When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue---in a stranger's body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there---her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters---mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city's other Hunters that Evy was a traitor...and she can't even remember what it was. Now she's a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice---and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again---but this time, there's no second chance.
©2009 Kelly Meding (P)2011 Tantor
"Action-packed, edgy, and thrilling, Three Days to Dead is a fabulous debut!" ---Jeaniene Frost
The Narrator, she has a disjointed way of speaking that makes her sound like the female computer voice on StarTrek, very difficult to keep following the story, gave me a headache
Every word was apart from the others, of a different tone, there's no continuity during sentences, like listening to the speaking clock or Stephen Hawking computer voice
"Enthralling Urban Fantasy."
Just when I think I can’t be surprised anymore with an original plot in the world of urban fantasy- here comes Kelly Meding, and shows me my lack of imagination with her first novel in the Dreg City series.
With the clock ticking, we get taken along Evy’s side, a kick ass, strong, smart mouth heroine; a paranormal bounty –hunter whose job is to control and kill her city's supernatural bad creatures; shifters, vampires, gargoyles, fae, trolls, goblins- just to mention a few. But this is not an easy ride, this world is dark, mean, creepy, deadly, brutal and unpredictable; the magic is not pretty, and it’s everywhere, the supernatural politics draw an unclear line between the good guys and the bad ones.
Evy’s inner voice and narration force you to experience this world with all its anguish, creepiness, violence (yes, very strong violent scenes) and fear, but one most definitely worth the time.
Xe Sands approached this book with the perfect arsenal of emotions, and justifiably so, this book absolutely demanded it. Evy’s POV of this incredibly dark, dangerous and creepy world was brilliantly fleshed out with all its emotional depth and intricacy, this combined with the impressive array of voices for all the unsavory creatures, delivered an engrossing listening experience,and one that never felt forced or over the top.
By bringing Evy’s personality to life with the perfect balance of toughness and vulnerability, Ms. Sands conveyed a very likable and sympathetic character, and one that you can’t help but to root for.
Xe sands ability to perform credible male voices is ever present with her portrayal of Wyatt communicating his personality clearly.
Ultimately, I absolutely enjoyed this audiobook, so much so, that I’m half way done with the following installment “As Lie the Dead”.
"Standard urban fantasy fare"
This is the first book in the Dreg City series. There are four book total in this series, there were supposed to be seven but the publisher dropped the series after the fourth book. This series was pretty typical urban fantasy; nothing bad but nothing all that original either.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent. The narrator did a good job distinguishing characters voices and conveying emotion. My one complaint would be that Evy’s voice was kind of breathy sounding which totally didn’t match Evy’s character-type (at least I didn’t think so).
This was an urban fantasy series about a Bounty hunter named Evangeline who hunts Dregs (the cities dark creatures like goblins, vamps, etc). Evangeline starts the book waking up in a new body that’s not her’s. For the whole book she is trying to remember and hunt down critical information that she knew when she died, information that could save the world. Evangeline (Evy) has been resurrected into the body of a young woman who committed suicide, Chalice. She was resurrected by her friend Wyatt, who is determined to help her hunt down her memories.
While I thought the idea behind the world was interesting, there wasn't a ton creative here and the world wasn't expanded much beyond the initial premise of fey-like creatures hiding out in the bad parts of the city.
Evangeline was your typical urban fantasy heroine, except for the fact that she was killed and brought back into a different body at the beginning of the book. She complains some about Chalice’s body not reacting like her own. Still she seems to do fairly well in fights despite the fact that Chalice’s body is untrained. The fact that she only has three days to solve the mystery of this unknown information does lend more urgency to this story.
Wyatt was okay but not all that inspiring as a male lead. He seemed a bit weak and easily led...I didn’t really feel great chemistry between him and Evy. In fact I didn't find any of the characters to be all that intriguing or engaging in this book.
The plot was also fairly predictable, there are some twists and turns but things end up pretty much how I thought they would in the end. This is a pretty dark story as well with torture, rape, and dank bleak settings. So those who dislike really dark urban fantasy should probably skip this and look elsewhere.
Overall this was an okay read, but nothing that really stood out in the urban fantasy genre for me. The world was kind of interesting but not all that well filled out, Evy is in an interesting situation with her resurrection and all, but I didn’t like her all that much as a character. Nothing really offensive here, but nothing great either. This is a dark setting with rape and torture as part of the story, so just a heads up to those who don’t like those subjects in their reading. There is so much excellent urban fantasy out there that I wouldn’t really recommend this series. I don’t plan on reading any more of this series.
For excellent urban fantasy check out Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniel’s series, Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series, Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid or October Daye series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, or Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.
"Dark, action-packed supernatural page turner"
"Three Days to Dead" delivered more than I expected of it. The slightly clichéd title and garish cover set me up for a piece of supernatural light entertainment with a puzzle at its heart. A distraction. The book turned out to be much, much darker, more violent and more thoughtful than that.
The story centres around Evangeline Stone, a young killer in a death squad targeted at the non-human population (the Dregs) who having been robbed of her life and the memory of her death, is returned to a three day lifespan, in the body of a stranger, to solve a puzzle she does not have the pieces of.
The plot is set up to be provide a good action story: charismatic heroine, a race against time, a mysterious chain of events, laced with betrayal and mistrust and packed with fight sequences to keep the readers attention.
But Kelly Madding take everything further than. As Evangeline painfully recovers her memory and struggles to discover who she can trust, she confronts her former self and discovers a desire to change and a need to live that she lacked before her first death.
She reassesses herself, her allies, her enemies and discovers choices she was previously blind to. As she does so, we start to care about her and root for her, which brings this action-packed supernatural thriller to life and turns the gruesome memories and the endless violence from gratuitous window dressing into real character building.
Xe Sands does a great job as the narrator, able to deal with action and introspection equally well.
"Xe Sands? I'm not so sure..."
Kelly Meding I'll give another shot to but I won't listen to Xe Sands again. It felt like the narrator was speaking extra slowly and all I could think was "Bueller, Bueller, Bueller."
Can't say... didn't finish the audiobook.
So far some of the female narrators I have liked have been Khristine Hvam, Julia Whelan, and Johanna Parker.
Didn't finish the book... I'm probably going to just read it myself.
I gave the story almost an hour before I just couldn't listen anymore.
"different and unexpected"
I really liked this book because it wasn't predictable. The main character has a unique "condition" and the story moves quickly. It was a little darker than most of the books i listen to, there were times i wasn't sure i liked that. i decided i did because it added to the suspense, you don't know who is going to "make it out alive" and it isn't "all worked out fine" in the end. i think you should give this story a chance. if you like the early Anita Blake books you may enjoy this for it's "darker edge". The narrator was difficult to get used to at first, but i did. not the best not the worst, just...different, not the voice i would have imagined for this character... especially in the beginning when i thought she shouldv'e sounded more "freaked out" by her situation and surroundings. instead it was just...hmmm i'm in a morgue... try it out it is worth it.
"A little redundant"
There were several times during the audiobook where I wanted to say - yes, yes, I know. Much of the text felt redundant. I almost didn't finish. But it was ok. The narrator's voice is a little odd, took some getting used to. Liked the use of lots of different kinds of fantasy creatures in the storyline.
"Interesting New Author"
I've read several books and authors in this genre and Kelly Meding fits right in. This was an interesting story and Xe Sands did a very good job on the narration.
"Imagine investigating your own murder..."
Even though the reviews nearly scared me off from this book, it turned out I quite liked it. If one were to put the tons of urban fantasy books written by women into a pile organized by quality of writing and orginality, this would be in the top 3/4 of the pile. Probably not the first book I'd pick up (Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, or Moning's Fever series are more suspenseful) but certainly it is better written and more original than many.
The romance wasn't really much of a romance though - and there is no sex during the book (I think there is a flashback to it, but not much in the way of details). Actually, this is probably the weakest part of the book - I think Meding was going for "angst" (i.e. should Evy love the man she had forgotten she loved, or the man the body she was possessing loved, or neither of them?) but it felt like this whole thread was sorta dropped, and ended up with the easy solution.
I did find the concept of solving your own murder quite original and even suspenseful. There are the usual supernaturals in the book, and they aren't elaborated on much, but they aren't really that important to the story anyway. Well, the bad guy is important, but the fact that he was a supernatural was actually not important to the story since he could have been any "bad-boy character" and still been there to cause havoc. We just get a hint at Evy's new-found powers, but they were interesting and I suspect they'll grow in future books.
The story is wrapped up in the end (no cliff-hanger) but I ended up buying the other books in the series... I'm curious as to what Evy does with her new life. The narration was good - I never had any issues following who was talking.
not what i was expecting but was really surprised at the story line....i like the characters and really look forward to books 2 and 3...hope there are more to come..
awesome book first book i ever finished reading. it was very much my sytle. :)
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