Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater Review, Interview & Giveaway


I am super excited today to be a part of the Pretty When She Kills Bog tour. I just recently read Pretty When She Dies and loved it!! You can see my review for that here. My fabulous friend Giselle @ Xpresso Reads has turned me into a major Rhiannon Frater stalker fan girl and I knew I had to take part in this tour!! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above. (How pretty is that?! Giselle made that! She now does designs so check out her design page here.)

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  • Publisher: Rhiannon Frater
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review/ tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

*This is the second book of a series. My review will not have spoilers for this book, but will contain spoilers for the first book if you haven't read it. The overview is a bit spoilery if you haven't read the first book also.

Overview

Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…

When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived when the vampire ruling over San Antonio attempts a takeover of Austin in order to capture Amaliya and use her power for his own devices.

To make matters worse, Samantha, Cian’s ex-fiancée, is seeing ghosts, the untested vampire hunters of Austin are running scared as a supernatural war looms, a mysterious man is hunting Amaliya with the help of her one time lover, Pete, and Rachoń, the Summoner’s favorite progeny, appears to be out for revenge.

When Amaliya’s grandmother, a powerful medium, experiences terrible visions that reveal there is another necromancer vampire and she is crying out for help, Amaliya realizes happy endings do not come easily…


My Thoughts 

I want to start off by doing some crazy fan girl dance or something. For real, this book was amazeballs!! I thought I loved the first one, but this one was just overflowing with awesome!! Rhiannon turned up the heat, the action, and the creepy factor in this one and I loved every second of it!! The character development is really great too. I love getting to know the different characters better. 

Amaliya is still one kick ass chick and things get a lot more crazy for her. She of course still has the spunky personality that I loved in the first one, but I love seeing the softer side of her too. It comes out a lot more in this book than it did in the first one now that she is more adjusted to the fact she is a vampire/necromancer. Her relationship with Sam is still quite intense and I love their interactions. Amaliya is a seriously funny, tough as nails chick and I can't get enough of her. 

We meet some pretty dangerous characters too. Rachon for one is an old vampire that is not one to be messed with, but it seems that she is now a big thing to worry about. She is coming to Austin and Amaliya knows that it's a very bad thing. There is also another Necromancer/Vampire they have to worry about. Innocente has been seeing her. On top of that Sam is even more pissed than before because now she is seeing dead people thanks to Amaliya's blood. Forget the fact that Amaliya saved her life, she is livid about it!! Pete is on a mission to help Amaliya. It's very sweet and sad at the same time. He loves her so much, but of course we know that she is happy being a vampire and she loves Cian. 

This book is just full of action and suspense. It gets very intense as they realize there is more to it than just Rachon wanting revenge and a necro-vamp calling out for help. This book had hooked! There is so much going on and we learn a lot of new things, but it's never to the point where it's too much at a time. It's like an adrenaline rush that you can't get enough of. And lets not forget the steamy, sexy scenes. We still get some of those too, though not as much since they are fighting for their lives. (or un-lives I guess) I can't really say much more except you are in for one hell of a ride reading this book! 5 out of 5 stars. 



Interview


What gave you the idea to make The Summoner a Necromancer too? It's a totally awesome idea!!

I honestly don’t remember how that came about. I suspect it was born out of the dream that initially gave birth to that universe. I just remember that it felt really perfect to have this ancient vampire have much more to him than just the usual traditional vampire lore.  His background was a lot of fun to explore and I think it makes him that much more terrifying because he can control the dead.

When you initially wrote Pretty When She Dies was it planned as a trilogy? It could totally be a stand alone, though I am glad that it wasn't. ;)

This is a weird one to answer. In some ways, it was written to be a standalone. When I started writing the book, I thought of it as a standalone. By the end of the book, I had little bits in the story that were ready to become much more. I did try to wrap up the first book to a certain extent so that if I didn’t continue in that world the readers would have a resolution.  But if you read the first book then immediate start on the second you can see all the threads form the first book weaving into the sequel.
A lot of what happens in the first book lays the foundation for the second, though I felt the overall story arc of the first book does reach a conclusion.

Amaliya is a total bad ass!! Did you write her character based on anyone?

I don’t base my characters on real people. My characters just appear in my head and I have a process where I get to know them better. A lot of times they surprise me. Amaliya was very difficult for me to write because she is incredibly different from me. We’re polar opposites in many ways. Her inclination to run away from problems while putting herself in dangerous situations is just something I don’t really get. It’s through Cian’s eyes that I was finally able to “get” the character. I really do enjoy writing her and feel she grows a lot in the sequel.

Are any of the characters based on real people? You know, like their personalities or certain traits?

I don’t base characters on real people. They’re just born in my head. I have consciously given only two characters traits of people I know because it fit the personality of the fictional person. Rune from AS THE WORLD DIES (THE FIRST DAYS, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, SIEGE) and one of the moms in my upcoming YA Paranormal novel, THE MIDNIGHT SPELL, have aspects of two people I know, but they’re not carbon copies of them in any way.

You are a master at writing the creepiness!! Do you ever have crazy nightmares about some of the things you put in your books?

All my books are based on dreams except for AS THE WORLD DIES (THE FIRST DAYS, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, SIEGE), which was technically based on a vivid image that popped into my head at work. My nightmares are pretty epic and I always wake up with the thought “Can I use this?”  PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES was born out of an incredibly vivid dream that utterly terrified me. I dreamed it from Amaliya’s perspective, so it was very scary. When I woke up, I was relieved it was a dream. The opening scene from PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS is also from a dream.

I really loved the names of the characters in the book. How did you come up with them? I especially loved Innocente, was that intentional due to her religious nature?

 
Naming characters can be a weird process. Sometimes I just toss out names until something sticks. I know Jenni and Katie from AS THE WORLD DIES underwent several name changes, but I don’t remember what those were now. I kept writing out names and if it didn’t click, I’d erase it. I kept doing that until it felt “right.”  
Amaliya was very hard to name. I was virtually screaming in my head at her “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?” Nothing fit. Then one day at work someone called and introduced herself by that name and I internally knew that was her name.  I had to find the spelling of the name, etc, but it fits her perfectly.
Innocente just fit. I really liked her having an old school religious name. Cian was a quick fit. I just can’t imagine him by any other name.

I am always thinking about food and I can't help but ask, does Fenton really have the best peach cobbler in Texas? I love peach cobbler!! 

Fenton is a made up town!  The best beach cobbler I’ve had, outside church socials growing up, was in a café in Fredericksburg, Texas that is now closed. I miss that peach cobbler. It was amazing.


Randomness:

Mountains or ocean?  

 
Mountains.  Oceans have sharks.

Coffee or Tea?

 
Tea. I hate the aftertaste of coffee. Unless its cappuccino in a café in Italy.

Heels or sneakers?

 
Heels…Betsey Johnson or Jeffery Campbell, please!  Unless zombies show up…then sneakers!

Vampires or zombies?

 
Vampires. I have lots of crosses in my house.

Soup or salad?
 
Salad!

Crayons or markers?

 
Crayons. You can do better shading!

Okay enough of the silliness! Thanks so much for stopping by Rhiannon. You rock!! I am looking forward to see how the whole series wraps up in Pretty When She Destroys!! 
 

The first book in the series, Pretty When She Kills is available now as an audiobook too. I have put the links below for you. Pretty When She Kills will also be available in audiobook form, but isn't at this time!



Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel (Unabridged) - Rhiannon Frater


I have a giveaway for an ebook copy of both Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills. Just fill out the rafflecopter form at the end of this post to enter. These books are not YA and have very mature content so if you are under 18 please get a parent or guardians permission. Neither me or Rhiannon want angry parents coming after us.

There is also a fantastic tour giveaway going on that you should definitely enter. You can find it over at The Bookish Brunette by clicking here.

THE BLOG TOUR GIVEAWAY
Ashley at The Bookish Brunette will be hosting the blog tour giveaway. This is the grand prize for the entire tour.

The grand prize is:
  •  An autographed paperback of PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS and the first book, PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES
  • 6 bookmarks (2 autographed)
  • Vampire fangs necklace and matching earrings


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other horror novels.  She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.  

You can find her online at:

Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astheworlddies
Twitter:  twitter.com/rhiannonfrater
Blog:  rhianonfrater.blogspot.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rhiannonfrater/
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com


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26 comments:

  1. Pfft BS!! Amaliya is based on me, she knows it, I know it. #Hairflip.

    I liked this book ok, I like Rhiannon ok, nothing special. Whatevz! *runs away*

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    1. Hahaha!! You rock my face off chick!! Amaliya is so you!! Feisty little one you are!!

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  2. The cover is incredible on this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. I really love this cover!! This book was awesome too. I liked it more than the first one.

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  3. This really does sound good! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. This series is great!! I think you would like it!

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  4. Wow -- need to get to the Rhiannon Frater book I have on my Kindle. Thanks for a very fun and entertaining interview!!!

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    1. I hope you love her books!! They are really great!

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  5. Yay! I'm wicked glad this is a 5 out 5 star book. I don't know when exactly, but I hope to be able to start book one sometime in the next week or so. I'm eager to read it because you loved it so much.

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    1. I am a super Rhiannon Frater fan girl. This series is awesome!

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  6. This book was so WTFckery and I loved it. Love Amaliya, ADORE Sam, sad about other character's leaving us. The Summoner is a wicked SOB and a fantastic villain!

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    1. This book was amazing!! I love Sam!! I am also sad about certain events in this book, but that's what makes it so good. I am dying for Pretty When She Destroys!

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  7. I loved the first book, so I am very excited to read this one--and even more excited to hear there is a THIRD book! Thanks for hosting this fun post. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Yes that third one is Pretty When She Destroys! What a fab title!!

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  8. Awesome Post! You ladies are such big fans of this series, I know that I have to give it a go eventually. I will... one day!

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    1. We will keep pestering you until you do!! Read it now!!! ;)

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  9. omg judging by the cover (which is totally not my type) i wouldnt have thought this book to be amazing!! Ill definitely add this to my TBR pile!! Thanks for sharing!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. This series is fantastic!! Fab characters and awesome storyline!!

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  10. I am going to have to read one of Rhiannon's books, soon. Your enthusiasm just has me so curious! I'm happy this lived up to expectations. Great review!

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  11. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this series. Sounds like it has lots of action and steam which I love!

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    1. I think these are books you would really enjoy!

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  12. A year ago I would have said vampires are better than zombies, but zombies have caught up!! I call tie!

    Great review ~ can't wait to get to this one myself!

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    1. Haha!! I am a Zombie girl. I love zombies!!

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  13. I'm a zombie girl for sure! Though if a zombie apocalypse happens, I might just have to change my mind unless I become a white trash zombie!! ;)

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  14. Loved vampires, but I would have to say zombies! They're so cool!

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