Monday, January 18, 2010

Kelly Meding's Three Days to Dead


Aside from ten sleepless days I spent with the Twilight series, I've never read fantasy and never considered it something I would be interested in. Well not anymore.

Kelly Meding's debut novel, Three Days to Dead, is exactly the kind of book I love -- I don't want to do anything but read, but I want to read slowly to make it last longer.

Here's the back cover copy:
She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder…

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 other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters — mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor . . . and she can’t even remember what it was.

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again – but this time, there’s no second chance…


I'm horrible at writing book reviews, but I will tell you this -- Evy is a strong heroine that doesn't take crap from anyone, yet there are hints at the softer woman inside that make her relatable. Three Days isn't listed as a romance, but there's definitely some heat between the, er... pages.

Coming from someone who doesn't read fantasy, Kelly does a wonderful job of creating a world full of vampires, goblins, weres, and elves without confusing us literal folk. She explains each group without dumping pages and pages on the reader -- instead things are explained as Evy races from one scene to the next. Just the way I like it. She also kept me guessing right up to the very end. Even when we know who the bad guy is and what his plans are, we STILL don't know all the details. Kelly does a wonderful job of doling out the bare minimum to keep you reading.

Oh yeah, and Wyatt is HOT.

The coolest part for me was being able to email Kelly as soon as I finished to tell her how much I loved it!

11 comments:

T. Anne said...

This book sounds like it has a little bit of everything. Thanx for the review! Too cool that you know the author, don't you just love that?

Melanie Avila said...

It really does! And yes, it was very cool reading something that a friend wrote. I kept picturing her typing away as I zipped through the pages.

Janna Qualman said...

That rocks! How exciting.

Robin said...

It does look completely awesome, with the added super perk of knowing the author. How cool is that?

Melanie Avila said...

Someone else reviewed her today too (I saw on Twitter). I can't wait for her next book!

Sharla said...

not my normal cup of tea either, but you've got me thinking about it! Sounds wickedly cool!

Elana Johnson said...

Very good review! I like hearing what other people like to read.

Erica said...

Yay!
Great review Melanie!, Sounds like Kelly's book is great, adding it to my list :o)

Nadine said...

Sounds like an awesome book!

*adds it to my TBR pile*

Natasha Fondren said...

Oh fun! I'm in a hot vampire mood. I've been slogging through Les Miserables and The House of the Spirits and The Pillars of the Earth. I need something with a hot man in it. :-)

Gary Hooyenga said...

Not sure I like the blog look. But then it is your thing and I like that.