Hey guys. The break is still ongoing but I couldn’t back out of the tour for the final Pretty When She.. book! I love this series too much for that. Sadly, I was originally scheduled for a review but as you may know, I have been really struggling to read so I have an excerpt from Pretty When She Kills for you instead.
Amaliya heard a scuffling noise and quickly turned to see the bald guy getting to his feet. He had dragged the blade out of his throat and now held the dagger at his side.
“Nice move, puta. Now I got your weapon. Let’s see what else you got,” he said, grinning. His bloodied teeth and fangs glimmered.
Despite the fear clawing its way up out of her chest, Amaliya stepped into a defensive position. “Bring it, Pikachu.”
“Not such a badass away from the graveyard, are you, bitch?”
Amaliya shrugged. “You shouldn’t count on that.” She reached down within herself and found the core of her power. Slowly she began to feed it with the remaining blood in her veins, unwinding it.
It took all her willpower not to look behind her and check on Cian. She had to trust him to take care of himself.
The big vampire in the blood-stained yellow shirt smirked as he pulled out a pistol and aimed it at her. “Too easy,” he said.
As his finger squeezed the trigger, Amaliya unleashed her power. It sliced out like icy razors, filling the world around her. A cold wind swirled around her as she felt the dead reach out to her, answering her call. It only took a fraction of a second for her to ensnare them and pull them to her along the pulsing waves of her power, drawing them through the earth to her side.
Just before the first bullet was about to puncture her chest, the dead exploded out of the street. Bullets punched into their bodies as Amaliya was enveloped by the throng of the corpses.
The hulking vampire gasped. “What the fuck?”
“Surprise, asshole.” Amaliya sent the dead after the big vampire in the ugly yellow shirt, urging them to kill him.
The vampire howled, his pistol firing until it clicked empty. “No fucking way!”
Dry, shrunken bodies, moldering clothes, and ratty hair filled her vision as she pushed her way through the zombies. She wanted to reach Cian, but she had summoned more dead than she realized. As she passed by her minions, they touched her reverently, her bloodied flesh infusing them with more life. The big bald vampire screeched in terror, fighting the corpses. Amaliya felt her zombies being torn apart through her connection with them. The vampire was physically more powerful than the zombies. Turning, she reached out and grabbed two of the nearest corpses with her bloody hands. She poured her power into them, and through them into their brethren.
“Kill him,” she ordered.
The empowered zombies surged forward.
I don’t know if maybe I’ve been watching too much anime but that’s the kind of style I pictured this scene in, don’t know about you guys! Pretty awesome though, huh?
Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She.. #3) by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: August 27th 2013
Amaliya Vezorak always believed she was destined to live a failed life in obscurity until she was brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named The Summoner and reborn as a powerful vampire necromancer. Now it is up to her to save the world…
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.