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Terminated – Rachel Caine

TerminatedTitle: Terminated (Revivalist #3)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
My rating★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) and Two Week’s Notice (Revivalist #2) yet. 

What the book is about

Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick—is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way.

And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side—and her own lover—will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity…

What I think about the book

The last book of the trilogy was the best one for sure. I really loved Terminated, especially the end was very awesome. I am not going to spoil that part for you, of course. You just have to believe me on that one (or read it yourself.)

Things have changed for Bryn. Her upgrade means she doesn’t need her daily shots anymore, but she feels like it is slowly turning her into a monster. She does not want to become a monster, of course, but to Bryn it feels like this is out of her control. It is not always clear who Bryn can trust, but on the other hand she and her friends get lots of help from unexpected parties. So, is there any hope that this will get better? Will they be able to stop the Fountain Group once and for all?

Once again the book is full of action, fights and many plot twists. Therefore this part of the series was quite easy and fun to read. As for what happens with the Funeral Home? I have no idea. Bryn does not go into work as she is being chased all over the country and I bet that things won’t go back to normal for a while…

Writing a review for a sequel

I love reading series. As it gives me a chance to get to know the main characters of a book better and stay with them for a while. I definitely prefer that. Reading series is lovely, but I do have a small problem when it comes to writing a review for a sequel. Therefore I sometimes quit reviewing after the first part of a series, while I have read all of the books.

It has something to do with the fact that I don’t want to post many books of the same authors at the same time. I try not to start reading series that aren’t finished yet, which usually means that I am reading them back to back. That could be a bit boring for readers. That’s not my biggest problem though. I mean, I could write my review and then post it a little later or plan it for the next month.

Writing a review for a sequel seems to be harder for several reasons. Spoilers, for example. I don’t want to spoil things for other readers and therefore I sometimes skip parts that I would like to share. To avoid that I always mention that the review might contain spoilers it at the beginning of the post. But besides the spoilers, I don’t want to repeat myself over and over. If my connection to the main characters hasn’t changed, it’s hard to write about it. Yeah. she is a kickass heroine. So what? You don’t want to read that several times, right?

How do others deal with this? Are you dealing with the same issue? If anyone has any tips, I would love to hear them.

Two Weeks’ Notice – Rachel Caine

Two Weeks' NoticeTitle: Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist #2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
My rating★★★★✫

This review may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) yet. 

After reading Working Stiff I needed to get some time away from these series. I wasn’t exactly sure what to think. Yes, it was nice, but was it good enough to keep reading?

What the book is about

Making a living can be rough if you’re already dead. After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife – with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming – thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

What I think about the book

Even though I gave both Working Stiff and Two Weeks’ Notice 4 stars, I definitely thought the second novel was way better than the first. After a certain point I just couldn’t put it down anymore and I didn’t really have that same feeling while reading the first part of the series.

Bryn is still ‘dead’ or at least not completely alive, but I got over that fact and that made me enjoy the book that much more. The book is full of action and kick ass fights and Bryn certainly knows how to handle herself. She doesn’t have to fight alone, as she’s got her own ‘army’ of cool men by her side. Action and fights aren’t the only thrill in this part of the series. There are plenty of plot-twists that will keep you entertained as well.

So, even though Bryn is still officially the owner of a funeral home, she is not spending a lot of time there. Which is good, because those parts are not nearly as interesting as others. In this novel I actually started to like Bryn, Patrick and Joe a lot and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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