Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Received e-galley from publisher for review.
Published: March 26, 2013
Going Vintage
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 320
Amazon - Goodreads


   When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).

The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present.

Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.


After Mallory discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off technology. Using 'The List' she found in her Grandmother's old house as guidelines, Mallory lives life like it was 1962!

I love that as a reader I was introduced to the idea of living a vintage lifestyle at the same time Mallory was. We were learning how things were in the 1960's together, because of this, I loved the book that much more.

Mallory is sarcastic and determined in Lindsey Leavitt's Going Vintage. I found it extremely easy to like and relate to Mallory and the situation she was in. I mean really, who hasn't had to deal with a guy acting like a complete tool?

In the words of Mallory: "Lists add a number to randomness, give ideas the illusion of order." I thought I'd honor her love of lists and write down five thing I loved about Going Vintage. 
1. Mallory's sister, Ginnie, is just as witty as Mallory! I love listening to their sisterly banter and how they stick it out together in their plan of going vintage.
2. Oliver: the unexpected friend Mallory finds in non other than her ex-boyfriends cousin. Very charming...
3. Mallory's family takes a trip to Disney Land and it may not be the perfect family vacation, but I had fun vicariously going on rides! I've only been twice, so I loved that the park was incorporated into the book.
4. I love how Leavitt discussed how technology has taken away the joys of just living in the moment, that 'now' is the best time there is.
5. The flow of the book felt easy and I didn't feel like there were any slow parts. I loved how the story ended and how Mallory's journey is just beginning!

Awesome Quote:
"I don't have a thing. How can I not have a thing? I've tried a million things, but nothing that I can claim. Nothing that I'm good at, nothing that's mine." 

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

Going Vintage is a fast paced read that takes you back to the good old days of the US of A! While having all of technology vanish from her life, Mallory learns that living in the moment is something that needs to be more appreciated and that moving on from heart break takes time.








Stacking the Shelves (61)

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-Requiem (Delirium 3) by Lauren Oliver



-My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers 1) by Rachel Vincent
-Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein



-Tempest (Tempest 1) by Julie Cross
-'What I Read' journal
-Adorable dessert erasers for math!
-A sweet card and letter!
Thank you so much Briana (Bree's Books) I loved everything! It definitely made my day! 

-A book of inspirations journal with my favorite quotes and my name on the front! It's so very pretty!
Thank you so much, Jennifer! I've already started using it and love it!









Firmoo Glasses Review

I was contacted by Firmoo about receiving a pair of glasses to review on Call Me Crazy.
I've never accepted products to review (well besides books) in the past, but I seriously couldn't pass this opportunity up! I mean come on, it's glasses, you know they're one of my major loves!

I'm going to be completely honest, I'm not a big fan of going to the the store and shopping for glasses. It's just a total overload of frames, people in my way and not being able to find that super small mirror (also the annoying sales people trying to sell you the most expensive frame they have.) So when I found out I could buy a quality pair of glasses from online I was so happy!

Everyone at Firmoo was super nice and more than willing to help me find my new perfect pair of glasses! Though, I really didn't need much help since the site is extremely easy to use and has tons frames for you to choose from: square to oval, rimless to semi-frame and plastic to metal, it's great!

One of my favorite parts about Firmoo is that it lets you upload a picture of yourself to see how different frames look on your face, how cool is that?! If you don't happen to have a picture on hand, they have numerous different face types/sizes so you really can't go wrong.

I was a little intimidated with entering in my prescription for the lenses, but it turned out to be really easy. You just follow along with the prescription that you got from your doctor, for me, it was exactly the same on the site as it was on my prescription (I'm pretty sure it'll be the same for you too.)

The only thing I didn't have on my prescription was my pupillary distance, which is just fancy terms for how far apart your pupils are. I recently (like two months ago) bought glasses from an eyeglasses' store so they had my pupillary distance on file. Technically, they aren't suppose to give that information out, but if you're nice enough they'll probably give it to you! If they won't, Firmoo tells you how to find it yourself, you just need a ruler and someone to look at where your pupils match up when you look forward, not too difficult if you ask me.

In the past, I've always had just small rectangular black glasses, but this time I wanted to have a little fun with them! I decided to pick a square shape with a tortoise shell pattern, I LOVE it! The pattern catches the light beautifully and I think it really brings out my eyes too!

I was worried that my glasses wouldn't be very good quality because of how inexpensive the prices on the site are, but I definitely ended up worrying for nothing! My glasses are sturdy: the frames are made out of a quality plastic material and the lenses are safely secured inside the frames. I also love the nose piece, it doesn't pinch the bridge of my nose, but it's not so big that they slide off when I tilt my head down.

Without a doubt these are the most comfortable (and stylish!) glasses I've ever had. I'm so happy with them and will definitely be buying my next pair of glasses from them in the future. 


So here's the scoop...
Firmoo has this awesome program that offers you your first pair of glasses for free! Yes, free! You just need to click here and then peruse the site to pick out your next pair of beautiful glasses.

Like my glasses? 
You can get your very own pair here!
They're item number is #CP89375


Cardigan and shirt: Old Navy
Headband: Maurices
Barrette: Forever 21
Glasses: Firmoo




A big thank you to Firmoo and Antonio for sending me my wonderful glasses to review! 







Crazy's Favorites: Break-Ups


This week's favorites are books that deal with or are about overcoming a bad break up!


-How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Elizabeth Fields
The main character just broke up with her boyfriend, but it's also a different kind of break up. Kind of like breaking up from someone that you never really with, but you had this idealistic thought of him when he just turns out to be a tool. 

-Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
I haven't finished this one yet, but I already know it's going to be a break-up favorite for me. The main character discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with a made-up wife in a made-up internet world so she swears off all technology and decides to life like they did in the 1960's using her grandmother as reference. 

-Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 
An entire book about a relationship, the good and the bad. I love this book. There's pictures that correspond with what the narrator is saying. The book is a huge letter that she wrote to her ex boyfriend on why they broke up and it's filled with pictures of what's in the box she's giving back to him that remind her of their relationship. The main characters voice is incredible and raw, I love it!

-Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood
I've been raving about this book a lot, but it's seriously so great! After a horrible break up the main character is sent to Ireland and discovers her independence and some Irish folklore!

-Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Because every break-up has two sides. This book was a quick read, but definitely didn't lack depth. I loved that there were two point of views and that the two 'exes' were taking a road trip together. It was interesting to see them grow both individually and together. 




What are your break-up favorites?








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-Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame 1)  by Rhiannon Paille
-True by Erin McCarthy (Blog Tour)
-This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh (Blog Tour)
-Gwynne, Fair & Shining by Stephanie Lisa Tara (Earth Day Blog Tour)
-Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara (Earth Day Blog Tour)
-I'll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara (Earth Day Blog Tour)

Thank you to Rhiannon Paille, Sourcebooks, Penguin and CBB Book Promotions.







-Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Compton

Thank you Kris from Imaginary Reads!




-Buddha in Your Backpack by Fraz Metcalf






-The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
-There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
-Hysteria by Megan Miranda







It's my 20th birthday today. 
I woke up to flowers and a fancy box of chocolate from my parents! 
My 'big' gift was a trip to Ikea earlier this month!

I know I usually do a post about how I feel so old,
or some crazy ramblings and I probably still will this week!
I've been thinking way too much about age this week, 
but the world didn't end when today hit so I'm okay!
Regular posting will resume next week!


I hope you're all having a beautiful weekend! 






Excerpt from Undone by Elizabeth Norris

Undone is book 1.5 in Elizabeth Norris' Unraveling series.
Be sure to check out book 1, Unravelingon Goodreads or Amazon!




PROLOGUE

"Certain moments in my life are imprinted in my memory.
They’re easy to recall with perfect clarify whether I want to remember them or not. Any small thing can trigger them: a phrase, a smell, a thought. It brings everything back like I’m reliving that moment, a brief scene in the movie of my life, complete with how horrible I felt at the time. And I usually felt horrible in those moments, because for some reason it’s the moments that I want to forget that stick around.
Like in eighth grade when I had my first kiss with Jane Sheriden and my arm got stuck awkwardly between her head and couch: just thinking about it still makes me cringe. Or when Ms. Wittak caught me cheating in Algebra freshman year because I’d saved the formulas I needed to remember in a fake game on my graphing calculator, and she tore up my test in front of the whole class.
Then there were memories that were more significant.
The pivotal moments that changed everything.
Those I don’t want to forget. Now that I’ve had too much time to think about them, to replay them over and over again in my mind, they’re the things I wouldn’t take back, that I wouldn’t do over.
Because of Janelle.
She saved my life when we were ten. She anchored me by being who she was, and somewhere along the line, I fell in love with her. In just about every significant moment in my life, she’s there. Whether she knew it or not."
Doesn't that sound absolutely awesome?! I can't wait to read all three of these books! 


Want to get a signed copy of Unbreakable and some seriously awesome swag? Books of Wonder can give you just that! Just be sure to pre-order before April 23rd and it'll be all yours! You can click here to pre-order! 

 A big thanks to Balzar + Bray and Wiley for providing this excerpt!


Don't forget to check out Elizabeth Norris' blog, here







Find Your Next Blog Reader



For those of you who haven't heard the news, Google is getting rid of google reader. This means you'll most likely need a new way to follow your favorite blogs. 

Lately I feel like Google is just doing stuff to totally tick people off. Last year with the whole Google Friend Connect thing, now getting rid of Google Reader *sigh* 

Anyways, I decided to pick two of my favorites blog readers that I've found and let you know what I like about them. I do a bit of comparing and contrasting too so hopefully it'll help you decide for when Google Reader goes bye-bye in July. 



Feedly

I really like feedly, I've been using it for a week or so and ,in my opinion, it's better than google reader. 

-When you create an account it asks if you want to connect it to your Google Plus account, if you hit yes/allow it automatically adds the blogs in your google reader to you blog feed in feedly. 

-It lets you organize the blogs you follow (like for me I do 'YA Book Blogs' 'Art Blogs' 'Personal Blogs').

-It shows the blog posts that you haven't read and also lets you mark them as 'read later'. 

-The layout is really simple, yet pretty, which I love. You can even personalize the color if you like. 

-Another thing I like about feedly is that it has awesome apps for tablets, Kindle, phones and other kinds of things. 



Bloglovin'

  Follow on Bloglovin

Bloglovin' is also really a great way to follow your google reader blogs! 

-Like feedly, it also lets you organize blogs by topic (or really anyway you want) 

-It shows how many posts you haven't read, also like feedly. 

-Your home page shows you the latest blog posts of the blogs you follow.

-It doesn't have a 'Featured bar' like feedly does (I like that it doesn't!)


I found Bloglovin' to be super easy to understand, it just has the basics of what you need, while feedly is that, plus a little. 
I'd say, if you're looking for just a simple reader that updates you on new blog posts and lets you organize blogs in categories- go for Bloglovin'. 
If you want a blog reader with a little more options and personalization- maybe pick feedly. 


I definitely recommend either of these as your new reader. I really love both of them and think they'll be a great replacement to the Google Reader (and we won't have to deal with crazy Google always changing!)




Want to follow Call Me Crazy? 
Click here to follow with Feedly.
Click here to follow with Bloglovin'.

I also added Networked Blogs and Linky to my sidebar (you can follow the right) as ways to follow Call Me Crazy. I just wanted to cover all the bases so my awesome readers can continue to be readers! Don't worry, I still have Google Friend Connect too! (Well, until Google decides to get rid of it, haha!)



What is your favorite blog reader? 
Do you have any recommendations? 








Crazy's Favorites: Tearjerkers


This week's favorites are books that were tearjerkers

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
This book just completely changed me and my view on life. I was in a really dark place when I read it and it made me realize if I were to make a very permanent decision, it would greatly impact the people I love in a very horrible way, which is definitely not what I wanted to happen. Asher's writing is incredibly raw and so believable, I could not put it down once I started, a must read!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The writing in this book in incredible, I just couldn't help but get sucked into Mia's story. The whole book had me a little on edge with all my emotions, but that ending, oh my goodness I lost it. I really need to read Where She Went and Just One Day by Forman, I've heard amazing things about both!

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma 
This book has such a unique and touchy topic- a brother and sister who fall in love. I know you immediately think 'eww' but it's these two stories that Suzuma portrays so well that has you rooting for them in the end. Just the beauty of their love story and the sadness of what keeps them apart is what got me tearing up, oh and the ending. A beautiful novel that is incredibly told that made me question my beliefs, amazing.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I don't want to say to much because I don't want to give anything away, but holy cow. I balled, like ugly cried my eyes out. The thing I love most about this book is that it is so, so much more than just a sad book about a girl who has cancer. It's funny, extremely witty and just so beautiful. I love it.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
I've yet to meet a person who cried during this one so I think it's just me. I didn't completely lose it, just some tears when a certain person died. (Don't want to give away who...) I really related to the character and thought his/her story was just beautiful. Revis' writing just had me so captivated that I was scooped up in the moment and didn't want to see this character go, but it was such a wonderful way to go.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
One of my favorite books and one of my all time favorite (yet torturing cliffhanger!) endings. The climax of this book was so intense and the events leading up to it had me on the edge of my seat dying to know what happened next. The last page killed and inspired me all at the same time. I love Oliver's writing and can't wait to read the final book in this trilogy.



Now go grab a box of tissues and read these awesome books! 
What are some books that were tearjerkers for you?







The Lowdown: Crewel by Gennifer Albin (New Feature!)


Ever want to know just the quick, simple details of a book?
The Lowdown is just that: just the gist, just an overview.
Let me know in the comments if you'd like to join in on The Lowdown fun! 
I'll create a linky for next week's Lowdown!




Mini Summary:
(from book)
"Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned y Manipulation Services to Become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever."

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)

Title and Author:
Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Series:
Crewel World: Book 1

Genre:
Fantasy, YA

Pages:
368

Point of View:
First person (Adelice) 

Setting:
Arras- Western Coventry

3 Words/Phrases to Describe the Book:
Unique. Addicting. Beautifully written.




Main Character:
Adelice Lewys

Personality:
Brave
Talented
Caring

Love Interest(s):
Erik
Jost

Top 3 Supporting Characters:
Enora
Loricel
Pryana 

Antagonists:
The Guild
Ambassador Cormac Patton
Maela

The Lowdown:
In Arras at age sixteen girls are taken in for testing by The Guild to see if they possess the talent of a Spinster (one who can weave the strands of time). Adelice has an incredible talent that her parents are trying to keep hidden, but during testing Adelice accidentally lets their secret out and is forcefully taken to the Western Coventry with a selection of other girls to live out their days weaving time. While in the compound Adelice uncovers secrets about not only the corrupted government, but also about herself. In this beautifully told story, Albin writes of Adelice's unique journey in a world that is anything but normal. 


Check out Crewel on Goodreads and Amazon!








If You Like, You Should Try...

Inspired by Epic Reads' Like, Try, Why.


These three all have a little bit of a spooky edge to them. The authors writings are so descriptive and the imagery is perfection. If you're in the mood for a mystery with a just a touch of supernatural, I definitely recommend these!



All three authors are incredible world builders and each of the main characters are trying to break free from what their government wants them to do. All three main characters have incredible supporting characters that makes the stories that much more fun to read. 







Crazy's Favorites: Paranormal/ Fantasy Series


This week's favorites are books in a paranormal or fantasy series

The Mediator by Meg Cabot
I've read quite a few books by Meg Cabot (I was obsessed with The Princess Diaries when I was in fifth grade!) but The Mediator series is by far my absolute favorite by her! The narrator, Suz, can see dead people and is just trying live a normal teenage life. On top of moving to a new town and trying to adjust to life at a new school she also has to deal with the hot ghost, Jesse, that haunts her bedroom. She's one of my all time favorite main characters, her voice is incredible and she knows how to kick some major butt! (My review of the series.)

Morgan Rawlinson by Maryrose Wood
I just started this series (I've only read the first book Why I Let My Hair Grow Out) and totally loved it. In the first book Morgan was sent to Ireland on a biking trip to get over her ex-boyfriend. While on her trip she not only discovers the beauty of Ireland, but also uncovers Irish folklore! Wood has an incredibly realistic teen voice and Morgan is so funny! Love it! (My review of book one.)

Once again, I've only read the first book, but oh my goodness! It's one of my all time favorites! Taylor's writing is perfection and the main character Kauro is in a very unique circumstances set in beautiful Prague. So much happens in the first book, but it never feels like an overload of information. I've heard amazing things about book two and can't wait to read it! (My review of book one.)

The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa
I absolutely love this series! I was able to easily put myself in the magical Nevernever and experience all things fey with Megan. I also loved the hot fairy boys: Ash and Puck! I loved Megan's courage and how she would do anything to protect the ones she loved. I read the first three books right after another, I just couldn't stop, it was that awesome!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
You've probably seen this series around a lot, but it's definitely worthy of all the hype. I recommend reading it before the movies come out because Clare's world building is perfect. Honestly, it already feels like I've 'seen the movie' because I have such clear pictures of Clary's world in my head. I've read the first three and can't wait to read number four! (My review of book one.)

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
I know I'm constantly raving about these books, but seriously they are so amazing! They're told from two point of views: Luc and Frannie. Luc is a demon who is on a mission to get Frannie, an anything but average teenage girl, tagged for Hell. Little does Luc know that he'll quickly fall under Frannie's spell. Throughout the entire series each character grows a tremendous amount and you can't help but fall in love with each of them. There's big amounts of adventure, romance, suspense and absolute hilarity! (My review of book one.)



What are some of your favorite paranormal/ fantasy series?








Review + Giveaway: Escape Theory by Margaux Froley

Received from publisher for Blog Tour
Published: March 12, 2013
Escape TheoryPublisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 272

    Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific. As long as she’s not fitting in, Devon figures she might as well pad her application to Stanford’s psych program. So junior year, she decides to become a peer counselor, a de facto therapist for students in crisis. At first, it seems like it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her expectations are turned upside down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. “Hutch”), one of the Keaton’s most popular students, commits suicide.

    Devon dives into her new role providing support for Hutch’s friends, but she’s haunted by her own attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her sessions, Devon comes to a startling conclusion: Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality—and tortured by her unrequited love—Devon embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, and the stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined


What could be better than a book that takes place in an elite boarding school just days after a boy committed suicide, or so they thought...

Devon takes on the job as peer counselor in Escape Theory meeting with Hutch's friends and ex-girlfriend during this difficult time. Hutch, the boy who died, sent out a text to everyone in his contact list the night he died, well to everyone but Devon. Even though Hutch's death was ruled a suicide, Devon thinks otherwise.

The thing is, Devon and Hutch had a secret night in the kitchen together. No, not anything risky they just made Nutter-Butter pancakes (which I definitely want to try now!) So not only is Devon dealing with therapy sessions with Hutch's old friends, but also her own questions, like why didn't she receive that last text from Hutch the way everyone else had?

I found Devon to be likable, but had a bit trouble completely stepping into her shoes, but she did have a pretty strong voice throughout the story. My favorite character in the book was Hutch. We get to hear first hand experiences Hutch's friends had with him and even some flashbacks from Devon's point of view. I love that the author made Hutch appear to be this 'Golden Boy' to Devon, but that he had a darker side she didn't know of. 

One part that really turned me off was how frequently the teen girls in the book cursed and talked down to one another. Really, not all teenagers talk like that. I felt like I was always aware that an adult was writing this novel, the voice and actions of the teens just felt forced to me which prevented me to really enjoy the book. 

Awesome Quote:
"I just like the idea of looking back at my life and feeling like I made different choices than everyone else, you know?"

Characters: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Impact: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

 In Escape Theory we follow a teenage peer counselor, Devon while she tries to uncover the truth behind Hutch's death. There's definitely some slow parts, but they are balanced out by the murder mystery part of the story and Devon's fight to find out what really happened to Hutch.





A big thank you to Soho Press for making this giveaway possible!

One copy of Escape Theory by Margaux Froley is up for grabs!

There will be one winner.
U.S. only please.
Entrant must be least 13 years of age.

You can check out my full contest policy here.

To enter the giveaway fill out the Raffelcopter form below.
Giveaway will end Friday, March 15th.


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Stacking the Shelves (59)

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews.



-Purity by Jackson Pearce
-Forever by Judy Blume (My Review)
-Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst







-Stung by Bethany Wiggins
-How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Elizabeth Fields



Another seriously awesome week in books! I'm so thrilled that I will be on Stung's blog tour, I mean really how cool does that summary sound!? I also am so happy I was contacted by the author to review How I Spend My Summer Vacation. A combination of music and summer, what could be better?!

A big thank you to Bloomsbury/Walker and Elizabeth Fields!




Be sure to check back tomorrow for Escape Theory's blog tour stop. Be ready for a review and giveaway!