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Dead by Morning

Rituals of the Night, Book 1
Narrated by: Katrina Medina
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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"He was real, and he was a monster."  

Obsession is deadly. 

No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. Caught between the intentions of her Muslim father and business-minded mother, boys are the last thing on Luna's mind, but this fact doesn't detour mysterious bad boy Chance Welfrey from trying to gain her affection. Luna doesn't think twice about him until girls at their high school begin to disappear. Girls who tended to hurt her. Girls she wished would disappear. When she receives a call from a long-lost friend, normalcy goes out the window as she's plunged into the paranormal. There's a world beneath the surface of the unconscious mind, and the killer knows how to navigate it. Luna is in danger and although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams. 

*Rated for mature adult themes and depictions of violence*                              

©2015 Kayla Krantz (P)2019 Kayla Krantz

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wonderful

a wonderful book I enjoyed it very much it was very interesting it was captivating in a very special way I liked it a lot the narrator was good as well and overall it was a good book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Dream world

This book is well written. The characters have good backgrounds. I can relate to this story in the fact I sleep deep and it's hard to come out of my dreams when I wake. The one problem that I say with this book is how she continues (and her dad continues) to go alone with him. As a parent I wanted to scream at them. Other than that it's a good book

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Good read

Dead by Morning my first read from author Kayla Krantz. Well-written with intricately developed characters and a story-line with intricate twists & surprises as the tension & suspense ratchets up throughout the book’s length. 410 pages but reads even longer with the attention to detail written into the story. There’s a book 2 to look forward to. ! I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Excellent Story!

I listen to audio books while working as a local truck driver. My work day was short today and generally I pause the story and resume it the next day, but I sat on my sofa and finished this one because I just had to know how it ends.
The writing and narration are both equally impeccable on this sometimes gruesome tale.

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Not a fan.

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

Looking for something different to read/listen to, I came across this story. The story was meh. I’m not sure the last time I came across a story that involved a character who was a Satanist, if ever, so that was new as far as my memory goes. The biggest complaint I had involved the stupidity of the characters and questionable actions.

I really tried to get to the end because I hate no finishing a book, but I ended up stopping after Luna’s father catches her drunk and passed out. Right… It was strange that the parents rarely were around, but Luna’s father pops back up after Chance tries to make it look like she’d been drinking. What a joke! He lifts her hand and she’s gripping the bottle. Nope. If she didn’t fall asleep with the bottle in her hand, she wouldn’t be gripping it. Not to mention her father could have easily smelled her breath to see she hadn’t been drinking. The reason he wanted her in trouble? So she’d be grounded. Stupid... Not to mention the fact Max had decided to leave Luna alone with Chance to go home, and given all the horrible things Chance had done up to that point? That was a brilliant idea on Max’s part!

I don’t know how many audiobooks the narrator as narrated, so while there were a lot of mess-ups I heard throughout the story, I feel she has a lot of potential for improvement. Such mess-ups included her moving away/too close to the microphone, being able to tell she was speaking into a microphone, mispronouncing random (easy, in my opinion) words, for example, “leted” as opposed to “let,” at least that’s how it sounded when listening. The attitude/extra emotion she provided for the characters, specifically Luna, sometimes came across as sounding kind of cheesy, again, my opinion.

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The number one situation that really must have gone over my head involved Violet telling Chance that Luna liked him. WHY? Violet knew that Luna couldn’t stay Chance. While Violet herself had a crush on him, it wouldn’t have made sense for her to tell him Luna liked him, there would have been no benefit to her (Violet) at all. What was the point? Did she not want to be Luna’s friend anymore? I could see her doing that as a payback of some kind. Either way, their whole “BFF” thing they supposedly had going on, I wasn’t feeling it at all. They came across more as school acquaintances if anything.

The number two situation that didn’t work for me or wasn’t believable involved the punishment Luna’s father gave her. Chance randomly showed up to her house and talked to her dad. Yes, her dad found the cigarettes in her coat but still. His punishment…as a devout Muslim…was to have her 1. Apologize to Chance for…I have no clue what for? 2. Go on a date with him even though her father knew she didn’t like him. 3. Go to the prom with him. Didn’t he want her studying more? This wasn’t believable given his religion. While I’m not Muslim or know much about their beliefs, I can’t imagine a father would have wanted, much less forced, his daughter to date a non-Muslim, especially considering he didn’t like her having male friends.

On their date, Luna ended up calling Chance a hunter and then a murderer. For whatever reason, he only focused on the hunter comment and related it back to him being popular…being able to get anything/anyone he wanted.

While on the date still, there was a time when Chance eyed Luna from her feet to her face…yet she’d been sitting at a table across from him; how did he see her feet unless he’d actually looked under the table. That seemed unlikely though. Also, her tear. Her random, lonely tear that slipped out after Chance told her something about how he’d been wanting to get to know her. Seriously? A tear because of that?

Luna saw all the money Chance pulled out, her response? “It’s amazing!” Lol

Max, Luna’s long lost friend was watching the news. He commented about how Kate had been from his old high school…yet he’d somehow only gone to elementary school with her. Similarly, when Luna brought him up to Violet, she commented about how they’d gone to elementary school together. What about middle school? Speaking of Max, the whole “Keepers” of the dream world or whatever was a no. I found it strange that he’s one of the ones in charge yet doesn’t know what to do about Chance.

Chance took Luna to his house, she “goes to the bathroom” yet wonders the hall checking the doors. She ended up spending time in his “private” room for a bit. Yet when she went back to him, she told him she’d fallen. 1. How would he have not gone looking for? 2. Why did she think he’d believe her about falling when he was near the hall and would have heard. 3. Given the house is old/falling apart, how was she not making tons of creaky noises walking around? 4. There was no toilet flush.

Luna knew what a Pentagram was based on the shape, yet had no idea what it related to? Seriously?
“Another fitful night’s rest…” when she’s only been sleeping an hour and it was just a little after one AM.

Chance finds out that Luna had been in “the room,” yet instead of lying about it, he threatens her to not tell anyone else. Similarly, he does the same thing with Susan when the police come calling. When he says he’ll hurt her sister, what does she do? She runs to Luna, not knowing where Chance is, doesn’t call to find out where her sister is… And speaking of police, they’re underage yet neither officer asked where their parents were?

Chance pawns Kate’s jewelry…and uses his real name? And thought the cops would believe that story about Kate given him her jewelry?

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 02-15-19

Teen supernatural angst......snores galore

Super nerdy outcast is stalked by the most popular guy in school. She hates him, but he suckers her into a sleep walking macabre world. The main protagonist is so bitter and .......well, boring, it's a hard listen. Narration is good, but couldn't save this one.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • ZOE R
  • 01-27-19

Dead of Morning

The author does an amazing job of bringing you into the story and giving you characters you love to hate. Every time you think you know what is going to happen, the plot twists and you're left wanting more.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 01-21-19

A Dark And Deadly Obsession

Chance has every girl in the Senior High School worshipping at his feet but he is obsessed by Luna, who just wants to get good grades, be a good Muslim daughter and go to college. Luna's friends begin to disappear but no one will listen to Luna who suspects Chance's hand in the disappearances and her bizarre dreams, is he inside her head, will she be the next victim? This is a dark psychological tale with overtones of the supernatural. The narration is excellent, adding to the suspense and drama.