Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater

October 16th, 2013 Kimberly Review 74 Comments

16th Oct
Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater
Pretty When She Destroys
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She Dies #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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…

Pretty When She Destroys was an exciting, powerful conclusion to the Pretty When She Dies series by Rhiannon Frater. I love Frater’s dark and gritty take on paranormal romance and the fleshed out, vibrant and fresh characters she creates. I devoured this and was sad to say goodbye to this trilogy. Three-word review: action-packed, awesome and addicting!

The plot picks up right where Pretty When She Kills ends and brings us back together with Amaliya, Cain and their gang of friends and family. The Summoner is back with plans to close the veil between the living and the dead placing the Earth in eternal night. Amaliya and the others must stop him and the tale that unfolds is breathtaking and with action and snark.

Frater has created some of the most unique and fleshed out characters in a paranormal series to date. All of her characters have strong voices and opinions making them memorable. I friggin adore Amaliya our kick-ass vampire-necromancer, heroine. Cain is swoon-worthy, and I loved how despite wanting to protect Amaliya he respected that she was a total kick-ass and had unwavering confidence in her. Cain’s cabal is made up of such an eclectic and awesome array of supernatural abilities, and kick-ass hunters, that I am green with envy. They are so secure in their relationship, and the chemistry was hot. Cain and his daughter Cassandra had some moments, and I loved it. Aimee added to the tale, and I just adore her and Cass together. Biannca makes an unexpected appearance and ooh what a thread that is! Samantha continued to amazing me, and we see development in her relationship with Jeff. And may I just say dudes, Jeff is kick-ass. There is a little tension, thanks to one particular dog…lol.  The snark between him and Amaliya made things interesting. The Summoner is his usually creepy, self, and I loved to hate him.

Pretty When She Destroys was an intense, action-packed ride that wrapped up the ARC and left me in awe of Frater and her mad skills. From the characters to the fascinating thread regarding the veil, I was spellbound. The action-scenes and character’s abilities came to life as the pages turn. Frater’s ability to set me down in the middle of the scenes and bring it to life around me was incredible. I love how she allows each character to shine, or stumble, even the secondary characters. Cain’s cabal is such a “breakfast club” group, and I would love to go on more adventures with them. While I am sad to see this brilliant series come to an end, I am also excited to see what Frater brings us next.

Fans of the Pretty When She Dies series will be delighted with its conclusion in Pretty When She Destroys. A must read series for fans of dark vampires, necromancers, witches and other unique creatures wrapped in a suspenseful, action-packed plot.

About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. She’s the co-host of the ZCast, a Z Nation Fan Podcast.

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74 Responses to “Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater”

  1. Kimberly

    I love paranormal romances because the story lines are often more complex and I like how they have more action and stronger heroines.

  2. Berls

    I’m really excited that this is just a trilogy and that it’s already over with great reviews, because I still need to start it. I was already planning on reading, but having just skimmed your review (trying hard to avoid spoilers for the other books) I know I have to read the trilogy. Great review!

  3. BookLady

    I love paranormal romance because of the fantastic characters and awesome world-building.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I so agree, and that little bit of suspense and mystery 🙂

  4. Shaunesay

    I just finished Pretty When She Dies and really liked it, so thanks for hosting Fraterfest, because that’s how I discovered her! 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet Shaunsay, I am glad Fraterfest introduced you to the wonderfully dark mind of Frater! 😉

  5. Tabitha the Pabkins

    If her characters are seriously that unique I really look forward to diving in. Though this cover…honestly freaks me out a bit haha

    • kimbacaffeinate

      They are unique, and quite the array of powers and such. I love all of the covers in this series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too, and love when they introduce rare ones 🙂 This series is a lot of fun even though it is dark and gritty at times 🙂

  6. Terrie Fulk

    I like the dark, and the unknown of paranormal romances. The romance between an alpha shifter or vampire is so hot.The idea of a mate or soul mate is romantic. They now how to treat and please their mate or soul mate.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I believe in soul mates Terrie, and the chemistry and romance offset this dark tale perfectly.

  7. Denise Z

    Paranormal romance adds that extra bit of oomph that opens a door for anything to happen. The unknown is the best bit of spice there is for the flavoring of my imagination.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a dark, gritty series, but the romance added just the right balance and I loved all the secondary characters. Good luck Denise!

  8. Christy

    Apparently it was Pretty When She Destroys week for us. lol. I laughed so hard at the way Jeff took care of a certain problem. He gets shitz done! 😀

  9. Lauren

    I can’t believe I haven’t read this series yet! Amaliya sounds like such a badass heroine, and Cain seems like a swoonworthy love interest. I love when the guy respects a girl’s strength and treats her like an equal, even if she’s in danger and he wants to protect her. Awesome review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too Lauren, and I hope you get to read these soon 🙂

  10. Braine Talk Supe

    Thanks for reminding me!

    I used to closely follow her blog, I really love her content, and since GReader shut down, I forgot about it til now.

    Anyway, I’m not a big zombie reader and I read that her zombie series is good too. I might try that and RFrater just might manage to convert me.

    *heading over Frater’s blog to renew my subscription”

  11. Ellen

    I haven’t started this series. The cover of this book is downright scary. You’re review has convinced me to add it to my wish list.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love her covers they match the dark, gritty tale that lies within, of course the romance is sweet and hot… 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Kate, would love to hear your thoughts if/when you read them 🙂

  12. Jenea

    I’m glad to hear that this ended so good. I really want to pick up all the books now. Awesome review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do, and who knows maybe you will win a copy 🙂

  13. Heidi

    Great minds think alike, you me and Christy today! I thought this was a great ending to the series and I loved seeing the maturation of the characters especially Samantha. Edward though kind of grossed me out…..

  14. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I really like the darkness here. This sounds so thrilling. I have the first book I still need to dive into… and it looks like I need the next two books as well. Sometimes the last book is the weakest for me and this looks like it goes out with a bang. Sweet! 🙂

  15. Candace

    It seems like everyone who reads these books loves them! Too scary for this fraidy cat, but I’m glad you liked it so much!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe, yeah this is dark. Have a wonderful evening Candace 🙂

  16. erinf1

    I love the danger and suspense and how original and inventive the authors get creating their worlds/creatures. Thanks for sharing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah the covers have be creep-tastic and fit the dark, gritty world 🙂

  17. Dalene

    I have not read this series yet, but it looks very good. I put it on my tbr list. I love paranormal fantasy for many reasons, well I just love fantasy, urban, paranormal, epic and much more, because anything is possible.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am the same way, hope you get a chance to try these 🙂

  18. Michele

    I really need to read this series! I’m so happy to hear that the series ended as powerfully as it did. Great review, my friend — you have me so curious! 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really enjoyed it Michelle, and hope you get to try them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      read it, read it, read it! It is the perfect time of year for a little Frater! :snort:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know what you mean, sometimes I hop around and everyone is on book 8 of some awesome series and I feel like I just landed on the planet..and I read 250+ books a year..but we cannot read them all!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay, I hope you get to it soon Felicia, and yeah I have mad Frater love 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, yes maybe you should listen to us. We are all powerful ya know, we all posted our reviews today and never discussed doing it on the same day…creepy huh?

  19. Lupdilup

    I just discovered this series yesterday 🙂 I just took a look at your rating, YAY! I’ll be back to read the review when I catch up. I downloaded the audio for the first book last night. I’m really excited to be starting this one real soon.
    Thank Kimba 🙂

  20. tonyalee

    I have only read the first book, Pretty When She Dies, but I loved it. I agree with you, I love Amaliya and her kick ass attitude! I’m glad to hear that her and Cain’s relationship is still strong too 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo well now you need to read the rest, maybe you will win book two 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The covers have all been creepy for this series, but the characters warm you up 🙂

  21. Sarah M

    I love paranormal romance just because! They typically involve overcoming some crazy roadblock, and it makes when they get together so much better. You root for the characters 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is one of the things I like about it too, and of course I like to believe in a little magic as well 🙂

  22. Tanja

    My co-blogger Glass is a huge fan of this author and this series so I have her books on my to-read list for a while. I still haven’t had a chance to read them though. But I’ll have to. It sounds like a great story and powerful endings are always a win. Great review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glass is smart and you should listen to her!! hehehe 🙂 Hope you read these soon Tanja!

  23. Jennifer Bielman

    So, so happy it ended so powerfully. I was scared after the second book which wasn’t as strong as the first book for me. But I had a feeling Frater was going to pull out the stops for this one.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I thought it all came together nicely, and hope you enjoy it:)