Welcome to my Stop on the Pretty In Black Blog Tour hosted by Supagurl Books.
Guest Post: Rae Hachton talks about characters, in particular Vampires and Gargoyles, a little secret about Marcus, and Ellie, and also a little about how this relates to her upcoming release Black Satin, and the third book in the series, Raven in the Grave. Enjoy!
Now here's Rae:
Vampires. I want to talk about vampires, because Pretty in Black, does in fact, have them. Mhm, it's true.
I don't want to say anything that will ruin this entire series, but I do want to say this: I am a self-proclaimed vampire expert. I know things about vampires that other people do not know *Smiles*
And I know, some might think vampires are being waaay overdone, and the premise alone might make you head for the hills, thinking, seriously? Do we need another vampire series?
Why yes, yes we most certainly do.
But why wasn't any of this mentioned in the first book??
Because. Marcus had no overwhelming desire to bite or kill Ellie with his vampire ways, for he is not that kind of vampire. In fact, his motive was quite the opposite. More of the evermore history will be revealed in book two, and further explained in book three.
But the aspect I like the most about this series, is how everyone is hiding a secret. Everyone in this book has some sort of secret, big or small, that's been hidden from someone else, who needs to know about it.
I have already started writing book three, Raven in the Grave, and the plot is so massive that I had to create A Tree of Life to keep up.
Also, does anyone like Gargoyles? I just wanted to know, because Black Satin has some. And one is really hot. And he causes some mixed emotions for Ellie.
The world of Nevermore is really coming alive beneath my fingertips as I race to catch up to all the awesome things that are occurring between my characters.
I wouldn't be too surprised if I ended up with Raven in the Grave by the end of this year. That'd be pretty neat.
Pretty in Black
by Rae Hachton
Publisher: Teen Pulse
Publication Date: October 26, 2011
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Description: Some Things are Pretty. Some Things are Black. Love is both.
She wanted to die. He arose from the grave. He was sent to kill her. She was trained to kill those of his kind. But fate had other plans. He searched for 119 years to find her. & There's no way in hell he's letting her go. Dead or Alive. They're fated.
How far would you go to be with the one you love? Would you die for her? Would you kill for her? What if the only reason you're still alive is because of her? What if the reason you came back from the dead, was to be with her? But what if your job was to kill her, but you fell in love instead? And now you're being hunted by your own kind?
Destroy? Or be Destroyed?
My Thoughts: Pretty in Black was a very interesting read. It was a "dark" romance. Ellie Piper has lost her sister, her father is gone, and her mother has married a creep and moved her into a trailer park. Ellie likes to hang out in cemeteries, she's depressed, and she cuts. Then she meets Marcus Marble, and her whole life changes. She tries to stay away from Marcus, but finds herself compelled to be with him. He is mysterious, charming, attractive, and has his own dark side. Ellie struggles to keep focused on school, but keeps finding herself pulled to the woods, to the cemetery, drawn to be with Marcus, but Marcus is not what he seems, Marcus isn't even alive. Ellie must make difficult choices, not only regarding Marcus, but also her destiny.
I typically don't read a lot of Gothic romance, so this was different experience, and I have to say I enjoyed the story very much . Marcus Marble was very swoon worthy and mysterious. The first part of the book is told from Ellie's point of view, and the second part is told from Marcus' point of view, and gives you more of a history of where he has come from, which was very interesting. Ellie was a very complex character, though very depressed and grief ridden, she was also desperate to love and to be loved. The romance between Marcus and Ellie was dark, yet endearing. It will be interesting to see where the next book in the series, Black Satin, takes Ellie and Marcus. I am anxious to find out what is in store for them. If you enjoy dark Gothic romance, coupled with the element of fantasy, then you will enjoy Pretty in Black. Additionally, the book also addresses real life issues such as death, tragedy, grief, and depression, but at the same time, incorporates romance and gives you a hot guy to swoon over, so that you aren't consumed by the issues the character faces.
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