Die for Me by Amy Plum

Okay, just finished reading Die for Me by Amy Plum.  This is a debut novel based on a new and original idea.

The story centres around Kate and her sister Georgia who have recently moved to Paris to live with their grandparents following the death of their parents.  Enter Vincent and his pack of rather gorgeous friends.  Of course Vincent is no ordinary human – but I’m not going to go into that here because I think you need to find out why for yourselves!

I have mixed feelings about this book.  So, I’m going to give a very rambling sort of pros and cons list.

Firstly, the pros:

I love the setting.  I haven’t been to Paris but I love that the novel was set there.  For me, it’s just a winning place to set your novel with so much scope – you can make it romantic or dark and twisting, exciting, touristy, huge but intimate.  Cobbled squares busy streets, etc etc.

I think the idea for this book is great.  What an original concept.  It was interesting learning more about the revenants and the numa.  I mean, there’s such a lot of scope here to bring in more characters and explore historical events.

As a debut novel I think this is a lovely read.  It’s quick and compelling.  It’s filled to the brim with good looking characters so it can’t fail to appeal on that level.  And, it also has ‘baddies’ in case you like the darker element (which sadly I always seem to be drawn to in these books).

And, on a totally inanne note a like the cover.  I know.  But I do – and it matches the author’s name – Amy Plum!  (Amy Plum is such a great name, it has a lovely sound and it’s a lovely colour!)

Now, being an older reader I can’t help over scrutinising things – I like detail – okay, I hold my hands up, I am not the target audience here!!  In fairness a lot of people won’t probably pick up on my niggles, or if they do may not be bothered by them, but they are my niggles and this is my review, so…  Firstly, the revenants are deeply secretive and yet they have their photographs appearing in publications from years and years ago.  It was pretty easy for Kate to find after all.  Also, they are drop dead gorgeous and totally eye catching – they don’t really blend in do they, but given what they do you would think they would try to be less noticeable.  All right they can’t help being gorgeous can they but maybe they should ‘dress down’ or something?  They’re not exactly difficult to find either.  You’d expect them to be a bit more covert!

Personally I liked Jules more than Vincent!  He had a bit more spark and I thought Lucien should have played a bigger part.

(Can I just say as well, that this did ring a few Twilight bells, not in terms of the concept, she rushes to say, just parallels)

Now, on a separate note, and this comment extends to a lot of novels in this genre not just this particular story, speaking as a parent I find it worrying how many authors feel the need to ‘bump’ the parents off before the novel even gets started.  Come on, give me a break.  I’m getting worried over here (I’m going to start looking over my shoulder so much anticipating bad things that I’ll probably walk into a post or something).  Also, can we have a few normal, plain Jane types thrown in to the mix every now and again??? I’m just saying – even us plain Janes manage to have a life after all and it would be nice to have some representation in the odd novel. Please.

In spite of my ‘niggles’ I did think this was an enjoyable read and I certainly think it will appeal to the audience it was intended for.  Personally, I liked, not loved it, but I will definitely pick up the next one when it appears on the shelves. Good debut!

Rating B

Die for Me

Die for Me

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