Thursday, March 21, 2013

SPRING FLING ~ KAREN of FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH REVIEWS + GIVEAWAY

Spring Break is here, and that means I am taking a mini-break. I thought it would be fun to take a week to feature some of my favorite authors and readers.
Today I have Karen of For What It's Worth Reviews. FWIW is the first blog I fell in love with. I read it every day for a long time before I finally had the courage to start commenting and talking to Karen on Twitter (@teamsheltie). Why was I so nervous? Because Karen is sooo cool! She is always talking about the newest music and books. In fact, she was talking about this Ed Sheeran guy I keep hearing everyone go on about (lol) before he blew up. Her blog is where I discovered Tammara Webber, Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP Radio series and Nyrae Dawn, to name a few. To put it simply, Karen Rocks!
So I was really excited when Karen said yes to answering some questions for me...
Who was your first book boyfriend?
KA:  I used to love the bad boys and Eric Northman (The True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series) was probably my first book crush but the honor of first book boyfriend goes to Shane McAllister from Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP Vampire Radio series. He's just amazing…sexy, talented and loyal to everyone he loves. Shane made me see that I want a good guy BUT he's got a bit of a bad boy edge being a sexy, brooding vampire. I would marry him if I wasn't married already. Or if he wasn't already madly in love with Ciara. Or if he was real. Minor details….

My true love is Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. I try to hold that in check though because I'm old and I feel pervy for loving him so much. *sigh* I LOVE him (the book version not the movie version Peeta)
(Shane McAllister is The. Best.)

Who was your most recent book boyfriend?

KA:  I'm really loving the boys from Katy McGarry's Pushing the Limit series. They (Noah, Ryan, Isaiah) all have some kind of past and edginess to them but once they meet their lady loves they pull themselves together and stop at nothing to keep them happy and safe. Swoon.


Tell me the most recent book you've fallen in love with. 
KA:  I read this book last year but I still keep thinking about it - The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. It blends so many seemingly odd things together beautifully. It's a vampire, dystopian, Amish coming of age story. I mean….how could that work?? But it does and I was blown away by the writing and how original the story was.


What is your favorite book trope? Your least favorite?
KA:  My favorite used to be the tortured hero but I'm kind of tired of that. These days I'm looking for a surprise….anything that's not a trope.

Least favorite is no surprise if you know me - the love triangle. HATE them. I'm trying to soften my stance but they make me physically ill when I'm reading one. lol


I always like to see what you have to say about movies. What's the most recent movie you would recommend?
KA:  I've been really bad about seeing movies lately. I loved Cabin in the Woods directed by Joss Whedon. I had heard great things about it and it's Joss so I was sure I would love it but it was even better than I than I had expected. Warm Bodies is a movie I'm seeing soon & I'm hoping I love it.


I also like to see your music recommendations. Who is your most recent favorite performer?

KA:  I just saw Imagine Dragons in concert and they were amazing! They put on quite the show. That concert definitely made it to my favorites list. Another great live performer is Ed Sheeran. I've seen him twice so far and he blows me away. If you ever get to see him live then you must!

Thanks so much to Karen for taking the time to answer my questions.
Want to win some swag? In honor of the fabulous book boyfriend Shane McAllister, I'll give one commenter a WVMP Radio bookmark, plus bookmarks from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shine series.
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21 comments:

  1. AHHHHH Shane! Karen sounds like my kind of blogger haha. I am off to stalk her blog now.

    Great interview ladies!

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    1. How could you NOT love Shane???? swoon!

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  2. We have the same true love omg: Peeta Mellark! I mean, who wouldn`t, right?

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    1. I don't really get emotional about characters but I remember reading people criticizing Peeta on Goodreads and I was so mad I couldn't even see straight lol

      I'm sort of obsessed with him. I mean - he's amazing and he bakes!

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  3. Awesome interview! I read Tammara Webber bc of Karen too! Love Shane! And I get to go to Imagine Dragons this weekend! I'm so excited! :)

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    1. :-)) Enjoy Imagine Dragons!! They were so amazing. You are going to love their stage set up too. It was so much fun.

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  4. Fun! Great idea too. I think I should do a friendship week and interview all my friends! First up...The Bookish Babe. ;)

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    1. We should do a friendship week. It's such a great idea.

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  5. This is my twin!! She rocks. I NEED to meet this Shane guy, you guys love him so much.
    Yes, Peeta...he is a sweetheart.

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    1. TWIN!!! I do love Shane. The series is great too - especially all the music. It's the reason I became music obsessed. If you can believe it I didn't even listen tot he radio much before reading it. *gasp*

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  6. Thanks Andrea! I'm SO glad you stalked me. I may have helped you discover Jeri, Nyrae & Tammara but you are responsible for about 80% of my Kindle downloads lol

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  7. i LOVED the interveiw! had fun reading it

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  8. Great interview, and I just found a new blogger to stalk!!!

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  9. Great interview!! I have been to Karen's blog a few times. I definitely need to visit it more often.

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  10. Karen, I LOVED The Hallowed Ones as well! Warm Bodies is definitely on my list of must-sees, and Noah from Pushing the Limits is one of my favorite book hotties! I must check out your blog soon. :)

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    1. I did finally get to see Warm Bodies and I loved it!

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  11. Aw, I love Karen! She's so much fun, and such a good blog friend to have. I really liked The Hallowed Ones, too--definitely fits into her "want to be surprised" thing. I'm looking forward to the sequel to that one, although the book was so strong it would have been fine as a standalone, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  12. I need to check her blog out. She sounds like an interesting person.

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