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Wrong Side of Dead (Dreg City) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Jan 2012
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"Kelly Meding is a real storyteller."--Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of River Marked
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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, or enjoying a good cup of coffee.
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I also enjoy the dangly carrot method of writing she likes to employ that keeps you furiously turning the pages of her books. I am, of course, referring to the flashback plot device. This is something that has been consistent with all four books in the series so far, as we've slowly built the characters' back stories.
I know flashbacks probably aren't everyone's idea of a good time. And I can see how they might be confusing, and maybe even a little annoying at times for some people. But as a method of tweaking your interest to make you desperate for answers, they really are effective. And for me, as a big L.O.S.T fan back in the day, they feel perfectly natural and are very well executed by Meding, in my most humble opinion.
I don't know much about the process of writing a book, but I can only imagine that using jumping time lines like this must make your job that much harder. Trying to keep everything straight, or not straight, as the case may be. I found it fascinating, therefore, that Meding not only does this, but that she also changes from past tense prose for the present day scenes, to present tense for the flashbacks... You know, 'cause clearly before it was just not complicated enough for her! Pfft!
Is the woman some sort of masochist, maybe? I'm just sayin'.
Well, whatever the reason behind it, it really works, and there was not one section of the book, no matter which time we were in, that was slow or dull in any way. It is slightly different from the previous three books in that instead of flashing back to before Evy got her new bod, we have jumped forward four weeks and are flashing back to events between now and the end of the last book. And a lot of things have changed, let me tell you! You might even find yourself wondering if you missed a book somewhere. You haven't. And it will all become clear.... eventually.
It's hard to discuss the actual plot without giving anything away, so I'm not going to bother other than to say that a former nemesis is back in town and they haven't given up on their master plan muah ha ha ha! As villains go, they're pretty scary simply because they are completely insane. And you just can't reason with the crazies. You just can't.
So, in sum, if you are an Urban Fantasy fan and you haven't read anything by Meding yet, you are seriously missing out on some top quality UF. You are pretty much guaranteed a fast-paced, action-packed tale full of twists, turns, shocks and WTF's. So go add her to your shelf, like, right now! That's an order!
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For Evy Stone life has never been easy. And just when you think that something is really going to go your way this time, mother nature and fate slap you in the face with a harsher reality than any one person should have to live. This is constantly the case for Evy who seems to live her life on a time table every time something goes wrong. She has died, she has come back, she has been tortured, and various other things, but nothing truly seems capable of keeping Evy down long.
But now it's personal. Because it isn't Evy this time that is kidnapped and tortured, but someone very dear to her and to her best friend Phin. Now they're racing against time to figure out the plan of the mastermind behind the kidnappings and bring those precious people back into the safe arms of people that can protect them. But is this time enough? Will Evy be able to beat the clock again... and will she ever find time or the patience to give into a love live that she desperatly wants?
In the fourth book of the Evy Stone series, I found myself, as per normal, reading heavily in this book. I could barely put it down. True to Medings normal format the book was as actual packed as they all have been from the very start. There are no luls, there are no moments in the book where you sit there and think 'can we get on with this?"
No Meding starts you off running and makes you gallop your way through the book which is something that I really enjoy about her writing. The face pace and action packed books that she write continue to surprise me. There are always twists that I never see coming, and there are always things that I think might happen but she is able to leave you hanging until she decides to let you in on the secret. Constantly you fall in love with the set of characters that she has cast in her world. A world that gets bigger and smaller with every book.
For those of you that are fans of paranormal books, you will find yourself in love with Evy Stone. She's fast, gritty, tough, and doesn't take anyone's flak. She is the kind of woman that you can set your teeth into, if she doesn't stake you first. I love these books and get excited every time a new one comes out. I'm so excited to see what is in store for the next novel.
Meding has done it again.
(Now if she could just infuse some of the goodness from this series to the "Trance" series books)