Tuesday 30 April 2013

Other Side of Forever Blog Tour


Other Side of ForeverOther Side of Forever by Shannon Eckrich

Book Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself. When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.

Shona's Review 4 of 5 stars

Allie isn't your every day average teenager. Since her dad walked out on her and her mum when she was 10 she has been exhibiting telekinetic powers. When she trashes her room her mum refuses to accept she did it with powers so she doesn't tell anyone else. She spends the next 7 years trying to keep a lid on her emotions so that she can keep others from finding out what she can do. Allie grows up living with a mother who never got over the loss of her husband leaving her which has left her bitter and turning to alcohol to numb the pain. On more than one occasion she leaves Allie to fend for herself. All this has taught Allie that she can't rely on anyone for anything. Until she meets Ethan.

Considering all that Allie has been through she remains strong, there is no self-pitying teenager here. She hides her hurt from the few friends she has, trusting only her oldest friend Jeremy, but still never fully honest with him. Yet when she meets Ethan she unloads everything. She is finally able to trust. Even when Ethan is taken from her she still finds the inner strength to fight for him, to try to be the one who saves him.

Shannon Eckrich has written an engaging story with characters we can relate to. While we may not all have grown up and experienced the same problems Allie has, it isn't too difficult to imagine ourselves in her shoes. The story is well written and unfolds at a nice pace. The ending is not what I was expecting at all, too often YA books have the predictable ending but Eckrich avoids.

Hello Shannon, Welcome to Booky Ramblings, thank you for joining us today.

1. What was the first book you remember reading as a child/teen/adult?
The first book I remember reading is IT by Stephen King. I think that's why I always leave the lights on at night now. That clown seriously freaked me out. I'm also scared of storm drains.

2. What do you listen to whilst writing?
I only listen to music during my rough drafts. It gives me the inspiration I need. I listen to a bit of everything. Rock music is awesome for my fight scenes.

3. Do you think your writing style is affected by the type of music/background noise you
listen to?
Not at all. My writing style is the same whether I listen to music or not.

4. If you could master any other art form what would it be?
Singing. I can't sing worth crap.

5. Do you have any superstitions when writing?
Not at all.

6. Do you read all your reviews? How do you react to a negative review?
Yes, I read all my reviews and like the review. It takes a lot of time for bloggers to read books and review them. I shrug off the negative reviews. Every one has a different opinion. I don't like all best selling novels, so I don't expect everyone to like what I write.

7. What snacks/drinks do you keep on hand when writing?
Mmm . . . beef jerky and Pepsi are a must.

8. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don't worry what other people say about your writing. Do what you love to do and never give up.

9. Have you always wanted to be an author?
Actually, no. I basically woke up one day after reading the Twilight saga and decided I wanted to write my own book.

If you have enough time I would love for you to answer some of our random questions.

1. What song do you sing at the top of your voice every time you hear it?
Right now it's Just Give Me A Reason by Pink. I love that song.

2. What’s your go-to movie?
Wow, there's so many movies. I would have to say whatever makes me cry.

3. What book are you currently reading?
I just finished Bitter Black Kiss by Michelle Clay, which was really awesome. And now I'm getting ready to start I, Emma Freke. So I'm going from adult to MG.

4. Where did you last go on holiday?
I went to my parents house on Easter. I was kind of upset I missed the egg hunt.

5. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think it would be called?
Walking Disaster

6. What’s in your fridge right now?
Apples, milk, butter, grapes, eggs, juice, the ears of a chocolate bunny, lettuce, hot dogs, chocolate pudding, carrots, and tomatoes.

7. Whats your favourite take away food?

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