Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Timespell by Diana Paz Review, Interview, and Giveaway


Hello everyone!! Welcome to my stop on the Timespell blog tour. I have my review, an interview, and tour giveaway to share with you! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publisher: Rhemalda Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
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In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.
 
My Thoughts

The cover alone was enough to make me want to read this, but then the synopsis sounded so interesting there was no way I could pass this up. I loved the idea of them being chosen by the Fates and having to travel through time to complete their mission. It's told from each girls POV and I really liked that aspect of it. It really helped to get to know them better. This was full of action and adventure and was very fun to read.

Julia is the first one that we meet and she was fun. A bit impulsive and easy to get worked up, but she was still great. She is the Daughter of the Present so she can transport them from one location to another in their own time and can also freeze time. She can also summon the Guardian of time. He is all of their protector, but only she can get him to come to them. I did find Julia to be a bit whiny and too obsessed with her little love triangle thing when they have way more important things to do, like save the world. I was hoping that with everything that happened she would change by the end, but I guess it takes more than evil creatures and traveling through time to give her a personality makeover.

Then we meet Angie. She is sensible and mostly calm and keeps a straight head. She has known about her magic and the Fates since she was a child so I think it's easier for her to not get greedy or power hungry from the magic, and to be confident in doing what they have to. It's not to say that she's perfect, but she was the most stable of all of them. She can travel through time. I honestly forget what her other special ability is, but either way, she has the most control over her magic and knows the most out of them.

Kaitlyn was annoying as hell. I hated her to start with and I still didn't like her much at the end, but at least I didn't want to throw her to the evil creatures for dinner anymore. Had we not gotten her POV there would have been no way I would have come around and given her a chance. She is beautiful, popular, and out to get everyone. She doesn't want anyone to be happy. Have a boyfriend? She will put the moves on him. Have a crush? She'll make him hers so you can't. Truly a nice person? She thinks it's all an act. She had something horrible happen to her so now she basically hates the world and has to be better than everyone else. It's sad really, but I couldn't feel bad for her. She almost gets them killed more than once. She is greedy and just wants the power, she doesn't care about their mission or what the Fates want. Even when they go through everything, it's not until something that changes her happens, that she is even a little tolerable. Oh and her powers are being able to see the different threads of time and make them invisible.

Overall I thought this was an interesting story. I loved that time travel and witchcraft were combined. I thought that them doing the missions of the Fates was really cool too. The three girls were so different that it made it fun to read and get in all of their heads. The settings were done very well and I could imagine it all easily. The romances didn't quite do it for me, but it wasn't a big issue. I did find myself slightly confused about some things, but in general I thought it was really good and I enjoyed it.





Interview

Hi Diana! Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

My pleasure! Thank you so much for having me.

Why don't we start with getting to know. Tell us a little about yourself.

Let's see… I'm technically an adult, but I'm most definitely not a grown-up. I grew up both on Miami Beach and in Los Angeles, and was both a bookworm and a cheerleader. I have a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, I taught third grade, and my very first job was at a movie theater. I love thunderstorms, warm cookies, anime, snowy cabins, sunny beaches, and video games.

Timespell is your first book. How did you come up with the idea for it?

The idea came when I thought up a scene about a pair of time-crossed lovers, and the scene wouldn't leave my thoughts. I wrote it down, and from there everything started falling into place. The idea of best friends, completely excited about having magic so they could travel through time to fulfill their destiny, only to realize they can only keep their power if they join with the most evil girl in school? That was too much fun not to write!

How long did it take you to write Timespell?

It took about a year for me to write it, and then another year to rewrite and revise it. I can't say it was always fun, but it was always worth it.

What made you choose the certain time periods and locations in this book?

I liked choosing time periods and locations that made sense in the story and the timeline. I liked having Tuileries Palace as an anchor throughout a lot of the time travel. Between Marie Antoinette's Parisian debut and the terrifying march on the palace many years later, it was a great place to have the girls battle demons and while experiences key events of the Marie Antoinette era.

Do any of the characters personalities resemble your own, or people you know?

Even though I created the main characters as their own people, I can't help but infuse pieces of myself and the experiences I've had in my life in every character I write. I would say that I can relate to each of them.

There are three girls in this. I notice it talks of Julia's witch-like powers, but do Angie and Kaitlyn have powers too?

Yes! Angie and Julia are the descendants of the priestesses of the Fates, and were gifted with magic. The descendants are known as the Daughters of Fate, but the magic only lasts if a third Daughter is found. I'll give you one guess who the final Daughter is that completes their mystic trinity. ;)

Do you have any certain writing routines, like snacks, coffee, or particular place you like to do it?
My favorite place to write is on my sofa, tucked into the corner with my laptop, and I'm big on having a steady supply of tea and cookies. I tend to snack a LOT when I'm writing, but I guess it balances out because I end up forgetting to eat during revisions, oops!

Random:

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Coffee or tea? Tea

Cake or pie? Cake

Day or Night? Night

Sneakers or heels? Socks please! I work from home

Hair up or down? Down

Okay that's all I have. Thank you so much for doing the interview!! 

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



AUTHOR BIO

Diana Paz writes books about magic, adventure, and romance. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she’s a beach bum. Diana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a highly sweetened iced coffee.

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23 comments:

  1. I think I fell in love with this cover as soon as I saw it. It's absolutely gorgeous. It also sounds like a really interesting story and I think I'll have to give it a shot. The interview was also a lot of fun. Fabulous post, darling! <3

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    1. The cover is beautiful!! Honestly, I couldn't stop myself from signing up for the tour mostly because of that. Lol!!

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  2. GASP! She prefers tea? *faints dramatically* >.<

    Great review, muffin! The witchcraft added to it sounds really cool I love witches/witchcraft novels and time travel novels! ;) Plus I agree this cover really is amazing I love it! Glad you enjoyed it, muffin!

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    1. I know!! I love tea, but I have to have my coffee. If I had to choose one or the other it would definitely be coffee!! It was really fun to read. Thanks for letting me take part in the tour!

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  3. Wow, witchcraft AND time travel! Double dose of fun. Nice review!

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    1. It was really fun. It was very action filled too. A lot of the books I have read lately weren't so this was a nice change of pace.

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  4. Oh wow I think I would definitely want to slap Kaitlyn! She sounds so terrible. Happy to see that once you got her perspective she got a bit better for you. I'm not sure that this one is for me, I don't often fare well with time-travel novels, it's such a hard concept to pull off. Fabulous review!

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    1. The good thing with this, is their time travel is only to one other time and it's explained by way of magic. It's not like they can just time travel and it's not explained. That's what usually gets me with time travel books. Lack of explanation.

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  5. I always get super confused while reading time travel books! LOL but I do like this cover dude!!

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  6. Thanks for the great post and congrats to Diana on the new release! I'd love to visit ancient Rome or Egypt :)

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  7. This book actually sounds really good! I think I'd have to go with wanting to go back to the 60's for the music alone. Liverpool to be exact! Since I already know that I love it there!

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  8. That is a great cover ! The story sounds cool, and I'm glad you liked the story despite the iffy romance. Great review!

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  9. Well, Kaitlyn sounds like an annoying character that I probably wouldn't want to meet. Julia also doesn't sound like a character that I would like since you mentioned how whiny and too obsessed she was with her love triangle. I agree that this has a really pretty cover. I was too full this month, which is why I decided not to join the tour.

    Great review and interview, Amy! :)

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  10. Time travel and witchcraft?! Sounds like fun. :) I really liked Once a Witch which had a similar premise, so I may have to check this out. Thanks for the review and interview!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  11. Time traveling witches sounds very cool! If I could go back in time, I'd make an effort to meet as many of my relatives as possible and see what their lives were like.

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  12. The time travel thing would be a big draw for me but I'm just not a witches kinda reader. Hmmmmm....The Fates is a draw too.

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  13. I really love this cover, I saw it, and it drew me in! I haven't read too many time travel books and this is about witches too?! I'm very intrigued! Kaitlyn sounds like someone I'd hate, too, lol. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  14. I love the cover! But I love time travel books so I would read it for that for sure! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  15. The cover's what immedaetly drew my attention too! I think i'll be adding this one to my TBR pile and I like how you ended up enjoying it too :)

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  16. This is the most gorgeous cover! I also love time travel and mixing that with witchcraft sounds great. Plus love dual POVs.

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  17. Nice interview and thanks so much for the great giveaway!

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  18. Fab review hun & really fun interview too!! I really want to read this one, being a huge Doctor Who fan time travel is my new obsession. I would go to ancient Egypt, Victorian-Era London AND Rome at the height of it's power :D Thanks for the chance to win xox

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  19. Even though you rated it 3.5 stars I kind of get the feeling that you didn't enjoy this one as much. Or at least, you didn't enjoy it as much as you hoped you would. I totally adored the cover and was hooked by the synopsis, but from what you're telling me, I feel like I'd have major issues with the characters. The witchcraft meets fates meets time traveling aspect still has me interested though. Great review! & interview.I'm totally a tea, sweet and night person too :)

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