Author: Lara Morgan
Published: Walker Books, November 2011
Series: Book 2, Rosie Black Chronicles
Summary: It’s Rosie’s seventeenth year and she’s starting her first year at Orbitcorp Academy, but it’s not going to be all parties and pilot training. Helios hasn’t forgotten her – and she certainly hasn’t forgotten them. Bent on revenge Rosie is still working in secret to try to take them down.
But a terrible miscalculation will send Rosie once more on the run, this time into the unknown lands of the north, Gondwana Nation, where word has it Helios is building something big.
There will be a new friend and a new boy – the handsome and wealthy Dalton Curtis – who will surprise Rosie with a secret she can’t begin to guess. And Pip will return, but how does he feel about Rosie, and where has he been?
Pursued again and on the run, Rosie might not have time to find out all the answers, but what she will learn is that a capacity for evil can be equalled by a capacity for good - and she will be forced to make a choice that will change her future forever. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Rosie Black is back! In the second installment we are thrown back into all the danger and excitement. I absolutely loved the first book and had been patiently waiting for this one to come out. There were so many things in Genesis that happened and some things that didn't have endings so I was super excited to see some of these things happening in Equinox.
I'm going to have to make this review really mysterious in order to avoid spoilers for the first book, so just bear with me on that.
In this book we are introduced to new character Dalton and while yes he does have his charms I was kind of suspicious of him from the start.
There is one boy however, who will always have my interest and that just happens to be Pip. Without spoiling anything, I have to say that I was so thrilled to see his return and oh wow! Not giving anything away but can I just say that if you are a fan of Pip, you're going to like this book.
Needless to say I absolutely loved Equinox and if you haven't read Genesis or Equinox then you definitely should. Particularly if you're into science fiction and dystopians because the Rosie Black Chronicles are brilliant!
All I can say is that I cannot wait to see if there will be a book three with more of Rosie's adventures!
Interview with Lara Morgan:
After my awesome review, I now have an interview with the lovely Lara Morgan.
Scarlett: What was the hardest part of Equinox to write?Lara: The beginning and the end are always the hardest. I always have to ask myself what would the readers like to see, then, what do I want them to know? Such simple questions but finding the answers can be a challenge and take a lot of time. In fact the beginning and the final chapter and epilogue was probably where I spent the most time when I was editing. I changed the point where the book begins twice, flipping back and forth between two scenarios and confusing myself in the process. It took several conversations with my publisher to figure out which was the best way to go. As it turns out, my first idea was what we went with. Lesson 1. Always trust your first instinct.
Your first series was an adult series, is there a huge difference between writing for adults and writing for teens?
Not as much as you might think. In my adult novels I deal more with the politics of the world and I have a much larger cast of characters and will use more of them as viewpoint characters alongside the main protagonists. Whereas in YA I don’t delve so much into political intrigue and will try to keep viewpoint characters to two, only seeing things through another set of eyes in a very small way. Writing YA can also include more heightened emotional scenes than in adult fiction – but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Generally, the main difference is in the age of the characters and that in my YA I don’t include graphic sex or swearing.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?I try not to read reviews of a book until it’s been out a while because I need to have that distance from the project to not be completely devastated if someone doesn’t like it. No matter what people might say, books are like your babies and you can’t help but be emotionally tied to them given the amount of work and time you’ve put in. After I’ve had some months away from the book then I can read reviews with a more objective eye, but I still don’t read very many. Reviews are very subjective things. It’s lovely if a person loves my work, but people who don’t are also entitled to their opinion. And people may have varying things to say so I don’t try to ‘fix’ things readers might not like in one books. You just can’t. I just write what I do and put it out there. After the book is out, despite the ties, it’s doesn’t belong to just me anymore and people should be free to think what they like about it.
I also don’t’ read reviews of my work when I’m writing a first draft because I don’t need any outside thoughts about my writing in my head at that stage. I need to be alone in a cave, ideally. Anyone got a cave for rent?
What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?
Luxury hotel reviewer. Is there such a job? I’ve been asked this before and I think swanning around on sunbeds beside swimming pools rating the taste of mai tais could be an occupation I could handle. Nothing 9 to 5 where I have to wear a jacket. I’ve done that and, barring bankruptcy, never want to go back.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
It’s not all sunglasses and autographs? No, in reality the best advice I can give is to read a lot and write a lot. There are no shortcuts. And it’s vitally important to get in the habit of finishing your stories. Regardless of how bad you think they are you have to get through to the end because writing is re-writing and it’s in the editing stage that the magic happens. That’s when you discover what your story is about and how to make it better. Don’t worry if you think your writing sucks right now. You should see my first drafts. They’re usually a mess and I never show them to anybody. Allow yourself to write badly in the beginning, safe in the knowledge on you will see it, so you can make it better the next time you go over it.
Australian author of speculative fiction
Thanks Lara! Be sure to check out these links too:
Lara Morgan's Website
Lara on Wordpress
Rosie Black Website
Rosie on Facebook
Genesis Book Trailer
Equinox Book Trailer
Make sure to head to the next two spots on the tour which will be happening on the 21st of November at:
In the Good Books
The Phantom Paragrapher