Sunday, June 16, 2013

Book Tour ~ Review: Affairs of the Dead by A.J. Locke (Presented by Paranormal Cravings Book Tours)


Affairs of the Dead by A.J. Locke

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

ebook, 341 pages

Published April 19th 2013 by Etopia Press (first published April 1st 2013)

ISBN13: 9781939194916

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…

Saph's Review:

I knew I was going to enjoy Affairs of the Dead as soon as I read the very first line of Chapter One:

"I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging but not impossible" (Locke, A.J., 2013, pg.1).

Selena Vanram is a necromancer extraordinaire with a very illegal ability.  She is an employee of Affairs of the Dead.  Selena's "job is to help ghosts settle their affairs so they could move on to eternally ever after" (Locke, A.J., 2013, pg.1).

There are rules, however, about how far a necromancer can go in helping the dead rectify their wrong or settle affairs.  Unfortunately, Selena breaks too many of them and ends up being demoted to "track and retrieval" ~ locating ghosts who avoid moving on.  When she comes across a ghost who insists that he was "pushed" out of his body and doesn't react to the runes she uses to capture ghosts, she now has to figure out what's going on before she gets hurt.

The humor and sarcasm that runs rampant throughout this novel is fantastic.  Our heroine is a very likable character who allows her desire to save others from the circle cause her to lose the job she worked so hard to obtain.  The pacing of the book is done very well.  There aren't any slow sections or sections that felt rushed or choppy. The world-building was done well; not too much or too little and it all makes sense in the end.  I can't wait for the next book in the series.

There is adult language and sexual situations in this novel.

Review Copy Courtesy of the author, A.J. Locke, via Paranormal Cravings Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review.

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ABOUT A.J. Locke

A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Affairs of the Dead is her debut novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.

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A.J. Locke said...

Thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed the book :)

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome! I can't believe how much I like you novel :)