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Pretty When She Cries

(Black Mountain Academy)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,821 ratings  ·  695 reviews
Your first kiss is supposed to be sweet. Ours was baptized in fire.
I was the new girl trying to find her place.
Landon was the brooding neighbor I tutored over the summer.
I didn’t know he was a legend at Black Mountain Academy.
I didn’t know they worshipped him like a religion.
But I fell for him before I knew those things.
To me, he was just the tortured soul who drew me in l
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published October 22nd 2020
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
On Pause @ 23%...for now, anyway...

I haven’t been able to buy in to the premise upon which the book is built, so there’s no point in continuing, really. Which is a bummer. I love AZ and I love bully trope books.

I’m sure it’s not you, it’s me, book. Maybe I’ll try again another day when I'm in a different mood. I can't help but think I might love it on another day.
4 Stars!

... A piquing and gritty romance.

Note: This is a high school, enemies to lovers romance.

I am so mad with the antagonist! She's a manipulator, psychotic, obsessive, and horny bitch. What happened to her in the story was not enough. She should suffer for the rest of her life. For the record, Audrey is officially my worst fictional enemy, so far.

Pretty When She Cries completely hooked me. I loved how the prologue instantly captured my interest that I never noticed I just finished the b
Holly Molly... this Aubrey girl pining for the hero is a psychotic bitch🤯 She is the queen of all teenager psychotic bitches👸🏻 of the romance world lol. This level of craziness needs some kind of acknowledgement.
The book itself was OK. But it gave me the feeling I had already read about these people/situations/problems like THOUSANDS OF TIMES... Pretty typical angstish school drama contemporary romance book (which is scary haha) . If I compare my teenage years with these dudes'... oh well, they
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ash is my Must Read author, so an automatic read. She presents angsty lovers who've become enemies and are in the process of finding their way to each other again in Black Mountain Academy, a school for rich, obnoxious, entitled teens
A HS drama later, both Kailani Hale and Landon Blackwood are bitter sworn enemies, their so called friends playing truant in between, widening the chasm.
“You started the war two years ago”...”I just came back to finish it.”
Landon surely doesn't need enemies, h
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
I guess it's true what they say about forbidden fruit. Kailani is the sweetest poison.

Do you have authors that you don't even bother to read the blurb from? A Zavarelli is one of mine. No matter what the woman writes, I know I'll be gagging for it. Because she never fails to create some of the most captivating and memorable characters. And this installment in the Black Mountain Academy series was finger licking good. No joke. I honestly wanted to lick my fingers when I turne
Crystal (Crystal_reads_)
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't met an A. Zavaerlli's book I didn't love. She is differently my go-to and queen of Bully, enemies to lovers Romance. Pretty When She Cries exceeded my expectations. She created such a great bad boy and a sexy heroine. There may be some triggers for some people as Pretty when she cries does hit some sensitive subjects.

Pretty When She Cries is full of heartbreak, betrayal, angst, lies, obsession, misunderstandings, along with miscommunication. On the positive, it’s full of desire, love
Oct 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: hard-pass
DNF and not going to rate because once again I can't learn my damn lesson and stay away from high school bully romances so that is 100% on me and it's not fair IMO to rate stuff when you are the moron that didn't take your own advice haha.

So anyway, teenagers are fucking annoying and honestly I am too old for this shit. This absolutely concludes my trials with bully romances this year. I think this is the 5th or 6th one and it's safe to say this genre just isn't for me... or any sort of HS roman
Holy heck! So much angsty goodness!!!

Wow! These characters really captured my attention and held it as they pulled me through their wild roller coaster ride of a relationship. Kailani grew from a sweet innocent teenager into a young woman that was fierce in her determination to find her own form of justice. I couldn’t stop reading as she maneuvered her way through her circumstances and dealt with her emotional responses to what life was throwing her way.

dancer at work. | Dancing in the rain, Dance, Rain

Landon was another wonderful Zaverelli he
Sep 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

Told in dual POV, 1st person, it’s in the "Black Mountain Academy" world but it can be read as a standalone. It was another good read by this author. It’s a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers high school story and angsty. I have a major problem here and it’s that everything here is based on a misunderstanding! Everything could have been solved from the beginning only with some talking! Well, what can I say?! They are a bunch of high schoolers and it’s Zavarelli’s writing so I can’t complain
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Okay so this book started of interesting, I was hooked until chapter 13 ngl. Till then it was a solid 4 star read for me. I even teared up a little bit when the queen bitch of the school was trying to humiliate Kail (h).


So let’s summarize what all has happened till the end of chapter 12

1. Kail and Landon first meet during the summer after Landon transfers into Blackwood academy, taking a break from being a famous actor. The principal asked Kail to tutor him because she doesn’t h
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Web-Photo-Editor “You are so fucking pretty.” The words come out all gravelly. “Even when you cry.” He kisses the tears away.

“Pretty When she Cries” is a standalone by the Best selling author A. Zavarelli . This book is a part of the Black Mountain Academy series and is told in dual perspectives. Get ready to meet landon and Kail.

This author is my all time favourite , I never hesitate to one click her books! There is absolutely no doubt in my
Penny (semi-hiatus)
This is my first read by A. Zavarelli and unfortunately I didn't like it. For the most part it wasn't that bad but the prologue was really intense (check TW) and the last 15% or so is full of drama that I had to skim-read the last few pages.

The main characters were ok I guess but they couldn't communicate at all. They just assumed what the other had done and they didn't speak to each other for days (even years after the incident in the prologue).

The writing style was ok but since the other books

Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it
‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾☆ 3 stars ☆☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

it’s not a bad book yall, it just didn’t make me feel. It felt stale most of the time. I felt numb reading it and maybe it was a “me” thing, but that’s what happened. also, the miscommunication was frustrating af.

i was going to give it 3.25 stars but the way the villain was taken care of was... too movie-ish for me lmao. it was quite literally THAT scene in the movie Mean Girls.

the ending was cute, though. And I liked how their family was built. Landon was a softie,
✰ 3 'Little Pineapple' Stars ✰

“You’re insane.” A pretty blush spreads down her neck. “You know that, right?"
“‘With long intervals of horrible sanity.’”

-ˏˋ My Overall Thought(s) ˎˊ-

W T F, is going on at Black Mountain Academy

Seriously, WTF is going on at this damn school. We've got a hero who loves breaking, entering, and jerking it on the heroines bed, we have a heroine who got her fake gay ex-boyfriend sent to a gay conversion camp, the villain is. . .well she went through this very elabo
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“You wish I thought of you.”
“Enjoy fingering yourself tonight while you remember that kiss.” I grab the doorknob and turn it. “Oh, and by the way, I jerked off in your bed.”

I stayed up until 3:30 am reading this book because I couldn't fucking stop! OMG the angst! The heat! The twists! The turns! The tension!! I wanted to throw my kindle so many times. AND LET ME TELL YOU LANDON IS SO AMAZING AND HOT AND BROKEN AND I AM NOT OVER HIM BECAUSE HE IS LIFE! Even when he was an asshole! Ahh young

Pretty When You Cry
*arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review*

What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible)
She didn't know who he was when they met. When she finds out, everything changes.

This whole book was a mood. I related to Kailani from her first appearance. I loved her, and I wanted her safe! NOT OUR GIRL!!!!! Ugh I wanted to punch so many characters!!! There are lots of snappy comebacks and shocking moments. The chemistry
myo (myonna reads)
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
finally a good one out of the batch.. anyways why did this book have two epilogues???
Nov 05, 2020 added it
Unfortunately, I just couldn't with this one...*sigh*

It pains me to say this, cause it's one of Ashleigh Zavarelli's, but I didn't, I couldn't connect with either the characters or the plot...

I mean, I found no sense in any...and it kills me to say this but I can't finish reading it....

So, DNF @50%

Kay's Blushing Book Reviews
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bully-romance
This is not my usual genre or typical read, but I am an avid fan of Ashleigh's work and would seriously read anything she wrote even if it was written on toilet paper. Sometimes it's not necessarily the story itself you fall in love with, it's the author's storytelling. The author's ability to draw you in and keep you hanging with just the right amount of wonder. Something about the author's way with words have you keep turning each page eager for more. That is what I loved about this book.

Elisa ♡
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
was this the best book i ever read? no, but it was damn entertaining
me when he jerked off on her loofah, and she didn't care!

Jenny Lovez Bookz
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story, it wasn't great but it was good. As a couple, I really liked Landon & Kailani together. It was supposed to a bully romance, but Landon was actually never really the bully. I wish we got more of their story from the beginning of when they first met. I don't think the time jump was needed, everything should've taken place the same year. It would have made better sense. I will say I did not like the ending, some of the things that happened in this book were a bit extra in my o ...more
Keri Loves Books
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was completely hooked from the shocking prologue and I absolutely loved this story. Landon and Kailani are complicated. Their stories are interwoven and their relationship is complex. They started as acquaintances and one night turned them into enemies. Things get heated when those lines between love and hate become obliterated.

Kailani was just supposed to tutor the guy next door. She had no idea he was a big deal. She helped him for weeks, never knowing who he was. Then one night at a party c
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I liked how the book opens up, it was dark and intriguing and I also liked how Kailini go back and become this new persona a badass.

As for the hero welp he has tendency to run whenever confrontation emanate instead of actually having a decent amount of conversation, I find it repulsive.

Then somewhere along the line, I got lost and bored with the antics. I love A. Zavarelli books and writing style, she's written a favorable Dark Romances, alas this book wasn't just for me.

Anne E ♡ emo + OTT Hs
Angst-filled & almost non-stop through the book due to the evil & unpredictable machinations of a manipulative head-cheerleader OW who'd been obsessed with H and who stopped at nothing to destroy h & get H in whatever way possible (including almost-raping him while he was drugged out & was only saved by his inability to get an erection while unconscious). Good writing/pacing/romance. Mostly unpredictable plot but wished the OW's end wasn't as quick & convenient. The problem wasn't H&h's romance ...more
Melissa Crump
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In true fashion, A. Zavarelli holds nothing back with Pretty When She Cries. Intricately crafted and woven with layers of depth you don’t see coming, this story touches on hard subjects but also sends the message that you are strong enough. You can rise above what’s been thrown your way. Not giving up, and fighting for truth. Another brilliant and very creative story from this Author and I’m not disappointed in the least.

The chemistry, angst and situations these characters are in doesn’t feel li
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So worth the read and I highly recommend.

I really enjoyed the twist of mind games this story brought that I couldn’t put it down and I knew that the ending would be epic.
Alexandraa XX
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Lots of OW DRAMA and in the end we get to see how mentally psychotic the OW. Causes a lot of drama between them and especially both of the hero and heroine didn’t trust each other enough to believe that the OW will do such thing. The hero didn’t fight enough for the heroine in the beginning, only in the end which is frustrating to see. The heroine is weak and not strong enough.... many pushing away too from both hero and heroine. both are still childish... I didn’t get to see the big great roman ...more
Black Ink Riot
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: big-nope

It’s a shame that this author is such an incredible writer. The way she wields the English language and develops her characters is a thing of beauty indeed. But holy f*ck the over the top melodrama, the plot lines that got more ridiculous and mind numbingly dumb with every page turned, negated any positive impressions.

This story was disturbing AF in that it took a very traumatic experience that many girls have experienced, and flung romantic fantastical b*llshit over it, where all was an il
Siobhan Davis
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Loved it!
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A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance.

When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.

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