Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dark Dreams and Dead Things Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me take part in this tour. You can check out the full blog tour schedule here :)

Title: Dark Dream and Dead Things (Dead Things #2)
Author: Martina McAtee
Release Date: July 15th, 2016
Publisher: Self published
Source: YA Bound
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Purchase Links: Amazon


17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend. 

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.

Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.

An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever. 

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In the sequel to the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things picked up where the first book left off. What I find most interesting is the world where the story took place in- a world where witches, werewolves, reapers, banshee exist. That is what has first drawn me to this series. This world is filled with so much possibilities in the direction which the future plot may progress and I found that really exciting as a reader.

Quinn’s character development is probably what I enjoyed the most in this sequel. It’s entertaining to watch his character evolve and attempt to embrace his new identity. Quinn is slowly becoming my favourite character. I really feel for Quinn and the struggle he had to deal with because of a decision made for him.

What I didn’t like about the book could be summed up into one word: Tristin. She really annoyed me throughout my read. If I could reach out and just strangle some sense into that banshee, believe me I would. I just can’t accept the way she treats Quinn, especially after what she’d done. And she was so horrible to Ember even when her anger towards Ember was often times uncalled for. I do hope there would be some character growth for Tristin as this series continue, at least so that she doesn’t get on my nerve as much.

I am pleased with how ‘Dark Dreams and Dead Things’ ended. The final scene was great and it left me curious of what’s to come. There’s still so much story to uncover. I, for one, would love to know more of Neoma’s past. I am also intrigued by Donovan and would love to see more of him in the next book.

About the Author:

Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since. Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.

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