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‘Star Girl’ as many people call Bryony, has a strange link to the desert where she grew up. Her father and her both feel that the desert wants its’ star girl and this is at least part of the impending dread her future holds.
Bryony really just wants to be happy and fall in love. She goes through many relationships trying to find the right fit. People sometimes feel the pull from her destiny so strongly that they want to help by killing her. And even these relationships turn end with Star Girl befriending the weirdos. Crazy right?! But it works in this tale and is so entertaining. Wouldn’t it be kinder to be killed by someone who loves you if you know you are going to die at the hands of another?
Eventually Star Girl does find the right fit in a musician named Eddie. Eddie, her roommate Syrina, and Syrina’s boyfriend Rikki-Tikki, and even a local detective are all on Bryony’s side and will go to any lengths to protect her-BUT they don’t really know who they need to protect her from!
. Lets just say what ensues is chaotic, and poetic. Exciting and dreadful. A great little read that is definitely as described- a tale of whimsy and murder!
This little tale introduces us to Oliver, who lost his father the day he was born but later in childhood found his dad’s guitar which he mastered and was fairly obsessed with. Oliver fatefully ends up in a high school class with none other than our Star Girl,. It seems Ollie is instantly star struck and tries to build a friendship. Turns out Bryony is going to a party and even though Oliver didn’t plan on it, he goes just to see the star girl. WHAT A PARTY! Almost instantly Oliver becomes included in a plot to kill Bryony. Ollies job is to get her out to the desert. Under false pretenses, the horrible boys do get her out to the desert BUT someone changes the plans…
I definitely recommend to fans of modern horror, especially those who may need a little break from the extreme.
Review While normally not the type of book I gravitate to read, Pretty Little Dead Girls was on sale for $1 and I figured why the hell not. I'm glad I put aside my preconceived notions and allowed myself to fall into the dark fantasy tale of Pretty Little Dead Girls. Despite the dark overtone of the story, a young woman is destined to be murdered, the tone is balanced against poetic language, full of life and happiness, and it seems to pop off the page. The whimsical tone brings a pleasant balance between the typical tale or horror and the fantastical elements of the tale.
The only reason the story isn't 5 stars is because I felt the main character was a Mary Sue type. She was kind, she was beautiful, and she was adored by all. She was "The Girl from the Stars." Not my words. This is how she is described in the book. Bright eyed, full of stars, and bubbly happiness in the face of imminent danger. Unfortunately, I think she felt bland because of it. Everyone adored her. Everyone also knew she was destined to die, which I don't understand how it was possible, but I guess everyone sensed it.
The supporting cast felt more complicated and fleshed out. Eddie is torn between his duty and his desire. The antagonist feels more real than Byrony does. Otherwise, it was a highly entertaining book
I am not quite sure how to impress upon future readers which will tell them how amazing this book is and how the quality of the writing blew me away.
This is the story of Bryony, a young girl surrounded by the sense she is to be murdered. Her family, friends, everyone she meets can sense this morbid dread.
Girls are dying-getting killed-all around her. Bryony knows she will be next, but when? To answer that question, please read this book.
A little more about the writing. This is the first book I have read where the author talks to the reader, it was bizarre, and caught me off guard. Also, several characters talk in their voice and this reader was captivated by it.
Whole heartedly recommend you read this book!