Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Tangle of Gold Blog Tour - Review & Author Interview

A Tangle of Gold
(The Colours of Madeline, #3)
By Jaclyn Moriarty
Format: Paperback
Pub date: 23/02/2016
Category: Children's, Teenage & educational / General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Teenage & Young Adult Fiction / Young Adult
Imprint: Pan Australia
Pages: 528
Price: $19.99

The dazzling conclusion to the award-winning The Colours of Madeleine trilogy, from one of the most original writers in YA fiction.

The Kingdom of Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko's deception has been revealed and the Elite have taken control, placing the Princess, Samuel and Sergio under arrest and ordering their execution. Elliot is being held captive by the Hostiles and Colour storms are raging through the land. The Cello Wind has been silent for months.
Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home from the World but then all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means Madeleine will lose Elliot, forever.
Madeleine and Elliot must solve the mystery of Cello before it is too late.




"An absolute delight of a novel . . . beautifully written and completely captivating. I can't wait for the sequel!" Garth Nix
"Madcap, whimsical, smart and even heartbreaking . . ." Starred review, Kirkus, US

"Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have." Markus Zusak

My Rating:


My Review:

*I'm going to keep my review short and sweet, not because I don't have plenty to say but because it will be hard to refrain from posting spoilers. This series needs to be experienced first hand. ^_^

Such an amazing conclusion to a brilliant series. Right from the first page I was hooked, Jaclyn Moriarty sure knows how to throw in some unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Not only that, her writing style is simply flawless, you get so swept up in the story your reality becomes the story. I just simply couldn't get enough, when I finished the last page I just wanted to open A Corner of White and start all over again from the beginning. I just can't praise this series enough.

A wonderfully written story full of fun, suspense, surprises, twists and turns, action, romance and characters you'll simply fall in love with. This series is definitely one to add to your TBR list (I'd bump it up to the next to read ^_^).

A Fantasy world for all to love.

**ARC provided by publisher for an honest review**


 Interview with Jaclyn Moriarty

 What or who inspired you to become a writer?

I wanted to be a writer from when I was about seven. Reading stories made me want to write them. Also, my older sister Liane told stories so I thought that’s what you did. And our dad used to commission us to write stories – we didn’t get pocket money so that was the only way to make cash at my place.

Who is your favourite Author & what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have many favourite writers: it sometimes depends on my mood. They include Carol Shields, Lorrie Moore, Kate Atkinson, John Marsden, Louis Sachar, Kirsty Eagar, Justine Larbalestier, Garth Nix, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sally Gardner. I could go on for a long time. At the moment, though, I think my favourite is Diana Wynne Jones, for her magic, imagination, humour, characters and magnificent plotting.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

My own self-doubts.

What was your favourite chapter to write and why?

I keep going to answer this question and then realising that I’ll give away important plot points. So I’ll just say that I loved writing the chapters with Keira in the Farms – I liked the idea of a cynical, high-tech city girl trying to figure out what’s going on at a Farms high school. And I liked it when the Sky Blue went rolling through Bonfire knocking Keira over again and again.

What was the most surprising things you’ve learned in writing your book?

That Leonardo da Vinci used to walk by pet shops, buy all the caged birds, and set them free.

 Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I don’t know if it’s writer’s block or just extreme indecision. I’ve usually got something I want to write, I just get thwarted sometimes when I think about the many, many different ways you could write it. And sometimes I write in a slow, lethargic way, which is a result of self-doubt.

What is the last book you read?

The Beauty is in the Walking by James Moloney.

 If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

I don’t actually want to be Prime Minister at all, but I’d like to be Prime Minister (or anybody in a position to fix things) for a week right now so I could fix things. For instance, I would close down offshore detention centres, settle refugees in Australia, legalise gay marriage, stop the attack on the Safe Schools Coalition, restore funding to the arts and the ABC, and so on and on.

(And if I got a second week, I’d be a film producer and offer to buy the Colours of Madeleine trilogy for a lot of money and get the films underway and then I’d go back to my life and enjoy watching the baffled film producer follow through on contracts I signed on his/her behalf.)

 What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Walk to the beach to swim and then read a book on the sand; eat chocolate (but I do that when I’m writing too); ice-skate and snow ski (I can’t do that while I’m writing); hang out with friends, hang out with my 9-year-old; see live music; see the world; sleep.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I think this book is all imagination but I might have forgotten a trip to the Kingdom of Cello.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer, or an astronomer, a flight attendant, a teacher, or a movie star.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Jennifer Lawrence seems nice.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Ignore advice, read far and wide, write far and wide, never show your writing to people who tear it apart.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Shy, absent-minded, effusive, confused, crazy, happy, melancholy, way too indecisive to choose 3 words

What’s one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

When I lived in Montreal, in the winter, I skated on the frozen pond down the road at lunch-time every day, and the whole time I skated to the rhythm of a chant inside my head: I love this so much! I love this so much!

Some quick questions..

Light or Dark chocolate?

Light but sometimes I eat dark as well because it’s also good and I feel virtuous when I do.
Sunrise or Sunset? 
Sunset. I’m a night-time girl. Sunrise is a theoretical concept.
Dogs or Cats? 
( I respect cats but I’m allergic to them. And I had dogs growing up)
Tea or Coffee? 
 Coffee but I don’t know why I said that. I drink peppermint tea. I love the smell of coffee and one day I’ll start drinking coffee again – I stopped because I got too addicted.
Favorite Colour? 
Favourite Disney movie?
 The Parent Trap (the original one with Hayley Mills)

About the author

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's north-west and studied Law and English on three continents - at Sydney University in Australia, Yale in the US and Cambridge in England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and now writes full time so that she can sleep in each day. She lives in Sydney with her son Charlie and is learning the cello.

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