Dark Dreams & Dead Things
by Martina McAtee
Published July , 2016
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.
This books grabs you, puts a vise grip on heart, and steals your breath. I felt like I had survived a battle when I finished the last page.
Wow. Just Wow. Pardon me while I regroup.
I love the diverse characters. No two are alike. It's a fast paced thrill ride. It needs to play out on the big screen. Someone make this happen!
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things ~ Book 1
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
This cover is da bomb! I saw it first on Facebook & then when M&M Publicity did a feature on the author, I was sold. Once you’ve read the book the cover will speak volumes. Trust me. Whoever said “never judge a book by its cover” didn’t see Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.
Strip away all the supernatural and you’ve got average relatable teens. The MC, Ember, just wants a family and to fit in. Kai is struggling to be noticed by his perfect guy. He just wants to be loved with the same passion he exudes. Tristin is basically a moody teenager. You gotta have a bad guy so enter Mace. Add in channeling the dead, helping souls cross over, a banshee and a soul eater and you the makings of an epic story. Oh, did I mention the werewolves and witches. This book is a supernatural plethora of goodies.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things is full of twists and turns you will not see coming. I laughed. I cried. I grieved. I cried some more – dang it. I held my breath and gripped the kindle. It really is a superb read. I felt Embers emotions of confusion and frustration while learning how to harness her power. I just wanted to slap Rhys for not loving Kai properly.
As debut novels go Martina McAtee NAILED IT! She weaves an epic, complicated, unique, paranormal tale with characters you love and a few you hate to love. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
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