29. lis 2013.

Something Wicked Returns: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Hello lovelies. It's time for anther Something Wicked stop here. I've got an amazing author and a really great guest post for you. Not the mention the giveaway. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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Expected publication: November 5th, 2013

Book summary 
Meet Meda. She eats people.
Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.
They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.
Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.
The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.
Guest post

Kicking the Cat
Eliza Crewe on Writing Wicked

 “Save the Cat” is the name of a writing rule (and book) by Blake Snyder, a famous screenplay author, that basically says the main character must do something in the beginning of the story to make the readers like her, like saving a cat. The example he gives is Aladdin in the Disney movie. Aladdin’s a thief--not usually hero material--but then he gives his stolen bread to a couple of orphans and everyone realizes he’s a thief with a heart of gold and we’re all invested in his happy journey to marry the princess and live happily ever after. Aladdin saves the cat.  Unfortunately I read Save the Cat after I’d already written Cracked and my main character, Meda, is more likely to eat the cat than save it. She’s wicked, truly, utterly wicked.  She murders someone in the first chapter and plots her second homicide by chapter three. It’d be completely out of character for her to save a cat (though she does kick one in Chapter 6).

So, since I’d kicked the cat,  I needed to find some other way to make the reader turn the page.  In Cracked I tried to do that through my secondary characters, Meda’s enemies. They are as good as Meda is bad (well, mostly. At least they try), and in their story is the the daring hero, the tortured heroine, the young sidekick, adventure, redemption, romance--It’s just told through Meda’s lens.

So while writing wicked is challenging, It’s also fun. Actually make that Fun-with-a-capital-“F”.  Wicked main characters can be outrageous in a way good characters can’t. Good people follow the rules: Bad people play the game without them. Wicked main characters can see a hero hanging of a cliff with one hand --no, make that hanging off a cliff with one hand, in the other holding a basket full of corgi puppies--and walk on past.

Or, if she’s stealing particularly devilish, step on his fingers.

Of course, that’s going to mean a lot of people aren’t going to like her.  Good! I’m glad the world has people in it with well-developed moral compasses.  For the rest of us? Here’s a couple other fun books featuring cat-kickers:

Chime by Franny Billingsley
A recent addition to my all-time-favorite books. Briony Larkin, while not a literal cat-kicker, is a delightfully horrid girl.  She’s funny, and brilliantly clever, and no one runs a joke like Billingsley. If you love the wicked, this is a must-read.

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Nick, the main character, is a total asshat--in the best possible way. Saved from complete asshattery by his love for his brother, he nonetheless is a brilliant anti-hero I love to hate and hate to love.


What about you? Any books with truly wicked characters you can recommend?

About the author
Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel.

Author's
Giveaway

Thanks to this wonderful author and amazing people at Strange Chemistry I have one copy of Cracked for you. Enter the raffle form to win. It's open internationally.

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(Something went wrong with the first form. I truly apologize - here is the new one)

Until the next time,


43 komentara:

  1. Loved this post because, I loved Cracked plain and simple, wickedness and all. This really was a fun read and in fact, I have loved all of her books that I have tried. I will keep buying them simply because she doesn't play by the rules so to speak. ;)

    Thanks for being a part of the Something Wicked Tour girls!!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! I cannot wait to read the book. You've got me really curious.
      Thanks Ali :)

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  2. This definitely sounds different! I like to have some redeeming quality in my characters, so I'm not sure if I'd like this or not. But I'm curious enough to try!

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    1. Yes it sounds like something else! Thanks Candace and I hope you'll give it a try :)

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  3. I entered the giveaway with 6 minutes left for it to get over. Anyway, I remember this was you WoW some time back and it sounded good to me then and it sounds good to me now. That cover is so cool and the Guest Post was nice too though I'm not a huge cat fan. Thanks for sharing, dude!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. And now the contest says OVER! Hahaha, totally irrelevant, but I had to share this. :P

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    2. Raffle hates me :(( Something went wrong :( So sorry again. Anyhow I'm really happy you like this one :) Thanks dude :)

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  4. I'd always recommend Meda, but oooops, you've already done that. She is my favorite cat-kicker and one of the most interesting characters I've come across in a very long time.
    Thank you for sharing this fun post, Tanja!

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    1. LOL I'll be reading this one next :) Thanks Maja :)

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  5. The book sounds interesting! Meda seems to have a very "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" personality. Can't wait to read it :)

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  6. Chime is just AMAZING, as is Brennan's debut trilogy, so I agree whole-heartedly with those two recommendations. Thanks for sharing, Tanja!

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    1. So glad to hear that Keertana!! Thanks :)

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  7. I like it when authors give us characters that we love to hate, goody goody characters sometimes don't do it for me anymore, so Meda sounds like a character that I may even end up liking! Thanks for sharing a great post with us ladies! :)

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    1. Agreed Jasprit! Totally agreed! :) Thanks :)

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  8. Cracked has such a gorgeous cover! The first line itself in the summary has me super curious about the book. Thanks for the international giveaway! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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    1. I'm so happy you like it! Good luck Janhvi :)

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  9. I'm wondering if I would like this story. Usually if I hate the main character I find it hard. Sounds interesting, though. Thanks for sharing, Tanja! :)

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    1. I think I'll, because she is different and I'm sure there is a way to understand her. Thanks Rachel :)

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  10. I must read Cracked asap. I love a wicked main character. Sometimes, you need refreshing and unique characters, so I can tell that this main character is going to be one I like.
    She's definitely got me interested from the gust post.
    Thanks for sharing,Tanja!

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    1. Yes Nick, you're right. You need a change from time to time :) Thanks :)

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  11. Oh, I wish to meet this wicked character. This theme has Halloween written all over it. Thanks so much for introducing this book, honeypie!

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    1. I'm glad you like it and I hope you'll get to read it Siiri :)

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  12. Great post, and Cracked is screaming read me! I love the synopsis and the authors post only confirmed it.

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    1. I really hope you'll get to read it soon :) Thanks :)

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  13. What a fun post! And I LOVE the first line of the blurb. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it Andrea! Thanks :)

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  14. I love how uniquely different this story sounds. You had me hooked with the beginning sentence of the summary. Meet Meda. She eats people. I love that. Interesting post on the writing techniques.

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  15. I want to thank you for participating in this awe Halloween giveaway. "Cracked" is a unique book. I don't think I have every read anything like it before.

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    1. Thank you Terrie! I wish all the luck :)

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  16. Sounds like a good book! Love that the MC "kicked the cat" instead of saving it. haha I think bad characters can be quite fascinating!

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    1. Yeah she sounds really unusual :) Thanks Mag :)

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  17. It is true you love to hate those characters that are wicked but they are so darn interesting as well. I am most curious about this book, since I saw it on Maja's book the other day. Thanks for doing a Wicked post :)

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    1. They totally are! :) I hope you'll get to read this Heidi :)

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  18. I love Briony and Nick, so I have a feeling I'm going to adore Meda. Super excited to read this one now!

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    1. I really hope you'll get to read it soon! Thanks :)

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  19. LOVE the guest post! possible one of the most interesting posts I've read this month! I have never heard about the Save The Cat rule, but I must admit knowing Meda is more likely to eat the cat than save it only makes me want to read the book more - I love stories with antiheros! :) Cracked sounds amazing, I can't wait to read it! So happy to have learned about this book today, thanks!!!

    Evie @Bookish

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    1. I'm soo happy you love it Evie!! :) I agree though, Elize wrote a great post :) I might ask you to be a co-blogger here xD I hope you'll get to read it. Thanks Evie :)

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  20. Sounds interesting! Love the guest post.Be careful what you wish for..interesting!

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  21. I'm loving all your interviews, Eliza! I've never heard that rule either, but I'm happy you didn't follow it.

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  22. I never heard about the "save the cat" rule (or book). Makes sense though! I looked up the book on Amazon, and it sounds like it'd have good advice for writing fiction. One of the nice things about reading author interviews is learning new things about writing! :]

    I think I'm going to start using the phrases "save the cat" and "kick the cat" in everyday conversations. :P

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