Saturday, October 16, 2010

HBIC Review: Three Days To Dead

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Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding

PJVs QUICKIE POV: The anticipation of this book was better than the actual experience. I was really looking forward to reading this one - probably the chick on the cover and that knife, she looks like she could kick my butt. Unfortunately expectations and delivery just didn't match and while Meding thought up a great Urban Fantasy world that was quite intense and had some good intricacies - it was just that her characters left me lacking because of the lack of emotional connections. It felt more like a recitation of facts and occurrences and not a story in the first person perspective.

REVIEW: In the world where Evangeline Stone lives their are goblins, vampires and halfies, along with a lot more creatures that go bump in the night. They hide themselves from the human population in general - but their is a group that knows of their existence and police them with ruthless justice and sadistic penalties. Evy is a part of the group, her team is called a Triad. It is made up of three "agents" and one handler. She loves her job, she's a killer, but from her perspective it is the right thing to do. Everything was on track in her violent life - until she has to kill her teammate and then ends up on the slab in the someone else's body with just three days to live.

So begin's Chalice/Evy's fight for survival and attempt at proving herself innocent of her teammates death. It is a wild ride with monsters, vampires and trolls coming from all angles. There is even a smidge of romance thrown into the mix.  It had all the potential to be a very hard hitting, nail biting Urban Fantasy but to me it just fell flat.

My first take on the staleness of the novel was Wyatt the handler and romantic interest #1. He was a total pansy - which didn't have me liking him much. And what guy would have done this to his "girl"? Sell his free will for three more days with his dead love? That just struck me as completely selfish, moronic and irresponsible.

Then there was the weird Chalice might still be there or some kind of weird body memory that had her clinging to Alex and hot in the pants for Wyatt. It was odd, what was that about? I wanted to slap Evy for even going back to Alex - how could she have done that to him? That just struck me as selfish, moronic and irresponsible. For such a tough chick, you sure don't like to be alone - so you have to ruin someone's life completely just to have Yeah, basically this book was about two really freaking selfish people doing screwed up things that could put the entire world in jeopardy.


I really was hoping by the end that one of them would have just killed themselves - you know last unselfish act and all that.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Adults only, has a lot of nasty themes. Violence, rape, sexual encounters, cursing. This one reminded me of Kelly Gay's Better Part of Darkness, with the ridiculously strong female character and the woosified male characters.



Emily said...

Oh man, talk about perfect timing! I was just about to start this book and reading your review has convinced me to set it aside. I'm still riding the high from the Book of Awesome yesterday and I'm drying my tears, having just finished Of Bees and Mist, which was also awesome but incredibly sad. I'm on a roll with incredible books and I'm not going to spoil it with this one. Bummer!

ParaJunkee said...

I guess I took one for the team. I really don't know what to say about this one. I really wanted to like it. The main character was my cup of tea, ugh --- just whatever. I'm kinda pissed about this turn out.

Preternatural said...

Yeah the concept sounded really great, but it just didn't deliver.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

Wow I didn't get this book from the library..won't be reading this book, sounds bad on many levels.Thanks goodness for paranormalcy .whoo hoo

Anonymous said...

I guess I stopped reading PNR just in time!!! And Emily...Of bees and Mist freakn awesome..!!! You might like Little Giant of Aberdeen County if you liked Bees....:0


I haven't read this one yet either, but it's not going on the TBR shelf. Thanks for the honest review!