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Blog Tour: Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson | Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my stop on the FOX FOREVER blog tour! Firstly, a big thanks to Mac Teen Books for having me be a part of the tour as well as providing me with copies of the books for review and tour use! I’ve very honored to be a part of this tour and to have the opportunity to interview author Mary E. Pearson.

Let’s kick it off by a brief recap of the trilogy. If you’re not familiar with The Fox Chronicles, you can click any one of the images below to lead you to the Goodreads page and description.

          

Without further ado, let’s get to the feature of my stop on the blog tour: my interview with author Mary E. Pearson!

INTERVIEW WITH MARY E. PEARSON

When you first started the series with The Adoration of Jenna Fox, did you always know you wanted to tell Locke and Kara’s story as well, specifically Locke taking over the narrating duties of books two and three?

No, even though I enjoy reading series, I never thought I’d want to write one and when I wrote The Adoration of Jenna Fox it was written as a stand-alone to explore some questions I had.  But as it turned out, those questions weren’t fully answered with one book and the second one, The Fox Inheritance, was born from it.

I’m an organic writer—I listen to voices and follow characters who speak to me—and it was clear from the first chapter when Locke’s voice exploded in my head, that his story needed to be told. In the first book I tried to give light to many perspectives–I love exploring lots of viewpoints and all the gray areas in between, but when I was done I felt one there was one perspective that still hadn’t been voiced–and needed to be.

A main focus of the series seemed to be not only the friendships between Jenna, Kara, and Locke but also the strong relationships they make outside of their circle of friends. What can you tell us about the development of these relationships?

The series followed an interesting and surprising progression for me.  I was surprised to see that they all dealt with love precisely in the order that we encountered it.  First the deep love and bonds of parent and child (The Adoration of Jenna Fox), and then as venture out and our world opens up, we develop the love and bonds of friendship which last us a lifetime (The Fox Inheritance), and finally the kind of love most of us seek, a romantic kind of love with someone we hope to share our life with (Fox Forever).

With characters whose stories could go on for many years to come, was it difficult to decide how to end the series?

Not really, because as I mentioned I’m an organic writer.  I didn’t really decide.  The story told me how it needed to end, and careful readers will notice that the first book actually foreshadows the ending.

And now “A little less serious and a little more fun” Quick Bookish Q&A!

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
Outside.  Anywhere.  I write most of my books outside as weather allows.

Are there any authors you’re dying to meet?
The writing world is actually very small, so I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many great authors already at various conferences and book festivals.  This last fall I met writing goddess Karen Hesse for the first time.  We had dinner together. She was simply as nice and fun as you might imagine her to be.  I would love to meet and chat with Sonya Hartnett one day, but she is an Aussie author so it might be a while before I run into her at a conference!

Who’s your biggest literary crush?
I’m not good on favorites but off the top of my head, Frankie Landau-Banks from Disreputable History, Puck from Scorpio Races, Eugenides from The Thief—I could go on and on there are so many great ones out there.

Who’s your favorite literary villain?
President Snow from The Hunger Games!

Romance or Sci-fi?
I honestly don’t pay attention to genre when I choose a book.  It’s the character, the voice, the writing, the author authority making me feel like I am settling in for a good tale.

Paperback/Hardcover/eBook/Audiobook?
Hardcover.

Thank you for having me at your blog, Brittany!  I hope your readers enjoy Fox Forever and the rest of the books in The Jenna Fox Chronicles!
To see all the stops on the tour–past and upcoming–check out the schedule here at MacTeenBooks: http://www.macteenbooks.com/blog-tour/blog-tour-fox-forever-by-mary-e-pearson/

Thank you so much, Mary! I had a fantastic time with the interview and I really appreciate taking the time out to answer my questions. 

Want more FOX? Check out the links below for more info on the series and author Mary E. Pearson!

Free chapter sampler of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX || Become a fan on Facebook
Mary Pearson’s website || Mary Pearson’s Twitter || Mary Pearson’s Pinterest

And don’t forget to check out the FOX FOREVER blog tour giveaway, provided by Mac Teen Books!! Enter to win the entire series! The paperback version of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, a hardcover version of THE FOX INHERITANCE, and a hardcover copy of FOX FOREVER! Just enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) – Mary E. PearsonTitle: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Publishing Info: September 1, 2009 by Macmillan
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 12, 2012
Related Posts: The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2), Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3), The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

Breaking It Down Further: After 17-year-old Jenna Fox finally awakens from a coma after 18 months, she can’t remember the accident that put her there. In fact, she can’t remember a lot about her life before the accident. Bit by bit, her memories come back to her as well as with the help of home movies. But something still doesn’t feel right to Jenna. Some of her memories seem off and others too clear. There’s the fact that her parents are basically keeping her captive inside their new home in California — A place they literally just moved to after the accident. And the fact that there are times when Jenna just doesn’t feel right in her body at all. Slowly, she tries to put together the pieces of what this accident did to her and how to recover what she can’t remember.

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So I definitely think the less you know about the plot to start with, the better. The best part of the book (for me at least) was the very beginning. We only know what Jenna is thinking and feeling and as she get more curious, confused, and unsure about her new life, I really began to wonder… What in the Sam Hill did they do to this girl? Her memories are all garbled – Some missing, some way too vivid – and she feels weird in her own body. Is she a robot? Is this a virtual world and she’s only living out her life in a computer? Is she a clone? What’s going on here!?! So I read and I read and I read, dying to find out what happened to Jenna Fox, and finally – the reveal!

Don’t worry, I’m definitely not giving the secret away. Maybe I ruined it with all my guessing because some how it was not as shocking as I thought it would be (confused yet? If so, GOOD! It’ll be better that way, I promise). But anyway, it’s a very interesting concept and one that’s highly controversial and morally questionable to let Jenna live like that.

Well. I don’t really want to say much more about the plot itself. I want to shroud it in mystery because I think it makes for a better book if you don’t know everything that’s going on – It really lets you get inside Jenna’s head and understand her thoughts and feelings better.

I loved Jenna’s relationship with her grandma. You really see grandma Lily struggling to make something out of Jenna after the accident/coma — We start off by thinking it’s because she made her peace with the fact that she was going to die and said her goodbyes, and then the relationship starts to soften and develop, and Grandma really becomes a friend as well as guidance in life after the accident. I think Lily is my favorite character in the whole book.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, but as I was reading I thought that maybe it was intentional. Jenna’s narration seems so cold, mostly unfeeling. Very straight-forward and almost simplistic. I felt like there were a lot of lack of natural things like contractions and similes, etc — parts of our lexicon that we use all the time, but now that I’m thinking about it, kind of brilliant to really break it down to how simply Jenna is thinking. She’s pretty messed up and obviously different since the accident and waking up from the coma, so I think that’s all part of starting over. She’s trying to re-find herself as she develops new memories and remembers the old. You can see the stark difference in the emotion of Jenna’s mom as well as a few of the kids from her new school. They clearly have a lot of emotion whereas Jenna is still working all of it out for herself.

As we learned more about what was really going on, we really got pushed to the moral and social issues behind the story, and that I enjoyed. There are some parts of the book that really make you think, “If this was really happening, how would I feel about it?” and sometimes I just didn’t know. It got set up for a second book (and I know there’s one out there), but not quite sure how I’ll feel about that, but it still really does sound interesting.

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4/5 stars
I raced through the beginning at a 5 star pace, then kind of slowed down to 3, then back up to 4, so 4 stars it is!

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