In My Mailbox Vlog (25)







Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.





Gift:
-Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1) By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Thank you Aunt Diane, Uncle Cliff, Jillian & Lauren!

-Haven by Kristi Cook
Thank you so much Alice!

-Fade (Dream Catcher #2) by Lisa McMann
-Wintergirls by Lauren Halse Andreson (not in video)
-Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
-Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Thanks Mom and Dad! Love you!

Review:







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Part 2 Winners: Lauren & Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza!


Here are the last of the winners for Lauren and Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza that were picked at random. The winners have been sent an email by either Lauren or myself.


Haven by Kristi Cook
Katlyn Nau

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Kate at Literary Explorations

Wake Unto Me (ARC) by Lisa Cach
Stacie Amelotte

Wake Unto Me (ARC) by Lisa Cach
Paige Berschet

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Ivy

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Jennelle Stepanski

Original Sin (ARC) by Lisa Desrochers
Brittany from Brittany Loves Books


Congratulations!


Click here to check out a recap of all the events and our thank you to everyone who participated!






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18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Mindi Scott

I'm sure you guys already know that I completely adore Mindi Scott! So when Mindi said she was able to do a guest post for Lauren & Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza I totally flipped out in excitement! Today is the last day to enter, so make sure you fill out all the correct forms for a chance to win!

Don't forget to check out Call Me Crazy or 365 Days of Reading tomorrow to see the list of winners!



Happy birthday to Katie and a belated happy birthday to Lauren!

I was going to tell you today about this weird guy who chewed tobacco and left a silk rose from the gas station on my car for my eighteenth birthday. But then I read Katie's post about her quarter-life crisis now in progress and decided to get all confessional on you instead.

So, I’ve never told anyone this before, but while I was growing up, I believed that I was going to die young. For all of my teenage years, I was certain that I wouldn’t make it into my twenties.

Maybe it was because my dad passed away two weeks before his 25th birthday. Maybe it was some kind of a defense mechanism that I created to keep from stressing out about the future. Truthfully, I’m not sure from where the idea came.

You know how sometimes you hear about people who find out they have a terminal disease? Some keep their regular routines as if they are always going to be around while they hope for a miracle cure until the very end. Others might spend their final months/weeks/days attempting to do some of the things crazy they’ve always wished to do.

Even though I believed that my time was short, I was more like the hypothetical first option, except without the hope. I plugged along with high school, homework, and friends. I had an interest in acting, accounting, and writing (what a combination, right?), but it seemed pointless to put much effort into them. My friends were planning for college and careers, while I was simply waiting to see what was going to happen.

Fast-forward to today. I’ve made it past my teen years, past my twenties, and into my early thirties. Sometimes, I look back and get frustrated, wondering why I didn’t try harder when I was in high school, why I wasn’t more ambitious, why the bizarre death sentence in my imagination caused me to shut down instead of fight back.

More often, though, when I look back at that scared teenager, I cut her a break. She didn’t do all the living that she could have and probably should have done back then. The good news is that I can do it for her now.

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Thank you so much Mindi!


Quarter-Life Crisis

Note: This post isn't book related. The booky-goodness will be back tomorrow.

quarter-life crisis: noun
A period of doubt and anxiety that some teenagers experience after or sometimes during high school. Synonyms rebellion, stupidity-syndrome

Yep, you read that right. Quarter-life crisis, not midlife. If my math is accurate (which would be a first) at the age of around eighteen a quarter of your life has gone by.
So I give to you my quarter-life crisis...

I'll be turning eighteen this Wednesday and have found myself looking back on my teenage years, but haven't come up with much. You know how everyone says that they were "young and stupid"? Well what happens if you were young and just flat out boring? What if you weren't the class clown, the teacher's pet or the art guy that has everyone questioning his sobriety? What happens if you were just there?

Unfortunately, I don't really know the answer to that. Maybe you look back on your teen years and thank the world that you got out alive. But what about the part of being "young and stupid"? What happens to that? Does it just dissolve into nothing and you become wise based off of just being there? I don't think so...


So this theory leads me to my quarter-life crisis which consists of the following:

I want to do something rebellious. Like get a tattoo or go to a full out rock concert of my favorite band. The tattoo is never going to happen. Well "as long as I live under this (being my parent's) roof!" So scratch the first one.

Going to a rock concert is happening this summer: mosh pit, favorite band and all. Well it's more of alternative rock/punk concert, but same difference to me. I know a rock concert doesn't sound that rebellious, but to a girl whose most crazy act was driving reverse in a parking lot, it is.


I guess my quarter-life crisis is more me just wanting to do something, anything, while I'm still young. All I do is read and bum around the house, which last I checked, doesn't fall under the "Young and Stupid" category. Actually I think that category is titled "Young and Bored".

So what I'm getting at is... well honestly I really don't know what I'm trying to say. Maybe I'm trying to figure out what happens to the just there kids. The kids that didn't ace tests, but didn't flunk them either. To the people that knew what they wanted but were too afraid to go after it. Or the people that want something different than what society expects out of them. What happens to those kids?







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In My Mailbox (24)

Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren

It's official, the world as we know it is coming to an end... I didn't buy any books for In My Mailbox this week.
Although, I'm actually quite proud of myself for resisting the temptation of booky-goodness! I even went to Borders and came out with nothing in hand -pats self on back- Lately I've been catching up on review copies and books that are on my shelves. (I know it's about time I did so!)
I was going to make a video, but I figured it be the most boring video known to mankind since it'd be literally about nothing... Okay it probably would have been me squealing about getting V.I.P. tickets to my all time favorite band, The Maine's concert at the House of Blues. Which of course has nothing to do with books (but totally made my week. No, wait, it made my life! Ha!)


I'll be back next week with my birthday book haul! Hope you all are having an awesome weekend!







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Review: The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

ARC from Authors
Published March 1, 2011

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...

I heard so much positive buzz surrounding The Liar Society that I was a little afraid it wouldn't live up to all they hype. Quickly after starting the book, I knew I was a total fool for waiting so long to pick it up. This book is flat out amazingly entertaining and was so much more than I ever hoped for!

Seriously, what more could anyone want in a book than an elite Private School, an unsolved murder, a nerdy best friend and a hot guy fending for your attention!? I loved that for a second I'd be a hundred percent sure that a character was the murderer, than in the next chapter my feelings did a complete one-eighty! The clues added up so perfectly and I adored getting transported into the secrets of Pemberly Brown.

Kate is definitely one of my all time favorite main characters. She's witty, sarcastic and quirky. I admire that she always what's on her mind and is willing to do anything to prove that her best friend's death wasn't an accident.

The supporting characters where just perfection! All of their personalities were so unique from one another, but came together to make this amazingly crazy student body. I loved when reading that I could clearly relate the characters to people I went to high school with. I constantly found myself going, "Wow, we had a Beefany too!"

Liam and Seth were totally amazing! They were polar opposites of each other, Seth being the nerdy best friend and Liam, a mysterious bad boy with a past. Seth was so easy to like and feel compassion for. I adored that he stuck by Kate's side even though she was constantly turning him down. Liam was just plain hot! He was chivalrous and just had an all around great personality. Definitely a swoon worthy guy!

I never saw the ending coming! I don't want to say too much in fear of giving anything away, but it definitely left me wishing I had book two sitting next to me!

Amazing Quote:
"But I wasn't the same girl I had been a year ago. I had been through hell and back, and if there's one thing I learned on that journey it's that I wasn't going down without a fight. Another one."

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




The Liar Society is a stand out book in the young adult genre, I honestly haven't read anything like it. It had me staying up late at night to find out what happened to Kate and her crew. It was the perfect modern teen murder mystery that had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. You must pick up this book as soon as possible, I promise that you won't regret it!


Check out my interview here with Lisa & Laura Roecker!







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Part 1 Winners! Lauren & Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza!

The winners have been sent an email by either Lauren or myself.
The rest of the winners will be picked/announced Wednesday, March 23rd (my birthday!) So don't forget to enter for the contests that are still open!

Also keep an eye out for a special guest post by the awesome Mindi Scott here at Call Me Crazy for when the other winners are announced!


Signed Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Marie Kacerosky

Signed Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Brandileigh2003

Afterlife ARC by Kelley Armstrong
Lasha

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Morgyn Booklover- Book Chicks


Congratulations!






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Review: Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Published June 26, 2007

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Two Way Street was a spontaneous read for me, I was in the mood for a funny romance and had heard that this book offered that. I wasn't expecting much out of it so I was greatly surprised by how quickly I fell in love with it. I read it in only one sitting and it's now one of my favorites.

Lauren Barnholdt does an amazing job capturing the life of teenagers, it's realistic and easy to relate to. There's the pressures of friends, relationship issues and family problems. She did an incredible job at both Courtney and Jordan's voices, I felt like I got to know them so well throughout the book.

My favorite part of Two Way Street was that I was put into both Courtney and Jordan's heads, getting to see each side of the break up. The story took place in present time (the road trip) and also had clear flashbacks to the events leading up to the break up.

Both of the main characters are extremely lovable and flat out hilarious. So many times while reading I found my self busting out with laughter due to witty things they had say. I loved how uptight and bitter Courtney was to Jordan. It was hilarious, but most of all realistic. As the story goes on you get to learn so much about Jordan that made me fall in love with him, he is such a sweetheart.

The ending was everything I could have asked for. It tied up all the loose ends and left us knowing how our two main characters stood relationship wise. Yes, it was a little predictable, but still amazing just the same.

Awesome Quote:
The is why I've never had a boyfriend. Because while other girls are wearing halter tops and leaving flirtatious messages on people's MySpace profiles, I'm coming up with such gems as "So, uh, what are you doing?"

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


Two Way Street is a fast read romance about getting to see both sides of a break-up. It's laugh out loud hilarious and stays true to real life. It takes a lot for me to read a book all at once, so needless to say this is definitely being added to my favorites list. This is my first Lauren Barnholdt book and I've already fallen in love with her writing and will definitely be reading much more from her!






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Review: Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

ARC from Speak
Published March 31, 2011

A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.
There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.
And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

As soon as I read the summary for Wake Unto Me on goodreads I immediately knew that I needed to read this book! I loved the idea of only finding love in your dreams and how the main character would be in a boarding school in France. I set high expectations and thankfully they were greatly surpassed.

The entire plot is pure genius. I loved all the twists that added depth to the story. One of my favorite parts is the mystery aspect of the book. Lisa Cach's descriptions are flawless. I felt like I was off in France living in an ancient castle with Caitlin. I adored how there was actual history mixed in with paranormal events, I wish school's history books could be this amazing!

The main character, Caitlin, is extremely likable and realistic. She's an average student who was bullied at school. Even though her life isn't all that great, this doesn't stop her from being a determined and hopeful person, which I loved.

Raphael... Yum! He was just the perfect leading male character for this book. He was mysterious, brave and caring which was everything that Caitlin needed. I loved that he had a sense of humor and was a little bit on the dangerous side, this definitely helped the amazing romance between the two characters.

I completely adored Caitlin's classmates in France! They were truly unique and each brought something different to the story. The girls were so patient with putting up with Caitlin's sometimes odd behavior and always stuck by her side. After reading Wake Unto Me I definitely want a friend like Naomi!

My favorite part of this book is the ending, it was just absolutely mind blowing! I never saw it coming! I love the twist Lisa Cach added to the story and how it kept you guessing until the literal end. It wraps up the story and leaves you wanting more!

Amazing Quote:
"I must awake to what is happening. I am at the edge of the abyss."

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


I definitely recommend that you pick up Wake Unto Me as soon as it comes out on March 31st! But beware, once you pick it up you won't be able to set it down until the end. This book is filled with romance, mystery and even some history thrown in, it's amazing.







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In My Mailbox Vlog (23)







Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren







Bought:
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholt








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The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome: Interview with Lisa & Laura!


How is it like working with your sister?
Lisa: Ask Laura.
Laura: Um, it's great, really great. Lisa is totally supportive of all my ideas. She's not bossy or anything. It's super-fun. Pretty much the best time ever.

Can you give us three words that describe your book?
Lisa: Mysterious, fun
Laura: and edgy. Definitely edgy.
Lisa: *snorts* Uh, no, we're not edgy. Snarky. We'll say snarky.

Kate is one totally kick butt leading lady who I completely adore! Do either of you find yourself in her or any other of your characters?
Lisa: Kate's voice is totally our voice a few times over. She's who we wish we could have been in high school.
Laura: One of the biggest challenges as a writer is establishing a new voice for each lead character. We're learning, but it definitely takes time.

What three words best describe Kate? How about Kate's ghostly BFF Grace?
Kate is...
Lisa: Brave
Laura: Funny
Lisa: Determined

Grace was...
Laura: Free-spirited
Lisa: Loving
Laura: Flirtatious

Was there any particular character that you both enjoyed writing the most?
Lisa: I'll answer for both of us because Seth wins by a landslide. He was so entertaining to write and Laura and I would always try to one-up eachother with our little Seth-isms. He's one of our favorites.

Did you guys have a playlist you would listen to while writing The Liar Society? Could we know a few of the songs?
We still love Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional and it's always reminded us of Kate's quest. That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings would definitely pop up in a movie version and Laura loves They by Jem for some reason.

What inspired you two to write The Liar Society?
Lisa: I lost someone very tragically a few years ago. Every so often I would send off an email to his account with random thoughts or updates about the kids. In The Liar Society, Kate does the same thing after Grace dies. The only difference is, Grace writes back.

Is there any other writing projects that you two are working on?
Lisa: The Liar Society is the first book in a series. We're hoping that people like Kate enough to want more because there's always book two.
Laura: We're also working on a couple other new series ideas that have been rolling around in our collective brains. We're having so much fun with them and we hope they see the light of day at some point!

Do you only plan to write with each other? Or is there any solo projects we should look out for in the future?
Lisa: Laura's gearing up to write a solo, super-edgy, exotic thriller she's had in the works for years.
Laura: Lisa's thinking about breaking into the picture book market. She's a super-talented artist.
Lisa: Yeah, we're kidding.
Laura: At this point, we write best as a team. But hey, you never know...I do kind of have a dirty mind.

Psst...we have a secret. Click here, hit the Pemberly Brown Plaque. The password is LIARLIAR.

And if you want to enter The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome contest, and really, who wouldn't want to enter!?! There's a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs! Just click here and enter the super secret password, LIARLIAR, for an entry. Remember you can enter one time for each stop on our blog tour, so be sure to click here and see where else we're visiting this month to maximize your chances of winning.

Audi, Vide, Tace,
L&L


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Thank you so much Lisa and Laura! You guys totally rock!
That interview, definitely left me wishing that I had a sister!


Make sure to check out the other tour stops here!

18th Birthday Extravaganza Wrap Up

Can you believe the ten days of Lauren & Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza have already passed!? We both have had so much fun during this entire event and would like to thank everyone for helping us celebrate our eighteenth birthdays.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the amazing authors that participated! The guest posts were absolutely incredible!
Also a big thank you so the publishing houses that donated some of the books!

Thank you to Momo from Books Over Boys for making our flat out adorable buttons!

I also want to thank Lauren for hosting this with me, she's such a sweetheart! Her guest post buttons were just fabulous and she's so generous with donating her own books to the event! Thank you so much Lauren!

This was a complete joy to do and I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Thank you!


Here's a recap of all the events!

The bold events were posted here, at Call Me Crazy and the unbolded events are over at Laurens blog, 365 Days of Reading!

FEBRUARY
Ends Wednesday, March 16th
25th Andrea Cremer Guest Post
25th ARC Afterlife by Claudia Grey Giveaway

26th Signed Nightshade by Andrea Cremer Giveaway
26th Kim Harrington Guest Post

27th Michelle Hodkin Guest Post
27th Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann Giveaway

28th Signed Delirium by Lauren Oliver Giveaway
28th Kristi Cook Guest Post


MARCH

18th Birthday Extravaganza: Win Signed ARC of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

It's the final day of Lauren and Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza and we're going out with a bang! Today we're giving away an ARC of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers! -squeal- If you haven't read book 1, Personal Demons, I highly suggest you do so!


Giveaway Guidelines
-U.S. residents Only
-13 years or older
-Giveaway ends March 23rd
-Winner will be picked at random
-Fill out forum here or below





Signed ARC of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers along with Bookmarks and Tattoos!

When secrets and old histories come to light, Frannie realizes that nobody is who she thought they were. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Some 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.




Check out Lauren's blog for a chance to win a Signed copy of Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers along with swag!






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In My Mailbox Vlog (22)








Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren






Bought:
-Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
-Food Girls and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
-Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
-Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
-Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
-Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
-Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherin Fisher


Mentions:
Alice from The Reader Room







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18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Frannie from Lisa Desrochers' Personal Demons!

It's Day 9 of our 18th Birthday Extravaganza and today the totally awesome Frannie from Lisa Desrochers' Personal Demons joins us! Just like Lauren and myself, Frannie will be turning eighteen soon so don't forget to wish her a Happy Birthday!




A birthday note to Katie and Lauren from Frannie

Okay, so, here’s the deal. I have two older sisters. They got boobs first, they got boyfriends first (because of the boobs, no doubt), and they got their licenses first. It was supremely unfair that they had all those things before me, and all I wanted was to be older. But, now that I’m about to turn eighteen, I’m thinking all that growing up wasn’t really that bad after all. Don’t get me wrong. I’m super excited to turn eighteen this summer and go away to college and all that, especially if Luc and Gabe are coming with me, but I’m thinking eighteen might be a good place to stop. (I’ll have see if there’s anything Gabe can do about that. ;p)

So, Katie and Lauren, I’m not sure how you guys are feeling about the whole eighteen thing. Before, whenever my dad told me to act my age, I’d remind him that I was, in fact, acting my age. I’m thinking we’re not going to be able to use that excuse for too much longer. There are some seriously scary parts about turning eighteen and heading out on our own, like being responsible for hauling our own sorry butts out of bed every morning for eight o’clock classes, not having a handy parental unit when we’re out of money, remembering to take out the trash, and having to learn to do laundry. (You guys probably already know how to do that, don’t you?) But there are also some seriously cool things: meeting new people, getting to eat ice cream and Skittles for dinner, and staying out late on a school night. It’s really all about making our own decisions, and the thing I’ve learned recently, through a series of events that I never saw coming, is that decisions have consequences. So, I think the key is just being smart about them.

So, happy eighteenth birthday, you guys! I think eighteen will be fun. Don’t you?

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I think you're right, eighteen will be absolutely great!
Thank you so much Frannie and Happy Birthday!!


Don't forget to stop by Lauren's blog to enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong!

18th Birthday Extravaganza: Win ARC of Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

It’s Day 8 of Lauren & Katie’s 18th Birthday Extravaganza! Today we're giving away an ARC of Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach! We both absolutely love this book so we decided that we're going to give it away twice! That means double your chances of winning! Yay!

Giveaway Guidelines
-U.S. residents Only
-13 years or older
-Giveaway ends March 16th
-Winner will be picked at random
-Fill out forum here or below.









A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.
There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.
And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.


ARC of Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach!




Don't forget to stop by Lauren's blog for author of Rival, Sarah Bennett Wealer's guest post!






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18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Gwendolyn Heasley

It's Day 7 of our 18th Birthday Extravaganza and today the totally awesome Gwendolyn Heasley writes a letter to her 18 year old self.


Dear Gwendolyn,

I am going to give you some advice. And you should read carefully since 1) I am older than you 2) I know you better than anyone else. I know that you are about to go off to college in the South and don’t have a single friend there, and I know that you are scared. My first piece of advice is don’t be afraid because it all works out. You’ll make wonderful friends and have adventures a plenty. Just give it time. I promise. Now that the biggest advice is out of the way. Here’s the rest of my advice.

1. Be easy on yourself. Some people bloom early and some people bloom late. Be patient and kind- and remember that how you look doesn’t matter. It’s how you feel that matters.
2. But if you want to help yourself out, maybe stop wearing overalls since it is the new millennium. And throw away those clogs and white lipstick.
3. Keep your promises. Even when you realize there’s a whole world of new people at college, remember to stay true to everyone who knew you when you wore a uniform and had braces. (And clogs, overalls, and white lipstick). You don’t have to choose between friends. Ever.
4. Remember that college is a time for fun and to learn but also remember to reflect on what you want to be. It seems little kids get asked all the time “What you want to be when you grow up?” but people forget to ask any one over seven. Remember (between the parties and class) to ask yourself “What you want to be when you are grown up?” And if you think you are already grown up, get ready for a surprise.
5. Call your mother. She worries. And she’ll hold how you didn’t call often in college over your head for decades.
6. Meet lots of boys. Don’t worry about meeting the boy.
7. Don’t take any classes just because they are at a good time or sound easy. You will be bored.
8. Also, realize that college is four years of your life. Four years actually long, so start thinking about the places you want to live and the jobs you want to have. A dream isn’t a silly thing to have, especially if you have a plan.
9. Try sushi soon. You’ll love it. And stay away from any peppermint liquor. Trust me.
10. Live today, look fondly back at yesterday and dream up tomorrow.


And if I really know you, you probably won’t listen to any of my good advice. But that’s okay because it will all still work out. I promise.

Love,

You!

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Thank you so much Gwendolyn!


Don't forget to stop by Lauren's blog to enter for a chance to win an ARC of Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach!


18th Birthday Extravaganza: Win Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

It’s Day 6 of Lauren & Katie’s 18th Birthday Extravaganza! Today we're giving away a copy of Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley!

Giveaway Guidelines
-U.S. residents Only
-13 years or older
-Giveaway ends March 23rd
-Winner will be picked at random
-Fill out forum here or below








Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley!


Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .
When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.






Don't forget to check out Lauren's blog for Lisa Cach's guest post!






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Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

ARC for review from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold's head. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas—it's an alphabetical order thing), but she's never really known him.
The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it's working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

As soon as a read the summary for Sean Griswold's Head on goodreads I couldn't wait to get my little hands on a copy! What caught my attention was that main character was going through a hard time and decided to use a guy's head as a way to focus. I had very high expectations for this book and was thankfully not let down.

The storyline was flawless, there was never a part where I felt confused or rushed along. Lindsey's descriptions were right on. She never gave too much detail, it was just enough to get the imaginative juices flowing.

The main character, Payton, grew tremendously throughout the story. Though, in the beginning I had a little trouble liking her. Sometimes I felt like she was being overly selfish and just a full out drama queen. Though as the story progressed I grew attached to Payton and understood her actions. I loved how Lindsey made Payton such a realistic character that had flaws. I mean her entire life was getting turned upside down by her dad's diagnosis, what girl wouldn't be upset or moody about that?

My favorite character was definitely Sean. He was a complete gentleman and brought out the best in Payton. I loved that he was able to get inside her and open her eyes to what was really happening. Sean is definitely a great edition to my list of swoon-worthy guys in YA books.

One of the problems that I had with Sean Griswold's Head was that I sometimes found Payton or her best friend, Jac's voice to be a little immature. At times I thought the "teen lingo" was a little overdone.

The ending was absolute perfection! It even made my eyes a little teary! I loved how everything came to a close and left me loving Payton even more. Her growth as a person just amazes me.

Awesome Quote:
"It's not a permanent fix. But sometimes, Payton, you have to take the scenic route, even when there is a straight road ahead of you."

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

Sean Griswold's Head is a fun teen read that deals with issues we sometimes just want to avoid. It has teen romance, witty dialog and an amazing journey of a girl just trying to find her way.







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18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Holly Schindler

It's Day 5 of our 18th Birthday Extravaganza and today Holly Schindler talks to her 18 year old self about never giving up. Don't forget to check out Holly's new book, Playing Hurt, coming out this March!



FOLLOW YOUR HEART (‘CAUSE LIFE’S TOO SHORT)

You get grief on occasion for being a lit major. You get a little more grief for studying creative writing. A lot of, “What are you going to do with that?” questions. And not just from practical-minded adults. You get asked that by fellow students (business majors, anyone in the sciences), too.
Sometimes, you even ask yourself the same thing. You wonder, when you’re up to your eyebrows in work, or as you’re writing checks at the bursar’s office, “What AM I doing? Am I wasting my money? My time? My efforts?”
No. You’re not.
The thing is, you can spend you’re entire life chasing practicality. Going after “safe” jobs. But if the last few years have taught us all anything, it’s that there IS no such thing as a safe job.
When I was in school, the “safe” job or major for anyone interested in writing was journalism. In the years since I got my degree, though, newspapers and magazines have both folded at an alarming rate. I imagine that anyone in school now who says, “I’m a journalism major” gets the same look I got for studying creative writing.
The thing is, life’s short. The older you get, the faster the years go by. You shouldn’t chase after your second choice just because it’s “safe.” You’ll find yourself working just as hard pursuing your fall-back choice as you would have pursuing your greatest love.
Go after what you want most. If studying literature makes you the happiest right now, do it. Regardless of how crazy it seems. And when graduation hits, follow your heart again. It might not lead to instant wealth, but a sense of purpose can be far more valuable than a giant paycheck.
Do what you love. Period. Go after what you want; work hard, and don’t ever, ever, EVER give up.

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Thank you so much Holly!

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