I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Pretty When She Dies. It's always nice to revisit favorite characters and experience what they've gotten up to, buI thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Pretty When She Dies. It's always nice to revisit favorite characters and experience what they've gotten up to, but in a world where vampires and other supernatural creatures are real, nothing can remain static. As a sequel to a book that was - for the most part - complete unto itself, it's no secret here that the second book builds toward a trilogy, nor is there any shortage of details to fuel both the second book while foreshadowing the planned third.
The sheer amount of plot was the only thing I wanted more from; there's so much stuffed into each page - including a couple of enjoyable characters that drop in unexpectedly - that the book felt too brief in comparison, perhaps by several chapters. With such rich storytelling, characterization, and back story, it felt like there huge parts of the book missing as it rushed headlong into its climax and ending - parts I really wanted to read more about.
Whether a third book will fill in these missing details or not remains to be seen, but I am truly looking forward to reading where all of this will end up - and discover who will survive to the end - in the upcoming third book Pretty When She Destroys....more
Amaliya is a young woman who winds up dead while running from a bad life, but as terrible as her fate is, it suits her. Surviving as a fledgling vampiAmaliya is a young woman who winds up dead while running from a bad life, but as terrible as her fate is, it suits her. Surviving as a fledgling vampire in the Lone Star state sucks, but she doesn't take it lying down in a freshly dug grave. With a small cast of fully developed characters that play well off of one another, this is the kind of intimate epic I prefer in my paranormal reading and a great beginning for this series....more
I love - absolutely LOVE - the main character's image on the cover of this book! It got my attention from across the book store, and reading the backI love - absolutely LOVE - the main character's image on the cover of this book! It got my attention from across the book store, and reading the back cover sold me to take a chance on it. "Lucy Westenra" is Bram Stoker's fictional character in the novel Dracula, but her real-life counterpart Lucy Weston endures a similar fate and isn't amused with the liberties (read: outright lies) regarding her portrayal in his "original novel." She decides to ask the author in person what he had in his head before deciding whether or not she'll let him keep it. The setup boggles the imagination with possibilities....
Then the rest of the book happens. The richness of the writing and Lucy's character kept me in the book until the end, but there were so many elements that just seems extraneous and/or underused. The moment Lucy arrives in London, she is beset on all sides by every manner of supernatural creature, several of which are briefly glimpsed before disappearing for the remainder of the book. The focus of the story is on vampires from the start; while that never changes, the introduction of steampunk elements and a retelling of Arthurian legend seemed to exist only to pad what the writer might have thought was too simple or uninteresting of a plot....more
Kimberly Raiser's "A Pound of Flesh" sneaks up on you for the first two thirds of the story before unleashing its master plot. The only complaint woulKimberly Raiser's "A Pound of Flesh" sneaks up on you for the first two thirds of the story before unleashing its master plot. The only complaint would be that, once the cat's out of the bag, you're left wanting to know more details that what's actually appears. By then, however, it's too late, and Ms. Raiser gracefully takes her bow and exits the stage. A diabolically clever if short little read....more