Friday, March 4, 2016


"Run, Star Girl.”

Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count, and features a cover by Hugo award-winner Galen Dara.

Includes “Oliver Bloom” by Ryan Johnson, a short story featuring characters from Pretty Little Dead Girls.

Editorial Reviews


"Quite possibly the best book I've read all year." - MAJA, THE NOCTURNAL LIBRARY

About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. She writes dark and lovely tales. Mercedes lives in Sin City and can be found at 

Format: Kindle Edition
A very special book. What sets this book apart is the it is sooooo Mercedes Yardley. Only she could have told this story in this way. The language is out of a fairy tale, with a serial killer and a flower girl taking the place of the wicked witch and the princess. I spent the whole story mourning for this poor girl who's destined to be murdered, who knows it and everyone she meets knows it. And maybe she lives happily ever after, maybe not. While the subject matter is dark, there is bitter sweet humor throughout, in the way things are described or the way the narrator address the reader. Not a standard serial killer thriller, it takes place in a subtly magical setting, where the desert and the flowers are charterers in their own right. One of the favorite things I ever read. 

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Bryony Should have been murdered in second grade, she Knew It, her Father Knew It, the whole town Knew It, even the soon to be President Knew It, Fate wanted it; Happened but a mistake.

Through school, university, suicidal boyfriends, we watch as she cheats death and tries to choose where to live That does not Involve serial killers or places That Could be in horror movies. Eventually the ethereal Star Girl settles in Seattle where she meets a variety of wonderful friends, all are drawn to Also Become her protectors.

As the bodies start to mount up around her I Could almost feel the weight of her sorrow pulling at my own heart. In a sort of cat and mouse Told MY way of all the potential murderers after Bryony and left me on tenterhooks wondering who would be successful and get Their prize? She made it sound like it would be delicious to witness, Which was rather worrying!

The surrounding characters are well fleshed out and have a wonderful sense of reality to them, even now I miss them. The devotion from her friends is breath taking the obvious love from her Father and Mrs W Nearly broke my heart. I adored the little comments acerca's would-be, could-be's and may-be's.

The Saucepan of Vengeance will stay with me for a while as it really made me chortle.

The language is Certainly whimsical But Also so amazingly clever, it is after all quite a gore laden book with talk of serial killers, murder and death but I loved the conversational way That MY pulled me into the story, Involving me in Bryony's fate, she was very clever in mind evoking scenes Which Had No business make me smile, but did anyway.

The ending is spectacular and I can not wait to read more from this author; I finally got to read a book with the word discombobulated in it! 
 Streetwise Romeo and Juliet meets Stephen King’s Firestarter.




Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Aplocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed ‘Nuclear’ Lulu crisscross the country in a bloody firestorm of revenge

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I read this book in one heart-wrenching sitting. The two main characters are both horribly broken people who somehow find each other and fit perfectly. The author does a masterful job of somehow humanizing a monster of a serial killer. The book is full of a sweet sort of tension that builds as the story unfolds; you just know they are bound for tragedy, but you don't know exactly how or when. There is murder, blood and gore, but also surprising tenderness, love and understanding. It is an unbelievable story told in a believable way. The element of fantasy is woven carefully into the story, adding to the beauty of the tale. 

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Brutal, unflinching, lyrical, and honest... this is, perhaps, the most cruelly redemptive love story I've ever read. The author took two savagely broken and damaged souls and brought them the single greatest joy in the world (via a baptism of blood and destruction).

Profoundly tender intimacy is juxtaposed by some truly visceral and intimate horror without resorting to clinical details and gross out descriptions. The author weaves these two themes together deftly, creating a harmony out of the contrasts of wicked cruelty and authentic emotion. Their early "courtship" was remarkable in the starling intersection of a killer's expectations and a woman's awakening to life. It unfolded without pretense or relying on tropes or conventions... it was a discovery of new ground for the characters AND for the reader.

The author creates characters who have both been purged of ambiguity and prevarication, purified in the fires of cruelty and neglect and condemnation so when they meet, they are pure in who and what they are. Such a collision can only strike sparks that burn deep, hot, and true.

Everything is cast beautifully in prose that stays at an almost dreamy level of near-poetry. The violence, the passion - and the tranquility between it - are all anchored in the realm of archetypal perception rather than stark description. This is the world of Montessa and LuLu and demonstrates wonderfully how we all may live in the same geography but in very different worlds. I particularly enjoyed the moments when the "real world" intrudes and how sloppy and fragile everything becomes. Alone they are perfect, but the rest of the world could never serve to hold such perfection.

You have not read a book like this, dear friends. But with a little luck - and the author's indulgence - you will again.

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