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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me by Amy Plum



I finished listening to the audio version of this Monday evening available from www.audible.co.uk

So here's what I thought, the narrator did a very good job of bringing the book to life, and it was very easy to listen to. The plot itself is nothing new within the YA PNR genre, the 'Revenants' are however new, a combination of Zombie crossed with Guardian Angel which is a nice take instead of the usual one or the other scenario. 

But back to the story, I know if I didn't write this review now,  while the book  is still fresh in my mind, I could quite easily forget about it in a few days. The actual story is set in Paris, the author is obviously very knowledgeable about the city and having been there more than a few times myself, I really felt a sense of presence so that was a very nice aspect to the overall book.

The characters are ok, the lead female Kate is likable without being too annoying.  The lead male, Vincent was a bit too perfect and I got a bit sick of listening to how perfect he was -  which started to grate on me, no-one is that perfect or self depreciating, I felt that he sounded too good to be true, however that just may be my take.

The plot rattles along at a fair pace, however there are a few scenarios which were flawed and unreal, especially since the main characters traits had already been put in place and then these highly unlikely scenes cropped up, which if you were the picky type, you would need a lot more convincing that they were actually plausible. I won't go into any detail as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it.

The ending had a few twists and turns, which kept it interesting.  The overall content of the story was enjoyable, and I am pleased to have experienced it, but like I said earlier, it's not a book that will stay in my mind for the long term.  I would recommend it as a 'rainy day book' - something to read when there's nothing else to do.

My rating for this novel is a 3.75 out of 5

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