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Beautiful Malice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    This boo was not my favorite at all. At first it was good becaus

    This boo was not my favorite at all. At first it was good because you want to know what happens to Katherine's sister and friend,Alice,. However, after you find out what happens to Katherine's sister everything just drags on and it seems like the author was just trying to find new plot twist just so the story would go on after the huge twist. It wasn't well written I was very much let down. 

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    Something like a really depressing lifetime movie

    It just doesnt make any sense ... we have these 17 year old kids who are out drinking, never going to school, and living on their own with their bills very well paid for them - yet at the same time they are going through these very adult situations - You know from the start that Katies best friend is going to die - then shortly after that you relize the father of her baby is going to die by end of the book - her friends mom is dead - you have to read about the awful stuff her sister went through, and then be reminded of it over and over and over because she just cant deal with it and is constantly beating herself up over it - its just depressing - BUT I will say that I love Rebecca James writing - thats the only reason I gave it two stars - the begining of the book really made me belive the end would be amazing BUT it was so stupid - I expected so much more - total waste of time

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    ugh!

    As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere

    Where to start...

    There were just so many things about Beautiful Malice that did not work for me. First lets start with the setting. For the most part the setting is unclear, ambiguous but then the main characters all go for this weekend holiday in a town located in New South Wales, Australia. I was like...yes...finally a clear setting and one that makes the language of the book make sense. Australians just have a slightly different way of speaking than Americans - the cadences of words are just different. But then when the gang meets up with Ben - the author makes a point to say that he was Australian and that one reason why Alice dated him was for his accent. That just baffled me as by this point I thought they were all Australian. Then a few pages later Ben is telling a story and mentions when he first came to the state....and I just went huh? It didn't make sense since the only place that was ever mentioned was a place location in Australia - and living stateside you don't exactly make a weekend trip to Australia....especially when you're trying to keep things on the cheap.

    Note: in talking with another blogger who read the Australian version of the book the setting was very clearly stated as Sydney, Australia...so it seems that for whatever reason the American publisher decided to try and remove those references.

    But moving on...lets talk about sequence and the flow of time. This book has three distinct time periods in them and there is no real rhyme or reason to the authors jumping from one to another. The changes just became this jumbled mess for me which would knock me out of the story. I believe it was done as a way to try to heighten the suspense and make the thrills more thrilling as random bits and pieces of the past, present and future were revealed. But my suspense wasn't heightened the odd changes just annoyed me more than anything else. Especially during those times with the perspective of the book would change. For the bulk of the book the story was told in first person but every so often the I's would change to you's and it never really worked for me.

    Then there is the plot.

    The very first line tells you exactly what happens to Alice there is no suspense there. No shock. The story is just so flat and bland and I figured out what all the big reveals where before they were made official. The characters also all came across as flat and one dimensional. Alice was narcissistic and crazy and she appeared so form the start...she then just spirals out of control and it just doesn't ring true. Katherine is a girl trying to escape her past by forgetting it and when things get hard or rough she just turns her back on the darkness and tries to pretend it doesn't exist. This is not healthy behavior and not something that you want to do when the person you are trying to forget is crazy.

    This book didn't work for me on so many levels and its not one that I can recommend. Beautiful Malice is also a book that is often billed as Young Adult but I don't get the YA vibe from it when I read it. The phrasing and the way the characters speak (in their bad dialogue scenes) is way more adult than teen. What about you...have you read Beautiful Malice? What did you think of it? Let me know if the comments below.

    As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Not So Beautiful Novel

    The summary of this book sounded intriguing but did not live up to expectations. I found the main character annoying.There is a plot coincidence that just isn't credible. Fortunately, with the 20% discount and my BN card, I didn't waste too much money on it. There are better novels to spend your time with.

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    Posted July 12, 2010

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