I have fallen deeper down the Darcy Walker hole than I ever thought possible and I don't want to be rescued. I am irrevocably and emotionally involved with this fictional character and her shenanigans. I absolutely love her, her snarkiness, her wit, her innocence, and her aloofness. Darcy Walker is a force to be reckoned with and doesn't take s-h- you know what from anyone, especially if they are in the business of harming people. She doesn't consider herself high and mighty; she just wants people to behave the way that she would. She sees herself as a verb: an action, a state, an occurrence. This is a unique and redeeming quality because when you get into the kind of things she does, a noun couldn't handle it. It takes a special kind of person to deal with it.
This installment of Darcy Walker is one of the most intense and emotional stories to date. Darcy is battling with her inner demons and her feelings for her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Dylan Taylor. She's trying to handle both of them without any repercussions to her family and friends. But at what cost? If she lives her life like the verb she is, she's sure to make Dylan regret getting involved with her. Yet, if she conforms and becomes a noun, then she will regret Dylan's love for her. She must try to find a balance between them both without hurting her family and her best friend. She must also do this while trying to stay alive, because when you are a verb, there is no shortage of drama.
A.J. Lape has created a truly unique character with Darcy Walker. There isn't another character that I can think of that has the same depth, humanity, and realism that she does. You can tell that A.J. has a great passion for these stories and personalities because they ooze with emotion and rawness. When you read a Darcy Walker book, especially this one, you can feel the life that A.J. has breathed into these characters. They don't seem like just fictional people in a book, but like living, breathing beings. There is a real connection to the people and the stories and when you are finished, you are left yearning for more. You want to call them up or send them a text and ask how things are. It's like reading the heart and soul of a person; you feel and experience everything that they do. You feel connected to them in a way that makes them more than what is written on the page. It's really hard to describe what reading a Darcy Walker book is like, so I hope you will go get the first one, Grade A Stupid, and read it. It's free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Once you take that trip, you won't ever be the same and hopefully you'll be able to understand where I'm coming from. I give Defcon Darcy 5 books but I'd give it infinity if I could.
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One evening at a night club leads Darcy Walker to the most dangerous caper of her life…
Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. This body has secrets, and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible. But Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore--especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.
In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shapes her present, Darcy will stop at nothing. She wants answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend in the process.
DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that make Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.
The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.