Pretty in Black

Pretty in Black

RELEASE DATE TO BE ANNOUNCEDFantasy and reality collide when cheerleader Eleanor Piper encounters the unearthly Marcus Marble in a cemetery at sundown and discovers he’s an angel-demon hybrid . . . and eternally teenage. Can love truly be forever? Seventeen year old Eleanor Piper was supposed to die that day. She was sure of it. Only . . . she didn't. Somehow, she awakens...

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Title:Pretty in Black
Author:Rae Hachton
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Pretty in Black Reviews

  • Parker

    Very very good... I could not put it down!!

  • Shane

    -For Itching For Books

    There's sooo much I could say about Pretty In Black. I just have to compose my thoughts enough to make sense in doing so. I think 'dark' is the appropriate word that sums up everything about this book. It describes the emotions of the main characters, their surroundings, and the bittersweet love they have for each other.

    I truly enjoyed the story because not only was it fast paced, and I mean extremely fast paced, I could also feel what they were feeling, see what they were

    -For Itching For Books

    There's sooo much I could say about Pretty In Black. I just have to compose my thoughts enough to make sense in doing so. I think 'dark' is the appropriate word that sums up everything about this book. It describes the emotions of the main characters, their surroundings, and the bittersweet love they have for each other.

    I truly enjoyed the story because not only was it fast paced, and I mean extremely fast paced, I could also feel what they were feeling, see what they were seeing, and understood when they themselves found it difficult to comprehend. Pretty In Black is quite the experience, and I say that because you'll literally feel as if you're apart of the story. It was just that satisfying.

    After reading the synopsis, which I usually shy away from because I fear for the expectations they leave me with, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Ellie. Her personality seemed gloomy and depressing, someone who made everyone else around her feel like crap, and that isn't the kind of friend I wished to have. But surprisingly, I liked the kind of person she turned out to be. Ellie was merely heartbroken; she had just lost her sister, tragically, I might add. Her parents had divorced. Her mother remarried the scum of the earth, and her father didn't seem like he cared at all. So, you could truly sympathizer with this broken seventeen year old in desperate need of love. Then came Marcus.

    Their encounter was of course creepy, but entertaining. It seemed rushed but to the point. I love it. Marcus is this fearless and mysterious guy who wants nothing else in the world but Ellie. He's willing to risk it all for love, an emotion that not only screams hot but selfishness as well. The latter being that he's putting his dynasty and the girl he loves in danger. The truth about who he was came to light but only made Ellie fall deeper in love. This chick was more than ready to give up her life to be with him, not a lot of girls would be so open to death. You'd think she'd put up a lasting fight in regards to that small (major) detail, but I must commend her willpower all in the name of love.

    Overall, Pretty In Black is an exceptional re-imaging of Poe's dark tales. There's absolutely nothing sugar coated about this story, everything is in your face and tastefully well written. What more could an avid reader of Gothic Romance ask for, when I'm given twice the darkness and twice the passion.

    Source: itchingforbooks.blogspot.com

  • Carlyle Labuschagne

    I have been fortunate enough to read PIB before anyone else, so Im not gonna spoil it for anyone. Rae is a brilliant writer, her words like poetry , she brings culture and rock together. The story is very well put together. I adore the characters. You might think things pradictable in some books, not this one.

    The format is gorgeous as is everything about Pretty In Black. One thing I did not like though, is I hate the sespense on waiting what will happen in the next book , I mean how can you lea

    I have been fortunate enough to read PIB before anyone else, so Im not gonna spoil it for anyone. Rae is a brilliant writer, her words like poetry , she brings culture and rock together. The story is very well put together. I adore the characters. You might think things pradictable in some books, not this one.

    The format is gorgeous as is everything about Pretty In Black. One thing I did not like though, is I hate the sespense on waiting what will happen in the next book , I mean how can you leave me hagging like this Rae?

    Look out for Black Satin.

  • Cristina Buzoianu

    This is originally posted on my blog:

    Pretty in Black got me hooked from the very moment I saw the cover and now, after finishing it in a single day, I can add that, in my opinion, the cover reflects the main character’s personality. That’s exactly how I picture Ellie’s life at the beginning.

    Getting to know Ellie was hard: such a troubled soul with a horrible past. Her sister was murdered a year ago in their house. Nobody knew by whom or why and this somehow

    This is originally posted on my blog:

    Pretty in Black got me hooked from the very moment I saw the cover and now, after finishing it in a single day, I can add that, in my opinion, the cover reflects the main character’s personality. That’s exactly how I picture Ellie’s life at the beginning.

    Getting to know Ellie was hard: such a troubled soul with a horrible past. Her sister was murdered a year ago in their house. Nobody knew by whom or why and this somehow made the situation worse. Then her parents divorced soon after: her father left town for work and her mother married Nick, a violent man with half her age. Just like that, Ellie went from having a nice, loving home, to living in a trailer park with an alcoholic mother and an abusing stepfather.

    We meet Ellie in a cemetery – a place where she spends a lot of time imagining her perfect death – on the verge of suicide. …And then ..he’s there.

    “I thought he was the death angel here to collect me. He was too gorgeous to be human. He had long black hair, brooding eyes, and the richest ruby lips I’d ever seen.”

    Having many secrets of his own, Marcus returned from the dead to save her. He’s also determined to “unbury her heart” and make her love him the way he loves her. But in order to be together forever….he has to kill her first…sort of.

    One of the many things I love about Marcus is the way he’s expressing his feelings. He’s unlike any other male hero I’ve read about…I’m sure you’ve read a lot of young adult books in which “he” meets “her”, they try to stay away from each other, then finally, after 150 pages they finally realize they are soul-mates. Well…Marcus puts all his feelings out there from the beginning, and they only grow stronger as the story develops. Ellie is the one who’s a little bit astonished in the beginning, maybe a little skeptic.

    “”What are we?”

    He looked at me with passion in his eyes. “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m in love.” His face was serious, but his eyes smiled.

    My breath caught.

    […]I wanted to tell him I loved him, too, but it was lodged in my throat and wouldn’t come out in words. He smirked. “You’re not required to say anything, you know. But, if you feel the same, then just take my hand.” He turned his right palm up, and placed it near my left one. One heart beat. Two heart beats. Three heart beats.

    […]When he went to move his hand away, I stopped him by taking it into mine and entwining my fingers with his.”

    Ellie discovers in Marcus a savior, a soul-mate, a person worth dying for. She’ll be ready to sacrifice everything to be together. Their love story made me cry sometimes, that’s how amazing it is! The book is written from Ellie’s Point of view, but we get some of Mark’s too.

    Pretty in Black is such a fast paced, amazing story that you won’t put it down from the beginning to the end. The only thing I wish for right now is a sequel.

    Happy Reading!

  • Tish

    I'll admit, when I first started this book it had a real "Buffy" feel to it. With the girl being an ex-cheerleader who'd was now facing some dark times in her life due to a family crisis, and then ending up being the chosen one and proving it by catching the knife being thrown at her head. And then especially when I found that her "mentor's" name was Giles. Crazy...

    BUT...I will tell you, as I continued to read I fell into this story and found that it was nothing like Buffy and it certainly shine

    I'll admit, when I first started this book it had a real "Buffy" feel to it. With the girl being an ex-cheerleader who'd was now facing some dark times in her life due to a family crisis, and then ending up being the chosen one and proving it by catching the knife being thrown at her head. And then especially when I found that her "mentor's" name was Giles. Crazy...

    BUT...I will tell you, as I continued to read I fell into this story and found that it was nothing like Buffy and it certainly shined in it's own uniqueness.

    Marcus Marble is a character that I HAVE to know. Hachton's unique take on a new breed of supernatural had me reading this book in one evening. I simply couldn't put it down. It was quick paced and had me engrossed the entire time.

    The writing was haunting and I loved it. I can't wait for book two-Black Satin.

  • Liz at Fictional Candy

    “I never really wanted to die. But I followed through anyway. The pain in my heart was excruciating, and death was beautiful.”

    I started this book knowing next to nothing about it. The cover is what drew me in, I couldn’t have not read it. And then I signed up for the Black Satin tour with Supagurl Tours, which I have a stop in June. So then I had to read this book, to prepare for that one. That all worked out quite well!

    This felt like it was a relatively short story, overall. But it is over 300

    “I never really wanted to die. But I followed through anyway. The pain in my heart was excruciating, and death was beautiful.”

    I started this book knowing next to nothing about it. The cover is what drew me in, I couldn’t have not read it. And then I signed up for the Black Satin tour with Supagurl Tours, which I have a stop in June. So then I had to read this book, to prepare for that one. That all worked out quite well!

    This felt like it was a relatively short story, overall. But it is over 300 pages. I guess I enjoyed it so much that I just flew through it. Ellie Piper is a teenage girl whose sister has died. She is depressed and suicidal. Life has flipped since her sister’s death, and nothing quite seems worth it. So she decides suicide is the answer. And on that fateful night she meets Marcus.

    Marcus has long black hair and brooding eyes. He is quiet and mysterious. He has secrets, big secrets. He stops Ellie from killing herself, now only if she knew!

    “So I stayed. I kind of adored his smile. And I really loved his eyes.”

    Sometimes it just takes a word to describe someone. Depressed. Cutter. Suicidal. And of course, you can’t encompass someone in that one word, but when you are the person in that spot… well, that’s all you see in yourself. You don’t see the vibrancy you once had, you don’t see the smile that people miss. All you really can see is the end, and you wonder how in the hell you can get there because you are just…done.

    That was Ellie. I found her to be quite compelling. This was a girl who was vivacious and cheerful, in fact she was a cheerleader. Then her sister dies and life as she knows it ceases. I really liked her. And then she met Marcus and I thought, whoa, this guy is special. Seemingly the epitome of a vampire, except he’s not a vampire, he’s an Evermore. They are slightly different, but the story will explain that to you better than I could. But the two of them, to me, was like picturing the gothic prince and princess come to life. I just liked them.

    There were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way about this story. Things that I felt have been done before. But those instances were short, and didn't really detract from the story.

    What I did love about this story, and it made me jump to read Black Satin (the next book in the series) was this beautiful imagery and language that the author used. She was able to set up a scene with such dark beauty, you definitely felt like you were there. You could feel the desolation, the sadness… and then you could feel the hope and what could only certainly be young love. Some of the imagery was very dark, but it was beautiful. The beginning dealt with the issue of suicide, which can be a very touchy subject for some. But in this story it was handled beautifully.

    You get a little bit of history on Marcus, and what is going on with him. There is a lot that is explained even more in book 2. All I can say is that this is shaping up to be a wonderful series, and I can’t wait to get on to book 3!

  • Tracey (Life and Literature)

    As soon as I read the original book description for Pretty in Black I knew I had to read it.....

    Some Things are Pretty. Some Things are Black. Love is both.

    [Ellie Piper]

    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.

    [Marcus Marble]

    How far would you go to be with the one you love? Would

    As soon as I read the original book description for Pretty in Black I knew I had to read it.....

    Some Things are Pretty. Some Things are Black. Love is both.

    [Ellie Piper]

    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.

    [Marcus Marble]

    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?

    That had me hooked!!! And I loved the cover!! Dark and mysterious!! Now onto the story.....

    I actually read Pretty in Black about a month ago and wasn't really sure how or what to write in my review. So I let it sit for a while and then reread it. And can I say that I enjoyed it so much more on the second read through. Don't get me wrong! I didn't not like it the first time around! I think I just felt that the story had lots of room for some expansion of details. It's quite a short read and It didn't take me long at all to finish it, but there were times when I thought that I needed more details about what and why something was happening! I'm really hoping that the second book will fill in those blanks for me.

    The book centre's on Ellie Piper and Marcus Marble... Ellie is at an incredibly dark and low point in her life. She's had to deal with a whole lot of painful and crappy events!! Enter Marcus Marble!! Marcus has his own dark secrets.... These two fit well together. I felt that they complemented each other and Rae Hachton did a great job of capturing that.

    Pretty in Black is written mostly from Ellie's point of view but near the end of the book we get a short snippet of things from Marcus's perspective and I really enjoyed reading his feelings and reactions!!

    Overall Pretty in Black was an enjoyable read and my hope is that book two will be heavier on details to answer some of my questions!!

    3.5/5

  • Lára  Arnarsdóttir

    Hm.

    Im not even going to rate it. Its below 0 stars, really.

    Ive read a lot of bad books that Ive shelved as "worst books ever" but neither of them was worst than this one.

    No words to describe it.

    20. april 2013

    If this book is a parody to Twilight by S. Meyer, than I guess its somewhat okay. If its not a parody ... we have a big problem.

    Hm.

    I´m not even going to rate it. It´s below 0 stars, really.

    I´ve read a lot of bad books that I´ve shelved as "worst books ever" but neither of them was worst than this one.

    No words to describe it.

    20. april 2013

    If this book is a parody to Twilight by S. Meyer, than I guess it´s somewhat okay. If it´s not a parody ... we have a big problem.

  • Kisses A

    Is this a twilight comedy? Like a parody????? I dnfed this like 8% in. Its not even worth 1 star.

    One one the worst I have ever experienced.

    Quote

    "That was it, he’d said enough. I was definitely leaving for good this time. I leapt up. “You can take all your cheap flattery, and go use it on someone else because it’s not working on me. You think you can just follow me around and say lines of bullshit to get me to kiss you? I don’t think so. I don’t even know who you are, and right now I don’t want

    Is this a twilight comedy? Like a parody????? I dnfed this like 8% in. Its not even worth 1 star.

    One one the worst I have ever experienced.

    Quote

    "That was it, he’d said enough. I was definitely leaving for good this time. I leapt up. “You can take all your cheap flattery, and go use it on someone else because it’s not working on me. You think you can just follow me around and say lines of bullshit to get me to kiss you? I don’t think so. I don’t even know who you are, and right now I don’t want to know you. All I know is that you’ve got five seconds to get lost before I get extremely angry and kick your ass.”

     Some of the worst lines I have ever read. Its cringe worthy. I will just laugh it off and pretend it did not happen

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