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Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Posted February 24, 2019 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha LevensellerWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

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



I read an article all about your love of Pirates and the journey that you went on to get Daughter of the Pirate King published. Was the publication journey of Warrior of the Wild similar or different than your last duology?

It was very different! Since I was already an established author, I didn’t have to write the whole book before attempting to sell it. I only had to write the first three chapters and a complete synopsis. The idea went to the same publisher that did Pirate King. By this point, I have a strong relationship with my editor and we get to work together on concept ideas and whatnot. I love that the process is more collaborative now and I have an advocate already in my publishing house!
I love YA but I also am a huge horror fan and I’ve read everything by Stephen King. What’s a genre or a type of book that we might be surprised that you love?

I love adult historical romance and a good adult paranormal romance. I actually have an idea for an adult paranormal romance that I might like to write someday! We’ll see…

Warrior of the Wild has 3 main characters. Rasmira, Iric and Soren. I felt closest to Iric because I can be a little bit of a stick in the mud and a worrywart. Who did you identify with the most and why?

Haha. Iric is my favorite. He was definitely the most fun to write! I definitely identify the most with Rasmira. There were so many times when I felt like I had to prove myself, times when I lacked the confidence to do things I knew I was good at, and times when I felt I had to have the acceptance of those around me in order to feel good about myself. Rasmira’s journey is loosely based on my own in high school/college. 

Did you have a playlist on when you were writing Warrior of the Wild? What song was at the top of the list?

I actually don’t listen to music when I write! It distracts me.

Is there a scene or a quote from Warrior of the Wild that is your favorite? Please share it!

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all. You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” —Soren


About the Author

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and forthcoming standalone, Warrior of the Wild. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.




FFBC Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Posted October 31, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments

FFBC Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

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FFBC Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn BennettThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da VinciÂ’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospitalÂ’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

This book was really good. I really enjoyed how driven Bex is. She know’s what she wants right from the beginning and she has a plan on how to get it for herself. She doesn’t expect anyone to do anything for her. She’s doing the hard work to make her own dreams come true. I really liked Bex. Jack  is tall, dark and mysterious right from the start. He notices Bex right from the start. Their flirting was just adorable and very unique. This wasn’t like any book I’ve read this year, maybe not ever.

Bex has a really unusual passion. She likes to draw anatomy and wants to become a medical illustrator. Due to this goal, she asks permissions from the local college to have access to their Willed Body program. With this access she can draw cadavers and gain the experience and practice that she needs. I thought this was such a creative detail and a big part of me loved it.

I know nothing about Medical illustration and I’ve never thought about the need for people to do that. It seems like every character has a weird name or an odd hobby these days, so at first my jaded mind was a little bitter about it. However, as I kept reading, it really grew on me. Bex’s hobby fits her character and is woven throughout the story. Its not weird for the sake of being weird. It actually makes sense with the story.

I haven’t talked about Jack at all. Jack is an artist too in a completely different way. At first it seems he has everything, but looks can be deceiving. As he and Bex get to know each other, he begins to open up and we see the truth. His struggles with his family are just as real and just as important as Bex’s. Bex seems to be the main character but Jack drives everything that happens. This is his story too.

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Jenn Bennett PictureJenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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