Book & Author Details:
Counting Shadows by Olivia Rivers
Publication date: June 30th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Two hearts, one kiss…
Faye’s soul-mate is everything she should hate—an Angel, an outcast, an enemy. Ashe is just one more imperfection in her life that somehow makes everything… perfect.
Until he’s murdered.
With the only person she loves ripped away, Faye sets out to avenge Ashe’s death. The task seems impossible, until she finds Lor—an Angel who looks nearly identical to Ashe’s killer. Arrogant and hot-headed, Lor is everything Ashe wasn’t. But Lor is connected to her soul-mate’s past, and Faye needs him to find the killer—even if Lor is potentially deadly.
But when Faye discovers that Ashe’s past isn’t as black and white as she thought, she faces an impossible choice: Give up the hunt, and risk the lives of others. Or continue pursuing Ashe’s murderer, and forfeit the lives of everyone in her family—including herself.
Olivia Rivers is the author of five novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student. She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Pokémon. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.
Q: You fell in love with Ashe at a very early age. How did this happen?
I’m not exactly sure. At first, I think Ashe just felt gratitude toward me for saving his life, and I was just grateful to have a friend. But that very quickly changed, and we were both in love. Maybe it was because we were both seen as outcasts, and we bonded over that. Or maybe it was just Fate that brought us together.
Q: Do you feel responsible for Ashe’s death?
On one hand, I know it wasn’t me who wanted him dead. But on the other hand, I just keep replaying all the things I could have done differently. Maybe if I’d found out the murder plan earlier, or ran away with him, or never even met him… I don’t know. What happened has happened, and now all that matters is revenge.
Q: You want revenge for Ashe’s death. Why? Wouldn’t it be better to let go of the past?
Of course not. Ashe’s murder isn’t something I can just “let go of”. The man who killed him deserves to be punished, and if no one else will do it, then I will.
Q: Your country accuses you of being a magic-user. What do you say to this?
It’s ridiculous. I’ve never used the dark arts, and I never will. My visions of the past just come to me, and I don’t know why. But it’s certainly not magic. Besides, it’s not like my visions hurt anyone.
Q: How do you feel about the Angels?
I loved my Ashe, but he was different from most Angels. He was kind and quiet and loving. But I’ve heard the stories of what real Angels are like; they’re angry and deadly. I think it’s a good thing the Angels were banished from our continent.
Q: What about the Fae, Dragons, and all the other species who still live on your continent?
I don’t really know what to think of them. My country, Irrador, has banned most of their species from crossing our borders. Only humans are truly accepted here. We trade with the other species and try to keep peace between our countries, but I don’t know much else about their kind.
Q: What will you do in order to catch Ashe’s murderer?
Anything. Absolutely anything.
Q: And what will you do when you find the murderer?
I’ll give him the only thing he deserves: Death.