The best book I've read all year! So far, I've read 314 books this year. That should tell you something.
The main character, Eva is your kick-butt heroine. She is witty, sarcastic, stubbon and loving. The other characters are varied and complex including vampires, weres, fey and half breeds. Eva is a Hunter. Her job is to keep the community (the Dregs) in line. But, things are not what they seem.
Right from the start, you learn that Eva is dead and now undead. She only has three days to figure out how she died and why she was brought back. In addition, she has relationships that may or may not be what they seem as well.
The author does an incredible job of detailing the environment making you feel like you are right there with Eva. When she is nervous, scared, angry, I felt it. However, the author didn't overdue the details. It's been a long time since my heart raced right along with the book. My only complaint was when I hit the last page. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
The book is more urban fantasy with a touch of romance (very small but necessary in the scheme of the entire story).
I really wanted to like this book. It had almost all of the components that i enjoy but I just couldn't get into it. I found myself putting it down and coming back to it.
This would have been a great second book.
There is so much back story about the characters that could have helped us along. I didn't feel invested in Wyatt and his feelings for the protagonist because we didn't know where it came from. I feel this is more sequel than first novel.
Glad t see others enjoy it so much.
I had a lot of trouble with this book. The premise was interesting and it started out well but quickly started dragging on and on but it didn't seem to be getting anywhere important. Both Evy and Wyatt were flat almost two-dimensional and the romance between them was forced. She claims not to love him but sleeps with him anyway (seemingly out of gratitude for saving her life). The next thing you know they are in love and inseparable. Huh? It was almost as if the author needs to give them a reason to live and fight but just doesn't quite make it believable.
I thoroughly enjoyed First Break and wished the book focused more on this well developed world. It was a fascinating place and I guess it will be further explored in future books. But honestly I won't be reading them because there was just something missing from this story. I really wish I could put my finger on what's bugging me about this story. It had so much going on - vampires, halfies, goblins, elves, trolls, gargoyles, humans, magic, psychic gifts and the fey - but nothing really clicked. It was as if everything but the kitchen sink was tossed into the mix. A lot of the "extras" could easily have been introduced in later installments as they didn't have any impact on the story.
Dark, Raw Imaginative and Gritty. Awesome Book! Sent straight to the top of my favorite books read in 2010 list.
Kelly Meding has created a hard-to-put down world that will have you on the edge of your seat, and reading into the wee hours of the morning. This is a perfect addition to the Urban fantasy genre that doesnt dissapoint. Even though the opening chapters are somewhat confusing, the more the book progreses, the easier it is to understand. I was thrilled to pieces when i opened the 2nd book up to the exact scene where the first left off..... now for my review:
Evangeline Stone is a Dreg Hunter. (Dreg=any paranormal being, aka: Goblins, Gargoyles, Gremlins, Elves, Trolls, Vampires, Shapeshifters/Weres etc. All of which we meet in this book)
She wakes up on a morge table only to find she is now inhabiting someone elses body. She quickly learns her Triad (group that she hunts with) has been killed, and a species of Owlkins were assisnated protecting her, by another group of Triads that were told she had gone rouge. After she finds her Handler, Wyatt Truman, she learns he purchased a spell from an Elf that allowed her to be brought back to life for 3 days. But with any purchase, comes a price. He brought her back to get information she withheld before she died. Someone is creating monsters in the city, a war is brewing, and the clock is ticking. 3 days until she dies again.
I cannot give enough praise for this book. its full of action, suspence and raw emotion. Lots of blood and gore with mystery and mixture of paranormal. Evy is a strong character that fights for what she belives in, but is able to show weakness at the same time. This is not a book for the faint hearted. There is cursing, fighting, and fuschia blood splattered everywhere. Definitely a series to follow. 5 stars all around!