Thursday, July 11, 2013

AnguiSH Blog Tour Stop: Review & Interview - July 12th

I always love to do Lila Felix blog tours! So excited to interview her and work with other blogs!

"Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics. 
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love."


I always love interviewing authors. Very excited to be reviewing Lila Felix again!

Me:Thank you so much for doing this interview for the AnguiSH blog tour, we're all really excited for your new book!!
Lila: Very excited, thanks for having me!

Me: Have your readers had any influence on your writing or stories?
Yes.  Love and Skate was never meant to be a series, but the readers were so in love with Falcon that I decided to make it a series.
Me: Where were you & what were you doing when you thought of AnguiSH?
When I thought of the idea for AnguiSH, I was on the phone with a friend.

Me: When you're writing, can it be emotionally hard for you to write scenes? Why?
I get very emotional.  These aren't just people.  These are sons, daughters, best friends and family born from a part of my soul.  When they hurt, I hurt.  When they cry, I cry. 

Me: With the awesomeness that is Lila Felix, you write a lot of books, do you ever find it hard to keep track of characters that you've written?
I don’t.  They are totally alive in my head.  I know every idiosyncrasy about them.

Me: How are the characters in AnguiSH different from characters you've previously written? 
Breaker James is not your typical alpha male.  He’s flawed and broken.  This was a new thing for me.

Me: What color do you think is best for AnguiSH?

Me: If the rights to one of your books was bought and was being made into a film, which book would you prefer it to be?
Oh Wow! What a question!  I would love for it to be Emerge. That would be amazing.

Me: Now some fun questions: what would be the first thing you would do in a zombie apocalypse?
Get my children and my supplies and head to my Dad’s house.  It’s a fortress and we’re quite the preppers in my family. 

Me: What is your favorite season? Why?  
Winter.  Just the coziness of the fire and hot chocolate.

Me: What is your favorite summertime food? 
Burgers!  I’m a burger snob!

Me: What is your favorite thing about your fans? 
Well, of late, I am trying not to call them fans anymore.  They are readers.  The word fan invokes a feeling of hierarchy, which I don’t like.  I am the same nerd girl I used to be, except I picked up a pen and wrote in addition to reading.  But my readers are completely amazing.  I have had some people tell me that they picked up my books simply because of my veracious, hard-core Lila Felix readers.  They are so intensely loyal, it’s just mind blowing. 


My Thoughts

Different and really happy about it...

I agree with Shelly Crane on this one. It is about as good as Emerge. The past few books I've read from Felix have been Love & Skate books, and don't get me wrong, I love them, but I was excited to read something out of the satus quo (see what I did there?). It was nice reading something form the author that was different than the same characters. This story was much more different than her other books. I'm trying to restrain myself from going all out fangirl with this one, folks. Also trying to calm the waves of depression that are caused by the knowledge that I have to wait for another Lila Felix book. Hopefully not for long though.

Anguish starts out with Breaker James, who was left broken from his previous relationship. He is stuck in his house, afraid to leave, and the only way he can socially interact is through the internet. It is apparent right off the bat that Breaker is not a usual male character in Lila Felix's books. He is really quite miserable and he is unwilling and unmotivated to do anything. He is extremely broken and damaged from his previous relationship. The thing I loved most about Breaker was the way that he opened up over the course of the book, but Ash didn't necessarily help him all the way through his quest for freedom from himself. Especially at the end when he really worked hard to become better and less afraid of the world. Breaker is one of the best male leads because of that. I think you have to read Ash in the book to really get how cool she is. Like, I would want to know her in real life. In some ways she's the foil of Breaker at the beginning. Mostly when she's so outgoing and pushing him to do more things (there's a main reason, but whatever). Some of the things that Ash said I really related to and appreciated. Both characters were brilliantly written throughout the book that I must applaud Felix! *clap*

I really liked the journey that Breaker and Ash went through in the book. It felt a lot more like a story than a sequence of events. Character growth was some of the best I've seen from Felix, and this story was truly magnificent. As per usual though, it was a bit predictable, like when and what would happen. There were some grammatical and structural issues, but those were mostly minor.

Overall  really amazing book from Lila Felix that blew me away! I was really impressed and I'm so grateful for all of the books, Lila, and the Rink Rats for being awesome!
5 out of 5 stars

P.S. Moar bookz plez!!

Lila Felix lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her husband and three boisterous children. She loves coffee, anything cinnamon and loves to cook. She is a big roller derby fan. When she's not writing, she's watching 80's movies, reading, and collecting duct tape.

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July 11


      I Read Indie 

Read This - Hear That

July 12

  Jenna's Junction  

      The Alternative Kryptonite (hehe)

July 13 

        Book Geeks Unite

        Loves All Things Books 

July 14 

      Brianna Lee Book Reviews 

      Book Crazy 

July 15 

Book Nerds Across America 

July 16

Inside the World of Books 

        TSK TSK What to Read 

July 17

Christina's Book Reviews 

July 18 

        Life Between Pages 

        Holly's Hot Reads 

July 19

      A World Of Words 

One More Chapter 

July 20 

Paperback Cowgirl 

Happy Reading!

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