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Fantastic Cover but not quite so fantastic to read
on 11 May 2011
I got this book on a bit of a whim because I liked the look of the cover, while the blurb was quite interesting and I'm usually a sucker for a bit of romance. Typically of a YA paranormal romance, it has a fairly sweet heroine and a strong, handsome hero. Untypically, it is neither about Vampires or Werewolves - a definite plus in my view because I think I've read one too many of those now. One of the book's strengths is when you discover exactly who/what Vincent is so I won't give anything away! Brownie Points for originality!
I liked Kate, the main character, a lot to start off with as she had lost both of her parents in a tragic accident and so automatically I was very sympathetic towards her. I also felt like I could relate to her in how she was independent and was content with losing herself in a book or visiting the many museums that Paris has to offer, while in contrast her sister, Georgia, was a social butterfly and a party-goer. However, as the book progressed sometimes my sympathy for Kate swayed. To be honest, I just think that she cried way too much and it was getting a bit irritating. Often she would state that she did not like to cry infront of anyone but I think by the end of the book she had cried to almost every character at some point. Also, I felt that she became a bit Bella Swan-esque in the way her life suddenly revolved around her love interest, although to be fair as her parents had both died I think she had more of an excuse to feel sorry for herself!
Vincent, her love interest was also another character I couldn't decide upon. He was very handsome and a rather sexy Frenchman and I liked his light-hearted humour and caring attitude. The only problem with him was that he didn't have a single, little imperfection! Sounds a bit backwards I know and some of you might think this is a good thing but he just seemed too unbelievable! He had no flaws and I felt a bit let down because the narrator described him to start with as to having some sort of "bad-boy" vibe - wrong because he turned out to be utterly perfect! The whole romance between Kate and Vincent started off much too quickly as well and it was basically a "love at first sight" kind of thing. I am not a huge fan of this kind of love story and I would have preferred a bit more of a build up to make their relationship seem much more realistic.
On a more positive note the setting was absolutely superb. Paris was an excellent choice for this type of novel and I am now going to keep an eye on any other YA books set in Paris! It improved the romantic element of the story, and although a love story in Paris might seem to be a bit of a cliche, in this instance I think it worked because of the paranormal twist. Another plus was the action in the novel which slowly worked it's way up to an interesting fight-scene, but a downside was the villain. Lucian had so much promise to be a great villain but the author didn't seem to include him enough for me. There was definitely scope for a bit more!
Overall, there were good things and bad things about Die For Me which made it both easy and enjoyable to read and quite annoying at the same time. The author's style of writing was relaxed and uncomplicated which suited the fast-moving pace of a plot that peaked at a tense though slightly predictable climax. I felt it was a bit Twilight-like and some of you may see this as a positive while others a negative. I'm of the latter group and so I gave it a 3 out of 5! It's not amazing but it's not rubbish either, so if you're looking for a light-hearted read that's not too complex then you've found it in this book.