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Dead Beautiful
Dead Beautiful
Author: Yvonne Woon
A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny. After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California's Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, "crude sciences," and Latin:...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781423119562
ISBN-10: 1423119568
Publication Date: 9/21/2010
Pages: 478
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 3
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I didn't have any expectations going into this book, and I was so pleasantly surprised that I loved it the way I did. I was engrossed from the beginning of the story, when poor Renee finds her parents dead in the woods, to the bitter and shocking ending that left me reeling. This book was set at a boarding school, which is a setting that I really love when it's done well, which it was in this case. The teachers and students are all beyond smart and each has a compelling personality that draws you in.

Renee was a fantastic main character. She was smart and resourceful. Even dealing with the shocking death of her parents, she is strong and stands up for what she believes in. When she moves to the mysterious Godfried Academy and finds that there are things there that might lead her to answers about what happened to her parents she is unstoppable in her quest for answers. Dante is the classic male lead, handsome and mysterious and everything a girl is looking for. He was completely devoted to Renee from the moment they got together. Although he was the classic male lead, he was also charming in his own right and a lot of fun to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think a lot of you will as well. It had a mystery that had me guessing through the whole book. The paranormal element in this book was one of the biggest mysteries, so I won't give it away, but I will say that it was really unique. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author!
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I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

This book held my interest all the way to the end. Too bad the end wasn't really an ending. I don't mind reading books that are part of a series, but I'm a firm believer that each of the books needs to wrap up its own story. Dead Beautifu just ended.

I liked the characters, felt like we got to know each of them the right amount. They weren't too vague, nor too deep. And hopefully they'll delve just a bit deeper in the next book.

Overall, it was "ok +" or 3.5 stars. It was nice to read a teen paranormal that didn't have to do with vampires, zombies or angels. i'd recommend it to anyone who just needed a bit of filler or fluff.
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Excellent book, absolutely loved it. It is the author's first novel too. I hope she keeps writing. Well written pace is wonderful, characters intreguing, paranormal and mystery aspects very well done. The love story is beautiful too.
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This was an absolutely wonderful read... what Twilight could have been in the hands of a talented writer. I was completely drawn in and couldn't put the book down! I Can Not Wait for more books by Yvonne Woon!