I was really pleasantly surprised by Die For Me. The premise was a little goofy - YA zombie love story in Paris? Twilight with zombies? But I was curiI was really pleasantly surprised by Die For Me. The premise was a little goofy - YA zombie love story in Paris? Twilight with zombies? But I was curious enough to check it out and I'm glad that I did. So yes, it is a YA paranormal love story but these zombies are not the mindless brain-and-flesh eaters that you know and love. So those looking for a love story between a teenage girl and a mindless brain-and-flesh eater will be sorely disappointed... though I'm sure there are books about just that. Hmm.
Amy Plum has created a new mythology for these supernatural creatures called revenants that are kind of a mix between vampires, ghosts, and zombies. They're zombies in the way that they can be "killed" but they re-animate a day later. They're like ghosts in the way they can float around in invisible, spectral form. They're like vampires in that they are restricted temporally to how long they can be "awake" - after a few weeks, the revenants are required to sleep, or rather, be dead for three days before they re-animate. No eating of brains, no drinking of blood. The revenants can do everything humans can do, eat anything humans can eat.
One distinct thing about the revenants is that they're driven to sacrifice themselves to save humans. Martyr zombies capable of dying again and again. In fact, these revenants had died as humans saving the lives of others. They suspect this has something to do with why they were reanimated as revenants (no zombie creation by viral infection). Because you have good angel zombies, you of course have to have evil zombies, those who were thieving, raping, and murdering in their human lives and were thus reanimated as the numina, or numa who continue their undead existence of destruction. So if Sophie and Hans Scholl would be revenants, Amon Goeth would be a numa.
Now, the characters themselves. The protagonist Kate was quite likeable and relate-able. She did not stand out as an obvious Mary Sue, but more like a normal teenager trying (with caution and wariness) to live her life after the devastation of being orphaned. I enjoyed how Plum wrote the blossoming relationship between Kate and Vincent (the love interest), and was particularly appreciative of how Kate didn't haplessly declare her burning eternal love for Vincent like the second time they met. I also liked the secondary characters - Kate's extroverted partygirl sister Georgia, and Vincent's revenant "family".
As you read, you can't help but notice there are a lot of similarities to Twilight. But it goes without the misogyny and thinly-veiled LDS morality of Stephenie Meyer.
Die For Me is a good, solid read that pleased me as I sat devouring the book. Plot-wise it is simple and does not really stand apart from the other YA paranormal romances out there right now, but with her not-zombies in Paris, Plum has created an interesting new mythology for the genre. I definitely am looking forward to reading the sequel. Four stars. ...more
I really like this series. Though Alexander Death I think is the weakest installment so far (I will echo what one of the other reviewers said - I founI really like this series. Though Alexander Death I think is the weakest installment so far (I will echo what one of the other reviewers said - I found many parts of the book quite cheesy), I still liked it. The series is unexpectedly campy, gory, and smutty, at least by YA standards. There is dialogue like this:
Wooly shook his head, then popped one of the pink pills. Then he placed a square of paper on his tongue. "Your loss, hombre. I'll save the rest for my bitches." Wooly returned the drugs to the pill bottle and sealed it. "Let's go inside and flip the motherfucking switches!" "Do you always have to talk like that?" Seth asked. "Talk like what, S-dog?" Wooly clapped a hand on his shoulder. "Let's go find some slut puppies to Hoover our hot dogs. This place is like the QuikTrip snack bar of pussy."
It it were a movie (and by "it", I mean the series in general), I imagine Sam Raimi to be directing....more
This did absolutely nothing to satisfy my good-looking Catholic priest fetish that I acquired from reading The Thorn Birds. Uh, not that I had expecteThis did absolutely nothing to satisfy my good-looking Catholic priest fetish that I acquired from reading The Thorn Birds. Uh, not that I had expected it to....more
I'm actually annoyed at myself for forcing myself to read the entire thing as it was evident from the first couple of pages that I did not like one joI'm actually annoyed at myself for forcing myself to read the entire thing as it was evident from the first couple of pages that I did not like one jot of it. I did not care for the world-building and it's been a while since I read writing as wooden as what Ms. LaFevers presented here. In fact, I would compare the prose style to that seen in Fallen. So, uh, if you are a fan of Lauren Kate's writing, this one is for you!...more
Even though I did like the first book, Storm Born for its insane camp, this series is for sure the weakest series that Richelle Mead has written. AndEven though I did like the first book, Storm Born for its insane camp, this series is for sure the weakest series that Richelle Mead has written. And this is definitely the weakest book in the Dark Swan series. The world-building in the previous books always seemed to take a backseat to the smart dialogue and the hot and wild sexyfuntimes but I had always been agreeable to that because the Richelle Mead is so good at writing the latter points. Unfortunately Shadow Heir consisted of mostly the inane melodramatic dramas of Eugenie and the gentry world. There was fun and quick dialogue but there was little pleasure in the words coming out of characters that were acting so irrational and... stupid. Though the behavior of the characters in the series (Eugenie especially) have always been absurd so that's not really much of a surprise. Finally, (view spoiler)[there was only ONE sex scene (with Dorian). And it only lasted like two paragraphs. WTF I AM DISAPPOINT. (hide spoiler)]...more
Angel Burn was a pretty entertaining adventure story, I have to say. LA Weatherly did show some restraint in developing the love story, which I apprecAngel Burn was a pretty entertaining adventure story, I have to say. LA Weatherly did show some restraint in developing the love story, which I appreciated,(view spoiler)[ though when the inevitable love scenes (VERY chaste love scenes, mind you) finally came, I did get bored. zzzzzz. Alex and Willow, with their sweet and wholesome love devoid of interesting conflict does not make them a very compelling couple for me to read about. But I understand that I'm old and this book was not written for an old perv like me, but rather for teens to show that teenagers can have healthy relationships based on mutual respect etc etc so whatever. I dig it. (hide spoiler)] The premise of angels being psychic vampires with genotoxic effects on humans was interesting, though the villainy of the angel characters was a bit one-dimensional. But overall, I liked it, and I would read the sequel. ...more
I missed the Tyrion and Daenarys chapters as much as anybody but George RR Martin made up for it with the "Alayne Stone" plotline because I LOVE PETYRI missed the Tyrion and Daenarys chapters as much as anybody but George RR Martin made up for it with the "Alayne Stone" plotline because I LOVE PETYR BAELISH....more