound familiar Vincent is perfect Sound familiar Obsessive love Obsessive love Obsessive love.
Sound familiar I m making a plea to all the authors out there Please do something original Please Is your creativity so MIA that you can t create a fresh love story, believably flawed characters, and a plot we haven t seen five thousand times before Bonus points if you create a villain who s not a cartoon character.
I ll say this about Stephenie Meyer she explored the whole obsessive, stalkerific teen girl undead guy love story THOROUGHLY She used hundreds and hundreds of pages to do this trope, so YOU don t have to replicate it Do your own thing Give us a love story that surprises and delights Give us something we haven t seen before.
After the double disappointment of Starcrossed and Hereafter, I almost didn t read this book A story about a young girl who meets a mysterious, darkly handsome stranger and falls desperately in love with him, only to discover that he is in fact a zombie I was pretty much resigned to reading Twilight Zombie Edition Why not We ve already romanticized vampires, faeries, fallen angels and shapeshifters wasn t it about time the zombies had their turn Thankfully for my jaded palate, Die for Me was nothing like I expected it to be Kate Mercier moves to Paris with her sister after the death of her parents As she is trying to cope with their loss, she runs into a handsome, mysterious boy called Vincent, whom she begins to hang around with Soon, however, inexplicable things begin to happen around Vincent, and Kate is brought to the realization that Vincent might not be entirely human after all.
The revenants aren t zombies, exactly, although they do like to toss the term around They are people who have died while sacrificing their life to save someone else s While not all such sacrifices result in the reanimation of a dead person, the people who have been chosen to become revenants are destined to spend the rest of their immortal lives saving people on the brink of death, often by sacrificing their own lives Their death, however, is only temporary, and they rise again in three days to return to their secret lives as saviours Of course, where there s good guys, there ought to be bad guys, and the villains in this story are the numa, the bad revenants who never die, but instead spend their lives murdering people and driving them towards suicide It s an interesting mythology, and fairly well constructed In these days, when everyone s tripping over themselves to jump onto one paranormal bandwagon or the other, it s nice to see a book that touches on a hitherto largely unexplored mythology I wiki ed revenants, of course, and I find that Plum has twisted the idea of an intelligent, re animated corpse that returns to fulfil a particular goal, into a believable, almost human creature This book is not a stunning, original work that will sweep all readers off their feet It uses a lot of the regular YA tropes, but it s a sweet, entertaining story that s definitely worth a read, and ought to especially please the YA audience.
I liked both Kate and Vincent They were charming, and troubled and importantly, very believable And their romance gave me goosebumps, which is always a point in favour in my book Even though Kate feels a connection with Vincent the first time she meets him, she doesn t fall headlong into his arms They actually go out on a date what an original concept , they spend a lot of time talking to each other and when she finally accepts that there s something supernatural going on, she freaks out When Vincent s friend Jules seemingly dies in a subway accident while trying to save a man, Vincent takes Kate, who witnessed the whole thing, back to his house to cope with the shock Vincent, of course, knows that Jules will be reanimated in three days, but Kate, being unaware, is so shocked by his seeming callousness towards his friend s death that she walks out on him and refuses to see him again And this only one of the many instances where I found Kate to be a refreshing change from the general run of YA heroines Despite falling hard for Vincent, she wills herself to take it slow She is still messed up by her parents death, and when she finally realizes that being with Vincent may mean having to see him die over and over again, she decides that it would be safer to guard her heart, and breaks up with him Of course, that makes her mopey and miserable and depressed, but I was willing to forgive her this, because of how they get back together I was totally expecting her to finally decide that she couldn t live without him and fall compliantly into his arms, but instead Vincent not being the falsely noble sort, thank god decides to fight for a chance to make their relationship work Again, unusual and interesting The dynamics of the relationships in this book were a huge plus point for me Kate is pretty, and not falsely modest about it She has a great relationship with her sister, even if they do fight Her grandparents are very present in the story, even if they are a bit lax, by Mormon standards Vincent, too, has a strong bond with his kindred , the other revenants Kate slowly and steadily becomes friends with all of them, except one which I ll leave you to find out about in the book She bonds very well with Charlotte, the only female revenant in the group What I really liked about this story was that it wasn t all Kate and Vincent all the time The entire supporting cast got meaty roles and played their parts very well indeed Yes, this book has some clich s, including true everlasting love, teenage style, and some melodramatic moments, but all in all, I would recommend it as some very good light reading It needs some editing work, since it has a bad case of First Line Fail, which almost made me give up The first time I had seen the statue in the fountain, I had no idea what Vincent was but I m glad I went on I would definitely recommend this book.
On a side note, I noticed that several reviews compare this book to Twilight Undoubtedly, there are parts of Die for Me that closely resemble Twilight But somehow, it didn t read to me like a Twilight rip off It felt like Amy Plum was picking up situations from Twilight and twisting them, as if to say this is how it should be done take that, S Meyer Maybe I am reading too much into it, but if I ever meet Amy Plum, that would be a question I would like to ask her NOTE This ARC was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley No considerations, monetary or otherwise, influenced this review.
I m a revenant, not a vampire, ch rieThis was a YA paranormal romance set in Paris.
I liked the characters in this although Kate was maybe a little too reserved at times The way she argued that it was better to protect her heart rather than to fall in love and then lose that love was a little sad.
The storyline in this was about Kate moving to Paris to live with her grandparents after her parent s deaths, and meeting Vincent, who wasn t quite human, but was instead a paranormal creature called a revenant The romance in this between Kate and Vincent was pretty good, although it did remind me of twilight a bit at times The ending to this was also good, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the rest of the series.
8 out of 10 So, apparently zombies are sexy now Okay, so the young adult genre sexualized vampires, werewolves, and other monsters that should be ripping your throat out, but seriously ZombiesThat seems to be going a bit too far.
Now, I ll just say this because it s the only thing positive I have to say about this book Die for Me s concept is extremely original Unfortunately, it s executed horribly And the sad part is, this could have actually been really good, if it hadn t taken every single clich in young adult paranormal romances and just jumbled them all together I blame Twilight for this book.
Let s see, in Die for Me, there s An insecure teenager, who doesn t feel she is worthy enough of her love interest, Mr Perfect Mr Perfect He s stunning, yet mysterious, and for some reason has an obsession with the dull Miss Insecure Teenager Some obstacle that makes their relationship complicated, but true love overcomes the challenge Useless secondary characters Miss Insecure Teenager becomes obsessed with Mr Perfect Mr Perfect stalks Miss Insecure Teenager That special electric spark that occurs whenever the two love interests kiss, or Miss Insecure Teenager turns into a gooey mess every time they touch, or anything like that Trust me, there s a lot Twilight esque clich s or really any other crappy YA PR other than the ones I mentioned above Which is why I m agreeing with the big, pretty advertisement on Goodreads stating Love Twilight You ll adore Die for Me And that s probably true If you loved Twilight, you will most likely love Die for Me I didn t like Twilight, and I really didn t like Die for Me I knew very early on in the book that I wouldn t like it when Kate claimed she had extreme agoraphobia, then went to a caf with absolutely no problems whatsoever the next day was when I realized this book and I were not going to get along Sadly, those stupid little mistakes dropped here and there were the least of my problems when it came to Die for Me, because I really, really didn t like the protagonist, or her relationship with her love interest That was probably one of the biggest problems I had with the book the relationship between Kate and Vincent Yes, of course it was insta love, but that s beside the fact It just felt disturbing that Vincent is pretty much a zombie, and that Kate is hooking up with him constantly I know that these zombies aren t the zombies like in The Walking Dead, and that they re sexualized and actually have a purpose which I liked , it just disturbed me, maybe because he s dead, but, then again, so is Edward I don t know, this relationship was just very weird to me And not only that, it s creepy as hell When Kate asks Vincent if he s been spying on her when they ve barely known each other , he says Two cute girls move to the area what am I supposed to do Hmm I don t know Walk up to them and actually talk to them, and don t stalk them But then a wave of delight rippled through Kate s body at his words and I was done with this book And, of course, Kate is insecure, and doesn t think she deserves to be with the too gorgeous to be true Vincent, because, though she might be slightly pretty, she is by no means beautiful on his level And then there s Vincent, who is described by Kate as a god straight out of a Renaissance painting, with his brown skin stretched tightly over his muscular torso and his black hair falling back from his face in waves Okay, we get it he s gorgeous He s also extremely creepy, has been spying on Kate before she even knew he existed, he watches her while he sleeps, and he had a picture of her on his bedside table within a week or two of him knowing her That s seriously some creepy shit view spoiler Although he did have a reason for having her picture on his bedside table, he technically didn t save her Charlotte did hide spoiler



Oh, beautiful cover you ve lured me in once again Die for Me is somewhere between 2 and 2.
5 stars for me What I liked about the book The paranormal set up is a fairly original unusual one Vincent and his friends are revenants, undead guardians who help to save humans from potential danger Their enemies are numas, who are undead evil doers who try their best to lure humans to their deaths through various different methods I rather enjoyed the novelty of having a YA book set in Paris, which is probably one of the book s key selling points The details of the setting aren t particularly exceptional, however, though it s a nice change from reading about teens in America With any immortal human relationship, the inevitable question of what happens when arises and in this case it s a particularly difficult one Vincent actively chooses his lifestyle and to reanimate again and again in order to help others, and Kate doesn t think she can live with someone who constantly puts himself in danger I liked the solution that Vincent offers to Kate so that she can be with him, and it s probably the moment with the most genuine emotion in the book.
What I wish were different The writing seems strangely formal or mannered Kate and Vincent have a very awkward first meeting and most of their conversations are very stilted, though they re supposed to be cute or romantic The relationship is set up to be almost the be all and end all for Kate She s already inexplicably cut off all communication with her previous life and has no friends other than her sister, and there s very little adult presence in the story In life and in literature, girls should have lives of their own outside of their love interests, and a great deal of Kate s time is spent pondering what s going on with Vincent or agonizing over their relationship There s also not a lot of depth of emotion in this book All the trappings of romance are there, but they re over the top romantic fantasies that don t seem real at all, but straight out of some sort of chick flick Pivotal date towards the end boy shows up in a tuxedo looking like a movie star, has pre ordered a custom dress for her from a chichi boutique, and takes her out on a rowboat to see the Eiffel Tower from the water He then gives her several gifts to unwrap, including a purse to match the dress, seasons tickets to the opera in their own private box, and fencing lessons All that s missing is a strolling violinist and a guy selling roses The plot is pretty simplistic, and the story would have much tension and drama if we ever really got to care about any of the victims The villain is also far too easy to spot Authors, I beg of you, stay away from names that are even remotely close to those in traditional mythology unless you re writing for a grade school audience Above all, I just didn t get a sense of who Kate really is, or why these two are attracted to one another She reads two books in a cafe, but as soon as she meets Vincent on page 25, there s no other clue as to what this girl is interested in or cares about The only big scene where Kate shows initiative and takes action towards the end occurs because she is literally no longer in control of her own body.
Overall, this book had a very original and promising premise and a gorgeous cover , but sadly just didn t live up to its potential.
This review can also be found in The Midnight Garden.
I don t really have strong feelings about this book, but I m leaning towards disliked With that in mind though, there weren t any characters I hated, I thought the general premise for the story was clever and different, and I didn t find that Plum overused clich s or metaphors too often Ultimately where this novel turned sour for me was the romance I won t discount the fact that people, both young and old, can fall irrevocably in love in a short period of time The ability to write a love story that portrays this in a believable manner in one short novel is not something a lot of authors have, and this is where I believe Plum failed.
The beginning of the novel had hinted at some dark undertones and a touch of the macabre, but as things go on the story just morphs into a sappy love story like so many others out there For almost the entirety of the novel, the heroine, Kate, constantly remarks on how plain and uninteresting she is I believe that low self esteem is one of the least attractive traits a person could have I am really getting sick of all of these heroines thinking they re either too fat, ugly, or boring to be worthy of the attention of the love interest I m not saying I want these girls to be vain, and I know that every girl has insecurities, but I don t think it would take too much away from making these teens relatable by also giving them a healthy dose of confidence.
Her love interest, Vincent, is of course a gorgeous immortal boy with gorgeous immortal friends, whom Kate doesn t even believe she has the right to talk to He can t just be good looking or mildly attractive, he has to stop traffic and turn heads and seem like a god to the heroine And of course he has no flaws either except for the whole stalking and becoming obsessed with Kate, which is explained to be an effect of what he is, but still, I just found it to be so contrived This unremarkable girl is just suddenly the most special thing to him, and Plum spent so much time having Kate tell me how unattractive she was that I really had a hard time understanding what he saw in her His friends think she s beautiful and wonderful and the bee s knees and Vincent practically comes to worship her, but I just didn t understand it She s not unlikable, she s just so blah, and I never connected with her I don t even remember what she was supposed to look like, except I remember she described her hair as being lifeless, but unfortunately that s also what her personality felt like to me.
The ending was predictable and the climax with the villain was laughable I think Plum was trying to make the characters speak as if they were slipping back into language from their time period, but calling someone a farcical lifeguard Lazarus is such an odd insult Pretty much everything that came out of the villain s mouth felt out of place and strange, and I think that also had to do with their character being incredibly underdeveloped The villain was an archetype of what a villain should be and also obviously just Vincent s antithesis And although the villain s back story was interesting, in person they were just a walking clich with cringe inducing dialogue.
The story really fell apart in the last few chapters and just became incredibly predictable There was hardly any tension and then everything got wrapped up with a neat little bow, and this was unsatisfying and disappointing Like I said though, I didn t hate this book, but I definitely didn t love it With how things ended I m curious to see where Plum will take the story though, so I ll than likely check the next book out I think Plum does have potential here with these immortal creatures and the lore that goes with them, so hopefully by the next book Kate will feel self worth and stop trying to convince me that she s not special.

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