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Pretty Little Dead Girls

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"Run, Star Girl."

BRYONY ADAMS IS DESTINED TO BE MURDERED, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Mercedes M.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 29th 2014 by Ragnarok Publications (first published September 27th 2014)
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! Wow!
I've never, ever read a book like this before. Pretty, Little Dead Girls is a dark fairytale incorporating a classic, lyrical style of narrating into a modern day storyline & setting.
"Bryony is destined to be murdered."
I loved Bryony. Star Girl. I could see her very clearly in my mind.
This tale of a beautiful, ethereal girl with a dark, deadly prophesy looming over her head is so sweetly sinister. I loved the way the author, Mercedes Yardley employed different, romantic narratives
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Please excuse all the fangirling that is about to ensue. If you knew what I know – how brilliant and utterly gorgeous Mercedes M. Yardley’s new novel is – you would not only forgive me, but you would undoubtedly join me in singing her praise. Before all else, it needs to be said that Pretty Little Dead Girls is a thought-provoking book that allows us many different readings. It can be read superficially and still be described as exceptional, but one could also spend months on allegorical ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, by Mercedes M. Yardley is a novel that caught me off-guard by the very bluntness of its synopsis: "Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered . . . " There is never any mention of an explanation for this, simply that she--and everyone she meets--instinctively knows and accepts this inevitable outcome. Each day Bryony--often referred to as the "Star Girl" for her ethereal beauty and tenacious hold on life--is still breathing, it is almost a surprise to those
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
This book started off interesting enough, but ultimately it become only okay for me. It's described as a fairy tale, and I think that's pretty accurate. For example, we know that Bryony is destined to be murdered. She is going to die. Somehow every single person she meets or comes into contact with knows it too, and this becomes the theme of the book: How do we, Bryony's friends, keep her alive?

Seriously. That's the entire book. Bryony loving life, almost getting killed, and always getting saved
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercedes is a great storyteller. Her prose is effortless and her characters are unique and refreshing. No cookie cutter bullshit here. Very three dimensional and surprisingly deep work. Reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman, in the best kind of way. Well Done. 4+ Stars
Glenn Rolfe
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty Little Dead Girls...what do I say?
I've never read anything quite like this. Sometimes that's a bad thing. This time its not. Run, Star Girl. I wrote down some of my favorite lines from the story as I was reading (and there were quite a few), but alas, I have lost my scrap paper with the poetic chicken scratch. Trust me when I tell you this was a great story about life and death. Yardley throws in a fun cast of characters and takes you on a fateful adventure as Bryony tries to outrun the
Pretty Little Dead Girls is a young adult magical realism fantasy with a sort of dark fairytale feel to it and a splash of horror.

I didn’t fall in love with this story, but it was enjoyable and I thought it was well narrated.

I borrowed this in audiobook format through Kindle Unlimited.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I can say without hesitation that this was one of the best books I have read this year. Some books entertain you, some educate you, but some CHANGE you. Pretty Little Dead Girls changed me in ways that words just can't express. It was magical, tragic, and inspiring. It made me look at my relationships with family and friends in a whole new light.

"Bryony Adams was the type of girl who got murdered." This is the opening line in the book and sets the tone of the story. Bryony Adams, this sweet,
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one my best effort, and I wanted to like it, but ultimately it was just disappointing. It looks like I am the minority here, but after forcing myself to finish, there wasn't enough there to balance the overwhelming whimsy. The narration was irritating, consistently saying the same thing many times, changing the wording only slightly. Breaking the fourth wall is part of how the tale is told, however I couldn't help but feel like I was being talked down to at times. From the start, the ...more
This was an interesting read. It was very morbid, but it was expressed candidly with a large amount of wit, which was unique. It almost had a fairytale feel to it. I would recommend it.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

How often have you felt frustrated when you've begun to read a modern dark fantasy flavoured novel or an urban fantasy novel with dark fantasy elements? Have you, for example, said to yourself "No, not this again!"? If you're tired of reading clichéd stories and want to read something totally different, Mercedes M. Yardley's Pretty Little Dead Girls is a perfect novel for you. It's excellent antidote for readers who have overdosed on bland modern fantasy and
Clay Sanger
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With the author herself having labeled this as a "novel of murder and whimsy" I was both amused and unsure what to expect from Mercedes Yardley's "Pretty Little Dead Girls."

What I encountered was one of the most beautiful and haunting tales I've read in YEARS.

"Pretty Little Dead Girls" is a stylistic trip and a grim delight, a roller coaster of sweet one moment, and utterly savage the next. Resonating through it all, from the first page to the very last, is the central theme, typified by one of
The Scary Reviews
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes Yardley is hard to describe, although she calls it a tale of murder and whimsy, I'm unable to find the right words. So we will stick with whimsical and really it makes no difference, all that matters is that it is so unique and fantastic that I find myself wondering why I have never read anything like this before.

Mercedes Yardley has a wonderful style all her own, one I have never come across in all the reading I have done. Pretty Little Dead Girls is a story
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. I'm definitely in the minority on this one. While I didn't love this book, I did enjoy it. Pretty Little Dead Girls tells the story of Bryony, who knows early on that she is destined to die a horrible death. The thing is, she accepts her fate and even embraces it, living a life filled with joy and good friends. What's odd is that others can also see her fate, but instead of running away, they only want to protect her from it. And that's where the title comes in, because protection ...more
The Grim Reader
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crystal Lake Publishing have made the wise decision in signing up Mercedes Murdock Yardley. Recently, they have re-released a string of her books including 'Little Dead Red' a terrific, but heartbreaking novella about the murder of a young girl (there is a pattern emerging here!), 'The Nameless', 'Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu' and this little number here - 'Pretty Little Dead Girls'

The first thing to notice is the striking cover art. It really is a perfect fit for the book and was
Dana Wright
Never have a read a book with more lyrical and beautiful prose. Bryony Adams is a girl with a target painted on her head and all who look at her see the marks of death upon her. All the days of her life she is aware that death knows her name and as the bodies begin to fall around her like desiccated daisies she grabs onto life and holds it tight. Much like the jonquil flowers she loves the most, this girl is dainty with stars in her eyes and magic in her hair. There is a sweetness like a ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bryony Should have been murdered in second grade, she Knew It, her Father Knew It, the whole town Knew It, even the soon to be President Knew It, Fate wanted it; Happened but a mistake.

Through school, university, suicidal boyfriends, we watch as she cheats death and tries to choose where to live That does not Involve serial killers or places That Could be in horror movies. Eventually the ethereal Star Girl settles in Seattle where she meets a variety of wonderful friends, all are drawn to Also
Steven Luna
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m certain I’ve never read a more charming, witty story about a girl fated to die at the hands of a serial killer. It’s a fable, a parable, and a murder tale all bundled into a sweet, seamless package, with a current of real-world grit percolating beneath the near-poetic way in which the devilish story unfolds. But the real star of the show is the wordsmanship; Ms. Yardley has such a tender skill with language, a true talent for describing everything, including—or maybe especially—the darkest ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a new favorite of mine. If you know me, you know that I adore fairy tales, I collect fairy tales, and I write my own fairy tales -- some of my favorite memories have begun with the words "Once upon a time...". I love dark thrillers about serial killers, too, and Pretty Little Dead Girls reads like a movie directed by David Fincher, produced by Stephen King, and co-written by Oscar Wilde and the Brothers Grimm. It is available to purchase tomorrow, and I could not recommend it enough.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I trusted you, Goodreads reviewers! How could you have tricked me into voting for this book for my book club, which helped it win, and thus meant I actually had to finish it???
Oct 10, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: owned-tbr
Setting this one aside. I'm not really a fan of the style & I'm having a hard time getting into it.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Guess what? I had 75% of this review written and I accidentally deleted it all. ALL OF IT. So, I'm going to do a condensed version because I need to not hulk smash my laptop and dance on the pile of broken pieces.

Dear Bryony. Dear sweet Bryony and all of her flowers.

She's sweet, innocent, kind, and destined to be murdered. Everyone who meets her knows it right away. Apparently, there is something about her that lets everyone know that she isn't long for this world. Even Bryony knows it. She's
Mel Staten
Second read. I'll keep my first review below, but I have a lot more to say this time.

I've been on a voracious audiobook kick for the past couple weeks, finally catching up on my reading list. After finishing Less I wasn't sure what should be next out of the many library picks I have on reserve. It was to my own surprise that a nagging voice in my head told me that I should ignore all of those shiny new adventures, and return to this strange and obscure read from a few years ago. I couldn't
Lani Lenore
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book floated past me on Twitter one day, and the cover art, matched with the title and description, drew me to it immediately.

Pretty Little Dead Girls is, essentially, a love story, but not in the traditional sense. It's a love story between a murderer and his victim, the fate that brought them together, and how they were meant to be. But that's only what the book boils down to.

We follow a girl named Bryony, an unfortunate girl who is destined to be murdered. Everyone who meets her seems
Michael Adams
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is so different from what I typically read I am having a hard time rating and reviewing it justly. I found it very intriguing from the start, it has a lyrical, almost fairy-tale-esque quality to the prose, though there are no true supernatural elements to it. As the story developed and the cast and setting that would persist through the rest of the story became settled, I lost a little interest, some of the boundless scope and energy it had was lost by constraining it to more mundane ...more
Seth Skorkowsky
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I've read by Mercedes Yardley and it's the most beautiful. The writing flows in a haunting stream of conscious style that's difficult to describe. It reads much like a modern fairy-tale as we follow our heroine, Bryony, a girl that everyone just knows was born to be murdered. She's a wonderfully tragic character bringing joy and laughter to those around her while death circles, drawing closer every day.
Heather Ormsby
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A strange little tale of fate, serial killers, love and strength.
Sep 30, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: recommended
Another recommendation that I really need to get too. Why are there so many appealing stories in this world? Not that I am complaining. Not one bit.
Caroline Stewart
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is insane.
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Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in the fall of 2012, and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love came out in September of 2013. Her debut novel, Nameless: The Darkness Comes, released in January 2014. It is the first book in The Bone Angel Trilogy. ...more
“It’s time. It’s time. It sounded like her father’s voice in the wind. Run, Star Girl.” 0 likes
“He told her what Bryony looked like and the almost tinkling sound of her voice, and her habit of standing on the balls of her feet when she gets nervous because somehow that puts her in touch with the earth a little bit more. “You’ll love her, Ma, you’ll love her,” he said, and promised to bring her by soon so they could meet. He was afraid, however, that the second his mother saw Bryony, her face would fall. He imagined her brown eyes clouding over” 0 likes
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