Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Blog tour, Giveaway, mystery, Review, Young Adult on June 6, 2014

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Sometimes life smacks you right in the kisser with a whole lot of ohhhh craaaaap.  Just ask Darcy Walker.

100 Proof Stud picks up four months after No Brainer’s cliffhanger ending, and Darcy discovers the aftermath pales in comparison to the crisis her heart is in. All of a sudden it’s raining men, and this teenage heroine’s personal life turns her inside out.

Before she can sort out her feelings, she chases a spray-painting vandal and stumbles upon a case of identity theft right in her own backyard. Darcy jumps into the fray headfirst to prove she can hang with the big boys.

But it’s not just to hang…nope, she’s chasing reward money.

Tapping her band of misfit brothers for help, she turns Valley upside down trying to unearth the criminals. Problem is, the cloak and dagger goes high-octane, and she raises the bar on “crazy” in the process.

Bullets ring out…dead bodies appear…and Darcy rubs shoulders with the ultimate sociopath. In the midst of murder and mayhem, will she finally follow her heart or build a fortress of lies around it? Will she even get the chance?


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Darcy is a typical teenager, or is at least portrayed that way.  More concerned about having an iPhone than making good grades despite her high IQ.  Then there is the usual teenage angst.  I will say that Darcy does have some great one-liners and I do get a chuckle out of those.  There were some unanswered questions (for me anyway) in books one and two that were answered in this installment.  It is also good to see Darcy continue to flourish and even grow up a little bit from book to book.  The book does jump around a lot and it left me feeling like I needed Ritalin.

This is the third book in the series with Grade A Stupid and No Brainer as the first two.  I will say that I personally thought that Grade A Stupid was about 100 pages too long (it is 424 pages).  No Brainer improved on the page count somewhat and the writing seemed to flow better.  This book was almost as long as the first book at 397 pages and really could have been trimmed back by 50 pages or more and would have been just as good.

We give this 3 1/2 paws.  The books are good but sometimes if felt like there was just too much…maybe I just have low tolerance for teenage antics?!  If you do check out this series definitely start at the beginning to get a sense for Darcy and the gang.


About the Author

a j lapeA. J. Lape’s Darcy Walker Series broke into the Top 50 books in Teens Literature & Fiction within 36 hours of its release. It has spent numerous weeks in the Top 100 in Mystery Series and Teens, Mysteries & Thrillers Categories as well as being one of the Top Rated in its genre. A self-proclaimed neurotic and troublemaker at heart, a perfect day for A. J. consists of writing, watching her kids play sports, drinking Coke, then lounging in her pajamas by 8PM.

She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola, with a lifelong love affair with bacon.  She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born.  Her love for suspense and a good story was born from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood.  That and any B movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on.

When she’s not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she  likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughters’ sporting events. She’s a huge hometown sports fan and loves to watch the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds whenever she can.

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