2014 Debut Author Bash: Michelle Krys

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When I saw the sign-up for this blog tour and saw Michelle’s name I just had to sign up! I read Hexed earlier this year and completely loved it! If you want to check out my review you can go HERE! I was also very fortunate to be able to do an interview with Michelle around the time of Hexed release date! I loved being able to ask questions about the books and her inspiration. For the interview with Michelle Krys you can go HERE! Hexed is a wonderful snarky and fun witch book that is unique and a must read for all fans of paranormal with sassy and real female leads! I am so excited for the sequel Charmed, I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year. If you haven’t already check out Krys’s first book Hexed and check out below for Her top facts you need to know about Hexed!

michelle krys final 4x6Michelle Krys is the author of HEXED and the upcoming sequel CHARMED. She works part-time as a NICU nurse and spends her free time writing books for teens. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and “levitated” people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Visit her at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.

 

 

 

Hexed_cover_7_30_13If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

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TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEXED 

♠  It’s about witches. But it’s also about friendship and the sometimes-tenuous bonds of friendship and growing up. While magic is an important part of the book, so is high school and all of the drama that goes along with that.

♠ Indigo isn’t perfect. She has flaws and lots of personal growth to do, and I freaking love that about her.

♠There are two warring factions in the book: Witches and warlocks, headed up by the Family, and sorcerers, headed up by the Priory. And none of them are entirely the “good guys”.

♠ It’s campy. There’s a lot of snarky humor and the magic is over-the-top, so if you’re expecting dark, broody characters slowly boiling herbs over a cauldron, you’ll probably be disappointed.

♠ People are going to die. (And they won’t magically come back to life after they die, either.)

♠ Bishop isn’t your usual love interest. While he is tall, dark and handsome, he’s also funny, irreverent, and he doesn’t care what people think of him.

♠ There’s kissing. And lots of it. So, you know, stay away if you’re not into that sort of thing, ya weirdo.

♠ There’s a cliffhanger at the end. I know, I know. The dreaded cliffhanger. BUT! Almost all of the story elements introduced in Hexed are wrapped up in the book—it’s only when you read the last couple of pages that you realize the little something that you might not have paid that much attention to is actually a bigger issue than you thought.

♠ It’s a duology. The sequel, CHARMED, comes out May 26th, 2015.

♠ You’ll like it! I think. (I hope.)

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COVER REVEAL | Charmed by Michelle Krys

So if you don’t already know (even though it has been all over my blog recently and such) I REALLY enjoyed Hexed by Michelle Krys. It was a comical witch novel in which I reviewed [x], held a giveaway and even did an interview of the author Michelle Krys [x] (and this won’t be the last you see of her on my blog !) It was a refreshing, fast paced book and I am having trouble with patience and the ability to wait for the next book. So you could imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a post by YA and Kids Book Central revealing the cover of the sequel! I just had to make a post and do a little fangirling and promoting of a fantastic author and her debut novel!

And here it is!!!!

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I am not as totally in love with Charmed’s cover as I was with Hexed, but I still think it is fantastic (beside the fact that I think Indies pose is a little awkward and she looks a little too realistic where I thought on Hexed she looked a little more cartoony- if that makes sense) But still so awesome! And I hope the book without the dust jacket is just as beautiful and stunning as Hexed!!!

Check out YABC post for more information about the cover/book and words from the author! They are also hosting a giveaway so check it out!

 

What are your thoughts on the cover? What do you think of the few reactions/fangirling posts I have put up? (It is something that I don’t normally do, but if it is something people like I will continue to do it more, etc. ) I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions etc.

Mini Vacay Book Haul

My blog is like my baby and I hate leaving it for so long, but I am back and have some exciting things to show/share from my mini vacay in Northern Michigan with Autumn from Kitty Cat Reads (and my real life bff and soul mate!) Of course the two of us went to a local bookstore and coffee shop to work on our blogs for a day!

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I am all about supporting local and independent bookstores so I had to make a purchase (of course). I bought Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, which is the first book in a four book series. (I am planning on someday owning/reading everything by Richelle Mead!) We spent the rest of our time enjoying the sunshine and reading our books! We even attempted to do some vlogging (not sure if I will actually post it, we will see what the final product looks like)

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How could you not enjoy this view! As well we were also able to find an awesome deal for a bind up of a trilogy from Walmart. Autumn and I both bought a copy of  SummerTrilogy ( The Summer I Turned Pretty, Its Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer) by Jenny Han! I have had this trilogy in my cart on Amazon for awhile since it has been talked about a lot recently in the book community and could not believe the deal for the bind up.

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When I stopped at my parent’s house on the way home I picked up my package that was delivered there, which was a surprise and I have no idea where they are from, but inside the box was The Sweet Trilogy (Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning) by Wendy Higgins! I really wish I knew where the box came from, but still how could you not love a box of surprise free books!

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When I got home from my trip I found some presents in my mailbox! I received some swag from Michelle Krys the author of Hexed! I got a two bookmarks and a signed book plate! I also received an Arc copy of  How We Fall by Kate Brauning! The book comes out in November and you can check out the synopsis and such here! The author was nice enough to send me a copy for review as well as some book swag! She wrote me a cute little note along with some info bookmarkish things (one of them is even signed!) She was also nice enough to sign the book for me! Thank you so much Kate Brauning! (This is my first official physical Arc!)

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As well as all the books, another exciting thing was posted this weekend on YA Reads , my guest post about the top books I have read so far this year! So you should definitely go check that out! A few months ago I would have never believed I would be getting so many opportunities and making an impact (whether it is just a small one) in the book community! Thank you to everyone who has friended/ supported me 🙂

Hexed by Michelle Krys [Author Interview]

In anticipation of Hexed being released June 10th 2014! Here is my interview with Michelle Krys and Hexed Giveaway!

Hexed_cover_7_30_13 HEXED BY MICHELLE KRYS

Synopsis:

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?  

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.          

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid. [Goodreads] [My Review of Hexed]


 

 INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE

1.Who/What was your inspiration for becoming a writer? How long have you been writing?

         Writing a book is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until I was on a yearlong maternity leave almost five years ago that I finally gave it a shot. My son slept through the night and took amazing three to four hour naps during the day, and I found myself with all this free time on my hands. I realized that if I was ever going to write that book, this was my big chance.  

         I spent my free time that year writing and editing my first novel. Like many first novels, it sucked, but I’d learned a ton and had so much fun in the process, so I poured all of that passion and excitement into my next novel—Hexed.                                                  

I’m so glad I finally gave writing a book a try!

2. What was your motivation/inspiration to base Hexed on witches and witchcraft?

          I’ve always loved witches, but I got the idea for Hexed from my sister. One day she told me about an adult historical novel she wanted to write, which she’d planned to call “The Witch Hunter’s Bible”. I loved the title and it gave me all these ideas for a YA novel I could write, so when she later decided to ditch the adult historical and write something else entirely, I asked her if I could use the title for my project. She agreed, and Hexed was born! (The title obviously changed during the editorial process. Both hold a special place in my heart!)

3. Do you have any favorite witchy things (books/movies/etc) ? 

 The Craft is by far my favorite witch movie. I was in the fifth grade when it first came out and was so obsessed with it that I started a witchcraft club with some friends, which convened nightly in my bedroom. We called ourselves The Hallow Hunters. (Go ahead and laugh!)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite witchy TV show (Willow!!!), but I also loved Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

 As for books, HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins is a favorite. It’s so voicey and fun!

4. How long have you been working on Hexed? Did you always mean for there to be more one than one book? How many books do you plan to have in the series?

         The first draft of Hexed too roughly 4 months to write, but editing and polishing it took the better part of two years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that book!

         At the moment, there will be two books in the HEXED series, with the sequel coming out sometime in 2015, but I would love to write more if there was ever a demand. I don’t feel quite done with Indie and Co. yet!

5. Which of your characters from Hexed would you say you are most like?

         I’d have to say Indie. While I was never a cheerleader and I definitely wasn’t popular in high school, we do share the same dry, sarcastic sense of humor and general life attitude.

6. If your book was to be turned into a movie who would you cast as your leads?

         That’s so hard! Hexed is really carried by Indie’s sense of humor, so whoever played her would need to have really great comedic timing, first and foremost. But if I were going by appearance alone, Gabriella Wilde looks just like the Indie I see in my head.  

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7. Did you have to research anything for Hexed? 

          During the editorial process, my editor noted a few things that didn’t seem overly L.A-like in the book. I’d never been, so my sister and I went down for an emergency trip to check things out. It was the most fun I’ve ever had doing research!

8. In 5 words how would you describe Hexed?

 The Craft meets Bring it On. (Six—I cheated!)

9. In my opinion, I would say that Indigo isn’t the typical heroine. What was your inspiration for this character? 

           A lot of witch books feature quiet, outcast, introverted girls, and I thought it would be fun to subvert that stereotype in HEXED. I asked myself what the exact opposite of quiet and outcast was, and the answer was popular, extroverted cheerleader. Thus, Indie was born.

[ I would again like to thank Michelle Krys for allowing me to ask her questions and taking the time to them! Check out her Debut novel Hexed! ]


MEET THE AUTHOR

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Michelle Krys lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. She works part-time as a NICU nurse and spends her free time writing books for teens. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and “levitated” people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Hexed is her first novel. Visit her at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.

 


 

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I WILL BE GIVING AWAY ONE HARDBACK COPY OF HEXED BY MICHELLE KRYS 

RULES: 

  • Must live in the US
  • Must be 13+ with guardian permission or over 18 years of age
  • Must be willing to give me your mailing address
  • Must actually complete the items in the Rafflecopter or your submissions will be disqualified.

Giveaway will run from June 4th until June 23rd! Good Luck! 

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Hexed by Michelle Krys|Book Review

 

Hexed_cover_7_30_13HEXED BY MICHELLE KRYS 

Genre: Young Adult,Paranormal

 Release Date: JUNE 10TH 2014

Series: The Witch Hunter Duology

Synopsis:
 If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her? Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie ,because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too. Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

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*I would like to thank Netgalley for this as an e-arc in return for an honest review.*

Given the tag line The Craft meets Bring It On , I was intrigued, but a little hesitant. I was happily surprised with Hexed! I have to say I would categorize this more Charmed/Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esk. It was a fast-paced witchy novel filled with intrigue, mystery and humor.

I was not expecting such wit and humor to be present in a book about witches and found myself laughing throughout the whole book. Michelle Krys for sure nailed that teen voice and created some quality characters. Indigo definitely is a girl full of sarcastic wit and I could relate to her sense of humor greatly. Indie was not your typical heroine, but I quite enjoyed  her personality and fun it refreshing to have a main character/ heroine that doesn’t fit the mold. She is a popular cheerleader who has it all until one day when her life starts to crumble when she finds out a secret about her life. You see such character growth within Indie throughout the book and she becomes so much more likable throughout the story because at the beginning she carries that stigma of popularity and being superior.

Then of course the snarky Bishop, the main male character who comes into Indies world and turns it upside down. (Don’t worry this isn’t insta-love) Paige is also an absolutely amazing secondary character! She is caring and intelligent and definitley doesn’t care what others think about her. I appreciate that a lot in a character!

This is a fantastically written book about witches, magic and high school life, that is a quick and easy read filled with twists and surprises, a big cliff hanger and even a dragon! If that sounds interesting at all to you I definitely recommend picking up the book and giving it a read!

Look out for my interview with the author Michelle Krys and the release of her book Hexed, June 10th 2014!

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May Wrap-Up

This month although I did not read as many books as I hoped to read, they were all fantastic books! (Most receiving a 4.5 or higher!) I read a total of 7 complete books, a semi long novella and got a little into another book! All in all it was a total of 2,230 pages. I linked up the books I already did reviews for and the others are in the works. Also look out for my June TBR!

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(These we the only physical books I read)

The Books I Read:

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

What did you read this month?

E-ARC Read-A-Thon [Wrap-up]

So I have to say I was pretty successful with my personal read-a-thon! I completed a total of 2 books and almost half of another. I made some progress in my e-arcs that I have to review and I am really happy about that. I still have quite a few more I need to read before they expire, but I think I need to take a break for awhile and go back to physical books!

DAY 7 

Day 7 [5/27]:

Read: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Page Count: 100 pages 

Comments: I did my own reading sprint for an hour and I have to say I got in the mindset and was able to stay focused so I got quite a lot read.

 

E-ARC Read-A-Thon [5/21-5/28]

Total Page Count: 567 pages

Books Completed:

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Bookish Excitement !

Today has been a good day for me regarding bookish things!

I won a book giveaway on twitter! Someone else was giving away books on twitter and I was able to claim one!

And Michelle Krys the author of Hexed has agreed to do a blog interview! So if you were able to get your hands on an early release copy of Hexed and have any burning questions for Michelle Krys let me know! I would love to be able to give other fans/readers the opportunity to ask a question! (I plan on sending her the questions sometime later tomorrow)

Hexed is being released on June 10th 2014! I will be posting my review very soon along with the interview with the author, Michelle Krys! I also think I might be holding a giveaway for the book (not 100% sure yet!) SO keep your eyes open for that!

Any exciting bookish things happen in your life lately?

E-ARC Read-A-Thon Update [#3]

DAY 5 & 6 

Day 5 [5/25]:

Read: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Page Count: 66 pages

Comments: I finished Half A King today. The review and such for it will be done soon. This book surprised me and I really loved it!

 

Day 6 [5/26] :

Read: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Page Count: 50 pages

Comments: I finally finished Warm Bodies today so that took up some time of my e-arc reading. I am also home for a few days so I have been busy spending some time with the family. Also I wish I had the physical copy of this, so far I am loving it, but keep getting distracted by the internet because I have to read it on my computer. Also it is starting to hurt my head by staring at the computer screen. Oh well I am already doing so much better this week than I did for Bout of Books!

 

E-ARC Read-A-Thon [5/21-5/28]

Total Page Count: 467 pages

Books Completed:                                                                                                   Hexed by Michelle Krys                                                                                                  Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

E-ARC Read-A-Thon [Update #2]

DAY 3 & 4

Day 3 [5/23]:

Read: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie                                                                    [release date: July 8th 2014]

Page Count: 85 pages

Comments: I just started Half A King today and so far I am loving it. It is the dose of fantasy I needed and this has elements that is different than anything I have read.

 

Day 4 [5/24] :

Read: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Page Count: 93 pages

Comments: This is so good and has so many twists and the characters have so much life and personality. It is getting really good, but my eyes are struggling to stay open.

 

E-ARC Read-A-Thon [5/21-5/28]

Total Page Count: 351 pages

Books Completed: Hexed by Michelle Krys