Tuesday 16 January 2018

Pretty Dead Girls ♥ Blog Tour! ♥ Interview ♥


Pretty Dead Girls 

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Publication Date:  January 2, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
£6.49 Kindle or £12.04 Paperback

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I'm a huge fan of Monica Murphy and would happily read anything she writes. Pretty Dead Girls is a little different to her usual books, but I still loved every minute of it. This book is perfect for the Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars fans. It has typical teen drama, but with the twist of murder. Some characters you will love, some you will hate and others take a little time to workout.

Penelope is our leading lady. She's popular, a cheerleader and president of the Larks. She's a walking legacy.

Danielle is Penelope's best friend. She's in love with a boy who doesn't appreciate her. Brogan everyone's bro and no ones Beau. Dani's obviously popular and our second Lark member.

Third up is Courtney. She wants to be queen bee and in the process has lost control of her life. She's the lose cannon.

Alexis a fellow cheerleader and Penelope's biggest rival. They are always competing for the top spot.

Gretchen is our murder victim. A troubled teen with a lot of secrets. Who did she meet that night? Why was she at that location?

The five of them make up the senior Lark team. A group of high school students who help out in the community. They volunteer and raise money for charity. They are also the school mean girls and beautiful as sin.

Then we have the junior Larks. The future generations Alyssa, Kayla, Maggie, Jessica and Grace. They are desperate to impress and fill their predecessors shoes.

Cass is our lonely boy. Strange, mysterious and brooding. Somehow he's linked to the Lark girls and now he's in Penelope's peripheral vision. Is he looking to make a new friend or is he looking for more?

Detectives Hughes and Spalding are on the case, but the cops are always one step behind.

The scene is set and the Lark team are in the killers playground. They better watch their step or they may be the next victim. Can Penelope solve the mystery before it's too late? Some will die, some will go crazy and some may even find something that wasn't there before.

I'm trying not to give too much away as you can probably tell. This book is wrapped in secrets and bad behaviour. I loved Penelope's character and she has so much personal growth within this book. I liked the town and all the snobbery. Courtney plays the perfect crazy bitch and the story falls into place perfectly.

5 stars out of 5. Totally hooked!



Question One: Pretty Dead girls is a little different to your usual books. What made you decide to write a murder mystery?

I like to change it up. Writing the same thing over and over again can get…boring. I’ve always loved reading YA thrillers/mysteries, so I’d been toying with the idea for PRETTY DEAD GIRLS for a while until I finally just went for it.

Question Two: We meet Gretchen briefly at the beginning of the book, but for the most part we hear her story through others. What was it like writing in this way?

It was interesting, writing about a character who never had any major page time beyond those first couple of paragraphs before I offed her (whoops). She’s incredibly mean in that first scene, and while I’m sure she didn’t leave the best impression, I hope readers do realize she wasn’t so awful all the time. She was just dealing with someone she didn’t like very much. And she had every right not to like that person, since that person turned into the one who murdered her. Yikes. LOL

Question Three: Who was your favourite character and why?

Cass, because I could only show his development through Penelope’s eyes and he was such a closed off mystery to her, though I knew what motivated him, considering I’m the one who created him. He’s a little messed up and full of secrets and he doesn’t trust many people. He has reasons for feeling that way too. Though eventually he does learn how to trust.


Question Four: Penelope is the president of the Larks. How did she get the position?

First, she’s considered a legacy member because her older sister was president of the Larks when she was a senior in high school. It was sort of a given that Penelope would be the Larks president too, and she hates for anyone to think she was handed the position. She’s also very smart, very active in school and the community, though she did also earn that position.

Question Five: The main characters used to be good friends, but most have turned into frenemies. Who are the biggest rivals and how did it start? 

Out of all of them, I think Penelope had the biggest rivalry with Alexis. Penelope and Lex just never really got along. They just merely tolerated each other. Courtney was also rude to pretty much everyone. These girls all want to be the top dog, the queen bee, and they don’t care who they hurt as they claw their way to the top.

Question Six: Did Pretty Dead Girls turnout the way you expected? Did you set yourself rules before deciding what happened to who? 

Yes, PDG did turn out the way I expected, though there are always changes along the way as I write. I didn’t set myself any rules, and to be honest, I thought I’d end up having a few more people murdered than what actually happened on the page. I’m really pleased with how the book turned out overall, and I hope readers enjoy it.

Thank you for answering my questions. I love your books. Good luck with the launch :)

About the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.


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