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  1. says:

    I am sad.I know that this is nothing new An invisible wall of despondency surrounds me I could rival any teenager with a slew of Gothic poetry Bring it on, Bella I can take you Anyway, this wall it keeps people at bay There are certain words that they will not use around me Like saying to a blind man But, don t you see Mostly I am okay with this It saves me from thinking, I can play a role, it eases people, and I feel safe The problem is that other stuff, the stuff that I want to get through, is also kept at bay Like that feeling you get when you are reading and a certain passage makes you shudder people say someone is walking on your grave I miss having words bring tears to my eyes This will come back, I hope It s just that sometimes, it s not soon enough Take for instance, Francesca Lia Block When I was 20, I devoured her Dangerous Angels The Weetzie Bat Books series I sat on subway platforms and saw the Hollywood Hills I imagined that the broken girls sitting under weeping willows had guardian angels I saw my future self, with children who wore taffeta gowns and combat boots to school because they wanted to, whose innocence and genuine trust would take on the big bad world and win What s this called Hope Inspiration I can t remember Instead, I have My Chemical Romance Tees and 10 year old daughters who haven t believed in Santa in years, but just decided to fill me in Anyway, Francesca used to give me this I poured through her work, I felt the wonder and to use the clich , had a spring in my step Oh, to be so young I guess I was hoping that this still rang true, I realize that I m a lifetime away from that girl that used to see Harry Houdini s mansion when she thought of Hollywood I m jaded, guarded, I believe in the Miracle Mile now However, these are just words strung haplessly together and I m evading the review per usual If you ve stuck with me this far, you might as well continue Francesca decides to take on the V word I m sure she s written about it before Before Bella and Edward, when it was still just a flighty subject written by women in long flowing gowns I just can t recall a whole book on the subject She is still in the Hollywood Hills, her girls are still broken and looking for rapture, her boys are still beautiful and lost The words still flow and I can still see the desperation in their dancing and their sunset on the beaches L.A is still the wonderland that it was in 1990 But, I m different I wish I could still be that girl, I wish that I could still feel that awe I wish that it only took a book, taffeta and combat boots to make me believe I am sorry Francesca, I let you down.


  2. says:

    Pretty Disappointing As I read Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block, a thought got stuck in my head Why would you go back and relive high school if you were immortal If you already had a nice home, a fancy car, and nice clothes, why would go back to that awkwardness Yes, I know they did it in another YA book about vampires, but at least in that book, the characters tried to fit in, in their own special ways.The main character Charlotte seems to stick out like a sore thumb She has it all a beautiful beachfront home, lovely original artwork, money, a fancy car, and beautiful designer clothes So much emphasis is on materialistic things It literally felt like every sentence began with I was wearing a dress by _________ fill in the blank with your favorite designer Once or twice, I wouldn t mind, but the incessant talk of designer clothes became tiresome Then there is the rather disjointed feeling of the book Part of the book is written as kind of a journal of Charlotte s early life as a vampire and a procurer of food for her maker This could have been really fascinating, after all Charlotte lived through some very interesting time periods Instead it felt like a primer on fashion through the ages The book is relatively short and a quick read It just left me a little unsatisfied because I had heard such great things about this author.


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    Pretty Dead just plain ole sucked Sorry, but I don t have any better way of expressing it I thought Charlotte s relationship with her brother, Charles, was confusing at the least A couple of statements seem to imply that she felt of a romantic love than a brotherly love towards him It was creepy They swam naked together She compared Charles and her boyfriend s bodies Seriously, something was not right there Aside from the creepy in love with my brother theme going on, the real love interest was baffeling as well Here in the real world, I would have called Charlotte a rebound girlfriend to Jared not a true loveit seemed to be about sex than anything else I didn t really get the connection Ok, yea there was that nice little conversation where he told her how he sees her and he was spot on But there was nothing to it And then there s WilliamI didn t really understand him I never did understand the reason why he followed Charlotte for so long It it just because he was obsessed with her Also all of the references to brand labels got to be a little excessiveit became exhausting I didn t like the characters, the plot, the new rule that Block introduced to the vampire world the one that allows the vamp to turn back to a mortal I didn t understand how Charlotte couldn t remember killing Emily Was it supposed to be William s compulsion I am unable to think of one redeeming quality that Pretty Dead possessed.


  4. says:

    I admit, I closed this book after like 3 pages I am sick of this author s characters looking EXACTLY the same Have some flaws already.Jutting, curved hip bones.Swan neck.Plump lips.Perfect breasts.Long, lean limbs.Mostly quotes up there I just This was me giving the author another try and I couldn t get past that Maybe I ll give the book another try but after however many books of hers I ve read, I am tired of all the main characters being skinny perfect things The one time she wrote a flawed character, the book was a quest for this fat girl to be thin.I guess I am just not into that shallow of character development I ve read books like that before and they leave me feeling disgusted at the end.


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    Hmmmthis was an interesting concept, but I didn t like how it was executed So, the idea that a vampire might be able to go back and become human again Interesting, I thought Charlotte seems to be going through that transition as she gets her bearings living alone and being closer to humans than she has in a long time.But the writing It s flowery and arts y Like a long winded poem, only detached and confusing The chapters are like diary entries, only lacking emotion but just windy breezy weird ideas all thrown together with sudden sporadic dialogue.I don t understand why Jared liked her Charlotte talked about her breasts than anyone else in the whole book.William is never fully developed and is, instead, this convenient typical bad guy I think he might even have a manic laugh.Emily Did we ever understand her She was never flushed out except as just someone else that was jealous of Charlotte s things Funny, they were both so jealous of each other meh I gave an extra star for the cover I do love it.


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    I m guessing I ll always have a soft spot for Francesca Lia Block I liken it to Jack Kerouac either you found this author at the right time in your life and he she really spoke to you, and so for the rest of your life you look on their works fondly, even if you grow up enough to see the flaws that are there, or you didn t.So yes, this book isn t the best book ever It s not even the best among Francesca Lia Block books There are parts where things aren t quite properly explained, Charlotte is the most perfectly perfect who ever perfected, and Jared may or may not be the reincarnation of Charlotte s twin brother which didn t really bother me But I loved it all the same.One review I read before picking up this book said that it, didn t bring anything new to the vampire genre But given the last time the teen vampire genre was given a major shakedown, we were all treated to vampires that sparkled and a heavy handed abstinence message And for all of Edward s No, I won t change you, being a vampire is the worst, Meyer gave them no real flaws, and thus no reason not to aspire to be them Charlotte does have everything, but you get a sense of her desperate loneliness, and that a life of wandering around with William, looking at pretty things and watching destruction in equal measure, was really sad and unfulfilling I liked the divide between artists and vampires, how one could be an object of creativity as a vampire, but not make anything themselves That is a truly sad position to me.I d buy the book, but I wish I could find another cover One without that stupid visual, which I think is CW than FLB, and one without a promo from that dreadful Cassandra Clare.


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    I read this because I was excited to see a Teenage Vampire Book in which the female half of the romantic pair has fangs Block certainly goes in a different direction than most of the books in this genre Pretty Dead is darker, and a whole lot sexier But it s still not particularly good There s nothing empowering or even all that interesting about Vampire Charlotte she became a vampire at the teeth of a controlling douche who still rules a great deal of her thoughts, and she became rich by seducing an older guy and then waiting for him to die I d make a cheap Anna Nicole Smith joke, but I guess that d be tacky now Rats And while Block can certainly spin some sensual prose, it feels meaningless to me Careless Just as this book s characters are careless it s like reading Daisy Buchanan, Vampyre Stop with the Vamp Darcy idiocies, publishers, and have a go at that For example toward the end of the book, a bunch of people die in an explosion that Charlotte has a chance to stop, but she and the reader apparently isn t required to care because the main characters get their happy ending Yeah Guess what I no longer care about you, dead girl.


  8. says:

    There is a lot of potential in this book The writing is very well done but this plot line and it s characters are very strange and confusing.In short, This book is weird and not for me.


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    Charlotte Emerson used to be a normal girl One who would run through the fields and play with her twin brother Charles Though a deep connection they shared was that they communicated by mind and feelings They were inseparable and loved each other endlessly But one day Charles dies with Rheumatic Fever Charlotte never speaks and never acts like herself since then One night though, Charlotte meets the notoriously handsome William Stone Eliot But what Charlotte doesn t know as she meets him is what he his She knows that something about William is deeply nerving But she cannot find words to say what he is Vampire She begins to feel attraction and jealousy for William He too falls for Charlotte Her blonde hair, full lips, blue eyes and long legs make her his perfect prey William turns Charlotte into a vampire after she asks him She doesn t realize how impulsively she decided this Without thinking of how d she spend an eternity with sorrow and pain because she is without her Charles and everyone who she seems to find a way to love, dying, and she keeps living Until she meets Emily A girl who helped Charlotte find herself and notice the beauty everything posses Everything that alive Everything thats living Everything that dies But when Emily passes, Jared beings to notice Charlotte Weirdly, because Jared was Emily s boyfriend until she died Jared notices Charlotte Her beauty within, her way of walking as if lived many year, her long words and her loving and caring actions Charlotte begins to fall in love with Jared because he speaks to her as if he knew her life Speaks to her as if he knew who Charlotte was than she did herself He speaks to her, her human side, but still loves her how she is and what she is But suddenly William is back in Charlotte s life after many years of no encounter with him, after many years of leaving William because every time he is around something horribly wrong always happens But this time William isn t alone He has turned Emily And Jared knowing Charlotte s secret want to be immortalized by William to be with Charlotte forever But Charlotte does not want that for Jared because she knows he doesn t understand the suffering it brings But Jared becomes brainwashed to a point where Charlotte realizes one of her great mistakes That it was Charlotte herself that killed Emily because of how jealous she was of Emily being a human and having Jared there that truly loved her Something Charlotte was afraid but yearning to have Jared now knowing this began to look at Charlotte as a monster Something she was portrayed as They never spoke after that for a long time because Charlotte felt in deep sorrow thinking Jared would forgive her mistake and look past the beast that took over and at her, her true self Until one day Jared came to apologize to Charlotte and Charlotte realized because William had turned Emily into his vampire now, Charlotte was now human Something she regretted abandoning Her humanity It was back and although she knew herself that her mortal life was to end one day she did not care for she possessed the beauty and name of a human not a monster I liked this book a lot because of the vivid pictures I formed in my head from the clear details and beautiful wording I recommend this book to teens and anyone who likes vampires or books of deep, true passion I liked how the author described every person and scenery and wrote the worded meanings beautifully My favorite quote is, will write it in a moment


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    Charlotte Emerson is devastated Once a care free teen, twin to Charles, but when he succumbs to rheumatic fever, she loses him lost to her forever, lost to her parents, and to those who enjoyed his essence She s sick and tired, sick with his lost, tired of the pain When into her live walk the mysterious William Stone Elliot, he offers takes away the loss and to gives something else in return.William Stone Elliot, made vampire, has long sought the one to accompany him on his travels through the destruction created by mankind his art, his muse, his desire As bombs fall over Paris he remarks Isn t it beautiful He sees artistry in destruction Is Charlotte the one to walk through death with him Now Char is irrevocably tied to William who made her what she is today Pretty Dead.Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block is a book of what it s like to wake up a teenage forever Forever Pretty Forever Dead Forever the Pretty Dead No way to move forward, no way to go back, and after innumerable years as an immortal, Charlotte would like a chance at being human, to undo what s been done William is what happened to Charlotte when her brother, Charles, died, when she thought she would die too When her parents wanted to die, who forgot she existed But, instead of death, William brings another kind of life, immortal life William views life death and destruction as art, it s always a work of wonder and beauty, what the mortals will inflict upon themselves What they will inflict upon the mortals And Will s greatest work of art is Charlotte Only she doesn t want to be any.Pretty Dead is the tale of what happens when a vampire doesn t want immortality any When she wants to turn back the clock When she wants to grow up, live life, be normal It s also the story of a girl jealous of what another has, and when she offered the opportunity to take her friend s place, she does Francesca Lia Block is a new author for me, but this won t be her last book I read I was impressed with her take on vampirism, if the clock can be turned back, and what if anything can make it happen There s this intricate relationship between the characters, Charlotte is hiding from William, and hiding what she is Emily is hiding the facts of her life and what she wants to be, what she wants to have, under the guise of Charlotte s best friend Jared is hiding from life, especially life after Emily If you want to try a different type of YA paranormal romance, try this one It s a quick read, approximately two hours cover to cover There s some action, emotion twisting loss, and realization of what life s all about It s a read YA lovers will not want to miss If you d like information about Ms Block or her books, please visit her website.I received my copy of Pretty Dead in a contest held by Bitten by Books All opinions expressed are my own.


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