Die for Me by Amy Plum
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was first attracted to this book because of the cover. I'm a sucker for beautiful ones and every single time I go "Oooh, pretty!" This was one of those times. After getting over the pretty cover, I decided that the book might just enjoyable enough and worth a read because the description made it seem interesting and because of the high ratings the book has. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Although I did not hate the take on zombies Amy Plum depicts, it's actually something that once presented I was very much looking forward to see further developed, I did practically dislike almost, if not, everything else.
All of the characters seemed pretty superficial and lifeless, but there are three who annoyed me the most.
We have the typical teenage girl, Kate, who's, apparently, beautiful, yet is bent on thinking otherwise no matter how many guys are after her and no matter how many times her "beloved" insists that she's the last drop of water on Earth. She also has no sense of self-preservation. And isn't that smart when she just blurts out (view spoiler)[her boyfriend is dormant to Charles... who was last seen, by her, consorting with the enemy. (hide spoiler)]
Then we have the other girl, this time her older sister Georgia, who's the epitome of beauty & elegance and is practically only there to fuel the insecurities of our "heroine". It does not help Georgia is a shameless flirt who doesn't seem to know where to draw the line when it comes to flirting. She even flirts with Vincent. I found myself thinking a few times: "Ok...What is wrong with you?"
The only good thing I can say about Vincent is he's described as a gorgeous male specimen and having that image while reading the book made it more bearable. But I really didn't buy the whole I'm head over heels show he was putting on.
The plot seems almost non existent. I say almost because we do have the lightning fast development of the romance between Kate and Vincent. But I completely missed the moment they fell in love. I couldn't "feel" the connection between them, even if Vincent could communicate with her while "volant" which was possibly meant to show just how deep their connection went. I also disliked the cheesy way they spoke to each other, it seemed forced. I wish they could have heard me telling them to "Just Stop!".
Another part of the book which bothered me was Vincent being a professional stalker. That is not cute, sexy and it's definitely not the newest form of romance. I was very disturbed by his stalking tendencies when the fact he's part of the undead didn't faze me. But who knows, maybe I missed the memo where it says it is ok.
Basically, I gave the book two stars because of the cover and because of what it could have been since I did like what the author did with the zombie legend. But it was boring and I felt like nothing happened through most of it. Plus when finally did they ended it with more cheesy lines like “This is for all the innocents you betrayed to their death...” Huh...*raises eyebrow* Just kill the guy already!
And I leave you with my favorite quote: “Well, spit on my empty grave--if it ain't the attack of the Disney princesses!”