People pity me, but mostly they feel envy. I have all the luxury and freedom a girl my age could want.
Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of Los Angeles, it consumes her from the inside out. But whether it is her eternal loneliness, the memory of her brother, the return of her first love, or the brooding, magnetic Jar...more
I know that this is nothing new. An invisible wall of despondency surrounds me. I could rival any teenager with a slew of Gothic poetry. (Bring it on, Bella… I can take you.)
Anyway, this wall… it keeps people at bay. There are certain words that they will not use around me. (Like saying to a blind man ‘But, don’t you see?’) Mostly I am okay with this. It saves me from thinking, I can play a role, it eases people, and I feel safe. The problem is that other stuff, the stuff that I want t...more
This book wasn't the best by FLB that I have read. I read a review that said someone must have told FLB that vampires were in so she had to write one too.... well, I agree....I think this was written just because of popularity an...more
So yes, this book isn't the best book ever. It's not even the best among Francesca Lia Block books. There are parts where things aren't quite properly explained, Charlotte is...more
I don't really know what to say about this one. It was a quick read and it was alright but I don't know that I really liked it. Part of that, I think, is because it is a young adult vampire book, which I have avoided like the plague. Still, I was engrossed in it and read it in one day.
Charlotte is a vampire. She is 17 and lives in a huge house full of pretty things. She is flawlessly beautiful. She has money. She has brains. But s...more
The things I enjoy about FLB's writing are here, but they are echoes of themselves. Normally I come to her books for the magic, the sensuousness, the opportunity to become involved in the wardrobes and beautiful food and sensory experiences of beautiful girls. It's silly, but so...more
Not that it was written badly, because it really wasn’t. It just felt like it didn’t have a lot of passion put behind it, which as a reader you can tell straight away.
I felt with more depth and detail the book actually has a lot of potenial. I really love the idea of having a female vampire who falls in love with a human guy. And I truly adored the idea of love bringing someone back from the dead – or the undead...more
Vampire girl, Charlotte Emerson, has dealt with death her past, present, and future. She is surrounded by a busy world, but somehow she feels isolated in her palacial-like home. She finds herself that as much one desires for eternal life and beauty, it is something to her sh longs to not want to have anymore. Charlotte's true friend that she had, Emily, has died mysteriously;...more
The characters aspire to be the wonderfully drawn realistic yet fanciful creations which people...more
William Stone Elliot, made vampire, has long sought the one to accompany him on his travels through...more
Pretty Dead is the story of Charlotte Emerson a girl who has everything a person could want, designer clothes, a gorgeous house, a slim body- she is the object of envy and desire. Charlotte is also a vampire who has been mourning her twin brother Charles' death for over a century during which she has been frozen at nearly eighteen. Charlotte has flawless skin and nails which never break until one day th...more
I thought I would love Francesca Lia Block's take on historical scenes, because her sublimely strange stories always seem hyper real, like something brought into stark relief by drugs or death or something. But I was disappointed by her descriptions of Italy in the 1800s and Hiroshima in the 1940s (before the bomb). She described the clothing in detail, but none of it came t...more
Charlotte, our narrator, is perfect, which actually, is really annoying but because Block's writing is so flawless and inviting I enjoyed Charlotte's story. I also love how this is a vampire...more
This book was short and sweet, maybe a little too short. Unlike Block's earlier works this book seem to be lacking that poetic edge, that twists your stomach in knots and makes you cry out as if you were one of her tragic characters. This book was...more
Block does some non-traditional things with her vampire lore, and she includes bot...more
Having said that, it is a better teen vampire book than some other popular rubbish out there. (At least there is no control freak, moody, vampire boy-man over a century old who falls in love with the dullest...more
This books storyline is not like any other I have seen before. First, the main character is a girl and a VAMP! If you don't know, let me tell you, that doesn't happen all too often! Not the girl and being a vampire part, the part of it being from her point-of-view and her...more
Charlotte has been a vampire since the early 1900s, transformed by William after the death of her brother. In present day, she is living alone, having finally ditched William. She has befriended a girl named Emily who kills herself, and beg...more
As I read Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block, a thought got stuck in my head. Why would you go back and relive high school if you were immortal? If you already had a nice home, a fancy car, and nice clothes, why would go back to that awkwardness? Yes, I know they did it in another YA book about vampires, but at least in that book, the characters tried to fit in, in their own special ways.
The main character Charlotte seems to stick out like a sore thumb. She has it all – a b...more
Right in the description of description of the book you hear how Charlotte may get a second chance at life, I w...more
Anyway, the women in this novel were getting punished pretty hard, but I'm not sure exactly for what. Why did Emily deserve what she got? I don't know. There was a lot of misery spread around. Lots of vampire novel clichés we...more
Francesca Lia Block's writing astonished me. I was almost unprepared to read this book. I'm going to copy out the first paragraph because after I read it my mind shifted gears, knowing I was about to read something totally different:
Teenage girls are powerful creatures. I remember; I was once one of them. They are relentless and underutilized. They want...more
In this one, Block gets in on the vampire craze (zombies are next!) by creating a story about Charlotte, a girl who is terribly devastated by her immortal life that she had...more
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr...more