A dark and terrifying mystery reveals itself at Gottfried and Renee begins to question everything she has been told about the school. Is Dante everything she thought he was or is he a part of something bigger. Something deadly.
What I thought
To start off, I have to say how much I love the cover for Dead Beautiful. The contrast between the green and black give the book a dark and eerie feeling even before you begin to read the story. Before I got sent this book, I had fallen a little bit in love with the cover and would have bought it if I saw it myself in a shop. The cover model, her pose and the surroundings, really catch your attention and draw you in, making you wonder what the book is about.
Renee was a great female MC and one that I really liked. Not only is she intelligent, outspoken and a strong character, she doesn’t really care too much about what others think about her. Renee knows how to speak her mind and doesn’t really care if people think she is in the right or not. I loved how strong a character she was and the fact that she was coping with so much all at once and dealing with it all so well. Having to deal with a new school, new people and having a new guardian all at the same time after the death of both parents would have been way too much for me!
Seeing as Renee was first put into the care of her Grandfather, I would have liked to have seen this explored more. Very little time is spent on the two characters together and this was a real shame. I think that a lot more could have been said about this aspect of the story and that it should have bothered Renee more than it did. Maybe the second book in this series will expand on Renee and her Grandfather’s relationship though.
I have heard mixed opinions about the main male character and love interest, Dante, but I absolutely adored him. As a male character, he was pretty much everything I could have ever wanted him to be. Not too much is given away about him for quite some time and this gave him a strange and mysterious persona throughout. Dante is smoking hot but at the same time he is deep, meaningful, different, shy and all round amazing. There was so much for me to love about this guy and so much that wasn’t shown on the surface. The real Dante wasn’t brought out of his shell for a little while though but it was nice to see the progression of his character as the plot got into full swing.