Review – Die For Me
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  • May 19, 2011

I picked up Amy Plum’s debut novel once already. I read about five pages and decided I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. A few months later I tried again to much greater success. I finished it and liked it… with reservations.

Kate and Georgia have had a shock; both of the parents have died in a car crash. Moving from Brooklyn to Paris to live with their grandparents seems to be a good thing at first… for gregarious Georgia. Kate spends her days reading and mourning in her room until she is convinced to step outside. Frequenting a nearby cafe she spies a gorgeous dark-haired man who distracts her from her book. She sees him again and again until a frightening thing happens – one of his friends dies in a train accident. Now Kate is sucked into an unfamiliar world that reveals itself delicately as the book progresses. She must decide if he, Vincent, is worth all of the trauma.
I heard everything you probably had about this book prior to completing it. Zombies… in Paris! Awesome. The problem is that it’s only barely a zombie novel, at least not in the way I think of zombie novels. I guess I was expecting, oh, I don’t know. ACTUAL ZOMBIES! Plum calls her “zombies” revenants and, truthfully, they are only barely this too. “Revenants” might as well be called Immortals, because that’s what these undead people are. They might die, and reanimate, but they don’t feel like zombies. They feel like humans who die. And reanimate.

I’m being picky. I wanted zombies in Paris. Rather, I wanted people escaping a zombie attack on the Eiffel tower. Yeah, that’s what I really wanted. What this book is is a paranormal romance in France with a heavy emphasis on the romance. Like 85% of the book is romance and little on anything else. I liked it, but I wanted something more horror. Like actual Zombies!

4 out of 5 stars. At this point I would like to read the sequel, but we’ll see how I feel in a year’s time. I feel like this may be a book I will forget in a few months’ time.

– BP

P.S. I had this running through my head the entire last half of the book. I can think of nothing more appropriate to capture the feel of this book, the pathos, the angst. It’s very fitting.

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