Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Giveaway! The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards!

About the Book:
Sorcerers, Cyclops, Djinnis . . . Magic.

Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone who is caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying tyrant who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must risk everything to rescue her. Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.

This or That List with 
Author Jasmine Richards! 

Hi, nice to be here on your blog. Thanks for having me!

Werewolves or Warlocks?
Zardi, my heroine in the Book of Wonders, is fascinated with magic. She loves hearing stories about enchantments even though the mere mention of magic could get you in serious trouble, even killed. The sultan, when he first came to power, executed anyone who could cast spells or knew magic. Therefore, if Zardi was to be confronted by a werewolf or a warlock – she’d most definitely go for the warlock. She’d be very intrigued by the idea of magic. Also, as an author, I have a soft spot for warlocks. I’ve actually written about them in another book which is published under my pen name JD Sharpe. You can check it out here or on the website.

Italian Ice or Ice Cream?
I think Zardi would definitely prefer Italian Ice as this is closest to her sister’s recipe for sherbet. This is a fruity ice dessert that her sister promises to make her for her birthday.

Paperback or Ebook?
I think Zardi would be attracted to ebooks as she likes all that is novel and exciting. New horizons excite her.

Beach or Mountains?
I would definitely say beach because it is near the sea and Zardi loves the sea. In fact, at the beginning of the book, it is clear that Zardi’s lifelong ambition is to become a sailor. However, it is only when her sister is imprisoned by the sultan that she sets sail on a quest to bring back magic to her kingdom in an attempt to defeat the sultan.

Green or Pink?
I would definitely say green. Pink is far too girly for Zardi!

Romance or Urban Fantasy?
Urban Fantasy. Zardi is a girl who likes action, action, and then a bit more action! So I would say urban fantasy. I also think she would be intrigued by the setting and would love hearing about a world that was very different to hers.

Day or Night?
I’m going to say night as The Book of Wonders was inspired by the collection of stories called Arabian Nights, also known as 1001 Nights. In this collection of stories, the wazier’s daughter Scheherazade must tell stories for 1001 nights to keep her head [you see, the sultan has a habit of executing young women]. I loved these stories when I was younger, especially the Seven voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. However, I never the liked the idea that the sultan got away with beheading lots of other young women before meeting Scheherazade who melts his heart. The Book of Wonders is my way of giving another story to Scheherazade and sultan. A version where he doesn’t get away with murder. . .

Puppies or Kittens?
In The Book of Wonders Zardi is described as a kitten by the sultan and although this is meant as an insult the sultan is more right than he knows because Zardi’s names means Lion-born. It is the perfect name for her because she has feline agility and is super fierce.

Mac or PC Mac?
I think Zardi would go for the mac because it seems more sleek and powerful - words that Zardi would like. I write on a PC though!

Soda or Lemonade?
I think lemonade. The sharpness fits with the fact that The Book of Wonders will at points make you draw breath but is, I hope, refreshing! Thanks for the questions!

About the Author:
Jasmine Richards was born in London, grew up in a library, and was the first in her family to go to university. After graduating from Oxford, and following a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, Jasmine chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. Today she's a senior editor at a leading British publishing house. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband in an old wool mill. The Book of Wonders is her first novel and she would love to know what you think about it.
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  1. this has been on my TBR list and I loved that it came up so I can remember it! thank you.

  2. I put it on my tbr list. Looks like it might be a good one to read with my son too!



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