Monday, October 22, 2012

Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater {review-giveaway}

Pretty When She Kills
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She Kills #2
Publication date: September 7, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/ Amazon


*contains sexual content, violence and foul language
Not suitable for readers under 17
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…

Pretty When She Kills is the second book in Rhiannon Frater’s dark, gritty vampire trilogy. I was delighted to step back into this dark world and it was quite the adventure. Vampires do not sparkle in Frater’s world and instead have uncanny abilities and territorial rivalries. I quickly became enthralled in this action packed tale and consumed this in a single afternoon.

The tale picks up a few months after book one ended. Cian and Amaliya are wrapped up in their romance and she is dreaming of happily ever after. We soon learn those thoughts will have to be put on hold when  multiple forces work to overthrow Cian to gain control of Austin, Texas and harness Amaliya and her power.  With an attack eminent, Cian and Amaliya enlist the help of the Vampire Hunter and his motley crew. The tale that unfolds offered awesome battle scenes, humor, and danger. I found myself completely immersed and cannot wait for the final chapter of this beautifully written tale.

I adore the characters Frater has created in this series. Even the villains have to be admired for their cunning and unique personalities. We see growth in Amaliya and new abilities emerge. She is still kick-ass and totally  snarky. While she still likes to jump into the thick of things, she is trying to think things through. I loved that when she is mad she jams out on her drum set. Cian is beginning to realize he should have secured Austin better and worries about those he cares for. The romance while not quite as steamy as book one certainly made my heart race. While Amaliya still doubts Cian s unbridled feelings, he certainly convinced me. It amazes me how she can take on monsters but still has so much self-doubt.  Amaliya’s grandmother, cousin and others are back and in jump in the mix.  Jeff the vampire hunter and his crew help out. I adore Jeff and totally dig his life. Samantha Cian's ex is back and if you remember I hated this little minx. Well guess what, she totally rocked this book and was even kick-ass. Yep, miss preppy and annoying was cool. New characters added to the tales page-turner suspense. I loved and loathed the villains and wanted them shown no mercy.

Frater took me on one heck of ride and had my emotions all over the place. I was angry, sad, fearful and cheering the next. Quite frankly I didn't want the journey to end. I am completely in love with this urban fantasy and the way the author portrays this world. Her unique twists to vampires, supernatural powers and epic battle scenes had me deliriously happy one minute and screaming at her the next. (yep, that's right I yelled aloud to Frater and the air turned blue)  When an author gets me that wrapped up in the tale, that I shout publically while reading…you know it’s a winner. I cared, I wanted more and most of all I believed. The characters are so fleshed out that the lines of reality blurred. The transformation of Samantha’s character and the supernatural elements woven into this tale gave me goosebumps. From the creepy-tasitc prologue to the last sentence I was held captive. If you haven't entered Frater’s vampire world you are completely missing out on some stellar reading.

I highly recommend Pretty When She Kills to urban fantasy fans and paranormal vampire fans looking to get that fix that only a totally kick-ass book can give you.  Frater is on my author’s to read list and I cannot wait to get my grimy little hands on Pretty When She Destroys book three due out in 2013.

I gave this novel 5 coffee cups out of 5
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Giveaway Time!!
I want to share my love of this series, so one
follower can have their choice of an ebook from this series:
 Pretty When She Dies or Pretty When She Kills
(international )
enter rafflecopter below:


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51 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM , Anonymous Book Savvy Babe said...

this one is on my tbr, I loved the first book! So, thank you for referring Ms Frater for the fraterfest read a thon! Can't wait to read book 2... Book Savvy Babe

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM , Anonymous Rhiannon Frater said...

*evil grin*

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

thanks for the great review! I've been dying to read this book :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

I read The First Days during Fraterfest and just loved it! I actually have Pretty When She Dies in audio format to review, and I can't wait to read this series!! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Michelle@ Book Briefs said...

I am so excited to read this series! Thanks Kimba :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I know I was so surprised I ended up liking her so much..LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Gotta love Amaliya! Hehe... and Sam totally rocked it in this one, even got me a little choked-up there towards the end.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes, yes you do..go, go read it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous Christina Megan said...

I've been seeing pretty much only five star reviews for this series. Why have I not read Rhiannon Frater yet. I need to make time for that somehow!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o so many books so little time. I would love a superpower that stopped time, just so I could read uninterrupted for hours on end..LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous J.J. Bonds said...

Oh! I love Rhiannon Frater's writing, but for some reason (probably lack of time) I haven't started this series yet! Glad to hear Pretty When She Kills delivers the emotional roller coaster I've come to expect from Frater! I should move the series up on my TBR list!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Your welcome and this one rocked too!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Naomi ..good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

This sounds like a great book!! Nice review!! Am loving the cover...

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome and I hope you get to read it

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous Erica haspiel Szlosek said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win,

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sweet, thanks Darlene and good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome and good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I was impressed with how much Frater's writing matured between the books, I know what you mean about yelling at her, That last scene and the killing off of someone sucked! I felt sorry for Samantha so I was glad to see her hook up with Jeff and make peace with Amalyia. I think we are in trouble for the third book, I told her The Summoner didn't scare me enough and she wrote back that she took my advice and wrote in a terrfying scene with him! Yikes!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thank you and I totally agree, I am drooling for book three!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

People keep saying amazing things about this series and I honestly don't know what on earth I'm waiting for! The fact that it's so captivating and emotional is enough to get me interested. I love it when second books turn out to be as good as their predecessors. It's the best thing.
Wonderful review, Kimba!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Erin, this is a fantastic series!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o Liz I think you will love this series!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

Terrific review! i can't wait to get started on this series :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..you crack me up Fran!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I swear I must be psychic! Just last night I was on Smashwords and it said I bought book 1 in this series at the start of 2010!
Crazy huh? My review for it ended with "wheres book 2?!" lolz
I guess I got my answer! Book 2 is right here!
I gotta re read book 1, its been a hot minute. I liked it a lot though.
Great review (as usual) :[

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o vampires for Christmas how lovely!!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Awesome! I love that it is as good as the first one. I am reading it over Christmas break when I read just for fun :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Right!!! LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Yay I love villains that one can admire, it should be like that, they should be cunning

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this series rocks and I hope you get a chance to read about vampires Frater style :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM , Anonymous Brandy Corona said...

Looks like a really great read!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Right..it's fun discovering new ones!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Traci G said...

interesting.. i love seeing authors I've never experienced.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome and I totally agree..good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Denise Z said...

I love a vampire novel that has a good taste of kickin hiney and this certainly sounds like it fits the bill. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Dani :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh..it was good, but not everyone loves vampires ;)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Pooja @ On Books! said...

OMG that is such a creepy cover. Haven't tried this series. Probably won't but great review (:

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It rocks Sandy!! Good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said...

I'm really excited to read this series. Need to read Pretty When She Dies first though! YAY for 5 Stars!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You need to schedule time ASAP..hehehe!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o you crazy woman...now we all gonna die!!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ryan you are in for a treat if you like dark, gritty vampire novels. Good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous ryan snyder said...

5 out of 5. i have never heard of the first one until i saw this here. i would love to read the series. :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous outlandergone67 said...

I would love to start this series, thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are so welcome..i love sharing good books!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

totally agree DeAnna, good luck!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous DeAnna said...

I read Pretty When She Dies during FraterFest! Can't wait to snag this book! Rhiannon Frater is bloody brilliant! :) Great review! Thank you for the chance to win!
DeAnna Schultz

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sweet, I would love to hear your thoughts when you do!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous Sharon @ Obsession with Books said...

A great review Kimba! I have heard such wonderful things about this series and author so I'm going to have to give them a try.

Thanks for sharing & for the giveaway! x

 

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