05 November 2013

EVADE Blog Tour and Book Review

I loved Jessa Russo's debut novel, EVER, so of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of the blog tour for book two in the series, EVADE.

The Goodreads Blurb:
In this thrilling sequel, Ever Van Ruysdael's race to beat the odds—and the clock—begins with the introduction of an integral part of her past. As secrets are revealed, and truths uncovered, she learns her imminent death is the least of her problems: Ariadne did more than just put an expiration date on her life; she marked Ever's soul by upping its value for greedy collectors looking to buy their freedom.

Condemned by the countdown on her life, and hunted by hired Seekers, Ever’s journey leads her to question everything she’s known and everyone she’s trusted, while growing closer to the one person from her past she was determined to avoid—and the one guy she never could—Toby James.

With her ex-boyfriend by her side, and the countdown clock rapidly ticking away, Ever tries thwarting fate’s plans. But as her nineteenth birthday approaches, and desperate Seekers follow her every move, she may be too late.

A marked soul is hard to come by … and even harder to escape.

I was thrilled to see Toby come back for book two! Frankie may be a good guy and Ever's best friend (and secret love) since forever, but Toby totally stole my heart. His genuine love and concern for Ever made my little heart flutter and put a giant smile on my face, and I really wanted Ever to choose him in the end of book one. So I was over-the-moon excited to see that Toby gets a second chance at love in EVADE.

My favorite part of the story was the total twist ending that I did NOT see coming... but I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for you. ;) You'll just have to read EVADE to find out what happens for yourself! (I can't wait to see how it ends in book 3!!)

In the meantime, I'm super excited to have Toby here on my blog today to answer some questions!! 

When did you know you were in love with Ever? What was it about her that first caught your attention?

I think it was a combination of her big brown eyes and her awkwardness. Something about how nervous she was around me, like I was the first guy to ever pay attention to her, and how easy it was to make her cheeks flush . . . I was hooked almost instantly. I can’t tell you exactly when the lines blurred, when she became more than just a job; I just woke up one day and the lines were blurred. I had to be with that girl.

So, obviously, your job comes with its ups and downs. I'm an optimist, so first, let's focus on the ups. What is your favorite thing about being a Soul Collector?

I hate being a soul collector, hate that my life hasn’t been normal in I don’t know how long. But, I guess, if I have to find one thing I like about the gig, I’d say that I help people, and that’s pretty cool. They may not want help, or even know they need it, but I help them move on. That’s got to be worth something.

It's really a tough job, isn't it? I admire you for the way you keep going, even though it gets unpleasant. What’s the worst part of being a Soul Collector?

The downside to helping people move on: hurting their loved ones. It would have destroyed Ever if I’d taken Frankie from her. I couldn’t do it. I haven’t worked since.

That's got to be rough. *Sniffles* 

Okay, let's try a question that's a little bit more fun. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you, and why?

Ever, obviously . . . a cheeseburger, and my cell phone. So I could have food delivered whenever we were hungry. Or maybe I’d just have a personal chef instead of a phone, since there’s probably no service, right? Plus, that way we could eat whatever we want, then be left alone.

That sounds pretty amazing. You probably wouldn't even mind being stranded! 

Okay, last question: Describe your perfect day. 
Well, right now you have me picturing a deserted island with nothing but sand and sun and Ever Van Ruysdael, so that sounds about right. Leaving all of this drama behind us and just getting to be us again . . . that would be perfect.

I guess I should have known that. *grins* 
Can I have my mustang on that island, too? 

Sure! Why not? I think you deserve it. Thanks so much for visiting with us!!

Now, do you see why I'm so in love with Toby? He's pretty amazing, and Ever is lucky to have someone so sweet and charming. (Not to mention, totally hot!)

You can learn more about EVADE (or buy the book) here:
  Blog Tour ScheduleGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
And if you haven't read EVER yet, check it out here:
  Amazon | GoodReads | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Media Kit

An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone. When not writing or reading--or raising the coolest kid ever--Jessa enjoys making memories with her amazingly supportive family and friends, while secretly planning her next trip to New Orleans. She will always call Southern California home, where she lives with her husband and daughter, and a Great Dane who thinks he's the same size as his cranky sister, the Chihuahua.

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