Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

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An interesting plot with a focus on death and the souls within us, the rebirth of said souls, and the fine line between life and death. The author skews the appearance of life and the laws of mortality.
The Gottfried Academy seems like a very drastic choice for the grandfather to make. Renee has just lost the two people closest to her and now she has to leave all her friends behind. Of course she has no idea that there are things going on that she is completely unaware of.
The Academy is nothing short of odd. The dress code is like something out of strict catholic school. Later on in the book a reason is revealed for all the very strange rules and regulations.
Of course Renee meets the almost compulsory cute mysterious boy, who plays the disinterested paramour with a lot of skill. She feels a hypnotic attraction to him until she finds out the secret he has been hiding.
It felt as if she was just a tad bigoted there for a minute. No need to treat the boy differently now you know he is a wee bit dead. That doesn’t change who he was or is. It just makes him little bit not quite alive.
After all of the talk about heritage, destiny and family honour the ending was bizarre. It was a highly irrational and yet a very teen love beats all kind of scenario that opens up all kinds of new avenues for the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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