08 September 2012

Review: Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater

Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Trilogy #1) by Rhiannon Frater

Pages: 226 (paperback)

Genre/s: Adult, Horror, Vampire

Source: Author

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Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...

... 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?

My Thoughts

Hands up who's heard me say I don't enjoy vampire novels? And I honestly think it was this whole 'nice vampire' trend that went down a few years ago - I like my paranormal creatures to be scary, hardcore and gory, not all puppies and flowers and skipping through fields. Therefore I'm always a bit wary of vampire books, but I knew that Rhiannon Frater I was in pretty safe hands....and I definitely wasn't wrong.

Pretty When She Dies is a 'proper' vampire novel - there's death, destruction, ghouls, hot vampire lurve, bad language and flawed characters - and I loved it all. The inclusions of well-known and lesser-known vampire lore also makes for fascinating reading - do religious icons really work, does a vampire need to be invited inside your home, does that garlic choker just make you smell like an Italian feast?

From the moment Amaliya wakes up buried in the forest (greatest fear ever, anyone?) I knew she would be a character that I would love, and although her family life was pretty much a train wreck, she has a great balance of toughness and vulnerability, along with an unconditional love for those people who deserve it.

I thought her grandmother was particularly awesome, and even the slightly irrtating Samantha had her redeeming features. Cian is one hot vampire, and definitely not in the sparkly sense - his story also added an extra facet to an already fascinating storyline.

I love that Rhiannon Frater set this book in Texas - her knowledge of the state really shone through, and gave the book a gritty, real feeling.

I dare anyone to read Pretty When She Dies and not love the characters whilst being fascinated by the examination of vampire lore and carried frantically from page to page with perfect pacing and realistic dialogue. I can't wait to move onto Pretty When She Kills - mark this day down peeps, I'm hungering for a VAMPIRE book!


  1. I've been hearing some really great things about this book. It's on my wishlist, so hopefully I'll be able to pick it up soon. :) Great review and I agree with the vampires needs to be creepy - I think I'm plum out of give a damn for the sparkly ones lately. ;)

  2. Great review! I definitely prefer my vampires gritty, hot and a bit arrogant and cruel and PWSD fits that need fairly well. These are as you say proper vampires.

  3. Man, since you loved Frater, I really need to get over my dislike of even her redesigned covers and read some! The As the World Dies have some nice trade paperback covers, so maybe I'll start there.

    1. Just close your eyes until you open the cover! As The World Dies is a a great series AND there's LOADS of zombies!

  4. YAY! I'm so glad you liked this one. I knew you liked vampires. ;)



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