Author: Amy Plum
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Published: May 10th 2011
Rating: 5 Birds
While I noted on Good Reads I was having a hard time getting into this book, I spoke prematurely. The beginning had a few flaws, but the other 99% of the book more than made up for it. Bear with me today, I feel like someone stole all my adjectives in the night. Let's start with the basics:
NOTE: If you do't like to know ANY details, even small ones about a book before you read it. You may want to skip this review. I don't really give anything away, but I like to be sensitive to my "Completely Spoiler Free" readers.
The cover I posted was the first cover released for Die For Me. It has since been changed for it's US Release to what I have read is the UK cover, and I have to say I'm a little bummed. This cover (above) is almost straight from the book and it means something to me, the boat, the dress (though her hair should be up I believe). The new cover, while incredibly beautiful doesn't fit for me. Other then the back drop of Paris and the girls hair color...nope...nothing. Sorry, we all know I'm a cover snob!
Okay, onto the book. First off, like I previously mentioned, I had a hard time getting into this book. I felt like the book had a personality disorder in the beginning because Kate (the protagonist) was inconsolable and totally depressed, then 6 paragraphs later she was full of happiness and joy while walking the streets of Pairs, cut back to depressed several paragraphs later. Now, it's not like characters aren't allowed to have emotions or that she didn't have something to be upset about, these emotions how they were presented just seemed all over the place at first, and I was confused a bit.
The desire to send Kate some Paxil eased up after a chapter or two and Die For Me became a book I couldn't put down. I read while I cooked dinner, while I switched the laundry, if I could have read in the shower I would have. (note to self: invest in the plastic reading bag made for the Nook Color) The mythology was a much welcomed new topic in a sea full of Vampires and Werewolves. I can honestly say I had never heard of this little piece of folklore that Amy Plume brings to life. haha, sorry..you'll get that last line when you read the book, I know I'm cruel but that was too good to pass up. Truly an A+ for for stopping me in my tracks with twist on this myth!
Now let's say you've still not sold on Die For Me (Sheesh! Picky much!?), and you need another reason to read it. I'll give you two of them. Kate and Vincent.
Okay, you know that love story you read where you melt with every romantic word spoken, your insides go all stupid and and instinctively let out an "Awwwww" because you wish you were on the receiving end of those words? Maybe you even read it a second time over to make sure that you really just got goose bumps and sure enough there they are again. Well this is it. I haven't gone all "melty" over a love story in a book in a while. I've gotten the "oohs and aaahs" maybe even some "tingles" but nothing like this. Crap, just thinking of it I'm getting all mush brained. *sigh*
In summary, this was an amazing love story, a highly interesting take on mythology set in the city of love and I will hedge bets the Reverents series will take off like a shot when it's released. It has earned my highest honor, 5 Birds.