Three Days to Dead Mass Market Paperback – 15 May 2010
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"Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I've read. "Ever." Evy Stone is a heroine's heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that's fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! "More!""--Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White
Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I ve read. "Ever." Evy Stone is a heroine s heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that s fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! "More!" Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White"
"Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I've read. Ever. Evy Stone is a heroine's heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that's fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! More!"--Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White
About the Author
A native of the Delaware seashore, Kelly Meding briefly attempted life in the bustle of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, before retreating back to the relative quiet of the Eastern Shore. She lives in a small town near the beach, with a neurotic cat who occasionally meows at ghosts. Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication in 2002 and she hasn't used it since, preferring instead to wile away her non-writing hours on the sales floor of a national retail chain. After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, Kelly began 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, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows.
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There is also far too much going on. There are many, many different species of creature in this book, and it gets a bit tricky trying to keep all the different creatures and their alliances straight. The story jumps from one thing to another with little explanation and trying to keep all of it in order and remember it all isn't easy either. And whilst the world building was pretty good, the overall tone wasn't as dark and gritty as it could have been, leaving a slightly lighter tone than it really needed.
Knowing that there is a time constraint is one thing, but the pressure of it didn't really come across well in this. There were times when you felt Evy had all the time in the world to do whatever it was needed doing. There were a couple decent twists but nothing out of the blue, but the ending was reasonable anyway, even if a few things were left open ended.
However, despite all it's flaws, I liked this book. Yes it's not as good as it could be, but I still think it's a reasonable read and one I'll pass along to friends. Evy has some good moments, and there are points where things are explained enough and the characters show real emotion you can relate to, there's just not enough of it to truly bring the characters to life. But sometimes it's nice to read a reasonable book that's not going to leave you hanging for more or make you wish you hadn't bothered with it.
I also loved the world building. I always enjoy it when there are lots of different supernatural races interacting, which this series has. I liked the idea of the Triads of Hunters working to police the non-humans of Dreg city. While it's obviously not the first series to ever feature a vampire hunter, the way it was so organised and militant certainly felt like a new and imaginative slant on it.
The characters were very vivid and real and even a little bit damaged. Even among the action-packed, race against time plot line, there was still time to grow really attached to some of them. So much so, that I may have had a little something in my eye at a couple of points during the read . Or it could have been a trick of the light. I'll never tell.
Overall this was a great urban fantasy debut. The only slight negative (and it is teeny tiny) is that because of the premise of girl-wakes-up-in-new-body-with-only-three-days-to-live, a lot of stuff had to be told to us in flashbacks, which sort of caused the romantic element to fall a little bit flat as the relationship didn't develop in a linear fashion...That probably doesn't make any sense unless you've read it, but you'll see what I mean when you do. And you absolutely should!
4.5 Stars! ★★★★1/2
Evy Stone is a hunter, a member of an elite and secret branch of the police force that enforces order over the "dregs". When she is resurrected in someone else's body, the clock begins ticking to recover her memories, find her killer, and prevent a catastrophic alliance between vampires and goblins. Unlike several other reviewers, I don't think the knowledge that she will somehow survive the book, despite the stated three-day limit on her life, ruins the book in any way. Lets face it; basic common sense tells you that the protagonist of any series is going to survive, no matter how imminent and deadly the danger might seem. The interesting and more important part is exactly how she will survive, and building suspense over that is something Meding accomplishes.
The characters in 'Three Days' are unique. Wyat Truman, Evy's handler/supervisor when she was a hunter, is not the ultra-alpha hero, the genius who has it all under control, or the lover who's affections border on stalking. He seems a fairly normal person with special skills. Evy herself is not perfect; she doesn't find everything to be smooth sailing in her new body, she has serious emotional problems dealing with her returned memories, and she makes several bad decisions which result in harm to innocents that she does not just easily brush aside. The secondary characters are also not typical; the vampires are not all evil, some of the prettiest denizens of the non-human world are fairly useless, and some of the ugliest and most disgusting are the most entertaining. Although the characters were interesting, that is not enough to carry the book. More world development and background information would have been beneficial to make them really come to life.
Meding's writing is technically proficient, which is more than can be said for many new writers in the exploding urban fantasy market; there are no typos, spelling errors, poor grammar, or annoying and cutesy phrases replacing curses, such as "turn you" or "go bite something". Unfortunately her writing lacks the emotion and pacing that would make this an excellent book. One of the most mysterious skills of an excellent writer is their ability to select specific words to not just state an emotion, but make the reader feel it, to not just portray a fight scene, but make the reader believe they should be ducking and dodging along with the main character. Whether Meding will develop this skill in future works remains to be seen, but I have my fingers crossed.
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