Adorable Sisterly Love: A Review of DEADLY PINK by Vivian Vande Velde

Deadly Pink

Deadly Pink 
Vivian Vande Velde 
288 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LIKED

Grace Pizzelli is the average one, nothing like her brilliant older sister, Emily, who works for Rasmussem, creators of the world’s best virtual reality games. The games aren’t real, though—or at least they weren’t. Now Emily has hidden herself inside a pink and sparkly game meant for little girls. No one knows why, or how to convince her to come back out, and the technology can’t keep her safe for much longer. Grace may consider herself average, but she’s the only one who can save Emily. So Grace enters the game, hoping to talk her sister out of virtual suicide before time runs out. Otherwise Emily will die—for real.

  Grace Pizzelli is your average girl, she’s nothing like her older sister, Emily – bright, pretty, helpful and downright lovable. But when Grace is plucked out of school and told that Emily has hidden herself in the bright and glittery Land of the Golden Butterflies, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. Entering the world herself, to convince Emily to return, Grace realizes that’s harder than it sounds. Desperately trying to bring back Emily before she dies in virtual and reality life, Grace faces silent men, rocks that bounce back at you, annoying sprites, a loyal gondolier, unicorns, dragons, and gypsies.

   The first few pages are not alluring so I didn’t really have high expectations for Deadly Pink. It was easy for me to put it down and find something else to do. But once I entered the middle it was filled with action, humor, and adorable sisterly love. Although the sprites were mean I still thought that they were kind of cute. Grace is a loveable headstrong character that I could really relate to, judging that I have a older sister kind of like Emily.

  Deadly Pink is the first book I’ve read written by Vivian Vande Velde, and to me the title and synopsis of User Unfriendly (the first novel in this series) sounds good. Although this wasn’t the first book in the ‘series’, it can be read alone – it’s almost like a standalone. I really like the cover with its different shades and the writing.

  Deadly Pink was a pretty good book. I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it. It was easier to like when I had more of an idea about what was going on. So if you’re looking for a short and ‘different’ read, I would definitely recommend Deadly Pink!

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    The Young Adventuress

    July 16, 2012

    Itslunds intersting. Ill have to add it to my TBR pile!

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    Danielle D

    July 17, 2012

    Thanks for the review, I've seen this book around and wasn't too sure about it, but it looks like it might be a good read :)

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    Mimi Valentine

    July 17, 2012

    You had me at “adorable sisterly love” LOL — I just LOVE books that feature sisters because of how much I would give a limb for my own, and I think it's pretty obvious that adorable books are one of my biggest weaknesses :') It's also really cool how this book can be read as a standalone even though it isn't! I love books like that because they usually don't have terrible cliffhangers x)

    Amazing review, Asma! :) <3

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    July 17, 2012

    I've never heard of this one Hafsah, thanks for the review! Glad to know that after a slow beginning things picked up a bit for you, and the sprites sound irritating and charming at the same time. Huge YAY for it reading like a standalone even though it's the beginning to a series, all these cliffhangers and giving me stress-induced ulcers:)

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    Oh! Paper Pages

    July 17, 2012

    I haven't heard of this book. I will definitely check it out based on your recommendation. Thanks for the great review!

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    Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog)

    July 24, 2012

    Glad that it picked up, but I hate it when books have such a slow start. I need something to get my attention right away.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    August 16, 2012

    Ive been wanting to read this! Thanks!

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    October 6, 2012

    I just ended up receiving this in the mail. Sounds interesting enough. And even though it's book 3 it sounds like I could just pick this one up.

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    January 19, 2013

    I've read other stuff by her and thought it was pretty good. I'll have to try this one. Thanks!