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Pretty in Black (Pretty in Black #1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 282 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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★★★★ stars! 
Pretty in Black by Rae Hachton was an interesting read and very fast paced. Ellie and Marcus' romance is sweet and is the predominant focus in Pretty in Black.  Almost immediately enthralled by each other, their love seems destined for tragedy.
"Twilight meets Edgar Allan Poe [in this hauntingly beautiful vampire series.]" --@MagicalMolly
"This is a hauntingly beautiful novel and a promising start to an exciting new series. I loved the dark and Gothic feel of everything in the story... I can't wait to see where the story goes from here! Very highly recommended!!"--Stephanie Ward A Dream Within A Dream
"Pretty In Black is an exceptional re-imaging of Poe's dark tales...What more could an avid reader of Gothic Romance ask for, when I'm given twice the darkness and twice the passion." --Shane Morgan Itching For Books 
"Pretty In Black is a dark young adult book but that is not it. It is emotional, it is raw, it is deep and most of all, it is bittersweet."--Sana Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile 
"I adore Marcus Marble. He is a beautiful character that wears his heart on his sleeve."--Novels on the Run 
"She met Marcus and I thought, whoa, this guy is special. Seemingly the epitome of a vampire...But the two of them, to me, was like picturing the gothic prince and princess come to life." Liz Fictional Candy 
"This book had a dark, edgy lyrical feel to it....It flowed with a rhythmic charm...The concept was a fresh, unique twist on the traditional vampire theme.There was an echo of Twilight meets Romeo & Juliet meets Hunger Games (Meaning the tough fighter chick:) but Pretty In Black is all its own."--Michelle C. Jordan 

From the Author

Pretty in Black is the first book in the Gothic Romance series. The story behind how the series came to be is just as haunting as the story itself. The idea came to me late one night in March 2011 while I was hanging out in an old cemetery with some friends, on a Ghost Hunt.
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Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of an apparition. Sitting on top of a grave, were two lovers-- a guy and a girl. I watched their interactions with one another and immediately, I wanted to know two things: What were they doing in this cemetery so late at night and Why did their embrace look so tragic? 

They were leaned against the stone, in their own little world. And to this day, I still do not know if they were real or not, but they became the characters of this story. I remember the ride home clearly. I was intrigued. I sat in the backseat, writing notes to myself on my phone about what I'd just witnessed. Two days later, I began writing the story. It just hit me. And after hearing My Time's Upby The Raveonettes--a song off their album Raven in the Grave, the rest of the story just fell into place. 

Marcus Marble began as a regular dead guy. I never really liked vampires, but a daydream I had back in high school led me to the idea of creating the Evermore. Vampires who can come out in the sunlight, have no desire to drink blood, and are warm to the touch. 

Edgar Allan Poe also played a major role in the creation of the dark worlds of Nevermore and The Land of Naught. 

Pretty in Black is just the beginning. Enjoy! --Rae Hachton

Product Details

  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Teen Pulse (November 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ57QNA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,279 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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RAE HACHTON writes Dark Romanticism--sometimes with gears and clockwork. She has a cemetery obsession, claims to miss Victorian London and ancient Rome, and believes in vampires and magic. If imaginary, she would be an automaton fairy.

"My Primary goal is to Scare you/Haunt you, but make you fall in love at the same time. I'm a Monster Lover who writes Dark Fantasy and Gritty Contemporary. Also a believer in dark and twisted fairytales and Scarily-Ever Afters."

BOOKS AVAILABLE BY Rae Hachton

THE PRETTY IN BLACK QUARTET

Pretty in Black (Pretty in Black #1)
Black Satin (Pretty in Black #2)
Raven in the Grave (Pretty in Black #3)
Evermore (Pretty in Black #4)--Releases *December 25, 2014*

Standalones

Frankie's Monster
The Summer of Me & You

FORTHCOMING

THE ETERNALLY TRILOGY

Eternally: Wasteland (Eternally #1)--October 30, 2014
Eternally: (Eternally #2) TBA
Eternally: (Eternally #3) TBA

Visit me at http://www.raehachton.com


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Format: Paperback
This is originally posted on my blog, @Bibliophile Mystery

Pretty in Black got me hooked from the very moment I saw the cover and now, after finishing it in a single day, I can add that, in my opinion, the cover reflects the main character's personality. That's exactly how I picture Ellie's life at the beginning.
Getting to know Ellie was hard: such a troubled soul with a horrible past. Her sister was murdered a year ago in their house. Nobody knew by whom or why and this somehow made the situation worse. Then her parents divorced soon after: her father left town for work and her mother married Nick, a violent man with half her age. Just like that, Ellie went from having a nice, loving home, to living in a trailer park with an alcoholic mother and an abusing stepfather.
We meet Ellie in a cemetery - a place where she spends a lot of time imagining her perfect death - on the verge of suicide. ...And then ..he's there.
"I thought he was the death angel here to collect me. He was too gorgeous to be human. He had long black hair, brooding eyes, and the richest ruby lips I'd ever seen."
Having many secrets of his own, Marcus returned from the dead to save her. He's also determined to "unbury her heart" and make her love him the way he loves her. But in order to be together forever....he has to kill her first...sort of.
One of the many things I love about Marcus is the way he's expressing his feelings. He's unlike any other male hero I've read about...I'm sure you've read a lot of young adult books in which "he" meets "her", they try to stay away from each other, then finally, after 150 pages they finally realize they are soul-mates. Well...Marcus puts all his feelings out there from the beginning, and they only grow stronger as the story develops.
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4.5 Stars

'Pretty in Black' is the first book in an amazing paranormal romance series. It tells the story of Ellie Piper, a teenage girl devastated by the recent death of her sister, and Marcus Marble, a gorgeous yet mysterious guy she meets in a graveyard. Ellie and Marcus soon fall deeply in love, and everything in Ellie's world is turned completely upside down when she learns that Marcus isn't exactly alive - or human. She is soon introduced to the world of Evermores and learns that she is descended from a line of Hunters who kill Evermores - and she is the next in line. Will she risk everything, including her life, to be with the one she loves?

This is a hauntingly beautiful novel and a promising start to an exciting new series. I loved the dark and Gothic feel of everything in the story - from the characters and the setting to the plot and the history of the Evermores. Ellie is a complicated character to grows a lot in this story alone. She is at rock bottom after the murder of her sister and is at the point of taking her own life. Yet underneath it all she has real strength and courage, and above all a huge capacity for love. She is a great heroine for the series - one that is easy to like and root for. The aspect of the Evermores and that whole concept is amazingly detailed with complete different species, worlds, and rules. The depth and layers that the author put into it makes it completely enchanting and I wanted to read more about it. The plot was fast paced and the book very well-written - which made it impossible for me to put down. The romance between Ellie and Marcus was the perfect blend of hopeless romance and steamy intimacy. I definitely will be reading the rest of this series, and I can't wait to see where the story goes from here! Very highly recommended!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Unfortunately I didn't really care for this book. It seemed rushed, jumbled, and unfinished - kind of like reading a bunch of phrases instead of full sentences. I didn't feel like I got to know Ellie very well, and Marcus, not at all.
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*I received a free Advanced Reader Copy through Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review*

This book is definitely for fans of serious, all-consuming romance with a fantasy element thrown in for good measure.

I was initially attracted by the cover and the praise of it being a ‘gothic young adult romance’. It lived up to the synopsis, in that it was gothic in aesthetic at least. The two main characters spend a great deal of time hanging out in graveyards, doodling Poe poetry while hating on the mundane - cheerleaders, calculus and life in general.

The life situation the main character, Ellie, found herself in was one that truly required a tough attitude and a rebellious nature to survive. However, the angst of the situation remained just that, angst, never really developing into anything other than surface issues and Ellie came across to me as nothing more than a disgruntled teenager.

The book started out fast paced, possibly even too fast for realism and I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love between Ellie and Marcus. I caught similarities to Buffy and Angel, as well as obvious non-similarities to Twilight. It all seemed a little bit contrived, but other than a few overly ambitious metaphors, I was enjoying the story unfold.

Then, things got weirder. More random. In the second half, when Marcus is taking his turn to describe events the whole story dissolved into one confusing web. A huge information dump tried to convey what was going on, without really succeeding. Lots of emotion filled scenes happened quickly with no real explanation to what everyone was talking about. New characters entered without explanation. Everyone got very het up about what was happening, without ever explaining what the issue was.
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