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Ashabreek Author Interview

So i had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kathleen Farquhar, author of the book Ashabreek. I will be posting the review tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!

Q: Can you tell me a short summary about your book? 
A: Sure…    
What would you do to save those you love?
   Would you lie, cheat, steal… even kill? 
What if the line between good and evil became so blurred in your pursuit to do what was right? 
What if in the process of following your heart, you became the monster? 
   How far would you be willing to go? 

Viron is under attack. The man on the other side of the sword is a man that King Promicees and his family had long presumed dead… a man who is as lethal as he is determined to take over Viron completely. His name? Ashabreek. Now the royal family of Cahya must run, taking with them a powerful medallion that is the key to Ashabreek’s success. Promicees and his sisters Genova and Babette have to find a way to kill Ashabreek before he can succeed in taking the throne and killing them all.

Q: What is the insight on the main character? 
A: The title character Ashabreek has one goal to take down the royal families of Viron and take their place so that he can reform it to his own specifications. Ashabreek sees the current monarchy as unfit and knows that deep down words will do nothing. He must bring them a war. Ashabreek is one of those characters written and designed to get you thinking. He will make you question everything you thought you knew at the beginning of this book.

Q: Which character do you relate to the most? 
A: Zezic! Zezic is snarky, sassy, tough and oddly likeable. She’s got this vulnerability deep down that she tries to hide in order to keep herself safe from the ultimate hurt… a broken heart. She was definitely the most fun to write next to Ashabreek.

Q: What genre is your book? 
A: Young Adult (YA) Fiction/Fantasy. Leans more towards dark fantasy… Definitely not a children’s book.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 
A: Everywhere! The books I read, the movies I watch, art, long drives, Pinterest (Yes, even Pinterest)… To be more specific the biggest inspirations for Ashabreek were the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies. In terms of finding inspiration for a Fantasy series, those are some of the greatest resources.

Q: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to? 
A: JK Rowling. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to write in the first place. After reading Harry Potter I couldn’t help but put pen to paper and Ashabreek was the first thing that came pouring out of me. It’s like he was trying to escape all along.

Q: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time? 
A: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science fiction are my typical favorites. Things like Inkheart, The Bartimaus Trilogy, Dorothy Must Die… Anything thought provoking and entertaining. Though my favorite book right now is Hamlet.

Q: Where did your love of writing and books come from? 
A: my mom used to work a lot of book fairs when I was in elementary school and she would bring books home hoping that it would help me with my reading (as I struggled with it as a kid). It worked. I began with the Dear America Diaries, which led to Lily’s Crossing which finally led to Harry Potter. Though Harry Potter definitely expanded my reading horizons.

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote a few small poems in third grade but I really started writing in middle school (fan fiction), and high school where I began Ashabreek.

Q: What music helps you write?
A: if I had to choose I would say Hans Zimmer. Instrumentals are best because lyrics distract and throw me off. Ironically I can’t write in silence so I watch a lot of tv and movies when I write. Nothing new because that can distract too. I watch things that I’ve seen before and can use as background noise. Things like Sherlock, Clue, Coraline, Tim Burton movies and anything Disney. 

Q: What is or was the hardest part of writing? 
A: editing! It’s a long, tedious and repetitive process that just seems to suck the life right out of you. But it is so important and so it must be done over and over and over again.

Q: What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block? 
A: Oh man! I’m still figuring that one out. In general I simply change gears. I don’t force myself to keep writing because what comes out is typically ‘bad writing’ and that is something I strive to avoid. I work on multiple projects at a time so I will move on to the next or scribble out some Fan Fictions… however if the block is bad and across the board I will typically take a break from writing all together. That’s when I turn to reading a lot and run to Disneyland…

Q: What are your current projects? 
A: currently I am working on a few projects. Book Two of the Tales of Viron series (in which Ashabreek is the first installment) currently titled Renegade. The other is unrelated to the Viron series and it is called The Center.

Q: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses? 
A: the Tales of Viron will continue beyond book two, and there are several more novels in the drafting and plotting stages unrelated to the Viron series. I also apply for the ABC writing program every year so I am hoping to make that a reality.

Q: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers? 
A: thank you for your interest in Ashabreek. I spent a great deal of time and poured every scrap of love I possess into it. I hope you love Ashabreek every bit as much as I do.
Also, if you run a book club and decide to read Ashabreek, let me know when you finish and I would love to talk about making an appearance either in person, or for those who live further away via Skype or FaceTime for a Q and A.

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Me and Earl and the dying girl Review

I first watched the movie, which inspired me to read the book. (I know, it should be the other way around.) I am so glad I decided to read the book! unfortunately, reading the book after the movie, made me feel a certain way because of the ending. Theyre very different, so be prepared for that.

I really tried not to compare the two, because rarely the movie follows the book word for word and scene for scene. So I decided to try to just focus on the book.

There is a ton of cussing, so if you don’t like cussing, it dont think this is the book for you. As for me, I thought it was hilarious, and i was laughing out loud on the bus. My favorite character is Earl, he’s so funny, and caring and they way he speaks truth is refreshing.

Greg is sort of relatable. He reminds me when I was in high school, i had people i talked to in different cliques but i normally stayed with one. Greg to me could’ve been more caring toward Rachel, although his inner monologue about he how he really felt made him more real. He didn’t care, but still in a way did.

I wish they would’ve put Rachel in a little more, maybe give readers more of a reason to be more sympathetic toward her illness. She was in the book, and I know it doesn’t revolve around her, but i think she could’ve still used some more time in the book.

So I said i wasnt going to compare the movie to the book, but i would just like to say, i liked the ending better in the movie, than the book. The book was so good, but that movie ending had my mom, my brother and i in tears.

I give this book a 4 out of 5, if you havent read it, read it! Watch the movie after you read the book, or just watch the movie and not read the book. Both were great and I recommend them!

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Ashabreek by Kathleen Farquhar

Synopsis:

You think you know evil?
The world of Viron hides behind a mask of Royal galas, peace, and plenty…all the while an unspeakable force rises against the monarchy, threatening to destroy all they have created.
Genova, a Princess in line for the Cahyan Throne, must go into hiding with her family when their mortal enemy returns to kill them all…a man named Ashabreek. Genova, a timid woman by nature must find the strength and courage in her heart to stand against the man, who had been targeting her family for decades, but as more and more secrets about her family’s connection to him surface, her heart begins to doubt every decision she has ever made…
Meanwhile, Ashabreek seeks an army to take over Viron, needing only a powerful artifact that can control the minds of men, and the only woman who can wield its power. But Ashabreek’s journey leads him down paths far darker than he ever intended, and with each decision, he is led to unspeakable actions that threaten to tear apart his soul.
War is coming, and the prize is the Throne. But with a villain for every hero and a hero for every villain, how does one differentiate good from evil?

To find out more about Kathleen Farquhar, click the link: http://kathleenfarquhar.tateauthor.com

You can buy the book:

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/ASHABREEK-Kathleen-Farquhar/dp/1629944467

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/mobile/p/ashabreek-kathleen-farquhar/1118800419/2691870462777?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+greatbookprices_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP24187&k_clickid=3×24187

Tate Publishing: https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781629944463

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The Scorch Trials Review

So this is the second book of The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. Now that Thomas and the Gladers are out of the maze, they find themselves in a new challenge. With high temperatures and cranks who are covered in wounds that have gone mad from disease, the Gladers have to find a way to get to the safe haven. With only two weeks, they must go against WICKED’s variables and try to defeat the odds against them and arrive at the safe haven.

I absolutely love the series so far, and this book will keep you on your toes. Just when you think things are starting to work out for Thomas, something else happens. Thomas is by far my favorite character, he is leader material, but still lets other take the lead.

The new characters who were introduced, I didn’t care much for them. The new challenges they face are far more intense and there was several points that I actually jumped! It is such a great book, and I highly recommend these books.

I want to start actually rating, so ill give this book: 4.5 out of 5 stars ❤

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The Guide Review!

I would love to thank Justin Chandler for allowing me to read and review this amazing book!

From the start, I could not put it down.

The characters were very developed and I think I feel really strongly towards Garron. He’s captivating and mysterious and really cares about Nick. Nick reminds me of when I was in high school, so he was extremely relatable to me. He didn’t care much for school, or about staying out of trouble, and that was me all the way.

The idea of having a guide through your first year of high school would’ve been amazing. Someone to help you realize the potential you really have and how important it is to know yourself.

Garron is definately my favorite character from the start.

Mr. Chandler definitely has a way with words, there was never a dull moment. (At least for me) The whole book I was sitting at the edge of my seat, so eager to find out what happens next.

I recommend this book, it’s a really good read!

You can buy the book on amazon : amazon.com/…Justin-Chandler/dp/1522791566

The Guide Author interview!

Author Interview: Justin Chandler

Can you tell me a short summary about your book?

It’s about a high school freshman, Nicholas Forsythe, who has more or less become apathetic about school and life and his parents attempting to curb his attitude by bringing in a mentor figure. The mentor, Garron, is considered a “guide,” which is ritualistically given to students in the area to help in similar situations and prepare them for life beyond high school. As Nick becomes suspicious about who Garron is and how he seems to show up at the right place at the right time, he eventually learns that Garron is from the future, specifically his future self. All is well until one of the other guides in the program, Ambrose, threatens to go renegade and expose the program to other students, who are meant to be oblivious to the process. It’s up to Nick and Garron to prevent this revelation to leak out and save the future.

 

What is the insight on the main character?

He’s a relatable character, especially if you are a young reader. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they begin to feel burnt out or “lazy,” his just happens to come at a bad time in regards to his education. Naturally, this feeds into his skepticism of Garron and his guiding practices, and his discovery of who Garron is and why he’s there completely shifts his perspective. I want readers to take away both the good and bad aspects of the character, that way they can take solace in their own maturation and anxiousness of what the future holds for them.

Which character do you relate to the most?

Garron, mostly. He’s picking up the pieces of his life after so many setbacks and circumstances and trying to make the most of it. Plus, his cadence and speech is modeled after mine so I suppose there’s another layer of association.

Where do you get your inspiration?

For the realistic portions of the novel, from real-life circumstances. But some of the more sci-fi elements are inspired by years of playing sci-fi based games like the Metal Gear Solid series.

What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block?

Coffee and jogging. Coffee is just so therapeutic to me, especially mid-afternoon. Otherwise, I enjoy taking an evening jog to clear my head, or go practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a few hours to compartmentalize my thoughts. I recommend it for anybody.

Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to?

J.K. Rowling was always my go-to author growing up, but I really looked up to Gary Paulsen, Harper Lee, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for using their respective environments for literary fuel.

Is there any advice for up and coming authors?

Prepare for long nights of revision and dunking yourself in coffee. But in all seriousness, enjoy every moment of the writing process and take pride in your work, no matter what the end result may be.

How long have you been writing?

 

I’ve been writing on and off for about four years now.

What is or was the hardest part of writing?

Keeping a good rhythm going, my mind tends to wander at times so I need to stay focused.

What genre is your book?

Young Adult Science Fiction.

I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time?

The majority of my reading time nowadays is spent reading educational philosophy books and anything related to teaching middle grades. But I’ve started getting back to reading more fiction. As of this moment, I’m reading The Chocolate War.

What are your current projects?

To be decided, since my main focus is finishing my teaching degree. But I am working on publishing more short stories, perhaps as a “Short Story Sunday” deal.

What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses?

Expect to see more in-depth, inspiring, and enjoyable works coming out in the near future, perhaps even some more expository stuff as shown on my blog.

Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for all of the continued support over the past few years. I treasure each person who has taken the time to read my works and share amongst friends and colleagues. I owe all of my success to you, and I am blessed.

How can readers discover more about you and your book? Via Instagram, Facebook, website, blog?

Instagram: chan_man94

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theguidenovel/?view_public_for=1544192199204520

Twitter: @ChanMan94

Blog: http://chanslog.wordpress.com

Transition Review!

First off, I would like to apologize to everyone for not putting a review out sooner. Next time, I will be on time!

Transition is such a great book if you really like vampires, and not the ones you’re used to. Paige Walker has given a new outlook on vampires.  The main character Nichole is relatable, as well as the attitude of her friends.

I found myself not able to put the book down, and I just had to keep reading. I wont lie, I was iffy due to it being a vampire book, but as I kept reading, I found that there’s more to the story than her just being a vampire. I felt that it explains more of the feeling that comes with being a vampire, and how each one feels different, and each person has their struggles.

The next little bit will be full of spoilers!!

So ill say this before I spoil things…

Go buy this book, it is a great book and I cant wait to read more from Paige Walker!

Last chance!

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So can we just talk about Aiden for a minute. I absolutely love him for some reason. I feel she’s a little too cold to him, and I understand how she’s feeling…but come on!

I wish I had a cool friend like Jade. I want her and her man to be together, but yet again, I understand that she is a vampire and he’s not.

Nate is oddly attractive to me… I love him as a “villain”

Casey and Tyler maybe could have had a thing going… I feel like maybe Tyler could have been the one to win her heart. He could break away from Nate and just be with Casey, just like Jade and Richard.

Anyway, I recommend this book, so if you get the chance, buy it!!

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