My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?
I am seriously conflicted. I've been dreading this review. I'm still confused and at this point I have no idea where this review will lead. Nothing is planned out..not like usual. I gave the book 4 stars, but I'm even confused about that. I'm not sure it deserves it. Oh it's a good book, no doubt, but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
When I started reading Die Foe Me I totally wasn't into it. And it took me until more than halfway through the book to really get into it. I just felt the pacing was off, the story was slow to get going and I really didn't particularly care for the characters and I certainly didn't care what happened to them.
As things went on, I slowly started to get more interested in the story, but this wasn't a book that I enjoyed from the get go. And I usually do! I usually know within the first hundred pages if this is going to be a book that I'm going to enjoy. And that didn't happen. Part of me wanted to put it down and move onto something else. But I didn't. For two reasons: One, because I talk to Amy on twitter from time to time and I really like her and I felt that I needed to give it an honest effort. Two, because I have really, really been looking forward to reading this. I spent money on it and I just wasn't willing to put it down.
In the end though, I'm glad I finished it. By the time it was over, I did really care about the characters. Especially Vincent, Charlotte, and Jules. Truthfully, I didn't really like Kate that much. I liked Georgia a lot more. Except for her ignorance toward the end, I thought she would have made a much better protagonist. I adored Kate's grandparents and I also really grew to like Jean-Baptiste. Obviously there are a lot of characters in this novel. Not so many though that it becomes hard to follow.
I also have another complaint and this is my last one. The setting. This book was set in Paris of all places. It could've been a beautifully written book. I don't feel like the author used the setting to her advantage. The descriptions were off. They weren't as vivid or as mysterious as they could be. I'm a sucker for a great setting and I was looking forward to reading a book set in Paris and honestly, it was a letdown. And I was frustrated. But that's just me. I know that this isn't an issue for most people.
So in closing, great characters for the most part, a fun plot, once it finally got going, and a great setting that I felt wasn't utilized to its advantage. I did enjoy the writing style. It was lyrical, but it didn't stand out. So you know what I think I'm gonna do? And I hate to do it, but I'm changing my rating to three stars. And it may be my own fault. I may have hyped it up too much. I'm definitely going to read the next one though and see if it gets better.
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