Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater

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  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Pages: 226
  • Source: Own/Purchased paperback copy
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Overview

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...

... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?


My Thoughts

This book was amazing!! It's no secret that after reading the As The World Dies series, I became a major fan girl of Rhiannon Frater. I want to read anything and everything of hers I can. (Can someone just push the pause button on life so I can get right on that? Thanks!!) I have been wanting to read this forever and since I am on the blog tour for the second book Pretty When She Kills, it was the perfect time to get it in. Wow, does she know how to pull you right into a story and not let you go. Creepy, bloody, action packed, and some pretty hot scenes. This was everything I look for in a great book.

Amaliya is such an awesome character. She is a very strong willed and determined character. Even being killed and turned into a vampire couldn't change that. Man, this chick has had a tough life and I think that is what makes her so incredibly strong. Her family, with the exception of her cousin Sergio and her Grandmother, all totally suck! She really tries hard to do her own thing and to find herself. She has some inner struggle and vulnerability, but that is what makes her a character you absolutely love. She has an awesome personality too. She won't take crap from anyone and she is very independent. Oh, and mess with her family and you are totally screwed!! It seems like nothing can just be easy for her either. It's one crap situation after another, but this chick doesn't give up!

Then there are the other characters. I totally loved her grandmother. She is really great character. Loving to no end, but she has a firecracker side to her and she was funny at times. Cian, Vampire Master of Austin... fantastic!! He was just incredible. Powerful, independent, and he's been around a long time, so he knows what's up. Only one problem. His super bubbly, somewhat self-centered, raging jealous fiance Samantha. She annoyed the crap out of me, but despite that, I kinda liked her. I understand where she is coming from, but the foot stomping fits... a bit too drama queen for me. 

So to basically sum this up. There's an awesome kick ass female main character, crazy ass vampire that is also a necromancer, who she has now really pissed off, and a hot vampire that is master of his own city. Add in some walking dead, crazy action, and some very hot scenes and you've got a winner. Oh yes! This book blew my freaking mind with awesomeness!! I am super excited to read the next book and see what is in store for Amaliya next!! 5 out of 5 stars

20 comments:

  1. I love how much you love Frater's books! I'm going to give one a shot one of these days. Maybe this series, since I'm not into zombies. Great review, Amy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think you would really like this one. It's creepy, but not like super scary or anything. And there is some really good steamy scenes!!

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  2. I think it's time that I try out a Frater book. With all your enthusiasm and love for the author and her books; it makes me very curious. I really like the sound of Amaliya and how she's leaving the "blood and bodies" while she learns to control her hunger. In most vamp books the main character although said to be struggling, never truly struggles as much as portrayed. I like that Frater wrote Amaliya to be more real as a newbie-vamp. Great review!

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    1. Want to borrow it? I will bring it for you on Saturday. It's an adult book, not YA, but I think you will like it!!

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  3. I'm glad you liked this one! Sounds good. ;)

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    1. Rhiannon is awesome!! You should definitely try out her books!!

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  4. I haven't heard of this series yet. It sounds good though. Great review.

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    1. It's really great!! I am about half done with the second book now and loving it!!

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  5. Oh awesome! Great to hear you loved this one. I hear enough about it from Rhiannon' stalker Giselle. LOL Unfortunately the first book in the As The World Dies series did not work for me... at all. So I am a little leery about this one, but I guess I will just have to read it and see for myself. Great review!

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    1. Giselle totally turned me into a fan girl, though not quite stalkerish yet haha!! Too bad that you didn't like The First Days, but this is much different. You should give it a try! :)

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  6. Yeesh, that cover is terrifying! From your review, I can tell it's pretty representative of the book. I'm all for hotness, but this one might be too bloody for my tastes. :P Glad you enjoyed it!
    - Lauren

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    1. It is quite bloody lol!! If you don't like too much blood than you might want to skip this one.

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  7. Really? The cover is um.... not doing it for me. Maybe bloody isn't my thing. So glad you liked it though.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. haha!! The book is quite bloody too!

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    1. She totally did!! I loved Inoccente. Definitely one of my favorite characters.

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  9. Yay glad you liked this one so much! I've seen Rhiannon's books floating around everywhere and I should really try one of her books out one day :) I really like the cover of this book's sequel though it's so vampire-ish lol. Ad *pushes pause button* There you go! Rad away! ;) But I'm glad this one was really action-packed and creepy the characters sound pretty awesome soon :) Awesome review Amy!

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    1. The second book is really awesome too!! I really love Rhiannon's books!!

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  10. OMG! I didn't think this book is THAT awesome!! Well.. from the title and the cover ... BUT hell you make it sound BRILLIANT! :) :) NEED to read this! Great review Amy!! :) :) <3 You convinced me! ;D

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    1. This book totally rocks!! You should definitely check it out!

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