Audiobook Review – After

Hello, wonderlandians. I hope all is well with you. I have been so excited for this blog post. This is the most excited I’ve been about a blog post in a really long time. I have done so much research and I have listened to this audiobook. I have skimmed through the Wattpad story. Soon I will be seeing the movie. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about the book called After by Anna Todd. This is probably one of the most highly anticipated movies to come out this year. I am jumping really late on the bandwagon because I don’t know I didn’t think I would be interested in this book. Although I will say my mind is slowly being changed. The farthest I wanted to do this blog post differently. For example, I did a lot of research on Anna and her Wattpad Adventure. Then I went into the novel itself. If you guys want to follow me along on my journey of reading it then you guys can go follow me on Instagram at wonderlandiansbooks or you can watch my YouTube video.

Let’s start with a little bit of the research that I have been doing on Anna Todd. Anna Todd started her story as a fanfiction on Wattpad. On Wattpad Anna Todd went by the name of the imaginator1d. She still goes by this name on Wattpad and it’s also her Twitter handle. You can find books 1 through 4 of the after series still on Wattpad. After was published on Wattpad in 2013. For the first year of After being on Wattpad, it became the most read book on the platform and gained the author popularity. To this day it has over 500 million views. Then was picked up by a division of Simon & Schuster and was revised, expanded, and published in 2014. Then 5 years later it is going to be released as a feature-length film I believe on April 12th of this year. The original fanfiction was based on One Direction but focused on Harry Styles. When Simon & Schuster picked up the rights to publish the book all of the names of the One Direction characters had to be changed. This is how Hardin Scott was born.  Also, all of the other characters from One Direction had to be changed as well. After watching the trailer is a couple of times and I know what One Direction looks like and I’ve seen the faces that Anna had imagined Tessa and the rest of the crew to be. The only character that I can say that’s been cast who looks like their face cast is the girl who’s playing Tessa.

If you take a look at the covers for After they’ve all gone through their own transition. Let’s take a look at those now.

First, you have the fan fiction version and I really like it. It’s very simple. You have the girl and the guy on the cover and it’s a purplish gray hue. Very simple cover that I’m guessing was created by Anna Todd herself. Then we have the second official cover for the published book. It is vastly different from the cover made for the fanfiction. The cover is a dark cyan color and it’s clouds. It seems that Simon & Schuster decided to ditch the couple on the cover and go with something a little bit more mysterious. Then we have the movie tie-in cover. I have to say this was probably my favorite because I do love Tessa and Hardin on the cover. it also is a remnant of the fanfiction cover which to me is a nice little Ode to where it all began.

Continuing on with my research for this review I did something you shouldn’t do before listening or reading a book. I decided that I was going to go on the internet and look up to see what people were saying about the trailer as well as some book reviews. Most of what I have seen on the Internet is a lot of negativity towards the trailer itself. This kind of reminds me how 50 Shades of Grey got so much backlash because to a lot of people it was glorifying an abusive relationship. Personally, I don’t feel like Fifty Shades of Grey did glorify an abusive relationship. Ana and Christian were both in a consensual relationship. If Ana wanted to leave Christian she had every opportunity to do so. Everything that was done sexually was done consensually. This isn’t a review of Fifty Shades of Grey although I am a fan.  At the time of writing this, I’m only about nineteen chapters in the book I’m not at anything that would be considered abusive thus far. At the part that I’m currently at Tessa is currently cheating on her boyfriend with Harden. I will be addressing the whole cheating thing in my review. A lot of One Direction fans are not happy because the author did start this off as a One Direction fanfiction. Harry Styles fans are not happy that he will be associated with a character that is abusive towards a woman. Again I can’t say as Hardin is abusive because I’m not there at this current time. Ask for the reviews that I’ve read on this book they haven’t been good. I did find one review that was intriguing because the person who wrote the review was Reads & Reels. The author of the blog post says that while they really did enjoy the books I can acknowledge that there was some toxicity in Tessa and Hardin’s relationship.  again I can’t form any opinions on this because I’m not currently to a point where I can assess whether or not the relationship is toxic.

REVIEW

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After
After, Book 1

By: Anna Todd
Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise
Series: After (Todd), Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-21-14
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated audiences across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything After… Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and a lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does – until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappears again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Really now it’s time for the review. I don’t know what to feel about this book. This book is a cluster fuck of emotions. IT had me wanting to through my phone up against a wall. Tessa and Hardin. Tessa and Hardin. These very flawed fictional characters. So I did something you are not supposed or well probably shouldn’t do before you review a book. I read and watched a review or should I say rant videos. All of the ones that I have watched have not really been constructive just more along the lines of bashing the book and author. Now the reviews that I have read on blogs And either be positive or negitive. The blogs seem more into critiquing the book then bashing the book and the author. For this review though I wanted to make sure that I got both ends of the spectrum so I could get a better understanding of what was so problematic with this book.

First, I would love to start off by talking about the writing. I have read a little bit of the Wattpad story and of course, I’ve read the final published work.  Anna Todd the writing style isn’t something that’s revolutionary and it going to change the literary world as we know it. She writes like somebody who is very formal when they speak. Some notes that I did take were from watching and reading other people’s reviews as well as listening to the book myself. Anna Todd doesn’t really use contractions when she was writing her book. This to me made the dialogue seem a little odd and way too formal. Most of the time I was rolling my eyes because there was only one contraction that I could find. In everyday life, people are using contractions. Anna Todd knows how to string a story along. In this, I feel she does a really good job. She is also really good at invoking emotion when the reader is I don’t read or listen to this book. You get connected to these characters. At least for me, I felt very connected to both Hardin and Tessa.

Now for the overall story, it was about 98 chapters long. So an audiobook it was about 16 hours and 30 minutes long to Listen to. If you read any of my other reviews and you know I tend to speed up my listening to about 2x the speed or 2.70 the speed.  I find that I can be very impatient when it comes to listening to an audiobook because the narrator can’t keep up with one my attention span and two I tend to talk very fast in real life so anybody who speaks slower tends to annoy me a little bit. Now I actually listened to this very slow. I would say about 1.70x the speed. The reason being is I really wanted to make sure that I was fully comprehending the material. From all of the other reviews that I either listen to or watch or read there seem to be a lot of problematic things. I wanted to make sure that I was paying extra close attention to see if I agreed to see what other people did on what those problematic things were.

It will say when it comes to Hardin and Tessa their relationship moves very quickly. I have both read and watched people compare this book to Twilight mixed with Fifty Shades of Grey. Here is my personal take on the best way I can describe this book is it gives me the nostalgic feeling of Twilight. The broken man and woman trying to show him he’s worthy of love like 50 Shades of Grey.  The emotional rollercoaster that the driven series by K. Bromberg can do. Then very possessive and fast relationship that the this man series by Jodi Ellen Maples can provide you. There’s a lot coming into this book so I can understand where people are coming from with all of these comparisons to other work. I see them too. Harden in the book is described as somebody who is very mean and cruel. He is absolutely both of those things. And I can see why people say that he’s abusive at least verbally and emotionally because he goes out of his way to hurt the people that he loves. Now here is where I am going to have to give you guys a little story about myself. There was a time in my life in my teenage years we’re mentally I wasn’t doing very well. I was a very miserable person and I had the mindset of if I was miserable than everybody else around me was going to be miserable. I used to be a very manipulative teenager I knew what buttons to push people to get them to do the things that I wanted. Am I happy that’s how I used to be absolutely not but I can’t take back my past? So in this regard, I can actually sympathize with hardened as well as connect with his character. When I was a child I can say that I was both verbally emotionally and mentally abused. It really does something to a child and it messes up psychologically so I can understand why Hardin is the way that he is. Do I necessarily agree with his action?  no. Do I think you should be doing all of the things that he has done and will do to Tessa absolutely not. I have read of that Hardin is not only abusive but he isolates Tessa from her friends and family. I have to say that that’s not true. At least from my perspective, it wasn’t true. In chapter 74 Tessa’s mother is trying to control and manipulate her by saying that if she stays with hardened she will not pay for her College anymore. She also topped Noah into taking Tessa back. I have to say that her mother is also very manipulative. She has had such a big control over tonsils life that when she feels that control slipping she it doesn’t know what to do so she is also very harsh with Tessa.

Now we get on to pass up. Tessa, in the beginning, is supposed to be the good girl. Tessa throughout the first half of the book is pretty much consistently cheating on her boyfriend with Hardin. This part of the book got a really bad rap because a lot of people can’t stomach the fact that cheating happens. Cheating is wrong. It’s just wrong. the fact is though it happens and I am a firm believer in you don’t know what you’re going to do until you are put in any kind of situation. Personally, I think Anna Todd does a great job of depicting a teenage girl entering college having a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend. Sometimes people cheat and that’s exactly what Tessa does. Then Tessa meets Hardin. things go really fast with them from the point of meeting to the point of them getting together. I don’t think Tessa has a lot of time to really wrap her head around what’s going on. For her, this is something that is completely out of the norm. Does she let Hardin treat her like crap absolutely? Should she get it backbone? Absolutely. And she does later on in the book. So can I say that their relationship is toxic yeah because there is a lot of codependency on both of their parts. They both play childish games with each other. I really didn’t feel like I was reading about somebody who was an adult more of somebody who was a teenager which works because of Tessa only 18 years old.

Another point I wanted to address was I kept seeing reviews or watching videos of people saying that Tessa is stupid for not leaving the relationship that she is in. I have to say that this book actually does a really good job of depicting somebody who is in a toxic relationship but doesn’t know how to get out of it. It also depends on people who feel like they truly have found the right person but it’s not the right time. They don’t know how to be a couple. When you are in a relationship like Tessa and Hardin people hold on to the good times. It will get good again for a little while and this is why some people stay because for them the good moments outweigh all of the bad times. Does it make Tessa stupid for staying? I can’t really say.

Let’s talk about the narration of this book. I absolutely love the narrator. Her name is Elizabeth Louise. I have heard a few books that Elizabeth Louise has a narrated I have to say her voice is absolutely fantastic. Her voice is super soothing I actually think I nodded off a couple of times when listening to her narrate. Her range of voices is incredible. Although I have to say when it comes to do in the British accent it’s not as thick as I would have liked it to be. But there was just when it came to her we sang Hardin.  Elizabeth Louise Has a small part in the book ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and that’s the very first time I’ve ever heard her narrate. I fell in love with her voice.

If you’ve made it to the end of this review then you are a champion and deserve a cookie. I know that this review was really long and I haven’t done one like this since my review of The Driven series by K.Bromberg. Thank you. Seriously thank you for making it to the end. I knew that this review specifically needed to have some research done about it because it was a fanfiction.

In the comments below let me know if you will be picking up this book or will you be seeing the movie?

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From #CockyGate to #CopyPasteCris

Hello, wonderlandians. I wish I was coming to you with some better new today. I was just scrolling through Facebook as one does in the morning before work and I came across a post in one of the groups that I’m in for book lovers. It would seem that Romancelandia is in an uproar again.

If you remember from last year. A romance author by the name of Faleena Hopkins tired to get the word Cocky copyrighted so no other author was able to use that word in the title of their book. She went as far as to send out cease and desist letter to authors. Needless to say this back fired on her big time. A lawyer who is now an author came out of retirement to help to authors who were hurt by this and to offer legal advise. Thankfully Faleena came to her senses and dropped the whole thing.

Now we are seeing something worse come about. There is a “Romance Author” by the name of Cristiane Serruya. She is now known in Romancelandia as #CopyPasteCris. Cristiane has copied full passages from popular romance authors.

Image from KJ_Charles on Twitter.

They highlighted part is just a few authors that she has copied from. You want to know the funny part of all of this. She is a lawyer in her day job.

Author Courtney Milan wrote a blog post which you can read by click blog post. I found all of this out at 7:30 am EST. For a lawyer it’s a pretty ballsy move to copy other people work. Really it’s pretty ballsy for anyone to do. Courtney Milan called her out in a blog post as well and on twitter.

Image from Courtney Milan twitter.

This was posted last night at 11:27 pm.

Then this morning Cristiane responded to Courtney Milan and Tessa Dare.

Images from @CrisSerruya

People of Romancelandia where not having it. It seems not only was she copying from authors but from websites like The Knot for cake recipes.

Cristiane has responded and is in the process of taking the plagiarized work down.

If you want to follow what is going go on twitter and follow #CopyPasteCris.

There is much more going on here. Follow the thread. There is so much evidence. I’m not making this post to shame anyone. I just want to bring attention to this.

Will you be following this? Let me know your thoughts.

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Audiobook Review – Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Kamala Alcantara is a Voice Actress & Audiobook Narrator capable of performing a wide range of voices & accents.

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Lindsay is a new author to me. I have never listened or read whatever books before. If you love a good book about a medium Or someone who is sensitive to ghosts this book has a whole new take on that. So the setting is in a Futuristic land where we are able to travel between different planets. The main character is an interesting character to say the least to. She is our medium. She is able to attract ghosts to her unfortunately For her this is a bad thing because he ghosts are able to kill her. Our main character sister and the sending a signal thing sail The whole town thinks that she has gone rogue and she doesn’t want to be found. So this is where the whole adventure begins and I don’t want to give too much away because it is a very interesting read and I feel that it should be gone and to without knowing much about the story.

Now for our narrator this is the 1st story I have heard her read. She is absolutely fantastic. The range that she has is a very nice. There was a different voice for each of the different characters. This is really important to me when a voice actress is narrate a book because I like to be able to distinguish the characters. Her tone throughout the entire book is even and her voice has a nice calming effect to it. So even when she was reading high action and intense seems I just felt calm. It’s the weirdest thing I tend to gravitate towards readers who are very calm and have a soothing voice.

Now for the production of this audio book I found it was very professional. There were no awkward pauses or anything to distract from the audio book it felt. Over all this was a very enjoyable experience to listen to. As you guys know I like to speed my books up as I’m reading them. I ended up getting this almost to triple times the speed it because I did feel that the reader loves to make sure that she’s very understood. Sometimes I can find this to be a little too slow for my liking so I will speed the book up. And I didn’t find any distortion when I did feed the book up to triple times the speed. I was able to understand the narrator a very clearly. So this is also a Testament to the production over all of this book.

I definitely recommend the audio book over the physical or even E book. I always recommend an audio book over it E book or a physical copy I don’t know wh
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lindsey R. Loucks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Dream Cast

By Author Lindsey R. Loucks
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Absidy Jones
    • Whether you love Jen or hate her, she’s proven she can be the tough girl with a don’t-give-a-f*ck attitude and a large dose of vulnerability. That’s my main character, Absidy, in a nutshell. Let’s just add some chains to Jen’s hair and dress her up in a spiked corset, and she’ll be repelling ghosts in no time.
  • Charlie Hunnam – Mason (Mase) Ryan
    • *swoon* Absidy’s love interest is a bad-boy pilot who is thoroughly lickable. Enter Charlie. Enough said. ☺
  • Idris Elba – Captain Glenn
    • Whenever Idris opens his mouth, I listen. He has that quiet command suitable to head a haunted spaceship and could silence an unruly crew member with one (sexy) look.
  • Ian McShane – Randolph
    • Randolph, head chef, is a little bit hairy and a little bit drunk, both things Ian McShane can portray very, very well!
  • Theo James – Doctor Daryl
    • Theo is good-looking, intense, and seems like he’s a bit of a loner, all qualities he shares with Doctor Daryl.
  • Mackenzie Crook – Nesbit
    • He’s a genius engineer who just might be insane, and Mackenzie’s exceptional, unique acting ability would be perfect for Nesbit!
  • Kelly Marie Tran – Moon Dragon
    • Sexy, confident, and funny, Moon has drawn Absidy out of her shell in their shared dorm at college. Moon is Absidy’s only friend, a responsibility Moon takes very seriously. Kelly Marie Tran has that same lovable, sultry allure as Moon.

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Fire with Fire (New York Syndicate Book 1) by [St. James, Michelle]

Love is a battlefield — and only the strong survive.

Shunning his Ivy League education and the empire that was his birthright, Damian Cavallo found his place in New York City’s criminal underworld after the fall of the Syndicate. Reclusive and angry, he works alone — until crime lord Nico Vitale makes a compelling argument for the new organization’s far-reaching power. After hearing Nico out, Damian is willing to consider the possibility of leading the New York territory.

There’s just one problem: he isn’t the only one who wants it.

Aria Fiore didn’t choose a life of crime — it chose her.

Raised by her dangerously unbalanced brother, Primo, after the death of their parents, Aria had no choice but to follow him into a life of crime. She finds happiness working in the city’s community garden but can’t help wondering if she’ll ever get the chance to choose something for herself. Then Damian Cavallo appears — hot, brooding, and demanding Primo forfeit the New York territory. Aria has no love for the business, but even the gorgeous criminal can’t shake her loyalty to her brother.

As the rivalry becomes more and more deadly, Primo’s first in command is only too happy to goad him into reckless action. Desperate to save her brother, Aria forges an alliance with Damian that quickly turns into an undeniable passion. Now she’s forced to admit the truth:

She is in love with Damian Cavallo — and her real enemy is much closer to home.

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Audiobook Review – Between the Sea and Stars

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With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.

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“Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm.”

A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she’s taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.

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If you guys know me then you know one of my favorite genre’s of books is all about mermaids. So this book was really refreshing in the way that the author is portraying mermaids. If you love a book that is all about mystery and love this book is definitely for you. I would highly recommend this audio book over the print because there are a lot of words and names that are really hard to Pronounce. Shantel is an amazing author the way she writes is so beautiful.

This is the 1st book I’ve heard don’t Dollcie read. She is very pleasant to listen to. Her range of voices is incredible and she keeps the audience engaging because she herself could be like a siren. You want to keep listening to her her inflections in her words and her tone is very easy to understand.

The over all production of this are you book was fantastic. There were a few areas where the transition between chapters was a little breathy. Other than that the audio was fantastic.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chantal Gadoury. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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By Author chantal Gadoury

  • Lena – Gemma Arterton
    • When I first saw Gemma in Tess of D’Urbervilles, she was everything I imagined my character, Lena, a merrow turned human, to be.
  • Soren Emil – Matt Smith
    • Soren holds a special place in my heart from a time before I started officially writing “Between the Sea and Stars.” I’ve always associated his character looking like Matt Smith, which is why I’d cast him as such.
  • Jace Wyatt – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    • I’ve been inspired by Aaron Taylor-Johnson since the first time I saw him in “Anna Karenina.” When I started to look for someone who reminded me of Jim Hawkins (the real inspiration behind Jace Wyatt) I saw Aaron played a role in a movie called Albert Nobbs. At that moment, I knew I had found the right choice of a “face character” and movie cast for Jace.
  • Edwin Wyatt – Max Von Sydow
    • Edwin was a character I had planned to have in the story of “Between the Sea and Stars,” but suddenly he appeared, and became a character that I fell in love instantly. He is the sweetest of men, and so wise. When I started to look for a face that could envelope everything about Edwin, it was hard. I had been torn between Richard Harris, and Sir Ian McKellen, but when I saw Max Von Sydow, in this photo – I really felt like I had found the face of Edwin perfectly.
  • Asger – Rohit Khandelwal
    • I knew as I was writing Asger, I was trying to bring in more diverse of characters – different skin colors, tail colors, – just different from Lena and the characters that I was already planning on land. And I really loved just how different Asger became. I found the photo of Rohit as I was trying to figure out Asger, and what he’d look like – he was an inspiration right from the beginning.
  • Lord Jarl – Jeremy Irons
    • I went through a huge phase of watching “The Borgias” right before I had written “Between the Sea and Stars,” and kinda just loved Jeremy Irons as an actor. I know he could play evil – and well. And I know he’d adapt the character Lord Jarl perfectly.

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