Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz



Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Spellbound #1
Characters: Emma Connor, Brendan Salinger
Age Group: 14+
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Synopsis: What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight. 
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


My Review: I freaking adored this book! It's so... classic. It's the whole concept. It's like reading an old fairy tale and I just adored it because those are oh-so rare these days. Like genuine fairy tale with witches, true love, spells, monsters (modern), and legends; the whole shebang. It's a compellingly sweet story and Brendan just oozes charm in a way that makes me smile and wish I was a princess in a beautiful gown just waiting for her Prince Charming in the tower. I loved the whole love at first sight thing! And then the reluctant stubbornness, lol. It was a beautiful story and I can't wait to read the sequel :)

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (15)

Hello! And welcome to In My Mailbox!

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This week I revieved one very awesome book in my mail. CURSED! by Jennifer L. Armentrout!:D


When I saw that package and read that it was from Spencer Hill Press I squealed and ripped it open! I can't wait to read it. Jennifer is an awesomely amazing writer and I just know I'll love this book just as I've loved the rest of them.
You should all be very happy as well because that means a giveaway should be popping up aroumd August *wink, wink*. Also, I have tons of SWAG, so I was thinking of doing a couple sweet packages to give away. I have a lot of Jennifer related stuff so I'm going to make the big prize a Jennifer L. Armentrout Package:) It will include the Cursed ARC, sticker, bookmark, plus other goodies like Deity bookmarks and guitar picks! Exciting right? Eep!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Obsidian Book Trailer

Have you seen the trailer? If you haven't, enjoy!


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Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh



Release Date: February 25, 2012
Publisher: Kaye Thornburgh
Series: --
Characters: Lee Capren, Nasser, Filo
Age Group: 13+
Pages: 280
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Buy the Book: Amazon

Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.
A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.
Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.

My Review: The cover is absolutely beautiful! It's why I immediately was intrigued, then the blurb.
This book was a little confusing in the beginning. It's written in a 3rd person POV and at first it jumps back and forth between characters before you can manage to get much of a grip on them. I'm not a huge fan of a story written in third person, and to have it confuse me was... well a bit annoying. That little nuisance aside, the story was great. It was very cute and magical with faeries and seers and all those wonderful things. I'm a huge romantic so this book left me longing to see a bigger relationship development between Lee and Nasser, so that's definitely something to look forward to in book two. Thornburgh is great at description, I mean she really takes you there. It's like being transported; your mind flooded by this fantastical place. I think that may have been the best part of all; the way I could imagine everything with clarity, and of course the fey.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post: Tammara Webber—Author Interview! + eBook Giveaway

I'm sure that many of you have already heard of the novel Easy by Tammara Webber. It's been getting tons of hype very quickly and many great reviews. In fact, it is already going up the charts and last week it was a New York Times best-seller at #29! Not sure this week, I haven't checked :p


ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.
Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.
Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Buy the Book: Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

EASY is my new contemporary stand-alone novel. BETWEEN THE LINES is my contemporary series. Easy, Between the Lines (BTL #1), Where You Are (BTL #2), and Good For You (BTL #3) and are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and the iBookstore in digital form, and from Amazon in paperback.
Reading was one of my first and earliest loves, and writing soon followed. My first book was about a lost bear, but my lack of ability as an illustrator convinced me to abandon that effort and concentrate on passing 3rd grade. I wrote sad romantic poetry in high school and penned my first half-novel when I was 19, for which I did lots of research on Vikings (the marauders, not the football team), and which was accidentally destroyed when I stuffed it into the shredder at work.
Addictions: coffee and Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt. Also baby carrots, but not with coffee or frozen yogurt, because that would be disgusting. I love shopping for earrings, because they always fit - even if I occasionally "forget" to work out. I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.

Connect with Tammara!
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I had the pleasure to interview the lovely Tammara Webber and ask her a few questions about her newest novel. Check out what she said!


INTERVIEW:


E: Hello Tammara and thanks for stopping by Crazed Bookie; it's
great to have you here. Easy has been getting some considerable
attention very quickly, so congratulations. The story is great and I
absolutely loved it. And thanks for agreeing to answer a few
questions!

1. How did you write EASY? Was it an idea that popped in your head one day, or did you have it brewing in your mind for some time?

T: It’s been brewing for a very long time, in one form or another. It really began to take shape about a year ago, and I waited for the right time to write it.


E: 2. As we know, Jacqueline is struggling some after the break-up with her three year boyfriend. Without going into too much detail, how would you say she dealt with her heartbreak?

T: I actually think she dealt with it well. It’s natural and normal to shut down when a relationship ends. What matters is the getting back up, and becoming aware of how and why it ended, and the realization that it’s usually best to move forward, rather than sliding back into the same relationship – especially if trust is broken.


E: 3. I loved Lucas, but it's very hard to ask a question without getting to spoilers about him, so instead I'm getting to another topic: The Lawnmower. I just had to ask! LOL. Those of you who have read it will know. Did you make that up? Where did you come up with this?

T: I did not make it up. My daughter and I took a self-defense class, and that was one of the *moves* we were taught, and what it was called.


E: 4. Describe EASY in three words.

T: I think I’d feel more comfortable if readers or reviewers answered this one.


E: 5. If you could have dinner with any author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

T: I got this question recently from someone else, and I can’t remember what I answered! I guess it’s okay for the answer to vary. Today, I’d choose Oscar Wilde. I’m in the mood for someone whose wit and wisdom emanated from deep sadness. I went through a phase in my twenties of reading classic literature, and once I found him, I tore through everything he wrote. He was utterly brilliant. He would probably have me laughing over dinner, and hopefully I’d be privy to one or two of his sharp, hilarious observations on human nature over coffee, after.


E: Thanks again for stopping by Tammara, it was great to have
you and I can't wait to read more of your work in the future! :)

So that's a wrap! Personally, I loved the book and thought it was amazing! Check out my review here. Hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did :)
And because I love pleasing my readers and am just awesome, I'm going to be giving away an eBook copy of EASY! Isn't that fun? You can choose Kindle or Nook. Good Luck!



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Sunday, July 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (14)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Hey guys! I have three new weeks since my last IMM and I'm excited to share them with you! :)


List:
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich


What's in YOUR mailbox?


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sharing my summer...

Hello Guys! *waves*

Today I want to share with you everything that has been going on with me lately. As you all know I graduated from High School in May (yay!). The graduation was wee bit long, but it was beautiful and I had a great time. I was kind of nervous when I got there, but when I saw my friends I calmed down. I wasn't able to sit beside them, only one, because of the alphabetical seating order but that's okay because I had fun nonetheless and I spent time with other classmates. For the occasion I got blonde highlights; I wanted to look different. After all, I was ending a part of my life and I wanted to welcome the new one with a new and improved me. A more mature me. (Okay, so I'm still basically a total goof, but whatever) I bought a one shoulder black lace dress with a cream colored under-fabric. The one shoulder had this sort of flower thing. When I saw it I'll admit it looked hideous, but I tried it on and it looked amazing, so I bought that one. My hair is naturally curly and wild so I had it flat-ironed and awesome. When I got to the theater (that's where the graduation was) everyone was shocked. I got tons of appraises which only made me feel slightly self-conscious, though I guess they should have made me feel hot, lol. Everyone was gorgeous, though.
(btw, I discovered that my physics teacher was a clown for some years and he even won two awards for children's CD's. How cool is that?!)
I am a very casual kind of girl, so for everyone to see me all dressed up and with make-up was a total surprise. I’ll admit the surprise in their voices when they said I looked beautiful was a bit insulting. But what could I expect? I’m the girl with the ratty converse, the jeans and a random sweater with either a whole color or cartoons on them. I’m not a fancy person. I never wear make-up and as for my hair well, it’s hard maintaining it! So I usually have it pulled up in a messy bun or a ponytail aka a rat’s nest :O
Anyway, here's a picture of me on my grad day! :)



Another thing I did in May was have a summer job. Yeah, I know it's not summer, but that's how it works. I signed up for a summer job and got a call and I was excited! The town has a program for kids between 14 and 21 where you sign up and hope you get called to work during either June or July. This year though a new program was installed called "Green Summer" in which groups of kids would get jobs for two weeks, so that more people had a chance to participate. My two weeks were the last two weeks of May. My group got designated to cleaning the beach and let me tell you it was FILTHY! It's disgusting the way people litter. We were in charge of cleaning it because the park was to be extended to the beach and the inauguration would be soon. In fact, our summer group got be a part of the inauguration, sadly I missed it because I was at my graduation. Conflicting schedules -_- It was a great two weeks which were very tiresome but I enjoyed immensely.
Here we are at work!



I am super excited to be going to college in August and start my major. I elected English Literature with a minor concentration in Creative Writing. I sent an application to the Universidad de Puerto Rico. In the Rio Pierdas campus. Gladly, I was accepted and I’m super happy for that! I got a good score on my College Board (SAT for you guys) and I graduated with all A's. I spent most of June juggling between going to the beach and having fun with my friends and going to the university to take papers and getting blood tests.
I HATE needles. Loathe them with a vengeance. I had to be vaccinated three times and had to get a syphilis test and a tuberculosis test and a CBC as requirements for my medical papers for the university. It was awful! Plus, I was told I needed a note from my doctor saying I got chicken pox when I was little and you don’t even want to know all the trouble I went through for that! I visited the university and doctor’s office so many times it was driving me nuts. Plus I ended up getting another bloodied CBC (meaning more needles) because my pediatrician said he had needed to see how I was doing because I never went there. That’s because I’m never sick, dude! This means I’m fine!
And like I said I went to the beach plenty with my friends which was super fun and I think I’m Snooki-colored. Yikes!

At the beach with some friends!

More beach! More friends!


At the movies.

WATER FIGHT!

Pool! yay!


THE HUNGER GAMES!

Being a pirate with my baby brother.


Oh yeah. I am Mrs. Maturity now. :p


Tragedies also happen and my best friend moved to Texas! We met when I moved back to Puerto Rico from Michigan. It was second semester of the sixth grade and I met him the first day. We've been best friends ever since.
I cried a lot, and it was awful. I gave him my Hunger Games book as a parting gift and we baked him a cake and everything. I'm happy for him because he wanted to leave, but I’m so heartbroken because I miss him like crazy! I miss his dumbass jokes and goofy remarks and I miss laughing with him over stupidities until my ribs hurt. the little bastard jumped on a plane like two days after school ended so he didn’t even go to the graduation. I talk to him on the phone, we Skype, text and tweet to each other, but it’s so not the same and I still miss him!

Me and my Best Friend ♥


For July I got yet another job, but this one is because my stepmom's mother (my step-grandma?) works at a credit union and her secretary is on vacation. She’s totally swamped with work so she offered to me a temp 3 week job until her secretary comes back so I can help her out by answering phone calls and attending the public. Turns out I’m pretty good at this stuff and I learned quickly, so by the second day I was printing out checks and doing consumer reports. We got to talking and turns out it won’t be just for three weeks! I’m working until I start college and she said that once I get my schedule and everything, if we can squeeze in a part time we will! So I’m super excited for that.

So, I think that’s all for now! If you endured until the end you are AWESOME! ♥

Us after spending all day at the pool and on the Slip n' Slide. :D
I totally love this pic!

--Edmiary Ayala


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Obsidian Book Trailer!—Watch out for it on FRIDAY

We all know exactly why Friday will be EPIC. Why Friday is so anticipated. The release of the Obsidian Book Trailer, duh! Major hot, major awesome! I can't wait. I feel like a jumping jelly bean. *-*

How excited are you?!






Here's an extra pic to get ya even more excited. One of my personal favorites ;)

Go ahead and drool and shriek and feel your ovaries go BOOM. That is hotness incarnate ladies.
Excuse me while I go faint.


Click HERE for to check out some awesome Daemon Invasion pics! You might want to check out all of Jen's posts to be honest, but on the link are a few and some of the most recent.


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Waiting on Wednesday (2)



Hey! Welcome to my second WoW hosted over at Breaking the Spine. It's a weekly meme in which we share those books that have us antsy for its release.

The book I am just DYING very much to read ever since I read the first one is Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. The first one, Nevermore, is just freaking amazing and I know the sequel won't let me down! The book is genius!


Release Date: August 28, 2012
Pre-order on Amazon
Hardcover: 448 pages
About the Book: True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.
While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.
But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

Check out my review for Nevermore HERE.

About the Author: Kelly Creagh is a 2008 graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. When not writing, haunting bookstore coffee shops, or obsessively studying Poe, Kelly’s passions include the ancient art of bellydance. She lives with her squirrely, attitude-infused terrier, Annabel, in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood.

Visit Kelly's Website by clicking HERE!
LIKE Nevermore on Facebook. TWEET Kelly on Twitter! Also add her on Goodreads!

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