Tuesday, January 19, 2010

THREE DAYS TO DEAD by Kelly Meding

Publisher: Dell Mass Market Book
Date published: November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-553-59286-3
Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher

Kelly Meding’s THREE DAYS TO DEAD is a dark and desperate race against the clock with murder, bounty hunters, lost memory and death leading the chase.

Evangeline Stone wakes up on a slab at the morgue in a stranger’s body with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But that isn’t her biggest problem. It turns out that Evangeline is a bounty hunter of things that go bump in the night and the only survivor of an attack that left two of her fellow hunters dead and the rest of the hunters thinking she is a traitor. Oh, and she only has three days to solve her murder before the reincarnation spell that brought her back wears off.

Kelly Meding’s THREE DAYS TO DEAD is one terrific urban fantasy. The characters are dark and edgy, the enemies difficult to ascertain, the mysteries seem insurmountable and the action is fast and furious.

Evangeline Stone is a kick-butt heroine who finds herself in an impossible situation. Luckily for Evangeline, she is also one smart heroine. Readers discover alongside Evangeline just who she is and what she must accomplish in an incredibly short three day time span. That she is able to piece together her past and solve her murder before the clock on her life winds down has this story moving at light speed. Every answer seems to bring up new questions. Every turn she makes seems to bring more danger.

For a nice change of pace, the heroine in this story is panting after the hero waiting for love. She is the one being pursued and she isn’t all that aware of it which makes for some interesting interaction between her and her suitor. THREE DAYS TO DEAD is the first book in Meding’s new Dreg City series and this reader believes it sets the series perfectly. We are introduced to gads of interesting characters, creatures and evil doers that can take the series in so many different directions. Where it goes from here only Master storyteller Meding knows. The rest of us will have to wait for the next book in the series, As Lie the Dead, to come out in the summer of 2010.

For all you urban fantasy fans out there who are scanning through the book shelves trying to decide what might be worth spending your hard earned dollars on, Kelly Meding’s THREE DAYS TO DEAD is every bit as intriguing as the cover suggests and this reader highly recommends it. Kick-butt heroine, murder, mystery, monsters and magic – what more could urban fantasy fans possibly ask for?


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