Kate's days are filled with novels, museums, and the crushing ache of mourning and depression, until her eyes lock with Vincent's across a cafe terrace. He's gorgeous and kind and, amazingly, seems genuinely interested in Kate. The closer she gets to him, the more she becomes aware that she's opening herself to potential heartbreak and pain.
But more importantly, it could mean risking her life.
Vincent and his kindred are Revenants. Undead who sacrifice their lives over and over to save humans from death and pain. And their sworn enemies have had centuries to perfect hone in on their Revenant hunting skills.
Kate must decide if her safety is important enough to leave Vincent being, or if a life without Vincent is really worth living.
To be honest, I was a little hesitant about reading a book about the dead dying over and over, but I was beyond pleasantly surprised. I was so intrigued by this book, I finished it in 2 days. Kate's pain at losing her parents completely destroys her, and she's seemingly an empty shell, just putting one foot in front of the other. After meeting Vincent, she at least has something to keep her moving and occupied during the day. But then their little attraction grows stronger, and stranger. Kate's immediately plunged into the fascinating world of the undead. The revenants jokingly call themselves zombies, but it's nothing like the stereotypes.
There was just a little cautionary content (they may be immortal, but the Revenants still die, after all. And not all the deaths are clean).
The descriptions of Paris were beautiful, but sometimes a little distracting. The characters were fantastic. Sometimes when a book has so many important characters all rolled together, it's difficult to keep their personalities separate. I did not find that to be the case here.
Bottom line? Very intriguing read that is part pain and death, part heart-melting love story. Definitely worth reading.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (May 10, 2011)
- Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)