Blog Tour - Saving Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #3) by Debra Anastasia ~ Ava's Review and Double Giveaway!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I fell in love with the Poughkeepise series over 2 years ago. I picked up my first book by Debra Anastasia by chance, and I’m so thankful I did. I feel like I’ve experienced it all with these characters, and because of that I feel protective of them. So much so, I was a bag of nerves for the ENTIRE book.
Beckett is a fixer and he cares deeply for his patchwork family. But what Beckett lacks is faith in himself as a person. He knew his decisions impacted on his brothers and now, he wanted to change his ways. He wanted to be someone they could be proud of.
“I’m tired of the way things were –the way they are. I’ve got too many people who deserve to sleep at night, not to be punished because they know me.”
I loved Beckett’s plans and I thought it fit with his character. I loved how everything came together and more importantly I’m glad the brothers were always there for each other. Their bond was unbreakable.
Eve went through some really tough times in this book. Of course, she processed them in her own unique way. I’m not one for meddlesome characters and Eve invited temptation into her life. I knew there was no need to worry. Eve was fully committed to Beckett but even so, I was biting my nails frequently just wanting this annoying little gnat to go away. But that element was necessary as it did force Beckett to stop and really learn what Eve needed. It made them all the stronger for it.
As the main storyline was starting to take shape, I must admit it creeped me out at first. But then we aren’t talking about normal people here. As soon as I reached the 70% mark, I couldn’t put the book down. My heart was in my mouth the whole time and I had to know how it would all turn out. It was well worth staying up to nearly 2am to finish it.
Beckett has been a character I loved from the beginning. When I first met him, he was a huge power Lord who lived on the other side of the law. But from the get go I knew he had a big heart and he would do anything for his brothers. What I loved most about this story was Debra Anastasia managed to steer Beckett in another direction without changing his character and who he was. She did a great job with this.
I love Debra’s writing, love and emotion is perfectly weaved through the prose and I believe it’s why I feel connected to the characters. There was beautiful phrasing throughout the book and I thought it couldn’t have been said any better.
“Beckett had a lot of layers. She used to hate herself for falling in love with him, but now she felt like she might be the only one qualified to do so.”
I didn’t mind that the story was told in third person narrative, it’s something I am getting into more and because of this, I really got three stories for the price of one. I loved seeing Cole and Kyle and Blake and Livia’s lives progress as well.
The end of this book and series was bittersweet for me. I was happy with the way things ended and I loved the whole “Saving of Poughkeepsie” but I felt sad, to no longer be a part of this world. As I closed my kindle, I thought of Beckett, Cole and Blake from the beginning and how far they had come. Especially Blake. Even thinking of him now brings tears to my eyes. My favourite quote from the book is: “Life was good: no one shot at him, Cole didn’t look like he’d been praying for Beckett’s soul all night, and Blake was standing in the fucking sunshine.” The last part kills me every time.
I was still feeling emotional after finishing the book, so much so I couldn’t write this review, I wanted to keep these characters for a little longer. But then I discovered we are getting a prequel? I don’t need to say goodbye just yet? My day was made!
Saving Poughkeepsie was a fitting end to a fabulous series. I would have never predicted it would go down this way but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. If you haven’t read these books, I suggest you rectify that now!
Check out the other books in the series . . .
Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition for iPad ($12.99) from iTunes.
Check out Ava's review of the app HERE
Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with...ahem... digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.
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Blog Tour - Enhanced Collector's Edition App: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia ~ Ava's Review and Giveaway
*I received a copy of this app in exchange for an honest review.*
Umm wow!! What is this magical slice of reading heaven I have in my hands?
As I am reviewing the app for the iPad, I can't comment on the layout for the computer but in my opinion the iPad was the perfect platform to view this on. Each page contains a full chapter, it has a scrolling motion you use from top to bottom to read the entire chapter, and you swipe left or right to move between each chapter. From the very first page I was impressed imediately. I had skimmed the special features thinking I got the gist of it, I had no idea how much this app contained and I was in awe of all the extra treats we received.
This app takes reading to the next level. I think I probably loved this experience more as I had previously read Poughkeepsie and therefore I loved the characters and the world in which they lived. So, for me, it enhanced my experience, it brought my favourite characters to life.
Pictures accompany most chapters, this visual aid really helped to set the scene. And the music that is incorporated into the story, plays at the click of a button. I had assumed you would click on a link and it would take you to the iTunes store (more on that later) but for all the original music by Ron Pope, it is integrated into the book, I pressed play and listened to some of the most beautiful, soulful music whilst I read. This is my dream come true! I don't need to flip between my music app and my reader app as I read, it does it all for you. This feature alone had me mighty impressed.
The amount of extras crammed into this app is unreal, when describing it to my friends, I think I used the phrase 'it's so cool' about 100 times. I was awed by the features. It reminded me of the directors commentary on a dvd, we were privvy to the fun facts and little tidbits of information that added to the story for me. I got to know Debra Anastasia through this app, it was great to discover her thoughts, feelings, likes and dislikes. She shared her journey with us and it was great.
Fun facts were highlighted in red and when clicked on, a text box would appear with extra info, I loved this 'behind the scenes' look at Poughkeepsie.
Videos and sound effects were also incorporated into the app, this really impressed me, I didn't have to visualise Livia's train pulling away from the station, with one click of a button I could hear it.
As well as falling in love with Blake and Liv all over again, this app was bursting full of bonus material. The bonus scenes were marked in black and by click on these boxes it would take you to an extra scene or bonus content like recipes. It was easy to flip between the bonus content and the story. I loved reading about all the intimate moments and revelations I didn't get to witness in detail the first time around.
As I mentioned earlier, all original music is integrated into the app, it was great to listen to as I was reading certain chapters. For music by other artists that Debra paired with some scenes, the song title and artist was listed in red and by clicking on the link it would take you to the iTunes store, allowing you to listen to a sample or purchase. I am a big music lover, especially whilst reading books, it can bring each scene to life and I was really pleased music featured heavily in this book.
It doesn't take me much to get lost in a book, give me great characters, wonderful writing and an interesting plot and I can go off the radar for hours, with the enhanced collectors app from Debra Anastasia, it took me down the rabbit hole and into this amazing place. Blake, Beckett and Mouse all have a special place in my heart, I loved this story when I first read it in 2012, now after spending days in their world once more but on a much deeper level, these characters are all the more real to me (I don't care if I sound crazy, I love these boys!)
If you are discovering Poughkeepsie for the first time or if you are revisiting a book that you know and love, it is definitely worth spending the extra money on this app. A great investment to visit time and time again, learning something new each time you open it. I can believe this app was years in the making, it runs effortlessly for me as the reader, experiencing everything at the click of a button but I can appreciate the hard work and determination that went into it. Debra Anastasia has set the bar high and I don't see anyone eclipsing this app any time soon.
Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the kids, and their homework. The laundry pile turns into a big, heaping monster. When the clothes finally make it into the washer, it gets unbalanced and puts on an elaborate show before it cuts out. This crazy job that never ends is her first love and her crowning achievement.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when along with the dogs, cat, kids, and husband, the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway for the plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. In the shower, a twist would take hold and--dripping and frenzied--she'd find somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
Debra grew up in New York and got a bachelor's degree in political science at SUNY New Paltz. At the start of her marriage, she moved to southern Maryland with her husband. She still doesn't trust crabs and all their legs, though everyone else in her family thinks they're delicious. Her favorite hobbies include knitting, painting furniture and wall murals, and slapping clowns.
Omnific Publishing published her debut novel, Crushed Seraphim, and the sequel to angel Emma's adventures, Bittersweet Seraphim. She's working on Return to Poughkeepsie right now to be released in late 2013. You can visit her website at DebraAnastasia.com and find her on twitter @Debra_Anastasia or Facebook.
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