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Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy by [Yardley, Mercedes M.]
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"Quite possibly the best book I've read all year." - MAJA, THE NOCTURNAL LIBRARY

About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. She writes dark and lovely tales. Mercedes lives in Sin City and can be found at www.mercedesyardley.com.

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  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (March 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C7UC27O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A very special book. What sets this book apart is the it is sooooo Mercedes Yardley. Only she could have told this story in this way. The language is out of a fairy tale, with a serial killer and a flower girl taking the place of the wicked witch and the princess. I spent the whole story mourning for this poor girl who's destined to be murdered, who knows it and everyone she meets knows it. And maybe she lives happily ever after, maybe not. While the subject matter is dark, there is bitter sweet humor throughout, in the way things are described or the way the narrator address the reader. Not a standard serial killer thriller, it takes place in a subtly magical setting, where the desert and the flowers are charterers in their own right. One of the favorite things I ever read.
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Byrony was born to be murdered, it is her destiny. A truth known to anyone and everyone who comes in contact with her. They can read the inevitable in her eyes, worried for her well being. It's only a matter of when and where.

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.
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Bryony Should have been murdered in second grade, she Knew It, her Father Knew It, the whole town Knew It, even the soon to be President Knew It, Fate wanted it; Happened but a mistake.

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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How often have you felt frustrated when you've begun to read a modern dark fantasy flavoured novel or an urban fantasy novel with dark fantasy elements? Have you, for example, said to yourself "No, not this again!"? If you're tired of reading clichéd stories and want to read something totally different, Mercedes M. Yardley's Pretty Little Dead Girls is a perfect novel for you. It's excellent antidote for readers who have overdosed on bland modern fantasy and want to read a good novel.

Mercedes M. Yardley's Pretty Little Dead Girls is a darkly beautiful and strangely compelling fairy tale for adults. It's a fascinating combination of dark fantasy and urban fantasy elements. I was impressed by the dark and original story, because it was different from other stories in many ways (I have to mention that I don't recall reading anything quite like this before). I don't often praise this kind of novels, but in my opinion, this novel deserves to be praised for being a boldly different kind of a novel and the author must also be praised for writing it.

Dark happenings, death, beauty, whimsiness and everyday life blend in an irresistible way in Pretty Little Dead Girls. In less capable hands this novel might have been a total disaster, because it contains common elements that can be found in many fantasy novels, but Mercedes M. Yardley manages to use these elements in an exciting way.

It's great that author intentionally avoids clichés. You don't have to be afraid of being annoyed when you begin to read this novel, because the author has done her best to create a memorable story that contains lyrical language. She has managed to create a story that both terrifies the reader and attracts him/her to find out what happens to the protagonist at the end.
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