Dead Beautiful

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Disney-Hyperion, Sep 21, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 464 pages
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On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl.  She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school.  No one she'd ever known had died.  But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”  

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.  As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love.  It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.  Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.


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The writing was lovely. - LibraryThing
It all came down to the ending for me. - LibraryThing
The ending was perfect! - LibraryThing
I did think the pacing of the story was a little off. - LibraryThing
The ending is surprising and bittersweet. - LibraryThing
I thought the ending came along rather abruptly. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Isisunit - LibraryThing

I would like to thank both NetGalley and Hyperion for granting me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this ... Read full review

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It's a 'not so bad but it could have been better' 2.5 stars If you intended to read this book, please be careful of the following eyesore: (1) Twilight ripoff romance. (2) The heroine keeps blushing ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Yvonne Woon grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Worcester Academy. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction. Dead Beautiful is her first book.

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