Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee is the second book the the Dead Things series. We pick up right where we left off in book one: the pack is adjusting to surprising revelations and everyone is trying to pick up the pieces after a night of deceit, betrayal and broken promises.
Ember, Kai and Tristin have learned that they are the foretold reapers of a prophecy meant to take down the Grove, but their powers are underdeveloped and erratic and each have their own problems to worry about. On top of this new problems plague the pack: cannibal cheerleaders, missing pack members and legendary hunters determined to wiping out the trio and any who stand with them.
As threats mount and danger escalates can the pack stay together and fight this coming storm or will they buckle under the pressure and fracture beyond repair?
Oh boy guys, a lot happens in this sequel. Like a lot, a lot. I really needed to write this review right after reading it but I finished it on a 15 hour trip home and had three other reviews to write, so bare with me if this is a little all over the place.
This is a book for readers who love details and little intricacies hidden between the lines. This plot is complex in a good way and is a building block for subsequent novels. That being said this book felt long. I have mixed feelings about this because each individual chapter was entertaining and the plot as a whole was great, but it felt… long. I honestly don’t know how to explain it because I finished this book in two sittings while traveling and yet I felt like I was reading it for a really long time.
One thing this book succeeds in carrying over from the first book is it’s excellent use of colloquialisms and likable characters and character pairings. The language in this book is just so present; so in tune with modern speech. This makes a book about supernatural beings relateable.
Honestly, there are no characters in this series that I don’t like. I want to know more about all of them. Which makes me excited for the prequel coming out soon. I still can’t get enough of Kai and Rhys; I have a serious thing for male couples. These chapters are a bit of an escape after the tension of others. Oh and at one point there is a legit cat fight that is fabulous!
Overall, this was a good read. It was interesting and the plot propels the story forward. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes. This one gets 4 stars from me.
That’s all for now!