Monday, August 27, 2012

Breathless Reads Interview Week: Jessica Khoury, Author of ORIGIN

Welcome to the Breathless Reads Interview Week! Each day this week, I'm posting a new interview from one of the five Fall 2012 Breathless Reads Authors. Comment on each interview, and you can win an ARC. Comment on all five interviews, and you're entered to win a box set of all the books! Keep reading for more details on the contest and more ways to win!


Today, we're celebrating Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN! ORIGIN is about jungles and science, doing what's right, and making sacrifices to do it. Jessica has one of the best Pinterests around (and like me, she's totally into social media!), plus she has amazing red hair that I'm totally envious of. PS HEY HEY HEY you totally need to check out the ORIGIN OLYMPICS going on right now! 

Cyberstalk Jessica!
Now for the Interview! Because there's five books in the 2012 Breathless Reads line-up, I've got five questions for the authors.

1. Please describe your book in five words: 
Girl. Jungle. Boy. Danger. Love.

2. Please describe your main character in five words: 
Smart. Immortal. Lonely. Curious. Stubborn.

3. Now the tough one! Describe yourself in five words: 
Quick. Sarcastic. Impulsive. Ginger. Sleepy.

4. Can you give us a hint about what makes your book “breathless?” 
My favorite scene is when cute shirtless Eio swims through bioluminescent water and climbs a waterfall to pick a flower to cheer up Pia. It’s very sweet and steamy. =)

5. What are five other books that have left you breathless? 
  • Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis [no I’m not brownnosing, Beth—it really did!] Aw, thank you! :)
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold 
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
And now for the contest!!
To enter, just comment to this interview and let Jessica know how much you want to read her book. Please also fill out this Rafflecopter so I can better keep track of entries. You'll be entered for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of ORIGIN (in ARC form). Stick around all week and comment on all the interviews, and you'll be entered to win a box set of all five Breathless Reads books!

Want to read a sneak peek of all the books? Download the Breathless Reads sample! BN | FB | Amazon



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129 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds super fun! I can't wait to read it :)

Nick Camarata said...

Jungle and Science you say? Sign me up!

Alexa D. said...

Huge sucker for sciencey things and stubborn heroines! Just downloaded the sampler and can't wait to read :)

Shauna said...

This has been on my to-read list for a while but this interview has made me even more excited for this book! Sounds like it's going to be a great one. Great interview! =)

marina said...

Great interview! =)

mckaykelly said...

Awesome contest, thanks for the giveaway and interviews! I really want to read Origin, I've heard nothing but praise for this book so far!!

Anushka said...

Bioluminencent waterfalls? I'm hooked already.

~Courtney said...

I can't wait to read this book! It sounds absolutely amazing.

KM said...

I'm reading this book now and really enjoying it! Love reading a book by a fellow Georgia girl :)

Kimmie said...

From one southern Ginger to another: I can't wait to read this book. Sounds like a very exciting read.

Corbinge said...

I'd love to read, looks interesting!

Elk Dresses said...

I'm always up for a jungle-y read. ;)

jessekoepke said...

Way to get a book published at the age of 22! That's a pretty big feat. I look forward to reading it!

Kayley said...

I love the "five words" questions! How fun!

And I definitely want to read Origin. That's why I put so much effort into the Origin Olympics. Plus, the cute plushies. :P

Desiree said...

I can't wait to read Origin. And the Origin Olympics on Jessica Khoury's blog are super rad by the way!

Nicole Mainardi said...

Hmm I'll have to check out these Origin Olympics now... so excited to read this book! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Myra White said...

The book sounds so cool an immortal girl alone in the jungle with all these many animals around and don't forget the sexy love interest! Sounds a blast!

Scarlet A. said...

Wow!!!! Sounds exciting! Cant wait to read it! Liked the answers for question 5

skittlesgirl said...

I've had this book on my to read list for a few months now (though it feels like a million years) Can't wait for it to come out!

warisha_jayanti said...

The book sounds very exciting and I can't wait to read it

dragongirl said...

Love the interview! I'm counting the days till Origin comes out!

Daisy Richeson said...

Can not wait to read Origin! Loving the Origin Olympics!

Jamie Krakover said...

Great interview! Looking forward to all the breathless reads!

Kay McGriff said...

This sounds like just the kind of book I would love--and many of my students would love, too! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Carina Olsen said...

Thank you both so much for this AWESOME interview! <3 I adore it. Plus, the contest is amazing as well ;p thank you. <3 and international :D So happy about that :) I cannot wait to read Origin. It seems so amazing. ADORE the cover. And ohhh. Shirtless Eio? Yeah. I want that. <3 Thank you for sharing :D
Love, Carina

Rebecca Harwell said...

This book sounds fantastic!

Leigh Smith said...

First of all, your red hair is completely gorge. I'm so jealous! Secondly, this book sounds so good. Most importantly, it sounds so different than most of the stuff out there now and I could use something different in my life right now.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Corey said...

I really want to read it! It sounds very different than anything else out right now!

Lo said...

Sounds awesome! I already had it on my tbr list and I'm pushing this one up to the top. :)

Molly Kawaguchi said...

Can't wait to read this!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

This sounds really unique! I loved her Pinfic contest, so I'll have to check out the Olympics. :) Great interview and I look forward to reading it!

Angie said...

The sampler of Origin was amazing, so I cannot wait to read the entire book!

Not to mention, the scene you mentioned of Eio picking the flower for Pia sounds soooooooooo hot and romantic. I need this now!

aparajita said...

I'm a total book junkie and if Jungle and Science is involved then i want want want... it :D

Great interview:)

Becca said...

I actually had a dream that I was still in highschool and Origin was one of the books we were required to read. Now THAT would have made homework more bearable.

Vivien said...

I am such a science geek. Add in the jungle and you have me hooked. Brilliant!!

Anonymous said...

I've been excited about this one for a while! Can't wait to read it! :)

Kayla said...

SO excited about this book!!

Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

Sounds like a great read. :)

alicia marie said...

Thanks for the fun interview! I'm so excited about reading Origin! Can't wait : ) Thanks for the awesome giveaway too!!

Ana said...

Just got done reading the sample. I got to the end and literally screamed out No! The sample was so amazing! I can't wait until I actually get to read the whole thing one day! This book definitely deserved its spot in the breathless reads!

SarahChristine said...

How could it be possible to write in one single comment how freaking much I'm looking forward to reading Origin? I have no clue :p

Ryan said...

Wonderful interview! Cannot wait to read & oddly enough when stumbling upon the premise all that I thought was, Beth Revis would love this! :) So stoked that you two are friends :)

Anonymous said...

I really really really really want to read this book. Though I have read the less than favorable review over at the Book Smugglers this book still remains high on my radar. Clearly the book Smugglers and I view YA books differently as books I think are FRAWESOME have not received as favourable a review of them as I think they should have. Anyways...... so freaking excited for this!

Zino said...

I looooved tomorrow when the war began as well! that makes her even more amazing. I can't wait to read this, I've read some great reviews and the story seems amazing :)

Natasha M. Heck said...

That scene you described is enough for me to put it on my to-read pile. Yay!

LivHope said...

Before to tell the truth I was kinda IFFY on this book but the description is enough now to get me hooked! What can you say I'm a sukker for books!

Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

Haha! I love how she describes herself as ginger - it's too cute! Now I really want to read this book more than ever, especially after your fav scene!!!

Hannah said...

Awesome interview! I loved her answers! I can't wait to read Origin. It sounds like a totally crazy awesome book! And Jessica sounds so fun! Thanks so much!

Sana said...

I love sarcastic people (no kidding!) and I am rather becoming a fan of that scene.

Origin FTW, yay =D

Karis Jacobstein said...

I am beyond excited to read this book! Can't wait to see Jessica at DBF this weekend (although you will be missed this year, Beth!)!

Nayab Haych said...

Been wanting to read this for a while now… Thankyou for the giveaway & great interview :D

Jaguar Hero! said...

Every day I get excited to read Origin more & more with all these giveaways & the trailer & review. It sounds exciting & awesome! :D

chrissie90 said...

I actually really want to read Origin even though I probably won't have time!

chrissie90 said...

I actually really want to read Origin even though I probably won't have time!

Anna Wood-Gaines said...

I've heard sooo much about Orgin and I can't wait to read it!!! :)

Jacklin updegraft said...

I can't wait to read Origin! It looks so interesting! I actually got my sister and friends interested in reading it too!

gustovcarl said...

Sounds interesting!

Lawren Bokman said...

I think that the book sounds really interesting and unique.

Anonymous said...

After working on my entries for Jessica's current contest I'm really getting excited to read Origin! I'm really hoping these fine authors come to Georgia!

-K8
http://froze8.blogspot.com/

Briana Nickol said...

I've been wanting to read Origin since the summer YA scavenger hunt, the plot is different and the characters are really intriguing, can't wait!!

Alyssa Susanna said...

I love her Origin Olympics going on right now... it's so fun! I've done the 15 eevnts to get a prize pack, but I know I definitely can't get gold because I don't have a Tumblr, but whatever! Thanks for the informative post! This is definitely a book I'm not going to miss :D

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to read all about this world! Its so different from everything else I have read.

Katie said...

Ohhhh. That does sound steamy. Can't wait to read the book. =D

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. So hard to describe your book in five words but Jessica did it so well. So excited for the interviews.

Stina Butcher said...

Fantastic. I can't wait for Origin. Already entered the Olympics!

Erica N said...

This sounds like an awesome read! :)

Sara R Stegosaurus said...

I've seen nothing but fantastic reviews for this book from all the bloggers I follow that have managed to get an ARC and i'm seriously dying to read it. I CANT wait! Great interview =]

Sara R Stegosaurus said...

I've seen nothing but fantastic reviews for this book from all the bloggers I follow that have managed to get an ARC and i'm seriously dying to read it. I CANT wait! Great interview =]

Nicole Settle said...

Can't wait to read this and that steamy scene sounds yummy!

Fall Into Books said...

This book sounds so amazing! Great interview! I love the describe in 5 words questions. :D

Llehn said...

Love the premise! Can't wait to read it.

Amanda said...

I am super excited to read Origin!!!
Love the setting. And that waterfall scene, seems swoon worthy!

Riv Re said...

Absolutely awesome interview. Especially loved number 4. The "please describe" questions were really cute also. :)

~Riv Re
Riv Reads

Laura @ The Traveling Owl said...

It sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Awww it sounds soo good!! Girl? Jungle? Boy? Danger? Love> YAY :D Can't wait!

Lili said...

ORIGIN has been on my TBR list for a while. I mean, the amazon? Pet jaguar? Sign me up!

I can't wait for this book to be released.

Alida said...

Sounds like a great book-can't wait to read!

Lena Reve said...

I have been excited about this book for months and I cant wait to read it :)

Kristin said...

The book sounds very interesting! I love the cover, too.

~Kristin

Olivia Booknerd said...

This book sounds awesome. The jungle setting seems really original right now. Definitely want to read this!

Becky Wallace said...

The sample was great! Can't wait to read the whole thing!

Jenny said...

I have been wanting this book for SO LONG! Sounds amazing, especially the waterfall scene:)

ako4eggs said...

Origin looks SO good! I can hardly wait!

Thanks for the awesome contest!

Lena said...

oops, i commented on the wrong thing.... anyhoo I can't wait to read this book :D Great Interview!!

M.A.D. said...

I love how Jessica described her book:
Girl, Jungle, Boy, Danger, Love!

PERFECT combination lol <3 :)

Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

ansindt said...

I can't wait to read Origin. I have heard really good things about it=)

ansindt@hotmail.com

miki said...

i haven't heard of this book before this post but it seem really interesting

thank you a lot for the international giveaway

Jen R. said...

LOL, I'm sarcastic too! :) And I can't wait to read Origin- seriously hope it makes me breathless! ;)

Katja said...

This book sounds amazing! I love the cover, the synopsis, I can't wait to read it!

Jordan said...

I love science stuff, and the fact that it takes place in a jungle? I'm totally in! :)

FireStarBooks said...

Looooovee~~ Can't wait!

Gaby Pendragon said...

OMG!! Origin!!
I'm already in love with this book, cannot wait for its release!

Katharyn Vela said...

So happy this book is coming out! So excited!

Linda La said...

Wow that breathless scene is such a teaser!

Daphne said...

Yay for Origin! This has been on my wait-pile for as long as I can remember. Can't wait for the book to come!

Danielle Nguyen said...

I have an ARC of Origin from BEA that I plan on reading next. Sounds really fun & different!

Sam said...

Girl in a jungle who falls in love? OMG I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK SO BAD!

Jessy said...

Awww, Eio sounds sweet. I need more of that in my YA hotties.

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

All Summer I have been waiting for Origin. Really can't wait to read it next week. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. =]

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

All Summer I have been waiting for Origin. Really can't wait to read it next week. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. =]

Marthapao said...

I have been waiting sooooo long for this book to come out so I can read it!!!

Hwa Sun Kang said...

Climbing a waterfall to pick a flower? Wow. That's pretty crazy :D

JennH said...

Girl. Jungle. Boy. Danger. Love. + pet jaguar... gimme!

*sorry just had to add in the jaguar ;)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Megan Conway said...

Though I'm not a huge fan of first person POV fantasy (third person gives a better feel for the world), after reading the sampler of this, I kinda love this freakin' story! And I hear it's a standalone, which is a relief because there aren't enough of them out there, but also a letdown if I end up really, really loving the book! Either way, can't wait to read the rest of this!

starryeyedjen said...

"Girl. Jungle. Boy. Danger. Love." That right there is a recipe for awesome! Love the scientific elements, too. Can't wait to read Origin!!

Kayla Beck said...

I have no idea why (and I'm probably just crazy), but my brain went to Ray Bradbury when I read the summary-thingy of this. It really makes me want to read it. Also - love your ginger locks! I wish mine was still so red. :-)

alli said...

"Sweet and Steamy" is perfect combo!

Lea said...

I've been looking forward to this book for such a long time. Heard so many awesome people saying awesome things about it.

Ashley G. said...

I've heard great things about this book!

Jasmine Rose said...

Uhhmm...bioluminescent water? Yeah, I'm all over that.

Hnossi Valkyrie said...

Sounds cute! And unique!

Eileen said...

Shirtless Eio=happy me! ;) Lol I'm so excited to read this book it just sounds so engaging and ahh I just can't wait for it! :) I didn't know Pia was immortal before O_O Hey you learn something new every day right? lol thanks for the interview and giveaway! :)

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, a shirtless Eio scene? *grins*

I love how Origin takes place in the Amazon. It adds a different aspect to the story that many other YA books don't have. I honestly can't wait until I get to read it.

Ileana A. said...

I have never read a book set on a jungle, it could be fun! I have read amazing things about this book! So hopefully I can score a copy soon! Fingers crossed!

Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

I have been stalking this book for a while. It sounds so incredible! Reminds me a little of the Maximum Ride series.

Antonia Calina said...

Great interview! I love this book and I hope one day I'll read it. The description is very interesting and the cover is beautiful.

Nicki said...

I have been dying to read this! Great Interview!

Hannah said...

I have to read this book now. A jungle and bioluminescent water?? Yes, please! Thanks for the giveaway!

Aku /// J. T. said...

Jungle? Check~ Waterfall? Check~ Bioluminescent water? Check~ A really-really pretty cover? -SO- Check~ -That settles it! (One way or another: )I ABSOLUTELY MUST REEAADD THIS -- NAOW!!! ^__^ Lol ;)

Even if I don't win it here, this is so going on my list of to-read books! I am *definitely * intrigued*~ ^^

Gabbie said...

Is the scene described at No.4 the one on the cover?? Its a beautiful cover btw :)

Jared Mifsud said...

I would love to win this book for my girlfriend, she's been super excited to read since she first heard about it and I can see why!

Tabitha Michelle said...

I can't wait to read Origin! :)

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