Jan 9, 2014

Book Review: Dead Beautiful

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

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I really hate having to write up a bad review but as many books as I read, I guess that I can't expect them all to be hits.  I really like the premise of this book with all the gothic overtones and was looking forward to diving into  Renée’s life.  It just didn't work out as planned.

I found the pacing on DEAD BEAUTIFUL to be really slow during the first half of the book.  It does pick up later but by that time, the damage was done.  It just couldn't manage to hold my interest.  There were some interesting questions posed but my fear was the reader would have gotten frustrated and set the book aside long before they come up.

One of the changes that I am making for this new year is that I am getting away from ratings.  Instead I plan on letting you know my thoughts on the books and leaving up to you to set your own rating.  This is a book that I really can't recommend for my readers.  Now mind you, your mileage may vary and you might end up loving this book.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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