Pretty Dead

Pretty Dead

by Francesca Lia Block


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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 more . . .

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061547874
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 1,198,967
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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“I love the lush, melancholy world of this novel, and its heroine, with her century of secrets.”

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Pretty Dead 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Dana_W More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and it was well worth the read. The artful writing of Ms. Block was a joy to experience and the story a real page turner. Watching Char experience what is was like to be a vampire going through the ages was like looking at a painting. You could feel her emotions-grief, rage, love radiating through the pages. Her anger at her maker, the grief of losing her beloved brother at such a young age. Her love for Emily and Jared and finally the betrayal that changed everything. Read this book. It is a keeper.
Sabrielle More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and Ms. Block is most definitely the most creative and magical writer I have read. I absolutely love every single book by her. Upon reading the synopsis of this novel I was not sure if I would feel the same about this one. It blew me away. From what I was expecting, it was much more deep and involved than your typical vampy book. I should have known and I will never underestimate this fabulous writer again. She never disappoints!
floppyyy More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, i just thought that since it was short; events moved a little too quickly in the story. But over all it was a good book. :]
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am definitely a fan of this book (I got it from the library first and now im going to purchase it), I feel its beautifully written and thoughtout, it contains so much rage and passion.  It is obviously not everyones cup of tea, however I mainly read 400 page books and I feel that this book though small contains the same if not more feeling and story as any other book iv'e read. I say give it a shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not only a book with complex characters, deep symbolism, and things we all can relate to, it is artwork. I have been there through all of Block's writings, and I can assure you that this is one of the best. I can not promise that you will love this book, but I did. To understand the deeper meaning I had to reread and even just sit and think about this book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who can have the patience to understand it.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was more like a novella its almost 200 pages long and the words are large. I did enjoy the short escape it was quite a cute little book. This story could have been greatly added upon as there is so much to the back story we don't know. But it was a rather good short story. Its about a girl named Charlotte Emerson who is a Vampire and she just wants to be human. She ran away from her master who has now found her. Everything is sad and depressing only she wakes up one day and everything is different somehow she is starting to turn human how did this happen and will it stay. Also what will happen with her and Jared????
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty Dead was received as a review book from Harperteen. I was anxious to get a start on this book, and soon found that it was well worth the wait. The storyline of Pretty Dead was very similar to that of Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, portraying a young girl that was turned in a vampire to satisfy her masters companion desires. Life of luxury is easy to endure, unless terror and destruction follows in your wake. Over time Charlotte tires of pain and destruction and decides it is time to start new and alone. She soon settles into a life with mortals, and begins attending attending school with others that appear to be her age. When she meets Emily life begins to have a whole new outlook, and Charlotte finds unexpected companionship of her own. She learns to live vicariously through her best friend, but envy can be a dangerous thing in the hands of a monster. (Even a monster with a good heart is ultimately still a monster. ) As the reader we follow through this somber story of grief, love, and loss looking for a happy ending that Block successfully provides. All in all in the first couple chapters separate characters in separate times narrate the story leaving the reader a little confused, but ultimately curiosity propelled me forward in the story to unravel the complex storylines. Charlotte¿s character is very loveable; her compassion for those she loves captures the readers attention. William on the other hand was easily disliked, and with little knowledge of the character was effectively made into the villain. I was startled by the Emily twist in the end of the story; this thickened the plot and was an excellent shift in the story. This was my first glance at any writing from Francesca Lia Block, and I am impressed by my experience. This author is very talented as an author, and at no point was her writing predictable. She surely has the wow factor that I love in books, and I look forward to reading more for her in the future.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, this is NOT another vampire novel. This is a love story, through a century of fashion, music, architecture, friendships and losses. This is a story of grieving, after the suicide of a young girl ¿ the story of the vampire girl and the human boy who have survived her. This is a story of fear ¿ fear of the unknown, of death, and of the people we cannot ever leave. Francesca Lia Block is as elegant and beautiful as ever in writing her take on the current vampire trend. And, you know what? It is ethereal and disorienting and nothing like anything else in the genre. Pick it up. Read it. Fall in love.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlotte seems to have it all. She lives in a lavish mansion, has clothes busting out of her closets, and no adult supervision. But, like usual, things aren¿t always the way they seem. Charlotte is a vampire and longs for a friend. She thinks she has found the perfect girl to fill that role when she sees Emily in English class one day.Emily is a fragile thing with sad, dark secrets she¿s only shared with Charlotte and Jared, her loving boyfriend. One evening, Emily sets wheels in motion that changes her and Charlotte¿s life forever, without even knowing it, when she says the words, ¿Now I want to live forever. If I had one wish it would be to live forever with the one I love.¿Charlotte¿s past and present collide when her old love comes to town with plans of his own, but that might not be such a bad thing for Charlotte. She might finally get what she has been wanting for a long time.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to summarize Pretty Dead too much because not only is it short (208 pages) but much of what's in the summaries published on a lot of book sites, doesn't happen until the story really gets going. I mostly went into reading it knowing two things: Francesca Lia Block wrote a vampire book and my friend who's favorite writer is Block basically got the book in the mail and sat down and read it until she was done (and adored it). If you'd like a little more info (but not as much as Amazon has): Charlotte Emerson is tall, gorgeous and lives by herself in a mansion full of designer clothes, artifacts and furniture that nearly anyone would envy. In fact, that's her problem, that everyone envies her. She's been around nearly a century but she's incredibly lonely. She might have what any girl would want, but it also stops 'any girl' from ever being her friend, too. Except for one. Now, though Charlotte has to deal the loss of that one friend, the sudden feelings she has for a certain boy--feelings she hasn't had in years, and the changes she's experiencing (the tear in her nails, the blood suddently rushing to her cheeks again). Somethings happening to Charlotte, but what? Told in flashbacks that fill you in on Charlotte's one friendship and her life as a human and then the present where sophisticated, well dressed Charlotte's life just might be coming undone, Pretty Dead is super enjoyable. I can't think of anything to compare Pretty Dead to and though I want to say Charlotte might have been friends with someone from Buffy, I think that's actually wrong and some part of her and her life just reminds me of Drusilla (minus that craziness)...I might be super wrong on that, though, so don't let it put you off and just read the book? It does jump around a bit and a few times it was hard to figure out just what or who was being talked about (or doing the talking), so that's all I'd take off from the book for. 9/10
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Emerson seems to have it all. She has designer clothes, a gigantic mansion in LA, and more money than she could use in a lifetime. The only thing she doesn¿t have is the thing she wants the most: to be human. She became a vampire a hundred years ago, just after her twin brother died, and she has regretted the decision ever since because of her empty, lonely existence. Recently, her only friend Emily killed herself, leaving Charlotte alone with her riches that provide little comfort. Emily¿s boyfriend, Jared, starts to come around to find out about his girlfriend¿s mysterious friend and Charlotte falls in love with him. As her love grows deeper, she discovers that her vampire perfection is slowly fading. She develops blemishes, sweats, and blushes, things she hasn¿t been able to do since she became a vampire. However, their relationship isn¿t enough for Jared. He wants more than anything to become a vampire. What is happening to Charlotte and can she convince Jared that with immortality comes unending suffering?I¿ve been a fan of Francesca Lia Block¿s for a long time and I¿m pleased that she still writes awesome teen fiction. Her lyrical, poetic prose has always drawn me into her stories and made them memorable. I¿ve reread some of my old favorites and I still enjoy them as an adult. I was a little surprised when I heard that she wrote a book about vampires. It seemed a little out of her normal range, but I don¿t think it¿s fair to fault an author for branching out. The novel turned out to be just as good as her others. The language she uses really lends itself to the vampire Charlotte, who has lived in hollow decadence for a century. Charlotte was my favorite character. I liked that as the story went on, there were flashbacks into her past to show how she was when she was human and when she first became a vampire. These interludes into the past just added to the story and gave Charlotte depth. Her transition of states of mind through each stage of her life was believable. As a human teenager, her happiness and idyllic life gave way to grief and suffering, leading her to want to escape by becoming a vampire. Although her existence seems enviable because of her eternal youth and wealth, it¿s really an inferior existence to being human. Vampires are just glorified parasites and every painful memory still plagues her through her long life. She grows tired of feeding off of people and wants to life a peaceful life. I¿m glad that Francesca Lia Block gave vampires her own unique twist. Although vampires are done to death now, Block manages to make an eternal being relatable to teens because of loneliness. I think everyone has been lonely at one time or another and everyone wants to experience love. Also, many think that material wealth can make them happy, but it¿s really the relationships and our loved ones that make our lives rich. I would recommend this to fans of vampire novels and Block¿s previous works.
booknerdreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of this book, but not really the excecution of it if I am honest.Not that it was written badly, because it really wasn¿t. It just felt like it didn¿t have a lot of passion put behind it, which as a reader you can tell straight away.I felt with more depth and detail the book actually has a lot of potenial. I really love the idea of having a female vampire who falls in love with a human guy. And I truly adored the idea of love bringing someone back from the dead ¿ or the undead.Perhaps to summarise my rating I¿ll put the pros and cons:Pros: The cover is magnificent.. it¿s beautiful The characters themselves were actually really very interesting The story line itself was very cleverCons: The book was not long enough, and so being a short read didn¿t allow me as the reader to really care about the characters, which is a shame because I wanted to love them The book has a lot of romance in it, but you don¿t feel the tenderness behind it because the book doesn¿t feel like it was written from a place of emotion, but rather fact.I wanted so badly to love this book, and I was so excited to read it. I just felt let down by it when I did read it. I should give it a 2 out fo 5, BUT in the interest of being fair, I did like aspects of it, and so I am bumping it to a 2.5 out of 5.I¿d be interested to see if any of my readers have also read this book just to compare reviews or thoughts to! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.
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