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And everyone who comes in contact with her gets caught up in Fate's narrative. On one side or the other, either as the vessel of Byrony's demise, the intervention in Fate's design, or as an innocent bystander tasting the blade, in the perfect place at the imperfect time.
This star girl has made a life of running. But when she finds friends, finds love, makes a life for herself, she loses focus and a new, dangerous player enters stage-left, posing as a hero he is anything but.
In the days leading up to the release of "Pretty Little Dead Girls" I was beginning to be a little concerned. Anxious that I was making such a fuss over this book, putting it on such a high, polished and ornately engraved mahogany pedestal in my excitement to read it, I felt like I was setting the book up to be a disappointment. When I downloaded it to my Kindle, for the briefest of moments I didn't want to start reading. I pondered taking a few days to let my self-imposed hype die down a little bit, to give PLDG a fair shake, a level playing field. I chose not to wait and I needn't have worried.
"Pretty Little Dead Girls" is a magical novel. A stand out in the genre and unafraid of being different. It hits on many different levels, whimsical, fantastical, emotional, horrific, dismal and heavy. Never straying to long on any one theme. Like pistons in a finely tuned engine, purring right along.
Populated with an eccentric and amazing cast of characters that have been given free reign to be vulnerable, to be alive, to have emotions and express their fears rather than simply react to situations. With some of the most interesting characters being the settings. The locations hosting this yarn have personality, they have teeth and they definitely have intentions. They will play a part in this story as large or larger than some of the characters themselves.
Mercedes' writing is fluid and gorgeous, as always, able to convey anything and everything, quickly and precisely, dense and exciting. The story she tells here is intricately woven, deceptively floaty and not without its fair share of punch. When the certain thing at around the 80% mark happens, dropping out of nowhere (except it doesn't, if you think about it), you're not ready for it. Like an elbow to the breadbasket, it takes the wind out of you. It hurts, and you may need a moment to compose yourself before you continue, because you have to continue, you are invested.
The only negativity that I can place on "Pretty Little Dead Girls" is that it's not going to be for everybody. It requires a certain level of faith, a certain empathy that some genre fans, for whatever reason, just may not be receptive to. But... If you want to try a read that is a little different than what you're used to, a little different than anything else out there, something that may challenge how you feel, what you feel, then check out "Pretty Little Dead Girls", it is wonderful.
*I received and read a review copy, this is an honest review.
Through school, university, suicidal boyfriends, we watch as she cheats death and tries to choose where to live That does not Involve serial killers or places That Could be in horror movies. Eventually the ethereal Star Girl settles in Seattle where she meets a variety of wonderful friends, all are drawn to Also Become her protectors.
As the bodies start to mount up around her I Could almost feel the weight of her sorrow pulling at my own heart. In a sort of cat and mouse Told MY way of all the potential murderers after Bryony and left me on tenterhooks wondering who would be successful and get Their prize? She made it sound like it would be delicious to witness, Which was rather worrying!
The surrounding characters are well fleshed out and have a wonderful sense of reality to them, even now I miss them. The devotion from her friends is breath taking the obvious love from her Father and Mrs W Nearly broke my heart. I adored the little comments acerca's would-be, could-be's and may-be's.
The Saucepan of Vengeance will stay with me for a while as it really made me chortle.
The language is Certainly whimsical But Also so amazingly clever, it is after all quite a gore laden book with talk of serial killers, murder and death but I loved the conversational way That MY pulled me into the story, Involving me in Bryony's fate, she was very clever in mind evoking scenes Which Had No business make me smile, but did anyway.
The ending is spectacular and I can not wait to read more from this author; I finally got to read a book with the word discombobulated in it!
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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.Read more