{Blog Tour} Review & Interview: Shooting Stars by H.D. Gordon

Posted March 28, 2013 by Bee in Blog Tour, Interviews & Guest Posts, Reviews / 3 Comments

Welcome to Istyria book blog! Today I’m one the hosts for the Shooting Stars Blog Tour! Please check out my review and an interview with the brilliant H.D. Gordon herself.

{Blog Tour} Review & Interview: Shooting Stars by H.D. Gordon

Shooting Stars


by H.D. Gordon
Series: Surah Stormsong #1
Pages: 303
Published on March 15th 2013
by ShareARead
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Falling Stars

Once upon a time, a common boy fell in love with a princess. It was a hopeless, forbidden love, grown in a world where sorcery and magic rule over all. Now, dark times are brewing, and destiny will bring them together, while fate works to keep them apart. Extraordinary battles will be fought, and extraordinary choices made. Join the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga for the beginning of a tale of star-crossed lovers and magic, of hope and love and loss, of desperate wishes made on stars.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars
Review

A new book from H.D. Gordon set in Alexa’s world? What did you think my reaction would be?

Surah and Charlie are the main characters here and they live in the world from The Alexa Montgomery Saga (which I really recommend by the way) and their story is set after the events from those books. That is just one thing that makes this book awesome. My expectations were really high for this one. H.D. did an amazing job on Alexa’s story and I didn’t think she could live up to that. I hoped for it, but I didn’t think she would. And she didn’t let me down. This book is beyond awesome.

The night stars hung overhead, a thick glitter that was not visible in the part of her father’s kingdom where she called home. Too many lights on the ground to see the lights in sky. But here was country, a land where only the farmers and their grasses, the Hunters and their mountain lived. Here was a land where the beasts still roamed in the forests, where the night wind whispered the wishes of star-crossed lovers, where the Magic was still used for survival, not show or pride. Here was where the stars were allowed to shine.

At first, Surah reminded me of Jasmine (you know, from Aladdin). She was a princess that didn’t want to be a princess anymore with a huge tiger as a pet and best friend and she falls in love with a common boy. So I guess Charlie is kind of like Aladdin too. But Jasmine didn’t have lavender hair and eyes and cool magic powers and she wasn’t hundreds of years old. Surah is one kickass heroine. She can kick some as but at the same time, she struggles with the doubts within herself. Will she be what her father expects her to be? Or will she go her own way?

Charlie was so cute and sweet! He has been in love with Surah for years. (Centuries actually.) He even wrote a song for her! Gosh, I want my own Charlie. *swoon*
Do I even have to tell you how awesome Samson is? No. You know he is, even if you haven’t read the book yet. 
I don’t like Michael, he’s an ass and for some reason I don’t like Theo either. I just have a bad feeling about that guy.

Finally, as if it hurt her to do so, she said, “How much?”
“How much what?”
Mila rolled her eyes, something Samson remembered her doing with annoying frequency when they were younger, an odd Two Leg quality for a feline. “How much do you love her?”
Samson’s response was immediate, and though he knew it would hurt her, he also knew it was the right one.
“More than the moon loves the night and the sun loves the day.”

This story doesn’t have a slow start. H.D.’s books never really have. She doesn’t wait to start the action, she just does it. I love her so much. She is such an incredible writer and an amazing storyteller. She has a way with words that I can’t describe. Every time I finish a book, I just sit in my chair for a moment. Speechless.

On of the best things of this book? The romance. There is no insta-love here! Not at all. Charlie and Surah have been in love with each other for centuries (even though they have a hard time admitting that). I wouldn’t exactly call that insta-love, would you? They are so sweet together and when Charlie sang that song to Surah, the hopeless romantic in me rejoiced.

And there’s no way that you can’t see
That there’s no way that this can be
And saying this to you is really hard
But boy, you may as well be shooting at the stars
And though a fool I may be
That girl could never be in love with me
I can’t seem to get her off my heart
Lovin’ her was written in the stars.

So long story short, this book is great. The world, the characters, the story. It is everything I wanted and more. Much more. Thank you H.D. for yet another amazing book. And hurry up on the sequel, please?

She understood the words of Charlie’s song now, her song. It really was as if it all had been written in the stars.

Interview

Hi!

When did you start writing?

Since I learned how. Really, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started reading really early, because my mother is an avid reader, and she never restricted reading material. As a child I was handed really mature works, and it didn’t take long before I found myself wanting to do the things I’d seen written on the page. It seemed like such a magical thing to me, and it never occurred to me not to write. It still seems magical.

What do you love doing next to writing?

I like playing the guitar, though not very good. I love to read. I like to be outdoors, especially when the weather is nice. But mostly I love to hang out with my children and my family. My daughters are really the whole reason for everything I do, everything I strive for. They make it all worthwhile.

What is your biggest source of inspiration to write?

Love. Love is. All you need is love. It’s something, for me, that I can never get away from, even if I try. Eventually, I always end up writing again. When I became an adult, and the reality that I would need to work for the rest of my life set in, I realized that if I had to do something, I wanted it to be writing. I feel really lucky that I figured this out. I think people can go their whole lives without every figuring out what they are meant to do. I am inspired by everyone and everything around me, to put stories into words, to escape through the hole in the page. It’s all pretty awesome.

Where did you get the idea for Alexa’s story?

I got the character of Alexa before I got the story. I try not to plot too much, because if I can’t surprise myself, I don’t expect to surprise the reader. The characters always take me where they want to go, and I just try to pay attention, to capture their journey as I’m pulled along. Alexa was someone that I would want to be if I could, a girl who was strong and tough, but also loyal and loving. I like to think that she came to me as a much, much better version of myself. In every situation that she found herself in, I asked myself what I would do, and as it turned out, she would do the same. Alexa was my hero. Her story followed after I developed a love for her.

What do you have in store for the future? Any plans?

Oh, lots. I’m going to finish the Surah Stormsong novels this year, and if you’re a fan of mine, you should watch out for them, because book two and three are going to be insane. Book one was a lot of world building and setting up. Now, the bigger problems are all ready to explode. Also, I’m writing a horror novel right now, and I think it is shaping up to be the best book I’ve written thus far, though it is still too early to tell. I’m going to try and do things a little differently this coming year, going back to school, for one thing, so that I can strengthen my craft. I’m also going to be at UtopYA in Nashville this June, speaking as a panelist, so I hope to see some of you there. I’m going to continue to self-publish, but I think I may be shopping out some of my books to agents soon, so we will see how that goes. All in all, there will be a lot more coming from me, so I hope the fans will stick around and enjoy the ride.

Do you have a tip for aspiring writers?

There is no substitute for hard work. If you want to be a writer, then write. You will get out of it what you put in, and never, ever let anyone tell you that you can’t, because you can. You just have to want it bad enough and be willing to work your butt off to get it.

Thank you so much for having me! It was a pleasure!

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Bee

About H.D. Gordon

H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa’s tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

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