Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

- Goodreads Synopsis -
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. 

"Her magic was happy for Mace's return. As always, it stretched from Ember, reaching for his magic, wanting to play"

Martina McAtee never disappoints! I was so excited to finally read this book! It is definitely bigger than the first book, which makes it that much better! Big books about witches, werewolves, fairies, reapers, and the dead are the best kind of books! 

Dark Dreams and Dead Things is the second book in the Dead Things Series! In this book we get to jump back into Martina's world and see all our favorite characters and then some! Book two starts up right where the first book left off. Mace is trapped, Quinn is back, and Tristin still hates Ember. The only thing that has changed is that the three cousins found out that they are part of something special. Ember, Tristin, and Kai are part of an old prophecy, which makes many people fear them. The grove is starting to figure the prophecy out, and in the meantime, children are going missing, packs are being slaughtered, and the cousin's can't get their powers to work. Ember, Kai, and Tristin are the only ones who can stop everything. The only problem is, is that without Mace.. Ember is magicless. Ember can get Mace back, but on one condition. Will she give up her magic? Is there another way? 

"You know that the good of the many is greater than our little love story. No matter how epic it seems to us."

I didn't think it was possible to top the first book, but I was wrong. This book was absolutely amazing and I love all the new characters, especially Evangaline! It was a nice twist and I feel like she made Ember feel a little less alone, since their powers complimented each others. On top of all the new characters, there are also many different stories going on throughout the book. We have Mace's and Ember's story, Kai's and Rhy's story, Tristin's and Quinn's story, and then the packs story! That is all I can really say about them because I do not want to give anything away! You will have to pick up the first book to figure out what is going on with all these amazing characters! As I stated before, these books are huge, but Martina is able to grab your attention and keep it until the very last page. Once you begin reading, you don't even realize how big the book is because you are so consumed with the characters and the story. One thing that I noticed right away, and really enjoyed, were all the Harry Potter references! Yay for HP! 

""So what do you want to do until morning?"
"I could make the ceiling look like Hogwarts again?" Quinn suggested. 
That was one of Ember's personal favorites; floating candles were awesome.

Martina McAtee's writing is so descriptive and so beautiful that she really brings you into her world. She creates such a dark, yeyt beautiful place in the readers mind. There were a few characters that I did not enjoy too much, but there were so many that I did enjoy! It is so easy to get swept up into each characters problems that you begin to feel as if you are that character. Martina did an amazing job allowing the reader to relate with her characters. Books are million times better when the reader likes/relates to the characters. It was nice to see how far the characters have come since the first book, and I loved seeing them develop throughout book 2. 

Dark Dreams and Dead Things kept me on my toes the whole time! This book was the total opposite of predictable and I was freaking out the whole time because I had no idea what what going to happen next. I enjoyed how the book was told in different points of view. As a reader, I love being able to see inside the minds of multiple characters, instead of just the main character. I really love books with multiple points of veiw!

Okay, so you all seriously need to read this series! Martina McAtee is absolutely amazing and I have no idea how all this comes from her mind! The story is awesome, the characters are awesome, the magic is awesome and everything is just AWESOME! 

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