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Caught Dead

(The Journals of Octavia Hollows #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  34 reviews
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysterie ...more
Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published April 25th 2019 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Seriously?!?!?!?!?! This story literally hurts my heart!!!

The characters were awesome!! I still love Octavia and her side kick, Bacon!! Poor Octavia is having it rough again, but only a bit rougher than usual. My heart goes out to her. I also love that we get to know a bit more of Octavia's background in this story too. Though, I am still hungry to know more about Octavia and where she comes from.

The story-line is unforgettable. Rourke has made it clear that we can fall in love with her characte
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The next stop of Octavia's journey sees her in Galveston, Texas. She's still searching for Elba's body but at the same time she's also trying to find out more about the mysterious stalker who seems to be shadowing her every move. While here she witnesses a body being recovered from a fishing net but he's too far gone even for her magic abilities. Unable to ask the victim directly about his murder she has to do a bit more digging on her own here and soon gets caught up in a tale of sea monsters.

Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019

I received this book to give an honest review.

I don't feel this book fully lived up to the hype I was putting on it. In the other two books there seemed to be more in depth mysteries and more of a battle with things. In this one I felt that it lacked, which I can see that maybe the author is building us up for an amazing next book. When the book started I can honestly say that I was a bit confused and I had to reread it as I thought I was missing something. Then it made sense that Octavia was ba
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Argh! This one hurt my heart a little bit AND it ended on a cliffhanger!
We get some answers as to what Octavia is and how she can do the things she does but the Elba mystery remains exactly that: a mystery!

I feel like the series has slowly been building - like the climb on a rollercoaster - and Caught Dead is the moment when you hit the top and are breathless waiting for the plunge! I have a feeling the answers are going to start coming at us thick and fast now and I can't wait!

Onto the next one
Stacy Spoonster
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's official. Stacey Rourke is a big meanie who loves to make me cry!! There is so much going on in this book that it took me awhile to process everything. There are major reveals about Octavia, shocking and unexpected events, a suggestion involving a fish bowl and duct tape, and most importantly, Bacon!! I love that pig. My cats are seriously annoyed that I keep asking them if they would like a piggy sibling. The answer is an overwhelming no. This series keeps getting better and better. I have ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series. I love how each of the lores and legends are brought into an overall story arc. The author keeps enough so that they are still recognizable, but puts her own original spin, which allows readers to still be surprised. This one felt like it had a split focus because the being causing all the havoc holds important information to Octavia's identity. There's been a hint from the beginning that there is more to her than she knows, I didn't really think we'd get anything co ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Caught Dead is the third installment in the Journals of Octavia Hollows series of novellas. Where the first two books had a focus on solving mysteries and fighting for the greater good, this one was really more about Octavia making some major discoveries about herself. Octavia didn't quite have the same level of snark, but this could have been because the author intended this to be a bit of a more serious story. Bacon fans are going to be taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Never underes ...more
Paranormal Tendencies
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia and Bacon are taking us on some exciting adventures! From restless ghosts, to Jinn and now Sirens! It seems Octavia gets deeper into trouble and her story is getting more and more mysterious. I love the characters she runs into and the weird friends she is making as the story progresses. Her newest squid friend is by far my favorite - after Bacon, of course. I am so excited to see what happens as her story unfolds!
Caught Dead gets and enthusiastic 5 stars! Please write faster! I need my
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caught Dead is the third installment in the journals of Octavia Hollows. Octavia never fails to follow her heart, and Bacon never fails to capture mine. In Caught Dead, we find Octavia in Texas trying to figure out the truth behind her fiancé's death. She finds out more about herself and we're left a little hanging at the end. We laugh with her, we cry with her, and we even do a little yelling while trying not to throw our Kindles across the room. I can't wait to see what Octavia gets into next! ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun and humorous series. I was looking forward to reading more and seeing where things would take Octavia and Bacon next and what exactly they would encounter.
This book has to be my absolute favorite in the series so far. It had action, suspense, and of course more of Octavia's smart-allecky humor. Squid-face ranks right up there as one of the best parts of this book too. He was definitely not what I was expecting. Watching Octavia learn more about herself and her past was intens
Kira Assad
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better! Octavia with her piggy friend are now on to a new adventure, which includes new creatures that are based in water. It's unfortunate Octavia can't swim! But that doesn't stop her from saving everyone she can. With just enough drive and humor, and a new watery friend, she might be able to do it! Especially now that she has some new information about her past and a part of who she is. I can't wait for book 4! ...more
Jennifer Faulkner
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caught Off-guard

I can’t say enough of how much I enjoy these novellas. In Caught Dead the story follows Octavia to Texas where we learn a little bit more about her heritage in a surprising turn of events. Her wit and sass are on point. AND BACON!! Bacon is the hilarious little swine we’ve all come to know and love. His antics are almost hero-worthy. We also meet a new friend who will hit you in the feels. This book leaves readers in a cliffhanger.
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
3.5 Stars

Things I learned in Caught Dead:
1. Hell hath no fury like a caged Bacon
2. Bacon IS a Swine Warrior
3. Boner espionage is a thing!

Filled with the usual snark and humor that I love from Rourke, I, unfortunately, feel a bit let down with this one. This title is riddled with plot twists and cliffhangers and nothing was resolved. I get it but... Thankfully I can jump into the next book!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Another 3.5 review. While I felt it was slightly better then the Book 2, I feel that it's missing some of the great banter that was in the first couple of books I read. It is interesting that there is more of Octavia's past coming out and now a lot of unanswered questions. Octavia and Bacon still rock! And I love how she talks to him. I do believe he understands, lol. Again, I keep reading hoping that the story improve. I am curious about Octavia's background and keeps my interest. ...more
Jennifer Treviño
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better & better.
Each adventure we follow Octavia & Bacon on is more extreme & intense than the last! Rourke’s no newbie to siren tales, but she still managed a whole new take on the topic. And the new sidekick I never saw coming ended up capturing my whole heart. By the end I had tissues in hand, but this was well worth that emotional roller coaster. Can’t wait for the next release!!
Niamh Hunter
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stacey never disappoints.
I have finished another adventure with Bacon and Octavia, and new team freak pal who shall remain nameless.
The twists and turns in this book kept me on my feet. I did not see that coming at all!
I look forward to reading the next book.

Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who is the stranger that appears to be stalking Octavia? A threat? Or someone that can help with the answers she seeks? Octavia’s search takes her to Texas, she’s immediately confronted with the finding of a dead man, when the mans wife admits to his murder because of his adultery it appears to be a cut and dried case!
Another fun and interesting read.
Crystal Gray
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-gems
I love Octavia, that being said this one felt a little off. I don't know. Not as much action as the others maybe. The ending sure lived up to the hype though. I can't wait for the next one! Learning more about her and her origins is intriguing. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some questions were answered more came up. All and all this was a good book. Bacon I love that pig I never thought I could fall in love with a pet character in a book but I have. This book made me tear up some when more answers were well answered. I can't wait for the next installment. ...more
Belinda Clemons
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow I loved it Bacon was awesome with the way he tore a hole in a car and squid face why did that happen I can't wait to see how Octavia handles more truths about her past. I really enjoyed this part and cant wait for the next one. ...more
Good Books & Tasty Morsels
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caught Dead, The Journals of Octavia Hollows Book Three, is not like the other two books in this series. Stacey has wrote this book in a way that gives us more background on Octavia, but makes it to where she learns where she has come from and with this informations is being pushed to fight for her very existence. Octavia is developing as a character right in front of us and it's amazing to see where she will be lead to. The trials she is faced with would break the normal person but, Octavia is ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

The stories just keep getting better. Learning new things about Octavia definitely keeps things interesting. Love reading about Octavia's adventures and can't wait for the next book.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia and Bacon at it again. This series is so much fun and full of laughter. I am still hooked on the fact that her side kick is a PIG (Bacon) I mean how cute is that right? Each book is adventurous you never know what Octavia will get herself into..
Kacey Ables
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sirens and pigs and necromancy oh my!

Talk about a surprise! Obviously we all knew some things about Octavia. Her lineage of witchcraft was a given. However the new update.....

Mind blown! And a big hurray for Bacon and Calamari! Although I’m really upset about Calamari!
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a story about Octavia’s adventure and supernatural in Galveston, TX. Octavia learned about her herself and her dead fiancé’s accident. Can’t wait for the next book 4.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Favorite Quote:
“I’m not really a fan of labels. But—if you need to put a title on it—I’m the chick who’s going to hand you your ass if you don’t let these people go.”

Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You got a friend in me.

Octavia and Bacon are in Galveston, TX things seem to be going smoothly until she makes a new friend and learns a piece of her past.
Heather Rizkallah
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Octavia has had the time or her life trying to figure out where she got get powers from, but she learns out is not all sunshine and rainbows
Lizz Taylor
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun twisty intro into the back story of Octavia with a "to be continued" conclusion. I look forward to reading the continuation of this saga. ...more
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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