Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Die For Me by Amy Plum Review

"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."

Die For Me draws parallels from Twilight. I mean, there's a lot of similarities between this book and the dreadful book written by Meyer. Still, I think Die For Me is somewhat of an improvement from Twilight, because Twilight is simply stupid. Although it's very good in letting the reader into the its Twilight-ish world. It's annoying how the author pulls some inside joke and reference to Twilight.

Some similarities include the love interest's stalking. Well, they both stalk. At least Vincent draws a line to not trespass Kate's home or room. Famously, Edward Cullen watches her sleep while Bella has no clue about the intruder. Oh, shall I mentioned that Vincent's kindred stalk Kate too. Well, look out for her is a better and friendly/kinder phrase. Anyway, Vincent is a supernatural creature (zombie) while Edward is also one (vampire). Even some of the family members are quite similar to the Cullens. For example, Charlotte is identical to Alice. Charles is Jasper. Jules is Jacob (the werewolf, but Jule is still a zombie). Jean-something (let's call him JB) is Carlisle. Gaspard and Jeanne is Esme. But of course, it's not totally identical. There's no relationships between most of the characters. Charles and Charlotte are twins. Jeanne is not supernatural; she's human. And she's not in love with JB, but the other one might be.

Yeah, it is sort of complicated. But other than the differences in setting and character, Die For Me and Twilight have a lot of similarities. You can't deny them.

Kate is no Bella. (In a sense, I may add). She did see a bunch of weird things, like Bella. But at least she was smart enough to find something substantial. (Pictures of Vincent and his family years before). Increasing and noticeably stubborn, she has a high disregard for her life. Only caring for others, she watches out for them (her sister). But like Bella, she wants to spend all of her time with the Undead (Vincent and his family). The only human she is mostly around is Jeanne, JB's housekeeper. That is if you don't count Georgia, who is Kate's sister. So technically, Kate is not an island surrounded by a bunch of Undead people.

Speaking of the Undead, they aren't really Undead. They are more like Revenants. Basically, they are forced to be killed to save other people's lives. They don't have to die to save another, but sometimes that happens. It's a bit complicated, but the author explained in a such a good way that was so easy to understand.

Unlike Meyer, Amy Plum doesn't slink away whenever there's a fight scene coming up. Towards the end of the book, there's a major battle between someone and Kate/Vincent. Nevertheless, it gets quite complicated.

Rating: Four out of Five (for being better than Twilight)

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