RJ Does Books! – Die For Me by Amy Plum


Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Revenants, #1
Format: Hardcover | 341 Pages
Release Date: May 5th, 2011
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Source: Personal Library | Gifted RAK



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.


Rating: 5/5

Could you love someone who dies, only to return three days later? Kate Mercier has to come to terms with that fate when she falls for incredibly alluring revenant, Vincent in the city of Paris. Macarons, Coffee, and Hot Revenants, OH MY! A Revenant, can be either good or bad. Some die in place of others, others kill. Nevertheless, they are a fascinating form of zombies or as Wikipedia puts it “visible ghosts or animated corpses”, that are not entirely dead—well unless they’re dormant, of course—but aren’t alive either. They can age, but once they die in place of someone they revert back to the age they originally died in—the first time. As to not give spoilers as to how they conduct their deeds or function, I will leave off on details now, so you have something, aside from the steamy romance to look forward to if you have not yet read this book.

Going in, I must say that I was a bit skeptical as to how I would like it. Usually in YA novels the parents fall under one of as I like to call it the “4 Ds” (or: Dead, Divorced, Desperate, or Dreadful.) This case is the first D, which is how Kate ends up in Paris in the first place—living with her grandparents and her sister. The romance happens fairly quick in the story, yet feels as though it spans across years. I don’t know how, but Amy Plum managed to fit such depth and connection between the two in such a small amount of time, and I think that is amazing. To have such great chemistry between characters distinguished early on made the rest of the novel both exciting and painful (in a good way) for having to wait for that moment I knew was going to come. That specific moment that is dipped in passion and sprinkled with delicious flakes of romance.

Die From Me includes many elements from cover to cover. Gritty and epic scenes linger around in the pages, waiting for the perfect moment to strike and draw you in. Ominous Suspense, keeps watch from afar, making itself apparent every now and then but never stepping in the way of the immaculate Passion and Love that claim the majority of the novel for themselves. I finished Die For Me in two days. (Which for me, is pretty fast; at least in my standards) I loved the romance, I loved Vincent and his clan—I loved this book in general. I cannot wait for UNTIL I DIE, but for the mean time, I’ll try to keep from dying myself to make sure that come May, I can buy myself a copy.

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales is a born and raised Texan that unfortunately didn’t get the cool accent or sweet hat/boots. Aside from attending a local university to study Film and TV Production, he can be found nose-deep in a pile of YA books, or behind a screen writing some. He has a habit of picking up skills when bored; one of them being writing his biography in third person.

  • http://www.xpressoreads.com Giselle

    Great review I enjoyed this one too I just read it not too long ago. I really loved the characters and especially the Paris setting.

    • http://www.RJdoesBooks.com RJ

      Thank you so much Giselle!! :D The setting was awesome!

  • http://www.booksandbeyond.net Francine (@BooksAndB

    I have been interested in reading this book. Gr8 review. I think I will put it closer to the top of my TBR :)

    • http://www.RJdoesBooks.com RJ

      Thank you so much Fran! haha. I really enjoyed it! :D

  • moirae book reviews

    I agree with you when you said the romance happens fast but feels like it spans over years. That is so true and such a great way to put it!

    Be on the look out, Amy has giveaways ever so often for an ARC of book 2.

    Book 2 is amazing and I'm ready to die waiting for book 3. I hope she writes more about the Revenants after book 3.

    • http://www.RJdoesBooks.com RJ

      Thank you so much! :D Both for gifting me the book and introducing me to the series, and for complimenting my review! haha.

      Can't wait for May to roll around!

  • moirae book reviews

    There is a giveaway now on I'm a reader not a writer http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/02/

    There are only 2 hours left though!

    • http://www.RJdoesBooks.com RJ

      Ooo!! Thanks again!! Definitely going to enter!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405592443 Aaron

        You know all those times I've seen this book mentioned on Goodreads and twitter and seen the cover I've never once checked out what its about. This sounds like it could be an interesting refreshing read.

  • http://revenantscentral.blogspot.com Revenant Central

    Hi RJ,

    I'm glad you enjoyed Die For Me as much as we did. Until I Die comes out May 8th :)

    I hope you could drop by the site.


    • http://www.RJdoesBooks.com RJ

      will do! Thanks so much for stopping by! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405576000 Ana

    YAY! awesome review.I've pre-ordered this (based off Nic's review ~ and I really want to read more GOOD paranormal after LOVING Unearthly…) Now I am even more excited!I's about one month until it's release date plus travel-to-Australia time… It feels like a long wait