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Pretty Dead - Francesca Lia Block

Posted by on August 13, 2011

Synopsis: People pity me, but mostly they feel envy. I have all the luxury and freedom a girl my age could want.

Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of Los Angeles, it consumes her from the inside out. But whether it is her eternal loneliness, the memory of her brother, the return of her first love, or the brooding, magnetic Jared—she cannot say. What if it’s something more . . .

Something to do with the sudden tear in her perfect nails. The heat she feels when she’s with Jared. The blood rushing once again to her cheeks and throughout her veins.

For Charlotte is a vampire, witness to almost a century’s worth of death and destruction. But not since she was a human girl has mortality touched her.

In what way will you be transformed?

Until now.

Review: I loved the concept of this book, but not really the excecution of it if I am honest.

Not that it was written badly, because it really wasn’t. It just felt like it didn’t have a lot of passion put behind it, which as a reader you can tell straight away.

I felt with more depth and detail the book actually has a lot of potenial. I really love the idea of having a female vampire who falls in love with a human guy. And I truly adored the idea of love bringing someone back from the dead - or the undead.

Perhaps to summarise my rating I’ll put the pros and cons:


  • The cover is magnificent.. it’s beautiful
  • The characters themselves were actually really very interesting
  • The story line itself was very clever


  • The book was not long enough, and so being a short read didn’t allow me as the reader to really care about the characters, which is a shame because I wanted to love them
  • The book has a lot of romance in it, but you don’t feel the tenderness behind it because the book doesn’t feel like it was written from a place of emotion, but rather fact.

I wanted so badly to love this book, and I was so excited to read it. I just felt let down by it when I did read it. I should give it a 2 out fo 5, BUT in the interest of being fair, I did like aspects of it, and so I am bumping it to a 2.5 out of 5.

I’d be interested to see if any of my readers have also read this book just to compare reviews or thoughts to! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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