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Amy and Jennifer ARE Seduced by Books. We’re both in our 30’s, moms, close friends, work together, and share many of the same interests including our love of reading. Amy grew up in Maryland and has been obsessed with Vampires for as long as she can remember. Jenn grew up in Florida and loves the furry, the fey, and the fangs, in that order. Currently we are both in Orlando, FL. When we can be pulled away from books, Amy loves to bake and Jenn loves to take pictures and scrap.
We decided to create a place where we could direct friends, and acquaintances for, book suggestions/recommendations (Jenn’s been known to talk to strangers on the train while traveling in NYC). Once we started out with a simple page, we evolved from there. Now we are sharing our book reviews, fun comments, recipes, and giveaways. We try to give reviews on new releases, pre-releases, and oldies but goodies that we read, or are reading. We’re going to be adding author interviews for established and up and coming authors soon.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

October Girls: Crystal and Bone by L.C. Glazebrook (Scott Nicholson)

Five days until Halloween and all hell is about to break loose.And it’s all Crystal’s fault.

Momma warned her not to consort with the dead and tried to teach her the magic spells that would close the portal to the afterlife. But Crystal doesn’t want to be a trailer-trash witch like Momma. She has dreams of going to community college and escaping the Appalachian town of Parson’s Ford.

Her best friend Bone is only too happy to escape the afterlife and help Crystal break the rules. Bone died too young, and she’ll do whatever it takes to remain among the living.
 Then a teen movie maker comes to Parson’s Ford, and he has a very special project in mind: a horror movie starring a real ghost. The kids who watch his movies turn into brainwashed zombies. And to totally complicate matters, Crystal thinks he’s kind of a hunk, and she’s afraid her boyfriend Pettigrew only loves her because of Momma’s magic spells.

Now it’s Halloween, the night when the portal to the afterlife is widest, and somebody’s been messing with Momma’s potions. The fate of the world is in Crystal’s hands, but she hasn’t been paying attention to her lessons. And a mysterious figure in the afterlife is urging Bone to stay loyal to her own kind instead of to Crystal.
The movie is rolling, the creatures are stirring, and the brainwashed teenagers are ready to welcome a new star from the other side of the grave.

Crystal and Bone must overcome drama queens, coffin cuties, and mangled magic if they want to remain best friends forever—but at this rate, forever may not last much longer.  
 L.C. Glazebrook is the family pen name of author Scott Nicholson. With contributions from Girl and The Left-Handed Puppeteer, together they are creating LC's secret identity. She was raised in Batesville, Indiana, the casket capital of the country, and was kicked out of Catholic School in the seventh grade. She's an art teacher and community artist. She's a beekeeper, gardener, and paraglider.  
 (all above courtesy of Amazon)

Since we have Scott Nicholson joining us tomorrow, I wanted to be sure to get my review of his book up. This is the first of his books that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. October Girls: Crystal and Bone is a young adult paranormal romance with a quite a bit of action.

Crystal is a small town high school drop out who lives in a trailer park with her mother. She wants nothing more than to get her GED, go to community college and move on to bigger and better places. Unfortunately, since she is from a long line of women that have lived in that town for centuries as guardians of the portal to the afterlife and it’s almost her turn, it doesn’t seem like it will work out that way.

Bone is Crystal’s best friend. She recently died, and still hangs out with Crystal thanks to the portal. Plus, she doesn’t like being dead all that much anyway!

As Halloween draws closer, things start to get crazy. There’s another ghost sneaking out of the afterlife, a new guy in town that is trying to make a horror movie, and the portals are getting bigger. Crystal, with Bone’s assistance, has to figure out how to make sure none of the creepy things from the other side come through and try to take over the world! Definitely not your typical teenage responsibilities.

I really like the characters of Crystal and Bone. Despite the fact that one girl is a witch and one is a ghost, it feels like a very real relationship. They’re best friends, yet they still tend to be a catty with each other, which is so true of young women sometimes! LOL
Also they way they both like the attention of the cute guys, so funny.

Overall this was a cute book and a quick, fun read. I definitely recommend it!

 Don't forget - Scott Nicholson will be with us tomorrow so come back and check it out. There will be fun things to read and contests to enter for great prizes!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review!
    The book seems really interesting, havent really delved into the witches and ghost things in a while...

    Have a great day!