Die for Me by Amy Plum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4.5/ 5 stars
This was such a good book with a totally unique and intriguing supernatural twist, plenty of action and characters that I just loved.
The story is set around Kate who moves to Paris with her older sister to live with her grandparents after the death of their parents in a car accident. Still devastated after her parent's deaths, nervous about the prospect of starting a new school and depressed about moving her life to Paris, Kate gradually cuts off contact with her friends from back home and starts closing herself off, preferring to be by herself and just read. Whilst sat reading in a coffee shop one day, she notices a group of guys acting strangely, and this is where the story takes off.
I didn't read a lot of reviews before reading this book, I just knew that it had a lot of positive feedback, and just dived into the story, and I think that this was the best way to read it- to discover Vincent's secret as Kate does. So I'm saying nothing- only that the folklore and supernatural elements of this are completely fascinating and original and beautifully interwoven into a modern day Paris setting. The story moves at just the right pace as well, letting everything soak in before moving on to the next thing.
Kate is a great protagonist to read about as she is smart and sensible and very grounded. Vincent's friends, especially Jules and Ambrose are also great and really had me laughing at times. When Kate is introduced to Vincent's whole family there is a sense of a real connection between them all that is very endearing, and Kate effortlessly fits into their world. Kate's family are very close, with her grandparents fussing over her, and her sister Georgia, who is completely different from Kate in many ways, enjoying partying rather than reading and visiting museums, but who is also very protective of Kate and is there for her when she needs a big sister. Then there is Vincent who is the typical perfect boyfriend type, dreamy looking and sickeningly romantic. However, the romance between them moved at a nice speed and never felt like the instant-connection-destiny type, and never felt forced or too fast. They both question whether they should be together at varying parts of the story, and it's a constant struggle between them. Their relationship is very sweet.
I was completely hooked on this book and drawn into this world, loving the story, the action, the bad-guys, the romance, the beautiful writing, and the whole package. I recommend this if you're looking for an intelligent and independent heroine, a tender love story and paranormal read with lots of heart. This also reads fine as a standalone book (no cliffhangers, yay!) with a great ending.
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