{ARC Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway} Defcon Darcy by A.J. Lape

Posted March 6, 2015 by Lucy in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

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{ARC Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway} Defcon Darcy by A.J. Lape
DEFCON Darcy (The Darcy Walker Series Book 4)
By: A.J. Lape, Mark Kidwell, Jay Fotos

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Genres: Mystery-Thriller-Suspense

Series: The Darcy Walker #4
Published on January 1st 1970
Format: eARC

Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets...and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore--especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.
In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process.
DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.
The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.


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The uniqueness of Darcy’s character are one of the many reasons why I really enjoy reading this series.  The Darcy Walker series is a young adult mystery series where we follow Darcy, and her not so lucky run in with dead bodies and the tendency of attracting trouble.  Darcy has an incredible sharp mind, a quirky personality, smart mouth that seems to always get her into trouble.  She also suffers from ADHD and PTSD, which you will have to read the series to understand how they affects Darcy’s life.

As the anniversary of Darcy’s mother’s death getting closer, Darcy’s obsession regarding her mother’s murder also intensifies.  As I am reading this book, I can actually feel a mental countdown reflecting on the
progression of  Darcy’s self-distributions.  At first Darcy starts slowly pushing away from everyone she is close to.  Then she becomes almost desperate, and even more reckless than usual, if that’s even possible.  I can say I was definitely on edge when I was reading her relationship with Dylan, and when it seems like the relationship was heading downhill, my hearts breaks a little for them.

When I am reading The Darcy Walker Series, I always feel it’s interesting to see the world from Darcy’s perspective.  Although sometime situations do seem a little hectic, but it is nonetheless entertaining to read how Darcy works through these mysteries, at the same time able to dig herself out from trouble after trouble.  And I just love Darcy’s positive attitude in life in general, her ability to bounces back from just about anything is admirable.  And with the challenges that she face in this book, she has really shown her braveness and strength in Defcon Darcy.

In this installment we will finally learn why Darcy is the way she is, and how her life changes forever the day she witness her mother’s murder.  Not only the author emphasize a little more on how Darcy experiences being mistreated, target, and bullies at school.  But we also read about Darcy’s incredible supporting system, which includes her immediate family, her best-friend/boyfriend Dylan, Dylan’s family, and many many friends that comes to loves Darcy for who she is.

While romance isn’t the main focus of the story, but let me just say, I really love Dylan, and I absolutely love Darcy and Dylan.  Dylan’s character just brings something extra into the series, and up until now Dylan always seem so confident, but in this book we finally see Dylan’s vulnerable side, if Darcy’s Achilles heel is the mystery of her mother’s death, then Darcy is definitely Dylan’s Achilles heel.  I have always felt Dylan completes Darcy in a way that only Dylan seems to be able to.  What Darcy seems to be lacking of, Dylan makes up for it.  Where Darcy is not particularly good at expressing her feelings, Dylan is constantly showing his affections for her.  And I do think Darcy needs that, she needs someone like Dylan in her life.

To be honest, I cry while reading this book.  I cry because Darcy bares her soul in this book, I cry because Darcy openly talks about how her disabilities affects her life, and her insecurities, fears.  I cry because what Darcy has to endure in this book.  I cry because her relationship with Dylan may not survive.  I cry for Ben, because what a great character he turn out as to be, and for what he has to sacrifice for Darcy.  And lastly, I cry because Darcy finally finds her closure in this book.

Overall, I think this was the best book of The Darcy Walker series so far, the story is intense, raw, dark, and sad.  The story plot is engaging, and the writing is funny and simply great.  The author has captures Darcy’s emotions perfectly, and it just breaks my hearts when I read them.  I seriously hope this is not the end of Darcy’s Journey, I need more about Darcy and her quirkiness.

Happy Reading!! XO

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Maybe I should have a sex change operation.
A sex change operation might be the answer to becoming anonymous again. Here lately, guys noticed me—a fact that not only befuddled me but the legitimately gorgeous girls of Valley High School. To my right, Ben Ryan acted as though he’d cuff my wrists and force a marriage proposal. To my left, Jagger Cane looked like he’d jump in my pants and teach me the ways of the world. I had no intention of losing my v-card anytime soon, and if I did? Well, that led to the third guy who made my love triangle an official square. It would be with my best friend who was now my official boyfriend. Yup, in a rare moment of insanity, I agreed to be the regular kissing partner of the hottest guy I’d ever met. And let me confess, there had been some great kissing. Total. Spiritual. Awakening. But I was truly out of my league because if the world thought Ben Ryan and Jagger Cane were naughty dream material, Dylan Taylor was the benchmark on things that would make your girl parts quiver.
Like I said. Too many guys.
For a girl who swore to her father she would remain a virgin for life.
For a girl who swore to her father she would remain a virgin for life.
Why did I stay with Dylan? For one thing, he wasn’t a fastard—that’s Darcyspeak for guys who feed you a line of bull, only for you to find out they shovel the same crap to other unsuspecting girls. But with Dylan? Sigh. His words were genuine. He could kiss with the endurance of an Olympic athlete, and let’s face it, he was big, bad, and deadly—number one on my zombie apocalypse team if the world ever came to that. The problem was, love sucks. When you love someone, you should step aside and let that person evolve into what they were intended to be—their dreams should become yours. The challenge was to find that delicate balance of give and take where more often than not you were on the same page. All last semester, Dylan and I bickered because our relationship had failed to be symbiotic. Why? Because I couldn’t show him the real me—the me he would’ve rather cut off his right arm than rubberstamp the things I considered recreational. Why is it, you say, did I want this relationship anyway? A relationship I sometimes, eh, lied to keep copacetic? I’ll tell you why. Dylan’s body was nothing short of dirty poetry.
Shoving that stuff down would be criminal.
My name’s Darcy Walker, and I live in a suburb of Cincinnati called Valley, Ohio. Where some students were destined to be the leaders of tomorrow, some of us were your inspiration to try a little harder. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t take any of these guys seriously because I fell into this group and buried the competition. Some of us, no matter how hard we tried, were doomed to bring up the rear regardless of the assignment. We were the class clowns, the kids who stared out the windows, the note passers, and the ones not able to get our point across. People like me had a shelf life, and it ended senior year, diploma in hand…if we were lucky.

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About A.J. Lape

A.J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon’s teen’s mysteries and thrillers bestseller’s lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola–plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever.

A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master’s degree in Communications, she’s a PI wannabe and recently joined the Citizen’s Police Academy in her hometown but daily stops crime and kills bad people through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker.

If the FBI ever checks her computer, she’ll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting “wiki” articles she looks up…all in the name of career research, of course.

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