ARC Review & Author Interview: One for the Wicked by Karina Cooper

April 25, 2013 Review 1

ARC Review & Author Interview: One for the Wicked by Karina Cooper

In this thrilling finale to Karina Cooper's Dark Mission series, New Seattle's witches will rise again…or fall forever.

Dr. Kayleigh Lauderdale possesses the only cure for what's killing the city's witches. Desperate to acquire it, the resistance sends their best agent, but Shawn Lowe has his own agenda, and it doesn't include saving anyone—least of all, the daughter of his sworn enemy. He has to ignore the blistering attraction he feels the instant they meet, because he can't give in until he gets what he wants. He just never counted on wanting her…

Kayleigh can't believe how out of control Shawn makes her feel. He lies to her with one breath and excites her beyond reason the next. A reckless encounter could steal her heart, while the danger hovering over the city may prove too much for either of them to handle. When the world turns upside down, it will take everything Kayleigh and Shawn have to hold on…to life, to hope, to each other.

Title: One for the Wicked
Author: Karina Cooper
Series: Dark Mission
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: April 30, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

A perfect finale to an awesome series. I just picked up Karina Cooper’s Dark Mission series a few short months ago. So this has been a swift adventure through an apocalyptic change that has left the world fearing and hating witches. This change has left many people below a crumpled city, living in the dregs of what is left. From the very beginning of the series readers find out there is more and more layers to this conspiratorial fight against the witches. The revelations have gotten bigger and amazingly more shocking with each book. Karina kept with that momentum for the final book in the series.

WOW! I knew things were coming to something big. I just didn’t expect one piece of it. I love being blindsided by a book. Kayleigh has had several people tell her that her father is involved in more than she knows about. Her naiveté to some of it was plausible, it’s the blind love a daughter has for her father. I loved the fact that she stayed in the belief of her father. Had she caved to what she had been told about him it would have made her appear flaky. She had to acquire the proof herself. I liked her strength in all that she went through.

Shawn has spent the past sixteen years of his life impatiently waiting for an opportunity to get vengeance on the person behind the biggest heartbreak of his life. When he is given orders to participate in a mission the resistance has set into motion to get to Kayleigh Lauderdale he sees this as the perfect chance to set his wrongs to right. There is just one problem, Kayleigh. Once Shawn has her nothing goes the way he needs it to so that he can get his deserved revenge.

I am a naturally fast reader. I devour books. I could not put this one down. I had to find out exactly how some things fell into place. I anxiously turned each page. The last half of the book flew by. The climax, oh my, the things that one will do in the name of power or a god complex. There is an amazing ending within these pages. A definite must read.

Readers are given a very nice update on all the past heroes and heroines of the series. They had small roles that were a nice addition to One for the Wicked. Their small roles also tied up the few loose ends from the previous book. I do not recommend reading this series out of order. I would start with the prequel Before the Witches. Some names pop up in the beginning, but towards the middle of the series you’ll get some even bigger “ah ha’s” out of it.

Karina Cooper


Karina Cooper

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

How does one talk about one’s self in a way that’s objective? I don’t know I can! So, let’s see, I’m an author of paranormal romance, steampunk urban fantasy, and pretty much anything else I can get my monkey-bashing-keyboard hands on. I’m into all kinds of things, from anime to Wuji films to comic books to steampunk to gaming and on. And I’m a total coffee addict.

Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if it counts as a quirk, but I don’t write in chapters. Everything is done scene by scene, and most of the time, I completely forget to put in said chapters when I’m all done. I’ve sent more than one un-chaptered, huge scroll of text out to my editors!

Lori: How do you cope with writer’s block?

I don’t! While writer’s block isn’t a myth for everyone, I refuse to think otherwise when it comes to myself. I can’t afford to have writer’s block—it’s a luxury way beyond my means. When I feel like words aren’t coming the way I want them, I just push harder. After all, that’s what revisions are for!

Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?

I’m extremely practical—even about love! I may be reckless about money or travel urges, but I’m very levelheaded about emotions and relationships. This from someone who writes romance, right?

Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?

My current work in progress is the new prequel novella from the St. Croix Chronicles, called The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway. This novella is set five years before Tarnished, a prequel detailing Cherry’s first ever collection, and will also showcase her first introduction to Micajah Hawke!

The best thing about this, though, is the real life celebrity attached! And the real-life charity that will benefit from every purchase.

Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?

I’m one of those boring people who insists that my ideas come from everywhere. Life experiences, things I’ve done, things I’ve seen, read about, even imagined on a whim. I get my ideas from living! Now all that said, I’m a total plotter. I outline using post-its because if I try to write without a plot, I get wayward right around the middle. As fast as I write, it’s much easier for me to plot first.

Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?

If you’re going to be prolific—if you’re doing this with an eye towards writing more than 2 books a year—learn to plot. Doing so has saved me a great deal of revision time as I’d find myself going back again and again, changing things halfway through because I found a dangling plot thread, and so on. Plotting has taught me to catch those tricky corners and tangled plot threads much earlier in the process.

Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?

I watch TV! Either anime—my favorite being romantic comedies, especially harem and reverse-harem tropes—or fluff TV. Just recently, I’ve gone through all 7 seasons available of Psych, which was so much fun. It’s mindless, lets me catch up on all the neglected laundry, and doesn’t require much energy. The perfect relaxing moment.

Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?

I’d love to see Constantinople back in the heights of its success. I can’t help but think it’d be stunningly beautiful, filled with the most amazing people, the very pinnacle of a cultural feast for the intellect and writing well.

Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?

I’m at RT as we speak! I’ll be at the Avon Red Slipper Lounge and the Steampunk Tea, and I have a couple panels.

After RT, I’ll be working hard on books until late October, when I’ll be at TeslaCon.

That about wraps up the year for me, though. We’ve slimmed down travel some because we’re looking to move to Seattle next year—hooray!

I hope to see you at either con! 🙂

Avon (@avonbooks) will be having a twitter chat on Monday, 4/29, from 3-4PM EST, with Karina Cooper (@KarinaCooper), and they’d love for you to participate! It will be using hashtag #WickedOne, and we’ll be chatting about all kinds of things—namely, witches! We’d love it if you shared your favorite witches (from books, movies, TV and beyond), but we’re also keen to hear about your favorite epic endings, favorite moments in the Dark Mission series—and don’t forget, Karina will be answering questions, so please do join us! Here’s the cherry on top of our paranormal Sundae (err…Monday): anyone who tweets using #WickedOne will be entered to win the complete Dark Mission series!

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