Monday, May 21, 2012

Tour Interview, Review, Giveaway - Becoming a Butterfly by Mia Castile

Becoming A Butterfly

Becoming A Butterfly
by Mia Castile
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Entwined Publishing

16 year old Lacey was never the center of attention, unless she was tripping, stammering, or being deposited into a pool by the local popular kids. All she wanted was to fit in, until one night when everything changed.  
Jade and Tasha, her two best friends, helped her create an online personality that was everything she wanted to be - and it was only the beginning. In doing so she attracted the attention of Henry, her lifelong crush and next door neighbor. Unfortunately it was Farrah, her online personality and not herself, he was interested in.  
She also attracted Chase the brooding, quiet, anti-social new kid of Brownsburg High School, who easily figured out her secret and blackmailed her. They forged a friendship that was both unique and complicated.  
Lacey must decide if revealing herself to Henry and her entire school as the cool, charming, and funny Farrah is worth possibly losing him forever, and she finds herself needing to make an even harder decision than she ever thought possible. When did the lines between truth and lies get so blurred? 
Becoming a Butterfly is a story about coming of age and finding yourself when you never knew you were lost.

My Review:

This book is a delight to read.

The main character, Lacey, is a bucket of complicated fun. I love how she's so smart and witty and she has this dry humor. Experiencing high school from her point of view is highly entertaining. Like, she's a wiz on computers, which is partly why she gets herself into so much trouble. But then she's painfully clumsy - not cute clumsy, there's a difference! She has a huge heart and I love how she's always ready to think of other people instead of herself. But then... she's got this forever-long crush that she can't see around. Lacey totally makes this book. She's a hoot.

There are so many other real people surrounding Lacey. Henry's pretty cool. We end up seeing more sides of his character than I imagined would be possible, which made me feel for the guy, but still... he is so lacking, too. I mean, how could he let his friend's sis holler mean things at Lacey every morning?!  He's got a lot to prove to me after lame passivity like that!

Jade & Tasha are fun. More than accomplices and confidences, they have their own unique characters in the long-time threesome friendship. Lacey's sis, Lana, is a multi-faceted character, too, with her own set of challenges. All three make Lacey's life (and this book) more complicated, and yet more satisfying, too.

I save the best for last. Chase is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!  He's brooding & quiet (per the premise) 'cause he transferred from another school... for personal reasons he doesn't care to share with the wide world of high school. He does brooding, quiet & anti-social really, really well. (REALLY well!!) He also does some other things well, artistic-type things. And I'm not just saying that 'cause his dad owns a mechanic shop and they can work on cars (which is a big hit with me!!)  He's smart, too, and matches wits with Lacey, which is squirm-delightful.  I seriously cannot get enough of Chase. It's almost a relief that this is the first book of a series, 'cause there must be more Chase!!!

Let's talk Love Triangles a moment. This is my favorite kind. The girl is obsessin' over one guy and clueless of another. Lacey does not see a triangle, which is why it works so darn well.

There's some poems, too... some beautiful poems that are perfect. There's a level of "cuteness" with contemporary references, like "That 70's Show" or "blond from a bottle". And on occasion Lacey feels wise beyond her years. I don't remember making references to stages I was going through when I was actually going through them: "I wondered when I would grow out of my awkward phase." Overall, though, Becoming a Butterfly is addicting. I can't wait for more Lacey!!

Meet The Author - 

Colorimetry welcomes Mia Castile!!

Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions!! And thank you for sending some beautiful bookmarks & postcards - all signed!! - for Colorimetry readers!

* How did you think of the idea for this book?

Originally I wanted it to be light, comical, about a girl who finds herself in difficult situations, however as the story developed, I realized there was more to the characters, and deeper emotions. This book deals with bully-ing, self esteem, depression, and self harm. The series additionally will deal with sexuality issues, family dynamics, and more secrets and lies. My hope is that readers will be able to relate to the characters and seek help if they find themselves a similar situation of which they've lost control.

I can totally see this, actually. There are layers of secrets that are uncomfortable, but make it hard to look away. I can't wait to see what Lacey's going to do!!

 * What is your favorite part of the story?

My favorite part of this story would have to be the friendships over all, watching the characters bonds and develop, while also maintaining the relationships that are already there. The true test of any friendship is surviving the storms, and coming out stronger for it. Lacey finds herself in some uncomfortable situations through out this story, those were fun to come up with and I actually drew some of it from my own horrifying high school experiences. Yes, I had a teacher who couldn't contain his laughter at me when I embarrassed myself in front of my entire class. 

Ugh. So did I!! 

 * Can you share something personal about you?  Something unique or weird?  :-)
This is a really tough question for me for some strange reason. I could tell you about some of my singing talents, like Meatloaf's Anything for Love in Grover's voice, or Black Eyed Pea's Where is the Love opera style, but I wont. Instead I'm going to say I'm boring and normal. Nothing weird here.

Singing, hey? Anything on YouTube?  :-D
@ Smashwords for $3.99!!

Giveaway fun!!!

Mia has signed bookmarks and postcards for winners!!  One person will win an E-Copy of her new book + Swag!!  And then I'll draw more winners for the remaining goodies!!!!

See my giveaway rules under About Me - you must be old enough to win. This giveaway is open internationally. Givers are not responsible for the condition of awesome swag upon arrival. Winners chosen randomly via Rafflecopter.

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  1. Ha!!

    I have one of these... I forgot to wear "loose clothing" the day a medical team showed up at the mid-school to measure body-fat by pinching our arms with a high-tech pincer.

    I wore a tight sweater that day and they made me wriggle my arm out from under it in front of the whole snickerin' class. I couldn't get back in, either. I had to make a run for the bathroom.

    That was NOT funny!!!

  2. NO the worse is it happening in front of the entire class! but that's usually when they happen right? I'm going to show my age, I was telling my husband about this last night, in 6th grade, i started a new school and came down the hall doing Arsenio Hall's whoop whoop thinking I'd be totally cool, and everyone just stared at me. I was then mortified!

    1. Didn't Arsenio Hall just win The Apprentice last night?! Doesn't that make his Whoop! pretty cool, technically speaking, even if the bozos in the 6th grade hall didn't "get" it, yet?!

      You totally see my point. Thx!! I wish I could see back in time to know if I was as dorky as I thought I was. You know? Like, maybe you gave a great Whoop! What if you totally nailed it, only everyone else was embarrassed to join in?!

      On second thoughts... let's not go back in time. Ugh!

    2. HAHA Yes that's why were I remembered it. I was whooping when he won. and hubs looked at me crazy.

      bwahahaha going back in time....pros and cons.. i don't think i can deal with the mom jeans..just sayin'

  3. I had just moved to a new school at the beginning of a new year and they had all the kids in the auditorium. And we were supposed to line up according to grade. Well, I was so nervous I got into the 1st grade line. We all went to the classroom, chose our desks, and were going around the room telling a little about ourselves, when it hit me....I am in second grade. So I had to stand up and and tell the teacher (and the class) that I wasn't supposed to be in that grade. Of course, it wasn't that simple, we had to go to the office to confirm it, then I was escorted to the second grade class where I had to tell the story over again to a new teacher and a new class. I was mortified. Luckily, no one teased me too much. It's funny now though! :p

    1. yes the most mortifying! maybe that's why stuff like that happens when we are young, because we need YEARS to be able to laugh at it ;P

  4. I was at the lake one summer when I was about 12 years old and I was going to change my clothes in the back bedroom. I assumed it was my cousin in the room and walked in. It was my cousin alright, but my boy cousin and he was in his underwear. That was extremely embarrassing at the time and now it's just funny.

  5. I think I was in grade 6, so the last year before highschool. A group of friends and I were sitting having our lunch in the canteen and started giggling about something. My one friend snorted as she was drinking, which end up in a a mild choke and lots of awful snot down her face and in her drink - gross I know!
    At this point I laughed so much that I wet myself. I then had to spend the rest of the day in a bright yellow jump suit that was probably 3 times too big for me. Obviously everyone else was in uniform and I was a walking sun. I was mortified at the time! :-)

  6. This book sounds like so much fun and at the same time taking the problems one can encounter while finding one self serious :) I'm trying my luck in the giveaway.

    I remember one thing that made me very embarrassed. We where drawing in class and I was making a bird. I was lost in my own thoughts and made the birds tale into a spirallythingy and out loud I said "Spoooooooooing". Everyone in my class laughed out loud and I was red like a ripe strawberry LOL Anyways perhaps not the most embarrassing thing to do but right then and there it was for me.

    I loved reading your review and of course Mia's answers too! Chase sounds awesome by the way, I like a bit of brooding as long as it doesn't get unnaturally much of it.

  7. I totally want to hear Meatloaf in the Grover voice!!! Loved the review, so glad you enjoyed it!

  8. I don't tend to get embarrassed easily and when I do it's never at something I can laugh at later. Though there are things I've done that others might think are embarrassing. Once a general manager was checking in on a store I worked at, after awhile my co-worker began to get nervous because she wasn't sure if the GM was still in the store (we hadn't seen him in a while, however, he was known to sit in the office with the door locked and watch the cameras). So I, like the good co-worker I was, volunteered to go check the employee parking lot to see if his car was still there. Of course on my way out of the store instead of pushing it open, I just walked into it.

  9. oooh, i have one of this. but i dont think that i would share with you. lol!

  10. Ugh mine's too embarrassing. How can you do such a thing?! lol


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