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Guest Post from Crush Control author Jennifer Jabaley!

I am super thrilled to be hosting author Jennifer Jabaley today as part of the blog tour for her recently released novel Crush Control (June 9th from Razorbill Penguin). A YA novel about hypnosis (It's pretty great, make sure you stop back by tomorrow to check out my review!).

Since Crush Control is about hypnosis, I asked her who she would hypnotize and why if she had the ability to.

Please welcome Jennifer! :)

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When I was writing CRUSH CONTROL I did a lot of research on hypnosis. Hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness that resembles sleep but actually the person is fully awake and hyper aware. Under this state, they show a heightened suggestability, therefore it's easy to get someone to do something, however crazy, when they are in this trance-like state. Naturally, this leads to endless possiblities of humor which is the basis of stage hypnosis. This is the kind of hypnosis that leads Willow to perform a hypnosis show at a party and eventually try and control the mind and heart of a boy.

This kind of hypnosis that would be so helpful to me, as a mother, if I could hypnotize my kids and make them perfect angels :) "Why yes, Mom, I would love to clean my room and clean the bathroom and do my homework and by the way, you are such a great Mom..." Ahhhh, life could be so much easier. And while I'm at it, why not make my husband be a little more doting. "Have you lost weight, Jen? You're looking so tone and taught. And by the way, this dinner is amazing. You just sit back and relax and let me clean the dishes..." Yes, this hypnosis thing is looking more tempting all the time :) Ahh, but as I know, from poor Willow's story, trying to change a person's heart and mind is a tricky thing.

Rather, there is another type of hypnosis and that is called hypno-therapy. It's when the same priciples of hypnosis are used to try and help a person change a habit. This type of hypnosis can be successful in helping someone with insomnia, weight loss, fear of many things. So to answer your question, if I had the ability to hypnotize someone, I think I would use hypno-therapy to help a guy I know fight a twenty year smoking habit that he's been unable to kick.

Thanks so much for having me!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by Jennifer!

To learn more about Jennifer you can check out her webpage here, or follow her on Twitter.


The Nine Lives of Chloe King

As today is (finally) June 14th, ABC Family's new show, The Nine Lives of Chloe King will be premiering at 9pm(8c).

Even before the Nine Paths game I was looking forward to this! And since the show is based on a book series, that increases my intrigue ten fold.

If you aren't doing anything you should definitely tune in, and if you're busy, DVR it and watch it later.

I want to hear all of your thoughts on the show after it's over, but please no spoilers for the followers/readers of this blog who won't be able to watch tonight but DO STILL want to watch it without being spoiled ahead of time.

Let me know, will you be tuning in?

circle 13, aka Sherry<3

Die for Me by Amy Plum (Review)

Die for Me by Amy Plum
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Published By: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Source: ARC received from Inkpop/Publisher for Honest Review


"In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again."

Review: ***** = 5 Stars

I saw the (original) cover for this book before I heard anything about it, and that is what initially got me interested (Don't get my wrong I love the final cover too!). After I read the summary, it definitely sounded like something I would enjoy. And it was. Die for Me has everything we readers look for in a novel. Characters that come to life(which is ironic if you've read the book), a great and unique storyline, action, mystery and of course, romance. Not once throughout reading this did I ever think it needed something more, or something different. I was thrilled at reading something with such a different concept than most books out there, but one that was still able to give us what us YA lovers crave, some good romance!

Kate, the main character, travels with her sister to Paris after the death of their parents. They settle in with their grandparents and go about exploring all of the things they once knew (from previous visits). I have to say, the setting in Die for Me is amazing. As someone who has never been to Paris, I loved the descriptions this book offered. I didn't have to worry about coming up with any ideas about how things might be over there, Amy did a pretty amazing job of making certain us readers KNEW and were able to see just how everything is, the food, the city, and the museums. It was like I was exploring the city on my own.

Along the way Kate meets Vincent. A (gorgeous) guy for the most part, but also somewhat of a mystery. Since the majority of this book deals with Vincent and his friends, I won't go into detail about The Revenants. It's just not the same reading a book when you know everything ahead of time. But I will say that I loved the characters in Die for Me, and the relationships they all had.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I've already made some of my family members read it, and they have all loved it too. If you like paranormal books, action, mystery and romance, then this is one you don't want to miss!

What did you think of Die for Me, or if you haven't read it, will you give it a shot?