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Wrong Side of Dead

(Dreg City #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,163 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay.
Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retain
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kat Kennedy
I have this hangup, you see. The thing that's always bugged me about serialized novels is how they take X amount of time to catch you up on all the previous novels.

Look, I get it's important for people who can't remember all the past storylines and for those that haven't read the previous books. But I have never been one to start in the middle of a series or to need these little updates so they always aggravated me. They always seemed like gigantic wastes of time and stalled each book more and m
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was pretty disappointed with the first three-quarters of this book.

It started slow, well as slow as it can be amidst the constant action and plots to uncover. But in terms of character development, it was pretty slow.

It annoyed me how quick Wyatt and Evy were willing to take a break from their relationship for reasons that I didn't really understand, especially when you compare it to the way they both moved through hell to get to one another in the last three books. They j
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Kelly Meding is back with the fourth installment in her Dreg City series, Wrong Side of Dead. This is such a unique and interesting series. Very dark and very gritty, you can’t have a light stomach to read these books. But, as I’ve said in past reviews, you never feel like the gore is too much or that it’s just there to make you squirm – it really blends well with the story and somehow just fits. It helps remind us that this world that Kelly created is da
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)

I have yet to be disappointed with anything Kelly Meding has written. Her stories are always exciting, interesting, dramatic and full of lovely, juicy action scenes and often some highly emotional ones, too.

I also enjoy the dangly carrot method of writing she likes to employ that keeps you furiously turning the pages of her books. I am, of course, referring to the flashback plot device. This is something that has been consistent with all four books in the series so far,
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*Review* (Series Update)

Wrong Side of Dead is the fourth novel in Kelly Meding’s Dreg City series. When it comes to timeline of events, this story takes place 3 weeks after Evy escaped the mad scientist Walter Thackery who tortured her, and left her for dead (Another Kind of Dead) and 3 months after she was killed by a goblin queen and woke up in her current body (Three Days to Dead).

This story is uniquely different in many ways from the previous three installmen
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
WRONG SIDE OF DEAD ended up being my favorite Dreg City book yet. Its been a few months since the events of book 3 ANOTHER KIND OF DEAD. The story jumps a bit between the past (couple months ago) and the present day. There were a few points that that got a bit annoying but only because something good or suspenseful was going on and I was impatient to find out what would happen next.

I couldn't imagine a better fit in the series then Evy and Wyatt. They have been through so many ups and downs that
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I normally really like this series, but this book seemed to be off to me. Part of it is that I am getting tired of the whole Wyatt and Evy drama, they are off, then on, then off again, all the while declaring their love for each other. I also am getting tired of Evy dying all the time. It seems like she has more lives that a cat. The whole timeline and flashbacks didn't work for me. I would have enjoyed the story more if it was more linear.

But there were things that I really liked. I like the s
Couldn't decide between 4 and 5 stars, so technically, I'm giving this 4.5 stars!

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Wrong Side of Dead, Kelly Meding's fourth Dreg City novel, takes place almost a month after Evy's rescue from the hands of the mad scientist, Walter Thackery. We find out that Evy and Wyatt are on a break. They had a huge argument and Evy feels like her relationship with Wyatt is broken due to her own doing. Wyatt, Phin, Kismet, Tybalt and the remaining T
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Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Title: Wrong side of Dead

Series: Dreg City bk 4

Author: Kelly Meding

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay.

Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twic
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
(Spoiler Alert:Do not read if you have no read the previous books in the series)
I’ll start by saying Wrong Side of Dead is my favorite book in the Dreg City series to date. It’s unbelievable how far the characters have all come in just a few months. It was Wrong Side of Dead that had me adding Kelly Meding to my short list of favorite authors.

>Wrong Side Of Dead opens not too long after Evy Stone was freed from the torturous hands of mad-scientist Walter Thackery. Evy was only gone a few weeks y
Dark and intense, probably the best book in the series so far. My only real complaint was in the way the author played around with the timeline. I don't mind that except it wasn't clear that she was doing that in the beginning, so when things were being discussed that I didn't remember at all, I thought they happened in the last book and I just couldn't remember, not an unusual problem for me but things usually come back to me pretty fast once they start being referred to. So it was frustrating, ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. Evy gets a break from physical torture this time around, but there wasn't a lot of action in this book. Also, something happened after she returned from Thackery's that fractured her relationship with Wyatt. You don't find out what it was at first, but the events are slowly revealed when the story moves back and forth between the present and "Before" - the point when she just returned from Thackery's. It was a bit confusing at first, so pay attention to the chapter headings to keep up ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I don't have a lot to say about this wonderful addition to a series I love. I couldn't put it down. There were a couple of parts explaining that what happened in really early books was part of a big scheme, and I wondered if she thought of this intrigue and subversion after she had already wrote the first couple, but overall, the novel worked for me. The plot was good, the pacing excellent--lots and lots of action, people in peril, emotional and tense moments, drama, fear, anger, love, betrayal, ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fourth installment of Meding's Dreg City series; it does not disappoint. Evy Stone is back as a courageous, shockingly resilient, kick ass heroine. New characters are introduced and the Triads, out of necessity,join forces with shape shifters and vampires. There's two big surprises thrown in, which had me completely guessing where the story was going. Amazing action and pleasantly surprised about the character growth of Evy, finallly accepting her new self and reaching out, not running from affe ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another amazing book!!
Fast paced and keep you intrigued throughout.

The only thing that I don't like will be the sudden switch from present to before.
It's a bit confusing when the scene jumped to before .

I am glad there was a little "rest" for Evy after all those actions.
And I am glad she had worked out the relationship with Wyatt.

Looking forward to the next book!
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could afford to buy every reader I know a copy of Kelly's work. THAT's how much I love and adore her writing and stories! ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-modern
Normally I'm OK with the POV time-jumping. Here, not so much. It doesn't increase the tension, if anything it decreases it. It wasn't confusing, but it was rather annoying. And honestly, the third book barely cleared the 3 star barrier without having an obnoxious start for no apparent reason. The people are horrible enough, and with the book structure getting in the way this one may be the deal breaker, I think I'm done here. ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this one would seem to somewhat wrap things up, but I see there's two more (that I don't have) so I guess not. I mean there were definitely loose ends that could be continued, but they definitely finished things off with one of the main antagonists.

Pretty good read, but again it seemed to take me longer than I thought it should/would. In fairness I'm gaming more as of late so that doesn't help, but I don't think it's all of it either.
Phil Giunta
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The fourth and most recent volume in Meding's Dreg City series takes everything that she had built in the first three books, shakes it up, flips it and drops it on its head. Following her escape from torture at the hands of crazed scientist Walter Thackery, Evangeline "Evy" Stone returns to find an alliance forged between humans, vampires, and Therians (shape-shifters that change from animal to human form) united against a common foe, Thackery.

The devious geneticist is determined to find a cure
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evy is quite possibly one of my favorite female leads. Kelly writes her with the perfect balance of kickass-ness, vulnerability and sassiness without being over the top and annoying. That, and she's surrounded by all kinds of wonderful 'support' characters, well-rounded, tough, vulnerable and loveable/hateable (bad dudes/dudettes).

I love this series.

Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Been awhile since I read the previous novels, but the author does a good job of bringing up the main events in this book. Flashbacks are clear enough with date and times listed at the start of the chapters.

Some interesting new twists, and some matters resolved.

Good pacing, had a hard time putting it down.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. It's been way too long since I last read the Dreg City books by Kelly Meding. My memory was a total blank in some areas. Luckily, Kelly does the important recaps in Wrong Side of Dead. It helped me somewhat, but other details were still too lost. That's the trouble with reading too many books! Sadly, this is the last book in the series as it was cancelled. There's always help for resurrection though!

This book has two stories going on, one in the past and the other the present. For the most
Jen Davis
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
As much as I loved Another Kind of Dead, when I finished it, I asked myself how long Kelly Meding could sustain what felt like one long story which already spanned three books. Each installment picked up right where the last one left off, gaining more and more momentum. But here, Meding does something a little different, which had me on my toes from the first page.

A few weeks have passed since the events of the last book and there have been massive changes to Evy's world. She is working for a ne
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally post at

Instead of picking up where Another Kind of Dead ended (like Meding usually does) we find Evy and the gang a couple of weeks after the events of AKoD. Which leads us to some flashback chapters to help bridge the gap in time. And thank goodness for those flashbacks. I had a WTF moment when it came to Evy and Wyatt’s relationship. I know it had been a little over a year since I listened to AKoD and I felt like I was forgetting something. I almost stop
It has been a while since I read the last installment of the Dreg City series and as this is likely to be the last one I was looking forward to finishing the series. Unfortunately, I felt as though Wrong Side of Dead was the weakest in the series.

The first issue I had with the book was the fact that we jump into the middle of the story essentially, but you aren't really certain you did. I kept second-guessing whether I remembered how the third book ended and how could I have forgotten such majo
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
In the fourth book of the Dreg City series, Evy is back smack dab in the middle of things. She's trying to recuperate from her prior kidnapping and torture to find out that Wyatt and several others have formed new alliances and changed things up. Then, several shifters have gone missing and on top of that Halfies are now sane?

Okay, let me just start out with this, if you've started reading this book and are wondering if you've lost your mind ... you haven't. If you remember from the end of the
Lyn Nicholas
A tasty supernatural soup that's full of delicious fun!

Hunters, Therians, Fae, Vampires, Half-Breeds. This book is so full of hearty paranormal goodness that reading it is absolutely essential to your well-being!

Evy Stone is such a powerful and strong lead character. She's a take-no-prisoners and never-take-no-for-an-answer kind of gal whose been dropped into the middle of a supernatural war.

Evy and her love interest, Wyatt, have a rocky roller-coaster relationship in this installment. In the pa
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a series that took me a bit to get into. In fact, the first book I had to try more than once before I was able to get through it. Now that we are at book four this has become one of my favorite series. I love Evy now that I feel a connection to her. She’s strong, yet still completely vulnerable. I love her and Warren together and I love what took place between them in this book. Walter Thackery is uber creepy. He makes my skin crawl and I’m super glad he’s just a bad guy in a book, altho ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the get go Evy Stone has been portrayed as a savvy young woman whose strength of character enables her to overcome things that would surely break someone of lesser fortitude. Certain events in the prior book Another Kind of Dead and some in this book Wrong Side of Dead do a better job of finding a chink in her tough girl armor than one expects. However what made my reading experience pure pleasure is even when at her lowest Evy keeps trying, not giving up takes more courage than it might se ...more
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