Don’t Kill the Pretty One by M. J. Orz

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RATING: ★★★★☆

Luke, the bespectacled, scrawny, walking wedgie of Redvale, must keep up with the scary stories shared between he and his unexpected best friend, Amanda. Storytelling is the only link between he and the pretty, young daydream of every boy in their senior class. But when the stories jump into their real world lives, this unexpected pair must face fears beyond their world of fiction. Every story becomes a clue to find out who else knows the tales only the two share – and who wants Luke dead.

I was sent a copy of Don’t Kill the Pretty One by the author, M. J. Orz, in exchange for an honest review. I was hooked by the description, as I love a good horror story, and I’m really glad that I agreed to read it.

The story is narrated by Luke, a teenage loner who loves to write short horror stories. One day he is forced to share some of his work in class, and it attracts the attention of Amanda. Amanda is the last person Luke would expect to be into gruesome horror stories – one of the pretty, popular ‘it’ girls. However, she approaches Luke after class and asks if he would listen to some of her own short stories that she has written.

The pair soon become friends and regularly meet up to share their stories. The short tales are included in the book so you get to read them too. I really enjoyed this aspect of the novel because I am a massive fan of Urban Legends and a lot of them were of that sort of genre.

However, strange things soon start to happen to Amanda and Luke, mirroring their own spooky tales. They are convinced that someone is playing a trick on them and embark on trying to find out who it is. The events become more and more terrifying, eventually becoming fatal. But will they ever find out who is really behind it?

Don’t Kill the Pretty One is a quick, gripping read. I loved the inclusion of the short horror stories, with a continuous, longer story surrounding them. The way it was written really reminded me of the Point Horror books (written by the likes of R. L. Stine) I used to read when I was younger. It fits really well into the teen horror genre and deserves to become mainstream.

I was impressed with the skill of Orz considering he is a new author – I really hope he is noticed because I think he could be one to look out for in the future.


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