Q&A with Emily Wibberley & Giveaway

Hey everyone!

I recently signed up for a blog tour to help promote Emily Wibberley’s series, The Last Oracle. The Last Oracle is a young adult, fantasy series.

ABOUT THE LAST ORACLE: Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart. 

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid. 

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.

ABOUT EMILY:  


 Emily grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.

After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing. Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller. 

When she isn’t reading the latest YA book, Emily enjoys watching kick-butt action movies with her two rescue German Shepherds, Hudson and Bishop, named after characters from James Cameron’s Aliens.

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INTERVIEW:  

   1. What is your series, The Last Oracle, about?

The Last Oracle series is about a young girl, Clio, who inherits the power to see the future when her family is murdered. Burdened with the forbidden and dangerous powers of the Oracle, Clio is thrust into slavery in a hostile city, where she meets Riece, an enemy commander who wouldn’t hesitate to kill her if he knew what she was. With the threat of a barbarian army invading her home, Clio must work with Riece as she hides her identity, fights her growing attraction for him, and finds the man who murdered her family. 
    2. What inspired you to write The Last Oracle series?

A lot of the series was inspired by the character Cassandra from Greek mythology. Cassandra was a prophet cursed to see the future and have no one believe her. Take Cassandra and throw in some Buffy Summers, and that’s where I got Clio.

    3. How did you come up with the titles of your books and the series?

Titles are so hard for me. I didn’t come up with the title of Sacrificed until after I finished the novel, and Forsworn came about 75% through. I wait until I know what the theme of the book is and then try to work from there. Both titles have something to do with how Clio’s character grows throughout the novel. 

    4. What do you think readers will enjoy most about your novel?

I get a lot of enthusiasm for the chemistry between Riece and Clio. They have a fun and fiery rapport and love to show one another up with either some physical butt-kicking or some witty banter. 

    5. Which character(s) can you relate to most in the novel?

Definitely Clio. She was in many ways modeled on my own experiences as a fifteen year old–just with more action and hot boys. 

    6. Who was the hardest character to write about in your book and why?

Actually, Riece. I love writing him, but its hard to make a character sympathetic, attractive and a little bit dangerous at the same time! I put a lot of time into carefully crafting his transition from antagonist to love interest, and I’m so glad readers have responded enthusiastically!
    7. What is it like being an author? What is scary about it? What is great?

Being an author is amazing. I love the everyday writing. Being able to spend time making up stories is just a dream come true. Then, when it comes to sharing these stories with the world, it starts to get scary. But you can’t get to the other great part about being an author–connecting with fans–without putting the stories out there for everyone to see. 

    8. What has been your greatest experience throughout your writing career?

The formation of my amazing Oracles Street Team has been a real highlight. I’ve met some amazing, amazing fans who inspire me every day to keep writing this story. 

    9. Did you always want to be a writer? If not, when and how did you realize you wanted to become one?

I’ve always loved stories. Reading and watching movies have been my favorite hobbies ever since I was a little kid, and I’ve always been coming up with stories since as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized this was something I could actually pursue professionally. That was when I sat down and started to outline what would one day become Sacrificed. 

    10. Do you have a specific writing style?

I probably do, I just wouldn’t be able to put my finger on it! I suppose I really love writing lots of action and lots of banter. Whatever I write ends up full of at least one of the two of these, and if I was challenged to write without them both, I would not know where to start!

    11. What advice do you have to give to new authors? 

Don’t be shy. You have to put yourself out there and be your own cheerleader. Writers tend not to like to do this, but it is so important. Promote yourself so that you can get your story into the hands of the fans waiting to read it. 

    12. Can you give me any information on your upcoming project(s)?

I’m working on the third installment of The Last Oracle serie, of course! In the meantime, I’m also working on a YA contemporary novel that I hope to finish soon!

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SBPT: Book Bandit

(Editors Note: Hey everyone! We have reached our fourth stop in the Summer Blog Promo Tour which was created by The Book Bratz! This week The Book Bandit is featured on my blog! The Book Bandit will be doing the Zombie  Apocalypse Book Tag.)

  

About The Book Bandit: Hi! My name is Nicole. I’m a librarian by day, and a book blogger by night. I’m (obviously) an avid reader who is also an aspiring writer. I am a complete and utter music junkie, a sucker for any book to movie adaption, and I buy way too much makeup for one girl. My favorite author and book changes daily. And terrible at the ‘about’ me section of anything. For more info about me and my blog check out http://thebookbandit.wordpress.com

Zombie Apocalypse Tag: I don’t normally do a whole lot of book tags. So when Marissa Nicole approached me about doing a book tag for our SBPT guest post, I figured why not! We each decided that we would take a book tag as a way to get to know each of us.

Today, I’ve been tagged in the Zombie Apocalypse Book tag! Admittedly, I didn’t know what this tag involved. But after some research (I am a librarian, research is my specialty!) I found out what this tag is all about.

This tag, created by YouTuber Nathan Hale, is about picking ten characters from five of your favorite books. After you have selected your top five books, you have to flip to a random page within each book. Once open to that random page look for the first character name on the page. Once you have found the character’s name, each character fills a slot on your Zombie Apocalypse team.

With that, here are the top five books: 

 
The Characters (Selected at random):

The first person to die …. Cato (Page 298)
The person you trip to get away from the zombies … Effie (Page 123)

The first person to turn into a zombie … Carter (Page 241)

The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies … Severin (Page 285)

The idiot of the team … Cricket (Page 193)

The “brains” of the team …. Calliope (Page 298)

The team’s medic … Gansey (Page 221)

The weapons expert … Blue (Page 387)

The brawler … Zu (Page258)

The Team Captain … Ruby (Page 58)

RIP IT OR SHIP IT TAG

Hey everyone!

I am finally doing the Rip it or Ship it Tag! This tag has been on my to-do list for a long time but every time I had a desire to do it, I got to lazy while cutting out the pieces of paper. Anyway, I finally made it it through that one minute of tedious work so I could join in on the trend!yay

Before I begin, this tag was created by Emmmabooks on youtube. You can check out the original video of this tag here. Anyway, let’s begin!

1. Tobias (The Divergent Series) and Juliette (The Shatter Me Series)

RIP IT

nooo

Nope. I love both of these characters but they could never date. Maybe they might be an acceptable pair as Juliette losses her damsel-in-distress persona and stops whining.

2. Cadence Sinclair (We Were Liars) and Maddy (Everything, Everything)

SHIP IT (I guess)

idk

I do not know how to feel about these two. They both are going through some harsh situations so they could help each other cope with their situations. On the other hand, I do not think their personalities would go well together. If I had to ship Cadence with any fictional character, it would be Mara in the Mara Dyer series.

3. Mia (If I Stay) and Daemon (The Lux Series)

RIP IT

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Imagining these two characters together made me laugh extremely hard. Mia and Daemon are complete opposites in almost every aspect. I love both characters, but them together would be horrible.

4. Mara (The Mara Dyer Series) and Katniss (The Hunger Games)

SHIP IT!!!!

ship it

YES! This is the best none OTP pair I have ever seen. I don’t ship them in a relationship way but as a friendship because their personalities have various similarities. I could see them fighting evil together since they are both extremely badass characters!

5. Kenji (The Shatter Me Series) and Alaska (Looking for Alaska)

RIP IT!!!!!

disgusted

I cannot even consider this as a reasonable ship. Alaska is so dark and mysterious and Kenji is the exact opposite.

6. Emma (Can You Keep a Secret) and Gale (The Hunger Games Series)

RIP IT

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This might be the strangest pair I have picked. The one problem I have while seeing if they are compatible is that they come from unlike genres. Overall, I do not like Gale and believe he is unworthy of Emma.

So, that was my attempt at doing the Rip it or Ship it Tag! If you have other tags you would want me to do, comment below.

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor: Review

DESCRIPTION: A person’s whole life, she’s lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family . . . for Zoe that someone is Olivia. So when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her best friend.Even when she isn’t sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

Luckily, I had received a signed copy of this at Bookcon. I finished this book in a day and I enjoyed it immensely. Throughout this book, I realized I can never be a doctor because the very descriptive talk of Leukemia made me squeamish. I believe it has to do with my irrational dislike of blood! The book made me extremely emotional, since it had kept me thinking that this could happen between me and my best friend one day. Overall this book was incredible and beautiful.
OVERALL: 3.5/5 STARS 
WRITING STYKE
Kantor’s writing style was not my favorite. I though it had a beautiful aspect to it, but something felt missing.
3/5 STARS
PLOT
The plot was very enjoyable. I liked the storyline and felt it went by smoothly. Kantor was great at not forcing the plot to rush. The slower journey through Olivia’s cancer felt extremely realistic! I loved that the whole story did not include a happy ending.
4.5/5 STARS
CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
The characters were very personable! I thought they felt realistic. Zoe’s emotion throughout the story were very real and made you feel close to her. The one thing that seemed to lack a little was the character development. I felt a lack of change in the characters throughout the journey.
3.5/5 STARS

Melt by Selene Castrovilla

At Bookcon, I had received a signed copy of Melt by Selene Castrovilla. At first, I was not sure of who Selene Castrovilla was, but now I am happy that I do! I finished her book in two hours and I cannot wait for the second book-which seems really good!PLOT

The plot to this story was really interesting! I love how Selene Castrovilla gets into depth about the serious issues in this book. Melt has an incredible way of showing readers the truth of domestic violence, drinking, and other issues many people face in life. 

5/5 STARS

WRITNG STYLE

Call me a grammar freak, but the shortening of some words and the neglecting of a few commas irritated me in a minor way. Also, some of Joey’s repetition felt unnecessary. Despite the minor dislikes, I personally enjoyed Dorothy and Joey’s narration immensely.

3/5 STARS

CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER DEVELOPEMENT

I thought that Joey’s character was very descriptive and put to life. Unfortunately, I did not feel that Dorothy’s character was as descriptive and alive as Joey. The next book, I think, will shed more light onto Dorothy. The character development of Joey was beautifully written- I do not want to spoil anything major about the story, so you have to read Melt to find out his character development.

4/5 STARS
CHARACTER’S RELATIONSHIPS

Although I am not a fan of insta-love, I did enjoy Joey and Dorothy’s relationship. Sorry for anyone who loves insta-love, I just am not a believer in love at first sight. Joey’s protectiveness of Dorothy was beautiful and adorable!

4/5 STARS

Overall, I greatly enjoyed the book, and encourage readers to begin this captivating series!

4/5 OVERALL