Pretty When She Dies
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She... Trilogy #1
Publication date: November 4, 2008
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
*contains sexual content, violence and foul language
Not suitable for readers under 17 yrs of age.
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...
Pretty When She Dies
... 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?
is a deliciously dark urban fantasy
that quickly draws you in. Filled with vampires, necromancers, romance and
kick-ass characters Frater took me on one heck of a ride. As a book addict,
there is the high I constantly chase, that only an awesome, epic book can give
me. Pretty When She Dies
gave me that
When we first meet protagonist Amaliya she finds herself
buried in a shallow grave on her college campus. At first she cannot remember
who she is, but stumbles her way back to campus and her dorm room. She gets
sick and showers, but soon realizes she is very hungry. Making her way out to
the parking lot, she hears music and smells food. Things get very bloody, very
fast. When she awakens in the morning, her college professor is there and confirms
her worse fears; he has made her a vampire. Naked and covered in blood he gives
her his jacket, declaring that is the only help she will get from him. Amaliya
quickly realizes she needs to flee. The tale that unfolds is action packed, funny, terrifying and filled with
The characters Frater has created are friggin awesome.
Amaliya is sweet and bad-ass all at the same time. I quickly connected with her. She is a natural blonde, but dyes her hair jet
black, sports tattoos and piercings. She loves rock and roll, and is studying
to be a psychologist. Her creator is one freaky ancient vampire who completely gave
me the chills! He is bored and turned Amaliya for his own amusement. He stalks
her, to watch how she handles the change. *shivers* Cain is a centuries old
vampire also created by the same creator and he controls Austin, Texas. He is
smart, oh so smexy and about to marry a human named Samantha. He lives in an
apartment building he owns with his servant Roberto who cracked me up one
minute and annoyed me the next. His fiancée Samantha is innocent, pure and completely
annoying! Both Roberto and Samantha want Amaliya gone. This creates some interesting
situations and double crosses. Amaliya’s grandmother was an absolute hoot and
at times she and the other vampire hunters stole the show. I loved their shenanigans
and her fearlessness.
The world building is fantastic. Frater brought this
dark, gritty vampire world to life. There are no sparkly vampires here. While vampires act and behave like the
vampires of old; sleeping during the day and living without reflection, Frater brought
a new twist that blew my mind. I loved the history she provided regarding the
Creator and Cain. The romance that develops is dripping with sexual tension and
the dance was delicious, raw and hot. The relationship slowly developed into
more and I enjoyed watching it unfold. The
creator , known by some as “The Summoner”
can raise and control the dead. He is not at all happy with his new toy
and when he discovers her strengths he sets out to control her. Frater created
action packed scenes and gave such detail that I had a HD
Movie with surround sound playing in my head. The tale wraps up nicely without
the dreaded cliffhanger. Frater has breathed life back into vampires for me,
and I cannot wait to read more.
Fans of dark, gritty urban fantasy with kick-ass protagonist
need to purchase Pretty When She Dies immediately. *just saying, can you tell I absolutely loved this book!* Frater
skillfully brought the vampires of old lore to present day Texas and it will
literally blow your mind. Pretty When She Kills is the next book in the trilogy
and I will be bringing you the review later this month.
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I gave this novel five coffee cups out of 5.
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