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About the Book
Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publishing date: October 4th, 2022
Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead . . . and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth.
After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.
With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.
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Cecelia moves in with her grandmother who she’s never really had a relationship with after her mother passes away. All she knows about her is that her mother didn’t have a relationship with her and she’s a mystery author. As Cecelia settles in and starts making friends she learns the town may have some secrets they want kept hidden.
After Cecelia witnesses the murder of her friend, and homecoming queen, things start to take a deadly turn. I liked Cecelia’s character. She followed her gut feeling that the murder she witnessed was just too similar to the one the town experienced 50 years prior. As she puts the pieces together, with the help of some of the town locals, she discovers she may be next. I thought Alexa did a great job or portraying the suspense and uncertainty Cecelia felt as she uncovered each clue to what happened.
This was an intense YA thriller with an unexpected ending. I thought I knew who the killer was but the twist at the end was a total surprise. It definitely kicked off the spooky season and I recommend it to anyone looking for their next thrilling read!
Alexa Donne is the author of sci-fi romance retellings Brightly Burning and The Stars We Steal, as well as the young adult thrillers The Ivies and the forthcoming Pretty Dead Queens, both published by Crown/Random House. A graduate of Boston University, she works in TV marketing and has done pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014. A true INFJ, in her “free” time she mentors with WriteGirl, runs the Author Mentor Match program, and manages one of the most popular writing advice channels on YouTube. She lives in Los Angeles and you can find her in most places @alexadonne.
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