Even if I wanted to die for someone, it wouldn't be that easy. They just keep dying for me.Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of L.A., it consumes her from the inside out.Something to do with the tear in her enviably perfect nails. The way she feels when she's with the brooding, magnetic 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. Until now.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 132 x 202 x 14mm | 158.76g
- 24 Aug 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
- black & white illustrations
"A true original...[Block] has created something psychologically complex, erotically charged, and unusually poignant." -- Booklist (starred review) "I love the lush, melancholy world of this novel, and its heroine, with her century of secrets." -- Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of EVERNIGHT "A startlingly original work that drives a stake deep into the heart of typical vampire stories." -- School Library Journal "Sizzles and satisfies." -- Publishers Weekly "Will be gobbled like candy by teen readers." -- The Horn Book "With her characteristic flair and seductive prose, Block makes this tangled story of betrayal and love a standout. Sensuous and heartbreaking, sure to both satisfy and challenge fans of the supernatural romance." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.
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Charlotte 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 - a companion - someone who can replace her Charles. She finds this in Emily - a teenage girl who has endured so many things. Emily wishes to be turned, but Charlotte refuses to damn her for all eternity. Inevitably, Charlotte loses Emily. She also begins to lose something else... I have loved Francesca Lia Block ever since the Weetzie Bat books came into being. Block's use of language and expression creates an incredibly beautiful, yet haunting universe for her characters to mingle in. It is like this in all of her novels. The words flow like liquid across the pages. With PRETTY DEAD, Block has joined the ranks of other great authors by putting her own twist on vampire mythology. Lovers of the undead will devour this novel...make sure to pick it up!show moreby TeensReadToo