Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Requiem for the Living by A.J. Locke

Requiem for the Living
by A.J. Locke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book 2 in series
Must be read in order
234 Pages

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.
My Review:
While this is book 2 in the series it can be read stand-alone. The author explains enough of book 1 to follow. But I would definitely say that its much more enjoyable if you do read the series in order.
This was very fast paced, full of action, and lots of wit. I  fell in love with A.J. Lockes writing in the 1st book and she's kept me hooked through this one.
I adore Selene. Shes kick-ass, snarky, and full of attitude. She can be stubborn at times and reckless but she's willing to put herself at risk to help others.
Even the secondary characters are very well rounded and fun to read. I love Micah. Even though he was being very mysterious in this one.
I am so eager for the next book in the series since this one ends on a cliffy! Well played Ms. Locke on that surprise ending and making sure that we readers have to grab that next book!

Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…

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…

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. somehow i forgot about thios series but i remember i was interested when i discovered book 1... now that you tell me that book 2 is as good i really must mark it on my wishlist

    1. Yes its an interesting series. I hope you can get it soon or I can get it for you sometime soon. ;)