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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

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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.

©2020 Kayla Krantz (P)2020 Kayla Krantz

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  • Michael Gano
  • 15-07-2020

It was different, but in a good way

After listening to this all I can say is I will NEVER name my kid Chance. I thought it was well written and had a good story line. Character development was good. Overall another great book by Kayla Krantz

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  • Jennwtx
  • 24-05-2020

Not enough details

The premise of the story is good however, there isn’t enough info about what and why the characters are and do to really give a good sense of what and why things are happening.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-05-2020

Get the abridged version

I barely made it through this book....never have I wished for an abridged version more than while getting through this one! The story line and characters are interesting but there was way too much detail that didn’t really add to the story. I dint want to be negative bc I have never, nor will I ever, have the talents to write a book but I’ve listened to thousands and this one needed to be shortened.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 25-03-2020

Dead by Morning

Who knew the dream world could be so deadly. This book definitely sucks you in and leaves you begging for more. I will definitely be listening to the next soon.

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  • Marla
  • 23-03-2020

Don't go to sleep.

Luna finds herself dreaming strange dreams and then finds out her friend Max is having the same dream. I liked this book as it starts out ipn high school with all the angst that goes with that. Chance is a popular boy that takes a liking to Luna a studiest rather introverted girl. The narrator gave a terrific performance and was enjoyable to listen to.. Cannot wait to read book 2. This book was given to me for free at my request for a voluntary review.

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  • Catrina
  • 18-03-2020

Perfect if you like psychos

This was one of those books that I really didn’t care for but at the same time I couldn’t not listen to it because I was intrigued by the story. If you like books about stalkers I’d recommend this one

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  • Devoted Devourer
  • 12-03-2020

Dead by Morning

I like the story. I felt like It took way longer than needed to, for the ending. The story was great and I plan to continue. The narration wasn’t bad. Overall, it just took longer than needed which aggravated me. The most aggravating was luna, violet, and luna’s dad. Im sure it was probably accurate IRL. These situations cannot be easy, but listening to it made me cringe more than I wanted to.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 02-03-2020

Dead by Morning review

This is the second time having read/listened to this, doing so initially a few years ago, and again wasn't disappointed. Well worth it.

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  • Wyldheart Reads
  • 21-02-2020

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. If you like my reviews I hope you will follow my blog, look for wyldheartreads at WordPress.

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  • Asha'man
  • 01-02-2020

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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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 29-07-2019

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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  • miss
  • 03-09-2020

fantastic

wow what a fantastic young adult audiobook from the pen of Kayla Krantz and narrated by Katrina Medina xxxxxx

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  • Sandra B
  • 17-08-2020

Great book

I enjoyed this book, found hard to put down. The narrator was easy to lusten to.

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  • Kindle Customer Donna
  • 01-10-2019

good story

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

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  • Steven Smith
  • 31-07-2019

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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  • Helen
  • 13-07-2019

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