Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dreamless Blog Tour: Character Interview with Orion


I'm thrilled today to be a part of the blog tour for the second installment of Josephine Angelini's fantastic young adult Starcrossed series, Dreamless (releases from HarperTeen on May 29th). I have the added honor of welcoming the uber-attractive Orion to Supernatural Snark to answer a few questions, and I hope all of you end up loving him just as much as I do! This tour is chock-full of fun reviews, interviews, excerpts and more, so be sure to check the bottom of the post for all the details about following along.

Your first meeting with Helen is, quite literally, a hellish experience. Can you describe for us how your initial encounter would have gone and where it would have taken place if you could have chosen?

I’d love to have met her at the News Store. I think I’d just really like to have met her in a place she feels relaxed and happy—anyplace she can be herself, really. Plus, I bet she wears a cute little apron at work. That’d be adorable. 

So many people look at Helen and see simply the Face (as in the face that launched a thousand ships), but you’ve spent a great deal of time with her in less-than ideal situations. What would you say those people are most missing out on when they take note of merely her beauty?

Her stunning taste in pajamas. No, seriously, I would say it’s her resourcefulness. Helen may not be too good with her fists, but she’s still a real scrapper. I’ve seen her go through a lot, but I’ve never seen her quit. There’s no one I’d rather be backed into a corner with.

You have some rather remarkable abilities, so remarkable in fact that their scope terrifies you. Do you think there will ever come a time when you conquer that fear and come to terms with the power you wield?

I’m not so sure that all powers are supposed to be wielded. Let me put it this way…. Have you ever known someone that’s really perceptive and funny, but also a little too good at picking up on other people’s flaws? Have you ever just wanted to pull that person aside and tell him that just because he has the smarts to come up all those clever one liners doesn’t mean that he should? I think if you have a talent that hurts people you should just keep it to yourself.

It’s extremely likely that you know Helen’s mom better than she does given they’ve spent so little time together. If you could share one detail, personality trait, or anecdote about Daphne with Helen to help her understand her mother a bit more, what would you tell her?

Daphne is intense. I’m not going to pretend that she and I ever sat around joking with each other or going to zoo or whatever it is normal adults do with kids. She’s not easy to get along with, but she is reliable. I know Helen would disagree with that, considering her history with her mother, but the truth is Daphne is a pretty extraordinary person. She’s risked her life to help other people because they need it, not just because they’re related to her. If you think about it, not many people are like that.  Not many people really put themselves on the line for someone outside of their family.

If you could describe what you felt by the River of Joy in only one word, what would that word be?

Gratitude.

Of the twelve imprisoned Olympians, who do you fear most? Who do you think humanity should fear most?

Ares. The god of war is not someone I want running amok in the world again.

What’s one habit or quirk you would be embarrassed of if Helen found out about it?

I write love poetry. Blame it on the fact that I’m descended from Aphrodite, but I can’t help it. I write love poetry all the time, and it’s not very good. Oh, and I listen to a lot of sappy, old music. I love Barry Manilow. Don’t tell Helen.   

If you had to compare the influence or feel of the Furies when you’re in the presence of a rival House member with an experience we mere mortals might understand, what would it be?

Bloodlust isn’t easy to compare to anything. It’s like you’re half hypnotized or half out of your mind, but not completely. You know what you’re doing, and that makes it worse because you don’t want to stop. When you snap out of it that’s the part that hurts the most—knowing that you liked it. The worst thing about being literally “infuriated” is remembering how ugly it made you on the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by Orion! I absolutely adore this series and can't recommend it enough (you can read my review of Dreamless HERE).

The Dreamless Blog Tour kicked off yesterday and will continue through June 5th. You can find all sorts of fun additional information here:

Browse inside DREAMLESS from HarperTeen

Dreamless Playlist

Buy an ebook:
HarperTeen
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Google Ebooks
Kobo
iBookstore
(at participating ebooks store links, you can purchase Dreamless for $0.99!)

Follow the Dreamless Blog Tour and follow on Twitter under #DreamlessDays and @josieangelini

WEDNESDAY 5/30 - HarperTeen is hosting a LIVE chat with Josie on Facebook

And last, but certainly not least - GIVEAWAY

Josephine is giving away a Kindle with either a Starcrossed or Dreamless skin on it. In order to enter, please comment on each blog tour post (only once) and follow Josie on Twitter (see Rafflecopter form below). Open to US residents only, good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

68 comments:

  1. WOW, I love interviews and this one is great ... I'm not sure about this series ... I haven't read it yet but it sound like a good one :)

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  2. Wow, that's a lot of blog tour comments to post for the giveaway. I haven't gotten to Orion yet in this book, but I love how you can tell how much he respects Helen from the interview.

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  3. You always have such great interview questions for both characters and authors--never the same old, same old with you (THANK YOU!). Orion seems like a smart guy--I would agree that Ares loose in the world again would be a bad thing. We do fine war-wise without his influence!

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  4. Hi, Orion!! Give me a few days after after Dreamless comes out, and I think I'm going to fall head over heels in love with you. :') I can't believe you write love poetry -- that makes me love you even more pre-meeting because I'm a sucker for a boy who can write! <3 I have no idea who Barry Manilow is, but don't worry, your secret is safe with me! x)

    Hehe, this was such a fun interview, Jenny!! I'm even more excited to read Dreamless now that I know this love triangle is going to be well worth my time! ;) <3

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  5. This is such a fun interview! I really liked Orion in Dreamless as well- one of my new favorite characters in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens next. :)

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  6. Lilly - It's a fabulous series, I really, really enjoy it:)

    Alison - Hahah yes, yes it is:) And Orion was a fabulous addition to the series in my opinion, love him:)

    Mary - Thanks so much for saying that Mary, I try! And I agree, Ares could definitely stay imprisoned:)

    Mimi - Right? I'm certainly in love with him myself, but I'm willing to share ;-) Also, you make me feel really old that you don't know who Barry Manilow is. O_o

    Christina - MINE TOO! Love him:)

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  7. Gosh I think I really need to meet Orion he sounds utterly divine! And he writes love poetry? I'm sure it's fabolous! Thanks for the insightful interview into Orion's character Jenny! :)

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  8. Oh its so great to get to know Orion better! I love that he writes love poetry and listens to sally old music. And the fact that he felt gratitude from the river of joy says a lot about him. I hope he gets a HEA in the future.

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  9. I love the sound of Orion! Funny, and a poet....I'm definitely curious about his role in Dreamless ;)

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  10. Jasprit - He is utterly divine. I'm kind of in love with him, not gonna lie:)

    Candace - ME TOO! I would love a whole spinoff series with him. And maybe Hector too:)

    Lea - He's awesome in Dreamless:)

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  11. I loved this characters. he brought some great peace to the book when there was so much drama. I can only hope that there will be more of him in the next book. Loved the interview Jenny!

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  12. Reading this makes me want the book even more!!! Cannot wait to get to know Orion better!!

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  13. OMG! Can't really wait.... But, what about an interview with Hector? :(

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  14. I can not wait for Dreamless to come out. I am ready to see what happens next. Is it crazy that I know what month it is based on what book comes out that month??

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  15. Great interview! I can't wait to get to know Orion in book!

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  16. Oh the Olympians are imprisoned? Too bad, I always did like Ares, the dark one ;)

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  17. Ok I want to know more about The River of Joy. It sounds very interesting. Helen's mom Daphne sounds like a real trip. Ahh I don't think Ares is all bad, if he was then why would Aprhrodite fall for him?

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  18. "Her stunning taste in pajamas."

    OMG! A killer sense of humor AND he writes love poetry! Make me melt why don't you?! Thanks for this interview. Haven't started this series yet, but I'm already in love with Orion. *le swoon*

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  19. I love this interview! Orion is such a fabulous character and I might have fallen in love with him a bit more after reading your interview. Thank you for being apart of the tour.

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  20. Oo, Orion sounds like a fantastic character. I feel like he might be a bit more chill than the other characters.

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  21. Gah! This just makes me want to read Dreamless all the more! Orion sounds like an amazing character and I can't wait to find out what role he is going to play in the breath-taking tale.

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  22. Writing poetry is nothing to be embarrassed about and it actually makes me want to know more about Orion.

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  23. I LOVE the starcrossed series, and the first time I heard of Orion I knew he would be one of my fav characters in Dreamless. The interview definitely gave more insight into who he really is, and it's nice to see the POV of other starcrossed characters as well. I'm so ready for Dreamless!!!

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  24. Great Interview and writing poetry is freaking hard.

    Good luck everyone!

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  25. Barry Manilow! *snort*

    Her name was Lola... ;D

    Love this interview! I have the first one and so need this one.

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  26. Brilliant interview!! Poetry is really a very intelligent way of expressing ourselves. Not everyone can do it. It takes a certain mind frame.

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  27. So fun! This gives a great impression of the character outside the story! Loved the interview!

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  28. Loved the character review! Can't wait to read more about Orion!

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  29. I love reading author interviews!! Thanks.

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  30. You do the best character interviews! That was so good! I've picked up a little from your review and this interview, but I still have a couple of novels to read before I can relax into this one. I can't wait! I envy you for your character interviews!

    Heather

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  31. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Interviews with characters is a wonderful idea an it
    was like reading another few pages of the book, amazing!

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  33. Loved the character review,Can't wait to read more about Orion.

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  34. I skipped reading about Orion because I don't want to know about him until I have the book in my hands! Come on May 29th!,

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  35. Orion is adorable and reminds me of my best guy friend in high school. The one that all the girls drooled over, but that I only saw as my best bud.

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  36. Hmm, I don't remember Orion very well, so I need to go back and remind myself of the character! (commenting as Justine)

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  37. So excited for this release....can't wait to "meet" Orion...he sounds like another great character in this series...

    StephAnnee

    lucasaaron_5297 )at( yahooDOTcom

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  38. Thanks for the lovely interview!

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  39. I can't wait to read Dreamless!!

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  40. I can't wait to read this book!!!

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  41. I loved Orion!!!! I always wanted to say his name Onion haha :D

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  42. Great interview! This makes me more eager to get my hands on Dreamless!

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  43. Just finished re-reading Starcrossed (again!) and can't wait to download Dreamless at midnight!

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  44. Love It Cant Wait To Read It. butterfli262002@yahoo.com

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  45. I can't wait for this book to come out! I still need to catch up by reading Starcrossed. They sound so good & I love the covers!

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway!
    desiree1612@hotmail.com

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  47. Very fun interview.

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  48. loved the interview, and Orion of course :)

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  49. great interview! Cannot wait to read it!

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  50. Hi! Great character interview! I love reading character interviews ^_^

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  51. Great interview, can't wait to read dreamless :)

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  52. This is cute. I love character interviews.

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  53. Haha, this interview is funny, insightful and absolutely great. I love that your questions were personalized, and pertaining to the book. I haven't read "Dreamless" yet, but this is definitely telling me something about the direction of the book...and I love it! I can't wait to meet Orion... "her stunning taste in pajamas"...bwahahaha...Gosh, Josephine Angelini kills me! lol :P

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! I am in the middle of Starcrossed and I am really liking it so I am excited for dreamless to come out!!!

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  55. Wow. That was a great interview. Just great. Can't wait to start reading Dreamless.

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  56. I read Starcrossed recently and loved it! Now I can't wait to read Dreamless! I'm sorry Lucas is leaving the picture for a while, but I'm excited to meet Orion.

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  57. This is the first time I have looked at this website. It has many cool things. Defintely worth my time.

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  58. These character interviews always excite me.

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  59. Great interview! I can't wait to meet Orion in Dreamless– he sounds like a fabulous character :)

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  60. Thanks for giveway :D

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  61. Thanks soooooooo much for this giveaway!

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  62. loved book one and cannot wait for book 2 :) Thanks os much!

    Diana :)

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  63. I can't wait to see how the love triangle will work out in the second book.

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  64. Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour!! <3

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  65. After finishing this book I have this almost overwhelming urge to go lower the five star rating I gave Starcrossed because Dreamless blew it completely out of the water. I mean as much as I enjoyed Starcrossed, it just cannot even begin to stand up to Dreamless. In so many trilogies, the second book really lags, but that is definitely not the case here. In fact my only complaint about Dreamless would have to be that it ended. Well, that and the pesky little cliffhanger of an ending, but that's pretty much standard in YA Trilogies, so I can't really fault it for that. I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment, because by the way things are going, it promises to be a conclusion of epic proportions. Dreamless is full of action, heartache, incredible odds, and even a little triumph that ensures a wild ride from start to finish. Trust me, you won't want to miss it!

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