Wednesday, February 17, 2010
As Wyatt and Evy move around the city and try to jog Evy's memory by retracing her steps before she died, Evy has to deal with the strange attraction her body has to Wyatt, a man that should be off limits to her as her handler, and then as her memories return so does understanding of why she has this attraction. As for Wyatt, his feelings for Evy are strong and muddle the reason of why Evy was brought back from the dead. Wyatt is tall, dark, and handsome and lethal when it comes to protecting Evy. Meding did a great job of building the relationship between Wyatt and Evy/Chalice. The relationship was uncomfortable when it began since Evy doesn't remember at first what passed between her and Wyatt before she died and thought her feelings for him where more platonic while the lust she felt was all Chalice. But as the book progresses and Evy/ Chalice merge more into one person and the relationship with Wyatt develops into something more touching and real. Also as Evy spends more time in Chalice's body her old reflexes and fighting ability become stronger. The melding of the two people- Evy and Chalice - was expertly done.
The more Evy learns about her memories, the darker the story becomes. She remembers the death of the her other team members of the Triad who were killed by Halfsies (bitten vampires) and the blame that's laid at her feet for their deaths. She also remembers hunting down rumors of a possible alliance between the Goblins and the Bloods (born vampires) which if true would be devastating to the human race. But the deeper Evy delves into her memories the more she learns about betrayals by people she thinks are friends and that things aren't as they appear. Evy is a tough heroine but as her clock on her borrowed body winds down she begins to wonder whether it is worth it to remember what happened to her and she fears her second death. There were parts in the book where I was cringing and hoping Evy's memories would skip the really horrible parts of her first death but no such luck! But at least she gets to remember her sweet moments with Wyatt as well!
This book is a 4 out of 5 for me, it is a gritty urban fantasy unique premise and a heroine you will cross your fingers for and hope she makes it out alive.
The next book: As Lie the Dead is due out July 27th, 2010.