First off, before I get to the review, I want to apologize to all of you who commented on my last post "Candy anyone". For those of you who don't know, Blogger went down for almost two days and when all my stuff came back up, my comments for that post were gone. As you know I do not delete comments, so I just wanted to say sorry to those who commented and make sure you knew it was not intentional.
So anyway, on we go...
Die For Me
Star Rating - 2 out of 5
(minor spoilers below)
Die For Me by Amy Plum was supposed to be great. It's a YA paranormal romance that got really good reviews and lots of hype, and I was totally excited to read it. I picked it up the day after it came out, finished it the following day, and have been mildly depressed ever since. It is basically Twilight in Paris without the romance of either the book or the city. Plum wanted to write another version of Twilight, and I say that not because the plot and characters mimic almost exactly the plot and characters of Twilight(which they do) but because the author actually comes out and says this on her website. It's under the FAQs page, look it up.
When I was looking up reviews for Die For Me, the only real negative I found was the fact that this new book was so similar to Twilight, just with a different supernatural being. As I like Twilight, this didn't bother me. However, anyone reading this book thinking it will have the romance, or action, or interest, or anything else that makes the Twilight books enjoyable, will be sadly led down. If Twilight is, let's just say Mint Chocolate Chip, then Die For Me is Vanilla. The Romance is there, but it's bland and unconvincing. The plot is there, but it's slow and uninteresting.
Honestly, the worst part about it was that it had so much potential! The whole reinvented zombie idea was great, and could have made for a great series, but it was just handled poorly.
As far as the writing itself, it left a lot to be desired. It wasn't emotional enough to draw us into the love story, and it wasn't descriptive enough to draw us into the action. She tried to describe Paris, but to no great effect. Honestly, she didn't write anything more descriptive than I could have and I have never even been there, while she has lived there for years. For instance, at the very end of the book, the main girl and guy are in a boat sailing down the river at night, it's the last scene in the book, it's supposed to be all romantic and beautiful, and as the main girl is looking around describing the beauty to us, she says, "The City was lit up like a Christmas tree..." Really, 'lit up like a Christmas tree'? Paris? The city of lovers? The City Of Light for god's sake, and 'lit up like a Christmas tree' is the best you've got?
Overall, I wouldn't call it a bad book, but it's far from good. Definitely not the wiz-bang it has been hyped to be. Though the good news is if you are interested in reading it, it is on the shorter side and a very easy and quick read, and the cover is lovely. I will more than likely continue to read the series, at least the next one, as I do believe the concept has merit and maybe she will use the next book to take it to the next level. I can hope anyway.
Although this letdown now has me worried, as I have also bee looking forward to Starcrossed which comes out May 31st. I'm sure most of you have heard about it, it's the three book series from the debut author that sold in fourteen days to Harper Teen for seven figures. (Yeah, seven! Must be nice, right?) I have been anxiously awaiting that one too as it seems right up my alley; sort of a modern Romeo and Juliette meets Greek Mythology sort of thing. However, now I'm a bit more skeptical and hoping it won't be a let down as I don't think I take two in a row...