Across the Galaxy Review & Author Interview & Giveaway!
Posted by H. Lee
“I wish I could just tell her who I am, I thought. I knew I was whining but I didn‟t care.”
Heather Hildenbrand wrote a unique novel full of drama, romance and action. I cannot wait to read more of her work.
Alina is different from the other kids in Arizona. She is from another planet called Gliese. She is what is considered a “glow”. Her chest can illuminate a light brighter than the sun.
Alina is the daughter of the Emporer and Empress of her planet. They were killed trying to protect her from the shadows. Peter, her guardian, is very protective and moves them around a lot to keep them safe. The shadows were always trying to find them. Peter tells Alina that she is special, her mother had powers greater than any other glow he had known.
Alina loved Arizona. She loved the heat and the beautiful scenery. She lived peacefully, wishing she could just be herself and not have to lie to everyone about who she really was. One day, she gets her wish when she is followed by a shadow. Soon, she is swept away to another planet and saying goodbye to the only life she has ever known.
As Alina learns more about her past, she meets a lot of her people that remember her, but she just cannot place them. She has to come to terms with her powers and figure out how to get them and then use them, she needs to piece together her past and lastly, she is falling in love with someone everyone thinks is wrong for her.
There were several parts of this book that I loved. I loved the descriptions of the other planets and thought how cool it would be to actually be there myself. I loved the conversations between Alina and her horse, Nightingale. Nightingale had been Alina’s best friend, the only one who really knew the real Alina. And, Lastly, I loved the relationship between Alina and Ander.
I thought this was a great action packed book. Once I got started, I could not stop reading and could not wait to find out what happens in the end. Across the Galaxy was released in January, 2011. So far, it is only available on ebook edition, but hopefully, soon we can get a copy in hard print.
*Thank you to Heather Hildenbrand for the ebook copy of the book for this review and hosting the giveaway.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
About a year ago.
Why did you pick the paranormal genre?
Because as a reader, I’m an addict!
Who is your favorite author or the author that inspires you the most?
Early inspiration, or love for all things fantasy: C.S. Lewis, and of course, the Hobbit. Top favs as authors currently: Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, House of Night (author name escapes me) and Maggie Steifvater. Oh, and it must be said that I love Twilight. Mainly because all the haters are clicking off this interview right now. But also because Stephanie Meyer inspired me. She was a regular, stay at home mom, like me, until she up and wrote a book one day. And look what happened… So, I’ve decided, that’s going to happen to me, too.
What is your favorite book?
That’s an impossible question! I have lots of favs that all fall into different categories: Like ‘This is GraceAnne’s book’ is quite possibly the best ever. But its not paranormal, and for that I love the Mortal Instruments series. But that’s not wolves, or vamps, (well not mostly) and for that I love Twilight.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On my couch, typing away on my laptop. Sounds a lot like right now huh?
If your book was turned into a movie, whom would you cast as the main character, if it was your choice?
I hate that question, because I like NOT giving you a face to go with it, since I know everyone’s imagination will see Alina differently. But maybe the girl from Vampire Diaries, what’s her name? She has the ‘look’.
When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, of course. And house projects. I’ve been painting lately and sometimes helping my husband with his projects: building furniture and general woodworking. He just build me an antique looking cabinet thing for my dining room that is pretty awesome!
What is next on your agenda? Any new books on the horizon??
Yes! Dirty Blood will be out hopefully by the end of March. That’s what I keep saying, anyway. Its about Tara, a werewolf hunter, and her new friend Wes – a werewolf. Yeah, it’s complicated. =) And its going to be A.Maz.Ing.
You can check my website for more info on a release date. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com.
Thanks for having me!
The winner of the giveaway is………
Please check your email! The book has been emailed to you!
* The winner was chosen using random.org.
I would like to thank Heather for taking the time to be here with us and hosting our giveaway today. I look forward to reading her next book Dirty Blood and stay tuned for another giveaway from Heather right here at Nightly Reading……Heather has something pretty special up her sleeve!
Our next author interview is scheduled for April 8th with Aimee Carter. She is the author of the new book The Goddess Test.
Thanks for reading!