Author: Kelly Meding

Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly MeadingOracle by Kelly Meding
Series: The Project Files #1
Published by Smedge Press on July 18, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 297
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Dr. Dean Frey is a man of science. His lifelong desire to create a better future for mankind has led him to the prestigious, and highly mysterious, Wilderness Institute of Scientific Research & Technology, as the head of their Robotics Engineering department. Building on the research and designs of others before him, Dean’s own genius culminates in the successful creation of Anthony—the first fully-automated, free-thinking android prototype. And now Wilderness wants to sell Anthony to the military.

Unwilling to allow his achievement to become weaponized, Dean reaches out to a former Wilderness employee with the resources to help him steal Anthony and relocate them both to safety. He’s put into contact with the very secretive Nick and Olivia, who ask for one simple thing in return: trust us, no matter what you see or hear. Blind trust isn’t in Dean’s cautious nature, but he has no other choice.

For telekinetic Olivia, rescuing a fellow Psion from a life of imprisonment and experimentation is one of her favorite things. Being paid is nice, but she’ll do the job for free, if it means giving Wilderness the finger. When Olivia’s reclusive mentor solicits her and her telepathic partner Nick’s help in smuggling a very special Project out of Wilderness, they jump at the chance to infiltrate their former home and do some internal damage to the institute that created them.

With their combined knowledge of the facility, breaking Anthony out of Wilderness should have been easy—but Olivia learned a long time ago to never underestimate her enemies, or the lengths they’ll go to retrieve what’s theirs. And this time, the price for stealing the Project may be more than she’s willing to pay.

Note: Part 1 of The Project Files duology. This book does not end with a cliffhanger.

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on December 16, 2016  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.0 with 8 ratings and 3 reviews


This would be an unlikely choice except I have been reading more science fiction and Kelly Meding is an author I have wanted to try. The blurb is longish and does not match my sense of Oracle.  The title doesn’t seem to fit, either. The beginning felt slow with the world-building.  Once I got to know a few of the characters, and care about them, it was interesting. There was action throughout, so it’s odd the beginning didn’t quite capture me.

Olivia and Nick are my heart in the story and the ones I want to succeed. Knowing them more also allowed the humor which I always enjoy. They have been on the run for about 20 years from the lab conducting a variety of human experiments which created them. Experiments who are considered property, not human beings. Their fight to disrupt the lab and help the “experiments” is brave and dangerous. I’m so worried for them.

The ending is not a cliffhanger, but many questions remain with plenty of story yet to tell.   The Project Files duology ends with the next book, Lazarus. If that means what it appears to mean, I am fearful.  It may have started slowly, but I’m all in now and I definitely want to read more.


About Kelly Meding

Kelly Meding, urbanfantasy author and dabbler in tales of the paranormal.

Books 1-4 in the Dreg City Series, THREE DAYS TO DEAD, AS LIE THE DEAD, and ANOTHER KIND OF DEAD, WRONG SIDE OF DEAD, are now available from Bantam Books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 5, REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD, will release September 16 in digital format only.

Book 1 and 2 in the Metawars superhero series,TRANCE and CHANGELING, are available from Pocket books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 3, TEMPEST, is available digitally only, with book 4, CHIMERA, releasing digitally November 11. 2013.

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New Series Alert | Cornerstone Run by Kelly Meade (Meding)

New Series Alert | Cornerstone Run by Kelly Meade (Meding)

Posted February 8, 2014 by Jennifer in Misc | 2 Comments

From Kelly Meading’s blog: Thanks to a savvy reader who spotted these books up for pre-order on Amazon, I now have release dates for the three books in my paranormal romance trilogy, written as Kelly Meade. Black Rook – July 15, 2014 Gray Bishop – October 21, 2014 White Knight – January 1, 2015 You’re probably curious what the heck Cornerstone Run means. Cornerstone is the name of the small Pennsylvania town where about eight hundred loup garou live and work and basically try to keep humans from knowing they exist in the world. Twelve other sanctuary towns like it are spread out throughout the country, each led by an Alpha. And a run is their word for “pack.”   Kelly Meade (Meding) writing about werewolves?! I’m in! […]

Review: Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding

Review: Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding

Posted October 3, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

Requiem for the Dead is the fifth book in Kelly Meding’s Dreg City series and it’s a turning point in the series as that Kelly Meding brought us more Evy through self-publishing. And believe me there is no difference in the quality.  Whether it’s self-published or not you’re going to get a high quality piece of work when it comes to Kelly Meding’s novels. It just goes to show that what’s important and what keeps the readers coming back, is an awesome author that can write a kick ass story. Requiem for the Dead takes place about a month after Wrong Side of Dead and many things have changed in Evy Stone’s life. One thing that I’m happy to see with the change is that […]

Review: Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding

Review: Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding

Posted September 20, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

Instead of picking up where Another Kind of Dead ended (like Meding usually does) we find Evy and the gang a couple of weeks after the events of AKoD. Which leads us to some flashback chapters to help bridge the gap in time. And thank goodness for those flashbacks. I had a WTF moment when it came to Evy and Wyatt’s relationship. I know it had been a little over a year since I listened to AKoD and I felt like I was forgetting something. I almost stopped reading so I could re-listen to the last few chapters of AKoD but all is explained in the flashbacks. Evy’s world is once again turned upside down. The Triads are gone and now the humans, vampires and […]

Review: Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding

Review: Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding

Posted December 21, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

Dreg City is a great DARK urban fantasy series. I do mean DARK. Kelly Meding has no problem putting the heroine and other characters through hell and just like book 1 and 2, Another Kind of Dead is not full of rainbows and puppies. This time around we are dealing with a mad scientist that was responsible for the mutant creatures that Evy uncovered in a lab in As Lie the Dead and he has his eyes set on Evy. But Evy and her stable of close friends has very thing under control, she just has to go through hell and another near death experience to take down the bad guy (must be Tuesday). I feel like Evy is finally a whole person; she comes to grips […]

Review: Trance by Kelly Meding

Review: Trance by Kelly Meding

Posted August 23, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

  Kelly Meding knows how to write an action packed story. I love her Dreg City Series and thought I should give her Meta War series a try. And I’m glad I did. Fans of her Dreg City series will most likely enjoy Trance but even though it’s an urban fantasy book it’s not nearly as dark as Evie’s world. Meding is an author that’s not afraid to kill a few of her characters. And I like that about her. No one is safe in her worlds. That’s life, no of us get out of it alive and Meding uses that in her writing. You will not get a world with pretty rainbows and flowers. So if that’s the kind of read you’re looking for […]

Audio Review: As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding

Audio Review: As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding

Posted July 11, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

  Evy is the best kick ass heroine I’ve meet since meeting Kate Daniels! Maybe even more so since Kate carries a big sword and Evy finds herself without a weapon in most fights and add the fact that she is still trying to figure out how to move in a body that’s was not her own; one that is not trained to fight. Yet she still manages to stay on top. Evy is a shit talker but she backs it up. But she has a really hard time kick butt in As Lie the Dead since she blacks out like every another chapter; waking up in strange places. But during these blackouts we get to see more of Evy’s past in her memories in […]

Audio Review: Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding

Audio Review: Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding

Posted June 15, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

I’ve had the Dreg City Series on my TBR list for a while now and since I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick I decided to finally start it. I totally love the world that Meding has built. Even though it’s paranormal and I’ve read many books with some of the same kind of creatures, I was not bored. Meding introduced different creatures in her world that I’ve heard of but not read and the why she described them were fantastic. You get vampires but you also get spirits, trolls, gargoyles and gremlins that talk like Yoda. Not to mention the fact that Evangeline (Evie) is brought back to life in a different body. That is totally new to me. Evie is still her, just […]