Actual rating: 3.5Full review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/06/23/review-dead-undead-or-somewhere-in-between-by-j-a-saare/Rhiannon is one of those amazing characters whom you simply must admire for her strength. But her strength comes at the expense of a tragic and somewhat terrifying childhood; she is the type to build walls around herself to protect against any vulnerability. This kind of character has always been the most appealing to me, because they are written with such depth and truth, and romance that involves the scaling or breaking down of those protective walls remains among my favorites. I cannot help but identify with Rhiannon, even if I’ve never had her experiences.Although I loved the snark in all its glory, it seemed Rhiannon’s sharp wit faded some as she became more involved (and overwhelmed) in Disco’s world, with her scathing retorts only making brief appearances. I missed this as the book progressed, but knowing that sarcasm is a weapon best wielded to keep people at a distance under normal circumstances, I also know that it is not easy to maintain when you find yourself out of your depth. In this sense, Rhiannon’s character becomes more believable — having much of your “meaningless existence” (as Rhiannon has said) being turned upside down would put stress on any person’s usual defensive mechanisms. Disco uses this turmoil and upheaval in Rhiannon’s life to breach her walls. We can tell, even if Rhiannon can’t at first, that Disco is interested in her beyond whatever help she can provide. However, there is a shroud of mystery surrounding him, as if there are secrets he has yet to reveal.Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is action packed, and doesn’t let up until the very end where we’re thrown a twist that leaves us hanging for the next book. I did not see the twist coming, but it was hinted at, ever so briefly and not directly. But it does almost guarantee that the Renfield Syndrome will find a way into my hands come August.