Monday, June 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Against All Odds (review, interview, & Giveaway!)

Published: April 2011
By: Shabab Books Publishing-house
Source: Book Tour
Summary (Goodreads):
The Story revolves around:
-A boy called Damien who seems to have it all. He's rich, good-looking and athletic. He's also arrogant, obnoxious and a major player. Damien is one of 5 children who seem to not get along, until one day Damien meets Alexis and his life is turned inside out.
-A girl called Alexis who has trust issues due to her parents. Her best friends mean the world to her, and she refuses to date anyone that doesn't fit completely in her 'Perfect Guy' list.
They're thrown together a lot and start to face inner demons they've hidden away for so long.
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Karina's Review:
This book is what you would expect in a romantic comedy. The guy that has many girls but has difficulty getting the one he loves. BUT I think the author did an amazing job at adding in twists. Like the reason why the siblings quarrel or why Eddie owes Alexis. I didn’t quite like how Eddie’s secret is revealed, and I think that CC could have been WAY more devious.
Alexis seemed like every guys perfect girl, and all the brothers (Owen, Ty, Will and Damien) every girls perfect guy. Jane was the only one who seemed a bit forgotten in the whole family fame. I think Alexis is a little bit to oblivious, which make the reader (me) want to shake her and tell her what’s going on.
I do love how Alexis is the solution to the families problems, it made it seem as if the family was missing a piece that was finally put back when Alexis entered their lives.
And I think it’s incredibly cute when Damien gets jealous and tongue tied, I would be like his siblings and get a kick out of making fun of him.
Lastly it was pretty clever how the author tied the title in to the end. It was a great and enjoyable read.I give it 4/5 feathers, just because the overall ending was just a bit predictable.
           
This was a great book, but was missing something that made the chicken run around in circles.
Author Interview:
1) If you had to describe yourself in just one word, what would it be and why?
Impatient. I can barely wait for things to happen; my college life to end; my portraits to be complete; my writings to finish…
2) Can you tell me what inspired it Against all odds?
Well, It all started as a descriptive essay for my English class in school. One of the rare assignments I accomplished - though I never handed it in. The English teacher was flexible and would allow us to hand in the assignments as we do them, which was good because when I wrote with a deadline I usually ended up with something so dry and mundane. I waited till I was inspired and came up with this scene on the hill. A girl looking through a fog of sand not sure whether the guy she hadn't realized she was in love with was dead or alive as his motorbike fell off the cliff. Then I just described the mixture of emotions she went through till she saw he was alive, but how even though she was relieved, she now realized she was in love and didn't know what to do with it. That's where it ended. But a friend of mine read it, and loved it, then begged me to write it into an actual story. I had to create background stories for each character, lives, and identities, then a storyline that would lead to this particular plot.
3) What do you hope that readers take away with them after reading your book?
I hope that they realize that each and every one of us has his own inner demon, and that without a warning we might find the perfect person to help us deal with it.
4) I find it interesting to know what authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling cafĂ©? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
Oh wow, I actually had a guest post on this. I write whenever the inspiration hits me. Whether it's on paper (yes I still write on paper at times) or on my laptop. Like last night, I was in the middle of watching something, when I had a scene in my head begging to be written, so I opened a word document and wrote it down. But the week before, I was studying for an exam, and all of a sudden I turned a new page in my notebook and I started writing a plot in a story that's been replaying in my head. I prefer if it's a quiet place, but to be honest it doesn't make a difference, as long as I am not repeatedly interrupted I get writing and ignore my surroundings. That of course is not a good thing when you're in the middle of class and are called at to answer a question. Not a good thing at all.
5) What is one wish that you hope will come true?
That my writing helps someone out. I know 'Like the flowing river', 'Wuthering Heights' and many Meg Cabot books have helped me throughout rough periods in my life. I just hope that my writing would do the same to someone. Cheer them up on a bad day, give them hope, or merely make a fool of themselves in public by laughing out loud. I've done all three, and even couldn't stop smiling for God knows what reason. So it's not hard, I just hope it can happen.
6)If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal job?
An artist. Or a traveler. I love learning new languages and being able to practice them with natives in countries around the world would be fascinating. Drawing for me is like writing, seeing your creation come to life, such an amazing feeling.
7)If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Would there be electricity? If so then well, my laptop, my iPod and a very thick but enjoyable book.
8)Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I had one for the Alexis and Damien but I can't remember it. The one I seem to easily recall is 'Crush - David Archuleta' whenever I think of Jane and Edmund.
9)What is your favorite Quote?
Normal is subjective, and more often than not overrated.
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A bit about the Author:
My name is Aliaa El- Nashar. I am a 20 year old Egyptian girl living in Cairo. I am currently majoring in Italian at university after having fallen in love with languages at such a young age.
My life revolves around reading, writing and drawing. I occasionally collect postcards and teach Arabic to whoever would like to learn it. I own an adorable cat and share an apartment with my sister in the city. I am prone to rash and spontaneous decisions.
I've just gotten published last year and hope to publish more work in the future. Oh, and I am in love with the Sphinx.
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6 comments:

  1. maybe, a few time. okay, maybe more than a few times in my life. And those times teach me a lot.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. There's a lot of times I went against all the odds. They're not something I want to talk about, but I've learned a lot because of these instances in my life. They're valuable learning experiences that have helped to shape who I am today.

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. (:

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  3. All the time! Really, getting married young and still being married. We proved a lot of people wrong. :)

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  4. Not that I can recall much, but one time, when I wanted to show people I could be outgoing, I went head first down the waterslide at our pool. Sure, it wasn't smart, but I went against the odds of being called a loser and proved them wrong. :D

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  5. I guess I haven't done very many things that went against all odds. This question has actually made me realize how much of a bubble I live in.

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  6. I don't read a lot of romance. I like romance, but my tastes tend to lean towards darker stories for the most part. But the one type of romance that I enjoy always are the ones that contain comedy. I love to laugh and I love love so both of those together are a hit. The reason my hubby is my hubby is because we laugh all of the time! SO, I think I will have to check this one out. And I love the cover, too!

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