Deja New by MaryJanice Davidson

Deja New

The New York Times bestselling author of the Undead Novels takes on reincarnation in this unforgettable Insighter Novel about the pitfalls in past—and love—lives…Leah Nazir lives in a world where the past can and will come back to bite you in the ass. No, not teething ghosts—reincarnation! As an Insighter, it’s Leah’s job to delve into the murky and (often) deadly former l...

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  • Beth

    Caught in a world where you see everyone’s past lives, as well as your own, can be pretty confusing…to put it mildly. Leah is an Insighter, with the ability and it is her job to submerge herself in the past and sometimes it's darker than you think.

    Leah is heading with her boyfriend Archer to Chicago to meet his parents. But when they arrive Leah and Archer embark on the mystery why his father killed his own brother years ago.

    Holy Moly, talk about sensory overload. Deja New is a high velocity, ca

    Caught in a world where you see everyone’s past lives, as well as your own, can be pretty confusing…to put it mildly. Leah is an Insighter, with the ability and it is her job to submerge herself in the past and sometimes it's darker than you think.

    Leah is heading with her boyfriend Archer to Chicago to meet his parents. But when they arrive Leah and Archer embark on the mystery why his father killed his own brother years ago.

    Holy Moly, talk about sensory overload. Deja New is a high velocity, caffeine-induced, storytelling that sends your imagination spinning with amazing and vividly visual results.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication November 7, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 Stars

    Written by: MaryJanice Davidson

    Series: An Insighter Novel (Book 2)

    Paperback: 320 pages

    Publisher: Berkley

    Publication Date: November 7, 2017

    ISBN-10: 0425270416

    ISBN-13: 978-0425270417

    Genre: Paranormal Romance

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  • Michele

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com

    Leave it to MaryJanice Davidson to turn a book about reincarnation and dark family secrets into a laugh-out-loud, zany, yet somehow heartfelt good time. Plus, it was a twofer. Yep, two romances shared the spotlight here. Not too shabby, right?

    So, a couple of things. I would suggest reading Deja Who first just to get a better understanding of what Insighters do and how everything went down between Leah and Archer getting together.

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com

    Leave it to MaryJanice Davidson to turn a book about reincarnation and dark family secrets into a laugh-out-loud, zany, yet somehow heartfelt good time. Plus, it was a twofer. Yep, two romances shared the spotlight here. Not too shabby, right?

    So, a couple of things. I would suggest reading Deja Who first just to get a better understanding of what Insighters do and how everything went down between Leah and Archer getting together. Although you could probably read this as a standalone with some perseverance. Also, this story did deal with a lot of darker issues like murder, executions, and depression, to name a few. So it might be tough for some readers.

  • Dianne

    Strap yourself in for a whirlwind of chaos, past and present as the Insighters plunge themselves into the often murky past lives of those around them. Hey, it’s a job, someone has to do it! Dark humor, dark secrets and an overwhelming sense of being caught in a kaleidoscope on a merry-go-round pretty much describes the constant motion this tale is in.

    Can you imagine being able to see the past lives of others, as well as your own? Not sure who would need therapy more, those being “treated’ or tho

    Strap yourself in for a whirlwind of chaos, past and present as the Insighters plunge themselves into the often murky past lives of those around them. Hey, it’s a job, someone has to do it! Dark humor, dark secrets and an overwhelming sense of being caught in a kaleidoscope on a merry-go-round pretty much describes the constant motion this tale is in.

    Can you imagine being able to see the past lives of others, as well as your own? Not sure who would need therapy more, those being “treated’ or those doing the “treating.” Murder, mayhem and confessions abound, but Leah must find the truth, somewhere in time.

    by MaryJanice Davidson is like a dark comedy run amok. Sit back, relax, take a Dramamine if necessary, this is going to be one heck of a ride! You'll love it or you will walk away shaking your head, either way you will remember this one. I kind of did both.

    I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC edition offered by Berkley.

    Series: Insighter - Book 2

    Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2017)

    Publication Date: November 7, 2017

    Genre: Paranormal Dark Comedy

    Print Length: 320 pages

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  • Amy

    ARC/Romance: I give up. I got 114 pages into the book and I give up. I don’t care. I really tried. I saw a paperback of the first book at 2nd & Charles earlier in the year and I didn’t get it. Then I won this book and realized it was book 2. So I went back to the store to get the first one with the plan that I would read it before my ARC showed up in the mail. Of course, it was gone. I went to another used book store; no dice. I went to Barnes to use my gift card; nope. The book showed up an

    ARC/Romance: I give up. I got 114 pages into the book and I give up. I don’t care. I really tried. I saw a paperback of the first book at 2nd & Charles earlier in the year and I didn’t get it. Then I won this book and realized it was book 2. So I went back to the store to get the first one with the plan that I would read it before my ARC showed up in the mail. Of course, it was gone. I went to another used book store; no dice. I went to Barnes to use my gift card; nope. The book showed up and I was completely lost in the first three pages of chapter 1. I read the back of the book, which I normally don’t do because I feel a good book shouldn’t have crib notes. I went on Wikipedia to find crib notes of the first book; doesn’t exist. So, I downloaded the preview of the first book from Barnes because the Nook copy was $11! It helped…very little. By then, I just didn’t care and only could bring myself to read this book during my breaks at work. I hated it. It made no sense most of the time and when it did make sense, my mind drifted. When I did get into it, I’m come across a footnote*.

    You have to read the first book or you’ll end up like me: bitter. I didn’t understand the setting or “verse”, too many characters were thrown at me with no explanation, and the main character’s background came to me in bits and pieces until I didn’t care. The book had too many elements of the Betsy books: cop love interest and “Ant” verses “Skull”. (FYI: I know Betsy is shallow, but she’s one of my fictional BFFs).

    FINALLY, CHAPTER SIX REALLY PISSED ME OFF!!! After the suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, I really did not think a description of someone committing suicide by hanging was all that fucking entertaining.

    This ARC was given to me by GoodReads in lieu of an honest review.

    *And the footnote would take me away from the story for no reason but for the author to be fanciful.

  • ☕ Kimberly

    DNF. I didn't love book one, but I enjoyed aspects of it, particularly the concept of Insighters and reincarnation. It was my hope that book two would deliver. Sadly, even at 35%, I was not hooked, and when a book cannot hold my attention, I have learned it's time to set it aside. Sadly such was the case with Deja New. I still love the concept; this just wasn't for me.

  • Jacque

    Time for book 2 in the Insighter series. I readily admitted I struggled with the first book because, while I loved the concept, I was less than thrilled that it was humorous. So now I am over that and ready to jump into Deja New and lose myself in Leah’s world.

    …To be somewhat disappointed. Again.

    Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the book. However, Leah felt to be more of a secondary character this time around. The focal point of this story is Archer’s family. In a nutshell, Archer’s dad killed his

    Time for book 2 in the Insighter series. I readily admitted I struggled with the first book because, while I loved the concept, I was less than thrilled that it was humorous. So now I am over that and ready to jump into Deja New and lose myself in Leah’s world.

    …To be somewhat disappointed. Again.

    Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the book. However, Leah felt to be more of a secondary character this time around. The focal point of this story is Archer’s family. In a nutshell, Archer’s dad killed his brother years ago. He willingly turned himself in and has been server his time. Too willingly. Angela, Archer’s cousin, doesn’t believe Uncle Dennis is guilty and has been trying to solve the crime ever since she became of age while also trying to support her family. In the Drake family household live the various Drake cousins and siblings as well as their mother, Emma, which is a ghost of herself since the death of her husband. She and Archer head to Chicago so she can meet the family and possibly help figure out who the real killer is.

    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, I suggest putting this book down and starting from the beginning. Once you have read the first book, still expect to feel confused once you start this one. I’ve read them both and still get lost. And what is so hard and throws me off? The Insighter’s flashbacks. I’ll get to that in a moment. The story (without the Insighter interruptions) is fun and fast-paced. There are quite a few characters to keep up with however, the main focus falls on Angela. She is very much a dog with a bone determined to find out who really killed her father, and while sometimes her tenacity can be annoying, the lengths she goes to are still entertaining. She has quite the crush on Detective Jason Chambers, who also harbors a secret crush and watching them dance around their secrets feelings was fairly comical. The dialog within the Drake family household is quick, snappy and will leave your head spinning trying to keep up on who’s who. My advice is just to pay attention to Jack and ignore the rest.

    And now for the Insighter interruptions. They are hard to absorb. Yes, they have a purpose to the story, but it takes a long time before you begin to figure out why. No, I’m not explaining their purpose. If I had to figure it out so should you except I will say they have to do with Angela. Unfortunately, while they are a necessary evil, I find they do tend to cause too much disruption to the flow of the story.

    Comedy and chaos are what rule the murder mystery in Deja New. It’s served up with a bit of romance and quite a few quirky characters that you may or may not want to remember. The moments that stand out to me do make the book worth the read although the Insighter flashbacks tend to be a buzzkill. If nothing else, I would read it to find out about the latest with Leah and Archer. A baby and what a baby that is going to be! ACK!

    I received this book from The JeepDiva with the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions, contents, and rating of this review are solely mine

    Stars - 3.5, Flames - 2

  • beverly  harrold

    i always thought i was the first woman in creation to have a sock crush. this is going to be her best series yet, love all of her work. this is happy and rompy and joyful but dark humor oh my.

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick

    Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

    Grade: C+

    Favorite Quote: “If I didn’t put on my pants for the mayor, I’m not doing it for Leah Nazir. Or our brother.”

    Angela Drake’s father was murdered by his brother and sentenced to life in prison. Angela’s mother checked out of life and her cousins came to live with them. Angela is convinced her uncle did not murder her father and is dead set on getting him a new trial. When her cousin, Archer Drake comes home to introdu

    Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

    Grade: C+

    Favorite Quote: “If I didn’t put on my pants for the mayor, I’m not doing it for Leah Nazir. Or our brother.”

    Angela Drake’s father was murdered by his brother and sentenced to life in prison. Angela’s mother checked out of life and her cousins came to live with them. Angela is convinced her uncle did not murder her father and is dead set on getting him a new trial. When her cousin, Archer Drake comes home to introduce his girlfriend, the famous Insighter Leah Nazir, Angela thinks this might be exactly what she needs to get results.

    “Hon, you’d better speak up if you want to be heard over all our voices and all the voices in our heads.”

    I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of reincarnation and the differing philosophy surrounding it. Some feel your actions in one life will affect your next life while others believe you are doomed to repeat the same actions over and over until something happens to break the chain. Some, like me, believe you ascend levels with each new life until you finally achieve nirvana. MaryJanice Davidson’s latest series deals with reincarnation, the influence past lives have on us, and those people who are able to not only see our past lives but try and use that information to help people.

    This series is an overly caffeinated dark comedy when one woman sets out to right a wrong. No matter what anybody says. Rather like being on a Tilt a Whirl, Davidson has a multitude storylines spinning independently of one another. It reminded me a little of the movie Inception with its energy and rapidly changing landscape. The beginning confused me. I felt as if I had been dropped in a foreign country with no translator. Davidson does a massive information dump in her prologue, explaining the various events she references in the story and begging forgiveness for certain liberties she takes. The narrative is on speed and head hopping takes some getting used to. Noisy and peculiar in its layout, there is a method to Davidson’s madness. You just have to willing to ride it out until it starts to settle and the truth emerges like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

    “Didn’t Archer kill a guy last month? I mean literally murder the hell out of someone?”

    “Don’t talk about that either! Honestly! It’s like you guys aren’t even reading the memos I send out!”

    Very dry wit and an abundance of eccentric characters adds to the general feeling of bedlam. The Drake family are a study in chaos and entertain from the first meeting. They are a Vegas act ready to take on the road but as you spend more time with them, you can feel the desperation and fear that flows under their jovial attitudes. The death of their father and their mother’s grief has left them all in limbo. Even Angela’s need to prove her uncle’s innocence unwittingly traps them as they all wait with bated breath to see if this time she will be successful.

    “We’ve been in a soap opera for ten years!”

    “Not even a good one, like Days of Our Lives. A dumb shitty one, like Judge Judy.”

    The continuation of Leah and Archer’s story reveals alongside the main conflict though they didn’t necessarily blend well. Leah’s interactions with the Drakes is well done but the occasional moments where it’s just Leah and Archer present seem random and peculiar. Leah seems warmer and more honest with herself as she acknowledges her own unease about her past, present, and future. Some readers may find it odd that while Leah and Archer are the acknowledged series leads, this is definitely Angela’s story. Her character is well defined and very amusing. Her internal monologues are the clues needed to understand her. As the story progresses, we learn of Angela’s own Insighter skills, her various past lives, and the one aspect that motivates her. Her crush on the policeman helping her is deliciously sweet with a hint of tart as she waxes poetic over his choice of socks and quotes movie lines in her embarrassment.

    “They didn’t even move the bodies! They just moved the headstones!”

    Davidson wraps up the main conflict, giving Angela the resolution she needed while leaving the door wide open for more Drake madness in the future. The subplot concerning Lean and Archer’s relationship is certainly “unique’ and I’m curious to see where Davidson goes with this. While this series requires some patience and ninja comprehension, I am looking forward to seeing where Davidson takes it. I don’t recommend reading the series out of order even though this could be technically considered a standalone.

  • Gaele

    So, I’ve had this book in the pile since June – hoping to find the time to get the first in the series read before starting this. All good plans and all that, and the time never opened up- and fortunately there wasn’t a real need for me to read the first to understand this one. And believe me, there is plenty happening in this story, and it does start a bit strangely with plenty of historic information provided for people whose lives will impact the characters here. The start of this story feels

    So, I’ve had this book in the pile since June – hoping to find the time to get the first in the series read before starting this. All good plans and all that, and the time never opened up- and fortunately there wasn’t a real need for me to read the first to understand this one. And believe me, there is plenty happening in this story, and it does start a bit strangely with plenty of historic information provided for people whose lives will impact the characters here. The start of this story feels very chaotic, a chaos often reflected in the interactions in the Drake family – the stars of the show – with Leah (from the first book) becoming more of a secondary character and bringer of sense (and some of her own concerns) into this story. But I digress This is essentially the story of Angela Drake, de facto mother and father figure of her household full of brothers and cousins, each with their own quirks and approach to life. She’s been the parent figure for years – since her uncle’s death, father’s imprisonment, and her mother’s retreat into her own grief, and she’s also working hard to make up for the mistakes in her past lives. Yes, Angela is an insighter, but one who would prefer not to see past lives or deal with that, at least not until she’s managed to solve her father’s murder and get her uncle out of jail. When her cousin Archer and his fiancé Leah Nazir arrive, Angela is a bit in awe of Leah, but hopes that she can provide more information that will bring them closer to the truth.

    When the second detective interested in the case, Jason Carpenter, with his sock collection, general dysthymia and an attraction to Angela that he can’t deny no matter how hard he tries, the story starts to turn a bit, as no new information is forthcoming, her father is pushing them away and refusing to allow visits, and Angela can’t let go – even faced with all the dead ends. When you add in her obsession with Jason, Leah’s pregnancy, Jack’s mood swings and a mother who is so disengaged as to be ghostly, the story brings in excerpts from diaries, thoughts, references to oddness galore. Oh there is so much information to process, information that just seems to add to a miasma of strange and disconnected until the threads start to work together into a story that is both darkly humorous and compelling. If, as Angela believes, her father did not kill his brother despite confessing, who was responsible and why. And just how many roadblocks will she have to face in her quest, or will she ever be able to ‘make up” for her own past lives shortcomings. And what about her sock fetish – yes, she’s intrigued and can’t wait to glimpse Jason’s ankles every time they meet.

    Honestly, I was confused as all get out in the beginning of the story, and never quite sure just how all of the seemingly random insets would come together in any meaningful way – but I persevered specifically because my curiosity wouldn’t let go. With insets of humor that mixed outright laughs to clever placement that reveals itself gradually, the story picked up in pace and understanding about 30% in, and I had to know what happened. Why was Jack so moody, why couldn’t Leah sleep, were the Drakes ALWAYS so loud and irreverent, and would Angela and Jason ever overcome her own issues about her life and past lives? So much goodness – including mouthwatering culinary creations from Jack, love and understanding that was offered unconditionally, quiet advice and hope for the future. I may have found this world and the people within in a bit confusing at first but they are not forgettable, and I’m left wanting to know what’s next.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    Review first appeared at

  • Krissys

    I appreciated the second installment to this series more than the first because I felt like there was more depth this time around verses what we got in the first book however that depth also caused quite a bit of confusion as well. The past verse present lay over dialogue was a tad complex for me as the reader as well as poor Leah.

    I still enjoy the new concept as the whole reincarnation thing isn't often used in romance I would like to see more of it in the future.

    Confusion aside I felt Davidson

    I appreciated the second installment to this series more than the first because I felt like there was more depth this time around verses what we got in the first book however that depth also caused quite a bit of confusion as well. The past verse present lay over dialogue was a tad complex for me as the reader as well as poor Leah.

    I still enjoy the new concept as the whole reincarnation thing isn't often used in romance I would like to see more of it in the future.

    Confusion aside I felt Davidson did a much better job bringing the reader in this time around, making it worth a revisit to this series. My interest in the third installment is also piqued.


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