Pretty Dead

Pretty Dead
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14+
Release Date
September 22, 2009
ISBN
0061547859
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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.

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A Great take on Vampires!
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Reader reviewed by cynthial11

Since this book was only 195 pages it was a very fast read. I liked the way Block described each character and the comparisons she makes which made it easier for me to picture them in my mind. I thought the book was a good take at vampires, it wasn't gory or violent but very dark and a little melancholic. Charlotte is telling her life story and everything that she's lived for a century in short details and flashbacks. She hates her life for being a vampire and considers herself a monster. The book even though it answers your questions about Charlotte, it felt to me like I was reading a short story. I didn't connect with the characters, but I think I would've liked some of them. In my opinion it could have been a little longer. Maybe a little more character development. I still enjoyed it and liked the ending. It was a fun read but don't think I will feel the urge to read it again. I also want to add that the book does have some sexual content and bad language.
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Pretty Dead
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Reader reviewed by Erica

Pretty Dead
Francesca Lia Block
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 208

Rating: 3.5 stars

The object of envy and desire, Charlotte Emerson seems to have the perfect life...but shes been dead for almost a century. When a new romance converges with the return of her first love, Charlotte becomes the subject of a dark bargain that might give her the only thing shes ever covetedthe chance to be human again.

Critically acclaimed writer Francesca Lia Block gives the undead a second chance at life in Pretty Dead. This provocative, riveting, and wonderfully accessible new novel will reach a new generation of readers who have yet to discover Francesca Lia Block.


When you first pick up Pretty Dead, and read the description on the back of the book, it sounds totally enticing. When you start reading it, it is so much more. This is a must read for those who love the undead. Pretty Dead was a unique twist on the lives of vampires. The first half of the book I found to drag at times, but the second half picked up pace, and took you along for a ride!

Right in the description of description of the book you hear how Charlotte may get a second chance at life, I was curious how Francesca Lia Block was planning on doing that. I definately did not expect how she ended up pulling it off - what a shocker!

Charlotte had such a river of emotions - she felt anger towards her maker, her love towards Emily and Jared, grief towards the loss of those she loves. Charlotte writes her history to share with someone, and I loved that. You got so much incite into her past life, and how she is now. It was my favorite part of the book. Charlotte was such a great character, but I wish readers got to know Jared and William a bit better. You hear from them, but I felt you never really get to know them. Jared, for example, is a major character, but you don't learn much about him except for what's happening right now in his life.

I haven't read anything else by Francesca Lia Block, but after reading Pretty Dead I know what I'll be checking out next.
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