Books from the Backlog #209

Posted April 14, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 16 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #209Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Series: Dead Beautiful #1
on September 21, 2010
Genres: Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Why did I add Dead Beautiful to my bookshelf?

I don’t know why I downloaded this book from NetGalley. But I did. So, I guess I should try to read it. It looks like some of my Goodreads friends really liked it while others didn’t care for it at all. I am going to go into this one with an open mind.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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16 responses to “Books from the Backlog #209

    • I was new to NetGalley and it was a Read Now. I am not sure that it will really be for me but I am willing to give it a try.

  1. I saw the cover and page count and thought this was fantasy, but the summary reads contemporary. From GR, I see it’s paranormal. This was before I was pleasure reading again, so I am not familiar with it, but with over 12K ratings and an average of almost four stars, it can’t be that bad.

    • Yeah, I am just not sure that it is something that I would pick now. I do like paranormal so I am hopeful.

  2. I have a few on my NetGalley shelf that I have no idea why I requested them. I hope you enjoy this one when you read it.