Die For Her
Author: Amy Plum
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Revenants #2.5
Series: Revenants #2.5
Published: April 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.
**May contain spoilers to Books 1 and 2, Die For Me and Until I Die.**
I practically squealed in delight when I knew that there's going to be a Revenants novella told from Jules' POV! He's one of my favorite characters in the series so Die For Her is a real treat for me. :)
Ever since Die For Me, I've known that Jules is in love with Kate. Yet, that knowledge did not bother me a bit. I was never worried that there'll be a love triangle between Vincent, Kate and Jules. I even find it cute whenever Jules flirts with Kate. But in this novella, I discovered that not everything is 'cute' in Jules' perspective.
This book recounts the events from before Die For Me until the end of Until I Die. Not everything is retold, of course, only the parts where there is Jules. And I find it interesting even though I already know what happened in those parts. Being in Jules' head is refreshing and it allowed access to thoughts and information that Kate (who narrates the books in the series) is not aware of.
For example, I learned that Vincent was already drawn into Kate way before they really met, and that Jules was against the idea of Vincent obsessing over her. Or how Vincent was when Kate broke up with him. The Dark Way (which is how Vincent can resist dying and is mentioned in Until I Die) is also explained further.
Reading this novella also refreshed my mind about the series. I was able to remember what happened in the first two books so when the third book comes out, I wouldn't need a re-read to keep up with what's happening in the story.
But more importantly - and what I liked the most about Die For Her - it highlighted Jules' love and loyalty to Vincent. He's in love with his best friend's girlfriend but he did not do anything about that. Some might have a different opinion about it and would say that it's cowardly but for me, it shows Jules' deep respect for Vincent to not even attempt to say what he feels for Kate. It's sad and painful to read about his feelings but I admire Jules for being a true friend to Vincent and Kate.
A good and quick read, Die For Her tells a story of love (albeit unspoken and unrequited) and friendship. I really enjoyed it.