Jun 1, 2012

Review & Author Interview : Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki

Posted by Unknown at Friday, June 01, 2012

So, this is my first blog tour and author interview, I hope I get it right!
Let's start with the interview!

1. Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, what did you want to be first?
Well like any little girl I was very content on being a princess, until I discovered my love for writing stories. This became my one love but I always wanted to go into something with English, so either teaching or journalism. To a point I still do want to do one or the other now while keeping my writing on the side.
2. This is a very overused question, but it's one I need to ask: how do you get your inspiration? In particular, how did you get your inspiration for 'Familiar Ties'?
I love romance stories, and I love watching TV. So I picked a few stories lines I wasn’t happy with and re-wrote them to how I wanted to, incorporating more romance and family into it because I wanted to read something where I didn’t pitch a fit at the end cause I didn’t like what happened.
3. Who are your favorite authors/books?
My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. The woman has completely inspired me and I have read all her books sooooo many times. However my favorite book is ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo, I read it as a child and I don’t know something about it had me hooked and I read it at least once a year. However I also love ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott, my mom told me to read it once and I have been hooked ever since, I’ve watched various adaptations and read the book soooo many times. 
4. Why do you name your characters what you've named them? Do you focus on the meaning of the name, does it just sound right, etc?
With Grace and Phoebe they just came naturally however everyone else I kept changing the names to see what felt right. I have a list of all my favorite names that I love to use and I just went through the list and see what fit with the characters and their various counterparts.
5. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Daddy’s occasionally rebellious princess
6. Have there ever been any stories you loved to write, but you couldn't get them published?
I have written some short stories that never got published, but most things I write are left on my laptop for me until I am ready for the world to see them
7. Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If you want to write, follow your dreams and do not let anyone stop you. Go for it 110% and let the world see how much you love to write. 

Now it's time for the review!
 
On My Bookshelf : Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki
Source: Tours De Codex Blog Tours
Format: E-book
Publisher: Inskpell Publishing
Pagecount: 250
Publication Date: May 20th 2012
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother's death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family.

Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.

These two “broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches. However through their past, present and debatable future will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only “whole” family they have ever known?
My Review: I was very wary of this book since I am on the younger side of young adult, and it’s an adult book- I’ve only read a few, like Stephen King, so I was incredibly wary.
It turned out to be a good book, although the characters were too-good-to-be true- it was almost like a daydream someone had had and decided, hey, this might be a good book, and put it into writing, keeping the characters incredibly perfect, keeping the ‘bad guy’ smirking and evil, always with a plot up his sleeve- I had a hard time liking these characters because of how incredibly. Freaking. Perfect. They are.
I have flaws, I like the people I read about to have flaws too, not be these incredible soul-mates who always know what the other is thinking and fit together like two puzzle pieces, and have this incredibly perfect dude and this incredibly perfect woman who- now that I think about it, it’s sorta kinda an adult version of Water For Elephants. Cool.
But contrary to my long rant, I did enjoy this book.
Want to hear a fun fact that embarrasses me?: my blog tour is due June 1st.  About 1:01 AM May 30th I checked my schedule because I was like oh crap the blog tour is coming up!
And I realized it was in two days and I was only `13% done with the book!!
Luckily I stayed up until six reading(hey that’s probably why I have this headache!! Maybe I’m not as sick as I thought I was!) And read some more the next morning and finally finished it!!! Yay me! :D

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