Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop, Featuring Kimberly Derting, author of The Pledge




2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop
& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
March 23rd - 28th

This hop features the best Kick-Butt Characters in Young Adult Books.
My choice is Charlaina (Charlie) from the Pledge! I'm so excited to introduce Kimberly Derting, the fabulous author of the Pledge and the Body Finder series.

 
The Pledge (The Pledge, #1) Goodreads Book Description: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review: The Pledge Review  

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.
You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.
 
Author Interview
1. Tell us a little about how you became inspired to create the world in The Pledge?

Unlike the idea for my other series, The Body Finder, which came to me all at once, the original idea for The Pledge came in pieces...more like a puzzle.  The first piece was just a simple question: “What would it be like if someone could understand all languages?” But I definitely wanted the story itself to be bigger than just that component.  I spent a lot of time—over a year—thinking about how Charlie’s ability would work, what kind of world she would live in, and developing the monarchies and her friends and family, before I’d ever written a single word. I talk more about how I got the idea here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcwK-Ja9wk4

2. Which character in another YA book would your main character Charlie most likely be best friends with?

I think Charlie and Peeta (from THE HUNGER GAMES) would be friends. Peeta is funny and loyal, and knows how to bake a cake ;)

3. Who was your favorite character to write and why? Did any character surprise you?

I’m not sure any of them really surprised me, but asking me which character I most enjoy writing is practically like asking me to choose which of my kids I like best. I’m totally gonna do it, though (the favorite character, not the favorite kid!), because I did have one. It was definitely Angelina. She’s adorable and smart and may have a few secrets of her own.


4. For our aspiring writers, can you talk a little about why you write in trilogy form rather than stand alones and what you've found to be pros/cons about both forms?

I think a lot of the challenges are the same whether you’re writing a series or a trilogy, namely trying to keep each story fresh. And then secondly, keeping them fresh without completely abandoning the format that your readers have already fallen in love with. I don’t want my books to be “formulaic,” but at the same time, I want readers to feel like they’re hanging out with an old friend when they’re reading the next book in the series.  It’s like walking a tightrope, trying to find that balance that will keep readers coming back for more.

The biggest difference is that with a series, each book wraps up its main storyline so that there’s a conclusion to the (in the case of The Body Finder series) mystery. With a trilogy there’s an overall arc that spans all three books, and the ultimate conclusion isn’t reached until that final novel. But honestly, I love writing in both formats!

5. Tell us a little about what your future books are about, including the sequel to The Pledge, Essence, which has just come out!

In THE ESSENCE, the second book in The Pledge trilogy, Charlie has taken the throne of her country, Ludania, and is now in charge of trying to set things right. Unfortunately, the old queen is still around—her Essence is fused inside of Charlie. And as Charlie secretly struggles to keep the voice of the evil queen at bay, she is also being challenged by those who would like to see her dead.

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95 comments:

  1. Alex from Covenant and Aria from Under the Never Sky.
    Thank you very much for the giveaway!

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  2. Thank you for such a fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading! The Pledge is already on my to-read list, as it sounds fantastic.
    As to a 'Kick-butt' heroine, i would have to say Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings (or) Katniss from the Hunger Games. both stand-out to me as fantastic female protagonists.

    Thank you so very much, and i really enjoyed the author interview.

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  3. My favorite kick butt character is Kiera Hudson from the Kiera Hudson Series (1&2), by Tim O'Rourke. I love YA Fiction and this book sounds amazing. Awesome cover! That's what really draws me towards a book, the cover. Next the synopsis. If I'm drawn to both then It's a must read for me. This book has it.

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  4. My favourite kick butt character is Fia from Mind Games By Kiersten White

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  5. My character is Finnik from Hunger Games.

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  6. My favorite kick-butt character is Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games or Tris from Divergent. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway! I really want to read The Pledge now! :D

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite kick butt character is either Xander or Max from The Pledge!
    -Cali W.

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  8. I like Rose from Vampire Academy. But Finnick from the Hunger Games is probably my favorite.

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  9. The first character that comes to my mind is Rose from VA.

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  10. Katsa form Graceling and Katniss for Hunger Games. I've been dying to read this book!

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  11. It would probably be Percy Jackson. Godly powers are awesome and he`s saved the world many times against monsters and titans.

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  12. My favorite Kick Butt Characters are ' Sussanah aka Suze' from Mediator Series and ' Rose ' from Vampire Academy Series!!
    Also I have read 'The Body Finder ' Series by Kimberly so I am also interested in reading this book!
    Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  13. My favorite Kick butt character is ' Sussanah ' from Mediator Series.
    Also the blurb sounds interesting so I would definitely read this book!

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  14. I love the idea of someone who can understand all languages. What a valuable ability.

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  15. thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. I like her comment that choosing a favorite character is like asking her to pick which one of her kids she likes best.

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  17. Oh, Tess in Divergent definitely!

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  18. Don't know about my favourite, but Celaena from Throne of Glass is pretty awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I LOVE JATE DANIELS .. SHE CAN KICK BUTTS

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  20. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.I really love a fascinating suspense novel which has a very strong female character like Charlaina.

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  21. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.I really love a very fascinating suspense novel which has a strong female character.

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  22. Katsa from Graceling :D

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  23. I've been wanting to read The Pledge for the longest so thank you for the opportunity. I like Katniss from The Hunger Games. Nice interview btw.

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  24. Ceaena from Throne of Glass. Thanks for the giveaway. You can find my Kick-Butt hop herehttp://gwynnethwhite.blogspot.com/

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  25. I have a lot of fav kick butt characters but 2 come to mind 1st. Eve (JD Robb) and Anita Blake (Laurell K Hamilton)

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  26. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone series!
    Thanks for making it INT! :)

    This book has been on my TBR list for some time now! :)

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  27. There are so many awesome kick butt characters, but I'll just mention some great badass chicks - Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy), Celaena (Throne of Glass), Penryn (Angelfall), Tris (Divergent)..
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  28. My favorite is Patch from the Hush Hush series. This book sounds really intriguing! I hope I win (:

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  29. My favorite is June from Legend and Juliette of Shatter Me! :)

    rafflecopter name. Joss Alv.

    Thanks a lot! ♥

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  30. There are so many badass characters... I don't know which ne to chose, but if I had t answr, it would probably be will in the angelfire series. x)

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  31. Terrible from the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  32. It would definitely be Dimitri Belikov and Daemon Black!! Hands down!! These two are some sexy kick butting guys!! Thank you so much for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

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  33. My fave is Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium trilogy.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I like the character of Charlie. She shows "guts" and loyalty.

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  35. I like Charlie. She has great loyalty to her beliefs and
    principles. She has the "guts" to do something about it.

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  36. I guess I would say that I really like Celaena from the Throne of Glass novel. I also like Scout from Chloe Neill's Dark Elite series. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. I would have to say Katniss from the Hunger Games. I really want to read this book. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. My favourite Kick Butt Character would have to be Neville, from Harry Potter. At the beginning of the books he seemed like an oaf, and unable to do anything helpful. But the entire time he was trying to do what was right, even if he lost friends in the process. At the end, he was able to show his true courage by standing up to Voldemort, when everyone else accepted his reign.

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  39. My favorite kick-butt characters are Travis(Beautiful/Walking Disaster), Rose and Dmitri (Vampire Academy series) and Cat(Night Huntress series).
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  40. My favorite kick-butt heroines are Tris from Divergent and Cammie from Gallagher Girls series. :)

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  41. My favorites are Katniss from the Hunger Games, and Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter :D Thanks for the awesome giveaway :D

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  42. My favorite is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy!

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  43. My favorite is Katniss from The Hunger Games or Tris from Divergent! Thanks!

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  44. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy is my favorite kick-butt character!

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  45. My girl Dylan Hart!!! Thank you!

    cmucha319(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Some of my favorites are Hermoine Granger, Luna Lovegood, Riley Blackthrone from The Demon Trapper's Daughter!

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  47. Buffy is my favourite kick ass character,m and that's not just because I'm a hetero sexual male. She's also very down to earth

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  48. Katniss is awesome! Also, I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the chance.

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  49. I have been wanting to read this one for a long time. The storyline sounds amazing, and I keep hearing such wonderful reviews.

    Rose from the *Vampire Academy* series. ♥

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  50. I am going old school and choosing Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.

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  51. Probably Jace and Will ♥
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  52. I like Anita Blake :)
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  53. Katniss from The Hunger Games! Thank you for the giveaway:)

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  54. Jace from The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare.

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  55. The review of THE PLEDGE made me want to read the book. - Judith R.

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  56. My favorite butt kick character is Stephanie Plum, thanks for the chance to win :D

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  57. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy! :D

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  58. Annelise from Veronica Wolff's Watcher series

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  59. There are so many but the first that comes to mind is Rose from VA and Sabina from the Sabina Kane series! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  60. It is pretty interesting that, with The Body Finder series, it was an immediate story that just needed to be put on paper but with The Pledge, it was a process that lasted a year. Putting it together piece by piece. She said like a puzzle, which is the perfect description. I wonder if The Essence came with the first books story, or if it was another puzzle that she had to slowly piece together?

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  61. Rose from the Vampire Academy series

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  62. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood. :)

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  63. My favorite kick butt character is Rose from Vampire Academy! I love her =D

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  64. My fav is Katsa from Graceling. The cover is so eye catchy and intriguing. BTW, is the model of the book is the author?

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  65. My favorite kick-butt character is Quintana from the Lumatare Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. I love that series! :D

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  66. Totally love Tris from Divergent. Also love Katniss, Cinder, and falling in love with Katsa and Scarlet (just started both Scarlet and Graceling yesterday).

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  67. My favorite characters is Raine Benares from the series of the same name.

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  68. Rose from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  69. I love Deuce from Ann Aguirre's Razorland series! Thank you for the giveaway. I have been wanting to read this series for a while now!

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  70. I think it's Rose from Vampire Academy!

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  71. My favorite heroine, currently, is probably Perry from Darkhouse series - since I just read it and enjoyed it!

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  72. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite kick-butt character would have to be Valek from The Study Series. A sneaky assassin is definitely kick-butt!

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  73. For now, if I had to choose a Heroine that's kick-butt. It would be Meghan from the Iron Fey series. Meanwhile, I've already read The Pledge and it was awesome. I would die to have this book. :D

    Jules

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  74. For my fave kick-butt character/heroine, I would say that it would be Meghan Chase from The Iron Fey series. As for The Pledge, I read it before and I really really loved it, I would die to have a signed copy of it :D

    Jules

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  75. I would choose Avry of Kazan from Healer series by Maria V. Snyder :)
    There's international giveaway of the book I kissed a Dog on my blog. Come check it out!!!
    If you want to follow my blog, I will follow back :) Just write me in the comment, so I know about you.
    http://mariasbookshelf.blogspot.sk/
    PS: There's going to e huge giveaway on Monday, so don't miss it!
    pps: New follower :)

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