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Bought:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Review:
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (Thank you Bloomsbury and Walker!)
Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach (Thank you Penguin!)


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Follow Friday (19)


What is/was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject is definitely art. I love that sometime during the school day you're able to express yourself. Since I hated my old school I was in the art rooms for 3 out of the 4 periods a day and even taught a class. I love that it's a release that comes out beautiful no matter what.
Academically speaking, history was my favorite because it's straight facts. No gray areas.



Book Blogger Hop


What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?

I seriously cannot wait until Delirium by Lauren Oliver is published! I already read the book as a galley and fell head over heels in love with it. It's my favorite book so I can't wait to have the signed finished copy sitting on my shelf!







Crazy Katie

Author Interview with Sharde Richardson

May, 30 2011

Mikayla doesn’t want much: just to rock out to her favorite band, become the next Kwiki Stop video gaming champion, and keep her Q-tip habit under control. What she does want is the sight of the sudden inexplicable dark auras around everyone to stop. Problem is, those auras are demons and Mikayla is the last trait holder with the power to ban them. Which is a total buzz kill.
To make matters worse, the town folk of Sulphur Springs don’t look the same, and her classmates are a little dark in the eyes. There are murders, suicides, reckless skinny-dipping, gratuitous use of Q-tips, and newfound powers that Mikayla must learn to control.
Her past becomes present when a shape-shifter tells her what her true identity is, and how to keep the demons of Hell from nipping at her Converse. Through him she’ll discover who to trust, who to kiss, and how valuable her abilities are to the right beings. Because the evils of Hell aren’t staying down without a fight.
Or without her soul

I was so happy that I got the chance to interview Sharde! Watched is on my 2011 Most Wanted Books list and the cover is just completely to die for!

-When did you know that you wanted to become a writer?
Hm. My love for writing began with a chair, a detention chair in my second grade classroom corner surrounded by two partitions. We called it “The
Pit” back then. My seven-year-old self spent many a day in that chair for various reasons. Mostly for child related mischief like not coming in from recess or “disturbing” the class with the latest Mighty Morphin Power Ranger moves.
Anyway, whenever I’d go into The Pit, I’d write on the partition walls. I once wrote a butterfly poem that featured only words that began with the letter “b”. I also bashed my second grade teacher by writing and illustrating a complete comic strip called, “The Chicken Man”, which featured his likeness with a beak and flames of chicken feathers coming out of his rear-end. It seemed like a good idea until I was caught.
Haha! The Chicken Man!? Awesome!

-What was your reaction when you found out that Watched was going to be published?
“Whoo-hoo! Margaritas on me!” followed by, “Holy crow, what if no one likes it?”

-What was your inspiration behind Watched?
A hockey game. I know, I know. But let me explain, Katie. It all started with Triple Play Cheese Fries at Baumhower's. My husband and I sat devouring their cheesy gooey goodness (which, by the way, is in direct conflict with my lactose intolerant situation) while a hockey game played on the flat screen in the restaurant. I’m not a big hockey fan, but they have some brutal fights. Pure madness sometimes how those players tempers can flare.

This case was no exception. One of the players from the opposing team lost their helmet in a scuffle for the puck against the glass, when a hockey stick slashed across his face in retaliation. There was so much blood. And a missing tooth. And for some reason the cameraman decided to pan over the crowd, stopping at a little girl. Her expression was pure horror.

Now, here’s where my thought process becomes a little confusing and twisted to people because 1. At the time of watching this game, I was writing a paranormal novel for my son, and
2. My creative juices were flowing non-stop, which, often times,
3. Led me to find stories in the unusual and the asinine aspects of daily life plausible.

When they pulled the two apart from fighting, they sent them to the penalty box. They got close ups of both players and you could see this steam rising from their heads because of the sweat and body heat. But since I’m a paranormal-kind-of-girl, I didn't see the same steam everyone else saw rising from their bodies. I saw demon auras. I also told myself that the auras made them beat and harm each other.
And over cheesy fries and a hockey fight, I conjured Watched.
Keep that little tidbit in mind as you read the first chapter.
I love that!

-The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I want to frame it and hang it on my wall! Did you have any input into the design?
Aww, thank you, Katie. Maybe we could arrange that. And I most certainly did have input. The cover artist was very open to this kind of thing. The designer was amazing, too. She was responsible for that chilling typography. It’s weird now that I think about how much information they needed about my characters and story to come up with a good design/cover. They both did a fab-tab-u-lous job, though! And I knew it was the best representation of Mikayla/the story possible. I love how the girl on the cover looks concerned, troubled, like any moment she might look over her shoulder because something is following her.

-Did you have a playlist of songs that you listened to while writing?
If yes, could you tell us some of the songs?
OMG! So many. Here are a few:
1. Float on- Modest Mouse
2. Daylight- Matt and Kim
3. The Cave- Mumford and Sons
4. Help, I’m Alive- Metric
5. Pure Imagination- Gene Wilder
6. 1901- Phoenix
7. Science of Fear- The Temper Trap
8. Sex on Fire- Kings of Leon
9. I’ll Be in the Sky- B.O.B
10. The Reeling- Passion Pit
11. Animal- Mike Snow
12. Use Somebody- Kings of Leon
13. I've Got Friends- Manchester Orchestra
I love so many of these songs! Especially Help, I'm Alive!

-What three words best describe Mikayla?
In her own words, she would say,
“I live in Sulphur Springs surrounded by demon asshats that want my soul and a hawt shape shifter that tails me twenty-four seven. So you could say I’m kind of a badass, desirable, and still a freaggin’ virgin. Wait, someone just slipped me a piece of paper, says to tell you that I’m strong, flawed, and impulsive. Yeah, okay, I guess that, too.

-Mikayla has a little bit of an obsession with q-tips. Is there any odd habits that you have?
Sometimes at traffic stops, I rolled down my window and sing very loudly the lyrics of the song I’m listening to at the neighboring car.
Don’t judge me.
Hahahaha! That is amazing!

-Could you tell us what Mikayla does with the q-tips?


-Was there one particular character that you enjoyed writing the most?
Lucas. He has such an interesting background that interlaces with Mikayla’s.

-Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I’d have to say the character I associate most with is, Uncle Joe. He’s the type of uncle that likes to show up unannounced, that would wear jeans and a flannel button down to a funeral and sip sweet tea from a mason jar on his front porch.

-Is there any other writing projects that you are working on?
Why yes, there is. I’m currently working on a YA project about infected humans invading a rural town in Alabama. It’s a gut turner. Oh, and there’s also the sequel to Watched.
Yay! There's going to be a sequel!

Thank you so much Sharde! It was so fun interviewing you!
I can't wait to sit down talk with Mikayla this Spring!

Don't forget to check out Sharde's





Crazy Katie

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Bought
-Vanished: Safe House & Sanctuary (Vanished 3-4) by Meg Cabot
-If I Stay (If I Stay 1) by Gayle Forman

Gift Card
-Swoon (Swoon 1) by Nina Malkin
Thank you Dave and Jacky!

Gift
Oh my goodness thank you so, so much Lisa! You rock!! :)






Crazy Katie

Follow Friday (18)


{Logan E. Turner}

Who do you cheer for?
I don't really follow sports, but I do have my favorites! In baseball I'm Chicago Cubs all the way! Football is without a doubt the Bears! (Who hopefully beat the Packers this weekend.) Then Blackhawks for hockey baby! Stanley Cup 2010! Oh not to mention Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane -drool- Then for college sports I'm Northwestern University! Go Wildcats!


No book blogger hop question this week.





Crazy Katie

Personal Demons Meets The Maine


Most of you probably already know that I'm totally obsessed with Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers. I seriously think about it all the time!
When I was driving to Starbucks I was listening to the love of my life a.k.a. The Maine's new CD Black & White and heard Right Girl. I immediately thought "oh my goodness Luc and Frannie!" 


So below are some lines of lyrics from the songs on the album and in blue is a quick explanation of why I think it relates to the book.
(Yes this post is totally fangirlish and random, but they call me crazy for a reason!)


Right Girl
Brought up a silver spoon mess


Frannie grew up in a nice home.



Always trying to tear off her Catholic dress

She's part of a huge Catholic family and got kicked out of Catholic School.

I've never been the best with my mouth
Try to stay smart but the dumb comes out


Luc's always trying to impress Frannie, but doesn't always say the right things.



Maybe I'm shy, I drive an old car



Luc drives a '68 Shelby Cobra GT



Maybe I'm amazed that I got this far
And I got my stand-bys waiting on the line
But the hardest part is knowing that it won't be her this time

He could have any pick of the girls from school (anywhere really) but that doesn't matter because he only wants Frannie (aww!)


Saving Grace
all we have is what's left today
hearts so pure in this broken place


Gabe has the pure heart and believes Frannie does too.



cause we are, we are, we are
who we are, we are, we are
lovers lost in space
we're searching for our saving grace


They're both searching for happiness in a crazy world.



Don't Stop Now
You can use me up
Till it all runs out
Baby Don't stop now.
I'm all yours
I'm all yours somehow...
Baby don't stop now.


Frannie has a strong power over both Gabe and Luc. They'd do anything for her.



Growing Up
But then Wonderwall comes on the radio,
I flashback to the night in your parents yard,
When we drank too much and we talked about god...



Okay, so this is a stretch, but I wanted to use all the songs! At the party Luc gave Frannie the beer and Gabe gave her something nonalcholic to drink and it was... night. (I tried!)


Fuel to the Fire
Say you don't want me, I think you're a liar
Love or Lust, It just adds fuel to the fire


Frannie can say all she wants that she doesn't feel something for Luc, but she's a liar! Oh and Luc's so hot that he pretty much is a fire!


Inside of You
So Don't Say That You Just Want To Run Away
Replay All The Things That I Tried To Say


When Frannie jumped out of the car and Luc went after her trying to get her to listen to what he was trying to say to her.


Every Road
Yeah it's safe to say I knew
That all the selfish things I do
Would eventually come creeping back around


Luc had been pretty selfish with the whole tagging souls for Hell thing, but then he fell hard for Frannie. So everything came back around all at once.


Listen to Your Heart
I hear your heart, beating right in time.
Right from the start, knew i had to make you mine.
And now I'll never let you go.
Don't they know that love won't lie?


From the moment Luc laid eyes on Frannie he knew there was something different about her.




Your father says im not good enough, and
your mother she said that this is just a phase.
I think that we should run away!


Frannie's parents can't stand Luc!




Give It to Me
That sinful stare,
Your poison kiss,
Like Satan's daughter's holy lips.


I imagine Luc thinking this when he's with Frannie.


Color
Tell me everything(will be alright) 
Walk this way with me(into the light)
If you can let it slide
Baby just for the night
Just know that everyone feels broken sometimes 


I thought of this when Gabe was trying to convince Frannie that everything was alright and that it wasn't her fault. She's not alone.




Untangle Me
I was the dark before the dawn, the voice without a song,
The words that came out wrong but you heard me all along


Luc was this misunderstood demon, but Frannie understood him for who he was.



Untangle me, from these feelings trapped inside
Way out past the smoke and fire is where I'll be,
I've been waiting such a long time for someone to come along, untangle me


This pretty much applies to both Luc and Frannie (possibly Gabe too). They were both misunderstood and when they both came into each other's lives everything changed for the better.


Free
Angels with dirty faces
Darkness begins to take me tonight
Good friends bad habits
In the end we're all trying to survive


Angels is Gabe. Darkness is Luc. Taylor and Frannie have the bad habit of always competing with each other (boys wise).


The Book of You and Me
every wall that's up must come down
funny how it never does
trying to make it like it was
it won't work, but i keep thinking
time will make us strong enough


Luc and Frannie come from completely different world with tons of obstacles against them.


Whoever She Is
I thought I had my girl but she ran away
My car got stolen and I'm gonna be late
For work this week, make that the 4th day straight,
But I'm fine with it
you don't have to worry


This is kind of when Luc was trying to convince himself that he didn't care that Frannie was over at Gabe's.














Crazy Katie

I'm at Deliriously Falling Today!

Countdown to Delirium

As you guys know I'm absolutely obsessed with Lauren Oliver's Delirium so when I was asked to do a post on Deliriously Falling's Countdown to Delirium I flipped out! I was so nervous that it wouldn't be good enough (okay I still am!). It's up today so make sure you guys head on over and check it out!


Deliriously Falling is an amazing fan site so you definitely won't regret the trip over there. Right now they are having a Countdown to Delirium!! How fun! They have everything Lauren Oliver related too and such lovely girls running the site.





Crazy Katie

Top 10 Inspirational Characters


* I tried not to do spoilers, but it may hint towards some.


1. Lena
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I love Lena. Simple as that. If I have a daughter her name will be Lena. I can't think of a character I would want to be more like. She doesn't sit on the sidelines and wait for things to change, she does something about it. Wanting to break out of the norm and wanting something more is how Lena inspires me most.

2. Maggie
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
This girl got hit by a flipping drunk driver and has a permanent lip but somehow pulls off being completely tough. Yeah, she has her ups and downs, but who doesn't? Maggie presses on with life and won't let anything, including herself, stop her.

3. Mia
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Mia's smart, a talented cello player and a loving person. I adore the relationship she has with Teddy and her parents. Her life is filled with troubles and good times. I love that she had the courage to admit life is hard.

4. Hanna
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Yes, Hanna is the second character from Delirium, but seriously this entire book is inspiring. Hanna is this beautifully young rebellious girl who wants so much more out of life. She knows her whole life is ahead of her and she wants a say in where it goes and I love her for that.

5. Lochan
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I can't say too much without giving things away, but the ending. Yeah... that was true inspiration. Another thing that's inspiring about Lochan is him overcoming his shyness. Believe it or not, I was super super shy when I was younger (okay like last year, but anyways...) I loved watching him come out of his shell and feel comfortable with who he was.

*6. Peeta
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Peeta isn't just on here because he's a total hottie. Okay, he is but he has a kind and genuine heart. Katniss continuously steps all over poor Peeta's heart, but despite that he wants nothing more than to protect her from harm. I mean he'd even risk his life in the quarter quell so no harm would come to her! He's smart, loving and charming. You just have to love Peeta!

*7. Simon
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
This guy turns into a vampire! True, he complains some, but seriously I would be ticked off 24/7 if I became a vampire because I was first turned into a rat. Simon has it bad in the luck and love department, but still keeps an optimistic and hilarious outlook.

8. Suze
The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
Suze doesn't need a guy to protect her, she kicks total butt herself! I love that about her! She's not some stupid bimbo fainting at boys feet, she has strong opinions and respects herself.

*9. Lena's Mom
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I can't say much, but for those of you who read it, I'll just say... LOVE

10. Hannah
I know what you're thinking she killed herself, how is that inspiring? What she went through for so long is inspiring. Trying to reach out for help is inspiring. Spreading the word of her troubles is inspiring. She got me out of a real bad funk and I'll never be more grateful to her for that. Hannah, you inspire me.





Crazy Katie

Book Blogger Interview: Alice from The Reader Room

I’ve been talking to Alice from The Reader Room for a couple months now and she is a complete sweetheart! We talk about music (The Maine!), books of course and school. So one day I got the courage to ask her if she’d like to do an interview with Call Me Crazy. Thankfully she said yes!

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1) What inspired you to start a young adult book blog?

I saw so many great book blogs around and it inspired me. For a while I thought “I’m never going to be as good a blogger as the ones already out there” but I gave it a go. It was the best decision I made in 2010 :)

2) What are 3 words that you would use to describe yourself?

Nerd. Ambitious. Optimistic.

Now those are a great three words to be described as!

3) How about 3 words to describe your blog?

Honest. Fun. Friendly.

4) Are there any upcoming reviews, memes, or events that we can look forward to at The Reader's Room?

Well I started a feature called “Read, Review, Recommend” where bloggers share a book review of a book they recommend. I am planning to have a lot more reviews, author interviews and just generally more fun!

I'm participating in it! Such a great idea! Make sure you check it out to see what I’m recommending!

5) Other than reading and blogging, what other hobbies do you have?

I play the flute and I do ballroom and Latin dancing. I am a sucker for board games and TV shows. Oooh and I love baking!

No way! I play the flute too! Ooo ballroom dancing sounds fun!

6) What literary character can you relate to the most?

Hermione Granger. I know, I know. She is just very focused on school work and loves reading (yay) but she isn’t afraid to have a little fun too.

I love that description of Hermione!

Favorite...

Movie: hmm. I apparently I have awful movie tastes. But a favourite of mine at the moment is Easy A.

I love that movie!

TV Show: Goodness. I have too many. Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, 90210, House. Criminal Minds at the moment though I think.

Yay for Grey’s Anatomy!

Song/ Band: Katie got me into The Maine so I have been listening to them nonstop at the minute. My favourite singer is Taylor Swift though.

Yes! Love The Maine & Taylor Swift!

Book: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Author: Sarah Dessen and J.K Rowling

Quote:

"To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death."

— Taylor Swift

LOVE that quote!

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Make sure you check out Alice’s awesome book blog The Reader Room!

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Thanks YouTube for giving me so many great still to choose from...

Bought
-Beastly by Alex Flinn
-XVI by Julia Karr
-Unearthly (Unearthly 1) by Cynthia Hand
-Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham
-Delirium (Delirium 1) by Lauren Oliver (Pre-order)

Mentions
Momo at Books Over Boys <--- She's awesome! Go check out her blog!






Crazy Katie

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The More You Read The More You Will Know

What makes up your nonhuman family?

We have a seven and a half year old bichon cocker spaniel named Max. He's been a part of our family since he was only four months old. Max is adorable! I love him so much! I also had a guinea pig named Paisley and a parakeet named Pretty Boy (my mom named him) who I loved both so much!




Book Blogger Hop

Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?

I read young adult books because I can relate to the characters since I'm a teen. I also love that they're on the brink of this huge change in their lives. Their decisions can make them or break them. All the possibility that lies ahead is definitely what draws me in.





Crazy Katie

Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Simon & Schuster
May 4, 2010

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

The thing that drew me into Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was definitely the amazing cover and how some pages are set up like a scrapbook would be. There's receipts, playlists and postcards... how fun! I'm so glad these aspects of design were there because I hadn't see any reviews on the book, which usually means I'll bypass it in the bookstore. I'm so glad I didn't pass this one up!

Amy is such an awesome and realistic main character! I loved that she is recovering from the most difficult time and how I felt for her while reading. Out of all the female characters from books I've read recently Amy is definitely my favorite. She wasn't a cheerleader, wasn't a jock or a total brain. Amy was really involved in the drama department which I thought was a cool twist to a character's interest.

Roger! *swoon* I adored how laid back he was and just how he was the perfect guy next door. He wasn't this hot god (you know what I mean! Some leading males are just was too good to be true.) I feel like I could have just sat down and had a really fun and intelligent conversation. Not to mention he was an amazing friend to Amy.

I loved the idea of a cross country road trip with someone you don't even know! All of the fun places they went were so awesome! The scenery in this book was incredible, Morgan Matson has got me planning a road trip now. Along with the great places, the characters they met along the way were so diverse and added a wonderful part to this story.

Amazing Quote:
"And sometimes,” she added, in slightly hushed tones, like she was letting me in on a secret, “if you don’t feel great on the inside, just look great on the outside, and after a while you won’t be able to tell the difference.”

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

When I first read the ending I was really disappointed. Then I picked the book up a couple days later and tried to decide what it was that made me upset. After I thought about it for a while, I ended up really enjoying the ending. It was realistic and unpredictable.




If you have yet to pick up Amy & Roger's Epic Detour I highly suggest you rush out to the nearest bookstore and do so. It's an incredibly unique tale of finding yourself and discovering America. This definitely made it on my favorites list.



Crazy Katie

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine



The Cupid War
Timothy Carter
August 8, 2011

"Dark entities known as Suicides attack the living, causing depression in people and feeding on their negative emotions. Their enemies are the Cupids, who make people fall in love. The main character, Ricky Fallon, becomes a Cupid after his death, and learns that he’d been the victim of a Suicide during his life. He is assigned to a high school, where he must bring couples together while protecting them from Suicide attacks. I wanted to suggest a supernatural cause for mood disorders, the way I suggested in evil? that Fallen Angels were responsible for religious fanaticism. That way, I could turn depression into an enemy that can be fought and beaten."
-From the author's Goodreads page.


This book is definitely on the top of my list for 2011 releases. You guys probably already know by my past Waiting on Wednesdays that I'm pretty obsessed with reading books about teenage depression. I think Timothy's idea of making depression an enemy is genius. Also with all the other supernatural stories that have been made to explain occurrences I feel it's about time mood disorders got its turn! There needs to be more books about teens battling depression since it is so common. I cannot wait to read this book. I have a feeling it will be life changing.




Crazy Katie

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Bought:
-The Luxe (The Luxe 1) by Anna Godberson
-Rumors (The Luxe 2) by Anna Godberson
-Envy (The Luxe 3) by Anna Godberson
-Strange Angels (Strange Angels 1) by Lili St. Crow
-Betrayals (Strange Angels 2) by Lili St. Crow
-Jealousy (Strange Angels 3) by Lili St. Crow

Won:
-Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Thank you Random Buzzers!




Crazy Katie

Meet My Love: Bookshelf Tour


I'm never quite sure what I should say while showing my bookshelf which you'll be able to clearly see in the video. My dog also makes an appearance! So now I give to you my pride and joy... my Bookshelf!



Since I get quite a few requests about listing all the books I own I made a list at goodreads. So if you'd like click here to see it. Not all of them are listed yet. I try to update it once a month, but I forget to quite a bit. I promise I'll work on that though!



Crazy Katie

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

HarperTeen
January 4, 2011

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

I had gotten Unearthly via NetGalley back in November and only picked it up a couple days ago. I can't believe it took me this long to finally start reading the book! The cover is absolutely gorgeous with the elegant girl on the front, but I immediately thought that Clara was going to be this picture perfect angel that would make me dislike the book. I was wrong. I absolutely loved Unearthly.

Cynthia's writing is extremely well done. She gives just enough description to get the reader's mind going, then leaves the rest up to you. Clara's voice is very clear and so easy to relate too. By the time I finished I felt like Clara was a close friend.

The characters were by far the best part of the book. Clara is sassy, headstrong and caring. We may not be part angel, but like Clara, we all struggle to find out what path is best for us. Multiple times throughout Unearthly I found myself laughing like crazy at things she would say. Clara is definitely one of my favorite leading female characters. Her voice is strong and clear. I felt like I was in hear head the entire time, which I totally adored.

The boys in this book are definitely swoon worthy. I must say I like Tucker a heck of a lot more than Christian, who I found to be quite annoying and irritating at times. Although both definitely are very well off in the looks department. Yum! I don't want to talk too much about Tucker in fear of giving something away, but I'll just say... he's so mine ladies! Ha!

At times I felt the plot to be almost too fast paced. There were times where I wish I could have been with Clara when certain events happened and not have to hear a summary about it. Although I thought it was quickly paced, I completely loved the plot. It was totally original! I loved that Clara was the angel and she had the save the guy instead of the other way around.


Now here comes the bad part... the ending! I was really disappointed with how Unearthly left off. It wasn't quite a cliffhanger, yet it didn't end gracefully. I felt rushed to accept what just happened and all the major decisions that had been made only a couple pages before. It didn't feel like there was enough space between the climax and the end of the book to my liking.

Awesome Quote:
"Everything was falling into place. And out of place, at the same time."

"Life sucks. That and my feet are cold."


Characters: 4.5/5
Creativity: 4.5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 3/5
Impact: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5




You might be wondering why I gave Unearthly such a high rating when I didn't like the ending and felt rushed at times. Well because the characters were perfect, the plot was just amazingly original and when I wasn't rushed I felt like I was standing by Clara's side living through this with her. I completely recommend that you buy this book! There needs to be more heroines like Clara and more authors who write with an amazing teen voice like Cynthia Hand.




Crazy Katie

Follow Friday (16)



What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?


Recently I came across the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. I saw the countdown to the next book in the series on the sidebar and fell in love with the cover! I went over to goodreads and the summary sounds absolutely awesome, so I figured why not?!





Book Blogger Hop

What book influenced you or changed your life? How did it influence/ change you?

First off I absolutely adore this question! I'm going to have to say Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book is just flat out incredible. Hannah and Clay were there for me in so many ways. I know I say this a lot, but I absolutely hate high school. Hannah gave me courage to make it through. It helped me learn that my actions don't only affect myself. They impact others too.



Crazy Katie

The Descent of the Angels Challenge


Hosted by the totally awesome Momo from Books Over Boys & Lady and the Books

The Challenge:
To read twelve books that have at least one angel as a main character or have angels as the main focal point of the story.

Guidelines:
-The books could be old releases or new releases!
-They could also be cross-over reads (angel books that are being read for other challenges) and/or re-reads!
-Sequels, prequels, etc. all count!
-Adult books may count - as long as they one angel as a main character or have angels as the main focal point of the story!
-Only books read in 2011 will count towards the challenge!
-The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st of 2011!



1. Unearthly (Unearthly 1) by Cynthia Hand
2. Angelfire (Angelfire 1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
3. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
4. Halo (Halo 1) by Alexandra Adornetto
5. Crescendo (Hush Hush 2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Original Sin (Personal Demons 2) by Lisa Desrochers
7. Heavenly (Heaven 1) by Jennifer Laurens
8. Penitence (Heaven 2) by Jennifer Laurens
9. Absolution (Heaven 3) by Jennifer Laurens
10. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
11. Mercy (Mercy, #1) by Rebecca Lim
12. Tantalize (Tantalize, #1) by Cynthia Leitich Smith



Crazy Katie

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Clean
Amy Reed
August 2011


"Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down."



I know this book doesn't come out for a while (okay like 8 months...) but I'm absolutely in love with the summary and cover. I mentioned back a couple weeks ago back in my Recovery Road Waiting on Wednesday post that I'm obsessed with books about people with problems. It's an addiction really. I love the fact that these are teens in rehab that all have different problems. I adore the last two sentences... Because when you get that high, there's nowhere to go but down, down, down. August is too far away!




Crazy Katie

Bookshelf Construction


With Christmas happening just last month my bookshelf has experience a little bit of an overflow with books. Don't get me wrong, I'm not even close to complaining, I'm quite happy that I had to add another shelf!

On Saturday my Dad and I preformed surgery on my adorable bookshelf. Originally is had five shelves that were barely filled up. Now, it has six that are almost jam packed (already!)

If you guys haven't already guessed, I'm quite protective of my books. So the idea of drilling and sawing their home wasn't that appealing to me. But with Dustbuster in hand and my dad doing all the work, I made it through!

In the first picture the blue arrow points to all the dust that from the holes that we drilled. You're probably wondering why we would have to drill holes in a shelf, well I thought the same thing! Instead of it coming from the manufacturers with all the holes already drilled in, it came with only a few choices of shelf placement.

The shelves used to be so far apart and ahve way too much room in between, but now there's little room due to the extra shelf. Which means more books! Yes!

In the first picture the blue arrow points to all the sawdust from the drilling... I know it's so terrible! My poor little books on the row underneath! No worries though, I dusted and vacuumed like crazy when we were finished.

The red arrow is pointing to where my dad set his tools. Yes, on the bookshelf! I was so afraid that something would get scratched or one of my lovely books would get dirty. (Yeah, I know I'm weird...)

The second picture just shows all the books that we had to pile onto my desk so my dad had enough room to work. While we were unloading them my dad couldn't stop laughing at how particular I was about the order I had him set them down in. Not that it worked... I still ended up having to re-alphabetize them. Haha!

The last picture is my cute little doggie, Max, that was in my room the entire time. Even during the loud hammering and with the screw driver going off every five minutes. He is such a sweetie! I think Max either knew how much I hate my bookshelf being torn apart or he thought me flipping out was absolutely hilarious. (I'm kind of thinking the second more than the first.)

I totally should have taken a before picture for my whole "Before & After Post" but that would require me having working brain cells... sorry I thought I already had a "Before" picture, but no.

Now I give to you, my brand spanking new shelf! Woo! This picture only shows five of the shelves because in order to fit all six the picture would have been pretty far away. (The only thing on the bottom shelf is Harry Potter and some magazine holders, which are next to go to make more room).
Today I made another bookshelf tour since I've gotten quite a few requests ever since I tweeted about the "construction" which I think is awesome! Thank you guys for being so interested! It'll have a video of the shelves and a picture of each one. So if you're interested be sure to stop by Thursday!




Crazy Katie