July 30, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway: Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Pretty When She Destroys blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the tour. :) 

Title: Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Dies #3)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: August 27th 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy
Blog Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Source: Review copy for the tour
My Rating: 5 / 5

Amaliya Vezorak always believed she was destined to live a failed life in obscurity until she was brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named The Summoner and reborn as a powerful vampire necromancer. Now it is up to her to save the world... 

~My Thoughts~
It's all come down to this - the final showdown between Amaliya and those who stand with her and The Summoner. The Summoner's plans in light of what he's been wanting for the last hundred years are revealed, and it's even more diabolical than anyone could have imagined.
This was such an intense ride! I couldn't believe it. With each book, the plot has unfolded more and more deeply, and I loved where I found myself while reading this installment. Just when I thought The Summoner was as evil as a being could get, Rhiannon Frater showed me he still had a few more tricks up his sleeve. Believe me when I say though that he's one of the most vile villains I've read about. Just thinking about him and his plans gives me the chills.  
I'm in love with Amaliya, completely and totally. She's incredibly resourceful, intelligent, and just all out bad ass. The transformation she's undergone from the first book to the second book to this one is stunning.  I 'think she's adjusted so well to becoming a vampire because she never wanted to live an ordinary life. She didn't have that in her. She's seemed to have gone from a human girl with no confidence in herself who was sorely mistreated with the exception of her grandmother, cousin Sergio, and childhood friend, Pete to a powerful "necrovamp" who's brave and willing to fight to save the world. The fate of billions of lives are in the hands of her and her allies. If they fail, the consequences will be dire. I wouldn't want that responsibility weighing on me!
It's funny how some of the characters that I didn't like in the first book have now grown on me, such as Samantha. She loves Buffy - who could hate a girl who not only loves Buffy but wishes she WAS Buffy? Haven't all of us at some time or another wished we were Buffy? I know I have. ;) There were also a couple of characters whom I felt more neutral about but still didn't trust. Rachon was definitely one of those characters. I really loved the pop culture references to Buffy, Twilight, and Anne Rice's Lestat. The Twilight jokes made me laugh out loud. And I got some weird looks when that happened.
Rhiannon Frater did an amazing job drawing me into Amaliya's world, and I'm better for knowing her and the motley crew she hangs around. This book was action packed and such a roller coaster ride where I had no idea what was going to happen next and who was going to live or die. I never would've guessed the ending, but I'm happy with it. Rhiannon Frater did justice to her characters and with her readers who have invested themselves in Amaliya's world, an incredibly difficult balance to achieve.

~The First Two Books in the Series~
Book One
****From August 1 - 9 Pretty When She Dies will be on sale for 0.99c!!! Amazon Only****  

Title: Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies #1)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published: November 24th 2008

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation...or her death?

~Purchase Links~

Book Two

Title: Pretty When She Kills (Pretty When She Dies #2)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published: September 5th 2012


Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings...

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-fiancee, 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 Rachon, 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...

~Purchase Links~

~About the Author~
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called 'one of the best zombie books of the decade.' Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

~Author Links~

~Grand Prize Giveaway~
All 3 books in the series
vampire jewelry!!!


  1. OMG! I lvoe the covers :) and the book sounds amazing :) Great review

    1. I do, too! All three books are awesome! Read 'em read 'em, lol. Thank you! :D

  2. Great review! I still want to read this series, I tried a Rhiannon books for the first time last year during Kimba's Fraterfest and read The tale of the vampire bride.

    I really like your descriptions and points in your review. Now just to find a space to fit this in my schedule!!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. Thank you, Chene! I haven't read that one yet, but it's my goal to read all of her books. I even have an audiobook of The Last Bastion of the Living. I've never tried audiobooks before, and I think this will be a good one to try. I know what you mean about fitting things into your schedule. Whew! :)

    2. Audio books are awesome!! I tried one for the first time in December and am hooked <3 It always helps to start with a good audio book / narrator to see if they are for you. I'm having an audio book giveaway on Friday if you want to pop by and enter! Sometimes my schedule gets so full, so quickly it is actually disheartening - my goal this year is balance the tours/arc with books I have been wanting to read for a long time!


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