Evoke Review

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About the Book

Set in the fictional town of Lake Haven, Maine, Evoke examines the complexities of love and loss among childhood friends after a tragic accident claims the lives of three, while leaving two behind. When five friends return home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas wakes up two-months later and discovers she is the sole survivor of the accident that has claimed the lives of three of her friends, Laney quickly realizes the world she awakened to is not the one she remembers.

Evoke won a Gold Medal in the YA Mystery Category in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Awards.


Well dang this book was good! Like seriously, I couldn’t put it down! If you’ve read any of my other reviews lately you’ll know that I’ve been struggling to stay focused on books, so it really came as a shock that I was so instantly lured into this story! But lured, hooked, sunk I was! I HAD to know what happens (something I can usually figure out right away) and then even at the end there was another HUGE twist! I also see on Goodreads that it’s listed as a series, so now I kind of need the next book ASAP.

Evoke is one part thriller one part mystery one part romance and a whole lot in between. The romance itself is a reeeaaalllllyyyyy slow burn friends to lovers, and while I’m not usually a big fan of this trope I was LIVING for it in the story! I mean, there was still that aspect of “we can’t!” that I oh so love! And also it was just a really wholesome thing. I don’t want to speak too much on this because it’s kind of sort of spoiler-y. Just know that there is romance and it is sweet and amazing!

The whole thriller/mystery aspect comes into play with how Laney has lost a weeks worth of seemingly the most important memories of her life. One moment she is excited to spend time with her four best friends and the next she wakes up in the hospital, only one of two remaining from their friend group. You can feel Laney’s frustration and grief over mourning the loss of her three closest friends while at the same time not being able to remember their last moments together. It’s quite heart wrenching and part of the reason I couldn’t put the book down. I just HAD to know what was missing, what led up to such a terrible accident.

About the Author

D.M. Simmons grew up in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a communications executive by day, and writer by night.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Devil’s Heir Tour – Author Q&A

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About the Book

Twice she was found drenched in someone else’s blood. 

Calla Jones found her grandmother dead on their kitchen floor. 

Grandmother can’t hurt her anymore. 

And Calla’s finally free. 

Now living in the small-town of Diablo, Washington, Calla is learning what it means to be a regular teenager. But Sunday mass at St. John’s Catholic School for Girls didn’t prepare her for return of the town’s founding family, which is said to include the Devil himself. 

Calla thought she knew what hatred felt like— until Luke Hale glares down at her with his midnight eyes. The other kids say Luke is the son of the Devil, but not even a hundred Hail Marys can keep Calla away. Despite what his eyes say, Luke’s touch sets her aflame, and it’s a burn she’s afraid she’ll come to crave.

About the Author

Leilani Lopez writes romance books. Sometimes she writes about Paranormal romance (The Devil’s Heir Trilogy). Sometimes she writes about college romance (coming soon!). But, she always writes a love story with some cool side-kicks. When she’s not writing, Leilani can be found drinking an iced caramel coffee with breve, watching a rom com, or filming a video for her Authortube channel. 

She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Creative Writing and is part of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. 

Leilani currently lives in the Bay Area with her Doberman Pinscher named Koda (@KodaDoberman) and her Maltipoo, Casper.

Author Q&A

What made you decide to become a writer?

I love love! I’m a romance writer through and through and a big “shipper” when it comes to other characters so it just seemed natural for me to create my own characters to fall in love with. 

What were your top three reads of this year?

Serpent & Dove
To Kill a Kingdom 
Broken Knight
Two traditional YA and one self-pub romance! 

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Oh man! It’d have to be “Vicious” by LJ Shen. The same author as Broken Knight! She’s an amazing romance writer and truly knows how to write broken bad boys. Which is kind of my guilty pleasure *enter hair flip gif*

Have you been writing all your life, or is it something new that has found you?

Not always! But as cliche as it sounds, Twilight changed my life. It was the first series I truly fell in love with and started my obsession about vampires. So I started writing my own vampire love stories in middle school! LOL

What advice would you give to new writers?

Believe in yourself! At every stage. 

If you hadn’t become an author, what would you be doing?

Living a mediocre life probably. Honestly, as a self-proclaimed affezionato of love, I don’t think I could have stopped myself from being a writer! 

Do you have a “routine” when writing or any rituals?

I try to write from 8-10:30pm almost every day! But now that I’m not technically on a deadline, I don’t push myself to sit and write. Though I did win Nano and was super disciplined about it so I know I can get a good chunk of writing done if I set my mind to it. I always light a candle and tend to watch a rom-com I’ve seen a 100x on my seperate monitor because I can’t write in silence. 

How did you become inspired to write The Devil’s Heir?

I was tired of the bad guys not winning! #TeamKlaus 

What inspirations did you draw from when writing The Devil’s Heir?

Klaus Mikaelson 100% Damaged, misunderstood, passionate, family orientated.