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Now here on Rainy Day Ramblings, I am pleased to welcome back author Rhiannon Frater. Rhiannon has visited here several times, and I am always happy to host her. Today, I am spotlighting the third and final book in herPretty When She Dies Trilogy. This is a series that has grown and evolved. If you are a fan of dark vampires then you should check out these books. Please let me introduce you to Rhiannon Frater:
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.
Rhiannon is here with her post on things that she fears:
What I Fear…
I write about what I fear. That wasn’t my initial plan when I started dreaming of a writing career long ago. When I first started writing as a kid, I wanted to churn out mysteries or science fiction.
My bloody, sharp-toothed muse had other ideas.
Dark, scary ideas.
Yet, I admit that I’m a big ol’ wuss. I jump, scream, and hide behind my hands when watching some horror movies. I will sleep with the lights on if the book I’m reading scares the life out of me. I’m sure this revelation might disappoint some of my fans, but it’s a good thing I’m not fearless because all my fears feed into my stories.
As I declared earlier, I write about what I fear. Therefore, the fact my novels are about people facing horrific situations shouldn’t be surprising.
The monster I was most terrified of as a child was the vampire. I was so afraid of vampires that I’d bundle my covers around my neck every night so that one couldn’t bite me. I was absolutely terrified that Dracula would one night show up and chomp me. Images of Christopher Lee with sharp fangs and bloody lips haunted me when I fell asleep. I even dragged my sleeping bag out of my closet one night and slept outside my mother’s bedroom.
So, of course, my muse decided I must write about vampires!
The Pretty When She Dies trilogy was born out of a very vivid dream I had one night that left me reeling. You can read that dream almost verbatim in the opening chapter of the first book. In fact, when I woke up I was relieved to discover it had all been a dream. The nightmare would stay with me until I finally decided to write it down and find out what happened after the dream ended. That was how Amaliya was born and became the personification of my nightmares.
Amaliya doesn’t have the luxury of tucking a blanket around her neck as she sleeps to escape the vampire bite. She’s brutally murdered and awakens in a forest grave. She not only dies at the hands of the monster, she becomes a monster. I have never forgotten the relief I felt when I woke up and was assured that I wasn’t actually a bloodsucking vampire. Amaliya doesn’t get to wake up. She has to either learn to live with her transformation, or die again.
The Pretty When She Dies Trilogy is definitely a journey into my darkest fears, yet it also contains the hope that somehow the monster can be banished and life can continue.
Wow! It is fascinating that many authors indeed write about what they fear the most. I guess it makes sense. The opening scene in Pretty When Dies is truly terrifying! *shivers* Thanks, Rhiannon for sharing your fears! Okay, let's move on to something lighter and more fun, how about a giveaway? Rhiannon is generously offering a chance to win the entirePretty When She Dies Trilogy in ebook format. One lucky winner will winPretty When She Dies, Pretty When She Kills and Pretty When She Destroys. To enter please read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. For all you lovely International followers, this giveaway is open to you! Good luck!!
Here is my review:
Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Kills #3) by Rhiannon Frater
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...
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published (first published August 27th 2013)
Four stars: An exciting and brilliant finish to a dark and gritty trilogy.
Amaliya, Cian and the rest of the gang are still reeling from their terrifying and brutal battle with the Summoner in a Texas graveyard. The Summoner has stolen another body, and he has his sights are set on ending the world as December 2012 draws closer. It is up to Amaliya to destroy him, but it is going to be an epic battle. Especially since part of her craves being closer to the diabolical Summoner because he is her creator after all. The clock is ticking and time is running out. Can Amaliya destroy the Summoner once and for all and save the world?
What I Liked:
- This book gives you everything you love with a good conclusion. It has the return of all your favorite characters, some taking on new and unexpected roles, along with the introduction of a couple of new interesting characters. There is plenty of danger and action all leading up to an epic finale with the evil Summoner. Oh and don't forget a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure. If you are a fan of this series, or you have yet to try it, plunge right in and get going now that all three books are available!
- I love measuring character growth, and the players in this series have certainly grown a few inches. Amaliya is far removed from the scared college girl clawing her way out of a grave only to discover she is a vampire. She is secure in her vampirism, happy in her relationship with Cian and ready to take on her menacing creator. She has learned to wield her powers, and she is determined to see it through, even if it means sacrifice. Amaliya will see him destroyed! Samantha has grown on me. She started out as being a pampered, whiney girlfriend, but now she is a powerful phantgasm, one who can see ghosts and draws power from them. The annoying spoiled girl is gone and now she is a formidable player. I especially like the new dynamic between Amaliya and Samantha. They have a bit of jealous history between them and they didn't exactly get along. These days they are becoming friends but they still cling to their hilarious nicknames for each other such as "Bitchface." I also liked getting to know the true Bianca better and learning her back story. I even enjoyed the return of the ornery butler Roberto. Baptiste is a fun new edition, he can wield the elements. I thought his powers were exciting, and I wished that he had a bigger role. I enjoyed watching all the characters work together to achieve a common goal, even if that meant setting aside their differences.
- Surprisingly, there is plenty of romance in this book. Even though it has a dark and gritty tone and a bleak outlook, there is love in the air between Samantha and Jeff, Amaliya and Cian and Cassandra and Aimee. It was nice to see the hopeful sparks of love blooming amidst the chaos and darkness. I was also pleased to see that the sex scenes where toned down immensely. I was never a fan of the blood swapping and the sex in the other two books. In fact, for the most part, the sex scenes are pleasant and they don't go into much detail. So you won't feel like a dirty peeping Tom.
- Finally, the ending was everything I hoped for and more. There is an intense and exciting battle with lots of action and mayhem. I was pleased after all the buildup that the finale paid off.
And The Not So Much:
- The pacing in this one is a bit slow. I am used to a more brisk pace with plenty of action along the way. This time around, the focus is on plotting and planning. There are only one or two confrontations leading up to the big conclusion. This isn't a big issue as I did enjoy watching all the character interactions as the gang prepared for their fight.
- Eduardo, the werwolf, was a character that I could have totally done without. There is a storyline that revolves around him, but I didn't feel like it added to the overall plot or that it was fully developed. I also thought he was a bit disturbing and very gross.
- Once again, I don't think the Summoner was a scary as I was expecting. His overall role in this one is surprisingly small considering the entire plot revolves around him. There is plenty of discussion about him, but his scenes are few and far between. I was hoping he was going to notch it up and be a true terror. Granted, he is still creepy and nasty, but he wasn't one of those villains that I loved to hate.
- Alexis and Benchley felt like extras. Neither one really played a big role and I didn't think they added much. I couldn't really tell you much about either one of them in fact.
- I was curious as to what happened with Rachon. Did she abandon Cian and the others because she struck a deal with the Summoner? Her storyline just drops.
- This is definitely a book for mature readers. There are adult scenes, adult language and plenty of violence and gore. You need to strap on your big girl panties for this book!
Pretty When She Destroys definitely delivers. It is an exciting conclusion to a solid series. If you like your vampire books dark and scary with lots of action, you should give this series a go. The highlight for me is all the terrific characters. I am excited to see what Ms. Frater has in store next! Keep in mind, though, these books are not for the faint of heart.
"People find reasons to support their hate."
"It was so much easier when I thought the monsters were only make believe."
"Love and hate are close siblings."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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