MARIA LEWIS AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!

Hey Guys!

Today I have the honor of starting off the first day of the It Came From The Deep by Maria Lewis Blog Tour! Today you will find some questions that the ever so lovely Maria answered about her new book and also about some fun random shiz towards the end!

What is one thing we should expect to see from It Came From The Deep?

Water. No but seriously, I’ve always wanted to see if I could tell a straight-up merman story and the best way to describe the book is a cross between The Little Mermaid and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

How different has the publishing process of It Came From The Deep been from Who’s Afraid?

Completely different, in that the Who’s Afraid? series is published by Little Brown and Piatkus in London, then pushed out worldwide through the traditional avenues. It Came From The Deep, on the flip side, is self-published and will be released worldwide in eBook format only on the same date, at the same time, on October 31, 2017 – Halloween. I’m blessed to work with such an incredible and huge publishing team on the Who’s Afraid? series at Little Brown, but It Came From The Deep is a much smaller, contained story and required a different publishing approach than the traditional route. I’ve also never self-published anything before, so I wanted to learn from that experience and take that knowledge on to my next project. Plus, there’s the perk of being entirely the boss on a book like this, as the final editing and cover art decisions all come down to me (which is a lot of pressure too, to be fair).

How would you explain It Came From The Deep in 3 words?

A merman mystery.

How long did it take for you to write It Came From The Deep?

I actually originally wrote it as part of National Novel Writing Month several years ago, so the book itself was written in the course of one month. It was put to the side as Who’s Afraid? and its sequels become the priority, along with the TV adaptation, but it took a fair bit or reworking and fine-tuning before it got to the stage where I felt confident enough to put It Came From The Deep out for people to consume.

If you had to choose one favourite character from It Came From The Deep who would it be and why?

I love Jarna ‘Cabby’ Cabin, who is a training acquaintance of the main character (Kaia Craig) when It Came From The Deep starts off and their friendship grows significantly throughout the book. In the same way I love writing Tommi’s longtime best friend Joss from the Who’s Afraid? series, I adored getting to write Cabby as she’s loosely inspired by a good friend of mine who was bugging me to put a character like her into one of my books. Cabby is just the bomb dot com. She’s smart and motivated and loyal – a lot of the traits I admire – and definitely someone that I would want to hang out with IRL. She also gets some of the best throwaway lines in the story and I always looked forward to writing her dialogue if I knew she was coming up on the next page.

Fun Questions:

Current Fave Tv Show?

MINDHUNTER.

Best Book you’ve read this year so far?

Final Girls by Riley Sager or Hamilton: The Revolution.

Favourite Clothing Shop?

That’s like asking me which one of my fictional children I love the most, but probably That Shop or Killstar Clothing.

What is your favourite Halloween movie?

That’s a loaded question, because do you mean film based in and around Halloween (like Hocus Pocus, for instance)? Or does just a regular horror movie count as a Halloween movie? My answer would be Halloween for the former and Alien for that latter.

Mermaids or Werewolves?

Werewolves. Always.

Pineapple on Pizza: Yes or No???

I’m Polynesian, man. Of course I’m all about pineapple on pizza.

MARIA’S LINKS:
http://marialewis.com.au
https://twitter.com/moviemazz
https://www.instagram.com/moviemazz/
https://www.facebook.com/marialewiswriter/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmwdDMgHUSaDVoeKGhfkK4Q

PREORDER IT CAME FROM THE DEEP HERE: https://books.pronoun.com/it-came-from-the-deep/

SYNOPSIS:

An elderly professor is murdered, leaving a puzzling crime scene for police to unravel and a laboratory housing all kinds of marine life. But something is missing … something huge.

Recent highschool graduate Kaia Craig has problems of her own, with her career as an ironwoman on the Gold Coast in jeopardy after a horrific accident. Yet someone wants to hold her accountable.

After nearly drowning in Lake Pelutz and her attackers on the run, Kaia is left with more than just physical injuries. She’s convinced she saw something in the depths of the lake: something that choose to spare her. Uncertain whether she’s running towards the discovery of a friend or foe, Kaia begins digging into a mystery that may have bigger ramifications than she or any of her friends can fathom.

It Came From The Deep is a thrilling combination of young adult and science fiction from the author of the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid? series, Maria Lewis.

ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36342266-it-came-from-the-deep

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BOOK REVIEW!

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

MY THOUGHTS:

I finished this book in the one sitting pretty much on the release day, a lot of John Green’s work is either a hit or a miss for me and my favourite thing of his will probably always be Looking For Alaska and when I heard he had a new novel coming out I was rather intrigued to see if this would be up to par with Looking For Alaska or if this would just be another typical John Green book. I went in without reading the synopsis, I knew it was obviously a contemporary story and wanted to go in blind due to the title being a little bit of a mystery to me.

The plot itself was alright, it wasn’t something that kept me hooked on and wanted to drop everything for to finish or it didn’t really blow my mind of the sorts but it was an alright read and I did finish it in the one sitting so it wasn’t a bad read at all I just found that I wasn’t really 110% invested in the plot and found it to be nothing special to me personally.

The characters are what I really struggled with, I did not connect to Aza at all and sometimes struggled read from her POV and found myself getting a little lost in her words because I just did not connect with her as a character at all. I didn’t really find Daisy much better either and Davis wasn’t one of the fictional guys that I would swoon over so to me the characters were just really average and I just found myself not caring much about them, making me not as invested in the story as I wanted to be. I will mention that I adored the way that John added in the OCD portrayal and found it to be one of the points that I did like in the story as not a lot of books have OCD rep so it was good to see that in there.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t bad I just didn’t personally connect to the characters and didn’t find the plot as interesting as I wanted it to be. The writing of the book was typical John Green and was very poetic. This book just wasn’t something I see myself re reading anytime soon and it didn’t really leave a mark on me like John’s other book Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. I would recommend this to anyone that is a fan of John Green’s writing and to those that think the plot sounds interesting, however if you are not a huge fan of John’s other works and don’t like the sound of the plot I think that this is something you could probably pass on.

STAR RATING: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY A COPY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Turtles-All-the-Way-Down/9780525555360

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A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN REVIEW!

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAAS BOOK REVIEW!

(WARNING – SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS, READ AHEAD AT YOUR OWN RISK)

SYNOPSIS:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book wasn’t what I was anticipating. I was rather underwhelmed but still rather enjoyed it and still read it all in the one sitting.

For those of you that have read ACOMAF, you would know that anything wouldn’t beat that book and for me ACOWAR was just no where in its league and I think that was why I was underwhelmed by the book because of how outstanding I found ACOMAF.

This book however, did have its fair share of good moments and SJM even introduced the first ever diverse character into the mix which was a real shock to me because SJM hasn’t before of all the many books that she has wrote added any diversity to her work.

Feysand was obviously evident, the scenes weren’t anything like Starfall or the Cabin scenes from ACOMAF for me but there was a fair few of them that stood out to me in this book, I found that there were more Inner Circle moments than there were Feysand moments that I liked.

PAGE 666, DO I HAVE TO MENTION ANYTHING MORE?!?!? *INSERTS CRYING FACE EMOJI*

Overall, I found this book for the most part to be very fast paced, addicting and a good end to one of my favourite series. However comparing it to ACOMAF it was not nearly as good and I was rather underwhelmed comparing the two. Still though I was for the most part pleased with the ending and felt so many emotions for my fave characters.

STAR RATING 4/5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Court-of-Wings-and-Ruin-Sarah-J-Maas/9781408857908

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Silent Echo Book Review!

Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich Review

SUMMARY:

We are taken through Silent Echo with third point of view looking at Portia Griffin’s life. Portia was rendered mute at birth, she has been silent for 16 years. Music is Portia’s friend, as well as Felix, her deaf best friend who doesn’t care one bit that she cant speak. Portia’s silence is soon broken with the abrupt discovery of her voice, it contains power so much so it affords her to control those around her. Being able to persuade, seduce and destroy using just her voice, Portia sets out on a search for answers on who she really is and what she is destined to do.

Silent Echo is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

MY THOUGHTS:

Silent Echo is a really beautiful read, Elisa really has a beautiful writing style and knows how to write really lovely descriptions of the story she has created. The plot was a really beautiful set out too and was very creative and I found myself really interested in what would happen next.

Portia was a really awesome character to read about, and Elisa really makes her a loveable lead roll. Her love for music reminds me a lot of myself and I felt like I connected to her as a character a lot as she reminded me of myself.

The only element that didn’t really pull me in was the mythology part, I’m not really a big fan of mythology as a subject in books, hence why I haven’t picked up the Percy Jackson books. But I pulled through and found myself wanting to learn a little more about mythology.

Overall, Silent Echo was a very enjoyable read for me, Elisa’s writing was very beautiful and she really pulls off the love triangle and makes it a very hard decision for you to choose one out of Max and Felix. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in mythology and loves music.

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars 

Red Queen Book Review!

Red Queen book review!

Wrap up:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard tells the story from the main character Mare’s point of view. Mare lives in a society divided into two groups by the colour of blood. People with red blood are commoners, ruled by those who have silver blood with god-like superpowers. For Mare, who is seventeen and is red living in the poverty stricken stilts. She doesn’t believe anything will ever change.

This is until one day while she’s with the people she hates most, she discovers she holds a deadly weapon that could change everything.

The King , who is fearful of Mare’s weapon hides her and forces her to marry his younger son. Trapped in a world she has always hated, Mare decides to take the most of her new position to bring down her enemies, from the inside.

My thoughts:

I found Red Queen to be an all round exciting book! The main character Mare was really sassy and she was really independent which I liked a lot about her! The start was a little slow to get into I will admit. But that plot twist at the end!

I sometimes found that parts got a little boring, but once they were over something really kickass happened and would make up for the little boring scenes.

The Princes, Maven and Cal were really well built characters, they both had strong roles in the book and their loyalty to their parents and their blood really was an interesting storyline.

Overall, I gave the book a four out of five star rating and would totally recommend to anyone that loves action, 2 cute Princes and sassiness!

BRANDED BOOK REVIEW!

By Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Plot: 50 Years ago, The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In the Commanders mind the 7 deadly sins were the down fall in society.

To punish those guilty he created The Hole, a place sinners go once they were branded according to their sin.

More plot info:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17402117-branded

I liked this book so much because I felt that it  was new and I was exploring a place that was so unlike other dystopian novels. The writing style was awesome, you wouldn’t even be able to tell that two people wrote it (you know how some books you can tell when the authors change over? this book isn’t like that). I felt that the characters made really good development and left me thinking about them non stop.

Things I didn’t like. Nothing. Maybe just the time I have to wait until I can get my hands on the next books.

Star rating: 5/5
I hope this book becomes a movie its so so good!

To buy this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Branded-Sinners-Series-Volume-Ketner/dp/0989527417/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407748023&sr=8-1&keywords=branded+abi+ketner