Dead by Morning

A Dark Fiction Novel (Rituals of the Night, Book 1)
Narrated by: Katrina Medina
Series: Rituals of the Night, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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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.

©2019 Kayla Krantz (P)2019 Kayla Krantz

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Audio inconsistent, Creepy read

Listened to audio narrated by Katrina Medina. The audio was inconsistent, different volumes, sometimes sounding close then faraway for no apparent reason.

Luna is a grouchy Muslim girl who spends a lot of time being angry, placating her father and trying to avoid her own personal stalker named Chase.
Chase is the popular, good looking, I've got everything boy at school who is a psychopath and he wants Luna.

None of the characters are very likeable, the dream world and it's warriors are suppose to be strong but come across as impotent. It's confusing when we're told if you die there you die in real life yet, folks are killed in the dream world, but aren't dead. It doesn't make sense.

Luna's supposed BFF who's crushing on Chase, works to help Chase get Luna. Luna wants nothing to do with Chance, yet over and over again she's involved with him. She knows he's a murderer but let's him in her house, it just boggles the mind and her father punishing her by forcing her to go on a date with Chace seemed absurd.

This is a very creepy read but because of the above issues and more the story just didn't work for me.

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A dark paranormal twist performed very will

Review for Dead by Morning: A Dark Fiction Novel (Rituals of the Night, Book 1) By Kayla Krantz, Narrated by Katrina Medina

This isn’t your typical book where the popular and handsome teen turns out to be secretly violent towards the books protagonist. There are plenty of those books out there, but author Kayla Krantz upped the game when coming up with this story line. It’s not typical, but I don’t mean to say there isn’t violence involved, there is that in good gritty detail. I also don’t mean that the popular handsome teen might not be all that good at all… I guess you will have to see on your own about that. But what makes this non-typical is the paranormal aspect of the “dream world” and the creativity that is entwined with true world violence of domestic abuse.

I also felt there was a lot of deeper symbolism protruding from the proverbial pages, (as I listened to this in audio format). This was most definitely a darker read, and presented very well by narrator Katrina Medina. Katrina was a good choice to advance the story through the intense and remarkable twists and turns presented throughout the book. Overall, this was done very well and well worth the credit for anyone who is considering a good paranormal teen thriller. This audiobook was provided to me for review purposes. This does not affect my voluntary review that I am leaving.

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Fanasticing story

I enjoyed the creative story, but as we were dealing with teenagers, I ended up preferring so of the non-main charters and wanted shake the main ones. It definitely worst a listen.

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Adrenaline rush

Dead by Morning is a serious adrenaline rush to say the least. This book.kept me on the edge of my seat not knowing what Chance was hoping to do next. The book is an action packed rollercoaster ride with the twist and turns you won't see coming in this creative well written book. I can't wait to read book two. I requested and received this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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Dead by Morning

Wow this is one heart pounding roller coaster. This is a real page turner that I could not put down. Theres twists and turns that I didn't see coming the Author has a brillant mind and does a Fantastic job at world building and bringing the characters out. The Narrator is fantastic with the voices. If your a lover of fast paced action packed read. Thats a real adrenaline rush this is definitely a read for you. I highly recommend.
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An excellent listening book!

What a listening, Well developed characters. Love this author. I can't wait for her next listening Highly recommend!

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Fantastic Thriller/romance gone weong

seriously, if you like a failed romance with a bite of horror this is a book for you. this is about a girl who has everything going for her, meeting the boy who seems to have everything going for him and everybody that loves him. he is the most popular boy in school and for whatever reason he has attached himself to her relentlessly. he will not divulge why he likes her or needs her, she tries to run from him numerous times but he always turns up wherever she is. in the end and the struggle from her trying to get away from him she has to figure out what his weaknesses in order to gain her strength. It is a brilliant book

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It was ok

There were a few parts that seemed a little “fake” but not too bad. If the narrator was better, I think I would have enjoyed the book more.

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Dreams can come true

Luna is a teenager who just wants to be herself, and left alone. Chance is the all American golden boy. that every girl wants. Well almost every girl. Luna is one who thinks he's creepy. She has a reason for it. especially when he star's in her nightmare.

This book is pretty good. There are some ritualistic themes in it. so be warned. I did enjoy it, and would definitely recommend it to other's.

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I could not stop listening!

Chance has a crush on Luna, but Luna thinks it’s more like an obsession. She ignores him until he makes it impossible to do so. Even getting her mother and father on his side. What is up with chance, Luna wonders and with friends like Violet she can’t trust anyone.my description is brief, but there is so much did this book there are so many OMG moments and It is not at all predictable and it’s actually refreshingly original. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it. I had no spoilers and it made this book so good. It is hard in this day and age to find an original story. If that’s what you were looking for stop here and download this book I thought it would take me a couple of days to finish this book, but I got it yesterday and could not stop listening I am surprised I fell asleep. As soon as I woke up I finish listening to it it is that good. I know credits on audible are precious but you will not regret using one for this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

good story

good story original and really good narration
recommend this audiobook author and narrator to others

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  • Steven Smith
  • 07-31-19

A journey into a dark world

I loved how the writer gave you each characters perspective, getting to see how these character's go about their daily lives beyond the horror that continues to unfold before them. Dreamworld was also an intriguing later part of the story, reminding me of one of my favourite horror franchises.
'Chance' played the bad guy brilliantly, he was unnerving and devious, yet I also found him incredibly irritating, Luna suffers his annoying torments countless times. All in all it was a fantastic listen and a journey into the dark and psychotic world of a serial killer who feels he is immune to ever getting caught.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 07-29-19

YA psychological thriller/suspense

High school social misfit Luna Ketz, is less than impressed when she finds herself the object of unwanted attention, from the popular charismatic Chance Welfrey. Despite being the envy of her friend Violet and fellow students, Luna becomes increasingly irritated by Chance’s stalker-like behaviour, sensing something strange beneath his charming veneer. The more she rejects his advances, the more he manipulates her father and his friends to insinuate himself into her life.

Not satisfied with haunting Luna’s every waking hour, Chance starts to invade her dreams leading her to stumble up on the discovery of a paranormal parallel world known as the Dreamworld. Luna learns that events that occur in the Dreamworld can spill over into real life. As her dreams take on a nightmarish quality in which she finds herself shackled in a cabin and a witness to ritualistic murders, Luna begins to see a connection between her dreams and the mysterious disappearances of several school girls. Increasingly unnerved by Chance’s Jekyll and Hyde persona, Luna must rely on her childhood friend, Max to help her stop Chance and save herself and her friends.

Dead by Morning is a dark YA psychological thriller with shades of the paranormal. Having read a brief description of the novel, I was expecting the usual cliché where a teenage girl is pursued by a relentless love interest who eventually wins her over with his charm. Not so here. It soon becomes clear that the author has taken obsession to another level and something sinister afoot.

Unfortunately at times I became so frustrated with the characters and certain aspects of the plot that I struggled to finish the book. For one, Luna’s home life left a lot to be desired. Her mother was away on business which left her mainly under her fathers care. I found it incredulous that her Muslim father would take the word of a complete stranger (a boy no less) over his own daughter. That he would force her to go out to a prom with said stranger and give him the power to ground her, confiscate her phone and come and go from their house as he pleases. Never once being sensitive to his daughter’s vehement outbursts that she hates him.

I also struggled with the world building. As the plot unfolds solely from Luna’s experiences, we learn very little about who or what Chance is or his motives. Why is Luna crucial to his plan? The rules regarding the Dreamworld were confusing as were Max and Amy’s roles as Keepers. I understand there are two more books in the series and that many of the answers to these questions are likely to be answered then. This book was just not for me.

I received an advance free audible copy of Dead by Morning read by Katrina Medina. Her narration was clear and concise with excellent pacing. I recommend this solely for YA readers of dark psychological drama/suspense with dark paranormal elements and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

great book

"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.
great story By: Kayla Krantz Narrated by: Katrina Medina