Halfway Perfect is the collaboration between bestselling author Julie Cross and Ford model Mark Perini. This is YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry. It states this is a YA, but two of the main characters, Alex and Eve, are 18/college student age. As I was reading I found myself thinking of them as older and I think it is because they have both been thrown into an adult world at such a young age, that life experience seems to elevate their age in my mind. I would consider this more of a NA, or an older YA (Steamyness is light). Halfway Perfect has a unique storyline and just enough mystery, that I found myself not really knowing where the story was going to take me and I liked the unpredictability. The story moved a little slow at times, but the overall flow was good. The characters are likable, well developed and relatable. I have read, and enjoyed, other books by Julie Cross and Halfway Perfect will be a story I recommend to others. It is a strong debut for Mark Perini and I look forward to reading more from both him and Julie Cross in the future.
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Get to know Mark Perini! Mark was gracious enough to answer a few questions for the blog and I hope to have him back in the future! Keep reading for a giveaway at the bottom of the page!
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My newest release:
Halfway Perfect http://www.amazon.com/Halfway-Perfect-Julie-Cross/dp/140229719X/
Describe your books in 3 words: Inspiring, passionate, & intriguing
Genre: Contemporary YA
Favorite thing about your genre:
I love realistic fiction, mainly because I think Contemporary YA really speaks to problems and issues that readers face in their everyday lives. These are things that maybe no one has taught them or spoken to them about before. Hopefully, while reading there’s that moment of “Wow, someone else is going through this same thing I am.” For me, there's comfort in that.
A genre that I would love to write:
I would love to write a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Akin to Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice & Fire, but with a big brother/dystopian element something like the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud.
One thing readers would be surprised to know:
I’ve never met Julie Cross who co-authored Halfway Perfect with me. We will be meeting for the first time at our launch event.
When writing, night owl or morning person?
When I’m writing I must have:
My Bose headphones and some Indie jams.
Pantser or Plotter?
Pantser forever and always.
I’m currently reading:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
My guilty pleasure:
I love video games, could easily get lost in a game for hours. Fall Out New Vegas is a current favorite.
My favorite cover from my books:
Halfway Perfect is my debut novel with Julie Cross so it wins the prize by default. However, my favorite part of the cover is the typography. It’s distinct and I think it’ll stand out on the shelf.
Which character from your books do you most identify with:
Alex has a lot of qualities that I hold near and dear to my heart. I think when you write, a piece of yourself inevitably slips through, well at least in my world.
My number one book girlfriend is:
Daenerys Targaryen from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series. She’s courageous, adventurous & fiercely loyal. Moreover, she lives every day to the fullest.
Come see me! I will be at the following book signings:
May 8th, 6-8 PM at Books of Wonder
18 West 18th street in NYC. You can meet Julie and me two for one!
My next release:
Will hopefully be my solo project a paranormal YA. But the sequel to Halfway Perfect will be out May 2016.
Julie Cross is the international bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy. Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. Her knowledge of the modeling and fashion world comes from viewings of the movies The Devil Wears Prada, and Zoolander, and her unwavering devotion to the first three seasons of Ugly Betty. On a recent trip to NYC, she also took the time to walk past both the Gucci and Prada stores, spending at least 15 seconds viewing items through the windows.