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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…

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.

Working Stiff – Rachel Caine

Working StiffTitle: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
My rating★★★★✫

I found the second Revivalist novel, Two Weeks’ Notice’ on a book fair in 2015. I had to buy it, because it was a novel by Rachel Caine. So I did and then I ordered the first and third novel of this trilogy online. It has been a while since I have read a fantasy series, so that’s why I thought I’d read the first novel now.

What the book is about

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…

What I think about the book

I have bought these series because of Rachel Caine so I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Zombies and undead people were not on my list when I picked up this book, but the title (Working Stiff) could have given me a clue of course. Getting a job at a mortuary would never be my first choice, but someone needs to do it… Bryn simply seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So before she knows it, she is in way over her head and there’s no going back to where she came from. Lucky for Bryn she knows how to handle herself, and a gun.That’s what I liked about her for sure. She was not just a helpless girl, even though she had to move fast and was depending on others to keep her ‘alive’.

The topic was slightly weird. How does one ‘cure’ death? That sounds a bit like horror and science fiction to me, not just fantasy. I certainly hated the pharmaceutical company Pharmadene and their crazy employee Irene Harte. At first she seems to be protecting the company she works for with her corporate bullshit and her secrets, but there is much more there. Not a very likable woman for sure.

In the end the topic did not really matter. Rachel Caine knows how to make being undead sexy, attractive and at times even romantic. In the beginning Patrick McCallister seems distant and a bit arrogant, but after a while he becomes sweet and caring. He just needs this distance in order to get his job done without being distracted by Bryn. I do however love how their relationship evolves. There isn’t much time for them to be together, but when they are, Patrick shows her how much he cares. Even when he is not there. I would most certainly love a guy who would pull the plug on me if there was no more hope. It takes guts to do so. Glad it wasn’t necessary though, as it is of course better for Bryn to stay alive, or undead in her case.

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