Sunday, July 28, 2013

 Pretty When She Dies
 by Rhiannon Frater
Imagine waking up buried in a shallow grave and having to dig your way out. You have dirt in your eyes and mouth. You are choking on it. You have no memory of who you are or how you got here. Now imagine you make it back to your dorm room only to discover that you are dead. This is the situation Amaliya finds herself As Pretty As She Dies begins. Amaliya is a Texas heavy metal rocker, college student who has to find her ways with the hunger of a new vampire and her psychotic maker that is out to destroy her on the trail. Her life before has not been easy and it has suddenly gotten a whole lot more difficult.
Along the way she is lucky enough to develop a relationship with Cian, the master vamp of Austin. Cian knows just how evil Amaliys maker can be from personal experience. Cian has a small group of loyal followers that include a human girlfriend and the son of a famous vampire hunter. He also has a human servant who has some vampire strenghths from years of ingesting his master’s blood. Roberto, the human servant is jealous, arrogant and does as he pleases, while claiming he is only doing what is best for his master.
Amaliya discovers she has powers to control the dead, which is not surprising since her grandmother can see ghost and the vampire that turned her is a necromancer. The Vampires of San Antonio want Amaliya so they can control Cian, but have no ideal of the extent of Amaliya’s powers until it is almost to late. This is an amazing story of love, betrayal, survival, family bonds and learning to adapt. Becoming a vampire may be the best thing that ever happened to Amaliya if she can survive long enough to find out.
There is so much more to this book that a simple review cannot do it justice. Rhiannon Frater is a wonderful weaver of words. I felt like I was part of the book and not just an observer. I have been mesmerized by everything I have read by her. This is definitely a book that is hard to put down and leaves you anxious for more.

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