You’ve never, ever read a book like this.
When a sexually-transmitted plague breaks out in Ashley Young’s small town, leaving its victims with a bizarrely amplified libido, everything about her life changes.
DEAD IN BED is partly a suspense thriller with a strikingly unique story, partly a page-turning mystery about a disease that makes people hopelessly crave sexual contact, and partly a neo-western adventure in the American heartland.
For readers who can handle a smart, controversial female protagonist who’s willing to do anything — no matter how difficult or morally questionable — in order to survive, the series pulls them in like an unshakeable addiction. . . .
Bailey Simms, teen author of DEAD IN BED, is stuck at home with a rare medical condition. Writing is her only escape, so she’s determined to keep her salacious series hidden from her strict father. Soon an older boy starts to secretly help her, and Bailey finds new opportunities for freedom she’s never had. But as DEAD IN BED grows in popularity, and Bailey’s fans start to clamor for the sequel, she learns that being a successful Wattpad author may come with a terrifyingly dangerous price.
It has been taken under consideration that this might be the authors first approach at writing. No words from my side are meant to be harmful for the writer.
The description didn´t lie. NEVER have I read anything like `Dead In Bed`, by Bailey Simms / Adrian Birch, before. It´s also most definitely unique. Not strikingly unique, but definitely… different.
It´s obivous the writer is Adrian Birch and he´s not bad at writing stories about girls who write stories. For me- that little fact is the only excitement I got from any of this. The rest was just me trying to fight own my coca cola and keeping my blood pressure at bay.
When I read the book description I knew `Dead In Bed` was going to be a total wacko read. The title alone doesn´t send off a romantic vibe. What I didn´t know was how off the charts weird it would be.
As an avid reader I´ve read my fair share of stories from all corners of a bookstore. Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Young / New Adult, Fantasy are apart of my world. Fairies, Fees, Baby Billionaires, Rockstars, Zombies, Vampires, Wolves, Mermaids, Princesses, Kings.. YOU name it. I´ve been there, bought the t-shirt and waved good-bye.
Now I can add „ infected,sex-driven small town folks“ to my list.
Okay. Let´s work through this step by step:
- Multiple genres. We have New Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Suspence, Thriller. Those stick out the most. Not a bad combo but there´s actually alot more that can´t be mentioned because the genre´s aren´t defined. I wouldn´t know under which category to put this read even if you paid me to do so.
- The characters were transparent. It´s hard to appreciate a character when a reader cannot feel them on any level ( no matter what they are. Zombies not included ). They were mentioned and each figure had a role to play… yet none were strong enough to shine through.
- The evil virus. Okay- I cannot imagine how hard it is to include something like that into a story but if you do then a reader needs a little more insight than having nothing to work with from the start. Just letting a character wake up in a trashed hotel room and adding more plot holes than depth won´t cut it.
- The evil virus 2.0. Think Toxoplasmosis only more warped. The small town folk can spread the virus by having sex. There are then three stages a person goes through before they end ( however that may be ). Each stage brings a new level of hornyness. In the third stage people become numb and mindless and only want to hump.
Sounds interesting, right? Well, I think it does. It actually sounds like a warped fantasy from someone, but hey- to each is there own. If it weren´t for the plot holes inbetween then I´d say this would have been a positively unique story. ( Gotta have an open mind, people.)
- The sexual drive caused by the parasite- And this is where the writer confuses me. Sex-drive? The subject has been touched in this read. It´s also been mentioned and shortly described. But there was alot more groping and and less graphic scenes than I thought there would be. Characters witness cars rocking back and forth by people who were having sex inside, etc.THAT may be a personal issue but it felt like I was cheated on.
- It seems like there should have been romance in here. I have yet to find romance. ( said the romance reader)
- The author notes between chapters: Okay. Here´s where I didn´t know if this was a joke or if the writer was being dead serious. Let´s say reading those notes was an experience I will hopefully soon forget.
You know, in the end of the day a story is still just a story and a writer can do as they please.
But when I see the writers numbers and see the little Wattys 2016 sticker on the book cover plus all the comments I truly believed I hit the jackpot.
The plain and simple truth is- This story wasn´t just wacko… it made me want to take a break from reading.
Also worth a mention:
- choppy dialogue
- super short chapters
- many many chapters
- little detail
- no horror ( although added in the tags )
- NO HORROR ( although the story is #2 in the Wattpads Horror list )
This could have been an amazing read. But it wasn´t. It was far from it.
The Cover – 5 stars ( To be fair- The cover is pretty. It almost looks exactly like my own cover for my review book. )
The Story – 1 star ( A true unique idea- poorly executed )
The Characters – 1 star ( No depth. No strength. They had no real purpose besides humping and running)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Besides confused? I´m also not in the best of moods.
I´m giving `Dead In Bed` ( Book #1 ), by writer Bailey Simms / Adrian Birch 1 out of 5 stars
To read Dead In Bed all you need to do is click here. Keep an open mind and whatever you do….keep it together.