Monday, December 7, 2009

Blog Post Rescheduled, A Review and A Contest

*note: contest is now closed. Thanks to all that entered*

Hey Kiddies, so because of some redamndiculous stuff that went down this weekend my review of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is being moved down the blogging schedule. However, since you all shouldn't have to pay for crap that aint yo fault and because I feel like giving shit away, I bring you a review and contest featuring this bit of hotness right here:

Isn't she pretty? Don't you love the coffee and cream skin? Isn't that navel made for a belly button ring? And that knife strapped to her thigh? Improbable, but freakin hot, right? *sigh*

Anyway, today I bring you my review of Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding.

The protagonist, Evangeline Stone, is a hard ass bounty hunter that specializes in taking out Dregs, which are the supernaturals that are considered bad by the humans that know they exist. She kills things. She likes to kill things. She talks trash and she isn't known for her emotional connections. What I like about her is that yes, she is all those things, but she is also often compassionate, insightful, loyal and has a good sense of humor.

Evy is murdered in the course of her old life as a dreg bounty hunter and brought back to life, but she ends up in a stranger's body. When she wakes up, she remembers some things but the last three days before she died are a blur. She doesn't remember how she died and she knows she and her slain partners were set up. She needs answers and she sets out to find them pretty much from the moment she wakes up on a morgue table freaking the hell out of the chick about to perform an autopsy on her.

I have to admit, if I woke up from the dead with no recollection of how I died, no knowledge of who to trust and in some other (albeit hot) chick's bod, I would need a good five minutes to lose my shit, but Evy sizes up the situation determines the best course of action and sets out, never looking back. I dig that about her.

One issue I have with this book is the race war premise. For all Evy's compassion and insight, she pretty much figures that if you're not human you are bad and cannot be trusted and for a lot of the book supernatural creatures are portrayed that way. She does make a few exceptions, but is quick to look down on them or distrust them. I do feel that by the end of the book, her views had broadened and she was willing to believe that some other races had good and bad members, but there is still a sweeping characterization that some species are just evil. Wholly. That one's tough for me, because humans in the book weren't always trust worthy either and I feel like there are usually good and bad members of every species. This; however, is part of the author's poetic license and I respect her right to tell her story her way. The ending does leave hope for the next book to have more interactions with supes that were once considered bad.

The other issue I had was that not all of humanity knows about the existence of Dregs and the fight against them is carried out in secret. I don't know y'all, maybe I missed something, but there were some crazy ass happenings and knock down drag out fights with knives and guns and funky colored blood and furry creatures and you're telling me no one notices this shit? Maybe I missed the paragraph or sentence that explains that they are all invisible. ::shrugs::

I did like how the world is populated by all kinds of supernatural creatures. There's more here than just your standard vamps and weres. You have your Bridge Trolls, and goblins and Vampires and Gargoyles and Sprites and Elves. The list goes on and each species has it's own mythology that gets explored a bit which is fun, but a bit long winded at times, too.

I felt the writing was good, but a few times in flashbacks it felt a bit inconsistent. This could also be because she was basically remembering a different life and a different self or it could be because it's a debut book. Either way, I feel the author has a lot of potential and I will definitely be checking out the next book that is supposed to come out in Summer 2010.

You'll like this book if you enjoy lots of supernatural creatures, action, a bit of mystery, and a light sprinkling of romance. It is a bit gritty and may be a little disturbing in some places for some people so if you don't like blood guts and gore with a bit of torture then you may not like this one.

Three Days to Dead gets a solid B rating from me. It was enjoyable and has great potential for a good UF series. I had some issues and rolled my eyes in a couple spots, but I think it was worth reading and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.

You can buy this book here

Or here

Now for the contest part.

I am giving away a brand new copy of Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding.

All you have to do to win is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post. That's it. Contest is international, too. I don't care where ya live as long as it's on planet Earth ;)
*edited to add: contest will run through Thursday 12/10. Winner will be announced in Friday's post.*



Robin K said...

I would love to win this and start reading Kelly Meding's books! I am also following your blog... thought I do not see my little picture. I think your blog hates me ;)

Mandi said...

This is absolutely one of my favs this year. I think she has good reason to fear many of the other species - even when she tries to trust them, they turn on her *cough*gargoyle*cough*

I loved her relationship with Wyatt and can-not-wait to get the second book!!

Nice review!!
Don't enter me! I'm doing a giveaway next week..weeeeee!

Monica said...



Moonsanity said...

I've been wanting to read this. Sorry crap happened to mess up your blog schedule, but glad you decided to give this away. Gotta love a gal who gives away shit:)

Belinda said...

I saw this at the book store and wanted to read it! Sounds good. Please enter me!

Cari Quinn said...

I've really been wanting to read this one! Great review and contest!

Brooke Reviews said...

Can't wait to read this one! Great giveaway, I'm a new follower thanks to Smexybooks!

LiLi said...

I'm a pretty current follower and love your posts! Great giveaway!

Smokinhotbooks said...

Damn why can't I have abs like her *shake head*. Blood, guts, and gore, sign me up Queen B!

Wendy said...

I really liked this book, and damn I want her abs, too!

Veronica said...

Love the book cover! Really excited about this book. Please count me in!



SusiSunshine said...

I so love this cover and story sounds great! And seriously who doesn't want her abs?
Great review hon!

Larissa said...

awesome review sweets =))))

Im dying to read this one =)))


Gigi's Consignment Closet said...

Just found your blog. FUNNY!!!
I'm hooked and following. :)
I haven't read this yet but I plan to get to it this weekend.
Can't wait now.

Fiction Vixen said...

Great review. I'm almost finished reading this and I love it! (Don't enter me, I've got a few of these to giveaway myself) xoxo

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I've been hearing great things about this book, so sign me up to win.

Bitching blog as always :D

Dee said...

I haven't read anything by Kelly Meding. I'm always looking for new and interesting books and this one fits the bill.

Please enter me int the contest.

pattepoilue said...

It's been on my wish list for quite some time! It looks like a great Urban Fantasy =)I love the cover she's damn hot and i'd love the same abs
I just discovered your blog and it's a damn shame i didn't see it before =)

Sheere said...

I wish I could be that tanned! And the knife looks a little dangerous though is hot!
Please count me in!

Stacie said...

Please count me in. I follow you.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

CrystalGB said...

Great review. Sounds good. I like the cover. Count me in please.
I am following you.


Beleth said...

Nice book, i would love to read it! Count me in.
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kittyism said...

I would love to read this! Please count me in.

I'm new to your blog, but I'm loving it.


Melanie said...

I'm a new follower to your blog. The book looks really good. I've never heard of it before but I'd love to read it! :-) Please count me in your contest!

Star Shadow said...

New follower, Kelly actually blogged about it and I followed the link.. I am so excited about this book. Enter me please

Happy Holidays

donnas said...

Sounds great. I would love to be included.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

mariska said...

love the cover of sexy girl :)
This book is on my TOP of wish lists. count me in

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alanajoli said...

Nice, thorough review! You've got a new follower. :)

Patti said...

Just found your blog through Mandi and I'm loving it!! Great review.

This book is on the top of my WANT list! Thanks!
pspinney at cox dot net

ErinT said...

Following you blog and posting a comment! Please count me in, this sounds like an awesome book!

Emily said...

Fabulous! Leaving my comment so I can be entered!

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