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Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon's Law #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  4,730 Ratings  ·  444 Reviews
One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her -- until now.

Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 7th 2010 by Eternal Press (first published February 6th 2010)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
First of all, please allow me to get this off my chest: Why on earth would a self-respecting vampire want to be called Disco?! It’s just ridiculous. I guess the author wanted to be original and Disco is original, that’s for sure, as in: no-one-would-ever-be-crazy-enough-to-do-it.

I have become like the ancient Fae in Fever: I read so much UF books, the only thing I judge them by is whether they amuse me or not. This particular book only mildly amused me. It was a good story, but very sloppy writ
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I really want people to read the books I like. Since I can not force you to sit down and read the book (I am a book nerd, and yes I admit it), I have to write a review and convince you that the book is worth your time, money and the other books that get put on the back burner while reading this one. The problem is I am not very good at writing reviews. Not everything that is in my head comes out on the computer screen. Nevertheless, here it goes...

The story:

Rhiannon Murphy, is a kick ass, take n
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm always on the lookout for a great new urban fantasy series to rock my world. Unfortunately, I don't think this one was it.

First, and I have to get this off my chest, who decided it was a good idea to give the hot, dangerous vampire MC the nickname "Disco"? DISCO!? That is so not sexy. I wanted to cringe every time they said his name. Disco... *shudders*

Now that I got that off my chest... Overall, this book had some really nice ideas. I happen to love books with necromancers (Ilona Andrews
Dec 20, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans that love a feisty kickass protagonist and even more delicious leading men.
Rhiannon's Law #27: When you're working in a gentlemens club and one of your dancers takes off their heels, alert the big guns; an ass kicking is on the menu.

From the moment I read that first line in the book I knew I was going to be glued to this story. The story begins with a kick ass twenty five year old Rhiannon a bartender at a "gentlemen's club" or let's just call it what it is, a strip joint. She's a snarky, heroic, guarded, foul mouth spewing, tough as nails, "shit kicker wearing" Necrom
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Rhiannon's Law #37: Don't get so high and mighty, God will only reward that arrogance with a huge bitch slap back to reality.”

Necromancer based Urban Fantasy is fascinating but not done nearly enough for my liking, so I was especially excited to read this one. Rhiannon is a bartender who doesn't want her ability known, but finds she has little choice when called out hiding by a local Master vampire who needs her help finding out who has been slaughtering local vamps for ritual magic.

The story
Jul 03, 2010 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans of kick-butt female protagonists
Rating: 4.5
(I had this as four stars until I got to the last few chapters. Which rocked my damn socks off.)

Overall, I found this to be an awesome series starter. Basically, it's about sassy bartender, Rhiannon Murphy, and her induction (of sorts) into the world of the dead and undead. She's grappled with many past (metaphorical) demons as well as her own rare ability to see dead people. Along with her new partners-in-crime, fellow necromancer Ethan "Goose" McDaniel and mysterious vampire "Disco,
Apr 26, 2016 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Rhiannon is a crack-up! She's foul-mouthed and straight to the point but I love her! It's refreshing. First book I've read by Jaime Saare and it certainly won't be the last :)
Okay - I don't have the time right now to do a review any justice, but I will say that I enjoyed this book immensely.

Main character Rhiannon works as a bartender at a strip club. And she can see dead people. Yes - Rhiannon is a necromancer, which I think is very cool. Not too many UF series use necromancers, and even the ones that do (think Anita Blake) lose their way somewhere along the line. When vampires start disappearing, Rhiannon gets asked to help a local group of vamps.

In walks Disco, a
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Don't let the title of the book fool you, Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is quite a lively tale!

Rhiannon Murphy sees dead people. But unlike a certain member of the Osment family, she doesn't whine about it, she simply looks the ghosts in the eye and tells them to go find someone else to haunt! But when her abilities to see and communicate with ghosts attract the attention of a vampire named Disco, Rhiannon may finally have found something that scares even her. Someone has been murdering
This was a quick and easy read, but it wasn't anything special. I liked it (for the most part), but nothing seemed to jump out at me and make me love it. I felt that most of this book skimmed the surface of the character development. Rhiannon got developed, yes, but none of the other characters did. Even her love interest, Disco, seemed pretty two dimensional.

Rhiannon was an interesting character. In the beginning I didn't like her much. I like funny, and I like strong, but I don't like bitchy.
3.5 stars.

Urban fantasy is difficult for me to read right now and I guess, I can be difficult on urban fantasy books. But despite that, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The last half of this book is amazing. Everything clicked. Interesting characters and new plot developments that were surprising. The ending is a cliff hanger, but it is one of the coolest cliff hangers I have read and good news – the sequel is out already. So it is easy to dive in to the next one. For us who are just rea
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 22, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Why I read: Author offered it for review, and honestly, I fell for the cover. Plus I couldn’t pass up reading about a vampire named Disco.

Favorite Quote: “I want this shit over and done. Can we strive to obtain that goal? I have a meaningless existence, and I can’t put that kind of action on hold indefinitely.”

Rhiannon Murphy likes to define her life as a bartender. She gets up, goes to work at the Black Panther, a strip club, and goes home. Her life may seem mundane, and that is exactly how

This was a re-read for me and it was just as good the second time. I had forgotten how vulnerable Rhiannon is in this book. In the future installments that's not the case. Rhiannon has to be my all time favorite MC her sarcasm and actions are so funny. When I look back to this book compared to the last one the transformation and growth that Rhiannon goes through is crazy. I do wish there had been more scenes with Paine in book 1 though. Ms. Saare is a mastermind with her character developments & ...more
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
I enjoyed this book, though I didn't think the actual book 1 story was stellar. I just "feel" the story potential and the overall series will be great. The sum of the parts will be stellar. I felt the same way I felt when I read Fated by Rebecca Zanetti. And I now adore that series. Something about the story resonated with me and it just kept me reading.
Rhiannon was a prickly bartender who could see ghosts--a necromancer. Her "gift" freaked her out and she didn't use it. Her bad experiences as a
Pamela / SpazP
May 07, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
Since the Spring of this year, I have heard tons of buzz from pretty much all of my favorite fellow book bloggers about this hot new character named “Disco”, in a new book by an author named J.A. Saare. I’ve seen Disco widgets on their blogs and I’ve seen chatter about Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between on Twitter and Goodreads. The book has been on my radar since, but my roadblock was it’s only been available for purchase through I hate
Nov 19, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

OKAY....I had seen this book around before I joined Goodreads, about a year ago. It kept catching my attention and I did nothing about it. I added it to my TBR shelf 6 months ago, then acquired the book 2 months ago where it just sat. WEll, I was playing around with my Kindle a few nights ago, and decided offhandedly that I would go ahead and read this.

Holy smokes!!! What in the world took me so long??? This book is awesome. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it, an
Jan 21, 2016 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was really curious about this novel after all the good things that I had heard and the beautiful reviews that I had the opportunity to read about it. I must say that everyone was loving it. I confess, however, that after having bought the book, it took me some time before starting it. And what idea I had, because the book is like everyone said, very good! I spent a pleasant time with Rhiannon and I already can not wait to read more as soon as possible.

Mrs. Badass
Jul 16, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but I was entertained enough to bump it up.
Full Review posted at Badass book reviews
So. Girl walks into a bar, and spies three guys sitting near the pool table. She walks up casually and says Anyone up for a straight game of eights? The three guys look her over and say sure She wracks em up, and asks their names. Guy one says Cash guy two says Paine Guy three says Disco Girl stops and glances at said Disco. Flashes him a grin and says no bell bottoms so She turns to Cash
Paige Prince
Apr 17, 2010 Paige Prince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-series
“Rhiannon’s Law #27: When you’re working in a gentleman’s club and one of your dancers takes off those heels, alert the big guns, an ass kicking is on the menu.”

From t he very first sentence, literally, of Dead Undead or Somewhere in Between, I liked Rhiannon Murphy. In fact, I have a little bit of a girl crush on her (just don’t tell my girlfriend, Kate Beckinsale – she gets jealous if my attentions are focused elsewhere). Rhiannon is witty as hell, snarky as all get out, and supremely badass.
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
There are not many series that grab me right from the first book....most of the time the first book in a series has a lot of world building and character development that takes a bit of time to make me fall head over heels with the series and characters. Thankfully that was so not the case with this book. I was hooked within the first 10 pages and Ms. Saare reeled me in for the long haul.

Rhiannon is a 25 year-old bartender at a strip club, she also happens to be a Necromancer, which in laymen's
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
How awesome was Rhiannon?! I'm a huge fan of the heroines that have that "don't fuck with me" attitude. She was very blunt and a complete smart-ass with a foul mouth. I loved it ;). Rhiannon is a very rare necromancer who can see and communicate with the twice-dead. You won't be surprised to find out that a very sexy vampire needs to use her special skills and even though she dislikes him in the beginning, they fall for each other in the end. I don't think I'm giving too much away because we ha ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, adult, 2011
4.5 stars

This book managed to hook me from the start; I loved it instantly. I think it was something about the characters, the writing style, the interesting storyline, the hilarious lines, or maybe a combination of everything. Actually, what I really think it was, was the main character Rhiannon. She seemed real to me… she wasn’t some whiny little girl, she was a bad-ass and could handle her own business, but she did get scared as a normal person should in similar situations.

The bad…

I sometimes
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Some publications have this story and series listed as being Horror for some unknown reason.)


25 year old Rhiannon Murphy is a bartender at an exclusive men’s club called the Black Panther where she has been working since she escaped from Miami after her best friend disappeared from a club they were at. Deciding that it was in her best interests to flee, she ends up in NYC.

Rhiannon is also an untrained Necromancer who can see the dead.
Feb 02, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. I'm really surprised I didn't like this one more based on so many rave reviews on Goodreads, but I just didn't enjoy reading it.

I think my main problem was the character development (or lack thereof). Rhiannon really grated on my nerves and seemed like a rebellious teenager to me (even though she is in her early 20's). Her snark and cursing were just too over-the-top. The other characters also fell flat for me. In fact, there were a few scenes that were super confusing to me, because
AMAZING! What a great 1st story! Rhiannon and "Disco" the vampire have great chemistry!

With a hidden past, bartender Rhiannon has come to terms with her abilities. But that didn't mean she wanted to share them. With anybody. Especially not vampires! Disco tries to lead her to help his family find out who's committing crimes against the vampires of NY. She's having none of it. At least not until she feels threatened by another faction. A bunch of steamy attraction and the witty sarcasm of Rhianno
wow, that was one hell of a cliffhanger. Damn demon...
"Where the hell did Doc park the DeLorean?" Seriously, how could you not love a book that manages to sneak that favored quote in :)

In Saare's version of modern day NYC, vampires walk freely among humans. Most don't have a problem with that, and if you want to get technical, a large population of humans actually like this. Many humans have taken to using vampire blood as a drug. One that gives the user heightened senses, faster healing times, and increased strength for a limited time, which is en
(4.75 Stars Really)
Someone is harvesting vampire organs! Who or what can knock the vampire off the top of the food chain? That's one of the questions master vampire Disco puts to human necromancer/bartender Rhiannon Murphy when he asks for her help.

This origin story hand been languishing in TBR land for quite some time. I'd even tried to read it a time or two but stopped after a few chapters. I stuck with it this time and the names still bothered me a bit but I did end up enjoying this page-tur
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 12, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: GR friends, Carolyn Crane
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ebook
I've seen so many positive reviews for The Renfield Syndrome when I saw the opportunity to enter a contest to win Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between on Carolyn Crane's blog I entered. I won! Yay!

The Plot
Rhiannon is a bartender who works in a strip club. She tried to hide the fact that she is a necromancer. She sees dead people. A sexy master vampire named Gabriel aka "Disco" needs her help. Vampires are disappearing, possible murdered. His necromancer, Goose, has not been able to locate the l
Dec 28, 2012 Gin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-series
This was quite a difficult book for me to rate for some reason. I started off unable to put it down. The story was intriguing, the writing suspenseful, and there was great chemistry between the characters. I was thinking a 4-5 star book right off the bat.

Somewhere in the middle the writing became awkward and the romance felt rushed. It was almost like the author felt she had to put a sex scene in there so that people would like the book. I then assumed this was just another PNR disguised as a d
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J.A. Saare is a multi-published author who has written stories featured in horror
magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a notable dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old eighties horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and have been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath
of fresh air.”

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