I’m Back! + Recommendations?

Hi everybody! Mariah here 🙂

So as you probably know from the title, I’m back! I had to deal with some huge problems in my life but hopefully now they’re done with and over for good. *happy dance*

Thank you so much if you stuck here for me! I know I’m a terrible blogger 😦 I know I just left everyone in the dark when I stopped posting. And I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry I couldn’t do book reviews, but the past is the past, and I can’t change that. I totally understand if you stop reading my reviews, and I won’t pressure you into coming back.

Thank you.

 

What do you want me to read next?

Alright, this is a question that’s been in the back of my mind since I started this blog. I know I don’t have many followers, and almost nobody comments on my posts 🙂  (why am I smiling about that? Haha!), but I just want your opinion on what I should read next. The books I’ve been reviewing aren’t too popular, but that’s just because I read a lot of books that aren’t too famous. So, I’m giving you a chance to comment and tell me what books I should read! (Keep in mind that they should be YA books. I’m not that old yet 😀 ) If you could, in your comment, can you also give me a link to where I can find that book cheap? Thanks if you do, but it’s COMPLETELY optional 🙂

Well, that’s just about it! I’m so glad I can start a new chapter with all of you.

Love,

Mariah 🙂

Stay crazy! 😛

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My “Uglies” Story

As you may know already, the Uglies series is one of my favorite series ever. (It’s by Scott Westerfeld – Check him out here: http://scottwesterfeld.com) Now, allow me to tell you the story of how I was reacquainted with the books.

Mariah’s “Uglies” Series Story

It all started last year, probably in late April or early May. I was in my school library, glancing around. As you may (or may not) know, my school library is absolutely TERRIBLE. The books are outdated and ripped. Only if there is nothing else on Earth may I give you permission to enter it’s doors. Well, I was in there (big surprise – yesterday was the first day I’d been in there since then!) and I just happened to see the spine of Uglies. I showed my friend, and told her I was going to check it out.

“No way,” she’d said, an amusing grin on her face. It was obvious she didn’t believe me, but she was wrong. I checked it out, and I was surprised how good it actually was! After I’d finished reading it, I checked out the entire rest of the series. I did all my book reports on the series, and by the time I’d finished reading the whole thing, the school year was already over.

Flash-forward to March 2014: I’d totally forgotten about the highly memorable series – instead I was catching up on Veronica Roth, John Green, and Marie Lu. I’d just finished publishing my post on TheCrazyBookshelf (my apologizing post, you can find it here: https://thecrazybookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/where-have-i-been/ ) when my iPod buzzed with an email. I lifted it up, opened my Mail app, and wasn’t too surprised when I got an email from iBooks, one of my favorite apps. I got emails from them a lot, so I clicked it. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing that little red circle above the app in my home screen, so I tapped the email so it would be marked as “Read.”

I scrolled to the bottom of the email, and a headline caught my eye: “For Fans of Divergent.” I’m a fan of that book, so I checked the books listed under. And there it was – Uglies. I downloaded a sample and vowed myself that I’d check it out from the library. The very next day, I went back to my school library and pulled it off the shelf.

And that’s my story of how I got the book. Now I’m going to review it in just a few weeks. Thanks for reading my super-long story!

There we go. Italics are officially OFF! I’m so used to seeing them now xD

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I really love all of you ❤

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 🙂

Social Media & Updates *EDITED*

So many updates, don’t you think? And all in a two-day time span. That’s so crazy. Now, let me get to the point of this post:

About Social Media:

I am in the works of creating a Twitter account. I’ve never had a Twitter account before so please bear with me! I’m going to probably create it in the next week or so, since I’m super busy with reviews and stuff. As for GoodReads, would you like me to create one especially for The Crazy Bookshelf? It’s really up to you guys 🙂 Leave some comments on your opinions, kay?

About Updates:

I guess the social media stuff counts as updates, right? But there’s more. I’m most likely going to be posting the Divergent Week agenda tomorrow, it just depends on how much homework/studying I have to do. That’s scheduled for tomorrow but it could be put up by Saturday at the latest. Also, don’t forget to fill out your Divergent PDF form! Like I mentioned before (did I?), I will be giving away 3 PDF copies of Divergent by Veronica Roth and 1 PDF copy of both Divergent and Insurgent away. Be expecting a ton of new reviews, including Alphas by Lisi Harrison and LA Candy by Lauren Conrad. I’m still about two weeks behind my calendar of reviews, so be expecting a TON in the month of April! I think instead of uploading a whole bunch of reviews this week I’ll just save them all for April 🙂 which means I’ll be changing some of my schedule around. Please bear with me through this! I love you all so much ❤

-Mariah

Stay crazy ❤

20 Followers? OMG! & Updates

So, as of right now, I have 21 followers. How did I miss getting 20 followers in the first place?! That’s amazing! Thank you all for taking time to read my blog. It really means a lot to me, you know?

In honor of getting my first 20 followers, I’ve decided to create a GoodReads & Twitter account for The Crazy Bookshelf. I do currently have a GoodReads account but that’s a personal account, so . . . I’ll create an all-new one for you all 🙂 I really appreciate your support.

So, it’s time for some updates. I’ve just finished a few new books, so that’s going to be awesome, and I got three brand new ones today. Be looking forward to awesome reviews in April. The three books I did receive, unfortunately, are very small, but I got them because I was looking for a light read over Spring Break.

Additionally, I’m going to head over to my local library and pick up a series I read lightly last year but never really took the time to understand. If you are really curious, they’re part of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I’m super excited to reread those! I’ve also read some other good books, so be looking to see those reviews.

As for me, I’ve been doing fine. I keep telling you guys I’ve been having big problems and stuff but so far I’ve been doing okay. It’s really upsetting thinking about what happened in the past few weeks but I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it 🙂 Once again, I really appreciate all you guys and gals do for me.

I am TOTALLY  ready for Spring Break! Depending on how soon I finish books (and how long it takes me to write reviews, since my calendar’s TOTALLY backed up) be expecting a TON coming soon! A week or two afterward things might slow down a bit, because of testing, you know.

Alrighty then, so I think that’s just about it. I can’t wait for April because, you know, a new month means a new beginning! At least to me it does. I really love all of you and I really hope you enjoy my blog.

Be expecting more reviews coming soon!

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 😉 ❤

The Secrets of Peaches Review

Hi everyone! Once again, another apology for being so super late on my blog posts. Like I mentioned about a billion other times, I am two weeks late on my reviews which means you guys should be getting reviews in just about every day this week! Exciting, isn’t it? I promise I will never let you guys down like this again. I know I’ve probably lost all my followers but I am willing to work to gain them back again!

So that’s about all I’ve got for now 🙂 Thank you all for being patient while I am dealing with the mess that I call my life 🙂

The book I will be reviewing today is The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

The Secrets of Peaches Rating: 8.5/10

After the first book in this series, Peaches, I didn’t think the series could get any better. Oh, how I was wrong! The Secrets of Peaches literally blew me away. I extremely enjoyed hearing about Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy again. They are just such unique characters I wish they were real people. Once again, like in Peaches, I felt like I didn’t quite agree with the characters’ actions at certain points and I didn’t feel like their decisions were all too realistic.

Description:

The girls are back, and better than ever. Now visiting Darlington Orchard by choice, Murphy and Leeda realize that the orchard is falling into a deep panic – Birdie’s father just isn’t racking in enough cash. Through the spiral of misfortune, Murphy learns that she may not be accepted in her college of choice, Leeda’s mother may have a certain disease that sends her going crazy, and Birdie must face the difficulties of a long-distance relationship.

My Thoughts:

I was amazed by the quality of this book. When I didn’t think this book could be any better than its predecessor, I was wrong. That’s a perfect example of being pleasantly surprised. The girls were fun and sometimes I even wish I knew some people who were as exciting as these three. While it was amazing, I do feel like maybe the characters may have been too unrealistic. It’s just my thoughts, though, so don’t let me stop you from reading this super-awesome novel!

This is good for people who are

The Secrets of Peaches would be a good fit for

-romance lovers

-contemporary lovers

-people who enjoy a light, nice story

-people who like books about friendship

-anyone over the age of 14

Basically, . . .

Basically, The Secrets of Peaches is fun for a nice story that isn’t too intense. It’ll bring out the bubbly side of you and it might even make you giggle at times! (Didn’t think you could do that, could you?) Additionally, Spring Break is right around the corner, well for me anyway, so this would be the perfect time to drop by your local Barnes N’ Nobles and pick up a copy. I would really not recommend it for a book report book unless you’ve already done its first book, otherwise it would be too hard to explain. Quality advice there, people!

Don’t forget to buy The Secrets of Peaches at http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Peaches-Jodi-Lynn-Anderson/dp/B00375LOQY

Once again, I am really really sorry about just leaving you all like that. I wish I could rewind time and fix everything I’ve ruined. I’m so sorry, you don’t know how upset I feel right now 😦

-Mariah

What did you think of The Secrets of Peaches? Leave a comment below!

P.S. I’m thinking of linking some GoodReads, Facebook, and Twitter accounts very soon for The Crazy Bookshelf! (I will make separates just for the purpose of this blog.) How do you guys feel about that? Stay crazy!

Divergent Week! (Don’t know why the title said “63” before)

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Welcome to Divergent Week! (Sorry if the picture is small.)

Starting Sunday, March 30 to Saturday, April 5, have fun with Divergent Week with reviews of all three books in the series, Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, ending with a FREE Divergent and Insurgent Giveaway!!*

*Please note that I am not giving away a physical copy of the book. It is a PDF copy that I will send to your email. Photo by insidemovies.ew.com

-Mariah 🙂

Once again, I’m super sorry that I wasn’t able to do Divergent Week on the original date. Please forgive me, I was dealing with really important things at home and you know what that’s like. I love you all and I’m sorry for the temporary delay – trust me, it’s hurting me too. I have to catch up on everything and my whole schedule basically flopped. Expect to see at least one review every day this week, and possible next week as well. ❤

Peaches Review

Welcome back! It’s Monday, which means it’s time to do another book review. I know I may not be getting a lot of views on this blog, but I’m going to keep reviewing no matter what, so tell your friends to check this out, okay?

Before I start reviewing, I just wanted to introduce a new idea I’ve brainstormed. On Friday, March 21 to Friday, March 28, I am going to be hosting Divergent Week, due to the new movie of Divergent coming out in theaters on March 21, the day Divergent Week will start. At the end of Divergent Week will be a giveaway of Divergent (a PDF copy) to three lucky winners, and free PDF copies of Divergent and Insurgent to one lucky winner! That’s enough for now. A more formal post will be coming out soon (most likely next week), with the form to enter the contest.

Now on to the actual book review. I’m going to be reviewing Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Peaches Rating: 8/10

Peaches was an amazing contemporary novel about friendship and fun, along with some sadness. All of the action kept me bouncing in my chair, flipping pages, and envisioning myself there along with Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy. Some parts, though, I felt a little bored and waiting for stuff to happen, and I didn’t feel like it was the best book overall.

Description:

Murphy’s a bad girl. She doesn’t listen; she doesn’t care what other people think about her. Being the smartest girl in her tiny Georgia town, she should. When a funny stunt lands her in trouble, she is sent to Darlington Orchard, the exact opposite of where Murphy would like to be during her spring break. Meanwhile, Birdie wouldn’t do anything to be away from her dad’s orchard, even after her mom leaves. But when she meets Enrico, a boy from Mexico who’s come to work on the orchard, her life turns upside down. . . And then there’s Leeda, a girl who has everything she could want except her mother’s love, and is forced to visit Darlington Orchard. Together, the girls find the bond of friendship through tough times.

My Thoughts:

I was really amazed at Peaches’ fun attitude and overall greatness. It really expressed the thoughts of friendship and sticking together even though sometimes there were arguments and quarrels. Sometimes I wish the main characters were real and I could talk to them and hang out, since they seem to have so much fun. Always, though, a great book has some not-so-great things inside. For instance, however, there were some points where I was eager to get a boring chapter done, or I just wanted to skip through an entire chapter (I didn’t) to find out what happens to the other character. I’m glad I didn’t do that, or I would’ve missed out on some other important things.

This is good for people who are

Peaches would be a good fit for

-contemporary lovers

-romance lovers

-people who like books about strong friendship

-almost anyone over the age of 14

Basically, . . .

Basically, Peaches is great for a fun, light, quick read. I wouldn’t use it if you want something really intense. Peaches would make a good book report book, if you are a fan of anything listed under “This is good for people who are” column. I feel like it would be a book to read during spring or summer breaks, something small and short to get into while you’re off, especially since the book takes place during the spring and summer.

Don’t forget to buy Peaches at http://www.amazon.com/Peaches-Jodi-Lynn-Anderson/dp/0060733071

Once again, thank you so much for checking out my blog and reading this review. Don’t forget to stay tuned for Divergent Week which should be arriving on March 21! A more formal post should be up next Monday, along with the requested forms for the Divergent PDF giveaway. As a tiny sneak preview, the book I will be reviewing next week is The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson to quickly finish off the series.

-Mariah

What did you think of Peaches? Leave a comment below!

P.S. I’m thinking of a little game or something to do during Divergent Week. What do you guys think of a Divergent Role Play? We’ll pick a character from the books and make a tiny role play/fanfiction about it!