I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Pretty When She Dies #3
Published by Self Published on August 27th, 2013
Source: the author
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Amaliya Vezorak always believed she was destined to live a failed life in obscurity until she was brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named The Summoner and reborn as a powerful vampire necromancer. Now it is up to her to save the world…
**Okay, so a little bit of an explanation is going to be needed before I continue on with my reviews. I’ve been struggling writing reviews for about six months. Six long months and I’ve had to force myself to write 75% of the reviews I have done. They just feel stale to me. I don’t feel like I am contributing anything at all. Added into the fact that I have been trying to write two books, I feel like I need a change. So without further ado I am introducing you to my new way of reviewing.
I will still be giving you my (Lori’s) opinion on the book, but instead of you hearing it from me. I will be doing it in short story fictional style. In the review I hope to show you my complete and total approach to reading. Where I do it, why I pick it up to read it, my thoughts on the cover, and my thoughts good or bad about the book.
We are going to call our heroine Caty.
So deep breath. Here it goes.
Ugh, I do NOT want to open my email today. I am so swamped. Caty thinks to herself after she rolls out of bed at the normal eleven am. Her young daughter pitter patters into the living room to start tearing out her toys. After a half an hour on facebook Caty decides it’s time to put off the inevitable. Time to go conquer that email and move on with her day. As her browser loads, way too slowly for her tastes, she takes a swig of last nights mountain dew. It’s warm but that doesn’t bother her. A mountain dew junkie can drink it warm or cold.
Sorting through her three emails is always a mess. There are tons of subscriptions to blogs that she reads from time to time, review requests, blog tour invites, and the ocassional personal email. It’s not until she gets into her personal account, the one that very few people use or even know about that she sees something that puts a smile on her face. There sitting pretty next to the name Rhiannon Frater is an email titled PWSD3. WHOOT! She shouts in her head, A prezzie! Immediately opening the email she downloads the file onto her hard drive and then emails it to her kindle. She asked the author to send the file because she had missed out on the chance to beta it because of personal issues in her life. But now, now it was her and Amaylia, and Samantha and Cian. It’s ON! She enthuses to herself.
Patiently waiting for her email to deliver to her kindle she gets up from her desk to go check on her terror. Clearly, it had taken too long for her to check those emails, as not only is her floor covered in toys but her TV is covered in her favorite concealer. YAY! Sighing, she grabs the wipes, hands two to the rugrat and begins to clean the makeup off. Looking at the clock on the TV she realizes that reading was not going to happen today, or tomorrow, or the day after. It was her busiest time of the week. The weekend drug by, work, sleep, be mommy, work, sleep be mommy, work, sleep, be mommy was her routine for three days. She was so exhausted from the routine that she crashed every night and woke up every morning not even looking at her kindle. She knew that Rhiannon had a knack for putting her emotions through the ringer, and she wasn’t sure she could handle that in her half awake state. The book would have to wait some more.
Finally the day to read rolls around, and it’s like the universe is smiling down on her kindle. It has a strange glow surrounding it, and it smells like freshly baked cupcakes. Okay so it wasn’t any of those things. In fact, as soon as she clicked it on and turned the first page her low battery warning flashed on the screen.
“What the fuck?” She grumbles, sliding the cord off of her floor and hooking it up. Well looks like I am reading in bed today!
Within the first chapter she is hooked. Amaliya’s crazy life has always been a draw to her. The dark and beautiful vampire with the vulgar mouth appealled to her own foul mouth, and dark side. The fact that the main character was one who could stand up and fight, but had always, in the past ran from problems, resonated with Caty. She felt the same way about herself. Up until she had her daughter she did run from all of her problems, or at least pretend they didn’t exist. She loves this about Frater’s writing style, the author just gets the human condition. She writes people how they truly are and Caty loves that.
Immediately the characters of the book are neck deep in trouble with the Summoner as he out wits them and grows more powerful in Bianca’s body. The thought of the Summoner inhabiting her body makes Caty shudder. There is nothing remotely sexy about him as a bad guy, in fact the Summoner is off the charts icky.
The deeper Caty gets into the book the more she struggles to put it down. Amaliya is as kick ass as ever. Her resolve and strength really shine through in this book. Caty loves Amaliya, but she has to admit that Sam is her favorite character from the series. She loves that perky blonde, with her pink gun, and grumpy cat!
The more she reads, the more nervous Caty gets. There is an epic amount of bloodshed in this book, and everytime a battle happens she waits for the shoe to drop. For one of her beloved characters to die. Because this book is filled with death. She loves that Rhiannon is a horror writer that is broad enough that horror fans like herself, and Urban Fantasy fans can enjoy this series.
With the final battle looming, the last thirty percent flies by. And before she knows it the book has ended. The only thing Caty can think, is that it was perfect. Exactly what she needed. Every last word of it.
Shutting down her kindle she goes to her book shelf and files away her signed copy of the book that she bought. It sits in display with the rest of her Frater books. High up, where the munchkin can’t reach. Not only does she cherish them because of her love of Rhiannon Frater, but that Phatpuppy cover is to die for!