In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
Why, cover? Why do you deceive me? Just take a minute and look at that cover. Girl in a pretty dress covers (or GIAPD: I’m still working on the acronym…) are quite popular, but I still fall for them.
(granted: I like the designs around the title a lot too)
The setting in this book has the chance to be wonderful. And it was. It was beautiful. The paranormal aspect was new. I enjoyed not hearing about vampires and werewolves. That’s all I liked.
Kate was a huge Mary-Sue. She was always getting herself into traps and having to be rescued by a big strong man. She must have forgotten not to talk to strangers because around 80 pages in she’s sitting at a cafe, telling a complete stranger her life story!
Many of the jokes in the beginning were around her stupidness for trusting a complete stranger. So, obviously Plum knew about how idiotic her heroine was. But she did nothing to change her.
Kate is together with Vincent for all of three or four weeks, but when he leaves her (or was it the other way around?) she pulls a Bella. The sulky, depressed, my life is over thing.
The male lead, Vincent was a classic YA hero. He stalks Kate. Later he even tells her he does so which reminds me of another character… The amusing thing is that Plum justifies stalkerish behavior by saying that revenants are prone to stalking people.
He reminded of me of a ripoff Edward. He was the first of the “coven”, green eyes, went on a killing spree that he will never forgive himself for, and completely unrealistic.
The “coven” (for lack of a better word) was remarkably similar to the one in twilight. There was the Jasper, a mix between Alice and Rosalie, a Carlisle, an Emmett and one who seemed to be a servant version of Esme…
The plot went something like this:
Kate: My parents died and I’m like so depressed. I’ll go to the cafe to drown my sorrow in tea and books.
[enter cute guys]
Kate: ZOMG, cute guys. I’m like totally not going to make friends at the new school because there’s like a HUGE chance that cute guy likes me!
Vincent: You’re the prettiest girl I ever seen.
[Kate tells him everything about herself and they go on a date]
Kate (after a few events): So you’re like 100 years old. I can’t love you anymore.
For the next few weeks, Kate: I can never love another person! I’m ruined without him.
[get back together]
Kate and Vincent: YAY!!!!!!!
Evil Dude: I totally hate Vincent, so I’m here to kill him.
[evil dude and Vincent fight – Vincent obviously wins]
Kate: I wuv you.
Vincent: I wuv you too.
[And they go off on a romantic boat ride]
There you have it. I’ve summed up the book in exactly 150 words instead of 341 pages. I know, I’m amazing.
What I liked/disliked:
- Paranormal Aspect
- Swords and battle axes
- The Characters
- The Plot
- The Lack of originality
- The insta love
I don’t suggest reading this book. I do however suggest staring at the cover and having a bowl of chocolate. This book was painfully bad.
Favorite Character: One of Vincent’s brothers/revenant buddies
Besides the alternate universe offered by a book, the quiet space of a museum was my favorite place to go. My mom said I was an escapist at heart . . . that I preferred imaginary worlds to the real one. It’s true that I’ve always been able to yank myself out of this world and plunge myself into another.