Hachette - Little, Brown
Release Date: May 2011
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. - Emily Dickinson
From the quote on the first page, this is an immensely enjoyable read and luckily enough - soon to be series!!
Set in gorgeous present day Paris we follow the story of 16 yr old Kate who, after the tragic death of both of her parents in a car accident has just been relocated with her sister Georgia to live with her grandparents in Paris.
Kate is struggling to deal with the loss of her parents and by extension the life she knew but, having spent many family holidays in Paris is able to take comfort in the streets, galleries and museums she once shared with her Mum which are all beautifully described as she whiles away her summer holidays before her start at a new school and return to 'reality'.
Enter the mysterious Vincent, with a new and interesting take on the undead he introduces Kate to the world of Revenants - once mortals who have died in the process of saving others and were blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) to continue to die selflessly in the stead of others for all eternity.
The difference with this love story is having felt and not yet fully recovered from the aching pain of loosing a loved one, Kate struggles with her feelings for Vincent and isn't sure she can withstand the morbid requirements of his job description - wether or not she manages to overcome these demons from her past i will leave to you to find out....