Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Bite's Tale by Veronica Blade Tour Stop


Author: Veronica Blade
Publishing Company: Crush Publishing Ink
Genre: Young Adult—Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 155
Release Date: January 7, 2012
Rating: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a novella, appx 155 printed pages

A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood.

Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince’s ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. Even as she attempts to get on with her life, Cydney can’t forget the boy she loved three summers ago — or what she did to him after losing control.

Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn’t even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.

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Today I'm going to be hosting a REVIEW and INTERVIEW with the author of A Bite's Tale, Veronica Blade. Haha, I did a Portal tour stop yesterday, with a review AND interview...coincidental, huh?

Review
Wow. This book is a novella? It didn't feel like it, since some books are actually 155 pages, but it's usually rare. I really zipped past this book, and it literally took me forty-five minutes to read. I spent twenty minutes in the morning reading it, and I finished while I was at school. If anybody's looking for a quick read that's going to satisfy you, get this book because it's a great story and really quick. The pages will zip past you like that. *virtually snaps fingers*

In this modern retelling of Cinderella, werewolves and vampires meet royalty and castles. Never thought that could happen, right? Well, in A Bite's Tale, it clearly does. This book switches point of views from Remy, the prince, an Cydney, the werewolf. In the beginning, you meet Remy first and how he almost instantly falls in love with "Cinderella," Cydney's alias, and Remy's is Jack, during their third summer. He's always thought her a companion, a friend, until one summer, she meets him after she's become pretty.

I really like the characters, but I didn't really get to get to know them better, since this book is so short. I think I gathered enough, however, to be able to deduce that both characters were really determined and ready to do what they need to get what they want. The whole Cinderella plot was really ingenious because instead of meeting at the ball, they were already friends and on the fast road to being more than  just friends when Cydney shifts and morphs into a werewolf and bites Remy, and then flees without Remy ever knowing Cydney's real name. Then, Remy's turned into a vampire, and he never stops thinking about his Cinderella.

They end up meeting again, of course, and it's basically like the rest of the story of Cinderella afterwards, other than the fact that Cinderella flees. They fall in love, and everybody lives happily ever after. The only problem I really had was that the first twenty pages were about the "lost slipper" bit in Cinderella, and maybe the last fifty pages was where Remy and Cydney really met, patched things up, and lived happily ever after. I would have liked for there to be more in those eighty pages in the middle, but it was still a great story to read.

So in conclusion, I'd get this book because it's really quick and it's really well-written. I'm going to be looking for more of Veronica Blade because she really outdid herself here.

Interview

1. Where did you get the idea to combine Cinderella with werewolves and vampires?
From a speaker at my writing chapter who talked about reworking old themes. Since Cinderella is my favorite of all the fairy tales, I went with it. And I love werewolves, so it seemed only natural that Cinderella should be one. :-P

2. In A Bite's Tale, you change it so that the prince, Remy, is looking for a name other than a glass slipper. What was going through your mind when you came up with that idea?
I felt it worked well with story and I didn't want it exactly like the original Cinderella. I like to throw in twists wherever I can. If you can't keep the reader guessing, at least a little bit, they have less reason to keep reading.

3. What was your favorite thing to write in this book?
I've been married for a while and plan to stay that way. So I'll never get that first kiss again. But I can get them through my stories (or other's stories). The first kisses are always my favorite parts to read or write.

4. Least favorite?
The battle at the end. It required choreography and those scenes must be a certain length, otherwise, the reader will complain that it "wrapped up too quickly" or something similar. So, yeah, the battle scenes can be a bit of a chore for someone like me who really only cares about the romance part of the book. 

5. Was there any particular hurdle you had to jump while in the process of A Bite's Tale? 
Yes, I needed it to be different enough from the classic Cinderella, but not too different. I was afraid A Bite's Tale wasn't similar enough to the original, but judging by my reviews, my readers don't mind. It worked out well after all.

6. Would you be a vampire or a werewolf?
Werewolf, because they're hot, not cold. Because their diet is not limited to one thing (how boring!) and they don't have sunlight issues. :-P

7. If you had to write books in any other genre that what you currently write in, what would it be?
I don't read or write dystopia or anything too dark. I'd go with contemporary YA with a dash of humor. Oh, wait, I already went there with From Fame to Shame!


8. What would you tell all the aspiring young writers out there?
Throw your expectations out the window. Even an author who becomes a best seller with her very first book had to work extremely hard to get there. It's much more difficult than you think. But if you really want to write, then do it. It'll be the best ride you've ever been on! 

9. Describe yourself in one word.
Omnipotent. Ok, just kidding. I'd say... fun.

10. First word that comes to mind when somebody says, "pickle." (I know, very random, but I like to include random questions that just may be questions that you've always wanted to answer.) 
The same word that comes to YOUR mind, which is why I cannot answer this question on the grounds that I might incriminate myself! LOL

Eileen says: "The first word that comes to my mind when I think pickle is a Big Mac. Yeah, that may sound piggy of me, but I'm on this new diet an I'm thinking of food a lot more than usual. ;) Oh, and thank you, Veronica, for teaching me the word 'incriminate!'"

11. What's your biggest pet peeve?
That changes daily, but right now I'm on a rant against people who blame everything that goes wrong in their life on someone else. If YOU made that decision and walked that path, YOU gotta own it.

Eileen, thanks for the fun questions and thanks so much for having me!

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