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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

158) Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

The Blurb -

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

My Thoughts -

The blurb for this book had me intrigued and when I saw this up on Audible.com I decided to give it a go. The mysterious element and the unknown aspects of this book had me very curious. What are we talking about here? Vampires? Werewolves? What? It took most of the book to actually find out but it the story leading up to it was interesting enough to keep me going.

Actually the suspense was killing me. I wanted to know what it all meant. Was there even a paranormal angle to this or not? Strange and unexplained things kept happening and there seemed to be more questions than answers. It was worth the wait though and the story turned out to be quite a little gem.

A little bit Twilight like and a hint of Vampire Academy, this was a good read and well put together story. I am sure it was a one off but if there was to be a series then I would be pre-ordering the sequel now. This is an author I am going to be keeping a look out for. Beautiful Dead is one of those books that stays with you forever. Compelling, romantic and deadly. Worth checking out!

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