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This book was surprisingly sexy and full of the traditional vampire cliches...no sunlight, crosses, holy water, etc...the narrator is one of the best of heard. There was a vast difference between her voice in narration and the voice of the characters. I'm excited to listen to the series. You'll like this if you like the "White Trash Zombie" series by Diana Rowland.
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I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Frater brings the darkness back to vampires! The story is a bit gory at times, which serves to remind us that vampires are lethal beasts.
Amaliya Vezorak, a 24 year old woman, is a bit of a loner and social outcast. She dyed her blonde hair black, and she is covered in tattoos and piercings. She feels like she has never really fit in anywhere, and her appearance only adds to the problem. Her mom was stricken with cancer when Amaliya was a young girl, and her father started an affair with Amaliya’s 18 year old cousin before her mom had even passed away! Amaliya’s cousin eventually became her step-mother. All Amaliya wanted to do was to go away to college and get away from her family. However, when she received the shocking news that her younger sister, Rachel, was terminally ill, Amaliya left college to return home to take care of her.
After her sister dies, Amaliya returns to college and enrolls in a psychology class that is being taught by a prestigious professor from England. Unbeknownst to Amaliya, the Professor is not just a vampire but also a necromancer: He can control the dead. He bites Amaliya but, just before she dies, he gives her some of his own blood and then buries her in the woods. After she awakens, she is mad with the hunger. She crashes a dorm party and slaughters them all, and she realizes that she cannot stay. She sets out to try to find others of her kind and to learn to survive. She eventually meets up with Cian, who was also created by the Professor, and he agrees to help Amaliya learn some survival skills.
Underneath her tough persona, Amaliya is just like anyone else and wants to fit in. She longs for that acceptance of self and peace in her life. I liked her character, and I was amused by her cheekiness. I wanted Amaliya to find that happiness that she was seeking. My favourite character was Amaliya’s grandmother, Innocente: Who wouldn’t want a kick-ass grandmother like that?! She is tough as nails, and I love her unconditional acceptance of Amaliya. I enjoyed the ending of the book, and I can’t wait to read more about Amaliya and Cian in the next book in the series, Pretty When She Kills.
I really enjoyed Kristin Allison’s narration. I thought she did a great job of capturing the essence of Amaliya, with just the right amount of attitude. Her pace is excellent, and her subtle characterizations worked well.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
not sure if it was the story or the narration that just didn't grab me. loved other Rhiannon Frater dystopian novels.
What did you like most about Pretty When She Dies?
Definitely how vampire stories should be. Amaliya wakes up in her own grave & hungry... Its starts with a massacre & then Amaliya trying to escape her creator while trying to find her way in her new world. Amaliya finds help with a fellow vampire, leading him to question how he is living his own life & with the help of a few humans Amaliya must face her creator to save everyone she has come to care for or risk losing it all. Purchased the 2nd book in the series even before had finished, can't wait to see where this story goes.
What did you like best about this story?
Theres blood, biting, sex, death & love. No stupid moody sparkly vampires in this. These vampires, bite, feed, f**k & kill. Amaliya doesn't have much luck, she tries to be good despite her new existence, you do feel for her & have hope.
Have you listened to any of Kristin Allison’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I didn't mind her narration, talks at a good pace. Her voice only slightly changes for the characters but you can still tell who it is thats speaking.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed, cheered, smiled, was saddened & happy.