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Three Days to Dead (Dreg City #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  5,031 ratings  ·  410 reviews
They’ll never see her coming. . . .

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 two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creat
Paperback, 405 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Dell (first published 2009)
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A brilliant first chapter and an intriguing concept but this book just didn't do it for me. The story dragged and became never-ending. The outcome was completely predictable. The body count was HUGE. If I had to read this again I'd be tallying the number of bodies.

The blame game grew tiresome. Evy and Wyatt were both victims of manipulation so none of what takes place is their fault but they keep blaming themselves and each other until I just wanted to slap them.

Untangling the conspiracy was c
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Have you seen the movie D.O.A starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan or the 1950 original about a man who is poisoned and has only 24 hours to solve his own murder? It’s a great premise that unfortunately didn’t make for a great movie. Three Days to Dead operates on a similar idea with a much more successful execution.

I don't recall the first time I died, but I do remember the second time I was born. Vividly. Waking up on a cold morgue table surr
Mandi Schreiner
It has been awhile since I have felt this passionate about a book. I love my romances with the steamy smex, but I also am a huge fan of urban fantasy. I love the altered worlds, kick ass heroines, the sexual tension, and great action. Three Days to Dead has it all, written so well there were times I had to make myself take a deep breath so I could get through the page. I laughed out loud and at one point I had to read with one eye open because of the awful things that were being done. This book ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
THREE DAYS TO DEAD's deck is stacked with tons of paranormal content, a funky 'work backwards' story telling style, and a tough as nails protagonist. I loved Evy; this girl has been lived through pretty much every crappy scenario you can dream up, and then some, yet she keeps her eye on the prize. Meding's DREG CITY world is vast, and exciting without being overpowering, and the urgency of Stone's situation comes through loud & clear thanks to the author writing the heroine's flashbacks in t ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
* * * 4.5 Stars * * *

"My day was decidedly much worse, so I did the first sensible thing that came to mind. I stole her tennis shoes."

From the moment I read this line, I knew that Evangeline and I would get along just fine.

I was hooked from the first chapter and dreaded the moments that I had to put this book down and step back into the real world.

There were many, many things that I loved about this story, but the thing that I enjoyed most, aside from Evy herself, was the complexity and uniquen
Evangeline Stone is a Dreg hunter, charged with protecting mundane humanity from the things that go bump in the night, until the night she is betrayed. Her teammates are killed, Evy is framed for their deaths and forced to run, and then somehow — she can’t remember just what happened — she ends up dead. She is resurrected, but in the body of a stranger, and with big holes in her memory. Now she must unravel the mystery of her own murder and how it ties into a larger conspiracy. And she only has ...more
Sophia (FV)
After reading many Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy novels, I sometimes wonder how a new author will manage to create a fantasy world with characters that will grab my attention and wow me with something different. Three Days To Dead had me at page one when Evangeline Stone, a bounty hunter of paranormals, wakes up in a morgue in the body of someone else with no memory of how she died or the circumstances that lead up to her death. Accused of killing the other members of her Triad--her bount ...more
What a great start for debut author Kelly Meding. "I don't remember the first time I died..." Gotta love the opening line!

Evangline Stone wakes up in a morgue ... who's body is this? what am I doing in a morgue? She cannot remember the last several days, so after freaking out the morgue attendants, finding some clothes and the name to go with her "new" body, she's off to find some answers.

She's a Dreg Bounty Hunter, "they hunt rogue elements, carry out special warrants, try to keep some species
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I loved this but you might hate it. It's a lot of almost-dying and getting badly injured action with a lot of two dysfunctional people professing their undying love for one another in perilous situations, a lot of them blaming themselves for the other's dire predicament, a lot of talking about their intense feelings and how they can't go on without the other but they don't know how to get out of the situation. They are on a strict deadline but they always find time to hug or rest or wax poetic. ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
One of the best book I've read all year!

The main character, Eva is your kick-butt heroine. She is witty, sarcastic, stubbon and loving. The other characters are varied and complex including vampires, weres, fey and half breeds. Eva is a Hunter. Her job is to keep the community (the Dregs) in line. But, things are not what they seem.

Right from the start, you learn that Eva is dead and now undead. She only has three days to figure out how she died and why she was brought back. In addition, she h
Kevin Hearne
What I enjoyed most in this book were the little twists on gremlins and gargoyles and such—but especially the bridge troll! I won't spoil what he eventually turns out to be, but Smedge is just supercool (and that name is perfect).

After the first sentence, I had Megadeth's "Wake Up Dead" echoing in my skull for the entire first chapter, and for the first time it didn't seem like an impossibility; Meding takes us to a world where stuff like that happens. She hooked me into that world immediately a
This is the debut novel of Kelly Meding. I thought it was great! I usually have trouble getting into the UF books that have characters that are constantly in motion from one fight to the next.. but this one was so edgy and nerve-wracking that I couldn't help but enjoy it.

It all starts off with the main character Evangeline Stone waking up in the morgue. The only problem being, other then the fact that she died, was that she woke up in a body that wasn't hers, with no memory of what happened. Bes
Evy Stone regains consciousness in a different body in the morgue. But this new life has a time limit: three days. Before the clock runs out, she has to find out to whom her new body belonged, how Evy herself died, and all the events that led up to this countdown. Extending her lifetime would be nice, too.

My attention waned whilst reading this, likely my own eejit brain's fault. Though if I could find fault with the novel...It's an awesome premise, but the execution of it isn't quite right. A Hu
Barbara ★
I had a lot of trouble with this book. The premise was interesting and it started out well but quickly started dragging on and on but it didn't seem to be getting anywhere important. Both Evy and Wyatt were flat almost two-dimensional and the romance between them was forced. She claims not to love him but sleeps with him anyway (seemingly out of gratitude for saving her life). The next thing you know they are in love and inseparable. Huh? It was almost as if the author needs to give them a reaso ...more
Evangeline Stone was a Dreg hunter since she was a teenager. One day she wakes up in a cold morgue in an unfamiliar body. She was killed days before and has no clue how or why. She turns to Wyatt, her handler, the one person she knows she can trust. She now has three days to solve the mystery of her death and all of the conspiracy surrounding it. At the end of three days the spell ends and she goes back to being dead. There is no second chance.

WOW! That was one nasty, dirty, no-holds barred, gr
If I were in the heroine’s place in Kelly Meding’s Three Days to Dead, I would’ve had plenty of time to neutralize the bad guys after reading her book. That’s because I started it at 4pm on a Thursday and finished it at 5pm the next day. My family would like to point out that in those twenty-four hours they had to remind me more than once to check on the turkey in the oven and they forcibly turned off the lights after midnight.

Evy Stone, a hunter of supernatural low-lifes, wakes up in the morgu
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
4.75. Patricia Briggs was right about this book.

Wow. This book was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I guess, maybe due to the cover, I was expecting your average UF/PR book and you know what - I was wrong. You can't really judge a book by it's awesome cover.

Dead, resurrected and on a mission that she can't figure out, Evy Stone is not in a very good mood. Her friends are dead, her allies are enemies and the only person she can trust is the one that brought her back. Through a web
This is a review of the audiobook version of Three Days to Dead, narrated by Xe Sands.

Brief storyline commentary:
Three Days to dead was an enjoyable entry in the urban fantasy genre. The story focuses on Evy Stone, who wakes to find herself in a new body and must discover the chain of events that led to her death and resurrection while preventing an inter-species war. The book has decent world-building and an intriguing concept with likeable characters and the requisite scenes demonstrating the
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
I’ve had the Dreg City Series on my TBR list for a while now and since I've been on an Urban Fantasy kick I decided to finally start it.

I totally love the world that Meding has built. Even though it’s paranormal and I’ve read many books with some of the same kind of creatures, I was not bored. Meding introduced different creatures in her world that I’ve heard of but not read and the why she described them were fantastic. You get vampires but you also get spirits, trolls, gargoyles and germilns t
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

When Dreg hunter Evangeline Stone wakes up in the morgue, in someone else’s body, she knows that something went wrong. Things get worse when she discovers that she’s been falsely accused of treason against her fellow Dreg hunters and is wanted for their murders. She has only three days to clear her name before the resurrection spell wears off and she’s dead for keeps. During her investigation, Evy becomes entangled in the politics of the same creatures who
While Meding has created an interesting world in this book, I found the characters flat and unappealing. I never bonded with Evy, and I found I couldn't rejoice in her success or failure--she was too much like every other kick-butt urban fantasy girl.

Also, for someone that has only three days to live, she seemed to spend way too much time sleeping. It would seem to me that the better choice would be to pound espressos with a Red Bull chaser. But that's one of the problems with this book. Having
It's Me - Yvette
Where has this book been all my life? This was fast paced and moved from one exciting scene to the next. Again the narrator, Xe Sands, is outstanding! I love her narration. This kept my attention from the first page to the last chapter. Evangeline Stone is beyond kick ass! Loved all of the paranormal characters, and could relate to Evy's feelings as she tried to find out what was going on. I'll definitely continue this series.
The plot of this book could be summed up in about two sentences. There just isn't that much going on. The characters head from place to place following clues or memories and they uncover very little. Everyone they talk to tells them pretty much the same thing. Nothing is shocking and nothing is surprising. The romance is confusing, underdeveloped, and unbelievable. I can't find a redeeming quality in this book, and I really tried. I think the only reason I finished it is because it was recommend ...more
The gist of the book:
Dreg(supernatural creature)bounty hunter Evangeline Stone is having a very bad day. First she wakes up in a morgue in another body with no memory of how she got there. Not to mention the body she wakes up in is a woman named Chalice Frost who recently committed suicide. Later Evy finds her Triad Handler aka boss bounty hunter Wyatt Truman who traded his free will to an elf named Tovin for a 3 day reincarnation spell. Little by little she starts to get bits and pieces of her
Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Xe Sands does a very nice job of reading this one. There are a lot of otherworldly voices, since the protagonist is a Dreg Hunter, which is like a paranormal creature bounty hunter. Vamps, trolls, Fey, weres, goblins, gremlins, gargoyles, gnomes – doesn’t matter which mythical being – they cross the line, she goes after them. I liked the variety and Ms. Sands handles them well.

As far as the story line, I am really conflicted on rating this one. I almost ga
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here:

Evangeline (Evy) is dead; well she thought she was dead. She wakes up in a morgue, but thing is, she isn’t herself. Evy now resides in the body of a woman named Chalice who also just died. Evy can’t remember anything prior to her death, but she knows that it was something awful and that she must be quick in finding the who and the why. It was magic that brought her back, but that magic can on
Flail Around
I have a bit of a rant to get out of my system; so, brace yourself.

What is it with authors and their penchant for dubbing characters with names like "Chalice" and "Evy Stone"? Oooo, because Chalice ends up being like... a vessel! And Evy is.. well she's a rock! Tough as stone!

Gawd, its just reallllly freaking annoying!!!

This is not the first time I've had trouble with "cutesie" names. I don't like the naming Seanan McGuire does after the months of the year either; but, even more than that, I d
M.V. Freeman
Totally unexpected and amazing audio read.

I picked up this book because I was in the mood for an Urban Fantasy--this looked good. Evangeline (Evy) Stone, wakes up in a body not her own and can't remember her death or the last three days. All she knows was the last time she met her "handler" Wyatt Truman. She also knows she works monitoring and policing the "Dregs" Paranormal creatures in the city she lives in. Slowly she goes about discovering her memories---and the truth is far deeper and tragi
~* 3.5 Stars *~
High-Octane Series Starter

You think dying is hard? Resurrection is a killer.

Dreg Bounty Hunter Evangeline Stone's memory is hazy about the events leading up to her death, but what she does remember isn't exactly chock-full of warm fuzzies. Genocide, betrayal, pain, loss. Hunted as a traitor, her team murdered, the friends who gave her shelter mercilessly slaughtered.

It was a nightmare she didn't survive.

Now she's been brought back, waking up in the morgue in a stranger's body with
There were many things I really liked about this book. Mostly the characters, especially Evy and Wyatt. The setting was pretty neat, very dark and dirty. Not sexy dirty, but dirty dirty. Anything called "Dreg City" would be expected to be dirty, as true to its name, the "dregs" of society inhabit it. Along the way, Evy discovers some of the dregs may not be so bad after all. Most of the story takes place in and around Mercy's Lot, which is rundown and mostly abandoned.

The way the story was laid
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“I told myself that was why, that I wasn’t bringing you back because it hurt too much to lose you. That a lifetime without free will wasn’t worth three more
days with you. That wasn’t good enough. I had to do it for the right reasons, you know. For them, not for us.”
“Too bad you need both hands for crawling," I said. "We could use some sunshine in here."

"Next time, I'll be sure to ask the sprites for a flashlight."

"And a bottle of water. I think I've swallowed enough dust to shit a brick later.”
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