Monday, September 14, 2009
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Charlotte Emerson seems to have the perfect existence. She is enviably beautiful and lives alone in a mansion full of treasures and beautiful clothes, perched atop the cliffs of the Pacific Palisades. But Charlotte has been lonely and dead for almost a century. Now she might get a second chance at life.
I am so glad that I read this Francesca Lia Block book before any other of hers, because now I am majorly impressed and will go into reading her previous work optimistically.
Pretty Dead was a lot more than I thought it would be. The book itself isn't very long, and usually that's a put down for me. However, this book didn't need to be long to be entertaining and skillfully created. The writing was probably one of my favorite aspects. It was detailed, , and just plain beautiful.
The intricate and delicate love in this novel was a new thing to me. Most vampire novels consist of a female or male entering a new environment and catching the eye of the vampire, but in this novel, it was completely different. The main character, Charlotte, did have to move a lot, but that was to explore and for necessary purposes regarding her ageless body. The process in this novel was almost reversed. Instead of the main character becoming or developing vampire powers, she begins to lose them.
It's quite interesting to read about her previous years and experiences as well. I just about loved everything in this book! I'm so joyed to have read such an enticing book! I recommend this to everyone, if you love vampires or not.
Pretty Dead is a beautiful story about regret, loss, love and hope for a better life.