Sunday, 24 February 2013

Ashes & Ice Blog Tour: Character Bio & Review

Hello Therians!

Welcome to my second stop on the Ashes & Ice Blog Tour!
Thanks for joining me again :)

Today we'll get to know Connor a little better!

Title: Ashes & Ice
Author: Rochelle Maya Callen
Release Day: February 4th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours


She is desperate to remember.
He is aching to forget.
Together, they are not broken.
But together, one may not survive.

​Jade wakes up with no memory of her past and blood on her hands.

Plagued by wicked thoughts, she searches for answers. Instead, she finds a boy who doesn't offer her answers, but hope. But sometimes, when nightmares turn into reality and death follows you everywhere, hope is not enough.

LUST. LOVE. LOSS. Sometimes, all that is left are Ashes and Ice.

Check out the Book Trailer:


Character Bio: Connor

Strengths: Big Heart, Reliable, Good Friend

Weaknesses: Self Doubt, low self esteem

Physical Description: Bah! Who wants a description. How about a picture?

Shhh, don’t tell Drew Van Acker that I stole his photo.


Dessert: Cheesecake

Physical Activity: Running

Shoe size: wouldn’t you like to know? ;)

Talents: Guitar, singing, and we’ll find out more in book 2.

Connor Teasers:

They are cold, brutal eyes and they glared right at me. Half of me thinks: Idiot, idiot, idiot! Beautiful, totally hot girl had her hand on my shoulder and I ignored her. I curse myself for missing a chance to have her sit next to me. The other half of me, though, is relieved. Somehow, I know eyes so sharp and penetrating could slice me open.


A brave, rebellious soldier deep within me toys with the idea of apologizing about yesterday, introducing myself, striking up conversation, and impressing her with my wit and charm. When I remember that I have neither, I silence the deceitful bastard and continue sulking, wishing to be someone else—someone cooler, someone who isn’t completely and utterly terrified of taking chances, someone who could talk to this girl without fear of rejection.


I’m stumped. Beautiful, girl of my dreams in my bed and I want to sleep on the floor? “I—I thought it would be ya’ know the gentlemanly thing to do.”

            She shakes her head, “Nope.” She says with an extra pop on the “p”. “A gentleman would keep me warm and safe.” She pats the space next to her.


Holy crap. Either I was slipped a pill at lunch or this old lady is batshit crazy. Seriously, if a person owns a collection of skulls and has mastered a peel-your-skin-off-glare, she is no one I want to tango with. “Jade, let’s go.” I tug on her arm.


I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish it was exciting and I was sucked in deeper with each flip of the page.

Connor is such a sweet character. My heart went out to him and I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug. I was glad when he and Jade became friends. Their friendship grew stronger as the story continued and I was hoping they'd fall madly in love and live happily ever after, but of course nothing is ever that easy.

Jade faces many obstacles. She knows nothing about her life and does just about everything she can to find out the truth, leading to a few hazardous situations.

A million questions arose, as I read this story. The main one being, exactly what is Jade? When her true identity was revealed I almost flipped because it gave the story a unique spin, and so many of the mini mysteries througout the story finally made sense.

Callen does a brilliant job of keeping the suspense alive right to the end. And wow, what an ending! My heart was shattered by the time I put this book down.

I cannot wait for the second book. I need to know what lies in wait for Jade and Connor, and I'm excited to get to know Giovanni a little better.

It deserves...

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Rochelle grew up dreaming up stories. When she entered high school, she tucked away her creative side and jumped head-first into academics, work, and service projects. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Communication when she was twenty years old. After years away from her writing, Rochelle picked up a pen and started fleshing out a character sketch that she outlined when she was twelve. That sketch was the start of the Ashes and Ice story. Rochelle lives in the DC metro area with her husband and daughter. By day she works as a behavioral therapist. By night, she is a dreamer and is busy tapping out new stories on her keyboard.

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