Review: Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

Dark Dreams and Dead Things
(Dead Things #2)
by Martina McAtee

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.

*cover your ears now because I am screaming like a banshee! *

This. Is. Totally. Awesome! The Best Sequel ever!

The family of reapers and the pack of wolves are back. Ember Lonnergan must reconcile to the fact that her boyfriend’s soul was back but was somewhere else while her friend Quinn lives on boyfriend’s body.

Now, Mace’s past was catching up on him, haunting him, taunting, tormenting and torturing him. Ember and her twin cousins  were now suspected to be descendants of the triple goddess, Morrigan, thus eliciting havoc and fear to the Grove. Legendary hunters appeared out of nowhere, and a new character threatened the pack to a much horrifying predicament.

Dark Dreams and Dead Things surely is much darker and more volatile while the story continues to flare up the heat and tension between the characters and the world building makes you feel like you are part of this extra-ordinary otherworldly realm. If I liked Ember in the first book, I think love her more now along with Mace and his horrendous past.

I agree with everyone who said that this sequel is definitely better than the first book. And I love, love, loved the first one, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things and I distinctly remember saying that it was an instant winner and sure-fire hit for me. Reading book 2 just amplified my feelings for the Belladonna pack and now I’m like a raging bull all fired up and ready to strike. Martina McAtee had just increased my heart palpitations and now I’m clueless how to pacify my heart.

OKay, now I have to stop blabbering and continue reading the next book, Deranged Angels and Cannibal Hearts.. (Oh my, the title just gave me goosebumps! I wanna run!!!)


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