Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review - Affairs of the Dead and Requiem for the Living, By A.J. Locke - Red Moon Book Tours

So I really enjoyed the two books that I got as part of this blog tour. Once I started reading them I couldn't put them down. I am actually very excited about getting to read the next one, assuming there is one. It leaves you hanging at the end of the second, cliff hangers are like that.

Both books are highly addictive and they are definitely worth the read.  I am going to post the review for the book we are here for, Requiem for the Living as well as the book that comes before it.  They are both wonderful books. Don't forget about the giveway at the end of the blog!  I would personally love to have the little plush dog.  Luna was my favorite :).


Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she's bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible--if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene's partner, didn't pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene's life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan's body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don't follow the rules..


Book Title: Affairs of the Dead

Author: A.J. Locke

I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love the paranormal books that don't always follow the mold.  I have read many series where the lead is a woman who can do all kinds of magic, but you hardly ever see a side effect.  You don't have that in this series.  We see from the get go that Selene is going to have to deal regularly with what happens to her when she uses the gifts she was born with.

The characters are definitely strong and easy to love.  I can see this book growing into a long series that keeps us all engaged for years to come.  It reminds of all the wonderful series that we have today that always have fresh, great ideas.  I feel certain that A.J. can keep this going for a while.  That is the great thing with writing in the paranormal genre.

As soon I finished this book I wanted to read the next one. I love when a series pulls me in like that.

Pros: Engaging characters, wonderful storyline

Cons: I feel like some areas were just a little rushed.

Overall rating: Highly recommended!

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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.
Book Title: Requiem for the Living

Author: A.J. Locke

I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story continues in this book and it was great from the get go.  I love that we get the characters that we fell in love with in this book. Selene is back of course and still dealing with all the issues that seem to follow her around.  She is like a magnet for the unlucky to happen to her.  I think that is why I like her so much.

The story in this one flows much better in my opinion, but really the first book and this one are both wonderfully written.  I can't wait to see what the next one holds for us.  I am excited.

I can say that I have fallen in lust with Micah.  I would so love to have someone like him in my life. Hehe.  There is always that one character you just love in your books as you read them.  I am glad we get to see him through out this book. I also want to say this, I hate hate hate Andrew.  He reminds me of all the men I hated when I was still dating.

Now, without giving away anything, because that is not how we roll here at Reading, Writing, and What Not, the ending of this book left me feeling all kinds of confused.  I actually had to read it twice to understand exactly what A.J. did and then I was left screaming that I needed the next book to find out what will happen next.  Selene really did throw us for a loop in her actions.

Pros: OMG the action was great! The characters are still strong.

Cons: I think I want more about Micah's family.  The ending left me screaming.

Overall rating: Highly Recommended!!


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.

“It’s 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 hand.

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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.

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 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.

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