Book Review: Pretty Little Things by Teresa Mummert (Playlist!)

I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.

We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.

"Whoa...that was good."

Those were my first words post-Pretty Little Things. Short and simple, yet it accurately expressed the haze I was in. There are just certain books that you never think you'll love or be "into", and then you experience them, and then there's no denying it...the book-devil is sitting on your shoulder, taunting you, "Yeah, that's right! You liked that!" 

As it's a lot darker than other books I've reviewed, I chose to go into this story blind. The brief and cryptic blurb put this title on my TBR list almost instantly, but there's a reason why I avoided teasers or reviews...The only way to satisfy my curiosity was to draw the curtain back myself. 

I actually started right before I went to bed, thinking, "Oh, let me get into a few chapters, then I'll call it a night." Nope. Didn't happen that way. I completely devoured this book, in mere hours. I kept wanting to see where this rabbit hole led, needing to add just one more piece to the puzzle. In fact, I reached the 40% mark without even highlighting or noting a single thing. I was so immersed that it was straight reading!

And while I would love to bare my soul and share EVERY dirty detail that I loved...I can't. *squirms in seat and wiggles fingertips over keyboard* I can't...I shouldn't. Because I really do believe that the less you know, the better. Here's what I can tell you...

This is obviously not "traditional" romance. The main characters, Annabel and Colin, share a dark, disturbing past. From the very beginning, you get the sense that something is off about them, but you'll only want to delve deeper, hypnotized. The dual point-of-view and use of flashbacks add so many layers to the story and amplify the suspense. 
Annabel was my drug of choice.
Pretty Little Things gave me reading-chills, those moments that stop your eyes in its tracks as it darts across the page, the ones that catch you by surprise and jolt you to attention. Gripping. Mesmerizing. Spine-tingling. 
"Patience, little one. I want to take my time with you."
Annabel and Colin's scenes bleed a dark, mysterious intensity that can make your stomach flutter and your muscles tense. She is the delicate innocence contrasting with his tortured soul and controlling, possessive side. There's an intriguing twist to their relationship, as that teases the illusion of "taboo."  
"You have no idea what you're doing." I skimmed my nose along her jaw as I breathed in the sweet honey smell of her skin. "Please don't let me do this to you," I whispered, my lips moving against the soft flesh of her neck.
When it was all over, I had to walk around my kitchen and have a snack at 2 in the morning...seriously...because I needed to find some way to come down from the book-high. I didn't want to sleep...I wanted to go back and read it all again! Pretty Little Things was an addictive, thrilling, 5-star read! Side effects include: obsession with Annabel and Colin. ;)


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Here are a few songs to get you in the mood for Pretty Little Things! There are a couple of rock songs, which remind me of Colin because that's what he listens to, songs with a Southern vibe and religious references that tie into the story nicely, a couple of contemporary choices...including a slow, sensual song ;)...and a duet that fits Annabel and Colin, in my opinion, pretty well!

| Track 01. "The Fragile" by Nine Inch Nails |
"She shines,
In a world full of ugliness,
She matters when everything is meaningless"

| Track 02. "Beware" by Deftones |

| Track 03. "Take Me to Church" by Hozier |
"The only heaven I'll be sent to,
Is when I'm alone with you,
I was born sick, but I love it

Take me to church,
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine,
Good God, let me give you my life"

| Track 04. "Dear Sister" by The Pretty Reckless |
"Dear sister, can you help me lie?

I’ve been alone this lonely road,
Looks like I’m not coming home,
But I don’t mind, please don’t cry"

| Track 05. "Wicked Game" by Emika |
 "No one could save me,
No one could save me,
The world was on fire and no one could save me but you"

| Track 06. "Bedroom Hymns" by Florence + The Machine |
" 'Cause this is his body
This is his love
Such selfish prayers and I can't get enough"

| Track 07. "Devil's Backbone" by The Civil Wars |
"Oh Lord, Oh Lord, what have I done?
I've fallen in love with a man on the run

He's raised on the edge of the devil's backbone
Oh I just wanna take him home

There wasn't a wrong or a right he could choose
He did what he had to do
Oh he did what he had to do

Don't care if he's guilty, don't care if he's not
He's good and he's bad and he's all that I've got
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, I'm begging you please
Don't take that sinner from me"

| Track 08. "Pretty Thing" by Broods |
"Lost in love with you it's a pretty thing, 
Lost in love with me could be what you need
The only thing that's keeping me from going wrong,
Is you keeping me,
And the only thing that's holding me from going wrong,
Is you holding me"

| Track 09. "Pull Me Down" by Mikky Ekko | 

"I want you to know that I've got your back,
Even when the whole foundation seems cracked,
Two punk kids up against the world

Pull me down if you want to,
and I hope that you want to

You can show me where trouble goes
Tell me secrets only trouble knows"

| Track 10. "Demons" by Boyce Avenue feat. Jennel Garcia |
"I wanna hide the truth,
I wanna shelter you,
But with the beast inside,
There’s nowhere we can hide

Don’t get too close,
It’s dark inside,
It’s where my demons hide,
It’s where my demons hide 

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how"


I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story.
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)