Friday 20 January 2012

Touch of Power UK Blog Tour: Review and Interview with Maria V.Snyder + a chance to win a iPad

Posted by Donna
Published Date: December 20th, 2011
Finished Date: January 10th, 2012
Publishers: Mira
Source: ARC, For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 390
The Blurb from Goodreads: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....

The Review "I don't want to be your friend, Avry." Kerrick stroked my cheek, then leaned in and kissed me.  
I'm ashamed to admit that I have NEVER read any of Maria V.Snyder's work before and I'm seriously kicking myself because Touch of Power proves that this author has a talent for creating magical and spell-binding stories that will captivate you from start to end and honestly just want more!

Fantasy novels usually aren't my first choice when I read a book but Touch of Power sounded so good, I knew I had to try it. And I'm so pleased but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The world that Maria has created it very imaginable, easy to follow and so engrossing  that you can't help but love it.

Characters like Avry, Belen, Loren and of course, Kerrick are one of the main reasons I love reading. I fell in love with all these characters and days after finishing this book I'm still thinking about them. Their all loveable, protective and loyal and they all bring a certain quality to the story. I loved watching their relationships develop and became such a close family but I have to say, I did have my doubts about Kerrick to start with. He was so mean but as the novel goes on, it's impossible to hate him - even though Avry thinks she does. You can see what's truly happening and even though he's trying to stay loyal to his King, he can't help love Avry and she can't help but love him. I loved it!

The story itself had so many exciting twists and turns with sacrifices and betrayals. It was filled with happy moments and sad moments and I can not wait to continue on with Avry and the guys journey. I'm so pleased this isn't a stand alone book because it was pure awesomeness! Maria V Snyder has me convinced....I need to read more of work SOON!  

Maria V.Snyder
Author of Touch of Power, Study Series, Glass Series & Insider Series
Check out her Goodreads Page: HERE
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Touch of Power Website: HERE
Author Bio: Maria V. Snyder is the acclaimed author of the Yelena Zaltana Study trilogy:Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study. Maria changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries.

1.       How did you come up with the concept ‘The Healers’ for Touch of Power?
        I had this vague idea about a healer or an apprentice healer during an epidemic.  She was either going to be sought after for her powers – like everyone wanting her, or be hunted.  I wasn’t sure.  Then one night my daughter couldn’t sleep and she wanted me to tell her a story.  She knew all my other books, so I started telling her about this healer.  And every night, she’d ask, “What’s next?”  That’s why Touch of Power is dedicated to my daughter.

2.       How long did it take you to write the book?
        About six months, including revisions.

3.       What was the most challenging thing for you when writing this book?
        The most challenging aspect were the rumors about the plague.  I needed there to be a misunderstanding between Kerrick and Avry about the plague, and it was hard to keep it going and make it logical at the same time.  I'm a stickler for logic!

4.       Who is your favourite character from the book?
        Belen.  He's the protective Poppa Bear – concerned for his cubs and can tear someone's arms off  when protecting them.  

5.       Out of all your books you’ve wrote, which is your favourite?
  That is like asking a mother who her favourite child is!  I love all my books for different reasons.  However, Poison Study will always hold a special place in my heart since it was the first (shhh... don't tell my other books!).

Thanks so much for joining us today Maria!


Create a video review of A Touch of Power and be in with a chance of winning an iPad!
Maria V. Snyder has teamed up with top teen mag Mizz to give you the chance to win an iPad and be the official book review for MizzMag TV to boot! All you need to do to enter is make a video review ofA Touch of Power. MIRA Ink is giving away free review copies to the first 50 people who get in touch, so visit facebook/MIRAInk for more details on how to get involved! Also, check out Mizz Mag TV at for an exclusive video of Maria talking about her new Healer series!

Check out the Trailer made by Mira Ink

Well I hope you've all enjoyed the post today and I'd like to say a big thank you to Maria V.Snyder and also to Mira Ink for asking me to be apart of Touch of Power's journey. 
Happy Reading!


Tipsy Misty said...

Oh fab review, I'm always happy when someone converts to being a fan of Maria lol... now go read Poison study!

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Mel said...

Maria is one of my favourite authors - so glad you like Touch of Power! You should read Poison Study soon - in fact all her books are great! :-)

Giselle said...

Great post Donna! I've never read anything by Maria yet either so I have to get going! hhaa. I have a few of hers at home too so I'll be getting to it soon. This one is def. on my wishlist though!

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Amanda said...

I love Maria! :) I'm still finishing up the Study series, but I can't wait to get started on this new one. Great interview!

Book Passion for Life said...

Thanks all! I really can not wait to start something else of Maria's, hopefully I can fit them in this year. :)

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