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The Beautiful Dead: A Tale of K-Pop, Ghosts, and Nine-Tailed Fox Women

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Yubin knows she’s different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts with no guarantee of success, but that's how Korean stars are made. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn't. She doesn't even like the girls she performs with.

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Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published September 22nd 2017
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Donna Backshall
The Beautiful Dead: A Tale of K-Pop, Ghosts, and Nine-Tailed Fox Women is a unique novel that exposes the chaotic and dark world of Korean K-pop and reality TV, while interweaving the unnatural world of Korean ghosts and supernatural creatures. While it may seem an odd mix, it totally works to allow us, the readers, to view the star's lives both from the girls' perspectives, and from the wider perspective of the creatures of the ether.

We meet the four members of the girl K-pop group SIITY -- Yub
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chloe ♡
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When I first received the invitation email to this blog tour, I was super interested and signed up right away because A BOOK ABOUT A K-POP GIRL GROUP? SIGN ME THE HECK UP! (Speaking of K-Pop girl groups... recently I got brainwashed by my friends and started listening to Black Pink. I'm not exactly a fan, but BRUH HAVE YOU LISTENED TO THEIR MUSIC? IT'S SO GOOD!)
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The setting is very realistic. Everything is just so accurate. I've been to Korea several times and I could tell that th
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Rabid Reader
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this entertaining and unusual audiobook. The unique storyline easily draws you in and takes you into a world of pop idols, ghosts, empaths, vampires and nine tail foxes. I knew nothing of the Korean k-pop culture before listening to this book and I found that fascinating in itself, as well as it having a great storyline. The story is told from various individual POVs, showing the thoughts, fears, insecurities and emotions of each character with a few unexpected twists mixed in. ...more
Lissette
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yubin never imagined how much her life would change when she accepted becoming a member of the pop group, SIITY. Part of her wants to be grateful of the life she's been given, yet she finds it hard to do just that. Everywhere she turns, pain and heartache follows. To make things worse, the only person she can count on has been dead for years. When the group's world is torn asunder, she soon realizes she'll need to rely on the rest of them if they're all to survive the chaos hounding their every ...more
Michael
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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K-pop, Gumihos, ghosts, psychics, and more? Freaking amazing. Not to mention the book isn't scared to approach problems within the Korean entertainment industry.

Loved it!
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MScottFiona
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of supernatural, paranormal novels. Lately, I've been looking for something different within this genre. Something unfamiliar and unique. This book really caught my attention by it's artistic and impresive cover to be honest. I was instantly drawn to it and I am so glad I gave it a read. I am not familiar with K-Pop, but reading this, I enjoyed learning more about it. But it is so much more. Yes, it is a unique story revolving around the members of a K-Pop, all female band called ...more
Nia Ireland
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now here’s the void in my reading life that I didn’t realise I had: K-pop paranormal drama.

Prince is an amazing writer, she gave each character their own distinctive voices and personalities which, though I didn’t really like them all, made them a pleasure to listen to/read.
Yubin, one of the main character, is an empath and presumably one of the characters we should like the most but I didn’t like her mentality at all – she openly admits to herself that she doesn’t socialise with her bandmates
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Andrew Wiley
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did enjoy this (despite the following review) well, I was compelled to finish it at least. 2.5/5. I’m not a critic by any stretch but it was the problems that it had that really stuck with me.

It reads like fan-fiction or other free internet writing. I found it hard for the first half to remember which girl was which until their primary trait was mentioned (jealous ghost/loner psychic/dad problems etc).
Some of the similes and descriptions reminded me of things I might have come up with in the
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Tory
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've listened to by this author as well as this narrator and I didn't really know what I was getting into. The book took a little while to get into due to my listening scheduled but it takes at least a few chapters to get into the book and a few more before you start to really distinguish between the characters and their points of view despite their names being listed at the beginning of each chapter. Once you've started to see the differences in the characters you also st ...more
Nina Hoppe
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More than expected

I was really surprised at all that happened and overflowed well together. Hoping to get to the next book soon.
EL
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a difficult review to write. I’ll tackle the two main issues I had with this book.

What caught my eye was that this book
was a Kpop and Korean ghost story. I wanted to enjoy to this. I WANTED this to be a book to get excited to read. I expected a light paranormal ghost story with perhaps a touch of romance worthy of a Kdrama. The book was not that. I felt lied to by the cover and blurb.

The book had some minor grammar issues, mostly the lack of commas. Especially on dialogue tags that prec
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Coral Aurora
I really wanted to love this book. I am a huge fan of Korean dramas, and a book that ties Korean K-pop with the paranormal was instantly alluring. But the book itself felt different from what I read in the synopsis. It's a lot darker than I hoped. If I had written the book explanation, I would have added a hint about the book's darker contents.

Unfortunately, I also found it hard to follow at times, which made the book less exciting.

Spoiler Alert:

I also wasn't expecting the graphic scenes of rap
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Steve Roach
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting subject, ok execution

I was drawn to this story because of the subject matter. A K-Pop girl group with supernatural powers? How cool and unique is that? This book certainly had lots of things I've never seen before in Fantasy literature. I was fascinated by the introduction to Korean folklore, and by the inside look into the world of K-Pop.

That being said, the book had its issues. It suffered from the lack of an editor, who might have caught grammar mistakes (like using through
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Toula
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audio book review

First book in the series . First by the author I listened . What caught my eye is this story is not only is it a fantasy and a paranormal, but it has it all . There are ghosts it’s a Korean fantasy book that has a group of girls together, the four members of the girl K-pop group SIITY -- Yubin, Tae-eun, Rena and Somi are the heroine. The ghost is jealous ghost, Jieun, who imposed herself to the girls life’s . Sometimes Jieun, helps the girls and sometimes she likes to have fun
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Deedra
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Korean pop stars sometimes are friends,sometimes aren't.They don't know as much about each other as one would think.As it turns out,some have overbearing dads,shapshifting grandmas,entertain ghosts or want to go to college.More of a YA tale,this is a really good book with a lot of twists and turns. Amy Landon was the perfect narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review. ...more
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