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Two Weeks' Notice (Revivalist #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,691 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s “thrilling”* Revivalist series, Bryn Davis finds out that making a living can be rough if you’re already dead...

After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Roc (first published July 25th 2012)
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Two Weeks’ Notice gives new meaning to the term corporate zombies. Literally.

Not your usual brain-eating zombies, the zombies in Two Weeks’ Notice are just regular folk revived by Pharadene Pharmaceuticals miracle drug Returné. The catch? The revived must take a dose of Returné daily or risk decomposition. The drug has a more evil side, allowing the users to be compelled.

The author captures the sinister side of corporate America in this unique mix of urban fantasy and conspiracy thriller. Big Ph
Jul 19, 2012 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Um...I got an arc of this, so maybe I'm not as impartial as I could be. But this book was BETTER than #1, I'm extremely confident to say that. I mean, until the last 1/4tg. And then I LITERALLY GASPED OUT LOUD and my heart raced, and laughed out loud too. I mean, the twist was one I've seen in a book in QUITE a while. Wow. This is not as romancey as most urban fantasy I read either, so I think guys would like it as well. I dunno, I think the tech zombie thing is pretty cool ...more
Sep 03, 2012 MissM rated it it was ok
Library borrow.

The last 5 or so pages of this book absolutely and completely ruined it for me. And ruined the series as well. I'm totally done with it.

Here's the thing. Rachel Caine knows how to write. I've read many series by her and they're always solid. The first in the Revivalist series really disturbed me - the idea of slowly rotting while conscious and aware of the whole thing if you don't get a daily injection of a super rare, top secret drug? Really disturbing. To be that vulnerable and
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 06, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it it was amazing
It’s rare that a sequel can top its predecessor, and given the enthusiastic 5 bats I gave WORKING STIFF, I never expected TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE to become my new favorite in the series. The bleak circumstances of the first few chapters set me up for a mind blowing ending that has my excitement about this series turned up to an all time high.

Though Bryn’s circumstances at the start of TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE have changed drastically since we first met her in WORKING STIFF, underneath the luxurious accommoda
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I read Working Stiff, the first book in the Revivalist series, with some trepidation, not being a fan of shambling mindless brain eaters, only to find myself gripped by a original, exciting story. I was thrilled to be given access to a galley of Two Week's Notice and eager to see if Caine could do it again.

And she did. Picking up a few months after Working Stiff Bryn is managing the funeral home she 'inherited', searching for her kidnapped sister, Annalie, offering counseling to the newly Revive
Jun 18, 2015 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Good continuation of the series, Bryn maybe trapped by circumstances but she makes her own choices in some ways. There are a few surprises and some bizarre goings on at Pharmogene.
It's not a zombie book, as the characters are more in a state of stasis.
Aug 30, 2012 Sofija rated it really liked it

"Two Weeks' Notice" is on the level better then “Working Stiff”.

Actually, Ms.Caine fixed almost all the things that made me lower my rating for the first book.

And the biggest change was with main character. In "Two Weeks' Notice" Bryn is tougher, more active, more capable. She still gets her butt kicked, but unlike in the first book, she kicks right back.

I also liked, that there was a bit more romance. Not too much to shift the focus of the book, but just enough to spice all the fighting and exp
Amy Lignor
Jul 02, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
From the author of the hit series, The Morganville Vampires, comes this new series that began with a novel called “Working Stiff” and takes a new look at urban fantasy. Although it’s true that anything with vampires, werewolves, and zombies is not exactly a ‘fresh’ idea in this day and age, Ms. Caine proves yet again that she knows how to twist and turn these characters into something new and exciting.

Bryn Davis is a zombie—a member of the large ‘undead’ community. In the first tale, Bryn was ki
Dec 10, 2012 Liv rated it really liked it
Recommended to Liv by: AH
Shelves: urban-fantasy, sci-fi
Two Weeks’ Notice is book #2 in the Revivalist series by Ms. Caine. While I liked the first book, I enjoyed this one even more.

Central to the story was Bryn, the survivor from the last book, in which she died from murder and was brought back to life through the injection of a drug called “Returne”. This drug contained nanites that worked to rebuild damaged body parts/organs and kept the body functioning top-notch. It literally was the panacea to aging and dying – provided that the receiver had o
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Sep 01, 2012 Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
‘Two Weeks’ Notice’ is the second book in Ms. Caine’s new “The Revivalist” series. Bryn Davis has lived (and died) through so much in her young life. Picking up the pieces after the events in ‘Working Stiff’, Bryn now runs the funeral home where she worked, has started a support group for other Revived people, is working on her relationship with Patrick McCallister, and is still searching for her sister. Of course, she also needs her Returné injections to keep ‘living’. Everything was working sm ...more

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Dec 28, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it did not like it
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s “thrilling”* Revivalist series, Bryn Davis finds out that making a living can be rough if you’re already dead...
After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no
Two Weeks' Notice
4 Stars

It’s business as usual for Bryn Davis at the funeral home until the FBI pull her in with a “request”, and she finds herself immeshed in a new conspiracy fighting against a lethal foe with ties that are a little too close to home.

A good continuation to the series but fair warning The Revivalists is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. The tone is dark and gritty, and the descriptions are quite gory and gruesome, particularly toward the end.

The plot starts o
Samina ~ Escapism~
Forget Fangs and Claw.Make way for the Revivalists

My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars.

Bryn Davis is trying to cope being dead and coming back. she is running her Mortutaory, running a support group for Returne addicts and trying to figure out a relationship with the Patrick MacCallister. So, when members of her support group start dying one by one and the FBI sending her to do random jobs she can't help but think there may be something else going on entirely. Is it Pharamadene again, the government o
Bree T
Bryn Davis is back – after the FBI agreed to supply her with the Returné drug she needs in order to be able to live her life relatively normally and stress free. As long as she continues to take the Returné then she can’t be ‘killed’ except by incineration or decapitation. Any attempts will simply see her regenerate after a small amount of time, all injuries healing. However if the supply is cut off from her than she knows it’s a slow decay until a final death. The FBI has also retained the righ ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Kara rated it liked it

Things get even darker and more violent than the last book. Clearly this author has zero faith in either governments or corporations to not get corrupted at the drop of a hat (or, well, umm, the prospect of unlimited wealth and power; yeah, if anything’s going to be an incentive to torturing civilians, that would be it.)

So down the bloody rabbit hole we go!

It begs the question how there can be any sort of ending to this trilogy that isn’t just a danse macabre for everybody, but now I’m at the po
Jan 12, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
As much as I liked WORKING STIFF, I have to say that Rachel Caine BLEW MY MIND with TWO WEEK'S NOTICE!

In this book, Bryn is death-defying, shocking, and on a mission. She is searching for her kidnapped (and newly Revived) sister, Annie, falling hard for badass former Pharmadene head of security, Patrick, and trying to help the surviving Pharmadene employees cope with their deaths, and Revivals. With Pharmadene now under FBI control, Bryn is forced to do a job for them, but instead stumbles into
Sarah A.
Nov 30, 2012 Sarah A. rated it really liked it
Ok, this was a tough read.

The first half of the book was nothing special, it was really losing me, it's not that there wasn't action, but sometimes too much mystery can make you lose interest instead of peruse the story to figure it out.

The other half though, was brutal. It was exactly the kind of thing that attracted me to this series in the first place, just brutal and agonizing and beautifully horrible. This story makes you love the heroine and sympathies with her on so many levels. And let m
Mar 20, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I'm a fan of this series & the unique world Caine has created. I loved Working Stiff, but I just couldn't get into this one. The story was good and there was plenty of action, yet something was missing for me. I dare say this book had more going on than the previous, so I'm a little stumped with my lack of enjoyment. Still, it was a good read and I'd definitely recommend it.

Also, Bryn gets a chilling unsolicited upgrade. I can't wait to see how it plays in the future!
Mar 23, 2015 SFReader rated it really liked it
I enjoy Caine's writing. Her Morganville Vampires series stood out in a cluttered sub-genre as a classy, chilling take on the blood-sucking varmints -- see my review of the first book, Glass Houses, here. The series I suspect she is more famous for, the Weather Warden series, is such a sharply cool idea that I recalling grinning with the pleasure of it as I read the opening pages of the first book in the series, Ill Wind.

So when I came across this offering, I immediately scooped it up, figuring
Oct 03, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is it a thriller? No, maybe urban fantasy. Wait, it's a romance. Nope, back to thriller.

This novel was disjointed and failed to engage me at any time. I enjoyed Working Stiff, but Two Week's Notice has killed my interest in the characters and the series, which is a more detailed death than any of the background characters got in this book.
I know the plot twist at the end of this book is giving some readers a problem, but I didn't have an issue with it. I think it moves the characters and storyline along, and I liked this book just as much as the first in the series.
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Un second tome aussi haletant , si ce n'est plus que le premier opus. Rachel Caine réitère avec brio et pousse l'originalité encore un peu plus loin, et captivant totalement son lectorat.
Bryn est attachante et drôle, on suit son aventure à ses côtés avec plaisir , appréhension et crainte aussi malgré son statut de "régénérée". Totalement conquise par cette héroïne hors norme, il me tarde de découvrir la suite et fin des événements...
Nov 03, 2014 Nadin rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't know how to rate it. So... 3,5, perhaps. being a HUGE fan of Morganville Vampires series, I expected something similar in tome and humor and... I don't really know how to explain it, but MORE. Still, I'm really enjoying this series, and I especially appreciate the fact that it's not your traditional living dead plot. THANK GOD NO ONE CALLS THEM ZOMBIES! Because they are not. So anyway, it's nothing special but it works nice as a light read during my daily commute and I love the ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Kat rated it it was ok
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Oct 18, 2015 Carien rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf, zombies
I have books in my TBR pile that I know will be cool reads, but that stay in there because I am curious about other books. Do you ever feel like that as well? Skipping over sure reads in favor of reads that might or might not be great? (Or am I just weird?)

Anyway: Two Weeks' Notice is a book that I knew I would like, and that's why it took me a while to get to it.

I finally picked it up when I got a signed copy of the next book in this series.

And this is (as expected) a great read.

I usually am n
i think the thing that strikes me most about this series is how tight & solid caine's writing is. the pacing is perfect, not a single word is out of place, everything happens just where and when it should.

the world & the politics in this are absolutely fucking horrifying lmao. i didn't put this on the rape shelf because no one is sexually assaulted, but make no mistake, the people in charge could not care less about anyone's consent. the only thing is that it's never sexualized; it's al
Paranormal Haven
Aug 20, 2012 Paranormal Haven rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Bryn Davis was revived from death by a drug called Returne, but without daily shots of the drug she will slowly die. The company Pharmadene made the drug, but now the FBI is trying to shut it down. Bryn was forced to sign a deal with the FBI so she is always able to get the drug. She isn’t the only one that was revived from the drug, in fact she runs a support groups who have to use it to stay alive. A few start to go missing, and then the FBI calls her to help investigate a problem wit
Sep 13, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been bouncing between Rachel Caine books all week and I'm so happy to say they all live up to expectations, including Rachel's latest edition to the Revivalist series 'Two Weeks' Notice'.

Bryn Davis looks like a normal woman. She has a steady job working at a mortuary, a happy and friendly dog - Mr. French, and a budding relationship with the dangerous and handsome Patrick McCallister. But she's not a normal woman. An unfortunate event resulted in her early death, only to be instantly given
Sep 23, 2012 Stéphanie rated it really liked it
I have to hand it to Rachel Caine, she knows how to keep you interested in her novels. If you thought WORKING STIFF was full of intrigue and mystery, this sequel has even more plot twists and turns. I wouldn’t go as far as calling this book a political thriller, because let’s face it, we would never see authors like Robert Ludlum or David Baldacci write about zombies. But a good chuck of the storyline deals with the U.S. government trying to hide the truth from the general public about the reviv ...more
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