Series: Revenants #1
Published by Atom on May 11, 2011
Genres: YA, Paranormal
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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.
When I read the summary I didn’t know what to expect form this book, but the cover definitely caught my attention—one of the best I’ve ever seen—and I decided to give it a try. Guess what? It was a completely surprise! I devoured it, it was just a matter of hours, I couldn’t and I wouldn’t put it down, I needed to know what was going to happen next . . . The concept of ‘revenants’ was something totally refreshing, so interesting and it got my full attention until the very end.
I visited Paris a few years ago and despite the fact that was damn cold and I got high fever during the latest days of my holiday, I found the city simply gorgeous and I think the writer offers a perfect description of it, beautiful, romantic, fascinating . . . It’s like you can really feel Paris and you can easily to imagine reading this book in one of the Café where Kate goes.
In my opinion Kate was definitely a different kind of heroine despite the others we read about in YA novels. I found her more realistic and there are two things I particularly appreciated about her: first she took her love story in a slow way—finally someone that didn’t declare crazy love after a couple of chapters or less—and second she loves art and this helped to read some different dialogues between her and the other characters, more mature and interesting for once.
I have to admit that I can’t say I hated someone, I liked all the characters, I adored Vincent and Kate as a couple but I feel that I have to say something about someone . . . He’s called Jules! His dialogues with Kate were one of the best parts of the book and his constantly flirting got me goosebumps! I really hope to read more about him in the future . . .
Looking forward to read the second book, I suggest you this first instalment of an original, intriguing series!