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Thursday 25 November 2010

Alli Condie Blog Tour Interview; Celebrating Thanksgiving with Style! + Giveaway

Allie Condie's Matched is one of the best YA books of 2010. The story centers around a girl named Cassia  who lives in a society where all the decisions are made for you. Your job, who you love, when you die. And Cassia has always trusted The Society, that is until her Matching banquet comes along and instead of seeing one boy on her little screen she sees two. Now doubts start to surface, is the Society all that's cracked up to be? Whats hidden below the glossy exterior? Is the perfect life, perfect health, and perfect mate worth your freedom?

Yes, it's awesome! An incredible book, for some it may even be better than The Hunger Games; both are in the same category. Only that Matched is more passive aggressive. It's kind of like she is just realizing all the problems that lie inside the perfect bubble, and getting restless. Rebellion! Hahaha anyways, I loved this book so much I asked Allie Condie for an interview, and her, being so freaking nice and all, agreed!

  •  Do you like mythology? I saw some references to the myth of Sisyphus in the reading and I thought it was very interesting. If you do like myth which is your favorite myth? 
While I’m no expert, I do love mythology—it was one of my favorite things to teach back when I was teaching high school. I don’t know if I have a favorite myth, but I do really like the Sisyphus one. Sometimes it feels like we all have those times when we’re just pushing that rock as hard as we can.
  • Is there anything you changed about Matched at the lest second? Like, the title, characters, etc. 
There were definitely things that changed during the editorial process, but I don’t think that anything changed at the last second… but one thing I do always leave until the very last minute is writing the acknowledgment page. I don’t know why that part always seems so scary. I think it’s because I don’t want to leave anyone out!
  • Is you favorite color green? What does the color green symbolize in the novel? 
My favorite color is actually blue, but I also love green (particularly the lovely shade of green the designers used on the cover of Matched). The color green symbolizes new growth and awakening in the novel. 
  • Will you ever tell us about the other time they took the red pill? 
Yes! I will. =D
  • Have you ever thought about how your characters would look if your book were made into a movie? Who would play them? 
I’ve been getting some great suggestions from readers. One suggestion that I really liked was Chord Overstreet for Xander.

I haven’t seen much Glee, but he certainly looks perfect for the part. I’ve also thought that Ian McKellan would be awesome for Grandfather.

Gandalf For The Win!
Thanks so much, Taschima! I really appreciate your willingness to do the interview (and the questions were VERY fun)! --Ally

I had so much fun with the questions/answers! I hope you do too =] Also, for a cast choice for Cassie, I know I already voiced her for the part of Meghan, but I think she would do a great Cassie too.

Molly C. Quinn
Just, think about it.

Also, have a great Thanksgiving!! Want to read the book? In celebration of Matched and Turkey Day I will give one of you guys a copy of Matched. All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment on this post with your name and email address + something about Matched, the interview, etc; if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address  email me at bloodybookaholic (at) hotmail (dot) com.

ENDS Dec. 13 US & Canada only (sorry Int. guys!)

Still unsure if you want to read this book? Read my review and/or this quote:

"My heart is on fire and I have to keep my mouth shut tight so that I don't try to burn these Officials with the flames. That's what you think, I say to myself. You think there's nothing here because we're not putting up a fight. But there are words in our heads that no one else knows. And my grandfather died on his terms, not yours. We have things of value but you can never find them because you don't even know how to look."
-Cassia pg. 205

I swear, if you didn't like this writing, you are just crazy.

Happy Turkey Day!


  1. Great interview! If I didn't already want to read Matched so badly (and I do!) the Chord Overstreet as Xander thing is enough incentive. Hello gorgeous! ;)

    I'm a blog follower!


  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I follow on GFC.
    I loved the Hunger Games,so I think this is something I would enjoy.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  3. Thanks for the great giveaway! I love that Ally said that the green on the cover symbolizes new growth and awakening in Matched. I love how covers reflect what's in the book! Chord Overstreet is such a cutie!

    Katie at Call Me Crazy

  4. Loving Chord Overstreet as well, anyone...lol! Red pill?..what's that all about, must know!

    Melissa V.


  5. Erica O.
    I haven't read Matched, but I've read tons of reviews talking about how great the book is. The blurb and the cover go great together, and I'm very excited.

  6. Great interview! I've heard such good things about this book! I've become a huge fan of Dystopian and this book sounds like something I would enjoy!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the opportunity! I have been wanting to read this book so badly. I love the cover--it's so beautiful but also eerie. I've recently started reading dystopian style YA books and really fallen in love with them! GREAT interview and I loved the pictures.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. This book looks really interesting - I have been seeing it all over the blogosphere, and I am hooked, I will admit it.

    Please enter me!
    apereiraorama @ gmail.com

  9. I enjoyed Ally's lovely interview and I'm looking forward to reading Matched. I wanted to mention that I think the cover is fantastic, love the color and the image.

    Barbara Elness
    GFC follower

  10. Hi Taschima :)
    Thank you for the fun interview with Alli Condie & thanks to Alli for sharing.
    All the best,

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!
    The guy Alli thought would be a good Xander is really cute, especially in the black-and-white pic. :)

    Im a follower

    jessica b

  12. thanks for this awesome giveaway!! been dying to read matched!! it looks very good! i love ian mckellan and i think that he'll be awesome in any role he plays
    i'm a follower


  13. Can't wait to read this book. Green is my favorite color with blue being a close second. Thanks for the interview.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  14. I've been wanting to read Matched ever since I started seeing all the awesome reviews for it, it sounds like such an interesting story :D
    And if Chord is like one of the main characters...well I'm sold ;) I love him on Glee, he's adorable :D

    I'm already a follower, thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of Matched :D
    ♫♪ Ambur

  15. LOL Gandalf? Really? I about peed my pants when I saw that.

    I'm a follower: Looksie Lovitz
    looksielovitz@gmail.com :)

    Sweet interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving!
    I am already super excited about Matched but the interview made me want to read it that much more.
    Thanks for the giveaway, I'm an old follower.

  17. I was already excited about the release of Matched, but after the interview and seeing that there's a slight reference to myths, I really can't wait to read it. ^_^

    GFC follower

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  18. Happy Turkey Day! Great Interview=)I have been wanting to read this book for awhile! The cover is fantastic with the bright white and then has this burst of green. Great cover and the story is very interesting a world where everything is already chosen for you from work, clothes and who you marry. You had me at the cover;)LOL!Thanks for this giveaway!

    I follow your blog under:

    email addy:

  19. Oh my gosh, Chord is lovely!
    I'm a follower :]

  20. Ah! I want to read this so badly!!! Its seems like the 30th will never come!! I heard about this book right after I finished Mockingjay and have been hooked ever since!


  21. I was actually wondering if the color green quite clearly present on the book cover represented the story in any particular way. Nice to have my question answered. Awesome interview. Thanks for the giveaway.


  22. I'm entering this to hopefully win it for my cousin. I read Matched recently and really enjoyed it just like I know she would. I liked Matched so much I'm not willing to even let my cousin borrow my copy hehe


    Been a follower since the early days of Bloody Bookaholic ;)

  23. I've been waiting to read Matched. Great interview.

    I'm a follower

    sgiden at verizon.net

  24. count me in! been hearing great raves about Matched. I'm excited to pick a Team too. I bet it would be a bit difficult...:D

    I'm an old follower!


  25. I think Ian would be a fantastic choice for Grandfather!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  26. I thought that that was cool how the green on the cover symbolizes something in the book...
    And I'm a follower :)


  27. I can't wait to read Matched! Love Molly Quinn in Castle, it would be great to see her in a movie.


  28. I want to read Matched soooooo bad! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ako4eggs at comcast dot net

  29. I cannot wait to read Matched!! I have been hearing great things about for quite some time now and have been itching to read it!! Awesome contest...I would love to win!! :D
    Cynthia M

  30. Been meaning to read this book for a while, I read so much good reviews on it!:)


  31. Great interview! This book in on my Christmas wish list! *crossing fingers*
    I am a follower

  32. I haven't read Matched yet, but I get more and more excited everyday! The interview was great and the whole red pill thing makes me think of The Matrix, which makes me NEED to read this book ASAP. Thanks for the giveaway :D


  33. Wow, I've been seeing this book around and I REALLY want to read it!
    Where do you come up with the interview questions?

    And for the giveaway:
    I am a follower

    thecoverreviews AT hotmail DOT com

  34. I'm really looking forward to reading this book and love Molly C. Quinn (she is absolutely gorgeous!).

    Old Follower via GFC.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    spettolij At gmail DOT com

  35. Jessica

    I've heard so much about this book already and it looks fantastic. I love the pic for Xander, that makes me what to read the book more. :P

  36. Awesome interview, I keep seeing reviews for this book and it is on my wish list.



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  38. What a great interview been hearing about this book can't wait to read it. Great giveaway thank you for the chance.Im a GFC follower.
    Latisha D

  39. Hi,
    Happy Belated Thanksgiving to everyone..
    This book sounds so good. It sounds like it has tons of turns and twist that I can't wait to read about. I think it kind of sounds a bit like when you see a happy and perfect family, you think they have it all, but do they really..meaning just because it looks great and perfect doesn't mean it is..

    I am a GFC follower..


  40. This book sounds even better than I thought it would be. But to be even better than the Hunger Games! what a compliment! I'm eager to read this for myself. Thanks for the giveaway and interview! Ally's cast choices look great. :)

    I'm a follower(of course!)

    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

  41. Can't wait to read this book! I admit the cover is what got me hooked but after I read about it, it became one of my must-reads for the year!
    I am a follower

  42. I really want to read this! Better than the Hunger Games!?!? It's a MUST READ then!
    Great giveaway/review

  43. Thanks for the great interview! This book is on my shortlist for Not-so-Bebe-Girl Autumn's Christmas book box and now when I read it, I will be picturing Ian McKellan as Grandfather!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    I follow via GFC as jewelknits!


  44. Green as a color representing growth and awakening-- very appropriate! Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  45. This site is awesome. I've have been desperately waiting for a pdf file of Matched but I can't seem to find any. Does anyone knw where?

  46. Really been wanting to read Matched! Green actually is my fave color which is one thing that really drew me to the cover. I can see where she'd find having to write the acknowledgements page a bit nerve-wrecking. Great interview twin and thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower. Duh! :P


  47. Matched would be a great movie. The cover caught my eye months ago, and I've been wasting away wanting to read it ever since! I've only read an excerpt, but I think that Molly would be perfect for the role.

    + I'm a follower!

    + My name is: Brianna Bruce

    +My email is: sbhome1020(at)aol(dot)com


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