Friday, 19 December 2014

Blog Tour: Thunderlight (The Dragonian Series #2) by Adrienne Woods - Review & Interview & Giveaway

Thunderlight (The Dragonian Series #2) by Adrienne Woods
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing Synopsis:
Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons… 

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance. 

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed. 

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong? 

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

This book brought me out of a killer reading slump just to dump me straight back in once I’d finished. If that doesn’t express the amazingness of this book, I don’t know what to say.

The twists and turns had my emotions going haywire. I found myself laughing, and screaming and crying within the space of pages. Reading before an exam wasn’t perhaps the best idea of mine because I legitimately cried after a brutal scene in the book. The teacher came to me asking if the stress was too much; the words on my paper were smudged! I was constantly on guard as I turned the page but it was so addicting I couldn’t stop even when I feared what was to come.

Characters were developed beautifully, particularly Elena who had and will continue to have such a hard time that my heart goes out to her. There were so many moments when I just wanted to bitch-slap everyone that hurt her, as well as her great friends. The romance in this book… I don’t know what to say. That seems to be the general theme of this review, because I can’t for the life of me put into words how much I loved this book.

Instead I’ll leave you with the demand request to read the first one so you can move onto Thunderlight and understand where I’m coming from. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could.
Favourite Quotes:
“What a messed up year this is going to be.” Becky said after the laughter quieted down. “And it’s only just the beginning.”

“Evil isn’t capable of telling the truth.”

“Hope doesn’t exist.”
“It does. It comes to us in all sorts of forms. You just have to keep your eyes open to it.”

Author Interview:

1) Hi Adrienne, thanks so much for sparing some time for this interview, can you tell us a little about your first 2 books in The Dragonian Series?
No, I should thank you. Firebolt is the first in this series. It is written through 16 year old Elena Watkin's point of view. She is not your typical heroine as she never knew Dragons existed, up until her father changed in front of her to a dragon to save her life from other dragons. We then go with her to Paegeia, a realm hidden inside the Bermuda Triangle where Dragons, magic, and Riders life. Elena is part of the latter as she was born with the mark of the Riders, also known as Dragonians. They will gain an extra ability on their 17th birthday which will match one of the ten dragon breeds. It is action packed with enchanted swords that can slay evil, friendship that everyone should have and romance. Yes there is a bad boy too, which everyone just loves and wants to see more of. He is a dragon, one of a kind, and for some reason everybody wants Elena and him together, where she is with a real prince called Lucian. Elena isn't your typical heroine and I know sometimes she can be annoying to where you want to shake her and ask her what the hell are you doing, but she is growing through all these books and she will end up very strong, I promise.
Thunderlight is the second book. In the second year a Wyvern, which is a dragon breed too but extremely evil and bad in this series, joins the academy. This book is filled with action, characters are growing so much, new ones make their appearance and we get to learn more about the old ones from book one. Lot of fights, lots of death and a huge twist at the end that nobody foreseen. Frostbite will come out hopefully in March/April of 2015.

2) What was the inspiration for your books?
Dragons, always loved them, always admired them, and yes, I'll be one of those crazy ones that would probably try to tame them if they do become a reality. I mean who doesn't want a dragon?

3) Your books take place in a boarding school, how was this to write about?
I love Dragonia Academy. Never been in a boarding school myself but my mom has and she shared many stories of what they did and how much she enjoyed it. I made it my own, mixed with some of the things she told me and voila, the birth of Dragonia Academy. I enjoyed every minute of it.

4) Would you be a rider or a dragon, and what kind?
I would love to be a dragon, Swallow Annex for sure.

5) How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Oh many of them. Becky and Sammy are all of my best friends combined. I know, I'm lucky to have them. Elena got many traits from me as I cry for everything. I'm a real cry baby, I am. I cry in stupid movies, I cry when I'm angry, frustrated, my tear ducks are connected to my emotions and it's so freaking annoying. Hahahaha. But I'm extremely happy at the moment so I don't cry a lot. The rest was from how I see people around me and what I like about them. I don't like strong characters, I like to make them as human as possible, and I know they are not easy to relate to as we are all so different in so many ways, but I like the growth of characters, what leads to making them strong. That is what I'm aiming for in this series.

6) Can you tell us which scenes were your favourite and least favourite to write?
I don't have that. I love all my scenes otherwise they wouldn't be in there. I can't say that everyone loved it as much as I do. There are two chapters in Thunderlight that was extremely emotional for me to write and those that read the book, I'm sure you know exactly which chapters I'm talking about. I literally cried like a baby. Hahahahahaha

7) How and when did you first realise you loved writing and wanted to be an author? What was the first thing you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote was a novel called Morgan. It had so many names before I decided with this one. It isn't out there yet, but will be in 2016 hopefully. It's a paranormal series called the Aswang series and my very first time that made me become a writing junky. 

8) What can we expect from future instalments in the series?
Frostbite is coming out in March/April of 2015 and I'm trying my best to bring out Moon Breeze, the final book in this series in 2015 as well. Then there is three novels in this series as well. One is about a couple inside this novel that is really important, how they met etc. Think Mulan mixed with Cinderella type of story. The second is about Blake Leaf's life and the third is an alternative ending to the entire series. I love that one too, so I'm sure all of you are going to love it just as much as me.

9) Do you have any more projects in the works or can you share some ideas for future ones?
Hahahaha, don't I have. I've got so many novels it's pouring out of my ears. I write under different names for different genres. Isabella White is my women's contemporary/ erotica. Kristin Ping is my Paranormal novels and NEW ADULT and Judith Holstrom is my horror/thriller type of books. Once a year, I'm sure you can guess which mont, I bring out a Judith Holstrom novel. They are scaring the living day lights out of me, but I got to write them. And then Adrienne Woods is bringing out a new series called the Dream Caster Series next year.

Quick Questions
Fan fiction yay or nay? Yay
Ebook or paperback? Paperback
Tea or coffee? COFFFFFEEEEEE

Zombies or vampires? Vamps, I don't like the peeling face and making grunting sounds characters.

About the Author:
Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.
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