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Friday, April 6
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Spellcaster Ipod Giveaway!

The Spellcaster Tour is over and you can now enter to win this awesome ipod.  To win the Grand Prize of the iPod nano - Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget Here and guess who would most likely be found at an A.F.I. concert!!! The correct answer can be found at one of the Tour Stops below! Winners for the iPod Giveaway are drawn from all entries who named the right character, the winner for the Spellcaster copy will be drawn from all entries!


Monday March, 19th - My Cute Bookshelf

Wednesday, March, 21st - Mundie Mom’s

Friday, March, 23rd - VerbVixen

Monday, March 26th - Book and A Latte

Tuesday, March 27th -Book Birthday! Harlequin, Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, March 28th - Miss Page Turner’s City of Books

Thursday, March 29th - Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

Friday, March 30th - writers write, right?

Monday April 2nd - Alice Marvel’s

Wednesday, April 4th- Paranormal Wastelands

Friday, April 6th - Fiktshun

Tags:   #spellcaster #kismet book tours #cara lynn shultz #spellbound #harlequin teen



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Friday, March 23
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Spellcaster Music Blog Tour!

Thanks for stopping by the Verb Vixen stop of the Spellcaster music blog tour!  My review of Spellcaster went up yesterday, so check the post just below this one to get my thoughts on this sequel by Cara Lynn Shultz!

In addition to our awesome interview with mean girl Kristin from the books, you can enter to win an exclusive Spellcaster iPod Nano!

Now for some insight in to Kristin from Spellbound and Spellcaster:

1. Kristin, you seem particularly concerned with Brendan despite his clear lack of interest.  Why?

I’m positive that this is just a phase for Brendan. I’m the best thing around, so once he realizes that, he’ll come my way. Why wouldn’t he? He’s hot, I’m hot. He’s rich, I’m rich. What else is there, really? I mean, he totally needs a haircut, but I can look past the superficial to see that he’d look perfect with a proper haircut. Obviously, we’re a perfect match. Once he’s done making whatever statement he’s trying to make with his whole “I’m a loner” thing, he’ll come around.

2. Beyond your interest in Brendan, what motivates you to attack Emma?

First of all, you have no proof that I’ve done anything to Emma—anything that she didn’t deserve. But if you’re trying to get me to talk about what I don’t like about her, all you had to do was ask. It’s one of my favorite subjects. Here’s how I see Emma: She’s this random girl who just showed up out of nowhere, and thinks she’s just like, sooooo funny and sarcastic and clever when really, she’s just some loser with tacky shoes and big boobs and a rich aunt who paid her way into the school. Anthony had some kind of bug up his ass about her, even though he never admitted to me what it was. I don’t know what kind of mind games she played with him, but clearly she did. And then Brendan, out of nowhere, dates her? Who the hell is Emma to show up out of nowhere and get their attention? I was here first!!

3. What’s made you such an uber B*tch? Didn’t you watch Mean Girls like the rest of us?

I know what I want, I go after it, and I get it. And if someone gets in my way, well, tough for them. If that makes me a bitch, then I wear the title proudly. I really didn’t understand why everyone hated Regina George in that movie. If you ask me, they were all jealous.

4. Where do you want to go to college and what do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t know if you realize this, but I was in commercials as a baby. I had the lead in the school play this year. I’ve got a lot of talent and I’m going to be a star. So I’m going to apply to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Or, I want to get on a reality show. There should be a Real Housewives show, but for fabulous high school students. I’d totally be the star of that. Or I want to be a Pussycat Doll when I grow up.

5. For someone so concerned with power, you let yourself be used and manipulated pretty easily in both Spellbound and Spellcaster.  Any response?

I don’t see myself as being manipulated. An opportunity came up for me to get revenge on someone I hate. If it had worked out, I would have come out the winner. And if you ask me, I’m still the winner.

Here’s my theme song. I feel like I could have written this song. I mean, it so accurately describes everything I want in life, and everything I’m going to get. Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up”

Thank you Kristin for those insights into your character….AND NOW FOR PRIZES!

To enter to win a copy of Spellcaster a go enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at Verb Vixen’s Facebook Page (under Contests and Giveaways)! Be sure you also click like since one facebook fan of Verb Vixen will also win a signed copy of book 1, Spellbound. Enter and Like here.

To win the iPod nano: At the end of the Tour a Rafflecopter will be up at the Tour Stops where you have to enter a question concerning one character of Spellcaster. Follow the Tour and you’ll be able to answer the question easily!  Open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.

Monday March, 19th - My Cute Bookshelf

Wednesday, March, 21st - Mundie Mom’s

Friday, March, 23rd - VerbVixen

Monday, March 26th - Book and A Latte

Tuesday, March 27th -Book Birthday! Harlequin, Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, March 28th - Miss Page Turner’s City of Books

Thursday, March 29th - Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

Friday, March 30th - writers write, right?

Monday April 2nd - Alice Marvel’s

Wednesday, April 4th- Paranormal Wastelands

Friday, April 6th - Fiktshun

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #spellcaster #harlequin teen #cara lynn shutlz #ya lit #spellbound #blog tour


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Thursday, March 22
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Spellbound 2: Spell Harder

Spellcaster (Spellbound #2)- Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2)

Hey there, long time, no reviews! Welp, I’m back and I have a dozen (no seriously 12) reviews to write for you guys starting today with Spellcaster. Spellcaster is the sequel to Spellbound, which you make recognize from my Top Ten of 2011 list. Spellcaster picks up shortly after Spellbound left off and fans of the first book will not be disappointed: there’s plenty of hot boy Brendan, quirky goth girl Angelique and our girl next door Emma in the sequel. What Shultz does better than anyone is get the teen language right. Not only is it accurate, but dear lord the woman’s got a gift for comedy.  I laughed out loud at some of these lines, and frankly the best sentence in the history of ever may involve the phrase a “coterie of baby hookers.” Seriously.

Spellcaster is frought with danger, romance, an amazing NYC setting, and lots of laughs. It’s definitely worth the read and the pre-order. Come back tomorrow for the Verb Vixen stop on the Spellcaster Blog Tour and see an interview with Kristin, who puts the movie Mean Girls to shame with her antics in this book. Did I mention you could win a Spellcaster iPod?  So I guess I’ll see ya tomorrow, loves.

Overall: A

You can get your copy of Spellbound (book 1) here and pre-order your copy of Spellcaster here.  Spellcaster is due out from Harlequin Teen on March 27th. 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #paranormal #cara lynn shultz #harlequin teen #spellcaster #spellbound #books



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Friday, December 30
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My Top Ten Books of the Year

Wherein I give you 11 books because of a loophole. Here’s my Top Books of 2011 in no particular order:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: If you can read even the first 20 pages without being pea green with envy and wishing you had written some of those sentences, you are either an idiot or a far better person than I.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Oliver just shines when it comes to good prose within a heroic tale. Half of my book is highlighted because of the sentiments of her sentences. Couple that with the brilliance of her dystopian tale- a world where love is a disease that is cured, a heroine that has such spark, a sacrifice worth making. Just thinking about this book, you need to mop me up from the puddle on the floor.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Oh the cleverness! Beautiful writing within a beautiful story. Morgenstern is playful: the non-sequential time narration, the vivid imagery, the sensations.  I loved the Victorian setting here and in some characteristics it reminded me a bit of Jonathan Strange and Dr. Norrell (but in the most delightful way!). In the end may it be said, we are all reveurs.

The Night Circus

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: It takes a certain kind of genius, a genius very few possess, to take a story that everyone knows and to twist it into something new and wonderful. Angelini takes the Trojan War and mythology to new heights with this contemporary setting and a pair of lovers that could light up the night sky. This is the only book that I finished and immediately read again. In my life. Please re-read that and let it stand as testament to how honestly wonderful I believe this series to be.

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I fell straight up in love with a boy named Cricket. CRICKET. That’s how you know Stephanie Perkins’ is the queen of YA contemporary. You’re reading a romance without realizing it’s a romance and OH does it suck you in.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Psychologically thrilling plot, a stunning cover, and the smexiest boy ever: Noah Shaw. Yes please. Hodkin hits all the right notes if you’re looking for something dark, unnerving, but sinfully appetizing as well.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Shatter Me by TaherahMafi:Think X-men meets dystopian. Our heroine is fierce, her love interest is swoon-worthy, and the world they are fighting in is terrifying if only because it rings possible.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz: For sheer comedic value alone, Spellbound makes the list. It is one of the few books that made me laugh out loud. Multiple times. In public. I might have snorted in one of those highly unattractive moves that you have no control over. Add in medieval curses, the NY setting, a fated romance and a DJ boy that could make you drool and this book is filled with pure win.

Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)

The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare: Ok so I’m purposely late to the game here but I knew I would like them so I needed a few books out before I started reading. I read the first 4 books in one day. Can I just say: JACE. CLARY. AH! These books filled the void left by Harry Potter for me. The world Clare has created is fascinating and filled with such interesting characters: good, evil and all the gray in between.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare: Ok I know, I’m a little late to this one too but I wanted to have at least two books I could read sequentially before starting the series. Will Herondale takes hot to a whole new level. The balcony scene? The attic scene? Seriously. A note: the audio books with Ed Westwick narrating…I’m pretty sure you could get pregnant just by listening.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

BONUS: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Technically it comes out in 2011 so this is me cheating and giving you an 11th book. THIS BOOK IS UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, it is a book that I will come back to time and time again and never tire of. It’s a contemporary YA that will take you through every emotion possible.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Also in Non-Fiction my favorite of the year was Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton.

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Tags:   #books #i read #daughter of smoke and bone #laini taylor #lauren oliver #delirium #the night circus #erin morgenstern #starcrossed #josephine angelini #lola and the boy next door #stephanie perkins #the unbecoming of mara dyer #michelle hodkin #spellbound #cara lynn shultz #shatter me #tahereh mafi #the mortal instruments #cassandra clare #the infernal devices #clockwork prince #clockwork angel #city of bones #city of ash #city of glass #city of lost souls #city of fallen angels #statistical probabilty of love at first sight #jennifer e smith


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Tuesday, June 28
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Happy Book Birthday to Spellbound by Cara Schultz and Legacy by Cayla Kluver both from Harlequin Teen!
I think this picture is fitting for both stories—past lives or princesses.
Read more on these book birthdays over at Bewitched Bookworms where the cute meme started!

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Happy Book Birthday to Spellbound by Cara Schultz and Legacy by Cayla Kluver both from Harlequin Teen!

I think this picture is fitting for both stories—past lives or princesses.

Read more on these book birthdays over at Bewitched Bookworms where the cute meme started!

(Source: fearless23xo)

Tags:   #photos #i read #book birthdays #spellbound #legacy #cara schultz #cayla kluver #harlequin teen #bewitched bookworms


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Wednesday, June 15
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A Story to Leave You Spellbound

 Spellbound- Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)

This is my warning that I’m about to fangirl all over this post, so you’ve been warned.  

Spellbound is an apt title because from page 1 I was entranced.

Where do I even begin with how much I loved this book? I loved the New York setting from the MET to the UES to Central Park; NYC is a living breathing entity in this book, a character itself. I even had a nerd girl freak out moment when she referenced Fordham’s Medieval Studies program (the program that I got my Masters degree from). I loved loved loved the characters—Emma and Brendan are my ideal protagonists. They are smart, courageous and strong: mentally, emotionally and physically.  Maybe most of all, I loved their story. I squealed, I swooned, and I laughed out loud at lines so clever and witty that I’d re-read this book a hundred times over just for them. Shultz’ dialogue is realistic too. In fact, I’d say it is spot on. It made me think, “OMG YES that’s exactly what I’d say!” And so I say this, pre-order Spellbound because it’s sure to be a summer read that everyone is talking about.  Even better, if the end is any signifier then it’s just the start to what will end up being a riveting paranormal series.

Overall: A

Spellbound is due out June 28th! (only 13 days!).  You can pre-order your copy here.

You can follow Cara Lynn Shultz on twitter at @caralynnshultz or her website at http://caralynnshultz.com.  You can follow Brendan Salinger on twitter too at @BrendanSalinger.  

eGalley provided by Harlequin via Netgalley.

Tags:   #ya, #young adult fiction, #paranormal, #i read #ya lit #cara lynn shultz #spellbound #harlequin teen #romance



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