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Three Days to Dead

(Dreg City #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  6,192 ratings  ·  477 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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This was such an unexpected read!

When I decided to read this one, I can't say I had high hopes, I was just looking for something fun but casual. And boy, was I surprised!

I absolutely loved this book! Amazing characters, great world-builder, fun and engaging plot. What more could you want from an Urban Fantasy?
This chick was such a badass, I loved her and her sarcastic humor. Oh, and the problems she has! I could barely put down this book. And the amazing part is that this story only get
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
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
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Started strong, then it dragged on a lot and I felt the villain was plainly obvious. I think I would continue reading this series. There’s room to evolve.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
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 the p ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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
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
So I will say this- really like the premise.
Girl wakes up in the morgue in a different body and can't remember the last week of her life that lead up to her death- but knowns she possibly has a limited time to solve her murder- plus put together a dark plot going on against the city.

I also like the dark and gritty background of the city, and the descriptions of the supernaturals (liked the wide variety- goblins, vampires, shifters, fae, gargoyles ect.)

But what I didn't like? The romance.


Some pe
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Anna Serene
Let me just start by saying there was absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It had all the makings of a book that I would LOVE but I just didn't get that feeling. I don't know why, and there really isn't a reason for it. I just didn't connect with the story as much as I feel I should have. This should not deter anyone from reading this because I'm probably just in a mood.
Kat  Hooper
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
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
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
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
It started promising, but most of the mystery was revealed about half-way through the book. The writing was weak, but there is potential. The romance was... I don't have the adequate word for it, it just didn't feel natural? It seemed a bit forced. Ended being a meh/ok-ish read.
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 almo
Quite an interesting book, full of action and intrigue, that had me interested enough to look up more books in the series. So, why only 3 stars?

During the first half, it was a 5 star book for me. Evy and Wyatt were kicking ass together and taking no names, they were equal partners but... as more details about what happened resurfaced, Evy turned from likable to bitchy with issues greater than everybody else's and Wyatt became a sniveling lovesick fool who could only moan and shuffle his feet. Se
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
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
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jen Davis
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you read enough books in the paranormal genre, you start to sniff out a formula. Sure, there are surprises here and there: maybe an unexpected obstacle or a twist on the villain reveal at the end. But I have to give credit where credit is due. This book kept me guessing. The biggest mystery of all: how can you get a happy ending when your heroine only has three days left to live?

Technically, Evy is already dead. As the story begins, she finds herself resurrected in the morgue, alive in a body
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shannon, Clair, Gargoyles fans, Briggs fans
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
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
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Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I'm not completely sure of how I felt about this book. A little over half way through, I started skimming pages. I definitely found the premise of the story interesting and wanted to see how things would play out for Evy and Wyatt, but I just wasn't that into the two of them as characters or as a couple. The almost endless circle of them blaming themselves for their situation wore thin quickly. I'm really not sure what else to say about this. I may continue on with the series, mostly because I h ...more
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