Another Kind of Dead Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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"Kelly Meding is a real storyteller."--Patricia Briggs, "New York Times" bestselling author of "River Marked"
About the Author
Kelly Meding discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, playing with her cat, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows.
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While some series become stale over time, this one most definitely has not. While it started a bit slowly, it was never boring. A third of the way into the story, it really kicked into high gear, and I had trouble putting it down after that!
The supporting characters also make this series special. They are so vividly drawn and real. Flawed but forgiving. And worth being forgiven for their OWN failings. I'm so glad Phin had a part in this book - I really like his character! And Wyatt is becoming one of my all-time favorite male leads. He loves and cherishes Evy so much, and his love often keeps her going in the worst of situations.
This book was brilliantly written. There were even a few snippets from Evy's past that were gripping. I have to warn you that it contained some disturbingly violent scenes (similar to Three Days to Dead). While they were difficult to read, they really made me see and feel what was happening, and they also made me cheer for Evy all the more for her strength and courage.
If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it! This book ended with a partial resolution, and I can't wait for its conclusion!
Evy Stone, now in hiding since she died and came back with some extra abilities, then almost died again. Since almost everyone thought the second death was real, she's decided to lay low. Of course that isn't the easiest thing for Evy as she is a trouble magnet. This time it's a crazy scientist who is on a path of vengeance, determined to stop vampirism at all costs. Right now his obsession is Evy as she may hold the key to his illustrious cure. But, just because he wants her alive, doesn't mean her friends are safe as he will do anything he can to get his hands on her. Evy knows she must do everything she can to keep the ones she loves safe, even if it means the ultimate sacrifice.
I love the dynamic between Evy and Wyatt. Their love for one another is so incredibly strong, yet so very fragile as well. They need each other more than anything, yet neither one seems to know what to do with that fact. At times the progression has felt gratingly slow, but then I force myself to take a step back to realize that while this may be the third book, at the start, only about two weeks has passed. So, when you consider everything that has happened to them as obstacles to their relationship, it is a wonder they stand a chance at all. I think that more than anything shows just how much they belong together. The brevity of their time together made everything seem so much precious and sweet, so I fell even harder for the two as a couple. I know this is a wish with very slim odds, but I really hope they get a little more time together before the next crisis hits, as they have more than earned it.
Like its predecessors, Another Kind of Dead is one big roller coaster ride from start to finish. It is so full of loops and turns that barely give the characters (and readers) a chance to take a breath. You won't find any slackers here, just a set of characters determined to stand up for what is right no matter the personal cost. I was on the edge of my seat until the very last word, and while there wasn't a cliffhanger ending, there was still more than plenty things left open to make me more than a little desperate to get my hands on the next installment. My hat goes off to Kelly Meding for another great installment in the Dreg City Series. You won't want to miss this!
As she adapts to her new body and learns to use her powers, five people are aware that Evy came back. Her lover-partner Wyatt Truman warns her to trust no one especially the triad as they invaded a lab to take away powerful objects and hybrids but failed to snatch the genius behind the development. He does not trust their agenda. When the compulsive obsessive mad scientist Walter Thackery steals a dangerous object, he begins a chess match in which check will be Evy's blood.
The third Evy Stone urban fantasy (see As Lie the Dead and Three Days to Dead) is a fun romp due to actions of the mad scientist; a stereotype (but not campy) villain who makes for an entertaining thriller as he is a classic COD freak seeking the heroine's blood. Fast-paced, fans will enjoy the game of life (and death) as Evy with her loving sidekick Wyatt battle traitors in their group and a truly mad scientist.
After the funeral, Leo moves on with his life, but not before private detective James Reilly shows up asking questions about things he should know nothing about. However, he speaks only to Leo and Wyatt (Evy's manager-turned-lover) because Evy herself is carrying a crystal of invisibility. Evy is considered a fatality of a warehouse fire set by her fellow bounty hunter. In other words, Evy Stone is dead--again.
After Wyatt dismisses the private investigator, Leo leaves the city to move on with this life but not before Wyatt and Evy are shaken by a minor tremor. The fact that Leo does not feel it indicates that it was not an earthquake, but something meant only for those who are Gifted with special abilities.
Back at their apartment, a man known as Jaron arrives mortally wounded. Jaron is a human host who is occasionally possessed (voluntarily or not) by a member of the Fey, a group of fairies and sprites that live far beneath the Earth's surface near the "Break", the source of all magic. The Fey appear in our world strictly in the form of their avatars (hosts).
Jaron's final words warn of betrayal. No sooner does he die than his killer arrives--a half-goblin/half-human out for blood. After a vicious brawl, Evy and Wyatt manage to subdue the creature and learn that he was sent by one Walter Thackery. Thackery is a scientist that had also been the silent partner of Tovin, the maniacal elf who had been experimenting with hybrid creatures in book one.
As the story unfolds, our heroes come to find that Thackery's wife and son had been attacked by Halfies years before. Thackery had raced to find the antidote to the parasite in vampire saliva, but was unsuccessful. As a result, he had been forced to kill them. Now, the scientist will do whatever it takes to continue his research and find a cure--and no one will stand in his way.
Unfortunately for Evy, her ability to spontaneously heal makes her the perfect test subject for Thackery's "study" (read: torture). When Thackery kidnaps one of Evy's friends and demands an exchange, Evy puts her life on the line yet again. Will she survive Thackery's hidden lab of horrors? Will Thackery find the antidote and if not, what further horrors will the lunatic scientist unleash on the city?
Like the previous volumes, Another Kind of Dead was a quick and enjoyable read. Meding should be applauded for her consistency in both her characters and voice. Again, though, I have to chuckle at how often her characters "flinch" when being told off by Evy. That has actually become a noticeable--and somewhat unnatural--trend. At times, some of the characters abruptly change mood or tone or react in ways that do not quite ring true for the situation, but I chalk that up to Meding's style.