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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  10,109 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews
On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Vain. Vain. Vain.

Seriously, does character depth not exist in teen books anymore?

For one, I hated how the author kept starting with the word "Startled" and other words, such as:

"Slowly, I..."
"Confused, I..."
"Later, I..."
"Startled, I ..."

Then you have Dante Berlin. He's described as a God. So what the hell is Renee doing with him if she's an "average girl"? The words used to describe him made me want to vomit. Get real, Woon, no one looks like that. She didn't even describe ONE flaw to him (out
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Sophia Sardothien
Ehh this book is fine, the world building is great but the plot hmm not so much. The biggest problem I have with this book is the flat characters and their relationship, it too unrealistic (view spoiler) Overall it wasn't bad by all means but I'm still hesitating to read the final one or not
Shaunna McLaren
I came across Yvonne Woon’s Dead Beautiful when scanning Amazon for some new paranormal romances to read, to hopefully refresh my love of the genre after starting and, unusually for me, not finishing a series by another author that I found to be rather disappointing. With that in mind, I started this novel with rather low expectations, my love for the genre a bit bashed; I started to feel like I’d maybe finally outgrown YA paranormal romance.

As most YA romances are, the novel was set in a school
Dead Beautiful is a beautifully written young adult paranormal romance novel. The characters are unique, although there may be a few cliches around, I found it enjoyable and interesting to read. There were so many mini mysteries throughout the whole book, and it leads you to form your own theories and answers about what's going on because you just get so curious. I love that feeling though.

It's not like one of those books where everything is really predictable. The plot wasn't rushed ,it ran th
Look, a YA paranormal romance! Shall I poke it with sticks?

Caveat: I'm well aware that YA PNR is a niche every bit as stringent as Steampunk or Regency. I've got no issue with judicious use of recycled tropes, at least in theory -- that's what genre fiction is, after all.

...But this book could've been so much better.

As far as Twilight imitators go, Dead Beautiful isn't awful. It's competently written. It successfully conveys a mysterious, macabre atmosphere. It has some rather dark underpinning
Ages 11+ (no language, kiss romance, death)

Are you looking for a book that slavishly adheres to the Twilight formula yet has a dash of Harry Potter? Let me count the ways:

- Parents of attractive teen girl die in a MYSTERIOUS fashion
- Attractive teen girl transfers to boarding school
- Where she is paired up as lab partners with sexy, mysterious, silent Dante
- But also must take Herbology - erm, I mean HORTICULTURE - with Professor Mumm!
- Dante is cryptic and OLD!
- They begin a romance but must
the ending was amazing
Wendy Darling
A predictable plot, with characters dead in life and in spirit. Really brings nothing new or interesting to the genre.
what the hell is that? Pictures, Images and Photos

This was my first and final thoughts on this book. I mean, don't get me wrong I was in fangirlish awe for most of it - the middle bit was good, the murders and missing students was the highlight and Dante (what a hot name!) was hotter than a boiling pot of chilli in Mexico. But the beginning and the end made me want to break out into Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell".

I loved Rene. She is an awesome heroine, though a tad odd. She's perfectly ok with the fact that her best friend is crushing on the
It’s rare to come across something different and original. Well, almost original. We have creepy/ weird boarding schools with wealthy students. Dangerous, loner, beautiful boy meets new girl. Dead parents. Yada yada yada. But each aspect is unique in its own way. Classes consist of Philosophy, Crude Sciences, Survival skills etc. The beautiful boy, isn’t cold and stuck up. He’s actually really sweet. Woon gives each thing her own twist which makes things nice. Even the plo
It's a 'not so bad but it could have been better' 2.5 stars

If you intended to read this book, please be careful of the following eyesore:

(1) Twilight ripoff romance.

(2) The heroine keeps blushing for countless of times whenever she's around the love interest.

(3) Same-old, same-old 'new girl in new school getting the attention of the most beautiful boy in school' setup.

(4) A lot of things not being convincingly and finely explained. (There're explanations, but I don't think they're done well)

Originally posted on[return][return]I bought this book because I saw its beautiful cover one night when I was searching Amazon for books I might like to read. Then I read the description and I thought, Score! Romance, snobby private schools and me. It s a menage-a-trois made in heaven.[return]Sadly, this is one book that does not live up to its cover. It started out okay. The narrator, Renee, was likable enough. But the book s description pretty much gives away the plot. In ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Ok, what a great and intriguing read. And the twist! I certainly did not see that coming. Beautiful Dead is a great read. Everything in it was perfect.

So as I started to read this book, I was thrown into a whirlwind of surprises. Poor Renee, always going through some many unexpected tragic things. I felt sorry for her, but was glad that she prevailed.

Renee arrived at this new school and her rebellious attitude has me giddy from the start. I immensely enjoyed her smart mouth, know it all attitude
TBR Reduce Challenge #34- 2012(Olivia)

Renée Winters had a wonderful life. She has a best friend named Annie and a hot boyfriend named Wes. She's just about to start her sophomore year and made it on the varsity lacrosse team. But everything changed when Renée spotted her dad's car on the shoulder of Redwood forest. Panicked, Renée raced inside, almost like something was propelling her to where she could find them and sure enough, there on the forest floor are her parents, cold and motionless wit
My Thoughts: *Note: May not be spoiler-free.* Dead Beautiful truly lives up to its name... The story itself is fascinating, ingenious really! I loved learning about Gottfried Academy, the myths, the history behind its founders and the reason for its opening... Basing the story around the Latin language, referring to it as "The Dead Language" and its significance to the story was intriguing in itself... Fitting the pieces together that make up the story was a fantastic process, simply because whi ...more
What a great book! Honestly all it takes to enjoy this book is to get past the slight similarities to Twilight. (But really, what book doesn't share some of Twilight's nonsense these days? :p) So once you get past the fact that yes, she moved from a warm sunny place and yes, she moved to a colder place and yes, the heart throb is a creepy, closed guy who is chilly then this book is AWESOME. I call it the MUCH BETTER version of Twilight. I mean, dead people are so much cooler then vampires, am I ...more
Zombies... I guess I should have figured that out from the title.

I'll give Woon one thing, she WAS original with the whole 'dead' thing. Or I guess I should say 'undead'. She sort of romanticized the zombie in a way. But then again, what supernatural creature hasn't been romanticized in some attempt or another?

What I liked:
It kept me guessing. I appreciated the steps that Renee took to find out this big mystery. I was just as curious as she. I also appreciated characters like her grandfather. A
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
I was going to review Sweet Evil. Then I remembered my friend wanted to try and review it. So, I was like," Sure. I'll find another book." And then I was going to review The Selection. But then, I found this book in my browse through Good Reads. And I was like, "Oh... I remember this book! I read it like a year ago!" So now I'm trying to see if I can remember it enough to write a review about it.

Let's see what I can remember... It was bad. And a copy cat. The overall story was like Twilight. Wit
Guilt is responsible for the second star here. I knew going into this book that I wasn't going to like it and that if I finished it, I'd be ridiculing it the whole way. It was kinda the point, actually. Even so, if I take my guilt over that out of the equation, this was a bad book. It doesn't fail as badly as Hush, Hush and Personal Demons (which would be one star books for me only because Goodreads has no negative five star options), but in no way would I recommend it to anyone except as laught ...more
Casey Ann Books
God. Where do I start describing how AMAZING this novel is. I truly am speechless. Dead Beautiful is a compelling, heatbreaking, and heart frenching novel that I couldnt put down.

This book has got to be the most romantic book I have read in a long time. Each chapter, each page and each line had me crying, sighing and smiling. Ive never had a book touch me in such a way that had me thinking about it days after. The detail that Yvonne has put into this novel is spectacular. You can tell she has w
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
"... In love, everyone does things that hurt the other person, so there really is no "Right" and "Wrong". You just have to decide what you're willing to forgive"

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, with not knowing much about it and reading some mixed reviews before hand but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by it and I ended up really liked it.

Renee Winters was an ordinary girl, that is until her sixteenth birthday where she finds her parents dead in the woods. How
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Talk about a swift kick in the gut, Woon leaves readers frantic at the end of her engaging novel, Dead Beautiful. Although carrying many similarities to both Harry Potter and Twilight, Woon makes her novel stand on its own with her creation of the undead in a manner unlike any I’ve read about before. Steeped in mythology and lore, the novel really comes to life as Renee learns of her heritage and figures out just what exactly is wande
Apr 04, 2011 Nafiza rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Sarah BT
I love YA, but this book was painful to get through!

To me, Dead Beautiful, was pretty much another version of Twilight. There was too much angst, the hero has an old fashioned mysterious name, Dante Berlin and he hangs out with friends that are secretive and the students on campus don't know much about him. He's always brooding and hardly talks, yet Renee is attracted to him from the start. Dante keeps telling her that they can't be together because he'll hurt her and it's dangerous and she's n
After finding her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, sixteen year old Renee is sent to Gottfried Academy by her cold and distant grandfather. Gottfried is an elite private boarding school with a rather unique and unusual curriculum and there is something just “off” about the place, from its students to its faculty. Enter Dante, dark and mysterious, and like a moth to a flame, Renee finds herself drawn to him, in spite of his evasiveness about himself, they seem inexplicably destined to be with ...more
Nika (Off to Neverland)
Okay, I give up.

I was thinking I'd really like this book but I've been trying to read this for a good week or so and it's just not going anywhere.

My problems with the book:

1. The heroine. Renée is just annoying and kinda stupid. There's CLEARLY a connection between her parent's death and the boy that died before she got to her boarding school, but she's all "oh, no it's probably a coincidence." Really? A coincidence that they all died the same way? Has she learned nothing from life? Nothing is c
Erin Wynn
I loved this so much. I mean, it sort of reminded me of Twilight, but all the good parts of Twilight, not the bad parts.

The romance was actually believable. And hurrah, no love triangle! I loved Renee. I loved Dante. I loved Eleanor. I loved Nathaniel. I hated Gideon. It was just one great big emotional rollercoaster and I loved it so much. Interesting take on the Undead, beautiful writing and just a great book. I need the next one now!
Oh that was beautiful!! Unique fresh, romantic and creepy! Awesome book, and if I didn't know that there will be a next book I would hate the ending...
Hm I still hate the ending!

But Oh Dante was such a wonderful wonderful character and René!

And Oh my Gosh! Hot super hot can non-kisses are?? Really this was perfectly romantic with the perfect amount of teasing hottness, still good enough for Teens....

Can't wait for the next one!
*4.5 STARS*
This was crazy!! It was like a mixture of Harry potter and twilight (the good bits). It was a bit predictable at times but at the start and in the middle I had no idea what was going to happen! Loved it!
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Yvonne Woon grew up in Massachusetts. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan.
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