Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other horror novels. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
You can find her online at:
Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com
Warning: The following review contains spoilers for book one in the series, Pretty When She Dies but do scroll down to the bottom for a giveaway and links.
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She.. #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror
Published: 7th September 2012
Source: Review copy from author
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First SentenceThe girl stood drenched in blood in the center of the graveyard.
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 series is a fantastic example of indie authors who do it right. 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 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.
There is a lot of character growth in Pretty When She Kills, which might well be why I much preferred it a little to 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.
“It really is different for you, isn’t it? Being what you are?”
Amaliya gave her a brief nod.
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: how bad are they? 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.
Pretty When She Kills is a definite improvement on Pretty When She Dies which I thoroughly enjoyed, I just adored this one a little more. 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..
The Pretty When She.. series:
0.5. Pretty When They Collide
1. Pretty When She Dies
2. Pretty When She Kills
3. Pretty When She Destroys
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And if you happen to be in the US or Canada (maybe even both!) then make sure you check out Ashley’s epic giveaway over here. This also includes Ashley and Rhiannon’s video interview which is a bit of fun too.
♦ 1 autographed trade paperback of PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS
♦ 6 bookmarks (2 autographed bookmarks)
♦ A fang earring and necklace set.