Saturday, 26 November 2011

Author Interview: Marissa Meyer

Meet Marissa Meyer, author of CINDER, book #1 in THE LUNAR CHRONICLES! You can read my (gushing) review of it here.

GoodReads Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl...
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. 


Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, always! I’ve been making up stories since I was a little kid, and reading has always been a favorite pastime. Although there were times growing up when I played with the idea of being a fashion or interior designer, I always came back to wanting to be a writer.

Where do you usually write?
I’m supposed to write in my office, but I often end up writing in bed or on the couch. It just seems easier to stay focused, oddly enough. I also love going to cafes or restaurants and writing there, as long as I can find a seat near an outlet.

If you're having writers block what do you usually do to get out of it?
Bribe myself with wine and chocolate. 

What inspired you to write Cinder?
I’d entered a writing contest with a short story that was a science-fiction retelling of the fairy tale Puss in Boots. It was so much fun to write that I thought it would be neat to write a whole series of futuristic fairy tales—with robots instead of fairy godmothers and hover cars instead of white steeds. The idea exploded from there. 

If you could hang out with one of the characters who would it be?
Probably Iko, the android who’s constantly improving her sarcasm. She loves shoes and clothes, even though she can’t wear them herself, so I think it’d be a ton of fun to take her shopping. She’d probably help me pick out some amazing things! 


What are your favourite genres?
I mostly read YA these days, but within YA I read all over the board. Paranormal, fantasy, dystopian, historical, contemporary romance… there are very few genres that I don’t like.

What was the last book you read?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – I loved it, one of my favorite books this year!


Tell us something random about yourself.

I once had a dream where I gave birth to an acorn and named it after my grandmother. By far the weirdest dream I’ve ever had, and the only one I can still remember many years later.

If you could travel back in time who would you want to meet?
Jane Austen. I’m a big fan, and while I wouldn’t want to give up our modern technologies forever, I think it would be delightful to vacation in Regency England for a month or two.

What are some of your favourite fairytales?

Oh gosh, you don’t know what a tough question that is! Cinderella has always been one of my top favorites, and I’m also fond of Sleeping Beauty, a.k.a. Brier Rose. I also love the tales with darker sides, like Bluebeard and Little Red Riding Hood (which has a much creepier history than a lot of people realize).

Thanks for stopping by, Marissa! ^_^
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Renu!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

GoodReads summary: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....

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Expected publication date: 20/12/11

I'm a huge fan of Snyder's Study trilogy, so when I heard about this book I was beyond excited. Having read I can say that Touch of Power is full of magic, adventure and a spell binding romance!
Snyder has once again done a fantastic job of creating a set likable and layered characters. Avry is kind, smart, and strong willed - everything I admire in a female lead. I loved her interactions with Kerrick and his men, the banter between them was hilarious.
At first, I wasn't a fan of Kerrick. However, as the book progresses you begin to see the softer side of him, and I (along with Avry) began swooning *cough* I mean warming to him.
The world building was brilliant, the rich description and vivid imagery sets you on edge as you begin to learn about the different realms.
The villain was an interesting character. For the most part I saw him as evil, but there were instances where he would suddenly change and become almost charming and vulnerable.

Overall, Touch of Power was an enjoyable read and I look forward to picking up the sequel.
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