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Friday, June 19, 2015

Requiem for the Living Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: Requiem for the Living (The Reanimation Files #2) by A. J. Locke

Author: A. J. Locke
Series: The Reanimation Files
Number in Series: 2
Format: ePub
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Pages: 234
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.
     Requiem for the Living is the sequel for the Affairs of the Dead by A.J. Locke. I really enjoyed the first book in the series. It was a great debut and I found a new author to love. I enjoyed this sequel even more. I had a couple of issues here and there with book 1, but Locke did a great job incorporating different elements in Requiem for the Living that made this an even better read for me.
    We are still following our main character. Selene. Selene is dying due to her being bound to a ghost named Ethan who lives with her now. She is suffering from what is known as the Rot. Things that have taken place in the first book are coming back to haunt her (no pun intended, honestly). Her dying is the least of the issues she has to deal with. Someone is burying people in her backyard to anchor them to her so they are still wondering the Earth. Sadly, they do not know that ghosts who are left alone to wonder the Earth end up turning into raging monsters. Selene and her team of friends have to figure out who is leaving dead bodies around her home before people start getting killed.
     I really loved Selene in this book. I loved her in the first book, but I may or may not have called her a bitch (okay, I did). But like a said, her actions and choices drove me nuts at times. This time around, while she is still the same girl, she is different. It is more than her dying, I think it is due to Micah, who I just adore. I wish I could just pull him straight out of the book, he is so freaking perfect. I loved that we got some backstory from both her and Micah. I could relate to them more and understand why they are the way they are, specifically Selene.
   I loved our adorably nerdy ghost Ethan. I loved when it was just Ethan, Micah, and Selene. They always come off as parents to him. Ethan is trying his best to avoid his own though, so they kind of had to step in. We are also still graced with Andrew's presence since he is anchored because of Selene. His unfinished business made me laugh and terrified me at the same time. I just couldn't believe it. I didn't like him alive and I hate him in his afterlife. I know that sounds awful, but trust me, you will feel the same way.
    Like I said in my review for Affair of the Dead, Locke's worldbuilding is amazing. I love the imagination and creativity that is oozing throughout this book. Hell, throughout this series I love my ghost stories and this is one of the coolest. Not to mention, one of the most unique. I love the amounts of action in this book as well as the mystery. This series has such a great balance between Urban Fantasy and Mystery. It is a beautiful marriage especially due to Locke's brilliant writing. Her work has a certain energy to it, if that makes sense. Even in slower scenes, I am still engaged because the characters have such interesting conversations. I am serious. When they are not chasing down baddies, this story is lots of fun when they get together. Selene, Micah, and Ethan just always have me cracking up. Selene has quite the sharp tongue, so it is fun reading their dialogue. Not to mention, the scenes where we learn more about the characters as well. They are memorable as it is, but like I said, it makes them more real and they feel more grounded.
    Overall, this was one hell of a sequel. Locke did a great job with this book. The villains in the book, just...oh goodness. My brain still can't handle it, but I am pushing through. The ending of this book was insane to say the least. To say I am impatient for the next book is an understatement. I highly recommend Requiem for the Living for anyone wanting an original ghost story or for someone who loves Paranormal/Mystery stories. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for an intriguing story with some lovable characters. Locke has done it again.


Check out my 4 star review for Affairs of the Dead here!

About A. J. Locke

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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1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! I like the cover to this one a bit more. :) Thank you for sharing about the book.


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