Review: Dead Beautiful

Sep •  23 •  2010
Review: Dead BeautifulDead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 21, 2010
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books
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"After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.

As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own... Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why."


Ok, what a great and intriguing read. And the twist! I certainly did not see that coming. Beautiful Dead is a great read. Everything in it was perfect.

So as I started to read this book, I was thrown into a whirlwind of surprises. Poor Renee, always going through some many unexpected tragic things. I felt sorry for her, but was glad that she prevailed.

Renee arrived at this new school and her rebellious attitude has me giddy from the start. I immensely enjoyed her smart mouth, know it all attitude. It brought so much more drama  and excitement to the book. And who doesn’t enjoy a rebellious teen.

Now the love interest in the story was one so unique and detailed to beautifully. I love how Ms. Woon was able to tie it all together. I never saw that ending coming but WOW! She got me good. And what I loved the most about it was that is was unique. It was nothing that I’ve read before and it all totally fit.

Ms. Woon certainly wrote a book that completely caught me off guard. I was certain it was about one thing, but she managed to keep the suspense in the book so high, that I had no other choice but to continue to read until I finally saw the truth. And the truth was Dead Beautiful.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Kate Evangelista
    Sep 23, 2010

    I may have to pick this up!

  2. Danielle
    Sep 23, 2010

    Great Review! I can’t wait to read it.

  3. Chrystal
    Sep 23, 2010

    Just added this to my wishlist. Thanks for the great review!

  4. Jenny
    Sep 23, 2010

    I’m really excited to read this, there’s always something so interesting and creepy about boarding schools:) And I love a smart mouth, so I think I’m going to enjoy Renee! Maybe I need to pick this one up on my trip to the bookstore today too…

  5. Missie
    Sep 23, 2010

    Where did this book come from? I hadn’t heard of it (not that that is unusual). I just hate being in the dark about books. LOL!

    Great review. Gonna add this one to my wish list. Thanks

  6. i’ve seen this one around a lot! thanks for the review, i’ll have to put it on my list!

  7. Caitlin
    Sep 24, 2010

    I’m excited for this one I love the cover too.

  8. Sounds great! Love suspense and a good twist! Thanks for the review.
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  9. Heather H.
    Sep 25, 2010

    The summary for this book sounds so typical of the genre, but your review makes it seem like anything but! I just may have to check out DEAD BEAUTIFUL after all. 🙂