Title: Pretty When She Dies
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Narrator: Kristin Allison
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?
©2008 Rhiannon Frater (P)2012 Rhiannon Frater
Finally a vampire story with some darkness!
Amaliya has always been a bit of a loner, even before she was turned into a vampire. She’s had a tragic past, her family history completely messed up, which left her searching for ways out. When she at last ends up in college, she is turned and left with the task of trying to find others like her. When she finds Cian, she’s content in the thought that someone is willing to help her figure out her new form.
This was definitely unlike a lot of vampire books out there, and I think that was why I enjoyed it so much. It reminded me why vampires were at one time monsters that people feared. The characters are real and easy to relate to. Especially Amaliya. Who can’t relate to wanting to find a place to belong?
The relationship between Cian and Amaliya was easy and sweet. I was happy when she found him because it seemed as if her entire character arc got even better from that point on. Definitely looking forward to seeing how things turn out for them in the next book.
The narrator did a fantastic job with pacing and emotion. She really captured Amaliya’s personality well.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.