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Drop Dead Gorgeous

(The Journals of Octavia Hollows #4)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  32 reviews
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysterie ...more
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
After her abduction in the previous story Octavia is still at the mercy of a cold blooded siren who would happily see her dead. With Bacon and her new friend Squidface being held hostage and used against her Octavia didn't have much choice but to agree to travel to meet the rest of the siren pod. The last thing she's expecting is to find them running a travelling beauty pageant where they target pervy old men to feed from but it's actually a pretty perfect way for the sirens to feed without goin ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one picks up right where book three left off and pretty much rounds off that little mini story-arc!
It's fast-paced and entertaining and I enjoyed it a whole lot but despite providing some more insight into Octavia's powers and history, it didn't move the series story-arc on much... And there are still no Elba answers! Grrr! It ends on another gasp-inducing moment that left me in no doubt that the next two books are going to rock even if I'm getting a little frustrated at the lack of progres
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
I received an arc of this book.

I have to say for me, this book was a lot better than the last one. I felt like we had more action and we spent a lot more time in the circus life. It didn't feel rushed like last time. Wow, Octavia seems to be in for it she has so much coming her way that it is like overloading her brain or at least it has to be. I really like Octavia as a character especially when she has to use her powers to help her solve crimes. It is like really fitting for her. She is snarky
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Wow, what a wild ride this story was.

The characters in this story were amazing. I love meeting all these new people Octavia finds through her adventures are incredible. Plus we find out more about Octavia and her heritage.

The story-line was edge of my seat phenomenal. There was so much more that went on with a laugh out loud story. My mouth was metaphorically hanging open with the shocking cliffhanger ending. Rourke is a genius and I highly recommend this read.
Rebecca Rogers
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Paranormal Tendencies
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella serial is laugh out loud funny, snarky, sweet and at times it will bring a tear to your eye. I have loved meeting all of the quirky people Octavia has encountered on her journey. Her mission keeps getting interrupted, but she is always willing to help when she’s needed.
This book has her dumped into a group of sirens that are running a con on rich men. They put on a pageant that lures the men in and then feed on the poor unsuspecting guys. Octavia isn’t going to let them continue th
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
After finishing Book Three, I couldn't get my hands on this next installment fast enough. Rourke had left me hanging in the best way and I NEEDED to know what was going to happen with Octavia and Bacon.
This story picked up where the previous one ended and reminded me how much I disliked Arroyo and her minions. I did absolutely love that Octavia's spunky attitude and humor were on full display from the start of this one. I adore her character. She makes me laugh constantly.
This book had all of t
Stacy Spoonster
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book in this series so far. Octavia is forced to look at her past and her present and make some hard choices. And what a great choice she makes. I love watching characters grow and develop over the course of a book or, as in this case, a series. Octavia is such a relatable character. I think everyone can see a piece of themselves in her. That's one part of what makes her so amazing and makes Stacey Rourke such a fantastic author. And then there is ham and pineapple pizza. *fa ...more
Amanda Floyd
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite team of Octavia and Bacon are back again in book 4. Drop Dead Gorgeous reveals to us more about who and what Octavia is. This book does take a turn into a more serious setting compared to the previous ones. Octavias sass, snark, and overall kick butt attitude is still there and even more so when Bacon and a new friends are involved. Octavia is more then just a snarky necromancer. She really cares for the coven and sirens she meets in this book. I also love how she shows compassion to ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Drop Dead Gorgeous is the fourth installment in The Journal of Octavia Hollows serial series. It picks up right where the events of the last book left off. Sirens with secrets from Octavia's past who are holding her piggy sidekick hostage have brought her to the twisted, sequin filled world of the traveling pageant. Turns out the sirens are what they do best - manipulating men to get what they want. While Octavia tries to navigate this world to figure out how to get her sweet little Bacon back a ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book picks up where the previous book ends. It felt much more personal than the other books in the series, probably because it zeros in on who she is and what that could mean in a much larger picture. She is questioning herself in a way that takes on a darker tone than what we've seen from her, even though the overall snark and sass is still there. I would have preferred that book 3 and book 4 were one story. I can see where splitting them up threw focus onto specific plot points, but the s ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful addition to this series!

With each book, Octavia’s story get more and more developed, adding on to the overall arc/mission she’s been on; but the interruptions that happen in each story are also just as interesting and fun to read!

We meet sirens in this novella - and they are running this con scheme that gets the attention of Octavia! With some drama and lots of snark, she finds herself in another pickle, and has to get out of it, all while saving lives of others!

Excited to s
Kira Assad
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"If I could leave a Yelp review for this abduction, you'd earn a solid three stars." This series just keeps getting better and better! Drop Dead Gorgeous was hilarious and heart pounding at the same time. I can't get over how much I laughed through this story. We start up right where book 3 ended as Octavia now has a better idea of what she is, well at least half. Learning more about her abilities at each turn, she is now ready to save the ones she loves. I can't wait for book 5! ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another funny one in this great series. As I was reading this book I couldn't stop laughing. I really think sometimes Stacey would be in my head. Reason being is the No No Square. One day I was with my husband and my father in law and a guy riding his bike went through a red light. I looked to him and said you did a NO NO you're a No No Friend. So when I was reading I couldn't help but think of that. Octivia and Bacon really crack me up. So far this is the best one in the series. ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia May have gotten into more trouble than she can handle this time!
Finding out a bit more about her roots unveils a whole new world to her and one that puts not only herself in danger but those she cares about too. Just who is this elusive stranger that seems to know all about Octavia ?
Another great read full of intrigue, humour and danger. I get the feeling this sassy necromancer is on the way to finding out exactly how powerful she really is.
Jennifer Faulkner
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
True Octavia fashion

I loved the ending to this book (A familiar face from a previous book makes an appearance). Octavia finds herself some new allies and family. Her witty nature and spunk are still front and center and do not disappoint. Another slam dunk in the world of Octavia Hallows.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need more after book 4!

Snark and wit galore! What more can Octavia get herself into? She can’t seem to stay away from trouble. We learn more about Octavia and what she is as she learns more about herself. The humor is abundant, but this story gets deep. And as always, Bacon’s shenanigans are my favorite!
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish..

I really wish I could give this series a higher star ranking. I like the stories, I like the lead character...and of course I like Bacon. But I can’t go higher then 3 because of the editing. One or two mistakes I can forgive. There were so many in this book that it kept taking me out of the story. I really hate that.
Niamh Hunter
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will never look at beauty pagents the same way, or strip clubs! ($5 for all you can eat that is really good in my book)
Possible family connections.
Bonds that last forever.
We were thrown into the world of the Siren's and it was nothing like what I thought it would be, except for a Siren who shall remain nameless and very very dead!
Incredible work and I would love Joan on any road trip!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Favorite Quote:
Something in her tone made prickles of uneasy skitter up my spine. “If you tell me he took my pig I will burn this entire camp to the ground. That’s not a threat either, just a blatant statement of fact.”

Lizz Taylor
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun story but so many grammatical errors that at some places it was difficult to read. I don't know if it was my copy is an old version. I hope they fix the errors for future readers. I did enjoy the journey of the story though and look forward to reading more of this series. ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Unfortunately this was not a book I enjoyed. I really struggled to get through it. Beauty Queen Sirens in a beauty pageant was just so confusing to me. I just don't know what to say other then I am moving onto book 5 Dead Ringer. I want to see if she finds Elba. ...more
Crystal Gray
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-gems
Octavia never lets me down!
There were so many laugh out loud moments in this it was great!
I recommend all of The Journals!
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror
What a crazy story. There are so much more humor in this book. Bacon is my favorite piggy. Stacey is a humorous.
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Snarky, witty one liners, and laugh out loud funny, this series is a wild ride. Classic Rourke!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guts of the series

Octavia is kidnapped and gets into a predicament and there's some scary truths she has to face or she may lose her family. Bacon
Heather Rizkallah
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my

Poor Octavia can never catch a break. But this time get kidnapper may know more than she use meeting in about Octavia and her past
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Learning about Octavias past is a fun ride. This series always keeps me laughing.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This serial series is awesome I will Always be Team Bacon! I love reading and watching Octavia grow and find her self more and more as the series progresses. The choices she makes not only makes her a badass and amazing but it also makes her very relatable. Stacey gets better and better every book in this series and I don't ever want it to end. ...more
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May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Rourke's Drop Dead Gorgeous is amazing. She wrote a story that touched my soul with her words. I have been feeling down about a family situation, along with feeling like I do not belong, and being unwanted. In this book she wrote words which left me feeling empowered with knowledge of who I am, and family does not have to be blood, it can be the family I CHOOSE. I look forward to the next Journal of Octavia Hollows and see the adventure Stacey Rourke takes her on. It's going to be epic. ...more
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