Pretty Dead

Pretty Dead 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 Angel

  • Title: Pretty Dead
  • Author: Francesca Lia Block
  • ISBN: 9780061547850
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Jar 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 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 more 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" [...]

    4. 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 'fla [...]

    5. Hmmmis 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 more detached and confusing. The chapters are more like diary entries, only lacking emotion but just windy b [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 se [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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 hi [...]

    10. 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 th [...]

    11. The cover drew me in, even though I feel as if vampires have been overdone lately and far too often I find myself reading the same story with a different title. But this novel is eloquently written and not your run-of-the-mill teen vampire love story. Throughout the entire novel Charlotte's grief and depression can be felt. I find myself filled with sympathy for her loss. Otherwise the book falls emotionally flat. It is not often that you get to hear of a vampires past. Sure, they've lived 100 y [...]

    12. before reading: I suspect FLB + vampires = hilarious. But will it be worse than Twilight?Comparison to Twilight: This doesn't seem to have the overt ideological problems of Twilight, but it was also a less engaging read than the half of Twilight I read, and had plenty of small details that were problematic. It also didn't really give any developed vampire mythology, but was just about a few random vampires (but they were somehow at the root of many of the worlds greatest tragedies). FLB seemed t [...]

    13. I'm not sure how to best start this review, but my very first reaction, even after reading the first PAGE of Pretty Dead, was "wow. Really? Wow".Francesca Lia Block's writing astonished me. I was almost unprepared to read this book. I'm going to copy out the first paragraph because after I read it my mind shifted gears, knowing I was about to read something totally different:Teenage girls are powerful creatures. I remember; I was once one of them. They are relentless and underutilized. They want [...]

    14. Sigh, oh Francesca Lia Block you had me at wine and seductions of young, impressionable beauties with satin ball gowns and Portishead. I always am impressed with Block's writing ability and her nuance, particularly in how she couples words and imbues them with about ten different meanings. Eventually I want to read everything that Block writes, and I am slowly working my way through it all must make a point of reading the Weetzie Bat books soon mental note. I've written it on the internet it mus [...]

    15. Pretty Dead was a story about a girl vampire. And not just ANY Girl vampire. Actually, it was a story about a girl vampire who's pretty much moving backwards and can't figure out why. Instead of dining on pouches of blood she's starting to eat regular old people food.This book wasn't the best by FLB that I have read. I read a review that said someone must have told FLB that vampires were in so she had to write one too. well, I agree.I think this was written just because of popularity and not bec [...]

    16. Conceptually beautiful, I feel that this story was unfortunately rushed. I have always loved FLB, but her past few tales were too short for their own good. Pretty Dead offers a unique twist on the vampire legend and some of the passages are as beautiful as FLB's old tales. However, she rushes through the story and the reader is unable to really connect with the characters in order to fall in-love with them and relate to their conflict.I really wish that FLB could go through this novel again and [...]

    17. Reading Francesca Lia Block is like standing in front of your grandma's jewelry box and putting on every necklace and all her rings. Mmm, charm bracelets! And what are these green beads! And yes, please, the big pearls, whether they are real or fake. In fact, I get the distinct impression that writing Francesca Lia Block is a lot like standing in front of grandma's jewelry box and loading it all on. The clothes! The houses! The beautiful boys and the beautiful girls!Full review on Pink Me: pinkm [...]

    18. I love reading Francesca Lia Block.This one is a vampire story, and reminded me a little of the movie 'only lovers left alive' - it's got lots of luscious descriptions of clothes, food and pretty boys and has a decadent velvety feel to it.I also liked how the death of Kurt Cobain is considered one of the major events of the last 100 years (which is probably true).

    19. While Pretty Dead came highly recommended by some of my favourite authors -- including Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series -- it seemed "pretty dead" to me. Yes, that was my creative pun of the day. =PThe book follows Charlotte Emerson, a supermodel-richbitch in all the ways that matter. I guess she's supposedly a "vampire" for some of the book, but the dilemma is that over the course of the story, she finds herself becoming more and more human as she falls for h [...]

    20. 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 ger 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 fee [...]

    21. "By becoming artists we monsters can sometimes be redeemed. We can give instead of devouring."Pretty Dead is the story of Charlotte Emerson a girl who has everything a person could want, designer clothes, a gorgeous house, a slim body- she is the object of envy and desire. Charlotte is also a vampire who has been mourning her twin brother Charles' death for over a century during which she has been frozen at nearly eighteen. Charlotte has flawless skin and nails which never break until one day th [...]

    22. I am very much a "good new last" type of person, but for this one I am putting the good first and the "not so good" last.I enjoyed this story, I LOVED the concept and ideas behind developing this plot, the details provided I enjoyed, the story of Charlotte's past was brief, but fantastic. I found Charlotte to be a very likable character, depressed and at a loss, but I LOVED her, I could feel her struggle, what she wanted/desired, and how alone she felt.The "Not so Good":I wanted it to be longer, [...]

    23. Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadTooCharlotte Emerson used to be a teenage girl. She loved writing, clothes, and her brother, Charles. Charles meant everything to her - he was her world, her reason for living. Rheumatic fever took him too early, leaving Charlotte heartbroken and lost.Enter William, a dashing young man who offers Charlotte a life of immortality; free from worry, disease, and old age.Charlotte is exquisite as a vampire; her beauty is unparalleled, but she longs for something more [...]

    24. I like FLB, sometimes. I loved the Weetzie Bat stories and I've loved some of her other work. But this? This feels like a book written to go along with the trend of vampirism in YA fiction, and it's fine, but that's all. The things I enjoy about FLB's writing are here, but they are echoes of themselves. Normally I come to her books for the magic, the sensuousness, the opportunity to become involved in the wardrobes and beautiful food and sensory experiences of beautiful girls. It's silly, but so [...]

    25. I was so disappointed in this book! It had a lot of signature Francesca Lia Block elements - the lush language, unrealistically beautiful protagonists, idealized romance - but it seems like she stopped there. The storyline didn't make much sense, didn't tie up at the ends. I grew up loving FLB's Weetzie Bat books and her other earlier works, although I have aged out of that demographic and also become more critical of some of the more problematic aspects of her work,* so I'm probably less likely [...]

    26. This was a really short book. I love Francesca Lia Blocks style of writing as well which makes this book so unique. But, I would have loved for there to be a part two or more to the book. I like the concept of Charlotte turning back into a human after being vampire for so long. I would have liked for there to have been a twist, such as her brother having been turned into a vampire and not revealing himself until the end. That would have been awesome. Ah well! Still a good book!

    27. I think I'm officially too old to read Block's YA novels. I can no longer stand the product name-dropping descriptions and general emptiness. I got through her previous books because they held a sense of wonder and her alternate LA was a wonderful place to be, but this one just felt like a vampiric YA novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

    28. 'Teenage girls are powerful creatures. I remember; I was once one of them.'I was considering writing a full-length review of this one, but I just can't bring myself to do it. This was awful. When the opening line is the only strong sentence in the entire book, you know you've found a bad one.The timeline is all over the place, starting with Charlotte the vampire and her human friend Emily sitting by the pool. Emily says she wishes she could live forever, and Charlotte reprimands her. Charlotte's [...]

    29. Short reading (thank god)I knew this book was going to be bad when it's praise by Cassandra Clare.A book where the author tries too hard to sound sophisticated, mysterious, and seductive? but it's just cringe fest. It has all your cliche YA tropes: the mysterious good looking bad man, the bad boy that is misunderstood, your all so imposible beautiful female lead, and a second female lead that envies female lead beauty, even though she is also as beautiful. It also has your short Lannister twins [...]

    30. At first I couldn't get into this book and then I couldn't put it down. The end was actually shocking. I really wasn't expecting it. This was a great book to get me out of my reading slump. The only thing that really confuses me was how Charlotte talked about her brother. At one point when she expressed how in love she was with Jared she compared it to her love for her brother which shouldn't even be the same type of love. That was really weird

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