Today Coffee Break is the stop on the blog virtual book tour for Eternal Revelations writen by Candis Vargo. The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
Overview (via Goodreads):
As Hell reins terror on the earth, can one child bring back humanity and defeat the Devil himself? After millions of people vanish and the dead rise to spread plague over the Earth, 23 year-old Evelyn and her brother join with a small group as they fight for survival. As the plague spreads and the number of the Reanimated rise in humans and animals alike, there isn’t anything man made that is strong enough to hold them off. When Evelyn and her group find one of the only children left on Earth—an Autistic child—the Devil begins lurking in the darkness, following their every move. The remaining children are the only chance the human race has at defying the plans the Anti-Christ holds. Of all the horrors the Earth now holds, none are comparable to how treacherous the living become once their humanity is thrown out the window. Evelyn realizes survival isn’t just fighting for your life but fighting for your humanity in a world of terror. Join the journey fight for survival against the undead and beasts released straight from the pits of Hell.
Product details (via Goodreads):
Paperback: 289 pages
Published August 13th 2012
Edition language: English
*This book was sent to me for an honest opinion as part of this tour*
Wow, what a book. In the beginning I had some doubts about this one, but I ended up loving it.
The book tells us about Evelyn and her brother Jase, who try to find a way to keep themselves away from danger. Along the way they meet other people; some of them can be trusted enough to join them… some can become really close friends. But not everything is perfect and not everyone can be trusted.
This book has lots of action and some dark humor, which made it a pleasant reading. Almost from the first chapter the characters are always involved in something: fighting, planing what to do next, figuring out new things about what’s happening to them and the world. That made the book not boring at all. It’s easy to read, although it has some grammar/writing flaws.
The plot is original and full of morbid scenes. I have to read to know what’s going to happen. At least for me it wasn’t predictable at all. The descriptions are so well made that I could perfectly picture the scenes in my mind, almost like I was watching a movie, even when things happen really fast.
Ev is the perfect main character. How could I not love her? She rocks! She has (almost) everything under control all the time. She is a strong character, the type of character I don’t forget easily.
I know there’s a sequel for this book and I can’t wait to read it. I recommend it if you like zombies and supernatural, and if you want to read a book full of action scenes.
The hardest thing about character development by Candis Vargo
Characters make books. Why read a book if you don’t like the characters? I’m not saying you have to like them all, but for the most part the main character is one you’re able to identify with and you like. When you’re creating a character, there’s so much more to it than just a name and a face.
Creating what the character looks like is the easiest part for me. I can come up with their looks easier than I can come up with their names. Some people will make a chart and write out everything about their characters from their looks, to their fears. That’s where I’m different.
I like to see the character progress. I like to get to know them as I’m writing and learn what they’d to in a certain situation. As my writing grows, so does my character. They go from a name, a face and an attitude to a person with likes, dislikes, and fears.
The hardest part for me is making sure I’m keeping it all real. When writing a scene I try to think of everything about that characters personality and do my best to write the next part as though that person was my best friend and I knew exactly what they would do. Even with the characters voice, I try to keep it as realistic to life and that character as I can. I’ll find myself deleting over and over a phrase I want a certain character to say until I get it just right for their personality and in the tone they would use.
I want my characters to make the reader feel like they either do see a part of themselves in that character, or know someone who they can see in that character. They need to be just like you. They need hopes, dreams, fears and even flaws. Maybe I’m a little over zealous with trying to keep my characters all as realistic and believable as I can, but that’s what is the hardest part for me.
Everyone is different and everyone has their own ways of coming up with their characters. I can guarantee you my way wouldn’t work for many people. But watching my character grow throughout the story and getting to know them with each page makes me able to build my characters more realistic than if I were to just write down any random flaw or favorite for that character. But that’s just me. I’ve also never been one to stick right on with my original plot.
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