Thursday, June 18, 2015

Requiem for the Living by AJ Locke w Giveaway!

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Selene is slowly dying...too
bad that’s the least of her problems.

You could say that Selene
Vanream has a lot of problems. First there’s the Rot that’s slowly killing her,
despite everything Ilyse and Micah are doing to find a way to save her. 

Then there’s Andrew, the
ghost of her boss who is anchored to the living world. Selene would like to
ignore him, but anchored ghosts with unsettled business turn into anchored
beasties, so she can’t write him off. The government has sent a team to post up
at Affairs of the Dead and keep an eye on her, which includes making sure she
plays up to Andrew to keep him from turning. 

On top of that, someone is
using Selene’s new power to create anchored ghosts for their loved ones to keep
around. Not good since the culprit doesn’t have a clue about that whole
anchored beastie angle. Now Selene has a criminal to catch while trying to stay
out of the hands of government goons who have stripping her reanimation power
on their agenda. 

When Micah and Ilyse finally
find a way to save her, Selene thinks she can cross one bad thing off her
list--until she learns the terrible price that must be paid to keep her alive.
Full plate doesn’t cover it. Overflowing plate doesn’t cover it. Selene’s plate
has damn near exploded.


There were
a few things that made me feel like my day was not off to the best start. For
starters, I had overslept by an hour and a half so I was monstrously late for
work. Then there was the scent of smoke creeping into my bedroom accompanied by
loud swearing, which meant my ghost roommate had made a disaster of whatever he
was trying to procure for breakfast. The sky was overcast so it’d probably be a
rainy day. I had a slight headache…and oh yeah, I was looking into my backyard
at my Yorkie, Luna, digging furiously in the dirt. I was almost certain what
she was trying to unearth wasn’t one of her toys.

I stood
there for a few moments more, trying to decipher what it was that Luna was
pawing at, then shook my head and ran out of my bedroom. I almost collided with
Ethan, who was on his way to my room with a frying pan in his gloved hand and
the charred remnants of what he’d come to dub the wake-up bacon.

burnt, but I figured waving it under your nose would still get you out of bed
any—Hey, what’s wrong?”

I brushed
past Ethan and ran into the yard where I snatched up Luna, then had a good,
hard look at what she’d been wrestling with. I’d been hoping that it was some
oddly shaped root or five fingered toy I didn’t remember buying for her, but
no, it just had to be the worst possible thing.

A human

My review
I love this series! It's so unique and so full of twists and turns. Selene is back full force, though her force is dying because of a little Rot problem. Literally. And on top of that, someone buried a body in her yard to use her power to keep spirits anchored here. And we have to keep in mind that spirits can turn to "beasties" as she calls them, means monstrous. And Selene is past the point of bad luck, and I for one, want to hug her. She has awesome friends/coworkers in Micah and Ilyse, and her boss Andrew is... Something. And Ethan is the ghost who is anchored to her. See, she has a lot of cray cray. 

With Selene trying to keep herself alive and herself and powers in tact, she's struggling to figure out who is criminally getting dead people's spirits anchored around her. And the twist on that will knock your socks off. Then theirs her rot problem. She's dying from the inside. Her friends are doing everything, and I mean everything, to try to help her. I have so many things I want to say about Andrew and Micah: I will not give spoilers, so I can't talk about them. Lol Ethan however, I love him! He cracked me up, with his strangle dorky ways and beautiful big heart! Selene is a great lead character. She is strong, and though she's dying, she's trying to help everyone else. It's amazing how well all of these characters are written. 

The entire story is very well written but my heart lies in the character depth. The world building is fantastic. And the twists- well they blew my mind. I'm still a little speechless. This one has it all too, mystery, suspense, paranormal, action, and a little romance. And I really couldn't put this one down. Well done!! I absolutely cannot wait for the next book!! Well done!! 5 PAWS!! 

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A.J. Locke
is originally from Trinidad and Tobago but has resided in New York City for
over ten years. She knew early on that she wanted to be a writer, penned her
first novel at fourteen, and hasn’t stopped since. Creating is her passion, and
other than writing she enjoys drawing, painting, graphic design, and any other
creative whim that may take her.

Author Links:

Requiem for the Living (The Reanimation Files Book 2) Buy Links:

Affairs of the Dead (The Reanimation Files Book 1) Buy Links:


 To go along with the tour I am having a GIVEAWAY! The Grand Prize winner will receive: A Yorkie Plush (in the novels, Selene has a pet Yorkie named Luna), a Rune necklace, a signed paperback copy of Affairs of the Dead an e-book copy of Black Widow Witch, and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Note: In order to win the grand prize you must complete (and show proof) ALL the items on the Rafflecopter! The giveaway will run from June 8th - June 30th. 

If more than one person becomes eligible for the Grand Prize, I will use a random number selector to pick the overall winner.

You also have a chance to win great books from Etopia Press, Rune Necklaces, and Amazon Gift Cards. Those prizes do not require total completion of the items on the Rafflecopter.