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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553592874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553592870
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kelly Meding is a real storyteller." ---Patricia Briggs --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

            A native of the Delaware seashore, Kelly Meding briefly attempted life in the bustle of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, before retreating back to the relative quiet of the Eastern Shore.  She lives in a small town near the beach, with a neurotic cat who occasionally meows at ghosts.  Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication in 2002 and she hasn't used it since, preferring instead to wile away her non-writing hours on the sales floor of a national retail chain.  After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, Kelly began a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal.  When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows. 

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Amazon.com: 26 reviews
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Lacking Direction July 29 2010
By akb--bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
3 1/2 Stars

I first read Three Days to Dead only a few short weeks ago. I first picked it up when I was looking for a stand-alone UF book not realizing it was the first in a new series. I picked it up because the premise sounded interesting and because of the blurb by Patricia Briggs Moon Called (Mercy Thompson). I thoroughly enjoyed the first book so I picked up this one on release day at my local bookstore.

Evangeline Stone doesn't get a second to eat, sleep, or rest after the events of "Three Days to Dead." Book 2 opens up during all the clean-up from the epic battle that just took place on the outskirts of town with Evy still reeling from stopping the demon hoards and taking full possession of her new body. She heads back to her newly inherited apartment to eat and sleep but is interrupted by Phineas, a surviving Owlkin, who seeks Evy's aid. The Assembly leaders of the the shifter clans want a Triad member to take responsibility for the slaughter of one of its clans. Evy offers to find the Brass--the three anonymous humans who direct the Triads and make the decisions. She feels it's time the Brass answer for all the atrocities ordered by them. And she only has 3 days to do it. In trying to discover the whos, she uncovers a growing threat. Only, the Triads don't believe her, the Shifters won't interfere, and the enemy is motivated.

What I liked:
1. Evy--I still liked her. She's rediscovering herself as she takes control of this new body and memories that aren't her own. We get to come along for the ride. She still makes mistakes--and pays for them, too. We get to see flashes of her past and to see what kinda person she is under that tough Hunter-Trained exterior that is crumbling around her as a result of her recent death and resurrection.
2. Wyatt--He felt a little flat in book 1. He was absent for a good chunk of the book, but when he finally was there he made quite an impression. He's got a lot of baggage, which we finally get to sort through.
3. Phineas--Wow, what a complex character! He has an agenda, but we really aren't sure what it is and how it will effect Evy. Can we really trust him? Sometimes it's an obvious yes. Other times, I have to shake my head and wonder.
4. Emotion--Wow! This time around we get a heaping dose of emotions in a full range. The relationship between Evy and Wyatt seemed much more believable now. Also, at times I was angry, irritated, or frustrated at the events unfolding. Other times I felt hope, respect, and laughter as I read. It's funny because the first book I could easily visualize, but didn't feel. Ms. Meding more than redeems herself here. She exceeded expectations.

What didn't work for me:
1. Lacked Direction--So much felt like Evy just chasing her tail. The storyline seemed to push her to find the Brass. But then 2/3 into the book that objective seems to get dropped. We knew were coming to some sort of standoff, but with who? and why? and what does it have to do with anything? The answers to those questions seem to come out of left field. To be fair, it still has to do with unanswered questions from book 1. But it just felt like Evy started out in one direction and 2/3 the way there just stops and goes back to square 1. And waits. Doing nothing. Waiting. Hum dee dum. Then answers fall in her lap.
2. Hard time believing the timeline--In the first book, the 3 day time line worked beautifully. It added tension and a direction. Here? I dunno. It just didn't quite work. Too much was done in one day only to have Evy pass out for 12 hours and then accomplish another round amazing of things in another short time period. I just wasn't buying into it this time. Then, when the 3 days were up and she didn't have the promised answers--everything had changed and nothing bad happened.
3. The Enemy--The enemy just seemed to be thrown at us. And once we finally do clue into who it is, he weirdly shifts from a fleshed out 3 dimensional character to a caricature. He goes from someone relateable and believable to completely delusional. I guess that's the point of him being "The Badguy." But the ending could have been so powerful had I still felt some sort of sympathy or empathy for him. He just seemed to have lost those sympathetic qualities there at the end during the final confrontation. Sad.

I know others will love this book more than I or will question my reasoning behind my dislikes. The dislikes aside, I still really enjoyed this book. It was an engaging story--one that I had trouble putting down. It did a lot for the character development and was action packed. I just hope there will be a little time between this book and the events in book 3...maybe a week or 2 to give us all some breathing room and to make it slightly more believable. I look forward to seeing Evy and Wyatt again and hope they do eventually uncover the Brass and bring some much needed change to the Triad System.

Three Days to Dead
As Lie the Dead (Dreg City, Book 2)
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
How Did So Many Logical Fallicies Get Past Editing? Dec 23 2010
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book takes place immediately after the 'Three Days To Dead' (book one). The main character has been in a heated battle, wounded, and been awake for over 36 hours. She does not rest in the entire book. The author never once mentions how tired she is, nor does she have any magical immunity to fatigue. Evangeline's judgment is bad. Bad writing, and not sleep deprivation is the cause.

Evy sees no problem in working for bosses who make her kill her comrades, don't share vital information, and treat her as expendable trash. Evy rabidly hates non-humans except the select few she's promised to protect. (How does a non-human make this category? They say 'pretty please'.) Evy picks fights with tons of entities beyond her power scale, never brings a weapon, and complains her friends are constantly rescuing her. Evy has a bunch of new powers from being body jumped in book one, but absolutely refuses to use them. Evy is a contradiction in deus-ex clothing, and I hoped she'd just die by the end of the book. Evy this, Evy that...

That annoying.

As for the plotline, Evy picks fights, gets attacked a few times, and everything works itself out (no thanks to Evy). The author sticks in random flashbacks regarding Evy's psychologically damaging initiation into the hunter teams. Well, it would psychologically damage a normal person, but apparently the main character likes her job.

I will not continue this series. I don't know what book the author was writing -- mystery, urban fantasy, suspense, crime, romance, Mary-Sue-conquers-all, or action, but the novel didn't work for me. The pace was fast, I'll give it that.
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
nice try, but comes up way short. Aug. 27 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I hate being rude because I know this is someone's work, but really, this book was bad.
First off, the "heroine" she's terrible. Essentially, she's just a weak racist filled with hatred for everything unhuman (except for what, 4 characters in the book that she totally and inexplicably gets along with?) who is yet, somehow working FOR an organization made up of fey thats sole purpose is to kill anything non human that gets out of line, including regular, law abiding shifters who's only crime is falling in love with a human. It doesnt make any sense. To me, she's a nazi SS officer hunting down Jews. The author describes how in boot camp, the final test is to battle another candidate to the death. Seriously? What kind of person thinks this is a plausible scenario? What kind of psychos would sign up for this job?
The character's only strength seems to be a total bullheadedness and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the people she cares about. She inexplicably hates her new talents (which would be awesome crime fighting talents) and tries not to use them. She spends the whole book lying to people (the man who's son she killed) and getting "killed" or seriously injured. She constantly needs to be saved, and really, the only reason she doesnt die in the first few pages are her miraculous ability to heal and the fact that she is rescued, over and over and over again. Her personality is annoying at best and she doesnt actualy do much of the saving, Phin does. Why someone would go to her for help after she helped kill his race (in the last book) makes little sense, and why he would continue to associate with her after she fails to do what he asks (the book completely glosses over the fact that she does not, in fact, keep his people safe) but continues to rescue her again and again, makes absolutely no sense. He's a plot device that ends up with more charisma and believability than the heroine.

The plot is, really weak. The identity of the villain is foreshadowed pretty obviously and the characters stubborness and total inability to take care of herself is astounding. She's unable to feed herself, is endlessly demanding people drive her places, needs people to find her places to live, needs them to give her money, and needs to be rescued. She's no heroine, she's a weak, crazy and stubborn homeless person. Its implausible that anyone would help her as often as they do and in the ways that they do.

Its as if the author tried to mimic several different genre's at once, mystery, suspense, action, urban fantasy, romance and crime by taking the most blatently stereotypical examples and each and meshing them into one book without making it cohesive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the first book Sept. 28 2011
By Claire's Book Corner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Lie The Dead is book 2 in the Dreg City series written by Kelly Meding. It follows the story of Evy Stone who used to be a hunter for the Triads which protect the city from Dregs otherwise known as vampires, halfies, weres, goblins etc. Triads are teams of three hunters and one handler. In book 1 Three Days To Dead Evy was raped and tortured to death by goblins and the other two hunters in her Triad also killed. But she was brought back from the dead and put into a new body, that of Chalice Frost who had recently committed suicide. Evy then had three days in which to avenge her murder before dying permanently. However the magic spell which brought Evy back to life was changed when Wyatt also died but he too came back to life so she is now in Chalice's body forever. Oh and during all of this the majority of the Owlkins (were birds) were massacred in the hunt to find Evy. Confusing huh?

Book 2 picks up exactly from where book 1 left off. Apart from the basic story of Evy dying and coming back to life in the first book I couldn't remember what had happened, but that was ok as you are given a good re-cap at the beginning. My feelings are torn on this book there were parts that I was completely engrossed in then other parts where I just wanted to rush to get through it. I felt the same with Evy too sometimes I really liked the character then others I was wishing someone would just kill her. It was interesting to see Evy changing as she took on more of Chalice and I must say she was more of a pleasant character because of it. Wyatt was a little too wimpy for me as well. Evy was always literally fighting for him or telling him what to do, I wanted Wyatt to man up a bit. One character that I did like was Phin the were Osprey. He was interesting and well written I hope there is more of him in the following books.

The story was quite repetitive Evy would get knocked unconscious or nearly killed and she would black out, somebody would then save her and when she came round she would be told what things had happened whilst she was out of it. I found this annoying I want a heroine to be kick ass not blacking out and being saved all of the time. I also thought it was an easy way out to move the story along. Plus if you are a hunter carry a weapon, stop going into fights then realizing you do not have anything other than your fists to fight with. There is a massive shock near the end of the book that I did not see coming at all that explains everything that has happened wince the very beginning and I thought it was brilliant. I have deliberated about what to give this book and I would like to give it 3 and a half stars. It wasn't as good as the first book but I am hoping that the next one is better.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A enjoyable read Sept. 14 2010
By Lady Rogue (Escape Between The Pages) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book began where the previous book, Three Days To Dead ended. Evangeline "Evy" Stone was trying to deal with the aftermath of her showdown with Tovin, come to terms with her new body and the memories of its previous owner, and understand her new/old relationship with Wyatt. But, before she was able to process it all, Phineas, a Therian shapeshifters manipulated Evy into swearing, to protect the remaining owlkin. She was then informed, that Phineas and the Assembly Leaders wanted her friend, Rufus, to pay for the slaughter of one of it's clans. Evy determined to protect her friend made a devil's bargain. If Rufus was allowed to go free, she would go after the brass, the ones ultimately responsible. The bargain was agreed to, with the condition, she had three days to do it, and that no harm came to the remaining owlkin. It would have been alot easier, if people would have stop trying to kill her.

I love Evy's character. I find her to be strong and resilient, but with a vulnerable side. I think it is her determination for survival, but with the heart to sacrifice, that appeals to me most. She knows life sucks, that it throws curve balls, but yet she struggles through it the best she can. I also love the fact, that her emotions feel real, especially when it comes to intimacy. Not only with the rape, but the idea of being in a different body...I know I would be freaked out a little bit. I do appreciate Wyatt's understanding and support of Evy. He truely loves her, enough to sacrifice himself. It is not often a man looks pass the casing and into the substance of a woman. The only problem I have of Wyatt, is that he still holds back secrets from her. Phineas is a welcoming dynamic to the mix. I love that he is honorable with a touch of mystery. In some ways, his personality reminds me alot of Evy's. I hope to see him in future books.

I think, what I liked most about this plot, is it's unpredictablity. With several subplots merging into a single fluid story, the curve balls you don't seem coming seem to add credibility. Often in life, things come from left field and you don't see it happening, but when it does, you just have to deal. It wasn't easy for Evy, especially with all the deceit and manipulations, making it difficult for her to trust or to know, who to trust.

Overall, this book was filled with action and intrigue. The characters were richly developed and engaging. The plot was suspensful and unpredictable. Many of the questions were answered from the previous book, but left some question lingering for the next. Kelly Meding tells a story filled with unpredictability, compelling characters and intrigue, a story that stays with you even after the book is closed.


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