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October 3, 2012

CRASH Blog Tour: Review + Character Interview + Giveaway



Title: Crash (Crash #1)
Author: Nicole Williams
Published: July 19, 2012
Format: Kindle ebook; 215 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars-
        though really it deserves like, a billion + one.
Get it: Amazon | B&N
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

My thoughts, feelings and reactions. 

Wow! This book was no ordinary love story, where the girl meets the bad boy and falls in love. No, Crash by Nicole Williams was much more than that. This book embraces love in all the right and wrong places and it shows you that sometimes, that feeling we have may be more than enough. 

Lucy in the sky, the girl that has more strength than she knows.

This girl was beyond amazing for me. I loved the moment her snark came out when she first met Jude, the kindness that she showed, the fierceness she had when she dished it out to others and the the passion in her heart and soul for dancing. Lucy had spirit of a raging fire, an intelligent mind and voice, and a daring side that she couldn’t quite hold back. But Lucy was guilt ridden and scarred by a past that continued to haunt her and yet she held on strong even when it felt like things were falling apart for her. Lucy was the type of girl that didn’t let anyone talk down to her, especially a boy. She doesn’t care what other people think and she does whatever the hell makes her happy. Good girl at heart with an intimidating attitude to match, Lucy breaks all the rules of romance and listens to the beat of her heart.  

Jude Ryder: a force to be reckoned with. 

Oh, this boy will just steal your heart in less than a second on that first page and you’ll never ever wish to have it back. Jude is what I call, sex on legs. He’s sexy as hell, smooth, charming and did I mention that he’s super hot? And Jude is totally the type of boy you shouldn’t really bring home to your parents, but you do anyway because he’s so great there’s just no other way. Jude Ryder is the definition of bad boy; cocky and arrogant, confident and cool but he was also infuriatingly irresistible from head to toe. Like Luce, Jude has a dark and painful past that has led him down a path of self-destruction and into situations a teenage boy like him shouldn’t be in. He’s broken and tormented, and thinks he can never be saved. Jude will break your heart, but he’ll pick up the pieces and make you whole again. 

Lucy and Jude’s romance is a storm that comes and goes, but leaves with a bang.

These two are up and down, back and forth, love and hate, pain and joy. But for the love of all things holy, their love takes my breath away. Both have raging tempers that sometimes get the best of themselves and each other, but these two fit. They make each other whole and they make each other better. They desperately want each other, but it seemed like every twist of fate was tearing them a part. Somehow, someway, Lucy and Jude made it work. These two are all consuming, potent with a mix of toxic and sweet chemistry that cannot be ignored. Their relationship is one big emotional ride that had me laughing and smiling and sad and in agony all at once. The intensity of love Jude and Lucy have for each other is dynamite and absolutely unforgettable. 

Nicole Williams’ writing is brilliant, one that stands out. 

Crash was addictive and captivating to the point of no return. Nicole allows me to connect with Lucy and Jude in such an intimate way, I felt like I knew them both, like they were my friends. She sets the pace beautifully, letting Lucy and Jude discover love in a natural way. It’s not rushed nor is it boring. She also adds in the perfect balance of humor and seriousness. Nicole also created the best jaw-dropping and heart-stopping WTFery moments and crazy dynamite plot twists that made me do a double take. I have never been taken aback so much as where Crash as led me to. There are parts in this book I expected, parts that were unexpected and parts that surprised me where I never in my lifetime would have ever seen coming and that brought me to to a point where I was just rendered speechless.

All in all, Crash was one crazy and chilling novel that has left me wanting and needing so much more of Lucy and Jude. Nicole Williams created one heck of a novel in Crash and you’ll see how fate is cruel and how small the world is and how connected we really are. In one word, Crash is sublime



I loved every single moment of it. 
 

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Character Interview with the one and only Lucy Larson.
Hey Lucy, so nice to have you on my blog! I just want to ask you a few questions, nothing too personal, I hope. lol :)
—I’m happy to be here. And do your worst. No question’s too personal when it comes to the fans out there. 

 My favorite Beatles song is Strawberry Fields Forever. What is your favorite?
—“Strawberry Fields” is a classic. Dad listens to that on a loop every morning in the summer. My favorite would have to be “Blackbird”. It’s the most understated masterpiece The Beatles ever put out there.

What is it about Jude that makes him so special in your eyes and heart?

—Cheesy answer first? Everything. Specific answer? The way every time he looks at me, I can’t only see his love, but I can feel it. Okay, maybe that’s a cheesy answer too, but at least it was specific. 

Me: No. Not cheesy at all Lucy. I totally understand. *sighs*

Jude has a way of doing grand declarations in front of people. What's the best thing he's done for you?

—Given me hope for the future by helping me put the ghosts of my past to rest.

Me: *sighs longingly* I need a Jude in my life, Lucy.

Can you tell us one thing about you that we don't already know?

—I had to get braces twice because I refused to wear my retainer the first go around. I wear it now.

   Me: LOL! x) Stubborn girl.

 And last but not least…

Describe Jude in one word. Yep, just one ;)

—Hardest question yet. Jude. One word. Impossible. Ahh! I got it. Jude in one word: MINE. :)

Me: Can he be mine too? Oh, whoops. You didn't hear that.

And thanks again, Lucy for doing this interview with me. I absolutely adore you! Can't wait to see more of you in Clash <3
—Thank YOU for the interview. I kind of adore you, too.

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A huge thank you to my book soul mate: Pavan for helping me come up with questions for this interview. I love you BSM :)

More about Nicole Williams:
I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?




Giveaway :)
-ONE entry per household.
- Must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
- Open to ALL.
- Giveaway ends Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 12:01am EST.

Good luck!
Note: If the winner is from the United States, they could choose from a paperback or e-book set of Crash and Clash. If the winner is international, they will receive an e-book set of Crash and Clash.
This CRASH Blog Tour was brought to you by...

Books Over Boys
Thanks Momo, I lalala love you. 

20 comments:

  1. Oh my sweeet goodness, your review was PERFECTION. To a T!(: I think yours was definitely one of my most favorite!

    Thank you sooooo much for taking part in the tour and I hope you loooove Clash just as much when you get around to it!

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    1. *blushes* You are too kind, Momo. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this tour and for recommending CRASH! <3

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  2. This sounds like an amazing book. I hope I get to read it.

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  3. Loved this book! Great interview btw :)

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  4. Awesome giveaway! Jus finished both books, so I'm not going to enter, but I very much enjoyed them.

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  5. After reading these two books, I definitely need more Jude!!!!

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  6. I haven't read any of the books, I know I'm terrible. =/ I'll fix it I swear, great interview!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get to read both!

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  7. Your review sold me I will be reading this book for sure! :)

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    1. WOOO! You don't know how much that makes my day! I hope you love CRASH!

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  8. You're review was amazing. I am definitely reading this. I can't wait until i get my hands on this!

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    1. Eeep! Thank you so much! That means a lot. I hope you can read it soon!

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  9. A billion and one stars?!?! Love it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review CRASH.

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  10. This book sounds so amazing! Lucy sounds like my kind of main character. And Jude? YUM! Must read this book soon! Amazing review as always girl! And I love the interview! You asked awesome questions :D

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  11. I've been really curious about this one. I hear great things but I get kind of annoyed with the back and forth and love and hate kind of relationships. I did enjoy Beautiful Disaster but it was also quite a trip lol The characters sound different and interesting so I do hope to give it a try soon!

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  12. The love story sounds like a great one.

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