The Ravenous Dead

The Ravenous Dead

by Natasha Hoar
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The Ravenous Dead 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second novella in Hoar's Lost Souls series is solidly-plotted, with fun characters and a few really exciting sequences. In an unusual twist, the villainous reaper is sympathetic while an ally in stopping the reaper is cold and creepy. Looking forward to the next installment! -- lyradora
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shyd More than 1 year ago
Rachel was such a kick butt heroine. I loved everything about her from the way she could hold her own to the amazing abilities she has. It was really cool to see her powers at work and the way the author described them. I really felt like I could see what Rachel could see every time she used her abilities. It was like I could see all the stages coming together. Rachel was also such a sweet person with the way she would help others and take care of people. That was evident in the special interest she took in helping Kit learn more about himself. Kit was a really cute character. He had the whole boy next store thing going for him even though you knew there was more to him. He could blend in even with his Wraith abilities. I felt bad for him that he really didn't know how his abilities worked but was glad he had Rachel to help him out. They worked well together and I could see him having the potential to be really powerful once he got a handle on what he could do. I also loved how protective of Rachel he was. He really looked out for her and helped protect her. I have to say that I didn't really care for the character of Luke. He was a little condescending and I didn't trust him that much. I felt like he had a hidden motive and should have been more grateful for Rachel's help than he was. I am interested in learning more of his background though to really see how I feel about him. Luke, Rachel and Kit work together to try to stop the Reaper that is killing people in the town. They run into a few obstacles along the way with there being a truly heartbreaking event that happened. I felt my heart drop when it happened and was truly shocked. Overall this was a quick read being a novella but it was still a good story. The writing was on point and kept me engaged from start to finish. I managed to read this one all in one day because I didn't want to stop. The author did a great job because she had me invested in the characters and wanting to know more about them. The vivid description of Rachel's abilities and what she sees was just so fantastic. The author did a phenomenal job with that. I highly recommend this book to others and really enjoyed it. I have to read the first book in this series now to learn more about these awesome characters. I received this book via the publisher for a honest review.
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
I’ve felt dissapointed by every Urban Fantasy novel I’ve read this year. Could it be that it always involves a female protagonist who is in Law Enforcement and spends most of the novel talking instead of fighting or solving crime? First off, it begins exactly where the first book left off, leaving anyone who hadn’t read the initial book in the series completely flabergaster. Maybe its a pet peeve of mine, but I prefer my sequels to be stand-alone books. The Ravenous Dead felt more like an episode of Supernatural than a full fledge story. It laid heavily on the assumption that you are already a fan of the series and that you are already committed on the characters. The characters themselves don’t develop in this story. They end exactly as they begin. Rachel is a pretty kick-ass heroine, but nothing evolves in her personality. Maybe I’m asking too much from a novella. At less than 30k words, there isn’t much room for development. Another annoying thing is that Rachel seems to be completely dumb about the world. She is constantly having people explain things that she should already know – in other words, poorly done info dumps by the author. I wish the information was weaved into the narrative instead of her being asked questions and then told the information. One thing the author does do well is the action scenes. I wish it was the entire novella, because then I’d give it 5 stars. I totally enjoyed that part of the book. As far as the ending, it left many things unsolved. I really wished that instead of making these books so short and part of a series that the author tied them together into one book. Only read the Ravenous Dead if you have read and loved the first book, The Stubborn Dead.
RomanceaholicBR More than 1 year ago
I think my biggest problem with this book, as with the book before it, is that it's simply too short. The thing is, however, it's not that the story felt incomplete, or rushed, or anything negative like that. Instead, I consider it a sincere compliment to the author -- I'm so invested in Rachel and Kit and Janus and the rest of the players that I'm dying for more as soon as I'm done. Romance fans do need to understand going in that there is no romance, not even a hint. This is an Urban Fantasy series, not a Paranormal Romance, and while I personally am holding out some hope that Rachel will get a HEA (with Janus if I have my way!), I'm not reading this series for any "romance" and neither should you be. Instead, I enjoyed this story for the masterful storytelling, thrilling action, and a deep and abiding love of the world Ms. Hoar has created. An incredibly solid 4.5/5 Stars {This title was provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full review available on The Romanceaholic}
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The Ravenous Dead is the second novella in the Lost Souls series by Natasha Hoar. This is a fantastic urban fantasy series featuring protagonist Rachel Miller. This tale finds Rachel dealing with a reaper. It delivered suspense, mystery, paranormal creatures and terrific action. I quickly consumed this and was left wanting more! The tale picks up where the Stubborn Dead, the first novella ended. You can read my review of it here. Protagonist Rachel Miller is a rescue medium and a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums. She removes stubborn souls from this world when they wreak havoc here. Kit Elkeles, the rodach she handled in the first novella; is living with her as she trains him to control his wraithlike powers. She gets a call from the city morgue about some strange deaths. They quickly realize they have a reaper on their hands. As they begin searching for it, they end up saving a half-vampire and need to protect him. Rachel has to confront some of her biggest fears as they hunt this creature and stop the killings. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful as they scramble to contain the reaper. I love the characters in Hoar’s novels. Rachel has had one heck of a messed up life, but she is dedicated to the cause and is totally kickbutt in the rescue department. This case however shakes loose some of her old childhood fears and she falters. Kit has to step in and assist. Kit is adorable, inquisitive, and all male. I think he has a little thing going for Rachel. While there is no romance in this tale, something is brewing between these two and I cannot wait to see it unfold. Luke is the half-vampire they save and I am anxious to learn more about him. We meet other characters and some old ones who help round out this tale. The world-building in this series is action packed and I am beginning to have a sense of all the paranormal players in this world. While each novella could be read as a standalone there is a side plot that builds with each tale. Something or someone is watching/wants Rachel dead. This adds additional suspense and I cannot wait to see how it plays out. I love the supernatural creatures that appear in this series and love learning about the different orders and rules. We get to see a vulnerable side to Rachel and I liked getting to know her better. The plot possibilities are endless and Hoar’s writing style makes them a pleasure to read. My only complaint; I want more. I am hoping these develop into full length novels! Ravenous Dead and the Lost Souls trilogy is a must for fans of urban fantasy. I quickly consumed this in one sitting and cannot wait for the next chapter. I have added this author to my list and look forward to reading more of her work. I want to thank Carina Press and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.