Dead Beautiful - Yvonne Woon

I did not expect to like this as much as I did.

 

I also didn't expect it to get as dark as it did. 

 

I loved large chunks of the build-up, the creepy feel of the school and the secret societies and just the sheer horror of the premise, once it started becoming clear. This is not strictly a horror novel, but it evokes horror in a way I don't see often in YA.

 

The main characters grew on me, though I did continue to find Renée kind of clueless throughout. The other characters were interesting enough to follow and fun to puzzle out. 

 

The ending felt a little little out of place and rushed. It was also a bit of a cliffhanger, but there are more books in the series so I guess that is fair enough. I do intend to pick them up at some point soon just to see how everything plays out. I don't feel like all the mysteries were solved, which I like very much.