#MissionBBA Review: Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater (Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

Posted September 20, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 13 Comments


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.

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Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.00

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NOTE: I was having a discussion the other day that I was getting kind of tired of Vampires. This book though kind of built up my love for them again. I think it was because the Vampires acted like Vampires: Killed, Drank, and had to avoid the sun. YEAH!

Book Note:  The blurb only gives a very small description about what this book has to offer.  It is not only Amaliya’s journey once being turned but Cian’s journey to being the man/vampire he should.  It was a different kind of journey for all the side characters to resolve their Point of Views with reality.  Mostly though this is just a fantastic piece of storytelling!

What I Loved: Normally I would start with the main characters but I really think it was the Merry Band of Vampire Hunters that kind of stole the show (especially in the 2nd half). By the end, I was rooting for the 4 Musketeers (as I called them) especially Grandmama and Sergio. She was just a hoot and he was fantastic about everything. Even Samantha I loved towards the end but that is mostly because of her interactions with Jeff. I did love Cian and Amaliya too. This was a fantastic journey in really well written characters. I love that about Rhiannon’s writing.

What I Liked: The story was fantastically woven and really well paced. There were quite a few moments of “OMG did that just happen” and “WOW that was pretty cool world building”. In the middle, there was a little lull but I think that story building was needed overall.

Complaints: None

Why I gave it a 4.25: Rhiannon Frater delivered another great story with great characters. She really is one of the best character driven writers out there. You should check her out!

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13 responses to “#MissionBBA Review: Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater (Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    I can't remember if I tweeted a comment to this one or not… I have added to my TBR after seeing your review 🙂

  2. Melliane

    Oh I didn't know this book at all but It's very intriguing, I would love to learn more about this one, the characters sounds great ! I will add ot to my wishlist ! Thanks for the review

  3. Melissa (Books and T

    I have this one and SO want to dive in! I love the idea of a Merry Band of Vamp hunters! I hope they don't wear tights tho (sorry, Men in Tights song popped in my head… what can I say? I'm weird!) Oh but this really sounds like a great character book. AHHHH! I need to read this one!

  4. Smash Attack!

    Awesomesauce! I definitely want to read Rhiannon's take on vamps. I need the horror back in vmy ampires!

  5. Marq

    Great review! Just bought the ebook. 2.99 on Amazon. Woot!I'm still reading The First Days. Family stuff kinda put my reading on hold. I hope to get back to reading it this weekend.

  6. Missie

    P.S. You've totally made me want to re-read this book. I almost forgot all about Samantha. She turned out to be pretty cool, huh.

  7. Amanda

    You've definitely got me interested in reading a Rhiannon Frater book! I think I should be getting The First Days soon, but this sounds really good, too.