Audiobook Preview: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Macmillan Audio contacted me after I posted my review where I totally raved about how awesome the first installment in The Lunar Chronicles, Cinderwas. I jumped at the chance to to have an audio clip on my blog in hopes to get all of you guys to read it! It's seriously such an amazing book!


Cinder is an incredible futuristic retelling of Cinderella with a badass main character that is the farthest thing from a damsel in distress. It's full of unexpected twists that had my jaw dropping to the floor and frantically turning pages to discover what happened next. Adventurous, funny and heart-warming Cinder is a book perfect for seriously any reader. This book, was by far my favorite fairy tale retelling I've ever read, I loved how it took place the future and had so many different spins added to the mix.

Check out my full review here.


If that wasn't enough to convince you to pick up this crazy-amazing book Amazon has the first five chapters of Cinder on the Kindle for free! Once you read them, you seriously won't be able to resist reading the rest!


Marissa Meyer's blog.
Macmillan's website.
Amazon - Goodreads












In My Mailbox: RT Booklovers Convention Edition



Bought from RT2012
-The Selection (The Selection 1) by Kiera Cass (April 24th)
-Until I Die (Revenants 2) by Amy Plum (May 8th)
-Body and Soul (Ghost and Goth 3) by Stacey Kade (May 1st)
-Forgiven (The Demon Trappers 3) by Jana Oliver
-Chime by Franny Billingsley
-Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls 1) by Tera Lynn Childs
-Everneath (Everneath 1) by Brodi Ashton
-Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker 1) by Jenna Black
-Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
-Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
-I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
*All books are signed! Woot!

From RT2012 Teen Day Gift Bag!
-The Gathering (Darkness Rising 1) by Kelley Armstrong
-Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
-Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls 5) by Ally Carter
-Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls 1) by Tera Lynn Childs
-Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles 1) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
-Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles 1) by Alyxandra Harvey
-Black Hole Sun (Black Hole Sun 1) by David Macinnis Gill
-Shade (Shade 1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Swag:
Tons of signed bookmarks, stickers, pins, magnets, band-aides, key chains, patches, Eiffel Tower bookmark jewelry, posters, postcards, trading cards, kick-butt shirt that says 'Authors Are My Rock Stars', pens, previews of upcoming books, a gorgeous Epic Reads Teen Day bag and a bunch of other awesome stuff!

My mom went with me so sometimes she was told to take some swag, everyone was so incredibly nice! Since my mom is awesome she said I can give it away on the blog if I wanted, to keep an eye out for some swag-tastic giveaways! I also have an extra copy of Sweet Venom, not signed, but still just as awesome! I bought one and then later in the day got it in my Gift Bag, it's a sign that I need to read this book!


Early this week I'll be doing a post talking about the entire RT Booklovers Conference experience. I took tons of pictures and can't wait to gush about how awesome of a weekend it was!











Review: When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

Bought from B&N
Published February 28, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads




After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik.
Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it.

I hadn't heard too much buzz surrounding The Sea is Rising Red but the reviews that I did read were fairly mixed. However all around people were saying that they loved Hellisen's writing and how unique the story was so I decided to give it a try. Overall, this book left me with some mixed feelings, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit!

I really didn't like the main character, Felicita, in the start of this book. She was kind of a snob who thought too highly of herself. It was interesting to watch her thoughts of her family change as she was exposed to the working class's struggle to live. As the story continued on I began to understand Felicita's decisions more and more. It was awesome that Felicita (and her family) had magical powers, but it only worked if they had scrive, which was a limited and expensive good that her older brother gave them in small portions. The families that were magical had all the power and say in Pelimburg, it was a completely different take on witches and it was oh so awesome!

Dash and Jannick were the love interests in this book and I really didn't like Dash, at all! He was the leader of the group that Felicita ended up living with after she faked her own death. He was handsome and well fairly dashing, but he was such a jerk! I think that was what Hellisen wanted and she did an awesome job of making a swoon-worthy yet kind of easy to dislike character. Jannick is a vampire (or what they refer to as a bat) and is from one of the higher standing Vampire Houses in Pelimburg. I felt like he always had the best interest for Felicita in mind and was a complete gentleman. I just really wish he was in the book more!

Cat Hellisen re-vamps vampires in When the Sea is Rising Red. They are openly known about in society, but are looked down on because of the whole blood drinking thing. The law says vampires, or bats, aren't allowed to feed off of another without their consent, so there's some fishy activity surrounding vampires and their 'meals' getting paid off. As the story unfolds more is revealed about vampires and their attachment to humans, it's seriously so cool!

My favorite part of this book was definitely the spookiness and the setting: dark, mysterious with a touch of paranormal. I loved how I was able to easily picture Pelimburg and the slums that Felicita lived in. It was so authentic, but it still felt like a real place that one would find in the real world. There was also a slight scary element to the book, but just the right amount and not too scary. The dead, translucent bodies that were showing up on shore were both a mystery and kind of frightening with Hellisen's awesome descriptions.

The ending was absolutely insane! Everything was just totally flipped over and so many things were finally brought out into the open. I didn't see pretty much any of it coming, I was shocked and also pretty confused. So much happened in such a short amount of time and I wasn't really happy with what happened to all of the characters. I really loved this book up until the ending part, it just left me a little disappointed and a lot of confused.

Awesome Quote:
"Is that love? Is that what love can do? Save you from all the horror the world has to give?"

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


Cat Hellisen's writing is absolutely incredible in When the Sea is Rising Red. I loved her unique take on vampires and how I felt like I walked the streets of the Hob thanks to her amazing descriptions. It was so awesome to read about a world where magic and vampires are openly talked about and not the main focus of the book all of the time. I would have given this book 5 stars/ hearts, but the ending threw me off quite a bit, it was memorable though! Even though I didn't completely love the ending, I definitely recommend this book for readers who like mystery, awesome settings and a refreshing take on the paranormal.
















Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Deceiving Covers


Topic: Top Ten Books that were totally deceiving (those covers or titles that don't fit the books, a book that was totally different than its summary, or those books you thought were going to be fluff that turned out to be more serious etc etc.)



1. Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles
     The covers for this entire series are all pretty well, steamy! Each has two people kissing, but the books are so much more than just about a teenage relationship. The books are about overcoming social classes, learning to accept yourself and not always care about what other people think. I love, love, love these books, just not a big fan of the covers!

2. Rich and Mad by William Nicholson
     I thought this book was going to be a fun teen romance that took place in England, but I was just really wrong. I love how the two people are in the phone booth, but the cover is the only thing I liked about this book. I felt uncomfortable reading parts, which I usually don't, and honestly felt creeped out.

3. Pink by Lili Wilkinson
     This books is one of my all time favorites! After reading it I l-o-v-e the cover, but when I saw it on the shelf I just thought it was going to be a light-girly read. Holy cow it was so much more than that, intense and just amazing in every way!



4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles 1) by Marissa Meyer
     I absolutely adore this cover! I only picked it to be on this list because the book is full of so much more than just a retelling of Cinderella. Both the cover and the book are totally incredible!!

5. Personal Demons Trilogy by Lisa Desrochers
     If I wouldn't have gotten the first book for review I wouldn't have picked it up because of the cover *smacks head* I LOVE these books, oh my goodness! Now after reading them I really do like the covers, they fit the story and capture the kick-ass Frannie perfectly!

6. Shatter Me (Shatter Me 1) by Tahereh Mafi
     This is another one where I wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't read reviews praising it tons. I'm so happy I did because it's one of my all time favorites. I like how the cover didn't give anything away about the story because every part of the plot is a surprise, but I'm just not a fan of the girl standing there since the book is so action packed.



7. The Liar Society (The Liar Society) by Lisa and Laura Roecker
     Let me start this one off by saying I love the cover so much, it's the absolute cutest one ever! I thought the book was going to be a cute and quick read that I would only enjoy, but I was SO wrong! It did have it's cute parts, but it was hilarious, snarky, full of mystery, hot boys, ghosts, some spooky parts and a badass main character! (Have you guys seen the new cover!? It's gorgeous! I can't decide which one I love most!)

8. Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
     I wanted to love this book, I really did. I thought the cover was absolutely gorgeous (for all the books in the series) but I just couldn't get into them. I hoped I would have had the same emotions from the story that I got from the cover.

9. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
     I seriously thought this book was about a girl who was on a sports team, dumb me! It's so much more than about sports, it's about breaking down sexist barriers and being comfortable in your own skin, I LOVE it!

10. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
       I'm not a fan of this cover, but the book was just so colorful and adventurous! I loved all the mermaids and the underwater world, I thought the cover was a little dark and just didn't reflect the book well.






Hey guys! Sorry I was gone the past few days, I ended up getting a pretty bad cold and I was allergic to the antibiotics my doctor gave me, so I needed to take a few days to rest, but now I'm back! 











National Poetry Month 2012: Write a Poem on the Sidewalk


April is National Poetry Month and Call Me Crazy is celebrating!
Every Friday during the month of April I'll complete one task from Poets.org's list on ways to celebrate poetry!

To kick start National Poetry Month I decided to do the task of writing a poem in chalk on the sidewalk. I chose a snippet from an Edgar Allan Poe poem and wrote it on our blacktop!


I've been pretty under the weather this week so I was debating on waiting to post this next Friday and kind of do a two-for-one, but I barely had anything up on the blog in the past couple days so didn't want to neglect you guys any longer! So this evening I went outside and did one of my four tasks to celebrate National Poetry Month 2012! 

I totally didn't think it would be so hard to write legibly in chalk, but it definitely was! This was my third attempt at getting the letters not completely blurred. In March we had such warm weather in the Midwest that I was unpleasantly surprised that it was cold out today! Yuck! I froze my butt off in the name of poetry, haha!


Want to join me? This is only one out of the thirty options Poets.org gives you to celebrate so click here to check out what else you can do to spread the love of poetry!

















National Poetry Month 2012: April Feature Introduction


April is National Poetry Month and Call Me Crazy is celebrating!  
Every Friday during the month of April I'll complete one task from Poets.org's list on ways to celebrate poetry! 

My goal is to do the four tasks listed below, probably not in this order though.

1. Write a poem in chalk on pavement.
2. Read a book of poems.
3. Visit a poetry landmark.
4. Write a poem and put it into a letter.


Want to join me? These are only four out of the thirty options Poets.org gives you so click here to check out what else you can do to spread the love of poetry! 
















Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read in a Day



Topic: Top Ten Books to Read in a Day


1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
     Once I started this book I literally couldn't put it down. Forman's writing is incredible and I just had to know what happened to Mia.
2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
     I choked up so many times while reading this one. It's another read that I had to know what happened to the characters before I put it down.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
     This book is one of my all time favorites. I loved Hazel, Augustus and Isaac! John Green's writing was so addicting that I just couldn't put it down!
   



4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
     TSPoLaFS takes place in a 24-hour time period so it's so perfect to read in a day! It's pretty short and the characters are extremely likable which was one of the main parts that kept me turning pages.
5. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
     This is another awesome book that happens in a short time period. The story follows a teen girl trying to find her favorite graffiti artist during the night of the last day of high school.
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
     This one is super short, but definitely not short on emotion. I loved the message from this book and I just had to find out what next story the Yew Tree was going to tell.



7. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
     I loved the two main characters and how the story was told from both of their POVs. It was a fast paced and fun read that I didn't even think about stopping.
8. Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass
     The message in HLaLLtM is incredible. It's told in verse so it's a pretty quick read, but I loved going on the journey through her memories of her childhood with the main character. Definitely gave me a lot to think about!
9. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
     The narrator has such a strong voice that I felt like I was in her shoes throughout most of the book. I loved Handler's writing style and how there were pictures of what Min put in her break up box.
10. The Clearing by Heather Davis
     Really short, but overall a great love story about two people stuck in different times. Not one of my ultimate favorites, but still an interesting take on teen love.