Publication Date: September 7,2012
Series: Pretty When She Dies #2
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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…
| I received this book for review from the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.|
Pretty When She Kills continues following the story of Amaliya Vezorak the badass vampire established in Book 1 Pretty When She Dies.
The Characters- OMG I didn't think I could like these characters anymore than I already did but I totally do. I still think Amaliya is my favorite but shockingly I found myself liking Samantha (Cian's Ex)more and more as the book progressed. I love especially how even minor characters who you know are there purely as lambs to slaughter have a voice no matter how brief. It's surely a testament to Rhiannon's writing.
The Pacing- To say that it was good would be an understatement. I read through this book in one sitting. I didn't even realize how quickly the time had passed until I hit the last page.
The Sexy- I wouldn't call this book Romantic even though I love watching Cian and Amaliya together. If you ever watched Buffy I think of their relationship as more Buffy/Spike than Buffy/Angel. It's gritty,powerful and full of just primal desire to be together. Whereas with Angel it's sweet, tender, and safe.
The Vampires- Throw your perfectly coiffed hair, daylight walking, sparkly vampires out the window. These vampires will rip your throat out and do it with a smile on their face. I love Rhiannon's vampires they encompass everything a proper vampire should be. I think that is what makes them so enjoyable to read about.
Jeff- I feel a bit bored during his scenes. I like his character and especially where I believe it's headed but I don't know.... I just have this disconnect with him that I don't have with the other characters.
Overall Pretty When She Kills is another great book by Rhiannon Frater. I really don't have any faults with the book as a whole and I cannot wait for the next in this series. I have no doubt it will be epic. If your looking for a Bloody good time then I Highly suggest picking up Pretty When She Kills. I will be rating Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater 5★★★★★.
1. Have you always wanted to write a Vampire series?
Not really! I was actually quite terrified of vampires when I was a little girl. They were my boogeymen, the monster outside my window ready to eat me. I was terrified of them. Though I wanted to be a writer, I thought I would write mysteries like Agatha Christie or science fiction like Ray Bradbury. I was actually really surprised when my genre ended up being horror. I was even more surprised when I ended up writing about vampires. They simply terrify me. As I have evolved as a writer, I recognize now that I tend to write about things that do frighten me.
2. How long did it take to write Pretty When She Kills?
Around two months of actual writing. I tend to write very quickly. Of course, I had a lot of the major plot points already in my head when I started. I’m an organic writer, so it’s best if I write a lot and fast. It keeps the plot flowing and it makes it easier to make it much tighter than if I flitted on and off writing the story.
3. If you had to cast Cian and Amaliya’s real life counterparts who would you choose?
Jared Leto or Stuart Townsend for Cian. Phoebe Tonkin or Megan Fox for Amaliya.
4. How do your vampires differ from those popular in fiction today?
In some ways they’re very old school. They can’t go out in the sunlight, religious artifacts repulse them, they HAVE TO DRINK BLOOD (why do writers keep getting rid of this one?), they tend to be inhuman, and they’re quite scary. My vampires, even the “good ones,” aren’t necessarily nice.
5. I know you’re a fan of Buffy. How do you think she'd fare against your vampires?
Well, her vampires are demon-possessed bodies, so I think she’d go into shock meeting vampires that are evil and have their souls intact. I would hope she’d join up with someone like Jeff to kill off the baddies. I’m sure Buffy would do just fine, because…you know…she’s the Slayer!
6. Do you believe the vampire genre is oversaturated or do you think it’s just a testament to their popularity?
I think we’re overly saturated with romantic, angsty, chiseled-chest, fangless, sunlight cavorting “vampires.” I really don’t get the allure of taking the fearsome vampires of old and completely stripping them of everything that makes them a vampire. I really don’t get the idea of a centuries old vampire suddenly falling madly in love with the right human girl. It just...I don’t get it.
I like the old school vampires. The scary ones that can seduce you in your bed and drain you of all your blood. The ones that are just as likely to tear out your throat than kiss you. I love those scary vampires.
7. What is your favorite quote from Pretty When She Kills?
It’s a Samantha quote and it’s filled with profanity and quite lewd, but made me laugh out loud.
8. Lastly, I know the next book is titled Pretty When She Destroys. Is that an omen of things to come?
The third book will be the darkest, bloodiest, scariest, creepiest, and most brutal of all three. One or more major characters will die. No one is safe.
The first book was all about Amaliya coming to terms with her new nature, the second one was about her stepping up to the plate and maturing as a person and a vampire, and the third book is all about how far she will go to save the world. Amaliya has always had self-destructive tendencies and an inclination to flirt with danger to her own detriment. In the third book, she stares into the abyss and…
Yes. The title is definitely an omen of things to come.
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Thank you to Rhiannon for taking the time out of her busy schedule and granting an interview. As always it was a pleasure.