OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
Today's #FACSaturday chat, hosted by me! (it was nerve wracking), featured OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst! For those of you who want to know more about the book, check out this post to see a full summary and to enter the SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY! Again, I'm doing a quick summary of the chat and the buzz around this book for those of you that missed it -- or for those of you that found it was difficult to keep up with the chat. Check out the questions and answers below!
Emily Skrutskie started us off with a doodle of OF FIRE AND STARS and it was magical and wonderful and a great way to get into the spirit of the story...
Happy #FACSaturday! Here's a little doodle based on @audwrites' OF FIRE AND STARS. Princess, fire, horse, natch. pic.twitter.com/mgiiPRUHt9— Emily Skrutskie (@skrutskie) September 5, 2015
--First up was general impressions of the story: what are you curious to find out about while reading OF FIRE AND STARS? Some of my favourite answers were...
A1) Is "everything" a respectable answer? I want to find out about the fire, the princesses, the horses, EVERYTHING. #FACSaturday— Tara Sim (@EachStarAWorld) September 5, 2015
A1) I don't go into any book with expectations but I'm really curious about the magic in the book #FACSaturday— brittanysbookrambles (@bbookrambles) September 5, 2015
A1 I'm hoping for an awesome romance and also of course I'm all about fantasy worlds. ;) #FACSaturday— Ri (Hiver et Café)❄ (@Astaraya) September 5, 2015
--We moved onto talking about horses since they are central to the story. I asked what everyone thought that role may be. There was a wide variety of answers...
A2: Maybe it's culturally important (like tradition), or maybe horses and magic are connected...😏 #FACSaturday— Adriyanna Zimmermann (@akzfineart) September 5, 2015
A2: I hope it's like the Dothraki, where they're a staple of the way of life and culture. Hence the need for riding lessons! #FACSaturday— Emily Skrutskie (@skrutskie) September 5, 2015
A2. Escape route? A distraction during awkward pauses in conversation? The reason 2 people have to spend so much time together? #facsaturday— Dani Reviews Things (@dani_reviews) September 5, 2015
--Spinning off of that, I asked people to send me pictures of their favourite horses! (Honestly, I got a lot and only included a few but there are more in the #FACSaturday hashtag)
A3: Even thought I have 0 knowledge of horses, my favorite is The Shire (I had to search the name) #facsaturday pic.twitter.com/l8uvpi500K— Nicole K. (@NicoNickyNicole) September 5, 2015
A3) I love thoroughbreds. Here's me going cross country on one I affectionately called "moose." #FACSaturday pic.twitter.com/H6fQrm3mC2— Audrey C0ulthurst (@audwrites) September 5, 2015
--Since this is a dual point of view book, I just had to know who everyone was excited to read through. Most people agreed...
A4: I think a dual pov just gives us a nice insight into what's going on but I love magic AND sass so both 😊 #FACSaturday— Karen Bultiauw (@karenbultiauw) September 5, 2015
A4: Well one has forbidden fiery magic, and the other has sass. So... #FACSaturday pic.twitter.com/pnUGtYcTKF— Emily Skrutskie (@skrutskie) September 5, 2015
--We also see a lot of characters that all interact with one another, I asked what everyone thought the character's personalities would be like. Some of my favourite answers were...
A5. I'm hoping the Prince is actually rather nice because I think that'll make it harder for Dennaleia to justify running away. #facsaturday— Dani Reviews Things (@dani_reviews) September 5, 2015
@booksandladders Yes! And how the two understand each other's feelings! What if one chooses duty & the other love? #FACSaturday— Adriyanna Zimmermann (@akzfineart) September 5, 2015
Dennaleia comes off more bookish and moderated...at first. But falling in love has a way of helping people grow and change. #facsaturday— Audrey C0ulthurst (@audwrites) September 5, 2015
--Then we moved onto the magic (because I don't think I can have a conversation without talking about magic). I asked why people thought Denna had to hide her magic and how they thought it would be revealed. Some answers were...
@booksandladders Q6). Maybe magic's forbidden. Yes to "big reveal" as long as she doesn't burn books with her fire magic+more. #FACSaturday— Spellbinding Books (@spellbindingbks) September 5, 2015
A6: To seem like a mundane,not threatening, person to the others. YES #facsaturday— Nicole K. (@NicoNickyNicole) September 5, 2015
A6. I imagine people with magic aren't trusted and maybe persecuted/executed? #facsaturday— Dani Reviews Things (@dani_reviews) September 5, 2015
A6) Teaser: religion and magic are somehow connected in OF FIRE AND STARS. #FACSaturday— Audrey C0ulthurst (@audwrites) September 5, 2015
--And my final question for everyone was: What do you hope Dennaleia and Amaranthine's first interaction will be like? And some of my favourite meet-cute moments that people thought of were...
A7: I'm hoping someone falls off a horse. Maybe they both fall off their horses. #FACSaturday— Emily Skrutskie (@skrutskie) September 5, 2015
A7: Dennaleia will be shy, flustered & Amaranthine seems like she'd be more in tuned, like she's experienced this before #FACSaturday— Adriyanna Zimmermann (@akzfineart) September 5, 2015
Last A: D's horse takes off, A has to come up quick and take the reins. A teases D! Anger! Sass! Sparks fly! Swoon. #facsaturday— Jessica Cluess (@JessCluess) September 5, 2015
--And finally, Audrey revealed something extremely special and amazing. PINTEREST BOARDS for her characters!
It was a super fun chat and I enjoyed talking to all of y'all. A huge thank you to everyone who participated! If you missed this one, tell us in the comments how you think Denna and Mare will meet. I'm excited to see you theories :)
See y'all next week (September 12th, 2015 at 2pm EDT) when we talk about
A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess