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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grand Central Publishing Blog Tour: Revenant by Larissa Ione (Q&A, Review & Giveaway)!

Ahhhh!!! I'm so excited today! Not only is it the release day for Revenant, the final book in the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series but I got to ask a few questions of its author, the fabulously talented Larissa Ione! Larissa has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered Desire Unchained in a used book store. A few weeks later, Passion Unleashed was released and the rest is history!

So enjoy the quick Q&A with Larissa and be sure to answer her question at the end and of course, enter the giveaway!

About Larissa Ione:

A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Larissa: First, I want to thank Adria’s Romance Reviews for having me! I can’t believe Revenant is finally here, and it’s awesome to be here to celebrate!

Okay, on to the questions!

Adria: Part of the editing process is that unfortunately scenes get cut or have to be re-written. Is there an outtake you can share with us? 
Larissa: Funny you mention this, because I very rarely cut scenes, but I did cut one in Revenant – the epilogue got the ax. I thought about making it into a “slice of life,” scene to put up on the Deleted Scenes page on my website or in Demonica: Overkill, but that didn’t feel right. Revenant is ending the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance arc that’s been building for 11 books, and I wanted it to have a special place on my website, along with information about where the Demonica/LOD world is going. So when readers get to the end of Revenant, they’ll see a website address that will take them to the epilogue and more information. So I can’t share anything here, but as of December 16th, it’ll be on my website!

Adria: How does it feel to have come so far with the Demonica/LoD series and have it be so well received by the fans? 
Larissa: It’s been amazing. I have the most loyal, enthusiastic readers, and I am so grateful for that. I can’t believe they’ve stuck with me for 11+ books!

Adria: I know it's like asking you to choose your favorite child but DO you have a favorite character from the series? 
Larissa: I don’t really have a favorite character…but I do have a favorite character to write, and that’s Wraith. He just writes himself, so I LOVE writing him.

Adria:What has been the most memorable fan experience you've had? 
Larissa: Wow…there have been so many! But I’ll never forget my birthday at Authors After Dark in Philadelphia. A group of readers surprised me with a cake, and we all ended up having a fantastic impromptu party. It was an amazing experience, and I adore those gals. That, truly, is one of my favorite memories.

Adria:Would you do anything different with the series if given the chance? 
Larissa: Not as far as the characters or plots. I mean, there are small things I’d change here and there, but overall, I wouldn’t do anything different. What I would do, however, is rethink how the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series were branded and marketed. Too many people didn’t realize that the Lords of Deliverance books were a continuation of the Demonica series, and I really wish I’d thought that out a little better.

Well, thank you again for having me…these were some really great questions! Now I’m going to ask the readers the question you asked me: Do YOU have a favorite character from the series?

*I personally have a soft spot for Reseph but I've been a long time fan of Reaver as well. 

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: December 16, 2014

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .

Revenant you lovable asshole you.

Still reeling over the revelation that he has not only a twin brother but thousands of years of memories that were erased has made fallen angel Revenant a touch crankier than usual. Questioning everything he thought was true, Revenant isn’t sure where his place is anymore, not that he’ll ever let anyone get close enough to find out about his insecurities, he has a reputation to protect after all. Revenant wants revenge for what was done to him more than anything, well, almost anything. After meeting a mysterious female named Blaspheme, Revenant finds himself splitting his time between plotting revenge and pursuing a female who keeps saying “no” to him.

The forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel, Blaspheme has managed to evade execution by hiding in plain sight but if Revenant keeps popping up and drawing attention to her then she could find herself in a world of trouble. Unfortunately her resistance to him fades each time she’s with him and she knows that sooner or later, Revenant will figure out her secret.

I stayed up so late to read this book and when I was done, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I didn’t want to leave that world or those characters that I’ve grown so attached to over the years but in a way I am glad that it was Revenant who brought the Demonic/Lords of Deliverance series to a close. After his connection to Reaver was revealed, I just couldn’t wait to see what it would mean for the fallen angel I originally thought was no more than a secondary character.

In some ways Revenant reminded me of Wraith, the main character from Passion Unleashed. It was the I-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass attitude and the smart ass comments that brought back memories of Wraith. But that’s where the similarities ended. Rev is his own character, he’s… Something else. His charm and appeal lies in the fact that he hides his vulnerable heart behind a fifty foot wall of sarcasm, bad assery and sex appeal. He might have acted like he had no tenderness in him yet whenever he thought no one was looking, he showed more kindness than his brother Reaver. I know, hard to believe right? But one thing I’ve learned is that no one is 100% good in author Larissa Ione’s world and that it’s often the “good guys” that do the most damage.

Blaspheme was a classic Larissa Ione female: Tough, dangerous and snarky, but she was also a terrified female. She has spent her whole life running, hiding and in general fighting to survive simply because of who her parents were. Trust isn’t exactly something she can indulge in. I expected a hard ass, calculating female but she was the total opposite. She worked at the Underworld General Hospital as a nurse not because it was a job but because she wanted to help others. I loved her kindness and compassion towards those who were in pain but I also loved how she could stand up to Revenant, even when he was in a full temper. She challenged and questioned Revenant’s motives at every turn and while it might have angered him at times, it also made him think and allowed his softer side to show. Blaspheme was a genius. She brought out the best in Revenant, someone no one else had faith in. She was also a very loyal character and selfless, something that wasn’t common among her kind. If she cared about someone she fought for them tooth and nail, end of story.

Just like Revenant, I felt like I was being led on a wild goose chase against impossible odds and just when I thought that it couldn’t get any bigger than Revenant being Reaver’s twin brother, more bombshells are dropped and pieces of both brothers’ lives are revealed, painting a heartbreaking picture. With all that in mind, I’m surprised at the fact that both brothers are merely dysfunctional at worst instead of walking disasters. As volatile as their interactions are, they can get pretty funny with Revenant tweaking Reaver’s nose as often as possible. I never thought I’d see Reaver as a parental figure, much less a stern brotherly one. Revenant brings out different sides of people, it’s his gift. One that entertained me even as it pissed off other characters. Revenant is one of those characters that is amusing so long as his attention is not on you. He’s just a lot of fun.

Along for the ride are some familiar faces like Eidolon and Thanatos. Of course, Reaver and Harvester couldn’t be left out either. I loved revisiting with Reaver and Harvester, they had such a long history together that I felt could have made their story go on forever. They’re all important to Revenant’s story, each one pushing the entire plot forward in huge and miniscule ways. I’ve learned early one that all the characters in this series are connected and those connections are fascinating to watch as they unfold and create one of two reactions: Epic relief or epic disaster. There is no in between with this bunch.

Author Larissa Ione has been one of my auto buy authors for many years, and Revenant is a clear example of why. Desirable characters, witty dialogue, engaging plot and sexy chemistry don’t even begin to describe how talented this author is. Truly, she has no equal and is in a category all her own.

Final Verdict: So, DOES Revenant find a way to save Blaspheme from her fate? DO Revenant and his twin Reaver kiss and make up? I guess you’ll have to pick up your copy of Revenant and find out! You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to post the interview and the incredible review. And thank you for having so much faith in me. I hope I continue to keep you entertained! :)

  2. My favorite character is Reseph!! I can't wait to sit down to Revenant.

  3. I can't narrow it down to one.I very much love Reaver,Thanatos and Ares.Oh,and also Runa.I don't know if I could have been through all the things she's been through and still come out so strong.And Harvester.OMG,you have to love someone so much to literally go to hell for that person.Oh s**t,I almost my number one:AZAGOTH.Now,that was love at first sight.Love,love,love him.

  4. My favorite character is...oh way that is so hard to pick from, I have loved Tayla from the beginning and Gem is a trip, love Jillian I have to say she is my all time favorite because she lived in this life protected by her beliefs and fears, but opened herself up to a new love and stood by his side no matter what happened...that is so me....

  5. I'm a little partial to Shade and Runa because theirs was the first story I read. But the unapologetic, unabashed Wraith remains my all time favorite among several book series, and is the BBF standard I measure by.

  6. After reading so much these days about these characters I started missing them,sooo, of course, I'm reading the whole series all over again.Couldn't help myself.

  7. Oh what a fun way to have done the epilogue. Can't wait to get to read this one :)

  8. I need to replace my physical copies of the first four books (they're in storage) with digital ones because I want to re-read them too.

  9. Anna you HAVE to read this one! It's so good!

  10. I'm only up to Immortal Rider and so far Wraith is still my favorite character. He must be an awesome character to write!


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