My Book Review of Die For Me by Amy Plum

Posted May 16, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)Die for Me by Amy Plum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:

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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I am seriously conflicted. I’ve been dreading this review. I’m still confused and at this point I have no idea where this review will lead. Nothing is planned out..not like usual. I gave the book 4 stars, but I’m even confused about that. I’m not sure it deserves it. Oh it’s a good book, no doubt, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

When I started reading Die Foe Me I totally wasn’t into it. And it took me until more than halfway through the book to really get into it. I just felt the pacing was off, the story was slow to get going and I really didn’t particularly care for the characters and I certainly didn’t care what happened to them.

As things went on, I slowly started to get more interested in the story, but this wasn’t a book that I enjoyed from the get go. And I usually do! I usually know within the first hundred pages if this is going to be a book that I’m going to enjoy. And that didn’t happen. Part of me wanted to put it down and move onto something else. But I didn’t. For two reasons: One, because I talk to Amy on twitter from time to time and I really like her and I felt that I needed to give it an honest effort. Two, because I have really, really been looking forward to reading this. I spent money on it and I just wasn’t willing to put it down.

In the end though, I’m glad I finished it. By the time it was over, I did really care about the characters. Especially Vincent, Charlotte, and Jules. Truthfully, I didn’t really like Kate that much. I liked Georgia a lot more. Except for her ignorance toward the end, I thought she would have made a much better protagonist. I adored Kate’s grandparents and I also really grew to like Jean-Baptiste. Obviously there are a lot of characters in this novel. Not so many though that it becomes hard to follow.

I also have another complaint and this is my last one. The setting. This book was set in Paris of all places. It could’ve been a beautifully written book. I don’t feel like the author used the setting to her advantage. The descriptions were off. They weren’t as vivid or as mysterious as they could be. I’m a sucker for a great setting and I was looking forward to reading a book set in Paris and honestly, it was a letdown. And I was frustrated. But that’s just me. I know that this isn’t an issue for most people.

So in closing, great characters for the most part, a fun plot, once it finally got going, and a great setting that I felt wasn’t utilized to its advantage. I did enjoy the writing style. It was lyrical, but it didn’t stand out. So you know what I think I’m gonna do? And I hate to do it, but I’m changing my rating to three stars. And it may be my own fault. I may have hyped it up too much. I’m definitely going to read the next one though and see if it gets better.

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2 responses to “My Book Review of Die For Me by Amy Plum

  1. I admire your honesty. I can tell you tried hard to be as fair as possible even when you liked the author. I think that’s the biggest task as a reviewer, having to say what we don’t like even when we are supportivie by way of having some connection to the writer. And especially if you have had some verbal communication. So I thank you as a reader for giving an honest view. We spend money on books and we look to reviewers to help us make decisions. Thanks again. Awesome review.

  2. Thank you. I agonized over this. I did. But I have to be honest. And the thing is, it’s not a bad book. It was good, it’s just not what I had hoped it would be. But I liked it enough to read the next one. I appreciate the comment wholeheartedly.

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