October 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Dead Set by Richard Kadrey – Review and Giveaway


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Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe’s dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.

Yet something is very wrong. An unfamliar — and univited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then…

How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

add to goodreadsDead Set by Richard Kadrey
Publication Date:  October 29, 2013
Publisher:  Harper Voyager

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby NewDead Set by author Richard Kadrey sounded like my kind of novel. I’ll admit that I was a bit worried because of all the mixed reviews but Dead set sounded intense, promising and like a dark read that would get better and better—and that’s exactly what Dead Set was. It was a thrilling, creepy, gritty and an original read that gave me shivers. Dead Set is a novel that is meant for fans of novels like the replacement by Brenna Yovanoff and authors like Holly Black. It handles urban fantasy really well and was an overall good read.

After her father’s death, main character Zoe has seen her life slowly begin to crumble around her. Her mother and her move to the city, she’s enrolled in a new school, their financial situation isn’t the best and the insurance company continues to claim that Zoe’s father doesn’t exist. Still, Zoe tries to make the best of a bad situation especially when, in her dreams, she can see and be with her long lost brother Valentine. As school continues and punk-rocker Zoe tries to put the pieces of her life back together she finds herself at a used record store where the impossible takes place: you can listen to the souls of the dead and take a peek into their lives.

At first it sounds impossible, but Zoe soon finds that her father’s soul lies in a vinyl record and that the strange store owner will let her listen to his record but for a price: a lock of her hair. It seems like no big deal but soon he tells her the prices grow stranger and stranger, demanding a tooth and later, blood. What Zoe doesn’t expect is to be dragged into a whole other world where the restless dead exist and nothing is what it seems.

Dead Set is urban fantasy and by the way it’s written everything sounds very realistic and natural but it’s more of the minor details (in certain scenes) that show that everything isn’t right in the city that Zoe has been moved into. There are strange addresses and names used that just give the story a generally creepy, strange feel that I loved. Besides that there are also a lot of paranormal elements used in the story that gave it a fast pace when it needed it and left me on the edge of my seat, excited and scared for Zoe all at once.

Kadrey’s writing style is descriptive and insightful, with the story being told from the third person my biggest concern was that I wouldn’t be able to connect as well with the main character as I could have—but that wasn’t a problem here. Kadrey brought Zoe to life and made her a very three dimensional character. A lot of the qualities in Zoe were ones that I personally admired and while some of them were manipulated I found that they made it easier to place myself in Zoe’s shoes but to also make her more real while reading Dead Set.

Zoe herself is a very strong female protagonist that I think a lot of readers will like and be able to relate to, I know that I could. She doesn’t wait to be saved, she takes initiative and she gets things done. There are a lot of frightening situations that she finds herself in and manages to still pull through despite how grave the situations are. There’s also a very well written cast of characters in the novel who all add to the story and give depth to it from Zoe’s brother Valentine to the antagonist, Hecate.

By the time I put the novel down I was pleased with its ending and with the way the story turned out. I would recommend Dead Set to readers who want a novel that will creep them out in a good way, fans of Brenna Yovanoff’s dark writing style and darker plots will definitely need to check out this novel and readers who are looking for a paranormal/urban fantasy with a strong female main character need to see Zoe in Dead Set. 



Richard Kadrey is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus ten novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, Carbon Copy, was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.

He has been immortalized as an action figure. “Kadray: The Invincible Wizard” was a villain in an episode of the Blackstar animated TV series.

Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series ACCELERATE, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.

He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW and Wired For Sex on the G4 cable network.

Richard has no qualifications for anything he does.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

Mundie Moms – – Interview

Chapter by Chapter – – Review

Never Ending Stories – – Guest Post

Musings of a Blodger – – Review

Fangirlish – – Guest Post/Review

Hollywood the Write Way – – Review

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  1. Cindi Clubbs

    I would LOVE to win the book because it sounds AWESOME!! I am a huge fan of urban fantasy and Dead Set sounds like it would be right up my alley:)
    cindi @ Mommasez…blog
    cc_clubbs at yahoo dot com

  2. Sienna Snow

    It sounds great and I really want to read it!

  3. I’ve been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy lately and I’m looking for a new author. Loving the sound of this book, and I hope to read it soon. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  4. JoshA

    I’ve only heard good things about Richard and Dead Set. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. sarah c.

    this book sounds really good and intense!!! I wonder what comes after the tooth…thanks for the giveaway!!!

  6. Hillary R.

    Dead Set sounds like a really interesting and awesome book! I like that it offers up a different type of story from others that have been released lately. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. But I know I would like to! ^_^

  7. laura thomas

    This is a great discovery. I’m always on the look out for something outside the box, something fresh. Dead Set sounds like it meets that criteria and am looking forward to reading it.

  8. Meghan Stith

    I love books with a supernatural edge. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Bailee

    This book sounds amazing and the cover art is absolutely awesome. The synopsis opens up a world of possibilities for the story and I am dying to know what happens next! I would love to win the book because it sounds like an amazing read.

  10. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Now this sounds really good!! I love reading about dreams. And especially that this has our lost loved ones that can visit us is so interesting. I’m really looking forward to this one!!

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