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Friday, February 22, 2013

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Blog Tour: Morrigan by Laura DeLuca - Review + Guest Post



Title: Morrigan 
Author: Laura DeLuca 
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press 
Pages: 320 
Book Description: 
Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

My Review
Disclaimer: I received this book from YANR Blog Tours for free in exchange for an honest for the blog tour. This does not influence my review in any way.

     I think 3 words grabbed my attention: Tir na NOg. Only because the place was familiar from another series (I'll leave it for you guys to ponder on that). Okay, not just Tir na NOg. The blurb grabbed me as well. *o* So with that concept, I thought it might have something to do with faeries and would you be glad to know I was wrong.
     I haven't read anything about Celtic mythology, or any books about it (I usually stick to Greek and Roman myths...), so Morrigan was made much more interesting to read knowing that fact. I love the fact that the author placed a glossary at the very beginning of the book - it was very helpful (hey, I'm pretty sure I'll be pronouncing everything foreign-like wrong in the end anyways, regardless of glossary there or not. But I'm sure it'll be helpful for the majority of us).
     Here, we have a girl named Morrigan, who's an orphan and moving from home to home constantly. Until one day, she finds out her world isn't what it seems... AND she's different than what she thought she was. She can control fire, read the future (at least a glimpse), and move things... with her mind.
     I find Morrigan an enchanting read. Like any fantasy book, we enter a different world that's "parallel" to our modern day world. I love the way Tiarn reacts to Morrigan's technological knowledge/use of modern items in Tir na NOg. However, I did find some things a bit confusing and didn't really make sense. I also loved the choice of words, especially in transitions.
     I also loved the way the villains are formed. The author is descriptive and detailed with them (trust me... I had the shudders. No Nightmares though). Just when you think someone is a villain, it ends up being another... (which is a good thing, in my humble opinion). I'm also curious if there's going to be a sequel... due to the way the book ends. ;)
     By the way, just because there's a werewolf, does not mean this story is going to be Twilight fashioned. It's not. ;)

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls





Cast of Morrigan
by Laura DeLuca

     Every writer dreams of seeing their books become a movie. I would love to see any of my novels made into a film, but I think Morrigan would be the most fun on the big screen. This is my first fantasy novel and I would love to see the costumes, castles, special effects, and of course, the cast come to life.  Usually when it's time to pick out my cast, my kids are the ones I turn to for guidance for who is hot on the teen scene. However, while Morrigan is still a YA novel, most of the characters are adults. Morrigan and her love interest, Filtiarn, are really the only two under thirty. So this time around, I asked a few of my beta readers to help me out. Tiff, Steph, and Jackie from The Sisters Elemental etsy shop spent hours chatting with me on face book until we had just the right cast assembled. Whether you read Morrigan yet or not, you will have to admit that this all star cast would definitely make for a film worth watching.  
The following photos are from www.imdb.com
Morrigan- Kat Dennings

     Choosing Morrigan was one of the hardest casting decisions I've made. She can't be some weak little damsel. Morrigan is a strong woman, and I wanted an actress who could portray that well. I think Kat would be the perfect choice. She is uniquely beautiful, but strong. I can see her doing some serious Lucy Lawless worthy butt kicking. She doesn't look exactly the way I envision Morrigan. I would like her hair a little darker and curlier, and darker eyes, but I'm sure Hollywood can handle that.
Filtiarn- Emile Hirsh

     You'll have to visualize the dreadlocks for now, but I can definitely see this guy in a animal skin tunic. I picked him because he was the star of Into the Wild which is about the same type of escapades my husband, Timmie, experienced while hitchhiking cross country. Since Tiarn's looks and personality were based on Timmie, Emile seemed liked the perfect choice to play him.
Ceridwyn-Melanie Lynskey
     Ceridwyn is Morrigan's mother. Melanie definitely has the regal look needed to play the queen of Tír na NÓg.
Hecate-Angelica Hopkins
     Hecate is Morrigan's grandmother. I describe her as being ancient, and of course, Angelica is still beautiful and is only in her late fifties. I still think with a little make up to make her look older, she would be the perfect choice for Hecate. She already has experience with magic since she was the priestess in the Mists of Avalon which is one of my all-time favorite books/movies.
Arianrhod-Brit Marling 
     Despite being the rival for the throne, I always visualized Arianrhod as being almost angelically beautiful. Recently I got a movie to review called The Sound of My Voice and Brit was the star. As soon as I saw her, I knew I had found my Arianrhod.  Can't you visualize her in a renaissance gown?
Condon/Dunham-Murray Melvin
     This is a duel role.  Condom and Dunham are the identical twins who man the Gateway between our world and Tír na NÓg. Each one has a very different personality, and I think Murray would be able to play both parts perfectly.
Alden-Anthony Hopkins
     I love Anthony Hopkins and I'm so glad to have found the perfect role for him in one of my movies. Alden is a blind old man that Morrigan meets in her travels. He has a very special connection with her.
Brigid-Kathy Bates
     Who else can you pick to play the village elder?  Even when I was writing the story, I saw Kathy's face on this character, though she'll have to dye her hair red for the part.
Caedmon-Jason Momoa
     Originally, Tiff had suggested Jason for the role of Tiarn. He was a little too old for that part, but he was just too darn hot to leave out, so I gave cast him as the captain of the guard.
Deirdre-Amy Adams
     Ariarnhod's red-haired lady in waiting and daughter of Brigid. Amy was the only choice for this role.
Willow-Gabrielle Union
     Willow is a faery. Morrigan's interactions with her are pretty magical, but you'll have to read the story to learn more.

     Well, that pretty much wraps up the cast of Morrigan. These are all the main roles, and even a few of the smaller parts. As always, if you've read the book and can think of someone who would fits better, I would love to hear about them.

About the Author
     Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Visit her on her websites at http://authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com or  http://newagemama.blogspot.com.
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