by Yvonne Woon
Book I in the Dead Beautiful series
Gerner: YA paranormal / Zombies
Publication January 24th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodrreads:
Renée Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Renée can never reveal the truth: she died last May, and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin.
Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul.
Just when Renée has almost given up hope, she learns of the Nine Sisters—brilliant scholars who, according to legend, found a way to cheat death. She can’t shake the feeling that they are somehow connected to her dreams, strange visions that hint at a discovery so powerful, and so dangerous, that some will stop at nothing to protect it.
Renée thought she knew the truth about life and death. But there is a secret woven through history that holds the only hope for Dante and Renée. Unless they find answers soon, their time together is doomed to be cut short
While I was reluctant to start Dead Beautiful – I really liked it in the end! The only thing that was horrible was the cliffhanger, so when I got the chance to read Life Eternal I was eager to see hoe the story of Dante and René goes on!
New School New Friends and Ne Mysteries!
After the happenings in Dead Beautiful her old schools closes and she has to attend to a new school in Montreal that is only for Monitors and not for the Undead. New school, new friends , new mysteries!
While I liked the chance of scenery, I truly missed the absence of the Undead and especially of Dante. Like in her previous school, she makes new friends and also new enemies.
Dante and René are searching for a way to cheat death and to be together – forever. This seems to be impossible, yet both would never give up hope to finally be together with their one and only true soul mate. Also, Dante cannot visit Montreal to see René because the city is full of Monitors and they are both afraid Dante would get caught…
The Search for Immortal Life…
What I really liked was the mystery elements – the search for immortal life, the secrets behind the the death of Renés parents and the mystery of the 9 sisters. There were riddles to follow, secrets to uncover and some twist I didn’t expect.
Too Many Loose Ends…
What I didn’t like was that the story has so many loose ends that weren’t pulled together at the end and I feel like I was left hanging in the air I bit too much. There were many small story lines that weren’t brought to an end that leaves me confused about their significance for the story, or the lack thereof. Maybe they are all to build up for the next book, but I cannot close the book and be satisfied.
I loved the heating romance and love between Dante and René in Dead Beautiful, I found it very strong and intense I I loved it… In Life Eternal the relation between them changed so much and I missed the loving connection between them so much. Dante’s actions and decisions were cryptic, but at the same time I couldn’t follow René as well…
Altogether I feel like the books builds up for the next one and while I enjoyed the secrets and mysteries a lot I feel like there are too many loose ends right now.