Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater.
It was only last week that I reviewed the first book in the series, Pretty When She Dies and jumping back into the series so quickly really had me pumped to be reading book two!
Pretty When She Kills (Pretty When She... Trilogy #2) by Rhiannon Frater
Published: 7 September 2012
Genre/s: Horror, Vampire
Source: Blog Tour
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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…
This day is a very important one in my reading history. It's the day when I finally proclaim that I will no longer avoid vampire books, that I actually LIKE reading vampire books and that Rhiannon Frater is now firmly in my lists of favourite paranormal AND zombie writers.
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. This is paranormal/horror as it should be!
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!) for the third book in the series.
And if you want to enter to win the awesome blog tour grand giveaway prize (and it is AWESOME), you can do so over at The Bookish Brunette