I was so excited when N.J. Ember got a hold of me and asked me to read and review “The Desiccated-Part 1”. I saw her at the “Once Upon A Book” Author Signing in Frankenmuth, MI. I have been sick this last week and have taken to reading while being laid up in bed. I read this book in less than 24 hours despite spending most my time unconscious from the NyQuil. That being said I loved the book and I'm not sure if it was the story or the medicine, but I had some crazy dreams about dying birds...
This books is extremely good. “The Desiccated” is Part One in the series and I so hope that the other one is out or will be out soon. I cannot wait to read it! I need to know more about the story and what happens to the characters. I can definitely relate to Lia the main character. No, not any of the paranormal things... but in other ways. I grew up with a step-dad that I did not like nor was he particularly fond of me either. I also grew up in a city that has a bunch of water issues. Yes, I grew up in Flint. Wait is this story actually taking place in Flint right now.. I need to get even further away from there as possible!
I literally could not put the book down; to the point that I would fall asleep reading at night because I just couldn't stop. I wanted to know what happened next. The story was suspenseful and left every chapter with unanswered questions. I had to keep reading to find the answers. I wanted to know why all the bird suddenly died, what really happened in Lia's past with her mom, and how she was going to save herself and help her friend.
Lia is the main character in this book. She has a plan of action that is following to ensure that she can get far away from her step-dad as possible. Everything changes when, you guessed it, those damn birds fall from the sky. She is put into a predicament when her best friend, ,falls ill. She doesn't know what is going on, but official looking people start quarantining the town. Assisting Lia is a couple who are new to town. Problems arise, however as she is used to doing things on her own and it's very hard for her to trust anyone.
Lia is forced to question everything. The mystery surrounding Lia is why I was not able to put the book down! Every turn of the page served to create new questions that kept me craving more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery. I would also recommend making “Overnight Oatmeal”;You’re going to want a quick grab and go meal because you aren’t going to want to put this book down until you’ve reached the end. You can follow the link here to check out the recipe.
"The Desiccated- Part 1" by N. J. Ember is the first installment of "The Desiccated" series.