Dead Beautiful

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Hyperion Book CH, 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
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I did think the pacing of the story was a little off. - LibraryThing
The ending is surprising and bittersweet. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - kishazworld - LibraryThing

I want to start off by saying that I don't usually give a DNF (do not finish) tag to a novel. With that being said, I do want to point out why I took a chance on this novel. 1) The cover. There's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sophia Sardothien - Goodreads

Ehh this book is fine, the world building is great but the plot hmm not so much. The biggest problem I have with this book is the flat characters and their relationship, it too unrealistic (view ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Florence Parry Heide has published more than 100 books for children and youth - from picture books to adolescent novels - and several collections of poetry. Her best known works are a series of story books about the curious adventures of a boy named Treehorn. She has collaborated with her daughter, Roxanne Heide, on many books, including Oh, Grow Up! and Tio Armando.

Kyle M. Stone ( graduated from The Center for Creative Studies, where he studied traditional illustration and design. He's received a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators. His picture books include Please Bury Me in the Library (by J. Patrick Lewis), and I Love My Pirate Papa (Laura Leuck). Kyle lives in Michigan.

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