Guest Review: Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between

Source: Purchased from Amazon
Publisher: Mundania Press
Series: Rhiannon’s Law #1
Edition: Ebook, 225 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Elizabeth

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is a story about a young woman with a troubled past named Rihannon. Whose attitude and tough-as-nails persona are as entertaining as they are dangerous. I found her to be somewhat the type of smart-alic I can relate to. When she meets Disco, a vampire, her already not so normal world becomes quite complex. She is commissioned to aid in solving a mystery. A danger is threatening the vampiric world and a necromancer is just the detective they need.

This novel leads the reader along a fascinating journey from drugs to lust and suffering to trust. I had a bit of a challenge keeping all of the characters straight. There are quite a few. And though I am a book-a-holic it took me a minute to fall into the swing of Rihannon’s lifestyle and attitude. But once I did the story kept my mind churning. Not only the mystery but Rihannon’s emotional journey. Also, I didn’t immediately fall for Disco, though I believe that was the author’s intent. It missed an initial drawing for me. Over time, however, he grew on me. By the end of the book I really enjoyed his character. He was quite the gentleman and very kind.

The writer leaves no stone unturned. This is something I truly admire. For, every time she mentions someone’s tainted past or anything interesting she eventually explains why. I generally despise loose ends. I feel as if the main characters were well fleshed out and flawed. Therefore, making them very human.

I also appreciate her “vampire origins’ story. It’s very unique and easy to understand. Now on a scale of one to ten I have to give this book a 6. Though I fully understand the gore and its necessity, I got a smidge tired of all the cursing. Also some of the character back stories were tough. (That’s my personal opinion of course.) But as far as fantasy, mystery, cohesiveness, romance, and interest I liked it. So, if it’s sounding like your kind of novel, take the time.

3 star

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2 Responses to Guest Review: Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between

  1. jeneaw0716 says:

    This does sounds really good. I really hope my library will carry it. Thank you for sharing it and for the great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. kimbacaffeinate says:

    Great review this sounds edgy and raw. I might grab this one!

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