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A lonely Korean pop star learns her high school classmate died five years ago. So, why are they still texting?

Yubin knows she's different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts with no guarantee of success, but that's how Korean stars are made. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn't. She doesn't even like the girls she performs with.

She's more connected to her former schoolmate Jieun, even though all they ever do is text. Over the last two months, Jieun has become her confidant and best friend, connecting Yubin to the real world in a way she desperately needs. Now that SIITY is going to appear on the reality show Incredible Race: Asia, Yubin will need that connection more than ever, which is why she's devastated to discover Jieun has been dead five years and is actually haunting her.

If that weren't enough, Yubin's not the only SIITY member with issues. Rena's father is emotionally abusive. Somi has a learning disability, and after a near death experience, Tae-eun becomes a nine-tailed fox woman. The only way they'll survive the show, each other, and the supernatural currents buffeting them is to work together and win the hearts of their fans. Because if they don't, they have nothing to go back to even if they survive what's trying to kill them.

©2017 Jun Prince (P)2017 Jun Prince

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Unusual and entertaining

I really enjoyed this entertaining and unusual audiobook. The unique storyline easily draws you in and takes you into a world of pop idols, ghosts, empaths, vampires and nine tail foxes. I knew nothing of the Korean k-pop culture before listening to this book and I found that fascinating in itself, as well as it having a great storyline. The story is told from various individual POVs, showing the thoughts, fears, insecurities and emotions of each character with a few unexpected twists mixed in. I loved that all his idols were not model perfect and that he showed some of the nastier side of show business too. The narrator did an excellent job. She brought out the unique personalities and gave the characters individual voices. Her clear delineation of characters helped me greatly, as I did struggle a little with the various names at first, but that speaks more to my lack of knowledge of Asian names than it does the writing or the narration. This is an unusual and very enjoyable story and I will look forward to other books by this author in the future.

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  • Dox
  • Chicago, IL
  • 01-04-18

Dark, Fun, and Paranormal

If you could sum up The Beautiful Dead in three words, what would they be?

Dark (by K-Pop standards), Fun, Paranormal

What other book might you compare The Beautiful Dead to and why?

Easier to say what it's not like.. It may take place in Korea, but this story isn't like a Korean drama. It's a lot darker, exploring the ugly side K-Pop industry (exploitation - sexual and otherwise), that I haven't seen in any K-Dramas - I love this about this book. I do like K-Pop and Dramas, but in books I prefer stories that are a bit edgier and/or sinister.

The supernatural elements remind me of the World of Darkness if anyone reading is familiar with it because the world touches on several different creature types (Psychics, Ghosts, Shapeshifters - as protagonists, Ghosts, Vampires, bad humans - as antagonists).

Have you listened to any of Amy Landon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Amy does an awesome job with the the characters. Each sounds unique, and she infuses a lot of emotion into the darker storyline (Tae-Eun), and humor into the light ones (Somi, fox grandma).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

That's not a fair question because I only cry once every couple of years. I laughed out loud several times, and I did feel sad for some of the other characters.

Any additional comments?

It starts off a little slow (first 45 minutes or so), but after that learning about each singer's personality is really enjoyable. The pacing speeds up as the story progresses.

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A Suspenseful K-Pop Supernatural Novel

Would you listen to The Beautiful Dead again? Why?

I definitely would. It was a great story to listen to and I found myself re-listening to some of the chapters. The characters were so interesting and well developed. I enjoyed listening to Amy Landon read this novel. She was a great fit for the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The unique main characters. The girls in the group SIITY are all forced to deal with many different struggles that many listeners will be able to identify with. They all face relatable challenges and each of the girls has an interesting and intriguing back story. Prince does a terrific job in developing each character so the reader feels connected and drawn in to each of their stories.

Which character – as performed by Amy Landon – was your favorite?

Somi was my favorite. She is the character most unlikely to be a pop star. She has a funny sense of humor and manages her disability in an admirable way. She's got a great deal of personality and wit.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed many times at the sarcasm and clever dialogue. But I liked the suspense and action sequences a lot. It kept me interested all the way through. I also had a reaction to the cool supernatural characters! Many WOW moments throughout the novel. Very creative. Strange, clever and unusual creatures are among the many well crafted components of the spirit world Prince presents.

Any additional comments?

This story possesses the elements of tragedy, humor, fantasy, conflict, and love all woven together in a masterful way. I hope this is the beginning of a series of books by Prince.

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