Welcome back! Here we are entering into week two of Something Wicked Comes. Hope you are prepared to do some more spooking for some books. Here are today's stops on the tour:
Jaspirit@The Readers Den Courtney Summers: This is Not a Test
Rummanah@Books in the Spotlight: B.C. Johnson
Jenn@JennRenee Reads Kate Locke: God Save the Queen
Be sure to trick or treat over to these great blogs and check out their spooky posts and enter their giveaways.
I am the last stop on the Pretty When She Kills Tour. So that means I have the wonderful Rhiannon Frater here today. For those of you who don't know, Rhiannon is a popular indie author with her biggest claim to fame being her As The World Dies Trilogy. She has also written some other great books such as: Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills. Here is a bit more about her:
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:
Websites: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Pinterest and email.
Rhiannon put together a fantastic dream cast post for her books, but in light of the recent suits against bloggers for photo copyright infringement I have removed the photos and provided alternative photos that are free to use. All the images are linked to the appropriate soure. Except for the first photos which are Rhiannon's.
So without further adieu here is Rhiannon:
|Julian signed his photo "The Summoner
He's such a good actor and he would bring the intensity needed to the role. Santos has a good bit of self-hatred due to being the son of an Aztec woman raped by a Spanish invader. He also has a very complicated relationship with his sister (who is pure Aztec) and would like nothing more than to claim Amaliya as his own personal necromancer.
Thanks Rhiannon for stopping by today! As part of the tour and a post
on Something Wicked Comes you know there has to be a giveaway, right? Today Rhiannon is offering ebook copies of both of her books: Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies. Good Luck!
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. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature. All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind. But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?(less) Paperback, 226 pages Published November 24th 2008 by Createspace
She wakes in the cold dark earth....pushing and crawling her way to freedom. The girl stands covered in dirt and mud, wrenching it out of her lungs. Shakily, she takes in her surroundings. She was buried alive, but why? Who is she? She can't even remember her own name? Terrified, she heads to the lights below and slowly finds her way back to her dorm room. Her fuzzy memory is beginning to recall bits and pieces of her former life. Then a loud, dark beat of music pulsates to her hears. One minute she is standing outside the dorm room where a party is raging, the next she is covered in blood form her kills. A vile laugh rings in her ears. She looks up and sees her former professor laughing at her. He is the reason for her current condition. Her took advantage of her, killed and buried her after he changed her into a vampire. Now he mocks her and tells her she won't survive. Amaliya must find her way and acclimate to her life as a vampire, or die, but it certainly won't be easy! Will she rise up and fight back?
What I Liked:
- I loved that this starts out with the terrifying scene where Amaliya claws her way out of the grave, choking on dirt, terrified and unable to remember anything. It is a chilling beginning and the book keeps coming with some dark, gritty scenes. I cut my teeth on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles so I would thrilled to see that Rhiannon hearkens back to the vamps that I was first introduced to. They are dark monsters of the night, terrifying and scaring with a few shreds of humanity. There are no sparkly vamps in this one! It was obvious that Ms. Frater was influenced by Rice as well since there is even a reference to Lestat in this book.
- I enjoyed the characters and admired the depth. I especially loved the Spanish speaking, tortilla making, God fearing Grandma who isn't afraid to take on the monsters. Innocente is a kick butt grandma for sure. I hope to god when I am seventy I can be as cool as she is!
- This book has lots of story lines as well as a scary vamps, necromancers, animated corpses and more. There is a lot going on in this one. It is action packed and thrilling.
- I loved how Amaliya transformed in this one. She, of course, undergoes her vampiric change but we also see how she spent the majority of her life getting kicked around. She certainly has the worst luck. By the end, though she is a vamp who takes charge and one who will be a force to be reckoned with, and I cannot way to see how she progresses.
And The Not So Much:
- This book has a lot of steamy sex scenes that got to be a little much for my taste. I am not prudish, but it seemed that every time I turned around there was more sexy time (cue in the cheesy porno music). I began to feel like a dirty peeping Tom. If you love vampire books with lots of sex scenes then you will enjoy this, if you are like me and they grow tiresome after awhile, just gloss over them and get to the good stuff, like vampires kicking the Necromancer's butt and taking on an army of undead corpses.
- I liked how fleshed out all the characters were except for the villain, The Summoner. For some reason, he just never got to me and made me feel anxiety and hate. He was just an average villain. I wanted him scare the pants off me, but he didn't. Perhaps adding in a few scary scenes strictly from his view point showing how he took corpses, sewed them together and created his monsters would have done the trick.
Pretty When She Dies was my first introduction to Ms. Frater's work, and it won't be my last. She crafts a dark vampire story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. She also adds in a cast of memorable characters who I will be excited to follow in subsequent books. If you are bored with all the pretty not so scary vampires and you want to get back to something a bit more menacing give this series a try.
"As she trudged along, her bag swinging against her back, she sighed. It was freaking hard to be a poor-ass Texan vampire. Nothing about it was easy or fun."
"The one thing about being a vampire is that you become immensely terrified of death," he said finally."
"At first he thought her unremarkable, but she was one of those people who slowly emerged from the shadows the more you learned about them. The dimmest of all the lights had grown to blind him and he had to take her."
"They were so terrible for each other and they both knew it. This never should have happened."
"I knew you were special when I took you. You were so pretty when you died. Exquisite in death. More lovely than you had been in life."
Pretty When She Kills (Pretty When She Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater
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 easilyPublished September 7th 2012 by Rhiannon Frater
Four Stars: A thrilling sequel with outstanding characters and a thick story line!
Amaylia is learning to be happy as a vampire. After her thrilling defeat of The Summoner, she is settled in with Cian content for once in her life. Of course, danger is still looming on the horizon. The other vampires are plotting and looking for ways to oust Cian. Her grandmother and cousin Sergio are now adopted vampire hunters and Samantha and Jeff are an item. Danger sneaks toward the happy couple from all angles and it is just a matter of time before they find themselves in another deadly fight for their lives. Is the powerful one really dead and gone or will his vile fingers stretch forth from the grave and rein down more destruction?
What I Liked:
- This book is awesome! It blows the doors off its predecessor with its intricate plot, terrific characters and plenty of new paranormal introductions. Ms. Frater brings us a winner with this one. The story line has so many angles: Amaylia and Cian are trying to fend off the leaders of the other covens, a stranger named Ethan finds Amalyia's family and promises he can restore her to a human, Samantha is dealing with some new found abilities, the powerful vampire Rachon is plotting against the others.....there is so much going on in this book. I loved all the different plots and how everything brilliantly pieces together!
- All the characters from the first book return along with some new introductions. I love how diversified the cast is. There are vampires, bounty hunters, vampire hunters, witches, a dhampir, a phantagasm, Necromancers and necromancer-vampires along with some ghosts oh and lots of zombies. If you enjoy books with a full cast of paranormal characters this will surely satisfy you.
- I loved that this book is full of action, plotting and scheming, and some big twists and turns. You are certainly on the edge of your seat the whole way, not knowing what everyone's true motives are until the final page.
- I was pleased that this book did not have all the sex scenes like in book one. This book had only a couple of trysts which were nothing compared to all the sexy time in Pretty When She Dies. This book is much more focused on plot and characters and it was a much better read!
And The Not So Much:
- This book doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but it doesn't completely resolve either, basically the bad guy gets away to fight another day. This isn't a big issue since the book does come to a resolution and the plot is laid out for the final installment. I can tell you after picking up the tantalizing threads for the third book, it is going to be one heck of a ride and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. Those Mayans better be wrong about December 2012!
- I was not satisfied with how things ended up with Innocente. Not so much over the events, but because I felt that there was something more, like she has an unfinished role and I just don't feel like her part completely played out. I am hoping I will get my closure in the next installment.
The Pretty When She Dies books remind me of Anne Rice's books, with the dark, sexy vampires all plotting for power and the intricate story lines. If you are a fan of Ms. Rice I urge you to check out this series. I am eagerly anticipating what is sure to be an action packed, exciting ending in 2013.
"Tilting her head, the girl gazed past the treetops at the bloated harvest moon ascending in the night sky. The orb split light through the branches and cast a bluish glow over the old cemetery."
"At times like these she was haunted by a life she would never have."
"She, meanwhile, should have lost a few pounds before becoming a vampire."
"There were no souls inside the bodies, but there were memories. She could feel the whispers of who the zombies once were. The lost hopes and dreams brought tears to her eyes."
"I'm so not going all Patricia Arquette. I refuse to! Because the next thing you know I'll be all John Edwards-y and people will be banging on my door wanting the deets of their granny's peach cobbler recipe."
I received copies of these books from the author in exchange for an honest review!
So if you aren't convinced yet that you should read these books here is Christy@Love of Books reasons you should read this series:
1. The Characters. Yeah, they are pretty badass.
· Cian - a Irish master vampire that is super yummy!
· Amaliya - you can't help but to root for the girl.
· Grandma Innocente - do not mess with her family.
2. The action. There is nothing boring about this series. NOTHING!
3. The surprises. Yup, there are some pretty good ones.
4. The grittiness. You won't find rainbow and butterflies here.
5. And really, why NOT read it? No, seriously, why WOULDN'T you want to read a totally kick-butt series?
And Kimba@The Caffeinated Reviewer says:
They are raw, dark and gritty. She dances in the darkest corners of your mind and makes you giddy. Zombies lots and lots of Zombies. Vampires do not sparkle here. The characters have depth and are kick-ass.
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