O yes, this made me swoony. I may be the only girl in the world to feel this way, but due to a certain past boyfriend and a trip to Paris, Paris is not the city of love in my mind, but teary-eyed train rides and rain. Yet, this silly, fluffy paranormal romance in Paris may have just relit the Paris spark and GS has agreed that we can go back, but only in the fall.
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 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.Originality: 10. And I thought I had read about all the paranomal beings out there. Nope. Introducing, "revenants". I also quite enjoyed the dabbling of French.
Absurdity: 8. Even for a high-school love between teenage-girls-who-don't-know-they-are-beautiful and earth-shatteringly-handsome-paranormal-hunk, this had a LOT of eye rolls. And the eternity aspect in the book bio? Confusing....
Level of Paranormal Romance: 10. This is the whole point of the book folks. Don't expect anything else and enjoy it for what it is.
Level of Harry Potterness: 4. Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoyed this book, but again, please set your expectations. The best part is young love and loss in Paris, where there is a cafe for you to hide away with your book and nurse your heartache. This sounds much better then commuting to work sadly or buckling down for midterms, the ways most of us most cope.
I will be reading the next one and crossing my fingers we stay away from the Fallen/ Bella & Edward traps....