I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter Tours, Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romantic Suspense
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Chapter by Chapter Tours, Entangled Teen
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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
Also by this author: Saving It, Her Defiant Heart
I can’t help my past, it’s just there. It’s my burden to carry for the rest of my life. by Cass
*****WARNING: MIXED-FEELINGS = CRAZY REViEW*****
Thrilling; fast-paced; mysterious!!!
A Young Adult Romantic suspense, with dual – POV (the heroine and the killer).
Penelope is president of the Larks, a group of ten girls that basically rules high school. Suddenly someone starts to kill the Larks and she knows she will be next. Here enters mystery boy, that sits right next to her in physics, and together they decide to solve the mystery.
- Addictiveness: This is a fast-paced novel with a lot of suspense a bit of romance. It is an easy, fun read!
- Plot: believable 3.5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 3/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and ok ending. Great conflict and dialogues well written. Amazing pace that kept you guessing and wanting more. Lots of twists and turns that kept the story flowing well.
- Romance: believable 3.5/5, chemistry 3.5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 3.5/5 Even though I didn’t like the characters I’ve enjoyed their romance. I am crazy about a bit of romance, and they have given me a few great scenes. Their chemistry was believable.
- Writing Style: This was a great plot concept for a mystery/suspense novel. I like the idea, the killer wasn’t too obvious and the pace kept the story flowing really nice. Character development was a bit of a drag.
- Character: hero 3/5, heroine 2/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 3.5/5, real 3/5 I guess here is my problem with the book. I didn’t like the characters. I was unable to connect with them, even though I sort of understood them. Cass is totally bland. Nothing in his personality shines. In fact, his life is a bit confusing and I’ve still ended the book with lots of questions. Penelope is 70% obnoxious for 30% ok. She isn’t a great friend, she isn’t a good girlfriend and she is not an amazing president of the Larks. She does show growth in the book and she has ended a better version than how she begun in the story. I was unable to connect with them and I believe mostly because, their emotions were not well explained. I didn’t “feel” them at all. They do feel real and believable.
- Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 4/5, buy 3/5 This is an ok cover, but I wouldn’t buy the book because of it. I would guess suspense/mystery. The title is perfect, but the art work makes no sense. Is not bad, but it doesn’t match the story. There is not even one murder done in a forest.
- Freshness: This story has all the clichés that most teenagers books has it. A clique of girls that rules high school and make others lives hell.
This is not my first book from Ms. Murphy and it definitely won’t be my last. I love how she develops a romantic relationship. She has a great understanding of teens and her portrait of them is usually spot on.
I have struggle with characters here, but this is my personal hang-up I guess.
- Action 4/5
- Angst 3/5
- Darkness 0/5
- Humor 1/5
- Romance 4/5
- Suspense/Mystery 4/5
- Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for those looking for a fast-paced, cute, YA suspense.
- Would I re-read this book? No.
- Would I re-read this series? I believe is a stand-alone.
- Would I read more from the author? Yes.
You MAY read this because you like YA; you SHOULD read this for a cure romance; you MUST read this for a fast-paced thriller!!!
“That car is still trailing us.”
Glancing in the side mirror, I see that the car is behind us. Cass chooses that moment to take a curve extra fast, making the tires squeal, and I gasp. “You’re scaring me,” I murmur. It feels like my heart just flew into my throat.
“Just wait. What I really want to do is going to scare you even more,” he says cryptically.
“What do you want to do?”
“You’ll have to trust me on this.”
“Okay.” I clamp my lips shut. I shouldn’t automatically agree, right? I’m still having trust issues, even though I’d never say that out loud. This entire day has been confusing. I don’t know who to believe anymore.
“No demanding we back out once we commit,” he says, his gaze never wavering from the road. “That’s a surefire way to get ourselves hurt.”
His words are ominous. Like a warning. “Fine. I’m all in.”
He eases up on the gas pedal, just the slightest bit. The car slows, the vehicle behind us drawing closer. So close I swear it looks like it’s going to eat the back bumper. “I don’t want you to freak out.”
“Oh my God, Cass.” Why is he slowing down? “Just tell me.”
“You have to promise me one thing first.” His gaze meets mine, lingering a moment too long. He should be watching the road, not staring at me. “Say you’ll promise.”
“I promise,” I readily agree, frowning. “But what am I promising?”
He’s staring straight ahead once more, his fingers sliding over the steering wheel, almost like a caress. “You can’t scream.”
“I mean it. No screaming. No yelling. You must remain quiet. I need you to trust me, Pen.” He hesitates, his voice dropping lower. “Do you trust me?”
Do I? He’s already asked me once and I said yes, but the doubt still creeps in. He scares me a little. He also—God, I am so ridiculous thinking this, but—he turns me on. He does. There’s something about him. He has this edge that other boys don’t have. And when he touches me, kisses me…
I’d probably do just about anything he asks me to.
So how can I doubt him when we’ve already gone this far together?
“I won’t scream,” I tell him quietly. “And I won’t yell. I promise.”
“Okay.” He nods once, then hisses out a breath between his teeth. I chance a glance at him, the way his dark hair falls over his forehead, how he’s squinting his eyes. What he’s about to do, what’s about to happen, feels…dangerous. “Here it goes.”
With a flick of his wrist he turns the car’s headlights off. Like, completely off. The road goes dark. I suck in a breath, hold it until I feel like it’s choking me. He hits the gas pedal hard, the SUV roaring to life as he flies down the road. A dangerous, winding road where multiple car crashes occur every year. The windows are down, the wind blows through my hair, blasts against my face, and I close my eyes.
I’m scared, and I can’t make a sound. Not a peep. I hold onto the handle right above the window, gripping it with both hands as Cass takes the twisty road with ease. My gaze is trained on the side mirror and I watch for the car lights behind us.
They’re still there.