This book has to have the best first sentence I've ever read.
“I don't recall the first time I died, but I do remember the second time I was born.” -EvThis book has to have the best first sentence I've ever read.
“I don't recall the first time I died, but I do remember the second time I was born.” -Evy
With that we begin our fast past tale with Evy waking up in the morgue, no idea how she dies only knowing last time she was alive people wanted her dead. Clearly someone succeeded.
This book is on a time line as Evy only has 3 days to live before she returns to the world of the dead. Each chapter is titled with a count down of how many hours she has left, which really added to the suspense. There is a lot of back story and missing memory to cover, and Meding lets it all fall into place perfectly. I never felt bored having to be taken away from the current story line to get updated on the back story. Not to many authors have been able to pull that off for me.
There is a wide variety of supernatural creatures in this book. Fairies (Faye), Garlgoyles, Vampires, and so much more! It was a real treat learning about the myths of Three Days to Dead, Meding definitely adds her own flare to the legends. The humor is dark and fits well with the world and makes it more believable.
The character depth is great in this book and Meding exploits human vulnerability just as easily as her villain. The love story is hard won, as Ivy believes she is an unworthy killer, and incapable of emotions. I love how she grows into herself and eventually decides that she is worthy. She has a moral compass, which is hard to keep when you kill things for a living. Clearly dying was one of the best things to happen to her. Recovery is another adventure, Ivy doesn't just bounce back after her remembered torture, she also has to deal with being in a new body. Meding made it very convincing at how awkward it would be waking up in someone else's skin.
The book ties up the main plot lines so that the reader isn't dying for the next book because of the cliffhanger, but because you just have to know what is going to happen to the characters next. Even though the book is setup for a fast pace thrill ride, I felt like it dragged on longer then it should be, but some of the information given was very important to the story and characters.
The body count was terrible. Don't get me wrong, I love shoot'em up books. Always anticipating who's going to get it next. The head explosions were over the top, I mean one head explosion probably would have been good (because a lot of characters were already dying), but three was just pushing it. Meding had some great characters and I was so excited to get to know them, and then they died. So, every time a new character was introduced, I just couldn't stand it! The death tole does add a little humor for the character who has obviously surpassed his nine lives limit. (But then I'm afraid he's going to die in the next book.)
This book was fantastic, really great. There was one thing, however, that really rubbed me the wrong way. No, actually two.
First. The characters kept telling me I'd never guess who the mastermind was, so I started to believe them. At last when the big climax comes and the evil villain emerges, it's exactly who I thought it was after page 50, and I'm vaguely ticked.
Second. Ivy's handsome love interest dies and then comes back to life. The whole die and come back to life thing is the novelty of this book, for sure, to use it again to add drama to the love tension was sloppy. I was bitterly disappointed to a point where I flung the book across the room. (Which is a no-no because I have a heart attack if I even drop a book.) If the love interest dies, by cheesecake I want 'em dead, in the ground and nonreturning!
This is a great action booty-kick 'in book, the whole idea around it was really great. Meding exploits human flaws to a point, that make you wonder if anyone could do anything without a personal agenda. At times it dragged (which was weird as the character was running on a deadline) and clearly annoyed me with the back from the dead boyfriend ploy. Clearly, Meding has created a dark and addicting story here. I wouldn't miss the next book.
Undetailed sex scenes, hot kisses, and shocking point leading up to Evy's rape....more
Kenyon's Dark Hunter series is not my favorite PNR series. This spin-off made me nervous. Many readers told me that the Dark Hunter books get better aKenyon's Dark Hunter series is not my favorite PNR series. This spin-off made me nervous. Many readers told me that the Dark Hunter books get better a ways down the line, and I believe that with Infinity Kenyon has come a long ways.
I've only read about two books of her adult series, but I knew enough of the characters to enjoy the over lapping stories. Plus, this is years before the Dark Hunter series and it's beyond fun getting to see Tabitha the High School zombie/vampire killer! Nick fascinated me from Night Pleasures, and I was super stoked to be reading about him. If a reader has never read the Dark Hunter series you might feel like your out of the loop, but the story is still easy to follow with out reading those before hand.
The plot was tons of fun with the "living zombies" and the evil lure of the video game world! It introduced Nick to his Malachai status nicely, though the status of Malachai is never truly explained. Not sure if fans are supposed to already know from the other series, or if the reader is supposed to go off of hints only. So far I know it's a powerful demonic type that easily gives into evil and that somehow Nick is important to the end of the world.
All the characters are fun and I love Nick's relationship with his mother. It shows how much love a poor dirty-dancing mom can provide for her son. It also puts into play how one can over come bullying and become stronger because of it. Also shows that the bully may not be happy with their life.
Infinity is a great way for readers to enjoy the Dark Hunter world, but avoid some of the hang-ups that may have put readers off of the adult series. The time travel twist, cameos, and Nick's "born standing up and talking back" attitude is priceless. This book is great and brains will be spilled.
Sexual Content: Sexual humor. There are strippers and demeaning talk of mothers by bullies.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
Addiction baby! That's what every reader craves from the books they read. While the writing for the Archers of Avalon series isn't the most brilliantAddiction baby! That's what every reader craves from the books they read. While the writing for the Archers of Avalon series isn't the most brilliant or stunning, the story is captivating. Even better is the connection I feel with the cast of characters, both the main and the side characters. The humor and romance blend so well together! It's a pleasure to read a book that makes me go "ahhhhh, happy bunnies" and then giggle at the latest inside joke.
Unlike some books where the love triangle is dragged on with no progress ever being made, Fine has taken some dramatic action in Awry. Scarlet isn't some wishy-washy petal puller here! No, she knows what she wants. Even if her memories are lost to her. She's strong enough to trust herself, and that's rare in leading ladies.
Besides the dramatic chase for the fountain of youth the stakes soon become higher as something has changed the way the curse works—meaning someone might actually die. Accompanying all that action is the chapters that reveal the past, how Scarlet came into the lives of the two twins. Who she fell in love with first and how she ended up engaged to Gabriel. It's amazing!
Again Fine leaves readers on a huge cliffhanger! Probably even more dramatic then the last book! (Is that even possible?) Before I "!" you to death, just take the hint. This series is an absolute addiction, doing everything just right! The romance is something that my cheesy little soul craves from paranormal YA, but never gets! Don't miss this series!
Sexual Content: Sexual humor, making out, still despite all the steaminess it’s pretty clean.