Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1) by Yvonne Woon

Dead Beautiful Front Cover (Disney-Hyperion)

Dead Beautiful Front Cover (Disney-Hyperion)

I was drawn to the description of this book, but then as I started to read, I thought, “This isn’t going to be vampires, is it? Please, PLEASE tell me it isn’t vampires!” Thankfully, it was not vampires.

THE PLOT: Renée is a normal girl until her parents die, strangely enough, of heart attacks at the same moment…out in the middle of the woods, where Renée is inexplicably drawn to their bodies. Renée’s grandfather, now her guardian, sends her off to a mysterious boarding school where she meets Dante, a loner who nevertheless is drawn to Renée. There is a mystery involving some missing students, the school’s past, and an elite group of monitors.

MY TWO CENTS: Renée and Dante’s first bonding in class reminds me of another supernatural couple’s first meeting. At least it’s not Renée’s scent that gets his attention. I found this a fairly quick read. There is an interesting take on the supernatural (NOT VAMPIRES!!!), but other than that, no significant new ground is covered.

BOTTOM LINE: I’m excited that there wasn’t a love triangle, and interested enough to see if I can get the other two books from the library…although I’m not rushing out for them. It would seem that Renée has an active role to play in the ongoing plot, which is another plus. (Is there anything worse than a passive supernatural heroine?)

TEACUP RATING: I give about 3 1/2 out of 5 teacups. It’s certainly better than some YA I’ve read recently. Also, the heroine has a normal name. Hurrah!

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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