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Book Review: Dark Dreams and Dead Things (Dead Things #2)

cover-5-1.jpg.jpegAuthor: Martina McAtee
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Number of Pages: 
Date Published: July 15 2016
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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.


Dark Dreams and Dead Things is the second installment of Martina McAtee’s Dead Things series, book one is called Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things. The second book opened up, first, with a character guide which I really appreciate for it helped me remember the events and the characters present in the past book. The story started just right where we left off, after the ritual to bring back someone from the dead. The book still has Ember, Mace, Kai and Tristin’s POVs but with the addition of Quinn’s.

The book is so cruel to the characters, I love it! Its darker than the first book, not just as we go deeper in the plot but we also get to witness Mace’s shady past and watch Quinn as he lost his light, easy smiling and laughing self to a darker and creepy version of himself. God it made me sad and scared me. The incidents that happened in the book especially the gory and bloody ones are so damn interesting and intriguing. The writing is fantastic! I am admittedly in love with McAtee’s brain, its so fascinating.

Me while reading the book:

I love the character development of the book, each of the characters from the main one to the side characters are so detailed that they all felt to real you can almost touch them. I like the new characters and species of paranormal introduced in the book like geminis and animators. I so love love the ever blooming relationship of Rhys and Kai, their cute ass love story feel like the only light in these very dark book.

The situation between Ember and Tristin most likely annoyed me, I wanted to jump in right in to the pages of the book and knock their heads together to stop all the fightting and blaming and finger-pointing. SRSLY! But I really like ow they established a kinda stable relationship at the end, there’s still some tension in it but at least it eased up a little.

Silas! Oh the best and the most f***ing annoying ex-boyfriend comeback of all. It was pretty crazy how he manipulated each and every character and plotted for the big play of all. And speaking of annoying, I wanna send some special mention to Miller and Jo.

Oh and that war that the pack is preparing for, that little showdown at the cemetery and Ember’s bad -assery. I like how her character went from I need protecting to I can handle this sh*t and protect myself.

Simply saying that the book is awesome and my gosh Martina… I. NEED. MOOOORREEE! Gimme the next installment.

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