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PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, by Mercedes M. Yardley is a novel that caught me off-guard by the very bluntness of its synopsis: "Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered . . . " There is never any mention of an explanation for this, simply that she--and everyone she meets--instinctively knows and accepts this inevitable outcome. Each day Bryony--often referred to as the "Star Girl" for her ethereal beauty and tenacious hold on life--is still breathing, it is almost a surprise to those around her.
"Death isn't a very good shot . . ."
Mercedes Yardley writes the novel in an almost fairy-tale way, her prose often as dreamlike and poetic as her marked heroine. Her emphasis on certain words or phrases leads the readers' minds onto so many other, branching-off paths.
"Such a difference one little word makes. Such weight and significance that word carries . . . "
However much she is "destined to be murdered", Bryony wants to live.
". . . Human nature dictates that we want what we want, and we want what is scarce. We want to enjoy things before they are taken from us . . . "
And so she runs.
No matter how long or short of a stay we get with each character in this novel, Yardley infuses them all with lives full of hopes, dreams, emotions, and ambitions. Even those that are only in a single chapter, we leave feeling as though we "knew" them. The author has a phenomenal gift in the art of characterization, making it appear so easy with her words; and yet, in reality, this is a very difficult task for many writers to master. Fairy-tale feeling aside, you will undergo each of Bryony's adventures and each person whose life she impacts with her mere presence.
"You must know this: There are not always happy endings . . . "
Throughout this entire tale of a girl who was born destined only for death, we are besieged with the most human of all emotions, love and hope. Each new character she comes in contact with becomes fair game for the fates that crave her blood. You will read on with apprehension, wondering at their own final destinies now that they've crossed Bryony's path--but read on, you will. Yardley's incredible ability to capture the readers' attention and keep them in the worlds she creates is remarkably considerable.
This is the tale of Bryony, the girl who must run to escape her own future. One thing you will take away from this riveting novel is that: ". . . life was not meant to be fair, it was meant to be lived."
‘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