Renée Winters knows about the Undead: Her soul mate, Dante, has been Undead for years.
But having been saved by Dante at the end of the series opener (Dead Beautiful, 2010), Renée is left to wonder whether she too is now one of the Undead. Renée is sent to Montreal to protect her after a series of attacks at Gottfried Academy. At St. Clément, the curriculum is designed to train students as Monitors, who police the Undead and prevent them from murdering humans. Knowing that Dante only has five more years of animation before he will need to either take a life or die a second time, Renée searches the school’s library and mystical texts for a solution. Following clues left by the school’s founders, she’s trailed by Noah, a fellow Monitor who would like to be more than just a friend. But for Renée, this isn’t a romantic lark or a quick trip into the history of a charming city; it’s a race against time. Her body is changing, the effect of Dante’s life-saving kiss. And both are pursued by The Brotherhood, an order of Undead dedicated to extending their own existence at all costs. Renée's narration takes readers through the twisting streets of Montreal, effectively drawing them into her distress over Dante, boarding-school psychodrama and the world of the Undead.
Renée’s story is romantic, suspenseful and far from over. A solid read, this one will leave readers wanting more. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)