Review: Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding

Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding 
Book 1, Dreg City Series
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published: November 24, 2009 by Dell
ISBN: 978-0553592863
My copy: Provided by Random House

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 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. . . .

My Ramblings:

Three Days to Dead is Kelly Meding's debut urban fantasy thriller and it's a book I've been looking forward to reading ever since I laid my eyes on it's gorgeous cover. Kelly Meding has taken traditional lore on vampires, gremlins, goblins, trolls, gargoyles and added her own creative twists to their legends, making them her own. Then she's built a supernatural world around these creatures known as the Dregs, planting them right under the noses of humans. I found myself emotionally investing in the characters, who were so believable because they weren't perfect or infallible. Especially Evy Stone, who is truly a kick-ass heroine. She grew up in the school of hard knocks and it showed in her attitude and stance.

I enjoyed the atmosphere of Three Days to Dead which at times were very dark and others light hearted, this helped break up the dark edges coating the story. The plot is well thought out with plenty of twists in it to keep you guessing and reading. This is a book that isn't just for urban fantasy readers, readers of paranormal romance will also find this book a very satisfying read. I think this book is a prime example of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance hybrid.

I'm looking forward to next book in the Dreg City series, As Lie the Dead.

My Rating: Really Liked it

Places you can find Kelly Meding: Web Site | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Dreg City Series

  1. Three Days to Dead
  2. As Lie the Dead -  July 27, 2010

Other Ramblings:


Blodeuedd said...

Sounds pretty ok to me :D
I love when an author invents something new, or puts a spin to the same old same old

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thanks for the review! I am soooo looking forward to this book. I can not wait. There seems to be many different creatures in the book. And waking up in another body... that seems just so creepy. Cool! Great review!

Carolyn Crane said...

I just got this, and I'm very excited. Also, I didn't realize it was a hybrid like that - I thought it was straight UF. **plop plop** sound of 3DTD moving up in my TBR pile.

Unknown said...

This sounds really good, can't wait 'till it comes out in the UK. :)

Tricia said...

I've been wondering about this one. Happy to hear you liked it so much!

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

4 stars, huh? This one has been on my radar as a "WANT!", glad to see you liked it.

Chris said...

Looks like I'll be borrowing CJ's copy at some point! :)

Donna said...

Blodeuedd - Same here, very creative world in Three Days to Dead. I enjoyed Kelly's take on old lore.

Melissa - There are a lot of paranormal creatures, it's part of what keeps this book interesting -- seeing how Kelly Meding visualizes them.

Carolyn - I thought the same thing about this book, I was pleasantly surprised about the PNR elements.

Tricia - Hope you give it a try. :)

Patti - This one was on my hot list since I first discovered this book. Glad I had the opportunity to read it so quick.

Chris - Your so lucky to live close to someone that you can share books with. I wish there was someone near me -- probably is but their hiding out in their bat cave. ;)

Erotic Horizon said...

Thanks for your summary have highlighted all the things I love in a book..


Donna said...

EH - Hope you give this one a try, it truly is a mix of UF and PNR.

prashant said...

There seems to be many different creatures in the book. And waking up in another body... that seems just so creepy. Cool! Great review!

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