On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.
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Seriously, does character depth not exist in teen books anymore?
For one, I hated how the author kept starting with the word "Startled" and other words, such as:
"Startled, I ..."
Then you have Dante Berlin. He's described as a God. So what the hell is Renee doing with him if she's an "average girl"? The words used to describe him made me want to vomit. Get real, Woon, no one looks like that. She didn't even describe ONE flaw to him (out ...more
As most YA romances are, the novel was set in a school ...more
It's not like one of those books where everything is really predictable. The plot wasn't rushed ,it ran th ...more
Caveat: I'm well aware that YA PNR is a niche every bit as stringent as Steampunk or Regency. I've got no issue with judicious use of recycled tropes, at least in theory -- that's what genre fiction is, after all.
...But this book could've been so much better.
As far as Twilight imitators go, Dead Beautiful isn't awful. It's competently written. It successfully conveys a mysterious, macabre atmosphere. It has some rather dark underpinning ...more
Are you looking for a book that slavishly adheres to the Twilight formula yet has a dash of Harry Potter? Let me count the ways:
- Parents of attractive teen girl die in a MYSTERIOUS fashion
- Attractive teen girl transfers to boarding school
- Where she is paired up as lab partners with sexy, mysterious, silent Dante
- But also must take Herbology - erm, I mean HORTICULTURE - with Professor Mumm!
- Dante is cryptic and OLD!
- They begin a romance but must ...more
It’s rare to come across something different and original. Well, almost original. We have creepy/ weird boarding schools with wealthy students. Dangerous, loner, beautiful boy meets new girl. Dead parents. Yada yada yada. But each aspect is unique in its own way. Classes consist of Philosophy, Crude Sciences, Survival skills etc. The beautiful boy, isn’t cold and stuck up. He’s actually really sweet. Woon gives each thing her own twist which makes things nice. Even the plo ...more
If you intended to read this book, please be careful of the following eyesore:
(1) Twilight ripoff romance.
(2) The heroine keeps blushing for countless of times whenever she's around the love interest.
(3) Same-old, same-old 'new girl in new school getting the attention of the most beautiful boy in school' setup.
(4) A lot of things not being convincingly and finely explained. (There're explanations, but I don't think they're done well)
Renée Winters had a wonderful life. She has a best friend named Annie and a hot boyfriend named Wes. She's just about to start her sophomore year and made it on the varsity lacrosse team. But everything changed when Renée spotted her dad's car on the shoulder of Redwood forest. Panicked, Renée raced inside, almost like something was propelling her to where she could find them and sure enough, there on the forest floor are her parents, cold and motionless wit ...more
This was my first and final thoughts on this book. I mean, don't get me wrong I was in fangirlish awe for most of it - the middle bit was good, the murders and missing students was the highlight and Dante (what a hot name!) was hotter than a boiling pot of chilli in Mexico. But the beginning and the end made me want to break out into Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell".
I loved Rene. She is an awesome heroine, though a tad odd. She's perfectly ok with the fact that her best friend is crushing on the ...more
So as I started to read this book, I was thrown into a whirlwind of surprises. Poor Renee, always going through some many unexpected tragic things. I felt sorry for her, but was glad that she prevailed.
Renee arrived at this new school and her rebellious attitude has me giddy from the start. I immensely enjoyed her smart mouth, know it all attitude ...more
Let's see what I can remember... It was bad. And a copy cat. The overall story was like Twilight. Wit ...more
This book has got to be the most romantic book I have read in a long time. Each chapter, each page and each line had me crying, sighing and smiling. Ive never had a book touch me in such a way that had me thinking about it days after. The detail that Yvonne has put into this novel is spectacular. You can tell she has w ...more
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, with not knowing much about it and reading some mixed reviews before hand but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by it and I ended up really liked it.
Renee Winters was an ordinary girl, that is until her sixteenth birthday where she finds her parents dead in the woods. How ...more
Talk about a swift kick in the gut, Woon leaves readers frantic at the end of her engaging novel, Dead Beautiful. Although carrying many similarities to both Harry Potter and Twilight, Woon makes her novel stand on its own with her creation of the undead in a manner unlike any I’ve read about before. Steeped in mythology and lore, the novel really comes to life as Renee learns of her heritage and figures out just what exactly is wande ...more
The romance was actually believable. And hurrah, no love triangle! I loved Renee. I loved Dante. I loved Eleanor. I loved Nathaniel. I hated Gideon. It was just one great big emotional rollercoaster and I loved it so much. Interesting take on the Undead, beautiful writing and just a great book. I need the next one now!
I was searching for a goth book for so long.. I enjoyed reading Fallen 1 by Kate Lauren but could not read any of the other books of the series.. (pointless and lenthy)
So I was so delighted to find this book..
Basically this series had 2 kind of beings.....
1) Undeads : Dead people under the age of 21 who weren't buried cum soul suckers
2) Monitors : who control them cum eliminate them.... ...more
To me, Dead Beautiful, was pretty much another version of Twilight. There was too much angst, the hero has an old fashioned mysterious name, Dante Berlin and he hangs out with friends that are secretive and the students on campus don't know much about him. He's always brooding and hardly talks, yet Renee is attracted to him from the start. Dante keeps telling her that they can't be together because he'll hurt her and it's dangerous and she's n ...more
Renee is full of life and as a main character she has a certain magnetism to her. It is that magnetism that draws Dante to her. Personally, I found a lot of humor in the names in the context of the story ☺ As per the usual Renee falls for Dante and the process of piecing to ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon - Restarting February 6th 2017||21||106||Feb 15, 2017 08:26AM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Feb 16, 2015 11:45AM|
|All About Fantasy!: Dead Beautiful||1||4||Feb 01, 2015 07:08PM|
|Not what I was expecting||8||57||Dec 10, 2013 04:44PM|
|Great read. The sequel is great too||4||30||Jan 20, 2013 07:24AM|