Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful Series #2)

Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful Series #2)

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by Yvonne Woon
     
 

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Ren e 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 Ren e 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

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Ren e 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 Ren e 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 Ren e 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.

Ren e 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 Ren e. Unless they find answers soon, their time together is doomed to be cut short.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This captivating sequel to Dead Beautiful (Hyperion, 2010) has a wonderful cast of new characters as well as some old favorites. The story starts off a bit slow but as the plots thicken, it is full of suspense, mystery, and heartbreak. Renée Winters's life is in turmoil. After last spring's tragic events at Gottfried Academy, she is forced to attend the Monitors' exclusive Lycée St. Clément academy in Montreal. This means that she will be separated from her soul mate and Undead boyfriend, Dante. Although she learns a great deal about Monitor life, she struggles with depression, loneliness, and nightmares. Both Dante and Renée are searching for the key to immortality so they can finally be together. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking on Dante's "life" and takes a toll on their relationship. Then Renée discovers the secret of the Nine Sisters and begins to experience strange hallucination-type dreams. These dreams uncover clues that aid her in her search for answers, but at what cost? Just as events come to a head, readers are left on the edge of their seats and wanting more. Sure to be a hit with fans of the paranormal/supernatural.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Renée Winters knows about the Undead: Her soul mate, Dante, has been Undead for years. But having been saved by Dante at the end of the series opener (Dead Beautiful, 2010), Renée is left to wonder whether she too is now one of the Undead. Renée is sent to Montreal to protect her after a series of attacks at Gottfried Academy. At St. Clément, the curriculum is designed to train students as Monitors, who police the Undead and prevent them from murdering humans. Knowing that Dante only has five more years of animation before he will need to either take a life or die a second time, Renée searches the school's library and mystical texts for a solution. Following clues left by the school's founders, she's trailed by Noah, a fellow Monitor who would like to be more than just a friend. But for Renée, this isn't a romantic lark or a quick trip into the history of a charming city; it's a race against time. Her body is changing, the effect of Dante's life-saving kiss. And both are pursued by The Brotherhood, an order of Undead dedicated to extending their own existence at all costs. Renée's narration takes readers through the twisting streets of Montreal, effectively drawing them into her distress over Dante, boarding-school psychodrama and the world of the Undead. Renée's story is romantic, suspenseful and far from over. A solid read, this one will leave readers wanting more. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409546726
Publisher:
EDC Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Series:
Dead Beautiful Series, #2
Sales rank:
307,381
Lexile:
HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Yvonne Woon (www.yvonnewoon.com) grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she attended boarding school at Worcester Academy. She lives in New York and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

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Life Eternal (A Dead Beautiful Novel) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much ENJOYED this book. I was very stricken when the previous book ended, so i was enthralled when i found out that this book had finally been published, i read it in one day! I would read this book again and again and again if only i had the time :( i actually have to go to school,so thank you for reading this review!!!!!!! Read the dead beautiful series!!!!
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I had expectations when I started reading this book. The first one had sucked me in so completely and everything moved along so well and quickly that I literally flew through the pages. So I expected the same with Life Eternal. I was a tiny bit disappointed only because, for me, this book started out a lot slower than the first, and it took a long time to build. The writing was as beautiful to me as in Dead Beautiful, the first book, but it just seemed that the pacing was just a tad slow for me. I felt like things could have been sped up a little bit. Secondly, it was a big disappointment that Dante wasn't more visible in this book just to keep the romance factor going for me. Romance in a story is an important part for me to fully enjoy it. Yes, I'm a sap. So really, by the time Noah was introduced, I was almost relieved. Although I am growing a little weary of having a second love interest introduced in series books, he was such a great character, and was introduced at a really good time when I needed something to kind of boost things along for me. So it worked great. I was super shocked by the ending, only because it is going to be such an agonizing wait to find out what happens next in this story. OMG!! Overall, Yvonn Woon is a talented author, has a great story here, and I was pleased with this sequel. It definitely all came together toward the last third of the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first dozen or so chapters were super slow but it picked up when the characters were developed and the pot got rolling.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This is another book that I have been dying to read. After reading Dead Beautiful and falling in love with the writing, I knew without a doubt I had to read this book. Life Eternal picks off where it left off. Renee is back at home dealing with the after math of what happen between her and Dante. This book starts off slow. The author presents in the writing a little of what happen in the last book so if readers were to pick it up, they would understand it some. Though it doesn't loose any of it's creativity. Instead, more questions are raised and the real part of the book begins. The best part of the book, started more in the middle. There, the reader is following along a trail of past secrets, riddles, and the truth to everlasting life. I really enjoyed this part cause it gave me some adventure. Instead of research and drama, the reader can get more connected in searching for the Nine sisters and the meaning behind it. The love interest in the book sort of got me angry. Given the fact that I knew where Renee stood, it really grinded my gears when she forgot who she was. She got so caught up with looking for answers that at one point she forgot about Dante and started to see him differently. I loved that the author let the emotions flow so freely within the book. Even though I was angry at Renee, I knew who she was. Life Eternal, is a rewarding epic that it would make viewers feel that they're in the story as well. I could do nothing but read faster with each page turn. And the ending, left me wanting more.
NookBookMommy More than 1 year ago
(I would not recommend this book to a 12 year old) I think this book is my favorite of the series. I loved the treasure hunt aspect. It kept my attention. I loved the development and deeper connections of ideas in the first book. Renee, as a character, is just ok. I want to shake her at times. I can overlook that since the series is really unique. I would definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you were on the fence with the first book.
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I am really loving this series!!  I was so obsessed with this book that I read this in one day.  I am so anxious for the next book to come out that I cannot stop thinking about it!  I would recommend these books to everyone!!!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Life Eternal is the second Dead Beautiful book, and miles better than the first.  Gone were my issues with the first, reviewed in this post.  Instead, there was a ton of mystery and intrigue and a whole lot of spookiness.  There was also a lot more romance without all the sappiness that I hated from the first book. So much has changed for Renee and I think her character is that much better for it.  I thought she was so much more real a character, despite the paranormal aspects to the story.  Dante is just as tragic as in the first book, but a much warmer person... despite that whole Undead thing, of course!  Their love story has matured and has no end of obstacles, some seemingly insurmountable.  They weren't together for much of this book, but their love story was still a big part of the plot.   We meet a lot of new characters in this book, characters that I hope we see more of in the next book, Life Reborn, due out in January of 2014.  They added a lot to the story and filled the gap that Dante's absence could have left. Things to love about Life Eternal...    --Much better character development.  The characters were much more likable in this book and that was a great thing.    --The inclusion of a new setting, new friends, and new mystery.  This added a lot to the suspense of the story.    --The ending.  A fantastic cliffhanger ending! Things I wanted more of...    --Dante.  I really began to love him in this book and would have loved more of him! My recommendation:  Much better than the first.  The cliffhanger has me waiting for the next book!      
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I was so sad when book one ended because the story was still so incomplete. Not a bad incomplete, but the kind that leave you anxious to see what comes next. The story, in truth, could have left off there leaving what came next all up to the reader's individual imagination. However, the author didn't do that to us, she brought us a sequel. And it was well worth the wait! This YA romance is full of mystery, and unfolds beautifully. Again, though, the story is left open for another, possible final, installment. I can NOT wait!
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Humbee More than 1 year ago
Interesting book. It's the talent of a good author that draws you in to want to read more about her main character. It's the capability of a gifted author that makes a character come to life such that the reader almost believes she's in that character's skin! And, it's the genius of an author that plots a story from fantasy and couches it in a real world setting, then makes you believe it could actually happen! Yvonne Woon is an author of awesome talents just like these. She had me captivated with interest in her characters right from the beginning. I enjoyed this story about "monitors," people born with the talent to sense death or the undead...and who are charged with the duty of tracking them and putting them to "rest." The central figure in "Life Eternal" is Renee Winters, a 17 year old, orphaned, "rebirthed" monitor who is suspected of being immortal after having died in a previous year at her school, and then becoming "reactivated." Although Renee was actually only switching souls with her boyfriend, Dante, (whom we can only know best after having read the 1st book in this Dead Beautiful Series) the rest of the Monitoring world, including her grandfather, isn't sure just what really happened to her. It's a central bone of contention in this book of the series, as is Renee and Dante's quest to keep themselves and their love alive. Rich in detail and characterization, in a make-believe world in Maine and Montreal that actually seems possible at times, and in the depth of loving relationships between friends and family, this book is a very good read. I love fantasy, paranormals like this one! The ghoulish isn't made into too much a farse, it's made to feel close to real, and I love that. And, as an aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Woon's references to the intellectual: libraries, book stacks, professorial types and such. Yummy reading highlights for a bookaholic... If you're looking for an engaging, suspense read on the paranormal side with some kindly, intelligent figures and a very good storyline, this book is for you. Yvonne Woon is a snappy writer, young and upbeat with a smooth sense of dialog and a way with words. Her introduction of the Nine Sisters adds a welcomed depth to her series. It's great fun to read her book. And, I relish the fact that this is only the 2nd book in the series...the ending left me hanging on for the next one coming!! Good young adult fiction that adults will like very much. We need this series in our collection! 5 Stars
Michelle423 More than 1 year ago
Renee Winters, is now back at her grandfather's house. She's torn with missing Dante. She has to keep him a secret and how she managed to come back from being "Undead". Now that she has her soul back she has visions. Are her visions of the future or in present time. Her grandfather sends her to school in Montreal for Monitors. There she learns about a secret that might help Dante become immortal. She goes on a crazy mission to collect clues that is the key to immortality. But her visions sterring her on a path to reveal the secrets she finds herself questioning Dante's motive. Is he behind the deaths of her parents? This book is full of suspense. Yvonne did a great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One if the best books ive read in the paranormal section... being a teen myself the forbidden love and secrecy relates a lot to everyday life. A MUST READ BOOK!!!!!