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.
I like that there’s something about this cover that feels slightly sinister. The red gradient and scrawling black vines are great. I like the cover, but it has little to do with the story, besides being in Paris. I like that the girl’s face is hidden, but it’s just a girl in a pretty dress cover, which is disappointing. I do really like the addition of the vinelike illustration, but I wish the girl was doing something rather than just standing there.
Die For Me is the kind of tortured love story that just sucks me in. Kate is a girl with good sense and a personality built up before Vincent becomes part of her life. I really enjoyed Kate and Vincent together, as well as the twist on immortality. The setting is wonderful, but much of the plot feels like a primer for a story and the similarities to Twilight are sometimes overwhelming.
- Vincent – Vincent is truly wonderful. He treats Kate with the utmost respect, never demanding anything from her, never questioning or arguing with her decisions. Vincent doesn’t want or expect Kate to change her life in order to be with him. Despite himself, all he tends to see are the negative ways he’s impacting her life. Vincent is bad-boy mysterious without being bad in the slightest.
- Kate – Although it’s tragic that Kate’s parents died, I love that she’s living her own story long before meeting Vincent. Kate is mourning her parents while she settles in to Paris, burying her nose in novels and wandering through her favorite art museums, dreading the start of school while enjoying the city she loves. Kate is intelligent and has good sense. I love that she told Vincent no because the death was too much for her to handle after her parents.
- Revenants – Although a lot of the way they operate is strange and complex, I really like the reason for Revenants to exist. One becomes a Revenant if they sacrifice their life for another. This is so much better than vampires, where someone else’s decision seals your fate. The Revenants are immortal, but sense when a stranger is going to die and step in to die instead, coming back to life days later. There’s more to it than that, but the basics are, in my opinion, the best part.
- family – So many YA books completely ignore everyone’s family unless it’s a book with a big family conflict. Even though Kate’s parents are dead before the book begins, her family is an important part of her life. Kate’s grandparents and sister are always checking in on her and making sure she’s alright. They’re extremely important to Kate with the recent loss of her parents, and they don’t simply cease to be in the story after Kate meets Vincent. This is something I really appreciate.
- ugh, Twilight – I despise how seemingly everyone compares every YA story to Twilight, but I couldn’t help thinking about the similarities while reading this book. Vincent and his fellow Revenants are all young and beautiful, living under the care of the oldest-looking and eldest Revenants in a huge and expensive house. Now, tell me what that makes you think of and if it’s not Twilight, then you must not have read Twilight. Plus, the main heroine has no close friends. They’re immortals but they’re the good guys who never involve themselves seriously with humans. Their bodies must be burned to be destroyed. Overall they are very similar to Twilight vampires in some ways, but prefer to compare themselves to zombies.
- infodump – Clearly, there’s a lot of info that Kate needs to know about the Revenants, about each of them individually, and the threats facing them. So they have your standard meeting – I don’t trust the human sentiments, secrecy vows, info dump where everyone takes turns talking. Even after all that though, everyone’s got their own backstory that Kate needs to learn. Plus everything having to do with the Revenants is complicated, so there are a lot of explanations throughout the book. As a result, much of the book feels like a beginning rather than its own story. I appreciate that Kate is just getting to know Vincent and the others, but things just feel like they’re building up to something that hasn’t quite happened yet.
And there he was. Sitting a few tables away, watching me as intensely as he had the last time. It was the boy with the black hair. The scene from the river, with him leaping off a bridge to save someone’s life, felt like it had been nothing but a surreal dream. Here he was, in broad daylight, drinking coffee with one of his friends. – pg. 24
“Kate, please look at me.” I couldn’t lift my eyes to his face. “I understand,” he said.
I finally looked up and held his gaze. His eyes were hollow. Empty. “I’m so sorry for the pain I’ve cause you,” he whispered, and dropped his hand from my shoulder.
I turned to go while I still had the strength to leave him, and as the gate swung shut behind me, I began to run. – pg. 180
Acquired: bought (ebook)