Deranged Angels and Cannibal Hearts

Deranged Angels and Cannibal Hearts is the third book in the Dead Things series.

*Spoiler Alter-Don’t read this review if you intend on reading the first two books*

We pick up after the disastrous end of the second book. Quinn is with Silas and still soulless; Mace is still a ghost and Ember is devastated, and Evangeline is dead; there are missing limbs, kidnappings, PTSD and more death. Our ragtag pack of misfits are in pretty dire straights.

One thing is for certain, the pack will only survive the coming battles by working together as one. But this is easier said then done. Secrets are running rampant, omissions and lies hide the truth, and mistrust leads to fractures within the group.

Can the pack overcome their differences and fight together for the good of their town? For the good of everyone? 

So, I started my review of the second book by saying that a lot happens over the course of the book… Like a lot. Which, if I am being honest, got me a little lost in this one. I couldn’t for the life of me remember who Evangeline was, except that she died and when I went back to the character overviews in the beginning, of course there was no recap of Evangeline. After finishing this whole book, I still can’t recall her a 100%.

The individual stories in this book work for me. The pairings, the drama, separately they work. However, there was something about the flow that didn’t quite bring all of these stories together. Could it be that there was just so much going on that I was waiting for the pieces to all fall together… maybe. Maybe everything will be summed up and tied into nice little knots in the last book and all will be well in the world. But for now, I feel like I am playing the waiting game. Waiting for all the pieces to fit.

The characters are still quite realistically sarcastic, which I like. We use sarcasms and snark so much in the real world that it is good to see an author who can use it correctly. Although Kai was starting to annoy me a little bit with his whinny, but well-founded, panic/fears. Two couples I do like though are Ilsa and Wren and whatever is going on with Tristen and Tate.

Finally, I had a really, really hard time getting past the editing. For two pages, the wrong characters name was used–I mean really? There were also a lot of… wrong words. Using he instead of him, I’m instead of I–that sort of thing. I just have a really hard time looking past that sort of thing, which often makes my reviews a bit harsher than they would be otherwise.

I am invested in this story and need to see where it ends up but because of the above (mostly the editing), this one only gets a grudging three stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Dark Dreams and Dead Things

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee is the second book the the Dead Things series. We pick up right where we left off in book one: the pack is adjusting to surprising revelations and everyone is trying to pick up the pieces after a night of deceit, betrayal and broken promises.

Ember, Kai and Tristin have learned that they are the foretold reapers of a prophecy meant to take down the Grove, but their powers are underdeveloped and erratic and each have their own problems to worry about. On top of this new problems plague the pack: cannibal cheerleaders, missing pack members and legendary hunters determined to wiping out the trio and any who stand with them.

As threats mount and danger escalates can the pack stay together and fight this coming storm or will they buckle under the pressure and fracture beyond repair?

Oh boy guys, a lot happens in this sequel. Like a lot, a lot. I really needed to write this review right after reading it but I finished it on a 15 hour trip home and had three other reviews to write, so bare with me if this is a little all over the place.

This is a book for readers who love details and little intricacies hidden between the lines. This plot is complex in a good way and is a building block for subsequent novels. That being said this book felt long. I have mixed feelings about this because each individual chapter was entertaining and the plot as a whole was great, but it felt… long. I honestly don’t know how to explain it because I finished this book in two sittings while traveling and yet I felt like I was reading it for a really long time.

One thing this book succeeds in carrying over from the first book is it’s excellent use of colloquialisms and likable characters and character pairings.  The language in this book is just so present; so in tune with modern speech. This makes a book about supernatural beings relateable.

Honestly, there are no characters in this series that I don’t like. I want to know more about all of them. Which makes me excited for the prequel coming out soon. I still can’t get enough of Kai and Rhys; I have a serious thing for male couples. These chapters are a bit of an escape after the tension of others. Oh and at one point there is a legit cat fight that is fabulous!

Overall, this was a good read. It was interesting and the plot propels the story forward. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes. This one gets 4 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Children  Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee is the first book in the Dead Things series. Ember Denning is a seventeen-year-old loner; she works in a morgue, has no friends and people tend to cross the street when they see her coming. Ember spends her time skipping school, doing homework at the morgue, hanging out in cemeteries and avoiding her drunk father… you know, as normal teens do.

When Ember’s father dies everything changes. Ember learns she has family she never knew about and supernatural powers no one can explain. She is also being stalked by the most beautiful boy she has ever seen and despite fears that he wants to kill her, she is infatuated.

When Ember’s new-found cousins take her home with them to a small town in Florida, she is immediately taken in by the pack–a group of werewolves, reapers, one fairy and a human. While adjusting to her new life, Ember must also learn to control her powers, which are out of control and more dangerous than anyone knows. As Ember attempts to control her powers, secrets are revealed that may just shake the world to its very foundation.

Will Ember find a way to control her powers before anyone gets hurt?

This was such a fun read. From the excellent use of colloquialisms, to engaging characters and a really interesting storyline, this was just so entertaining. I literally found myself laughing quite a few times. McAtee really knows how to inject modern language and pop-culture into her narrative and this isn’t something that is easily done. It was great having references to The Terminator and Titanic without having it feel cheesy. People use pop-culture references in their speech all the time and it was refreshing to see this done when it actually works.

When I first started this book I was a bit intimidated by the multiple points of view. In a supernatural fantasy, this can sometimes get a little confusing but again, it worked. I loved Kai, Rhys and Quinn–pretty much the majority of the male characters were awesome. I also could have used a whole book just devoted to Kai and Rhys, sigh. Each of the characters had their own unique flare and it was really awesome to see how they all bounce off each other as a pack and a family. Speaking of the pack, I sort of loved the fact that the pack was all touchy feel-y, trying to spread their scents everywhere and some of the awkward moments this afforded.

I just really liked this one. It was fun, kept me reading and left me wondering. This one gets 5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-