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Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Beautiful Malice

Title: Beautiful Malice
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Thriller
Author: Rebecca James
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Book: ARC received by Joni at Paragraphs Books

"So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?

Following a terrible tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family shattered, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.

But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.

But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.

And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn’t like being cast off."

This book is a real eye opener. From the very first line, I was hooked and drawn into this dark world. This book is so messed up. I kept getting angry and upset reading this book. but of course, all of this in a good way. Reading this book made me see how ugly the world can be at times. That there are people out there that are cruel and cold and would do anything for their own game, using anyone and anything.

This book is written perfectly. I was amazed over and over again reading all the things that happen to Katherine. I am amazed that after all that she went through, she is still a good person. I would imagine anyone else who went through that would just be bitter and angry, but not her. She made the best of what she had.

I was glad that the end of the book was ended on a good note of hope and love. At first I thought it would end leaving me hanging, but if left me satisfied. Ms. James wrote a dark, angst, suspenseful book full of turns, emotions and a lot of unexpected surprises. This book is so good, I read it quickly. This book also contains cursing, sexual activities, and lots of backstabbing!

If you want to read a dark, angst, book that can definitely happen in real life, read this. You will not be disappointed.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. So I'm assuming that this is not a YA? BTW I love your new blog design!

  2. Love the new look around here. I also think I might add this to Mt. TBR. It sounds interesting.

  3. This book sounds great! I've been hearing a lot about it, and I'm definitely interested!

  4. Oh you changed your blog! It looks fantastic, love the header and the background pattern:) This is a book I'm not familiar with, but I love angst so I think I'll add it to my list!


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