Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright - Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright.  The tour is hosted by Itching for Books Blog Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features an interview with Melissa Wright, my review, and a giveaway, which you can enter below.

Bound by Prophecy (Descendants Series #1)
by Melissa Wright
Published:  April 17, 2013
Source:  eARC provided for tour.

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who’s in danger.
Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed Melissa Wright's Frey series, so when I saw she had a new series, I wanted to check it out.  I was captured by the cover (I know, I know, but covers make or break a book for me sometimes).  Then, when I read the synopsis, I really wanted to check this book out.  Bound by Prophecy is the first installment in this urban fantasy, which is packed with nonstop action, magic, mystery, and romance.  I was immediately caught up in the intensity of the story, which revolved around the  "Prophecy."  It is clear that Aern and Emily, as well as others, play a big part in this, but the details of what the Prophecy are slowly revealed over the course of the book, which was a bit confusing, yet intriguing at the same time.  Also, it is obvious that Aern, his brother, and the others are not quite "human," but you don't really find out exactly what they are until about three-quarters of the way through the book, which adds to the mystery.  

Emily and her sister Brianna, are key components in the prophecy, but there are things about them that have also been kept secret and are slowly revealed, provided more twists in the plot.  The romance and chemistry between Aern and Emily was hot, starting out as a simmer and progressing to a boil.  The further I go into the book, things became clearer, and I became more vested in what was going on.  The story is told from Aern's POV, which was great.  I just love stories told from a male POV.  I found Bound by Prophecy to be an interesting and intriguing first installment in this series, and I look forward to seeing what Melissa Wright has in store for her readers as the series progresses.  

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with Author Melissa Wright

Hi Melissa, thanks so much for stopping by today.
Thanks for having me! 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I enjoy a pleasantly busy life in the Midwest, with just enough travel to make me appreciate home, and just enough work to make me appreciate vacation. I have three older brothers who can always count on me to spoil their kids, and a large extended family with a wide-ranging collection of hobbies. They had too much fun with the first baby girl to come along, and for all of my quirks, I blame them. I wrote my first novel in 2010 and it’s been the coolest journey in the three years since.

Where did you get your idea for the Bound by Prophecy and how many books are planned in the Descendants Series?
The idea for Bound by Prophecy came to me while writing Rise of the Seven (book three in the Frey Saga). I was thinking about what would happen if the fey and elves went to war and all that were left were the humans, and then this story, the current day “we’re all that’s left” fantasy started taking shape. Of course, Aern isn’t a descendant of Frey, but that’s definitely where the idea took root. The second in the series is coming this fall, and I think there will be four total, but it’s a little early to be certain.

What was the most difficult part for you when writing Bound by Prophecy?
The most difficult part of writing for me is always finding the time. I work full time and have other responsibilities, so when the creative mood strikes, I’m not usually able to sit down and hash it out. I suppose the upside to this is, when I finally do get a few free hours, the ideas are all there waiting for me – no writer’s block or tough scenes.

What was the easiest part?
The interactions between Aern and Emily. Their relationship seemed so natural to me, the words just kind of made their way onto the paper. I loved that.

What is your favorite scene or quote from Bound by Prophecy?
My favorite quote is actually a huge spoiler, so I’ll just go with my favorite “pre-spoiler” scene, which would be the hotel escape. It was fun and creepy and wonderful all at the same time (to write, anyway). And when Aern finally pulls her over the edge, that utter relief. Yep, that scene is a strong second to the one I can’t mention.

In addition to Bound by Prophecy, I know you have written the Frey Saga also. Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?
Oddly enough, it was both male characters. Chevelle was a struggle for me, because Frey could only see him with her limited point of view and the strange condition she was in. She’s so wrong about a lot of his reactions, and so he comes off as stilted and a little rough. It made me nervous and kind of afraid to write from the male point of view, but the moment I had Aern on paper, I loved it. He was so free to simply act how he wanted and think what he would.

Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
1.      I used to race mini stocks at the local dirt drack.
2.      I loathe cheesecake.
3.      I win things. Big things like vacations and cars.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
I don’t think I’ve read that book yet. There are definitely some that have made a huge impact on my life, have changed me in some way, have stuck with me since childhood, but I’m not sure they would affect everyone in the same way. So far, they’ve been influential to me for some personal reason. I’m certain there’s one out there that qualifies as “the” book, though, and when I find it, I’ll let you know ;)

What TV show/movie/book is your guilty pleasure?
We’ve been watching Duck Dynasty. It’s just wrong.

This or That:

E-books or print copies? E-book, but only because I can carry a dozen on my phone.

Facebook or Twitter? I’ve never used either, but Twitter looks like more fun.

Coffee, tea, or Coke? Tea

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Yes. Please.

Theater or DVD? DVD

Beach or Mountains? Beach

Horror or Romance? Romance

Truth or Dare? Dare

Talk or Text? Talk

Thanks so much for stopping by Melissa.  It was great talking to you.  

About the Author
Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the upcoming Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on goodreads and pinterest.

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  1. "The romance and chemistry between Aern and Emily was hot, starting out as a simmer and progressing to a boil."

    That is my very favorite type of romance Ellen! I love that slow burn that's chock full of tension. Combine that with a male POV and I'm completely sold on this book! Thanks so much for your thoughts and the fabulous interview!

  2. Sounds like it has a fantastic romance. Thanks for sharing the interview. Great review.

  3. Thanks so much for the interview and review, Ellen! I love your site and am glad to have you as part of the tour :)

  4. Oh gosh you had me sold at the simple fact that this was told in the male POV! I just grabbed it off Amazon!

  5. Nice interview. Good review. Thanks for participating.

  6. What, how can anyone loath cheesecake?! Oh geez, now I'm CRAVING cheesecake! lol.
    This sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I am too chicken, I would pick truth.


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