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{May 10, 2011}   Releasing Today: Die For Me, by Amy Plum

From Goodreads: 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?

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HarperCollins has been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, through Netgalley, prior to its release in bookstores today, and though I will admit that I was a little bored in the very beginning of the novel, it soon took off and I was glued to the pages.  I wasn’t sure where the story was going at first, as it seemed to dwell purely on Kate’s inconsolability in the wake of her parent’s death.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but the beginning is actually extremely important in terms of developing Kate’s disposition, as well as that of her sister, Georgina.  Once Vincent came into the picture, the novel really took off, and Plum continued to develop all of her characters.  While the most development happens with Kate and Vincent, the other characters do play a substantial part in the novel, and I enjoyed getting to know them all. 

I highly enjoy Plum’s writing style.  Plum is able to capture the true feelings of the characters through her realistic dialogue and characterization.  It’s extremely easy to read, and I did find myself sucked into the story, lost among the characters and the mystery they evoke.  Originally, I thought Die For Me was going to be another fallen angel novel (which I like), but it wasn’t.  Instead, Plum tackles the ideas of revenants and their job on earth as the undead.  I’ve never come across a book dealing with revenants on this level, and Plum has added some wonderful twists, including the numa, another group of revenants that clash with Vincent and his kindred.  This aspect of the story was really interesting, and I enjoyed uncovering the mystery along with Kate.

I appreciate that Plum allows time for the love between Kate and Vincent to blossom and become real; so many books jump straight from introductions to “love,” in such a short span of time, and it was refreshing to watch this love story develop realistically.  I also loved that the characters didn’t fall for each other blindly; there was real heart and thought behind their decisions, and they do make difficult decisions in order to protect themselves, as well as those around them. 

I highly recommend this novel, and I would love to see it on the big screen soon!  It is packed with action and suspense, and I think it gives Twilight a run for its money.  Four and a half stars.

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