Published: 10th May 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 341 Pages
Series: Revenants #1
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.
I started to read Die For Me as part of the Paperback Party and do you know what? I really enjoyed having a book in my hands. I will definitely have to read paperbacks more often.
Die For Me is a fantasy novel about Kate and her relocation to Paris after her parents’ death. She struggles to leave her life in New York and finds herself being a prisoner in her own home due to lack of confidence. One afternoon she decides to pick up some courage and ventures out to the streets of Paris. She soon makes friends with Vincent who she has a little bit of a crush on. Will things progress or is it just too complicated?
Well, where do I begin? It took me a while to get into the story because I didn’t feel like much was happening. All the good stuff came out when I had nearly finished – a little frustrating if you ask me. However, when all the secrets emerged it got exciting. I loved the fantasy elements as they were different from many other fantasy novels I’ve read.
The story is based in France and I thought it was incredibly well researched with place names, some french language and generally things I wouldn’t know about France. I always like to find out about places I’ve never been.
One thing I thought was awfully creepy was how Vincent staked Kate and after only so many days of meeting her he had a photo of her beside his bed. It always frustrates me how couples in some novels fall in love like a drop of the hat, it’s just not realistic.