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Review: Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block 4/5


People pity me, but mostly they feel envy. I have all the luxury and freedom a girl my age could want.

Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of Los Angeles, it consumes her from the inside out. But whether it is her eternal loneliness, the memory of her brother, the return of her first love, or the brooding, magnetic Jared—she cannot say. What if it’s something more . . .

Something to do with the sudden tear in her perfect nails. The heat she feels when she’s with Jared. The blood rushing once again to her cheeks and throughout her veins.

For Charlotte is a vampire, witness to almost a century’s worth of death and destruction. But not since she was a human girl has mortality touched her.

In what way will you be transformed?

Until now.


‘Not another Vampire book,‘ I hear you cry. Well, yes and no: It is another vampire book, but minus the boring, unoriginal romance, damsel in need of saving, and blood hungry action. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book. The narrative was from the perspective of Charlotte- beautiful vamp, wishing she was mortal. Charlotte was believable as a character, and expressed true concerns, lusts, and needs.

The main characters: Charlotte and Jared had an intriguing romance, built on unstable foundations, yet I rooted for the pair of them. Block writes engaging, dysfunctional, beautifully flawed characters. I loved how the relationship played out. The ending was perfectly unperfect. (That won’t make sense until you read it).

Back story played an important part in this story, and added to Charlotte’s wish for mortality. Her maker, her brother, and her best friend whether dead or alive, play vital roles in her desire to die, or at least live an ordinary, finite, human life.

The writing was elegant and mesmerising. Such beautiful prose from a talented writer. There wasn’t big action scenes, nor did the narrative require it. The wonderful descriptions and the well developed character arcs kept the pages turning. It was Charlotte’s personal story and remained true to her until the end.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.



2 thoughts on “Review: Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block”

  1. This does sound interesting! I didn’t even realise it was a vampire book – somehow I managed to ignore the fangs on the cover completely – until it said so in the blurb, and I like the difference to other vampire books. I’ll look it up on Goodreads! 🙂


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