Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dark Dreams and Dead Things Review + #Giveaway


Dark Dreams and Dead Things
Dead Things Series
Book #2
Martina McAtee

Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 15, 2016

ISBN: 978-1533148414

Paperback Pages: 540
E-book Pages: 510

Goodreads Rating: 4.89
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend.

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.

Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.

An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever. 


My Take on the Book:

I did not expect this sequel to be good. In my experience, the follow up in these books are never as good as the first. Especially if the first is really, really good. So I was pleasantly surprised at the awesome factor of this book. It was BETTER than the last and the last had a 5 Quill rating.

The story picks up where we left off in book 1 and I gotta say thank the heavens because I can’t stand unanswered questions. That’s not to say that I don’t have a whole list of them after reading this installment.

The characters got better and the story got more intriguing. I literally couldn’t put this book down. And even if I could, I didn’t want to. I don’t know how Ms. McAtee did it but I love these characters even more than I did before. They got 100 times more endearing and that’s just not natural. The character development in so on point it’s kind of ridiculous. I saw a lot of growth in book 1, then thought to myself sarcastically as I jumped into this book, “how much more can these characters grow?”


They grew. They developed. They rocked. 

Sigh. Mace, I don’t know why I love you so much. I was literally smitten with you since the go in book 1 and while there was a rocky patch to cross here and there, my love stayed strong. So when I got so more insight on you, well let’s just say my heart melted a bit more. Sigh.

This story is heavy on the family theme and to me that’s a gem. Not enough books have that. Also, ahem, I totally love the LGBTQ romance (points at her ankle tat) it’s something that you don’t get enough of in YA books. It’s not something that is discussed enough and I think it should be.

5 Quills

Can I add a .5 to that? 5.5 Quills. Is that a thing I can do? Cause wow. Book 3… where are you? I need you in my life. Seriously guys and girls and everyone in between, hop to it, grab book 1 and start this series! The writing is so fluid and the story so good its honestly a treat to read this book.

Available for Purchase on Amazon

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 Read my Review of book 1 here

About The Author

Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since. Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.

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