04 November 2011

Fangtastic Friday Read-Along (1)

by The Bookish Brunette

This week's Fangtastic Friday Read-along is hosted by the awesome Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette.  This week we read chapters 1-6 of Rhiannon Frater's Pretty When She Dies.

1. After reading through Amaliya's 'awakening'... So realistic and freaking horrifying right? *shudders* What are your reactions to such a vivid scene?

I really appreciate an author who is bold enough to tell you how it is and Rhiannon Frater is just that author.  She wants her readers to know the reality for her character and the world that she has created.  When authors are too vague they can sometimes leave too much for their readers to fill in for them and they may not grasp the horror or the fear that the character is going through.

2. I know it's EARLY on, and we've only gotten a glimpse of him, but... In YOUR opinion, the man who made Amaliya into a vampire... friend or foe?

As of right now, it seems like Amaliya's life is only for his amusement.  He knew that because of her strength of character and what she's been though in the past that her transformation and early years as a vampire are going to be different than the others he created.  She's like his pet project. 

3. Amaliya's family are some PIECES of work aren't they??? While I HOPE no one has a family as freaking crazy nuts as hers... We all have a few nutjobs in our family tree right? Tell me about a crazy member of YOUR family... Or a time when you thought, "Please, NO... I am SO not with them!"

OMG I can't answer this question, my family sometimes reads this blog! And it would be just my luck that they happen to read this post! Honestly though, I've never been completely embarrased of my family.  They have been known to act crazy when they drink too much, but never to the point that I would want to separate myself from them.

4. Pete... Awww, Pete... He confesses his unending love for her, then everything goes to hell in a hand-basket! Who is/was YOUR Pete? Did you have a guy who was hopelessly in love with you for years that you never even knew about?

Aww, I love Pete too and I felt so bad for him.  I don't think anyone has ever harbored a crush on me for years and years or anything like that, but there was a guy in my french class in high school who would propose marriage to me at least a couple times a week.  Each time he did it, he would give me a new reason of why we should get married.  It was kinda cute.  

5. Have you started connecting with Amaliya? What specific instance stands out the most for you? (hopefully you are LOVING her hardcore by Chapter 6!)

I really do like Amaliya.  Even though she has her soft spots, she tough as nails and she's not letting anyone take advantage of her!  But I already knew that going back to her family was a bad decision and I was hoping that she would just take off without returning the truck.  Her dad could have gone and found it himself.  With her family's track record, there was not way they were going to be accepting of her. 


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

Kudos to Rhiannon Frater for creating such a realistic scene.

I think you nailed question 2. He does seem particularly entertained in a very sadistic kind of way with Amaliya's life.

Bookish Brunette said...

Rhiannon Frater is the master of realistic- she totally doesn't shy away from things that might make people cringe! And I love her for it!

Awww, what was your excuse to the French class guy every week??? lol

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am totally going to 2nd, 3rd, 4th the RF comment of writing authentically and organically. She does manage to totally capture everything about a character: good, bad, and indifferent.

Great answers! I felt bad for Pete too :(

Amy @ bookgoonie said...

Weekly proposals ahhh. I think Amalyia needs a PINK ballad.

Rhiannon Frater said...

I think it is the Texan blood. I tend to shoot from the hip. I don't shy away from the reality of the situation. I don't know another way to write.

So happy you're enjoying the book and later today I'm answering these questions, too!

Hannah said...

I know right? That's exactly why I like dark, gritty fiction, because it doesn't lie to you and it gets the damn point across. I love it! Nothing more realistic than a horrifying scenario.
Awww that guy in your French class sounds adorable! (and a tiiiny bit creepy!)
Once Upon A Time

Missie said...

Haha! I couldn't really answer the question about my family either because I wouldn't want one of my sisters to see what I wrote about them.

And awwwww! How freaking cute! Did you ever say yes?

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