Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

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A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny. After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California's Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, "crude sciences," and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It's here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can't seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee's life. Dante's not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why. Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul. EXCERPT: My mother used to tell me that matter was neither created nor destroyed, only transferred. She was filled with old theories that she would make me recite back to her, as if she were trying to tell me something about the world but couldn't find the right words. I never gave them much thought until she and my father were killed, but by then it was too late to ask what it had all meant. It wasn't until I enrolled at Gottfried Academy that I began to make sense of who I was and what I was fated to become.

About Yvonne Woon

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Author Bio: Yvonne Woon grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Worcester Academy. She lives in New York and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Columbia University. Dead Beautiful was her first novel.
Published October 14, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 465 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Sent to an exclusive and very private academy in a desolate part of Maine, she makes new friends, discovers new abilities and cannot help but be drawn to a handsome and enigmatic loner, Dante.

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Summary: After Renee finds the dead bodies of her parents on her sixteenth birthday, she's sent off to Gottfried Academy, where she's thrown into a world of ancient customs and the study of Latin – the language of the dead, but is Latin the only thing that is dead?

Jun 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Dead Beautiful

The Overflowing Library

If you loved Twilight you'll love this book.

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Lancashire Evening Post

Dead Beautiful is an intelligent, well-written, fresh and original story of forbidden love with a sensational double twisting cliffhanger that is guaranteed to break young hearts everywhere.

May 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Dead Beautiful

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