Adriana & Brianna: We’re HUGE fans of The Evolution series, so we are super excited to have you on our blog today (YAY!!)
Okay. So I’ve been dying to know what inspired you to write about superheroes? And not just superheroes, but superheroes under the NA category?
Starla: The Evolution series was inspired by childhood memories of comic books, coupled with the recent deluge of superhero movies coming out of Hollywood. I thought putting a romantic spin on the superhero genre sounded like a heck of a lot of fun. Comic books and movies always leave the good parts out. ;)
Adriana: If you could meet any superhero, who would you choose? I bet you would love to meet many of them, but let’s pretend you can only meet ONE in your lifetime…
Starla: Ugh. I have to choose? Um… I always thought I’d say Jean Grey, but then I remembered that she might be able to read my mind and see my inner fangirl flipping out and OMG embarrassing! So, any telepaths are out. I like smart guys, but you run the risk of Bruce Banner hulking out and Tony Stark is kind of a jerk, so I’d pass on them, too. Captain America flat out wouldn’t get my geek references. Batman would be all broody and distant, and Superman kinda bores me, so there’s two more nopes. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Nightcrawler from the X-Men, though, and he could take me anywhere in the world I wanted to go. That sounds like an awful lot of fun to me. Travel the world with a superhero going to the most secret of places most people can’t? Sign me up! Bonus points if I get a tour of Professor X’s School For Gifted Youngsters!
Brianna: Did anyone or anything inspired you to write a character like Candace?
Starla: Not in particular, no, although I see her as sort of a Captain America type. She’s the kind of superhero I think the world wants AND needs. I can’t stand weak female characters that wait around for a guy to come and save them, so I wrote the kind of woman I’d like to read about and that I sort of aspire to be like: smart, independent, loving, and giving. I know several women who fit this mold pretty well, so there’s a little bit of a many people squished into one.
Adriana: I’ve had the pleasure of reading your other books (like The Endure series) and I was wondering if you had any advice for those aspiring authors that want to write a story like no other, unique?
Starla: Mostly I would say to just tell them to write what they want. Don’t worry about trying to be unique, because then it comes out forced. The most original ideas are ones you let loose to become what they want to become. Just tell the story you want to tell, and the rest will fall into place. Don’t let the weird ideas scare you either. All of the best ideas should frighten you a little bit.
Adriana: When you first started writing Evolution: ANGEL did you know from the beginning how the series was going to end?
Starla: The series idea actually started as the ending of the first book. After that, my brain started asking questions like “how would they get to that point?” and then “what’s the fallout?”. I had a pretty solid idea where book 2 was going as well, though I didn’t know precisely how it would end. Book 3 was a little more difficult as things were much less black and white as far as protagonist/antagonist went. Ultimately, though, what started out as Candace’s origin story became the origin story for something much larger than a single character. I’m incredibly happy with how it all turned out, and so glad I listened to my characters and went where they adamantly insisted we go.
Adriana: You’ve quickly become one of my I-have-to-buy-their-next-book-asap authors, would you like to share with us what is coming up next?
Starla: LOL! That’s amazing to hear anyone say and makes me very happy! Thank you! The next thing I’ve got coming out in September is something completely different than this. Master of Myth (Antigone’s Wrath #1) is a Steampunk Adventure (with a little dash of romance, but nothing like the Evolution or Endure books) that takes place in an alternate kind of 1882. The main character is an airship pirate (she’d probably call herself an airborne entrepreneur) who’s thrown into a world of the magic she despises and a family heirloom that’s hazardous to her health. Her travels take her around the world where she must out-think and out-gun a secret society of men determined to take control of humanity. It’s an interesting mix of history, magic, and a bit of science (I had to figure out how an airship would work OMG), and I think it creates a great blend of something for everyone.
In November, I switch gears again with a gender-flipped retelling of Snow White. Shadows on Snow is a straight-up fairy tale, with the innocent charm of the original while still appealing to a modern reader. This one, like Master of Myth, will be released under Starla Huchton (not S. A. Huchton), as they are both clean in language and content (unless a bit of kissing bothers you). In fact, Shadows on Snow could potentially be considered YA, although the main characters are almost 18 and 19. Books for everyone! Yay! :)
Adriana: Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to interview you. Can’t wait to read anything and everything else you come up with!
Starla: Thank you for having me here! I always love talking with the Biblio Belles! <3
* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on Evolution: HEX. So I want to firstly thank Starla for allowing me to review (and constantly fangirl) this book. I will be keeping this review short so that I don't spoil it for anyone!
The book picks up a few weeks after the cliffhanger ending of book one. The events of the ending of the previous books lead to Candace drugged and tied. There's no way for her to escape and her friends have no idea what happened to her. Throughout all of this, Candace keeps her composure. If I were in her shoes, I would have gone a tad crazy. She is seriously one of my favorite heroines and the fact that she's a superhero makes her even more awesome.
In this third book of The Evolution series, we learn more about HEX. We also learn more about the ANGEL Project and that things are not the way Candace have always believed. The more she uncovers about both these projects, the more she realizes that both of these are no good.
Just like the previous installments, there is tons of action. We even learn something new about Candace and her powers. New characters are introduced. I, at first, did not trust any of them but I ended up loving all of them.
And then there's Jaxon. Yes, I still love him even though I was mad at him for a while in this book, but he made me swoon more than once and his assholey ways are kinda endearing. His past is explored further, which made my heart break for him.
I can't give anything else away because you need to read this series yourself. You'll fall in love with the characters and with S.A. Huchton's writing. I can't wait to see (and fangirl!!) what she writes next!!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
As Evolution: SAGE had another brutal cliffhanger, I found myself immediately diving into this third and final installment in the Evolution series. There were secrets, lies, and more character and relationship development. I found this installment just as good as the previous two, and read it almost straight through.
Candace’s character grew even more throughout the course of this novel. She began to question things, and it made her an even more admirable character. She came a long way from the girl in the first book in this series, and I just thought that her character arc was pretty amazing.
In this book, we got to know some new side characters along with he old. I really liked Mica, who eventually became Gabe’s love interest. Then, there was Tori, a healer who Candace became friends with. There was even more development of Jackson’s character. In the beginning of the novel, Jackson and Candace’s relationship became pretty rocky, so it was really great seeing them talk things out, and work at being better people.
In the start of this book, Candace was being held hostage by HEX. Through various events, she found out that the ANGEL Project wasn’t as perfect as she previously thought, and that’s where the plot of this book really took off. The themes in this novel were all about secrets, lies, and standing up for what you believe in, no matter what anyone else says. I found this book riveting, and hardly paused to take a break.
This was a really good way to end the series. I loved the changes in Candace and Jackson, and the story itself was really good. I do think that the author could have tied up a few things better, but I was still satisfied with the ending of the book, for the most part. I would highly recommend this series for anyone looking for something a bit different, with a complete story and character arc behind it
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.
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