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Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,213 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 spu
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Published February 12th 2009 by Createspace (first published November 4th 2008)
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Made the Badass Hidden Gem II list..

The Good

The story

You have Amaliya and Amaliya was turned into a vampire by her professor. The professor decides that he wants to really screw with Amal (in more ways than one) and just lets her loose onto the human population. The professor, Amal's Maker (he's actually called "The Summoner"), gives Amal no instruction, no limitations, and literally stalks her to see what type of damage Amal causes while learning the va
Rhiannon Frater
Sep 17, 2014 Rhiannon Frater added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-it
I wrote this book, so I love it. :)
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What would you do if you woke up buried in the ground? Well Amaliya first took a shower (duh!), then what comes next involves blood. Lots and lots of blood.

Left on her own to find out what she is, and how to survive it, Amaliya has a pretty rough beginning into her new vampiric life. However, she soon proves to be a pretty bad-ass heroine by, well... improvising. She's a fighter through and through. Instead of whining about
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

Self-published, so it meanders and is not polished...but it's fun all the same. Nice action scenes and believable vamp + vamp relationship, with fairly explicit sex and gore.
Hands up who's heard me say I don't enjoy vampire novels? And I honestly think it was this whole 'nice vampire' trend that went down a few years ago - I like my paranormal creatures to be scary, hardcore and gory, not all puppies and flowers and skipping through fields. Therefore I'm always a bit wary of vampire books, but I knew that Rhiannon Frater I was in pretty safe hands....and I definitely wasn't wrong.

Pretty When She Dies is a 'proper' vampire novel - there's death, destruction, ghouls,
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Actual Rating: 3.5

Pretty When She Dies is a throwback to vampires when they were actually scary. You know, the ones that actually drink blood, rip apart their enemies, aren’t afraid of gore and don’t try to relive high school again.

I found the book to be absolutely terrifying.

It starts off with a bang as Amaliya wakes up buried underground and is absolutely terrified
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There were so many things I liked about this book.

First and foremost, vampires are not romanticized. Don’t get me wrong, they have powers that can be used for seduction in order to feed, true – but that is not what the book is about. This isn’t a book about a vampire falling for a human and trying to make it work. In fact, it’s a realization that it’s not possible for that to work. Vampires are monsters and only in accepting and embracing that fact are they made strong.

Another great thing about

Do you remember that time when vampires were bloodtirsty monsters who didn't have soul, mirror reflection and could be seriously harmed with religious items of all kinds? Vampires with no morals? Immortals with Mount Everest sized egos? Yeah, the good old times before sparkly 900 years old vampire with "forever teen" syndrome. Do you know that Buffy/Edward T-shirt from J!NX?

That is the best way to describe Pretty When She Dies. Book is full Buffy references, but also other popular vampire stor
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)

At A Glance

The Good
You know when you are eating a calorie free hot fudge brownie sundae while getting your feet massaged by a bare-chested Chris Hemsworth and you realize you are NOT dreaming? Yeah, that's what this book is like for me.

Oh, the love I have for this book. It makes me feel tingly all over. I actually have the other two books of the series, but I am holding off a bit on starting them because I want to stretch out the happy happy jo
Nov 01, 2009 Steph rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All pre-Twilight vamp book lovers!
I started this book with the idea I'd just taking a peek to see how it starts off, had every intention of waiting to read it fully after I completed the other three I'm already reading. However, the story grabbed me from page one and never let go! I was bummed when it was over. I was happy to see Ms. Frater mention a 2nd book, "Pretty When She Kills" coming out in the future, so there will be more Amaliya and Cian to come. :)

Things I loved about this book:
* What vamp book lover out there coul
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
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I liked the idea of vampires having different powers (that's not very unusual) and I thought the idea behind the Summoner was nice and creepy...but I did not like Amaliya. Not at all. I also found the story line to be a bit too predictable. There were some funny moments, but overall Amaliya was too oblivious and dumb for me.

Also, and I only bring this up because this popped up a few times throughout the book, while I found the heroine's name really pretty and unusual, what the heck is the point
I loved, loved, loved this book. It kept you on the edge of your seat. I'm now a fan of the author, Rhiannon Frater, and can't wait for the sequel "Pretty When She Kills."
This was a great story, grittier and darker than a lot of the other UF I usually read and I really enjoyed it. Amaliya is a great heroine and we meet her when she wakes up in her own grave, having to dig herself out, only to find out that she is a vampire now. We go on a journey with her to find more of her kind and hopefully take revenge on the guy who made her, an age old necromancer and vampire who is truly evil and made her only so he could toy with her. She also has to try and figure out wh ...more
I finished this book late last night and was thinking of some brillant comments to put into my review. Unfortunately they all went away when I fell asleep. So now to write my 'tribute' review of Pretty When She Dies.
Amal-(I'm not even going to attempt to spell her full name) is a woman in her mid 20s from east Texas. She has been in college twice trying to escape a very rough life. Both her sister and mother died of cancer. Her dad married her cousin. Her aunt Mae is a toothless hag from hell a
Ali *The Black Heart*
First off...FYI...ebook at is only $0.99!

I DEVOURED this book, I could not put it down! Which, is why it got the fourth star. Technically it is probably only a 3 star book but I so easily sunk my teeth (hee hee) into it that I had to up the rating a little. It's got it's editing issues, but I was able to look past that...mostly.

Amaliya, for me, is a young-modern-inked up-sexed up-slightly trashy-female Vampire Lestat. She doesn't really know who she is, where she belongs, who loves he
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
This book was recommended to me by one of my bloggy BFF's, Missie @ The Unread Reader- and combined with the fact that it was written by Rhiannon Frater, who as you all know, pretty much BLOWS my freaking mind with the expanse of her awesomeness. Needless to say, I was wicked excited to start Pretty When She Dies!

Tattooed, pierced, stiletto wearing Amaliya wakes up- BURIED IN THE GROUND. She's panicked and scared but manages to dig herself out... And all she knows is that she has to get home, an
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
A fantastic back to basics vampire story! No day-walking, animal blood drinking, whiny pining to be mortal babies!

What was there not to like ... ok LOVE about this book? It was a refreshing return to traditional vampire lore; sunlight kills, no eating animals, have to be invited inside someone's home ... It was great!

There are two clear halves to the book, the first half where Amaliya is trying to figure out what happened to her, and adjust to her new "life", and the second half, where she meets
Pretty When She Dies is a deliciously dark urban fantasy that quickly draws you in. Filled with vampires, necromancers, romance and kick-ass characters Frater took me on one heck of a ride. As a book addict, there is the high I constantly chase, that only an awesome, epic book can give me. Pretty When She Dies gave me that fix.

When we first meet protagonist Amaliya she finds herself buried in a shallow grave on her college campus. At first she cannot remember who she is, but stumbles her way bac
My first Rhiannon Frater book, but certainly not my last. I rather enjoyed her style of writing and am looking forward to reading her zombie trilogy.

Pretty When She Dies... not exactly a title that left me super curious about the book, but that cover sure did. In case you haven't been watching, I'm somewhat of a sucker for a good vampire story; especially if said story has vampires that aren't emo and vegetarian. No worries on that front in this novel. These vampires know what they need to survi
An excellent dark-urban-fantasy with great character development. I loved so many of the elements in this book. The villian, the action, the monsters, the gore, and the romance, altogether created an exciting story. Many of the elements are traditional vampire lore but there is a twist to Frater's main vampire and without providing any spoilers, I have to say I loved it.
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4.5 stars. Review to come.
Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}

Miss Frater, you rocked this one hardcore!!! If you have read anything Miss Frater writes, you know firsthand how epic her writing skills are! She grips you into her story like a vice and doesn't release her grip until you've finished every last word she writes. If you haven't read any of Miss Frater's work, than WTH are you waiting for???

Pretty When She Dies, was a dark, gritty at times, urban read. It had me by page 3 and I tore thru this book in the matter of a day.

Amaliya, the main charact
Nika ♥ I'm In Love ♥
Originally Posted at Oh My Shelves

There is nothing pretty about this book or the way she dies! This book gripped me from the start. It was an evocative read and I couldn’t put it down. This is how vampire books should be written and let me tell you one thing, there is nothing that sparkles about the vampires in the gripping tale.

In this book you meet Amaliya and she wakes up in a place that will scare the shit out of the average person. She is left to fend for herself and discover how to live t
Amaliya had a feeling that her morals were slipping fast and that she wasn't thinking clearly. But at the same time, it felt good to not really care. If she was going to have to feed, then she shouldn't have to feel bad, right?

Pretty When She Dies is the first book in a Trilogy and as first books go this was pretty good. With most first books there is usually alot of information that drags the story down. However in this book Amaliya is a newly turned vampire who's been told to fend for herself
Ms. Frater's storytelling reflects what is best about the paranormal genre -- unfettered imagination. From the first page we are thrust headfirst into Amaliya's world as she awakens in a grave. Her confusion and disorientation was so expertly written that I felt like I was walking back to her dorm beside her. I could hear her voice even though she is written in 3rd person removed. Normally, I do not enjoy it when a paranormal romance takes me on dead end journeys with throw away characters that ...more
Dec 24, 2009 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: twilight fan girls, vampire lovers
Shelves: favorites
Pretty when she dies was a surprisingly good book that I really enjoyed.

The story started out when the main character Amaliya wakes up in a grave in the woods near her campus. Not only is she covered in the grime of dirt, but dried blood is all over her as well. The author takes you through her initial confusion. She doesn't know who she is, what her name is, let alone how she got there. But by instinct and luck she makes it back to her dorm room where she takes a shower, and decides that she m
Amy Strickland
Pretty When She Dies is a bloody, violent, fiercely sexual vampire tale. DO NOT read this book if you have a problem with intense violence or sexuality. The reviewer here who was upset that Frater never warned that this wasn't for teenagers clearly never looked at the cover.

Amilaya claws her way out of her own grave at the novel's opening and spends the remainder of the book, metaphorically doing the same thing; that is to say that every page is a struggle for survival.

Rhiannon Frater succeeds
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During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a se
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Haunted houses, exorcisms, that sort of thing,” he answered.
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again, feeling her lungs expand, then contract. She sat in silence,
letting her body decide what to do next. Her lungs stayed still, but she
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