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September 7, 2016

Loved It: Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Insighter 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present...

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.

Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life - and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.




I can always rely on Mary Janice Davidson to give me a good time. Her new series, Insighter, debuts with DEJA WHO. This new urban fantasy/chick-lit inducts us to a world where reincarnation is widely accepted and people's past lives are taken into account when they commit a crime. Our new heroine, Leah Nazir, is an Insighter and a clinical expert of sorts. She works with the criminal justice system in diagnosing criminals and who they were in their past lives.


And inasmuch as Leah is a big help in cleaning up the streets with serial killers and repeat offenders, she's also in the midst of her own impending murder. History repeating itself is a common theme in DEJA WHO and Leah is expecting her would-be murderer in this lifetime but this time, she won't be a helpless victim. With armed breasts (think Lady Gaga in Alejandro), suave combat moves, and MJDavidson's signature snark, Leah Nazir is a worthy successor to Queen Betsy Taylor (MJD's heroine in her vampire series which is concluding soon ;().


DEJA WHO is a very entertaining read, MJD's humor might be an acquired taste for some but I found myself laughing and giggle snorting over a few silly and outrageous scenes. But underneath this rather amusing sheen lies subtle and somber notes. Leah's relationship with her mother is nonexistent at best and tumultuous at worst. Leah's mother is a piece of work and shamelessly used Leah for profit. Then there's also Leah counting down the days to her inevitable death. Can she escape it this time and break the cycle or will her nemesis succeed yet again, throwing Leah back into another round of rebirth and all the baggage that goes with it.

I liked DEJA WHO, it's not a literary masterpiece BUT it's packed with ridiculousness designed to lighten up your mood even for just a few hours. It has the right amount of mystery, suspense, and romance for it to be stimulating. And with Queen Betsy ending this year, I'm elated that we have a new batshit crazy heroine to follow.










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20 comments:

  1. it sounds fun, I like that. Though I never fell for her Betsy books

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  2. I think the premise for this series sounds so interesting. My curiosity is piqued and I'm excited to pick up this one, Braine! :)

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  3. I enjoyed this, but struggled with the world-building. Great review Braine.

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  4. I seriously need to try this author!

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  5. OOh this is the second review I've seen for this novel. Its on my shelf for as soon as my December reviews get put to bed and I'm hoping for an interview too!

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  6. This is another author I need to check out. The cover on this one keep catching my eye :) Glad you had a good time with it!

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  7. I've always love humour in my PNR, so this looks like it's worth checking out. Sign me up, Scottie.

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  8. I have never read this author, and I have been meaning to. This sounds like a good place to start, and I certainly can use more humor and lightness in my reading.

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  9. Okay. Sounds like I really need to give her another chance. Adding to the list!

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  10. I go back and forth with wanting to read this. I'm curious about the humor, though.

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  11. I've heard how funny her books are and the premise on this one sounds good. I should give it a try at some point.

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  12. I like the sound of it humor and snark in this series opener! Glad you enjoyed it, Braine. Great review :)

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  13. I love a good giggle/snort read! And a Urban fantasy too! I think I'd like Leah!

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  14. Oh man, I read her Queen B series a long time back and sorta lost interest in it. I do have a copy of this waiting for me on my shelf. I've read so many mixed reviews on this. I'm glad to hear that it was a light and entertaining read for you. Gives me hope that I will enjoy it.

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  15. Hadn't heard of this author before, but I'm intrigued by this. The more out there the humor is, the more I tend to like it!

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  16. Oh this one sounds very intriguing! It would be interesting to see how reincarnation is part of life in such an universe and how it changes things. Sounds like a fun start or a new urban fantasy series.

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  17. I love these fun lighter reads sometimes especially when everything seems to be pretty heavy. It sounds like lots of fun!

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