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Would you like us to take another look at this review? No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! You've successfully reported this review. It feels as polished as any traditionally published novel. Oh and if you've been wondering what happened to all the dirk and dirty vampiric urban fantasy after the Twilight implosion - here you go. Pretty When She Kills begins with the resurrection of Bianca, another of the Summoner's progeny, and Rachon's the Summoner's most loyal offspring need to kill her before she wreaks too much havoc as a newborn vampire.
Except when sh This series is a fantastic example of indie authors who do it right. Except when she finds the ghostlike girl has Necromantic powers she can't bring herself to do it and so decides to bind her to her. Already we find ourselves glued to the pages as it starts with as much of a bang as Pretty When She Dies. The major player in my opinion being Samantha who I found incredibly annoying before. She's just a little lost and afraid and I just want to hug her! She has her own stuff to deal with now and relationships of varying types to entangle, romantic and non, and I really respected her and the way she embraced how crappy life can be and decided to kick it's arse.
After despising her so much before, she has definitely become my favourite character. How's that for character growth? Amaliya, as well, had some growing to do. As we already know she has a tendency to want to run when things get hard and she hasn't changed, but she also embraces a few things and I felt even more sympathy for her than before.
She's still very human at her core. Being what you are? We also meet a few new characters in Pretty When She Kills who provide even more interesting side stories and funny quips but I shan't spoil these for you because they're fun to meet on your own. Even the bad guys are intriguing. Some are just straight-forward nasty, like the Summoner in Pretty When She Dies, but some have another side to them which really leaves us questioning: This is an aspect of Rhiannon's writing that I adore. The fact that nothing is simply black and white. This along with her fab way of setting up an atmosphere that really puts you in the moment.
And there are a few twists in the story. You know, just to keep it interesting. Not once did I find the novel getting 'samey', I pretty much loved it throughout. It's freaking epic and book three is only going to be better. It felt more polished and was fast-paced throughout. If you're not sure whether or not to pick this one up - do. I promise it's worth it. Ooh, and we meet a few new supernaturals in this one.. Nov 04, Kassa rated it liked it. I may write a real review of this but I'm on the fence. I liked the first one but this second one annoyed me.
The females are all idiots. I could figure out what was going on well before Amelia or Samantha ever clued into the obvious. I'm not sure why the females never act with much intelligence and they react first before rational thought seems to kick in. Furthermore the author says over and over that Cian and Rachon are siblings but that would mean t I may write a real review of this but I'm on the fence. Furthermore the author says over and over that Cian and Rachon are siblings but that would mean that Amelia is Cian's sister too.
Funny how -that- isn't mentioned. If it's too weird to have Cian and Amelia as siblings and lovers then the author shouldn't make the repeated references to Cian and Rachon that way. I like the story in that it's easy to listen to and I can zone out and ignore when the females are doing something stupid though that's often. I did get more and more annoyed with it as it went on. The characters should be smarter than they acted.
They often WERE smarter in the previous book but to get the action and plot moving, the book took away some intelligence. Here's hoping the next one is better. Aug 01, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even some of the secondary characters play a more major role - Pete, Rachon. And, we meet Bianca, Eduardo, Cassandra, Aimee and more. Others are after Amaliya for her powers. She and her own Scooby Gang have to fight the big bads to not only save her but also Let's just say that there is some major butt-kicking and heartache in PWSK.
Things I loved most: If you love vampire novels, you need to read this series. Go ahead, you know you want to. Thank you to the author for providing an E-copy in exchange for an honest review. This trilogy only gets better with each book! I loved the prequel and the first book but Pretty Whe She Kills was even better! It was nice to see Cass and Aimee from the prequel again, Cian sure got a surprise when he met them: I knew from the start that Ethan guy was bad news and that he wasn't there to help at all but I never guessed what was really coming and how disasterious is would be for some of Amaliya's entourage.
One of the charchters that suprised me in this book is Samantha. I didn't This trilogy only gets better with each book! I didn't like het much in the previous book. She was just some airheaded, naieve bimbo, or so it seemed Her charachter definitely grew on me. I can't wait to see how this trilogy concludes! Oct 15, Fred rated it liked it. A solid sequel, but not sure it's as good as the first one. Jun 28, Sofia Galvez rated it liked it Shelves: The book was okay. Nowhere near as good as the 1st book. Oct 13, Sarah rated it did not like it. This book was disappointing. I know she can do much better and hope she delivers on the next book.
Feb 03, Michelle rated it it was amazing. Review to come soon. Dec 01, Regina marked it as to-read Shelves: Oct 10, Heidi rated it really liked it. A thrilling sequel with outstanding characters and a thick story line! Amaylia is learning to be happy as a vampire. After her thrilling defeat of The Summoner, she is settled in with Cian content for once in her life. Of course, danger is still looming on the horizon. The other vampires are plotting and looking for ways to oust Cian. Her grandmother and cousin Sergio are now adopted vampire hunters and Samantha and Jeff are an item.
Danger sneaks toward the happy couple from all angles and it is just a matter of time before they find themselves in another deadly fight for their lives. Is the powerful one really dead and gone or will his vile fingers stretch forth from the grave and rein down more destruction?
It blows the doors off its predecessor with its intricate plot, terrific characters and plenty of new paranormal introductions. Frater brings us a winner with this one. The story line has so many angles: Amaylia and Cian are trying to fend off the leaders of the other covens, a stranger named Ethan finds Amalyia's family and promises he can restore her to a human, Samantha is dealing with some new found abilities, the powerful vampire Rachon is plotting against the others I loved all the different plots and how everything brilliantly pieces together!
I love how diversified the cast is. There are vampires, bounty hunters, vampire hunters, witches, a dhampir, a phantagasm, Necromancers and necromancer-vampires along with some ghosts oh and lots of zombies. If you enjoy books with a full cast of paranormal characters this will surely satisfy you. You are certainly on the edge of your seat the whole way, not knowing what everyone's true motives are until the final page. This book had only a couple of trysts which were nothing compared to all the sexy time in Pretty When She Dies.
This book is much more focused on plot and characters and it was a much better read!
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And The Not So Much: This isn't a big issue since the book does come to a resolution and the plot is laid out for the final installment. I can tell you after picking up the tantalizing threads for the third book, it is going to be one heck of a ride and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. Those Mayans better be wrong about December ! Not so much over the events, but because I felt that there was something more, like she has an unfinished role and I just don't feel like her part completely played out.
I am hoping I will get my closure in the next installment. The Pretty When She Dies books remind me of Anne Rice's books, with the dark, sexy vampires all plotting for power and the intricate story lines. If you are a fan of Ms. Rice I urge you to check out this series. I am eagerly anticipating what is sure to be an action packed, exciting ending in The orb split light through the branches and cast a bluish glow over the old cemetery. Aug 15, Kristin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rhiannon Frater is one of the best writers of horror and urban fantasy out there. Okay, that's just my humble opinion.
In the case of Ms.
Frater's Pretty When She Dies series, she brings to the table an urban horror tale balanced with love interest s , humor to lighten the load, and a tightly packed plot with virtually no holes none that I saw and lots of twists that turns that had me saying, "Oh, no she did NOT just do that!
World Building - Because this horror tale is set in an urban setting, Ms. Frater didn't need to spend time drawing a picture for us of what the world looks like; it's ours. Where world building came into play with this book was explaining what was happening to Samantha. Frater did a great job of letting us discover, at the same time as Samantha, just what Samantha is capable of. Frater also graced us with a few more supernatural races and what she refers to as "super powers" for the humans.
I really loved what she did with Samantha; especially for one crazy scene at the end of the book I can't tell you but it is so freaking amazing I about spit out my coffee!! I'm especially fond of the city Rhiannon chose to set her book in, Austin, TX. Many times the characters lament that the city is changing and they're each trying to decide if it's for the better or the worse. It's a great metaphor for the vampires' lives. Change is hard and uncomfortable, but to get what you want, sometimes you need to do the hard stuff.
Characters - Samantha, Samantha, Samantha I never really have a problem with characters I dislike in a book because they usually serve a purpose. Samantha definitely serves a purpose and grew on me. We get to meet some of Jeff's team of vampire hunters. Secretly, I wish I could be Jeff: And we also get some new characters added to the mix that only add to the story, never weighing it down. I really can't wait to see what happens in the next book: And it truly amazes me how consistent Ms. Amaliya is still that unrefined drum playing, cigarette smoking girl who likes to run away from her problems.
Cian is still an ass sometimes. Innocente is still smart as hell and Sergio is a great sidekick for her. Frater wrote the best darn or damn? She shocks ya and then dumps you into Cian and Amaliya's life.
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Frater does that often throughout the book; ending some chapters on cliffhangers. Frater has taken you and your dumped on your ass again!! And the use of that writing method does not lessen the plot at all and you're never lost. The plot and story are tight. You have your twists and surprises on top of some hard emotions that had me crying for about 10 minutes that's a long time for me and a book to do the weeping thing.
Rhiannon Frater is just a freaking amazingly talented author. Just go buy her books NOW, okay?!?! On top of that, the trilogy has been optioned for film and has a script for the first movie! The producer is in the process of shopping the script. Aug 17, Chapter by Chapter rated it it was amazing. I, personally , loved it even more than the first.
Probably because Amaliya seems more comfortable with her badassness, and because…you know…she and Cian are together. I love this couple! Seriously best undead couple ever! Pretty When She Kills pretty much picks up from where the first left off. Amaliya is still trying to learn exactly how her gift of necromancy works and learn how to harness her powers. But is that really what Rachon wants? Or does she have something else more sinister up her sleeve… Let me start off by saying…holy plot twists! Pretty When She Kills is full of twists and turns that you definitely do not see coming.
Once you think that everything is on the table, and there can no longer be any more surprises…BAM! It was such a thrill ride, and I loved every minute of it. The characters are still as lovable as in the first installment, and what I loved most was the very Buffy-esque theme. A few Buffy innuendos thrown into the mix, with some specific name calling. I could keep going, but suffice it to say, it was this little this coincidence that had me falling even harder for this phenomenal cast of characters. We are also introduced to Bianca, a newly born vampire who seems to have the same powers as Amaliya since…ya know…the Summoner created them both and seemed to have infused them both with the same gift.
We also get to see a whole new cast of characters and watch the parts they play in this game of chess. A little secret about myself…I quit playing WoW when it got too easy to level to 80! Rhiannon Frater has done it again by writing this amazing novel. Amaliya was a great main character to read about in the previous book and I was overjoyed to read more about her in this installment. However, since I enjoyed the first book so much, the original novel still remains my favorite Rhiannon Frater book. One thing Rhiannon Frater has done it again by writing this amazing novel.
Since I like the Amaliya character so much, I found it difficult to have to constantly jump from one POV to the other. The Amaliya in PWSK is very similar to the character we meet in the first book, if not a little more mature. She has truly embraced her life as a vampire and is only starting to comprehend the extent of her necromancer powers. Her relationship with Cian is very fitting and and great to read about. She added magic and witches to the mix, which in by opinion, adds so much more interesting bits to the story.
A third will follow this one to complete the Pretty When She Dies trilogy. A couple of death will sadden many readers. Two important characters meet their end during the final battle and obviously these deaths affect Amaliya on a deep level, despite her being a strong character. Personally, I find Buffy references never get old, and the Clueless mention was simply awesome. The authentic and original characters are also a huge advantage. Personally, I find characters are the backbone of any story and throughout all her novels, Rhiannon has never failed in creating some interesting ones. Also reviewed on Tynga's Reviews It begins a depiction of a horror scene.
Bianca Leduc rises as the latest necro-vamp created by The Summoner, but Rachon decides to keep her for herself. Being Amaliyas college friend, we get the impression Bianca is friendly when she appears as a ghost to Innocente. Amaliyas mother had a dream where Bianca is asking for her help. She says Amaliya is in trouble , that Rachon wants to kill her. OK This book is full of terror and excitement and humor. As you can imagine Amaliya can raise the dead a It begins a depiction of a horror scene. As you can imagine Amaliya can raise the dead and now we have two necromancers. We see her powers as win and a force to be reckoned with.
The Summoner is dead. Samantha was so much fun as is Jeffs colleague, Benchley. Samantha is seeing ghosts while trying to pick up the pieces of her life with Cian.
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A woman cries out to her for help and vanishes before her eyes. She becomes irate and blames it all on Amaliya. She almost died in the last book but Amaliya saved her by feeding her, her blood. Nathan persuades Pete to join him in his search for Amaliya. He thinks Nathan can save Amaliya. Nathan lies of course. In actual fact , Nathan is a bounty hunter who tracks down monsters and was hired by Rachon. Truth was he needed to use Pete and Innocentes blood to perform an occult ceremony he says to bring Amaliya back to human life. Then Rachon was going to kill her.
You think Rachon is evil? At this point I have a bad feeling about Nathan digging up The Summoners dead body parts. Pete and Innocente and Sergio are in danger. What if Innocente is unable to help Nathan locate his body parts? Let the ghosts do it instead! Lol and let the dead unbury their own dead!!! We meet two new characters that of Cassandra and Aimee. I'm really pleased with these two.
Sunday was a full moon The gravediggers and the gang were gathered in one place Shit is going down, two people ok 3 die, and 2 people ok deadly people escape when the fight ended quite abruptly. Amaliya ended it and the zombies rested.
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In the next book, Pretty When She Destroys, at least we know what will be back. Sitting in Jeff's Shop discussing important matters were the somber faces of those who had lost the battle. I call them "The Gang" They lost two of their loved ones, of which I won't say. Interesting Story about the Sword of Lucifer and the 13 rings. A story inside a story! They both express their love and dreams to one another.
Aug 14, Book Twirps rated it it was amazing. The As the World Dies trilogy is by far one of my favorite series ever. I think this series is quickly becoming my second favorite.
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She really gets into their heads and makes us feel for them. At the same time, none of her characters feel the same. Each of her leads are their own person which can be difficult for some authors. There are spoilers ahead. Samantha broke up with Cian and there was a hint of something cooking between her and Jeff the vampire hunter. The vampire king of San Antonio wants Amaliya to join him. He saw her necromancer powers at work in the first book, and he wants her power for his own evil use.
This book definitely elevated the series to a whole new level for me. It was scarier than the first, and I really grew attached to a lot of the characters. In the first book, Samantha kind of got on my nerves. Maybe it was because she was engaged to Cian and I wanted him to be with Amaliya, but she annoyed me. In fact, she really grew on me and totally cracked me up. As always, the writing is brisk and fluid and the action rarely stops. Also of note are the sex scenes.
I mentioned they were hot in the first book, and they have not cooled off. Keep a spray bottle handy to cool yourselves down while reading. If you are a fan of vampires, or if you used to be, but have grown tired of the over-saturated market, you need to give these books a try. Rhiannon has restored my faith in bloodsuckers!
Aug 15, Amanda Croley rated it really liked it. I have been waiting forever to read this book, and finally finished it. In the first book Pretty When She Dies, Amalyia wakes up after being turned into a vampire against her will. Her sire, which was also her professor, The Summoner left her to awake alone. Left on her own, she has no idea how to overcome the blood lust, and several people die. She returns home, but Pete her ex freaks out when he finds out what she is. Somehow I can't remember she ends up in Austin with Cian, and they defeat I have been waiting forever to read this book, and finally finished it.
Somehow I can't remember she ends up in Austin with Cian, and they defeat the summoner in a bloody battle. This book starts with the two of them still in love, and planning their future together. Samantha, Cian's ex is still bitter about their breakup, but she is seeing Jeff, the vampire-hunter.
Jeff's family and Cian have had a long-time understanding, they work together, and Cian keeps the supernatural population in order. Now that the Summoner is gone, masters of other cities are trying to take Austin from Cian. She hires Ethan to track her down, while planning to turn her back to mortal so that she can be killed. Bianca is her secret weapon that no one knows about, until she starts speaking to Innocente Amalyia's grandmother in her dreams, asking for help.
Innocente and Pete are tricked into helping Ethan recover the Summoners ashes to restore Amalyia to a mortal, but at the final showdown it's revealed that the Summoner took over Bianca's body when he was killed and has tricked them all. He kills Innocente before Cian and Amalyia get there. She and her girlfriend also help in the battle. At the end of the book, it's revealed that Etzli is working with the Summoner, and they both get away. They are both looking for 13 rings that can open the veil between here, and the otherworld so that they can live uninhibited by the sun. Cian, Amalyia and the rest of their crew know that it's only a matter of time before they are targets again, but until then their group is determined to find as many rings as possible.
This day is a very important one in my reading history. Pretty When She Kills is a fantastic mixture of vampire, witches, dhamphirs, necromancers and several other paranormals, coupled with larger-than-life characters and an action-packed storyline with allegiances, betrayals, roman This day is a very important one in my reading history.
Pretty When She Kills is a fantastic mixture of vampire, witches, dhamphirs, necromancers and several other paranormals, coupled with larger-than-life characters and an action-packed storyline with allegiances, betrayals, romance and lovey-times. Amaliya makes a huge progression as a person in Pretty When She Kills - no longer giving in to her flight mode at the first sign of trouble, she pushes her self-doubt aside and stands up for the people she loves, even if it means putting her own life at risk.
Although I loved her in the first book, I loved and respected her by the end of this one - she is the kind of character that I would love to sit down and have a beer with and just pick her brains. Cian is one hot vamp, Samantha is an awesome foil for Amaliya and we're introduced to some awesome new character that I immediately wanted to learn more about. The dialogue is gritty and real, and the pacing is absolutely perfect - enough time to absorb what is happening without feeling bogged down by detail or dialogue. The plot is full of twists and turns as new characters are introduced, old characters reappear and one of my favourite things about Ms.
Frater as a writer is that she isn't afraid to kill off favourite characters. Pretty When She Kills is more than just an entertaining story, I finished feeling I had also learned things about the characteristics of paranormals, parciularly some of the lesser-explored areas. Pretty When She Kills is also an incredibly creepy tale - I was almost afraid to read it at night in some parts because it got so far under my skin. Hot on the heels of reading the first book in this series, Pretty When She Dies, plunging back into Amaliya's world felt seemless. The characters, which were big and bad and fabulous in the first book are back bigger and better, and the intensity is wratched up more than a few notches.
I can't wait although I'll have to! Read more of my reviews at The Aussie Zombie Mar 06, Amy Fournier rated it it was amazing Shelves: I want to start off by doing some crazy fan girl dance or something. For real, this book was amazeballs!! I thought I loved the first one, but this one was just overflowing with awesome!!
Rhiannon turned up the heat, the action, and the creepy factor in this one and I loved every second of it!! The character development is really great too. I love getting to know the different characters better. Amaliya is still one kick ass chick and things get a lot more crazy for her. She of course still has I want to start off by doing some crazy fan girl dance or something.
She of course still has the spunky personality that I loved in the first one, but I love seeing the softer side of her too. Her relationship with Sam is still quite intense and I love their interactions. Amaliya is a seriously funny, tough as nails chick and I can't get enough of her. We meet some pretty dangerous characters too.
Rachon for one is an old vampire that is not one to be messed with, but it seems that she is now a big thing to worry about. She is coming to Austin and Amaliya knows that it's a very bad thing. Innocente has been seeing her. On top of that Sam is even more pissed than before because now she is seeing dead people thanks to Amaliya's blood. Forget the fact that Amaliya saved her life, she is livid about it!!
Pete is on a mission to help Amaliya. It's very sweet and sad at the same time. He loves her so much, but of course we know that she is happy being a vampire and she loves Cian. This book is just full of action and suspense.