Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ENDLESS BLOG TOUR: Review & Author Interview

Today, I am so thrilled to be one of the blog stops on the Official ENDLESS BLOG TOUR!!!

Endless (The Violet Eden Chapters #4)
By: Jessica Shirvington
Now Available!!!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: E-galley courtesy of the publisher
Endless on Goodreads here.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Love will kill us all.

Angels are real. They aren't always kind. Violet Eden is certain of all this because she is Grigori - part angel, part human. She has felt the influence of both light and dark.

When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing that Violet will face. For her, the endless question 'Can love conquer all?' will finally be answered.

My Thoughts:
Wow! Just, wow!

To this day, Jessica's The Violet Eden Chapters series continues to confuse me to no end, BUT it also happens to have one of my favourite YA romances as well, so this all balances out haha! Violet continues to be a strong lead and narrator- love seeing the world (and Lincoln) through her eyes!

Quick sidenote: Totally called Dapper and Onyx in Entice!

It was nice to see Violet's Mom and Dad incorporated into this instalment so much, in the past I tended to believe that she was an orphan in earlier instalments, because her father was never "present" but it's really nice to see him making an effort, although I'm not sure I want him to get back together with Evelyn.

Now on to my favourite part- the Romance! Be warned Violet Eden fans, this instalment will break your heart, truly. I thank the stars that this isn't the final book of the series. Lincoln, without a doubt, is on my top 5 list of favourite heros, he has so much character and I love how strong and protective he is over Violet. I don't know about Violet and Lincoln, but I can't take much more heartache between these two!

And Pheonix, well without revealing to much about this character, cause A LOT happens in this instalment, my heart truly went out for him.

Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending that will leave you screaming and wanting to pull-out your hair if you don't get the next instalment right now! Please Jessica, give Violet, Lincoln and me, some satisfaction. Thank goodness we only have to wait til April for book #6 Empower!

If you've already read books 1-4 than you know you need to continue this series, and if you haven't started The Violet Eden Chapters, well you must! But be warned this series is completely addictive, so be sure to keep your schedule opened, because once you start you won't be able to stop!

Happy Reading!!!

About Jessica:

Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, and stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES. An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for FOXTEL and Sky News. Married for twleve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels. 

Please join me in welcoming Jessica to the blog today!
1)Why Angels? What inspired you to write about them?
Funnily enough, when I started writing the first book it originally appealed to me because there were hardly any YA books out there that involved the angel theme. It felt unexplored. Now, that seems crazy because there have been so many of them that the market even felt a flooded by angels for a while. 
After first making the decision it was my research that really drove home how much I wanted to write about angels and the mythology that surrounded them. It became a bit of an obsession.
2)How important do you think a love triangle is in Young Adult literature?
Not at all. The story is important and the choices, the consequences, the growth and development of the characters. I think there are often stories that are branded as love triangles that are often not triangles at all. When you look closely you can see it is often not that way and it is driven more by jealousy, or mis communication or by one persons unwillingness to step back.
But I do believe love triangles are a good activator of discussion and action. I think they can drive a story forward and entice interesting confrontation so from that point of view, and from a self discovery point of view, they have a solid function. It really depends on if they are right for the story or not. I don't like them when they serve no purpose other than to see a girl stuck in the middle with a oh me, oh my kind of attitude. (hate that!)
3) Which of your characters do you relate to the most? If any.
I'm not entirely sure. All of them and none of them in so many ways. I know Violet the best. But perhaps I relate to one of the other characters - like Zoe for example, a little better.
4) How far do you plan to take the Violet Eden series?
There will be five books in total. ENDLESS is out October 1 and the final book, EMPOWER, will follow in April 2014. Very excited!!!
5) Lincoln or Pheonix? Light or Dark?
My husband swears that I somehow, magically, took everything amazing about him and split it evenly into two characters - Lincoln and Phoenix. So with that in mind...BOTH!
And as for light or dark...well, I have to say both to that one as well.
6) If you could sum up ENDLESS in three words, what words would they be?
Life changing. Heartbreaking. 
Thanks so much for stopping and for your thoughtful answers, Jessica! Super excited for EMPOWER this Spring!!!
Special thanks to Jessica and Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to participate in this tour!

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