Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
Published November 24th 2008
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry…
… in a new, horrific, unimaginable way…
Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.
All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what’s worse is that he’s a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.
But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation… or her death?
Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater
Published September 5th 2012
Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…
When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived when the vampire ruling over San Antonio attempts a takeover of Austin in order to capture Amaliya and use her power for his own devices.
To make matters worse, Samantha, Cian’s ex-fiancée, is seeing ghosts, the untested vampire hunters of Austin are running scared as a supernatural war looms, a mysterious man is hunting Amaliya with the help of her one time lover, Pete, and Rachoń, the Summoner’s favorite progeny, appears to be out for revenge.
When Amaliya’s grandmother, a powerful medium, experiences terrible visions that reveal there is another necromancer vampire and she is crying out for help, Amaliya realizes happy endings do not come easily…
Pretty When She Dies #3
Pretty When She Destroys
by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: August 27th 2013
Amaliya Vezorak always believed she was destined to live a failed life in obscurity until she was brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named The Summoner and reborn as a powerful vampire necromancer. Now it is up to her to save the world…
My Review of Pretty When She Dies: No more sparkly vampires
Pretty When She Dies is a throwback to vampires when they were actually scary. You know, the ones that actually drink blood, rip apart their enemies, aren’t afraid of gore and don’t try to relive high school again.
I found the book to be absolutely terrifying.
It starts off with a bang as Amaliya wakes up buried underground and is absolutely terrified as she’s blinded by darkness with dirt filling her lungs and claustrophobia. As she digs herself out of the shallow grave, she is frantic and plagued with extreme hunger. After cleaning herself up and realising that she’s no longer human, she stumbles upon a college orgy and slaughters all the humans there with her bloodlust.
The book follows on with a sick and twisted game of her creator, called The Summoner who stalks and terrorises her. After acting on her newly found vampire instincts, she’s cast out by her family, forced to go down on a disgusting driver and finally meets her vampire mentor and lover called Cian. Cian takes Amaliya under his wing and they both plot to stop The Summoner’s twisted games.
If you haven’t noticed already, Pretty When She Dies doesn’t shy away from explicit scenes of gore, sex, and horror. I think the shock value of it really got to me at times. There’s rape, murder, cheating, gore, demons knitted with human body parts with working sexual appendages, and lots of gorey, raunchy scenes.
While the first half of the book covered her journey into the undead and learning how to cope, the second half sort of simmered as we met Cian and a bunch of secondary characters including his fiancee which I found super annoying. She’s a jealous, bouncy, meddling woman who seeks out a vampire hunter to deal with her newfound threat. The whole time I just wondered how this was going to pan out and whether she was just asking for trouble.
The coolest thing about Pretty When She Dies is that it features vampire necromancers who can raise the dead. I’ve never stumbled upon anything like this and it is delivered in a chilling way.
If you enjoyed the Blade movies, you’ll probably like this book. Pretty When She Dies is great for a dark, gritty and scary vampire read that will put some disturbing images in your head. Most books nowadays romanticise vampires and unfortunately, it seems like I actually prefer them.
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Why do you love zombies, and what inspired you to write about them?
I actually don’t love zombies. They scare the ever-living hell out of me. Since I tend to write about what I fear, it’s not so surprising that I ended exploring the zombocalypse and its effect on people. That is what makes zombies interesting to me. How they change the world and how people react to them.
There are zombies in the Pretty When She Dies universe, but they are controlled by the necromancers.
2. The First Days is the recipient of three awards in the ‘best zombie fiction’ genre. What do you think is missing in zombie fiction and do you think this is indicative of what readers out there want to see?
I honestly don’t read in the genre a lot. I spent so much time writing As The World Dies and I have a rule not to read in the genre in which I’m writing, I have a lot of catching up to do. I have read some really excellent books in the genre of late, but I’m picky about the books I select. I look for character driven stories with a unique twist. There are a lot of books that look and sound identical. I avoid those. I want to read something different. Something new.
That’s why I won’t write about zombies again unless I have something unique to bring to the genre. The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a book I am immensely proud of because I did feel the story was unique and had something new to offer the fans. It’s accolades prove that I accomplished that goal.
3. Tell us about the Pretty When She Dies trilogy that isn’t on the blurb.
Actually, the blurb wraps it up nicely. I guess the only thing to add is that the story expands to include other characters as it goes on and all of them play a role in the sequels.
4. For a genre that has been done to death, how did you go with making the Pretty When She Dies trilogy unique in its own right?
Well, with Pretty When She Dies I wanted to get back to scary vampires. I wanted to get back to the blood. I wanted to get back to their scary, raw sensuality and sexuality. I didn’t want to romanticize vampires anymore. I also didn’t want to shy away from the gruesome aspects of being a vampire and their limitations. Amaliya does some pretty terrible things in the book, yet she still holds our sympathy. That was a challenge, but one I enjoyed meeting.
Amaliya is so unconventional the story becomes a very different story from the norm.
5. I know this might be a difficult question, but what is your favourite series or book you have written to date?
The Vampire Bride series is my favourite because of the challenge of writing in a different time period and a different country. My favourite book is The Tale of the Vampire Bride, the first in that series.
6. Your books feature a lot of gore and horror, do you find writing these scenes difficult?
Not really. But when I’m writing I’m trying to translate what I see on the movie screen in my head to the page. I’m not trying to gross people out or freak them out. I’m just attempting to present the story as I see it in my mind’s eye as vividly as I can.
7. What have you got planned in the horizon?
Far too much! I’m still working on my modern gothic horror serial In Darkness We Must Abide. I’m about to start research for the third Vampire Bride novel. I have a post-apocalyptic serial planned for next year. Dead Spots from Tor comes out in 2014. I have plenty of other books waiting to be born.
8. What do you do in your spare time, when you aren’t writing?
I love playing Guild Wars 2! I also watch television shows with my hubby on DVD or Netflix. I shop with my BFF. I go to the movies. I’m rather boring.
9. Favourite zombie movie?
Night of the Living Dead. It’s perfect.
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