Dead Beautiful

  • by Yvonne Woon
  • Narrated by Caitlin Davies
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.
As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.
Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.
Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking listen, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

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Dead beautiful

One of the best books I ever read (listenend to). Yvonne Woon is at the same level as Kate Mosse with her "Sepulchure" and Katherine Neville. It is a fascinating story with surprising end. For the peace of my own mind, I am now going to find out if there is a 7th meditation by René Descartes (His meditations exist).
Just listen to this book you won't regret it.
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- Robert

Good, but...

I downloaded this book based on a reviewer comparing the work to one of my favorite authors, Katherine Neville. I would say that this book brings to mind a scenario of Katherine Neville teaming up with Charlene Harris (Sookie Stackhouse novels) and writing a goth romance for Teen Beat magazine. Think Dan Brown light (very light) throw in dead people and a chaste Harlequin romance for teenagers.

To be fair, if you stick it out to almost the end, some of the teenage gushing serves a reason to the plot. The novel wasn't bad - I became engrossed in it and it had some intriguing ideas, but don't get it thinking this is on the same par as Katherine Neville.

Throughout the book, I was a bit puzzled as to who the target audience was meant to be. I guess a goth romance for teens-but probably true goth teens are already reading adult books, so maybe young teen goth? A dark Harry Potter?

I also wasn't wild about the narrator. The main character was ok, but the other voices were either cartoony or syrupy. I wondered if I would have liked the book more if I had read it.
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- Leslie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios