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Review: Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater

December 8, 2011

Pretty When She Dies

Published: 11/24/2008
From Goodreads:
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 hoping to escape her creator.

I thought:

This book was recommended to me by one of my bloggy BFF’s, Missie @ The Unread Reader– and combined with the fact that it was written by Rhiannon Frater, who as you all know, pretty much BLOWS my freaking mind with the expanse of her awesomeness. Needless to say, I was wicked excited to start Pretty When She Dies!

Tattooed, pierced, stiletto wearing Amaliya wakes up- BURIED IN THE GROUND. She’s panicked and scared but manages to dig herself out… And all she knows is that she has to get home, and she’s feeling a little bit insane at the moment!

After a bloody night spent ‘feeding’, the reality of what she has become is crystal clear. Her professor of psychology is actually a centuries old vampire known to most as ‘The Summoner’ for his ability to command the dead to do his will. I KNOW RIGHT?! So she does the only thing that she can think to do, she goes ‘home’.

Amaliya’s version of home is my version of hell- twice over. Her father is a mean SOB, who married her cousin- RIGHT AFTER her mother died of cancer. Her aunt is a toothless biotch, spat from bowels of Satan himself… As you can imagine, they weren’t all that sympathetic to Amaliya’s predicament and throw her out almost immediately after her arrival.

Amaliya is walking down the highway wondering how her life turned out like THIS- when Pete, (awwww… Pete!) an old friend, pulls up next to her and offers her a ride… *winks*

After a few hours of INTENSE, passionate lovemaking and him confessing his long-standing love for her… things start to go horribly astray when he flips on the light and finds that she has no reflection in the mirror!!! Yeah… OMG.

Making her way to Dallas to see her Grandmama (duuuuude, Grandmama is the highlight of my LIFE. Loved her!) she hitches a ride with a chick and quickly realizes it was NOT a good plan!

“Not even five minutes had passed and now she had to deal with a batshit crazy woman.”

“It was freaking hard to be a poor ass Texan vampire.”

I LOVED Amaliya. Seriously, she was rock your face off AWESOME! As were ALL the characters in Pretty When She Dies! After her very ‘exciting’ visit with Grandmama and cousin she heads to Austin hoping to find another vampire to understand her new life… since her creator is obviously going to be more trouble than anything else!

In Austin she meets Cian, who is engaged to the very HUMAN, very sweet, fun, and somewhat naive Samantha! Things start to get a tad out of control between Cian and Amaliya… and by ‘out of control, I mean H-O-T. Yummy hot.

“She had woken up determined to learn what she could from him and then go off and find her own Rob Zombie lookalike. Or a young Ozzy Osbourne clone that would be nice. Or maybe both.”

Sam realizes she losing Cian and goes to a lecture on the supernatural, which is being given by a freaking VAMPIRE HUNTER! And she opens her big mouth and tell Jeff EVERYTHING about Cian and Amaliya…

Roberto, Cian’s right hand man, has grown tired of Amaliya’s influence in Cian and his life and goes to DRASTIC measures to rid them of her presence!!!!

There is an EPIC fight between The Summoner, and those he created… and Amaliya finds she has a LOT more power than she originally thought! *SQUEE* I can’t wait for you to find out what it is!! You’d never believe me if I told you who fights on their side, and who ends up betraying them in the end…

“Love and hate were not so different when passion was involved.”~ Not telling you who says this!

Hands down, Pretty When She Dies is one of my FAVORITE reads of this year! Easily, one of the BEST vampire books I’ve ever read!

Love, betrayal, murder… Romantic, funny and horrific… Amazingly compelling characters and an intensely fantastic plot! Theses are things that only Rhiannon Frater could blend together and make something this EPIC.

And for that, Pretty When She Dies is the FIFTH book ever to receive a crowned review, and the THIRD book written by Rhiannon Frater to do so!

BUY Pretty When She Dies!!

(I was a bit ‘scared’ to give this book a Crowned Review, for fear that people would assume I was biased toward Rhiannon Frater’s books… but I guess the truth is- I am. She’s a freaking genius. She amazes me again and again with her EPIC writing skills and her ability to tell a story that draws you completely in and then knocks you down with AWESOME! So in short, if you see Rhiannon Frater’s name on the book- PICK IT UP. You will love me for recommending her, and be singing her praises right along with me!)

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Crowned Reviews featuring Rhiannon Frater:
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Pretty When She Kills

Expected Publication: Spring 2012
& see the cover reveal for Pretty When She Kills!


  1. YES! I totally support the EPIC award you've given this book. I loved Amailya. Even when her life got crazy, she kept her good humor going…like her "How could sleeping with my hot professor go so bad?" quip. LOL

  2. wOW…with such an award I must have this one! Thank you for your review!

  3. One word for that cover: fierce!

  4. LOL! I'm giggling so hard right now and I don't even really know why. I was wondering if this book was good because I know you did the read a long, but I never really knew the details of the story and all that. This is one I definitely want to pick up. The characters sound fab and the story line sound epic!

  5. Gosh, you keen talking about this author and I'm eventually going to have to pick up one of her books or something! 😉 Great review!

  6. Now I am definitely going to have to read this book. With a review like that how can I not? Sounds amazing!!

  7. Fan girl away! I love it!I've wanted to read this book since I first saw the cover. I have it but haven't been able to get to it yet. Then you all had to do the read along and made me want it more. Now this review. Yes! I will read it soon! I have to! It's a moral imperative!!!

  8. Oh my gosh!!!!! This book has one of your infamous EPIC ratings???? That's it! My wariness with reading this is out the window and I'm definitely going to read it soon!! x)I LOVE your review, Ashley!!! ♥ LOL everything about Pretty When She Dies sounds absolutely AMAZING, and it's totally okay to be biased towards an author if they're as awesome as you make Rhiannon sound! 😉

  9. Wait, you skipped over the best part! Detail the intense lovemaking, please!!! Guess I should read the book, huh?

  10. This book sounds AWESOME!

  11. I so totally MUST read this series. I have to buy this. It sounds so wicked cool.Love your thoughts! xDAnd books that are epic are MUSTs! Woo hoo!Thanks for sharing.

  12. You've won the One Pretty Blog Award from The Demon Stole My Pencil. Stop by and pick up your image. Your task is now to nominate 15 other blogs for this award.Congrats!-Nora

  13. I am totally supporting your RF love—she is just awesome sauce! I don't think there is anything wrong with being a fan girl–I am of Lara Adrian and Rhiannon Frater. They just haven't done wrong by my yet 🙂

  14. This sounds SOOO cool! I keep seeing great reviews on it too I definitely plan to give it a try! Awesome review! :DGiselleXpresso Reads

  15. Wow just reading your review felt like a rollercoaster. It certainly sounds like the character gets into a lot of trouble and a lot of passionate love making scenes. Idk this one might just be too much and to far out of my comfort zone. Lol even if you are starting to affect what I read. :)Thanks for the great review.

  16. Hey man, when you find an author that rocks and rocks again and again – the epic award is totally right on! I want to read all of her books now!

  17. I can't wait to read this – if it's as good as As the World Dies, then I'm going to LOVE it!

  18. Nice review! Will definitely read this!

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