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#1 - Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

So I found this group yesterday, and have decided to give it a go. It's only a few days into 2012, after all!

Anyway, a few minutes ago, I finished reading Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon.

I have to say, the tagline; "Just one kiss will take your breath away..." had me thinking that it would just be another one of the vampire stories that are so big now, following the Twilight series, but it's actually something entirely different.

"Desire. Danger. Destiny. Little did I know that this is what I would find at Gottfried Academy. Coming from sunny California, the mist-shrouded Academy was a shock, with its strange customs, ancient curriculum and study of Latin - the language of the dead. Then I discovered that the school has more than one dark secret... I also discovered Dante. Intelligent, elusive and devastatingly gorgeous, most people can't decide whether they love, hate or fear him. All I know is that when we're together, I've never felt more alive - or more afraid."

I was a little surprised by how interesting I found this book. It had a nice plot, with some fairly predictable twists and some less so. There were enough clues along the way to let you pick up on them and make an attempt to figure out what was going on, and the tension seemed quite well done. I found myself reading this late at night and glancing over my shoulder in certain places!

The ending disappointing me a little, as it felt a little rushed. It could have been lovely and very poignant, but I don't feel that it achieved that.

All in all, I have to say I enjoyed this book, but that the ending put a bit of a damper on it, for me.
Tags: book review, fantasy, romance

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