Friday, January 27, 2012

Sarah Alderson's Fated Blog Tour - Fated Top Trumps & Fated Cast Battle Off

Hi everyone! Welcome to the fourth stop of the Fated blog tour, the amazing second novel written by an amazing author named Sarah Alderson, which will be out in Australia February 1st! If you haven't already, be sure to check out my two book reviews of Alderson's debut novel Hunting Lila (here) and Fated (here).

For this fourth pitstop, I've been asked to hold a Fated Cast Battle Off between a few of my favourite characters from the Fated book. But before we get our heroines, heroes, and villains all equipped with their weapons, super abilities and getting their heads into the game, here are all of the ten Fated character contenders: Evie, Lucas, Caleb, Grace, Neena, Joshua, Risper, Shula, Tristan, and Victor. Unfortunately I cannot force all of these fine characters of ours to battle to the death or make each and every character fight another after another because 1) we would be here forever, 2) the cast of characters are very deadly in their own way and 3) I don't want too much blood left on my blog by the time this blog battle has ended. So instead, I have four very special battles for your eyes only.

Here's the deal - I name the two characters, I place the selected characters into a very deadly and dangerous situation, and then YOU as a reader get to decide who wins based on the character stats by commenting below. I will also voice my own opinions that may help sway you in choosing the winner and loser. Sound good? Okay then let's go . . . PREPARE THE TROOPS!

BATTLE #1

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EVIE vs CALEB

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The situation: Imagine Caleb attacking another human being (for fun) and in defence, while thinking it's another human beating another, Evie fends Caleb off and ends up chasing after him. However, in a form of a battle tactic, Caleb decides to lure Evie into an abandoned warehouse nearby and wants to lead her into a trap. By the time Evie arrives inside the warehouse, a dark one mind you, she is locked in and forced to fight with Caleb with hand-to-hand combat. Only she doesn't quite know he's a demon and she doesn't know how to fight as she has little skills. But with Caleb now advancing on her, running forward and out of nowhere knocks her to the ground with his tail, do you believe Evie has a chance of beating this dude? Even a blind one?

My opinion on the battle: Judging by the stats, Caleb has an advantage here. He has more fighting experience than Evie does - with badassness, special powers of a fast-whipping tail, fighting skills, and is far more mature in age. As you can see Evie has a very little chance. In this particular situation, Caleb lured our Evie into a pitch-black warehouse and considering he's blind, Evie is blind too which takes her into Caleb's personal territory. Another advantage as he's used to using his hearing and being blind etc. However, Evie still has a chance. She's younger, quicker, and has the upper hand in verbal assassination. Who says a smart-mouth can't help win you a battle? My money is on Evie. The underdog can always surprise you.

So who do you think would win? Evie or Caleb?

BATTLE #2

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LUCAS vs VICTOR

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The situation: Let's just say, in a hunter rage, Victor targets a lone Lucas and wants to kill him. Despite an age difference, both guys are very close in their battle stats and would put up a good fight. As Victor lunges for Lucas with a blade in hand, Lucas disappears into the shadows which leaves his opponent alone in an alleyway and completely vulnerable. Furious by this, Victor closes his eyes and carefully listens by using his 'hunter senses'. When Lucas reappears with his own blade and sneaks up behind him, Victor strikes back and cuts Lucas but Lucas himself remains strong. How do you see this turning out? Can Lucas beat Victor?

My opinion on the battle: This is a tough battle here! First off, Victor has experience on top of Lucas's and he has killed a Shadow Warrior like Lucas before, so he would know what it takes to kill another of his kind. And Victor has great instincts. But Lucas is strong-willed and holds a grudge on Victor and others like him for killing his family so . . . revenge of madness could possibly help Lucas in this case. My money would be on Lucas since his hotness and youth could beat out old Victor, even though he's still young at heart.

So who do you think would win? Lucas or Victor?

BATTLE #3

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SHULA vs GRACE

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The situation: Both of these girls get into a heated argument after a long battle, and Shula has had just about enough with Grace's excuses of not protecting her (by using her psych powers). Circling Grace in order to downsize her as the hunter meets prey, Shula lunges forward in hopes of touching Grace with her bare hands and using her power of her literal acid-coated hot body (it can wound people obviously). However, before even Shula can land a single finger on her, Grace in a fluid motion moves out of her way and continues predicting every single move Shula makes. But the question is, what with Grace's graceful and avoiding moves, is it enough to help her win this battle? Or will Shula's rage and vicious nature be just her luck?

My opinion on the battle: Shula is a tough opponent to beat but her mood get's in the way of a clear fighting mind. You need a clear mind for a fight - just saying. Anyway, my money is definitely on Grace's character. She's a psychic after all. She can predict every move Shula makes - everyone's for that matter - and despite Grace not liking to fight, you can never beat a psychic. They will always win no matter what you do.

So who do you think would win? Shula or Grace?

BATTLE #4

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TRISTAN vs NEENA

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The situation: Tristan and Neena are in a training room. As the trainer, Tristan quickly grabs his shadow blade off from the table and blends into the nearby shadows. Neena, unsure of what to do, prepares herself for his next move by checking her surroundings. As her eyes circle the room, Tristan reappears and makes an upward strike with his blade in hopes of a surprise attack. Neena, however, clenches her hand into a fist, and tries to punch him in the stomach (to her advantage). But Tristan is experienced and avoids her punch by reaching out and twisting her arm around her back, with his blade now in line with her throat. But his arm is weak from an old battle injury. Neena has two choices, she can either use what strength she has left by weakening her opponent's injured arm or use her special ability by changing her form. Human or animal form. But the question is: Does Neena have a chance of winning or will Tristan beat her without too much effort involved?

My opinion on the battle: Tristan may have experience on his side (after all he's badass and clearly his battle techniques and stats are much more favourable than Neena's) however considering Neena is small and can transform into animals and/or people, she could easily win too. She can use her small-size body to duck under Tristan's arm swings (even do further harm to his injured battle arm which earns her a point) or she could even transform into her preferred sparrow form and fly the hell outta there if something worse happened to her. My money is definitely on Neena. The small people can and will surprise you. No matter the age differences and no matter the size/weight of a person.

So who do you think would win? Tristan or Neena?

While we leave our winners and losers to rest (you know who you are), I would like to thank all of the participants of these epic battles. Even the two other opponents, Risper the human hunter and Joshua the Thirster, whom were left out for today's battle and I'm sure they're not too happy with me right now because they were so eager to fight today. But hey, it's the best of the best. Anyway readers, be sure to comment below about who you think would win in each of the four battles. Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Here's the rest of the blog tour ~

24th January: Words on Paper - First chapter hosting

25th January: Novels on the Run - If you could control your Fate themed interview

26th January: Shiirley's Bookshelf - Video review

27th January: Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic - Fated Top Trumps & Fated Cast Battle Off

28th January: She Known as Jess - Grazia-esque magazine interview with the Fated cast

29th January: Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me - Giveaway - 5 copies of Lila and Fated with posters!

30th January: Book Probe Reviews - Host video message to Aussie fans from Sarah

31st January: Sarah Alderson live facebook chat on Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

1st February: Eleusinian Mysteries - Evie and Lucas Q&A

2nd February: The Rest is Still Unwritten - Wise words interview from Sarah

22 comments:

  1. Btw many thanks to Caroline from Simon & Schuster Australia for putting together this blog tour and including me alongside many amazing bloggers!

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  2. Hahaha "verbal assassination: 2... he's a bit slow" you know, I'm with you on this one, Erin. EVIE FTW!! I'm all for the Underdog and I mean, she's 10 on the hotness radar, which is a special power of it's own. So if she DID need help (no, I'm not doubting your badassery, Evie!), she's guaranteed to have a smexy badass Shadow Warrior rush to her aid when needed ;)

    And I think there's an error on Lucas' score card... shouldn't the hotness be 15? =\ But yeah, my money is Lucas.... again, another tough call, but while Victor is good with his senses, Lucas could zip in and out of the shadows and then suddenly blind him with his 15+ hotness when he reappears. That or he'll just use his badass fight skills and perserverence to knock ol' Victor down down down.

    #3... definitely Grace. No matter how psycho Shula may get, Grace will see it coming every. single. time.

    #4... I think clearly I need to back Erin in all her decision making. Tough, but I'll go Neena aswell. The shapeshifting ability trumps Tristan's fight skills and Shadow Warrior-ness. Transform into a birdie, soar out of his reach... and then go peck his eyes out. Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner!

    I love this post. So cool, so unique and so much fun!! :)

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    1. Glad you side with me, Brodie. I loved reading your comments on the battles. Haha. Definitely the one involving Neena transforming and pecking Tristan's eyes out. My favourite. ;)

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  3. Erin...this is a fantastic stop for the blog tour! Well done!
    so for my winners and losers....they are not going to differ much from yours other than Tristan and Neena.
    I would have to say Tristan for the win on this fight. He has the experience and deathly desire to win. He knows his brotherhood members too well and I think he would easily take any one of them out (except Lucas!). Neena's ability would save her for a while, though I would think that Tristan would be anticipating any possible shift and be ready.

    Again, well done Erin on a great post. Really enjoyed it and you have sooo much work into it.
    Marissa

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I definitely worked hard on this post - in hopes of making it fun. Anyway, Tristan could win too. He's very experienced in fighting and knows his little gang of demons. It sure would make an interesting battle.

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS POST!!! Hahaha, sad that I haven't read the book so I cna't really understand the characters but it makes me really dying to read Fated! Thank you for the awesom post, Erin!

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

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    1. Thanks Celine. Worked hard on this post. Just hoped it was fun. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book. Loved it and loved these characters!

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  5. Whoaaa that's is one AWESOME post!
    Haha, I have to agree with Brodie:Lucas's hotness should be AT LEAST 15! More like 100!!
    #1. DEFINITELY EVIE. No hesitation there. Just think of the time she managed to kick his ass even though she had no training experience and managed to hurt him pretty bad! Yepp, don't EVER underestimate the underdog! (haha I'm being hypocritical here, because I'm hoping Djokovic will win against Murray in the Aus, open and Murray is considered the underdog ...which is completely off topic but anyway...)
    #2 Dude. Do you even need to ask? my money's on Lucas for sure! They guy will get his revenge and who knows, his hotness may become an extremely powerful weapon! Who said looks can't kill?
    #3 Grace for sure! She's able to predict every single one of Shula's moves...But I'm curious, what if, say Shula plans to attack her from a certain direction with a certain move and then decides last second she's going to attack differently, would Grace still be able to Predict? ( and I mean she never even thought about changing her moves, just a last millisecond decision..)
    #4This one's tricky...I might have to go with Tristen. I mean, Neena has age and size on her side, but no matter how I look at it, she still seems a little....inexperienced compared to Tristen. I think, as the head of the Brotherhood and their trainer, he knows their moves, tactics, strong and weak points too well, but of course a student can surpass his/her mentor, but in this case, I still feel Neena needs a little more time and work to polish her abilities etc. ( but this is judging by what I remember of her from the book..)
    Anyway, this was so fun!! Fab post Erin <33

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    1. I completely agree. He deserves to be 15 worth of hotness. Or like you said . . . 100.

      Evie all the way. In the book, she manages to kick some ass, which only proves my point. Well, you would be happy considering Djokovic won against Murray. haha. I watch the tennis too.

      Of course our money is on Lucas. It would be wrong not to be on his side. His hotness IS a weapon. It already does damage to fangals like us.

      Grace was an easy one, right? As for Neena, well that's true . . . Tristan has the experience and knows how his gang works. haha. Anyway, glad you found it fun. Was hoping for that reaction. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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  6. I loved loved loved Fated!! I'm SO happy to read this post. Loved your commentaries. :) I never imagined Caleb to look like that but in truth I never imagined him to be handsome either. Lucas!! <3 *swoons* His badassery and good looks and skills alone are lethal.

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    1. I used the actor's pic for Caleb, because on the author's site she named him to look like Caleb. I kind of dig it too. As for Lucas, his good looks could win any battle they throw at him. :)

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  7. Lol, what an awesome blog tour post! If I weren't already desperate to read Fated, I would be now! "My money would be on Lucas since his hotness and youth could beat out old Victor, even though he's still young at heart" - I completely agree. Lucas has the swoon factor :P. Thanks for the post!

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  8. That was an AWESOME post. I personally haven't read Fated yet, Marissa has. Now Based on Evie and Caleb...well hotness doesn't make for power, so Caleb seems to have the other odds in his favour, possibly unfortunately. Verbal Assassination..hehe he's a bit slow.

    Now...Lucas and Victor..errr... forget what I said about hotness power..I think Victor will be stunned by Lucas's hotness therefore gaining the upperhand:D Oh but we have The Situation....well Lucas needs to win , he's gorgeous...is that shallow answer?? ha!

    Most wonderful posting with the cards and stats!

    Michelle

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    1. Haha I could totally imagine Victor being stunned by Lucas's godly looks! Thanks Michelle.

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  9. See now I want to pick this book up asap, sounds wonderful set of characters.

    Michelle

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    1. Be sure to pick up the book soon! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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  10. I love this post! So entertaining! :D I can't wait to get my hands on Fated soon. I just finished reading Hunting Lila and really enjoyed that one. :)

    Sam @ Realm of Ficton

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    1. Thanks Sam! I loved Hunting Lila, so if you enjoyed that you'll love this!

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  11. 1: I'm with you! Evie! I'm totally backing the underdog. Also, Lucas is always following her, so Calen tries to jump her? He's taking on Lucas whether he likes it or bot :P

    2: Lucas! Hands down! I wonder how much of Victor killing another shadow warrior was fluke, anyway :P

    3: Shula and Grace I can't call! I say it comes down to fluke or accident. Shula has the physical advantage, but Grace the mental. They're evenly matched, sort of! I say it comes down to whoever makes the first mistake :D

    4: Tristan, though I hate to say it. Sarah makes it sound like Shadow Warriors are practically undefeatable, plus, Neena'd have to see him coming to have a chance, and I don't think Tristan'd let it happen.

    Mwah! Erin! Funnest. Stop. Ever!

    Love it XD

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    1. Thanks Sarah!

      Yeah the Shula/Grace and Tristan/Neena battle is very hard to determine. Both have equal chances in my books. Glad you enjoyed this post!

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  12. What a great post! I'm really looking forward to this book now!

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