Let the Craziness Resume!

Hey Guys!

Sorry I've been missing a lot this past week. I'm working on updating Call Me Crazy so they're will be a lot of different and fun new features! I also have some blog tours lined up for March and some awesome books to review coming up!

I'm so excited and I hope you are too!

I'll be posting the my Book Haul on Saturday and the brand-spanking new craziness will start on Monday! Yay!





Review: Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

Bought from Borders.
Published: March 6, 2007
Series: Morgan Rawlinson #1
Amazon - Goodreads




Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country?

Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school - it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland.

But Morgan gets more than she bargained for on the Emerald Isle - including a strange journey into some crazy, once upon a time corner of the past. There, she meets fairies, weefolk, and a hunky warrior-dude named Fergus, and figures that she's got some growing to do-and she doesn't just mean her hair.

I. Love. This. Book.

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out had been sitting on my shelf for years, unread. Then this week I read Kare's review of the series and knew I needed read book, now! I seriously can't believe I waited this long to pick up such an incredible book, be sure you don't make the same mistake as me!

When we first meet Morgan she is going through a rough break up from ultimate d-bag, Raph. She makes the drastic decision to shave all her hair off and her parents freak out that she's about to go off the deep end so they decide sending her to Ireland would help her get past her old relationship.

 I never wanted to travel until I read this book. Maryrose Wood's descriptions of Ireland makes me want to hop on a plane and visit a.s.a.p. Also, the accents and the amount of hot boys with said accents makes the country that much more appealing!

My favorite part of the book was the main character, Morgan. Her sense of humor is perfect: very sarcastic, dry and just so witty! My sense of humor is very much like that so I was busting out laughing half the time and the other half I was totally relating to what she was saying.

I loved how this book felt like two genres: realistic fiction and fantasy all in one. When Morgan is on her bike trip through Ireland she is in modern day, but when she travels back to the past she is Morganne the semi-goddess meant to save her people from a fairy's bewitchment of them.

The awesome thing about this time zone conundrum is that there is double the hot Irish guys, double the awesome supporting characters and double the amount of Morgan's awesome sense of humor while trying to soak all this new information in.

I loved how this book was really easy going, it didn't force information on you. It fit into the story so well and you learn Irish folklore while Morgan does so it's not like this info vomit at you while your reading. That's another thing I loved, how the author incorporated old Irish tales into the plot! I've never read a book about them and it was just enough of the stories for me to understand.

The best part of the book was the main character. When we first meet Morgan she is going through a break up from ultimate d-bag, Raph. She makes the drastic decission to shave her hair off and her parents freak out that she's about to go off the deep end and decide sending her to Ireland would help her get past her old relationship.


Awesome Quote:
"Why is it that anytime you do anything new that involves a group of people, the first thing that happens is 'orientation'? Are human beings in such a constant danger of becoming disoriented that we have to keep stopping and orienting ourselves?" 

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

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is unlike any other book. It's an fun, quick, easygoing book that has fantasy and Irish folklore elements weaved perfectly into the story. Morgan is fierce, hilarious and one of my all time favorite main characters. I had so much fun biking through Ireland with her and traveling back to the past to meet some interesting enchanted creatures too. Maryrose Wood's writing is perfection. She does an amazing job at capturing a realistic 'teen' voice and her descriptions of Ireland were absolutely stunning. I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy: How I Found the Perfect Dress to get more of my Morgan fix.
(I've already ordered books two and three, I'll be compulsively checking the mailbox until they arrive!) 




W.W.W. Wednesday (3)


What are you currently reading?
I'm just about to start Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson 1) by Maryrose Wood. I've had this one on my shelf for years, but never picked it up. This week Kare at Epic Book Nerd posted an incredible review of the book that makes me want to start it right away! 

What did you recently finish reading?
Last week I finished Losing It by Cora Carmack. It was my very first time reading in the new adult genre and I really enjoyed it! You can check out my review here

What do you think you'll read next?
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe 3) by Beth Revis, finally! I can't wait to find out what happens next! I'm trying to finish my homework so I'll have to weekend to read is because I know I won't be able to put it down once I start! 







Book Haul (57)




-Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy 2) by Daria Snadowsky
A big thank you to the author! 



-Angelfire (Angelfire 1) by Courtney Allison Moulton signed
-Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire 2) by Courtney Allison Moulton
Thank you so much Briana!!







Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! 





Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

I made some cupcakes and thought I'd share some with my lovely readers! 
Last weekend my mom and I went shopping and one of the quilt stores had this extremely creepy bunny telling me that 'Some Bunny Loves' me. It looks like it's missing the knife dripping blood in its one hand! (Or is that just me?) 


I made my Valentine a pink and white collar cozy. 
(I can't get him to let go of his old one! He carried it around in his mouth for a while. What a sweetie!) 
I'm so happy he's doing so much better. He's such a little ball of energy again!
I added a picture of Max and I on Valentine's Day from years ago. 
(I believe I was 13 and he was just 3!) 




Don't forget tonight at MIDNIGHT (central time) is the END of my Valentine's Day GIVEAWAY
Be sure to click here to enter! 



I hope you're all having a wonderful day! 






Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

eBook from Amazon
Published: October 2, 2012
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Destroy Me on Goodreads
Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)


   Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

   In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

   Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

   Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

I'm completely blown away by Tahereh Mafi's writing. It's so beautiful, vivid and just all around incredible. I'm beyond impressed with all the emotions I felt during the course of such a short book. Warner is a complex character that we only were able to see glimpses of in Shatter Me, but in Destroy Me we were able to see things from his point of view.

I love Warner as much as I love Mafi's writing. Just oh my goodness. I can't get over how incredible they both are. There's so much more to Warner than we saw in the first book. He discusses some of his past, we meet his father and we get a very good look at what he feels for Juliette.

Tahereh Mafi's writing flows so beautifully, it's like a song. There were so many parts where I was able to relate wholeheartedly to Warner. I've felt what he's felt and it was incredible to read my feelings put into words so perfectly.

Amazing Quote:
"I'm building walls in my mind again. White walls. Blocks of concrete. Empty rooms and open space. Nothing exists inside of me. Nothing stays."

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

If you haven't picked up Shatter Me, you should do so immediately! Destroy Me is just as incredible and the second book in the series Unravel Me released this month so seriously what could possibly be a better time than now to dive into the world of Juliette, Warner and Adam?!


Click here to check out my review of Shatter Me








Inspired By...


I made a bracelet inspired by Laini Taylor's book Daughter of Smoke and Bone

To get a closer look and find out what the charms mean, head over to my blog Project Katie.







Book Haul (56)








-Unravel Me (Shatter Me 2) by Tahereh Mafi
-Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi Not pictured
-Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone 2) by Laini Taylor


 

-Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles 2) by Marissa Meyer
      Thank you Mom! 





Hope you all are having an amazing weekend! 







Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack


Losing It
Bought eBook from Amazon
Published October 15, 2012
Series: Losing It #1
Losing It on Goodreads




Virginity.

 Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand.

But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe.

And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier. 


Yes. That is the cover and summary. Yes, it's probably a bit of a surprise to see here on Call Me Crazy. Yes, this is one of these moments where I hope my mom doesn't read my blog. But I wanted to try a new genre dubbed 'New Adult' which has characters who are in college or about to 'go into the real world.' I saw that Momo (Books Over Boys) reviewed this on her blog and had fairly good things to say about it so I figured I'd give it a go.

I can see your judge-y face through the screen, but just wait a sec. Trust me on this one.

So it's a little more explicit than what I usually read ever read, but I read reviews for it that said it was so much more than the unique summary and different cover. Which thankfully, it was.

I know the summary sounds kind of off putting (at least it did to me). I was worried this book would be solely about some girl wanting to lose her V-card, but it wasn't.

It was about a girl who feels the pressures that most teen/ college age girls feel. In the beginning I really, really didn't like Bliss. I thought it was stupid that she was just going to randomly give it up to some random guy in a bar. As the story continued we got to actually know Bliss and it became way more than a book about some girl trying to lose a label.

Bliss is awkward, super funny and a theater geek. It was awesome to see her grow into her own skin as the story progressed. For me, the title, cover and summary make this book sound like something it isn't. Well, maybe it is a little of that, but I think the main focus was on Bliss learning to accept that everyone reaches stages in life at different times than others. That it's okay to be who you are, even if that self is awkward.

It starts out a bit, errr, much, but it evens out in the middle and really talks about difficult topics that go through college students heads. Like what are you going to do when you get out of college and leaving friends behind.


If you're looking to try out New Adult, I definitely recommend Losing It. It's a romantic, fun and quick read that is way more than it seems. I'm really glad I gave it a try, s  if you're looking for a book with a little older characters, a swoon worthy guy and topics you can relate to, then maybe you should check this book out.

(Pssst: It's super cheap as an ebook on Amazon! Under $4!)








W.W.W. Wednesday (2)

Hosted by Should Be Reading

What are you currently reading?
How horrible is this: nothing! I need to start a book seriously a.s.a.p. I've been doing a lot of school work, my little Max being sick and then working on my new blog design so that's kept me pretty busy. I think I'll be having more time the next couple days (well, after my stupid math test, haha!) I plan to start a new book tonight though!

What did you recently finish reading?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and I absolutely loved it. You can check out my review here

What do you think you'll read next?
I keep saying I'm going to read Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi next, but I recently read a review about Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves that makes me want to pick it up now and it's been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I might start that first. However, Unravel Me (Shatter Me 2) was released yesterday, YAY, so maybe I should read 1.5 first, ahh! See this is what keeps me from reading, being so indecisive  haha! I'll just see what I'm in the mood for tonight! 









Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Bought from B&N
Published: September 27, 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Check it out on Goodreads





Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

 And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
I really didn't know what to expect from Daughter of Smoke and Bone other than hearing that it was absolutely amazing from everyone I talked to. I was worried that DoSaB wouldn't live up to the hype, but oh my goodness it totally surpassed anything I could have asked for! It was like a trip to Prague (and a few other places) because Taylor's writing was so vivid!

I loved the main character, Karou! She was intelligent, brave, funny and artistic. She was the perfect main character for this story and I cannot wait to get to know her even more in the sequel! She was brought up by Brimstone and his fellow portal dwellers known as the chimera (devil side). It was really interesting to see how Karou interacts in both worlds: going to school and then running Brimstone's errands.

Every supporting character was thoroughly developed and really added something special to the story. Whether it was Karou's eccentric ex-boyfriend Kaz, out-spoken Zuzana or they mysterious creatures from Karou's other life like Brimstone or Issa. I seriously loved each character introduced, even the villains I loved to hate!

The main driving force of this book was the incredible plot. I loved how I was introduced into Karou's world slowly and got a glimpse of her old life before everything was turned upside down by these mysterious hand prints on doors. I honestly had no idea what was going to come next! I had so many predictions and was just completely blown away by all the twists in the story.

The ending and everything leading up to it was ah-mazing. Just, wow! A little over half way through the book things kind of turn completely away from the story that was being told, but it still has to do with the progression of the story. I thought I wouldn't like that aspect, but ended up loving it!

Amazing Quote:
"Hope?  Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was perfection. Taylor's writing was the perfect mix of description, teenage voice and everything awesome. I cannot wait to read book two, Days of Blood and Starlight!






Check Out CMC's New Look!


I wanted to give the blog a makeover!
Make it bright, crazier and a little bit glamours!
I have a new button (on the sidebar) but no worries, the old ones will still work!
I'm totally loving the bright color!

I made it myself, but used design elements from:
-Background from Polka Dot Pixel's design scrapbook papers Friendly.
-Girl silhouette from Hero Arts' package called High Profile.
-Social Networking icons from Pretty Lovely Design.
-Font is Channel from PicMonkey premium.



Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments! 



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Book Haul (55)


My dad and I took a trip to Half Price Books this week and they had tons of awesome books! I got 4 hardcovers and a paperback for under $40!!
They're books that I've been wanting to buy for a while so it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!






-Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
     Everyone I've talked to loves this book! It was only $4!! I couldn't not buy it!

-Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
     I was planning on buying this one in the summer time since I've heard it's more of a summer read, but I didn't think I'd ever find it at such an awesome price and in really good condition again, so I got it!

-Bloodlines (Bloodlines 1) by Richelle Mead
     I've heard amazing things about Mead's writing and have been eyeing Bloodlines for months so when I saw it at Half Price for only seven dollars, I jumped at it!

-The Golden Lily (Bloodlines 2) by Richelle Mead
      Awesome price and I just bought the first one, it's fate I tell ya!

-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's 1) by Ransom Riggs (My Review)
     I read this in December and fell completely in love with Riggs' writing and the characters. I originally borrowed it from my mom's awesome friend, so I couldn't resist picking up my own copy.




-Splintered by A.G. Howard
-Super awesome swag
Thank you SO much to Jasmine (A Room With Books) for this awesome book, letter and swag! Thank you!! :)





Max Update:

The past few days have been pretty difficult, especially on my dog Max. Early this we were told buy our previous vet that we would have to put him down, that he wouldn't make it until Spring and/or that he'd die within a few days.

We wanted actual answers so we went to a new vet. We were expecting him to say that Max would need to be put down, but were beyond thankful to here that the vet didn't know why Max would be able to get better! He just needed to stay at the hospital for a few days so they could fix all of his levels because it turns out he's diabetic.

Our little boy came home today! We are so happy! It's just not home without him! We need to go back to the vet again in two weeks, but for now Max gets to shots of insulin a day. The needle is so small he honestly doesn't even know I'm giving it to him! (I've only given him one, but he didn't even flinch! Such a good boy!)
We made a whole little 'Max's Meds Area' and a chart so we know if he got his meds that day.

The hardest part is that we can't give him treats and he only gets two meals a day. (We used to give him three smalls meals and a treat for behaving outside.) Honestly, from where we were on Thursday, it's amazing how far he's come!

Thank you guys for all your well-wishes on Twitter! Max says thank you too!