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Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater

TITLE: Pretty When She Kills
SERIES: Pretty When She Dies, Book #2
AUTHOR: Rhiannon Frater 
PUBLISHER: Rhiannon Frater
PUBLICATION DATE: September 5, 2012
FORMAT: Paperback, 246 pages
GENRE: Horror, Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781441440105

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 Rachon, 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…


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. 

I really enjoyed Pretty When She Dies, and it was great to re-immerse myself into Frater's dark vampire world.

The story picks up four months after the conclusion of Pretty When She Dies, and Cian is teaching Amaliya how to defend herself and helping her to practice how to control her necromantic powers.

Amaliya's grandmother, Innocente, is warned in a vision that Amaliya's life is in danger. When a paranormal investigator named Ethan Logan tracks down Pete, the man who has been crushing on Amaliya all of his life, he tells Pete that he can save Amaliya and restore her to human form. Pete agrees to help Ethan, together with Innocente and Amaliya's cousin, Sergio.

Meanwhile, Cian's ex-girlfriend, Samantha, has discovered that her brush with death in Pretty When She Dies has resulted in some unusual paranormal abilities due to the blood that Amaliya gave to her to save her life.

I really enjoyed this second book in the series even more than the first one. In Pretty When She Dies, Amaliya was mad with the hunger of a newborn vampire. In this story, she is learning how to control herself and drink from humans without killing them. I liked seeing her growth from a ruthless killer. An unexpected favourite this time around is Samantha. I enjoyed her so much more in this book, and she has undergone a bit of a transformation herself. She is definitely more strong-willed and courageous, and I like her love/hate relationship with Amaliya.

I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of this series, Pretty When She Destroys, which will be released later this month.


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