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Life Eternal (A Dead Beautiful Novel) Hardcover – January 24, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Dead Beautiful Series

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About the Author

Yvonne Woongrew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Worcester Academy. She lives in New York and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Columbia University.Dead Beautifulwas her first novel.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: A Dead Beautiful Novel
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition first Printing edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423119576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423119579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I can't remember the last time I read a sequel and was so underwhelmed. Which is a shame because I loved Dead Beautiful and the prospect of reading more about Renee and Dante made me buy this book as soon as it was out.
Firstly, it isn't until a good way into the book that Renee really figures out that she must find out the secret of the Nine Sisters and hopefully find a cure for Dante.
Now, Renee and Dante have both changed a great deal since the last book. If you remember, Renee saved Dante and gave back his soul. Then he kissed Renee and returned it back. This must explain (although its never confirmed) Renee no longer tastes food, or smells, and constantly has the window open. As far as Dante is concerned he's aged, but is still recognised as Undead. So my only opinion is that they have both experienced and changed due to both being a little bit Undead but have also both grown up due to the passing on of Renees live soul. Hmm. Quite complicated.
The writing of this book is as good as the first with the descriptions of the new school and Montreal really making you feel like you are there.. A new history is told to us about the beginnings and reasons why Montreal became as it is.
Apart from that Renees narration is just average and full of 'woe is me' moments, even when it comes to Dante (who doesn't feature much in the book anyway). She has no spark, and gelt like she was just going through the motions rather than eagerly grasp this new chance for Dante and her to be together.
We have a new third wheel, Noah, but I didn't really feel a great deal of chemistry between him and Renee.
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Format: Hardcover
Interesting book. It's the talent of a good author that draws you in to want to read more about her main character. It's the capability of a gifted author that makes a character come to life such that the reader almost believes she's in that character's skin! And, it's the genius of an author that plots a story from fantasy and couches it in a real world setting, then makes you believe it could actually happen! Yvonne Woon is an author of awesome talents just like these. She had me captivated with interest in her characters right from the beginning.

I enjoyed this story about "monitors," people born with the talent to sense death or the undead...and who are charged with the duty of tracking them and putting them to "rest." The central figure in "Life Eternal" is Renee Winters, a 17 year old, orphaned, "rebirthed" monitor who is suspected of being immortal after having died in a previous year at her school, and then becoming "reactivated." Although Renee was actually only switching souls with her boyfriend, Dante, (whom we can only know best after having read the 1st book in this Dead Beautiful Series) the rest of the Monitoring world, including her grandfather, isn't sure just what really happened to her. It's a central bone of contention in this book of the series, as is Renee and Dante's quest to keep themselves and their love alive.

Rich in detail and characterization, in a make-believe world in Maine and Montreal that actually seems possible at times, and in the depth of loving relationships between friends and family, this book is a very good read. I love fantasy, paranormals like this one! The ghoulish isn't made into too much a farse, it's made to feel close to real, and I love that.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I found myself fascinated. This story has mystery and unexpected twists. There were moments in the book where I realized I was crying. It really swept me up and pull me in.

My heart went out to Renee. She's lost so much and too many people she loves. It reminded me a little of my life In the past I have lost so many people and animals.

There is so much to this book. I revived this book from NETGALLEY andI haven't read the 1st book, Dead Beautiful; but the author does a fabulous job of filling in bits and pieces of the story so I didn't feel lost and out of sorts.

The only thing that I didn't like was the end. It left us with a massive cliff hanger So I need to get my hands on the first one so I can read that and it can keep me company while I'm waiting for the third one.

I hope that I am fortunate enough to get a printed ARC of the next one in the series.
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Format: Hardcover
This is another book that I have been dying to read. After reading Dead Beautiful and falling in love with the writing, I knew without a doubt I had to read this book.

Life Eternal picks off where it left off. Renee is back at home dealing with the after math of what happen between her and Dante. This book starts off slow. The author presents in the writing a little of what happen in the last book so if readers were to pick it up, they would understand it some. Though it doesn't loose any of it's creativity. Instead, more questions are raised and the real part of the book begins.

The best part of the book, started more in the middle. There, the reader is following along a trail of past secrets, riddles, and the truth to everlasting life. I really enjoyed this part cause it gave me some adventure. Instead of research and drama, the reader can get more connected in searching for the Nine sisters and the meaning behind it.

The love interest in the book sort of got me angry. Given the fact that I knew where Renee stood, it really grinded my gears when she forgot who she was. She got so caught up with looking for answers that at one point she forgot about Dante and started to see him differently. I loved that the author let the emotions flow so freely within the book. Even though I was angry at Renee, I knew who she was.

Life Eternal, is a rewarding epic that it would make viewers feel that they're in the story as well. I could do nothing but read faster with each page turn. And the ending, left me wanting more.
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