Original Sin Playlist

Last Winter I did a post of my 'Two Loves' Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers and the band, The Maine. Their last album reminded me a lot of the expierences and feelings that a lot of the characters' in Lisa's book were going through so I made a playlist, ultimately combing my all time favorite things!

For book two I decided to make another playlist, but not just stick to one CD (mostly because The Maine's newest album doesn't come out until Fall... well hopefully!) So here are some songs that remind me of Lisa Desrochers' Original Sin!

There are some parts mentioned in the explanations I give that are sort of spoiler-y. No major plot points or anything like that, but things are definitely hinted at. The song titles are in bold so check those out, but go read Original Sin before you read the explanations, I promise you won't regret it!

NOTE: All the Song Titles link to YouTube so you can check out each song's full version if you'd like.
Lyrics are italicized and in grey. 
My explanations are in black.


Timebomb by All Time Low
It was like a time bomb set into motion,
We knew that we were destined to explode

From the start Frannie and Luc knew their relationship was going to have it major troubles. So when things started to get complicated it was the 'time bomb' exploding!

Believe by All American Rejects
Your innocence is not forgotten,
I hope you know that where you are I wish you well
I hope you sleep in a perfect memory
You know it's hard, I tried, I could never say goodbye

This song has Gabe's name all over it! When he's with Frannie, she sleeps soundly and even though Gabe tried incredibly hard, he can't stay away from her.

Money Honey by This Century
Let love push through the door and find us
Keep your heart wide open, so I can fix what's broken
Stay around, maybe I can be a better me

Before Frannie, Luc wasn't the greatest guy out there and before Frannie had Luc she was deeply hurting about her brother's death. This song talks about love helping bring out the best in a person, which is what Luc and Frannie's relationship is all about.

 Say You Like Me by We The Kings
I wish my heart was always on her mind
'Cause she's on mine like all day, all the time
Forget me not, forget me now
I've come too far to turn around
I'm here tonight

Lili is on Matt's mind all the time. When he actually knocked on her door and didn't chicken out like he did numerous times before, he finally 'came too far to turn around'.

It's time to fall into my arms
'Cause I've been waiting for too long
You're an angel
Grab your halo and let's fly tonight

This is so perfect for Lili and Matt. It captures the almost innocent-like vibe of what Matt feels for Lili. I thought the 'you're an angel' line is way perfect too, kind of ironic for the ending in a way. I could picture this playing when Matt is trying to talk to or impress Lili.

Counting Stars by Augustana
Find that I'm missing every beat of your heart
Until you're back in my arms,
I'll be waiting up, counting the stars

This can apply to almost all the characters in the book: Frannie, Luc, Gabe and even Matt. When they're away, all they can think about is wanting to be with the one they love.

Swing by Brighten
The way I make it even colder
And send shivers down your spine,
The truth is never easy here

Whenever Marchosias is around it always means bad news and he is definitely frightening enough to send shivers down anyone's spine!
Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls
I feel like a hero and you are my heroine
Do you know that your love is the sweetest sin?

This could go for both Luc's and Gabe's relationships with Frannie. Whenever their around each other they feel unstoppable, even though their love is forbidden.

All That I Am by Parachute
But the nights can't hide the days
That the tears roll down her face

Despite Taylor's tough and independent exterior, I think she was really struggling with who she was on the inside and just hiding it from everyone.

Lullaby by The Spill Canvas
If you need anything, just the say the word.
I mean anything.
Rest assured, if you start to doze, 
then I'll tuck you in, 
plant my lips where your necklaces close.

I totally can picture Gabe singing this to Frannie as he is trying to get her to fall asleep in his arms. He'd do anything to make her happy and this song is sincere and heartfelt just like Gabe.

While you were sleeping I figured out everything,
I was constructed for you, and you were molded for me.

Gabe thinks that Frannie is perfect for him, despite the unfortunate circumstances, so it's like in his mind they were literally made for each other.

She is Love by Parachute
They call her love, love, love, love, love
She is love, and she is all I need

This song is just so sweet and endearing, kind of like Matt and Lili's relationship before it turned sour. When they were intimate in Lili's apartment I thought it did a great job describing Matt's new found feelings. Also for what Lili is and the whole 'She is love' part!

Into Your Arms by The Maine
When we were in love,
Oh things were better than they are
Let me back into, into your arms

I can picture Luc and Frannie thinking this when Luc came through Frannie's window.

Stop by Austin Gibbs
I don't think that I could ever feel
the burning in my soul
like I felt with you

Luc loves Frannie with everything that he is and won't find that same special love with anyone else. He's really down by the end of the book and this song fits his personality well.

Practice Makes Perfect by Cute is What We Aim For
I've become what a mother wouldn't want in a son
And I have done a few things I regret

This song talks about being completely wrapped up in someone and only thinking about your err... 'hormone raging emotions'. I think of this song when Matt reached his lowest point, his mother definitely wouldn't be the happiest when he made his decision to follow Lili.

Title Reveal: Final Book in Personal Demons Trilogy by Lisa Desrochers!

As many of you already know I'm totally obsessed with Personal Demons and Original Sin, so when Lisa Desrochers emailed me about helping post the title to the final book in the trilogy I was stoked! This book was originally going to be called Hellbent, but then had to be changed to this wickedly awesome title that Lisa's critique partner, Andrea Cremer, thought of.

"What happens when you can't outrun Hell...or trust the ones you love?"

Isn't it perfect!? I am in love with this title! It fits perfectly along with the other titles and feel of all the books. I absolutely cannot wait until Last Rite is released! I mean seriously, that tagline makes me all jittery and smiley with anticipation of it's publication! Although I'm super excited to find out the ending to our characters' stories, I'm totally bummed that it'll be the last one! (No more Luc sobs). But I know Lisa has some more incredible books in store for us in the future. Yay!

Don't forget to head over to Lisa Desrochers' blog to tell her how much you love the title!

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Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Bought from B&N
Published January 9, 2007
Amazon - Goodreads

Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.
Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.
And then came the fall.

I read Anatomy of a Boyfriend for the first time a little over a year ago and didn't really enjoy it much. Recently a friend of mine had picked it up and thought it was the funniest thing she ever read and told me I absolutely had to re-read it. So I tried my best to go in with an open mind, but unfortunately I still didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.

The sassy main character, Dom, is in her junior year of high school and has just finished filling out her college applications when the book begins. We get a little glimpse into her love for anatomy through her hobbies of reading Gray's Anatomy and playing the board game Operation with her parents. As she begins a relationship with Wesley, her interests seem to take a backseat along with her parents and friends.

I had trouble liking Dom because I didn't get to know her throughout the story. The only thing I really found out about her while reading was that she really liked Wes. The more time she was in this relationship the more she lost touch with her old life, everything became Wes related. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if the main character and story talked more about other things than just Dom and Wes' relationship.

Wes is a representation of a realistic boyfriend, he's not perfect by any means and makes plenty of mistakes. However, I couldn't find anything appealing enough about him for Dom to want to date him, other than feeling pressured to by her boy obsessed best friend, Amy.

I liked how Snadowsky kept the love scenes far from ideal and highlighted the negatives of being involved with a boy too young. Dom and Wes got involved very quickly, which made it hard to like their romantic relationship because it felt so new and awkward still. I would have liked it if there was at least something I liked about these two being together so I wouldn't have been rooting for their relationship to end since the beginning.

I enjoyed the ending, but it had a completely different tone for the rest of the book. I liked where Dom was headed, but I felt like as soon as we got to see that part of her character the book ended abruptly.

Awesome Quote:
"Meanwhile, every corner of this city is laced with memories of us together."

Characters: 2/5
Creativity: 3/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Impact: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a brutally honest and realistic book about teenage relationships that move too quickly. Daria Snadowsky tells it like it is in this funny story of a girl trying to understand what to do with her raging pheromones. Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting with the main character and situations she was in, unlike my friend who read it and fell absolutely in love with Dom. The amazing thing about books is how everyone can take something completely different away from the story, I'll probably read it next year and see what I'll take away when I'm older.

Fun in the Summer Sun (2)

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, your feeds have probably been blowing up with me obsessing over the concerts I've gone to this Summer. You are all so incredibly sweet and ask for pictures, videos and just overall how it went. So I figured, hey, why not make a Summer feature on the blog? Which is where Fun in the Summer Sun came from!

*No, this isn't book related, but it is only for the summertime. The booky-goodness will still be on Call Me Crazy for almost all the other posts, so don't fret!*

This week's video is of the concert I went to see at Six Flags Great America on June 26th. A Rocket to the Moon had come to my state earlier this Spring, but the tickets sold out before I was able to get one which left me totally bummed. So when they announced that they were doing a show at Six Flags I flipped out!

My friend and I ended up getting V.I.P thanks to the totally amazing Brianna from Bree's Books who helped me find the candy store where the wristbands were at. I was so happy we were fourth row, right in front of Justin Richards, who is such an incredible song writer. The Downtown Fiction was the opening act and I haven't been able to stop listening to their music since.

The concert was just such an amazing experience, the crowd was totally awesome! The people in the bleachers created a whole dance pit, it was so crazy! The band said it had to be one of the best shows they had ever played, which totally made my day, haha! During one point, the lead singer came into the crowd and was right in front of us! I totally can't wait until I have the opportunity to see them in concert again!

Hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing Summer!

Review: My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

ARC from Publisher
Published June 11, 2011
Amazon - Goodreads

Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment. Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.
But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!
Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.
But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.

As soon as I read the synopsis for My Life Undecided on goodreads I immediately new that I needed to read this book as soon as I could! Luckily I was contacted by the publishing company to do a review, which I totally flipped out about! This was the first book I read by Jessica Brody and after reading My Life Undecided  I definitely plan on picking up more by her.

The main character, Brooklyn, is pretty much known for her horrible decision making skills. Her latest bad choice resulted in her mother's model home being burned to the ground. After that fiasco Brooklyn recruits the people of the world wide web to make all her decisions. Since 'what they say goes', even if Brooklyn wants the opposite, things get a little complicated for our rebellious main character.

I loved how her blog followers had Brooklyn trying things she would have never experienced if the decisions had been left up to her. Even if some of the new things she tried didn't click, she still learned a lot about herself through each experience. Without her blog followers telling her to try out for the school's speech team, she would have never gotten as close to the sweet Brian as she did.

In the beginning of the book I found Brooklyn extremely annoying, selfish and way too focused on the acceptance of the 'popular crowd' at her school. As the book went on I really had the chance to see her develop into a mature and caring person. I loved Brooklyn's relationship with Mrs. Moody, the elderly woman she was ordered to read to for community service. Not only did I never know how Mrs. Moody was going to react that day, but I never knew what Brooklyn would learn from her. Brooklyn gained so much patience and selflessness by caring for her.

Jessica Brody definitely covered the cute guy spectrum. There was the smoldering hot bad boy, Hunter and the somewhat geeky, yet completely adorable Brian. I loved how as the story continued on the more there was revealed about each of the guys. Having more information about them definitely had me changing my opinions on who I thought was best for Brooklyn.

One of the parts that the author nailed perfectly about high school was the 'friend one second, enemy the next' role, in this case Shayne. She is the queen bee of the school and always has to look absolutely perfect, but the part that was spot on was Shayne's and Brooklyn's relationship. After they had their fallout Shayne acted completely normal and sweet to Brooklyn in front of everyone, yet knew she was hurting Brooklyn because of her actions. It was conniving, hurtful and well... everything that high school is.

I really enjoyed the ending. It was sweet and didn't come too quickly. I was happy with how Brooklyn handled everything and it definitely left me with a silly grin on my face.

Awesome Quote:
"It's like I'm caught between two versions of myself. The person I used to be and the person I'm too scared to become." 

Characters: 3/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

My Life Undecided has a dynamic main character who learns a lot about the importance of decision making and what can happen when you leave life choices in others' hands. It is a fun, quick read about a girl who just wants to do something right for a change.

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Review: Original Sin (Personal Demons 2) by Lisa Desrochers

If you haven't read Personal Demons this review will contain spoilers. 

ARC from Author
Published July 5, 2011
Goodreads - Amazon

"Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.
Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.
Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.
And not everyone will get out of it alive." 

As many of you probably already know from my constant swooning, I fell head over heels in love with Personal Demons (and Luc) and had been dying to get my hands on the sequel since the second I finished book one. I'm so grateful to Lisa for sending me a copy so I could start my fangirling early. I knew that Original Sin was going to be absolutely amazing, but oh my goodness, this book surpassed all of my expectations.

I can't say enough how much I love Lisa's writing. She flawlessly captures a believable teen voice and manages to do this for more than just one character. We're able to see through Frannie, Luc and now Matt's eyes and it's such an amazing experience. They see things completely different from one another so it's like having an all access pass into their world. I was able to understand why Frannie loves Luc so much, how Luc will do anything for her and Matt's not approving thought's on his sister, Frannie's, life.

Frannie is just such a kick butt main character. Just like the first book, she grows tremendously as a person in Original Sin. I love how she doesn't take crap from anyone and is secure enough in herself to know what she wants. Even though she does have her strong characteristics, Frannie also has things she struggles with too just like every teenager, which makes me love her even more. She is definitely a fantastic role model for any teen.

Okay, now onto Luc who is the definition of everything any girl could ask for. One of the main reasons I love him as a chracter so much is because even though he's a hot-demon-now-turned-human I can still relate to his feelings and situations. Luc was more conflicted in book two about his relationship with Frannie and he also transformed into this tremendously selfless person. Don't get me wrong, he still has his bad boy moments, but his gentleman side shows even more in this book. He treats Frannie so sweetly and he wants nothing more than to keep her safe. Their relationship is just absolutely amazing.

In Personal Demons I couldn't see how there was any competition between Luc and Gabe, but in Original Sin there were so many moments where I found myself thinking Go for Gabe! I got to see the more human side of Gabe, which made me really like him and see how Frannie is sometimes conflicted in her decision. I loved how Lisa really put me into Frannie's shoes and had me loving both of the guys.

It's so hard to say this because all the characters are amazing, but by a teeny, tiny, bit I think Matt was my favorite character in this book. He was such a unique and dynamic character. I loved where his actions took the plot and then of course the jaw dropping factor he brought. One of my favorite times that I spent inside Matt's head is when he was with Lili, Luc's new next door neighbor. It was really awesome being inside of a guy's head while he fell for someone.

The plot in this book was insane. I mean there were tons of twists and turns but there was never a moment where I felt I was being rushed. Lisa gave me enough time to pick my jaw up off the floor, then just have it drop right back down there again. I loved it!! Almost every surprise that came out of this book I had NO idea that it was coming. I mean I am still in shock and I read it for the first time months ago!

The only problem I had with the book was the ending. Why, oh why did it have to end!? Seriously, can we just have a never ending book that follows Frannie and Luc's life that will last our lifetime? The ending was full of suspense and left me flipping out!

Awesome Quote:
"There's this guy, Alexander Graham Bell. He invented this thing called the telephone. you really should get one. They're all the rage."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Original Sin is an incredibly written book that takes you into the lives of three teens in very uncommon circumstances. Lisa Desrochers' writing is authentic and mind blowing, which is just one of the reasons this book is one of my favorites. The plot is full of surprises and the ending will surely shock you. Absolutely everyone must read this book, it doesn't matter your age or gender, I guarantee anyone who breathes will love this book!

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

ARC from Walker
Published June 21, 2011
Goodreads - Amazon

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.
Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

I first came across Haunting Violet on goodreads and the beautiful cover immediately grabbed my attention. Since the cover is so breathtaking I immediately hoped that the writing would be too.  Thankfully, Harvey's writing is just as stunning as the cover. Once I started this book I literally couldn't put it down until the very end.

The main character, Violet, is trying to blend into her sophisticated and rich surroundings to help her mother convince everyone that she is a wealthy medium. But in fact, Violet's mother can't see ghosts and they are close to getting kicked out of their home. When they are called to Lord Jasper's estate, her mother believes this will make or break their family name. Violet must be on her most ladylike behavior in order to impress Lord Jasper's guests, but that's awfully hard to do when a ghost is having you solve her murder.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was that it took place in the 1800's. Harvey's descriptions were so excellent that I felt like I was walking the halls and gardens at Rosefield with Violet, trying to help her solve Rowena's murder. I honestly can say I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I loved that my suspicions would jump from character to character as the story continued. It definitely kept me frantically turning pages until the mystery was unveiled.

Violet is a strong, stubborn and intellegent girl who I found very easy to like. I loved how she interacted with her friend, Elizabeth. Some of the comments they'd make would remind me of my friend and myself. I also really enjoyed that she wasn't the swooning type, even with two attractive guys vying for her affection. She still remained intelligent and heroic making her ignore the damsel in distress label, which I found great.

Colin is definitely one of my favorite male characters. He didn't treat Violet like she was incapable of taking care of herself and he always had a witty comeback when she was acting crazy. I loved that their childhood was full of pranks and that they literally grew to love each other. I really like how Harvey also made Xavier (the son of a rich tradesman) likable and a gentleman. Even though Xavier wasn't the guy I was rooting for, he wasn't a jerk which made me appreciate Violet's feelings for Colin even more.

The ending was incredible. The phrase "it had me on the edge of my seat", can be defined by the last couple chapters of Harvey's book. It was so intense, I didn't know who was going to make it out alive. I loved how involved Rowena got towards the end, it definitely made it the perfect ghost story.

Awesome Quote:
"They would prefer we all dress and talk and think (or not think) alike, like paper dolls.
I do not wish to be a paper doll."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Haunting Violet was a suspenseful, heart-pounding read that had me frantically turning pages until the very end. The mystery, romance and action left me craving a sequel.