Character Spotlight & Giveaway: Demos from Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

ThiefOfLies_CharacterTourWelcome to Brenda Drake’s THIEF OF LIES Character Tour! Each stop will feature a character profile from book one of the Library Jumpers Series! There is a tour wide giveaway so be sure to check out all the characters for chances to win. You can find a list of the tour dates here. Today, we’re getting to know Demos.

Age: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Release Date: 01/05/2016
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Thief of Lies Character Tour — Demos

Demos Nicoli
Age: 17
Battle Globe: Green (Wind)
Description: Joker, flirtatious, and has a hidden sensitive side.

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers Series Book 1) quote: “Yeah, welcome to your new reality.”

Demos was born in Paltras, Greece. He’s the closet to Arik. The two roomed together while growing up in the Academy. Demos likes to make light of difficult and awkward situations. He got his humor and compassion from his parent faery. She was a silly and fun faery, who doted on him as a baby. Out of all the Sentinels, Demos had the best upbringing filled with love and laughter.

In battle, Demos toys with his opponents. Only a few get to see his sensitive side, and that is a rare occasion. He would be the first to risk his life for those who can’t defend themselves. Demos can be careless at times and has earned many infractions from the Wizard Council. He was almost kicked out of the academy, but Arik went to his defense. Ever since, Arik has kept a watchful eye on Demos, warning him when he’s about to overstep limits or break rules.

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers Series Book 2) teaser with Demos, Gia, and the twins from the Santara haven in Spain:

Demos cannon-balled into the water, drenching everyone. The Sentinels sitting on the side with their feet soaking in the water cussed at him in different languages and accents.

“That was weak,” Pia, one of the Sentinels from the Santara haven in Spain, teased.

Her twin, Reya, nodded. “You weigh as much as a twig and could do better than him.”

Demos laughed as he splashed to the steps. “I’d like to see you try.”

I leaned back and floated on my back, the water flooding my ears, muffling the others’ conversations. It was moments like this when I thought about Afton, Nana, and Uncle Philip. What were they doing at this very moment? The sun played on my eyelashes reminding me of the light blinking through the trees that surrounded the clearing with the grave markers.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Demos. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to enter the giveaways for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card with an eBook copy of THIEF OF LIES or a signed hardcover copy of FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn below.

authBrenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Keep Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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ARC Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Gifted-Tamra Lassiter

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The Gifted by Tamra Lassiter Publication Date: December 1, 2014 Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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Sara’s gift of flight became known when she was eight years old. It was her gift from God and her secret to keep. Torn between pleasing her overprotective parents and literally soaring through the clouds, Sarah has resigned herself to being the oddball. Everything changes in one moment. Sara’s gift saves her life, but there are witnesses. Her secret is out. She soon meets the charming Simon and learns exactly why her parents have kept her hidden away all these years. cooltext1804462224 copy

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***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour

The Gifted is a magical, feel good story that couples the power of faith with personal strength. Sometimes believing in ourselves is the biggest challenge and The Gifted epitomizes the wonders that can occur when we trust in a something greater than ourselves.


  • Sara is crafty, smart, always more than capable of thinking on her feet and figuring out what others are blind to. On top of that, she’s constantly keeping the best interests of her friends in mind. She goes out of her way to make their lives better. She’s a sweetheart with an unfaltering moral compass but at times, succumbs to teen angst. Sara is naïve but blunt, she speaks her mind when she figures things out and gives gentle nudges in the right direction.
  • The premise of this story is genius. It’s a secret lair for special powers. While I would have liked more of the history of how the Base was founded, the intricacy of the location more than makes up for it.
  • Fleet and Sara are adorable together. They just fit. The pull between them is magnetic and natural, you’re eased into their affection. They’re warm, understanding, and the passion between them is far more than teenage lust. That necklace ❤
  • Simon is a skeevy, manipulative villain. No matter how charismatic and charming he can be, you get seriously sketchy vibes from him. Lassiter does an amazing job capturing his corrupt and dangerous persona in his facial expressions, mannerisms, and creepy leer.
  • Fleet is a compassionate, kind-hearted man. He’s far from the simple far boy he seems. He’s sexy, muscular and has many tricks up his sleeve that make him endearing and so thoughtful.


  • Complications were too easily resolved. There was little doubt of what the result would be and everything dissolved extremely quickly with hardly any backlash.
  • Some aspects of the story were left unanswered. Particularly the telepathy and how that whole scenario occurred. It’s a tad convoluted and left many questions up in the air.
  • The climax did not reek of danger and sinister intentions like it should have, it fell flat because as a whole, the scene was over really fast and lacked the build up necessary for fear.
  • The secondary characters were aloof to the reader. They were present but there’s a disconnect between them and the protagonist. It’s hard to form an attachment to them. Characters like Kendall, Peter, Shasta, Owen, and even Angelica fade in and out of the story.
  • Simon’s ultimate plot came out of nowhere, the clues weren’t enough to figure him out or really get at his overall motivations.

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I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it! Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down? Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read! If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this: 7245329153094017454136The_Revealed-Jessica_Hickam

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Review: Split Second-Kasie West

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4/5 Stars

Publication Date: Feb 11, 2014


He turned toward me, his eyes meeting mine. They were electrified, like a lightning storm raged behind them. I needed to feel that energy. I swiveled in my seat toward him, rested my hand on my knee and turned it palm up. That was as much risk as I could take. Now it was his turn.


We held each other’s stare, and without meaning to, my body moved an inch closer to him. He reached over with his free hand, took me by the back of the head, and pulled me to him. Our lips collided roughly. As though years of pent-up emotions were waiting to come out, the kiss was hungry and raw. Our hands unclasped, and mine found his hair and entangled themselves there.

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Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

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Told from the alternating perspectives of Addie and Laila, Split Second picks up a little after the events in Pivot Point. Addie is heartbroken over the lies and skin-crawling emotional manipulation Duke put her through and the threat to her friendship with her best friend Laila. Her world seems to be falling apart, she thought she had everything figured out and that her life was in a content, happy place until everything came crashing down. Between her parent’s divorce, Duke, Laila’s betrayal, and the events that happened in the other time line that she has no memory of, Addie is puzzled over her choice of this pretty terrible reality. What could have been so bad in the other path that she would have willingly picked something that cut her so deeply? On top of this catastrophic new reality, Addie’s powers have gone haywire. It seems like her ability to search future paths has mixed with slowing time or speeding herself up. She’s not too sure but knows that she can’t tell anyone about it because if it’s strange to her, a mark on her file would be much worse. Addie is asked to spend the holiday’s with her father in the Normal world, where people don’t have crazy brain powers and everything is like a trip into the past. The awkwardness of her school situation, having to face Duke, and even looking at her best friend has become trying. Addie wants to escape the pressure of her current path and relax in a place without constant reminders of her heartache.When Addie meets Trevor, she is struck with déjà vu. She feels like she knows him, inside and out, which is impossible. Deep within her heart, she warms whenever Trevor is around, content on a soul level. She doesn’t know what to make of this insane and inexplicable feeling but she likes it.The only problem is, her new BFF in the norm world, Stephanie is Trevor’s ex and despite what she says, she’s not over him. Torn between her budding friendship and the fireworks that Trevor sparks, Addie is more confused than ever.

On the other side of the wall, Laila is rife with guilt over the wedge she’s driven in her friendship with Addie. With a letter burning in her pocket from Addie after the path Search in Pivot Point, Laila does something she shouldn’t, again. Curiosity gets the best of her and what she finds in the note is puzzling. Addie’s letter mentions Laila’s potential power to restore memories, something Laila had never even imagined. Seeing this as a way to make her past mistakes up to Addie, Laila embarks on a mission to get highly illegal materials to enhance her powers. But it seems that every path towards this is blocked by people who warn her of danger and the wrath of the government. Laila doesn’t care, she desperately needs to fix their rift and restoring Addie’s memories would do a lot to mend the wounds she carelessly inflicted. Cue Conner, mysterious and gorgeous, and apparently in the know for coveted mind enchancers.Conner is immune to Laila’s charms and beyond infuriating but she needs him to help Addie. In the pursuit of lost memories and a race against time and the government’s watch dogs, Addie, Lailia, Trevor and Conner must team up to get back Addie’s memories before the future is irreparably altered.


  • While Addie’s overall plot was full of action, secrets, and mystery, Laila’s was the more compelling of the two. Laila has grown so much as a character, she’s sassy, snarky, bursting with this big, bold energy that will enchant and ensnare you. Laila is intoxicating. Her lines are original, hilarious and rich in sarcasm, she’s a wonderful protagonist that is unafraid to fight to be heard and do what it takes to get what she wants. As the story progresses, Laila opens up, the soft, marshmallowy girl who loves shoes and pretty things rises to the surface and a whole new layer of Laila emerges. The Laila who talks about her past, who admits her emotional issues, and teases her brothers is made of heart and sunshine. She’s brilliant and warm, and when she let’s herself love, it’s truly a magical, uplifting moment. 
  • Conner is a puzzle waiting to be solved. He’s introverted, adores Norm technology and spontaneously appears when Laila needs him. As his character progresses, his funny commentary, his concern for Laila, and the revelations about his past will capture your heart. 
  • Laila and Conner’s interactions are flirty, heated matches of wicked, sensual banter and anger. They butt heads. Their personalities war with each other but the tension between them is electric. I found myself flipping eagerly through, racing to get to their next scene together. Conner challenges Laila, puts her on the spot and makes her work through her issues. He infuriates her like no one else but also awakens something raw and real inside of her that she’d been too afraid to face. 
  • The brief glimpses of Stephanie and Rowan present two very different characters than in Pivot Point and show a whole different side to their personalities. Stephanie is still a bit of a priss but she’s a good friend to Addie, kind and inclusive. Rowan is as comical as ever but he’s not just a playboy. He’s a companion and a savior to Addie.
  • Addie is the same character we know and love from the first book, level-headed, smart, a little self-conscious but now she’s got more attitude, she’s not scared to give back what’s thrown at her full force. Addie’s search is reckless and inspired, she hunts down clues and works on rebuilding her life. Addie’s internal dialogue is filled of emotions, she sifts through the memories of Laila and Duke, the shadows of images of her and Trevor and tries to piece everything together. Her hope is admirable, she struggles with what she thinks she should feel and what she actually does. Her confusion is understandable and really plays into Addie’s dilemma of choosing between the head and the heart.
  • When this group gets together, their teamwork is unstoppable. They forge an inseparable bond of precision, risk, and ingenuity that helps them get through several precarious situations. In terms of the plot, the Trevor and Addie’s love is on the line and these teens go through deadly and suspense-filled scenes that will leave you on edge to save it.


  • The story starts out a little slow and doesn’t really pick up for a while. Addie’s parts are initially a bit boring and knowing what we do from Pivot Point makes the void between Addie and Trevor hard to cope with. 
  • It’s strange that Addie doesn’t confront her father about the secrets he’s been keeping and that she doesn’t ask enough questions about the sudden reappearance of her family member. His odd behavior is only slightly puzzled over and Addie, knowing what she does should have been more cautious or at the least bit more curious.
  • Addie and Trevor’s interactions were kind a let down. The chemistry was lacking for most of the story and Addie spent most of her time on a wild goose chase for a pretty random plot point.

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