Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Conjure by Lea Nolan Guest Post, Review, and Giveaway

Today is my stop on the Conjure Blog Tour and I have a fun Guest Post with the author and my review. Click on the banner above to see the full tour schedule. There is also a giveaway for an ebook copy of Conjure. It is today only, just leave a comment and a way to contact you if you are the winner. (email or twitter) Ends at 11:59pm on 11/6/12

Guest Post

Favorite Pirate Movies

Thanks so much for having me Amy! It’s a pleasure to be here at Book Loving Mom! And I’m thrilled to give away an e-copy of CONJURE to one of your readers.

In my debut MG/YA crossover, CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series, three teens discover a hidden 18-century pirate treasure and unwittingly unleash a wicked flesh-eating curse that only Gullah hoodoo magic can break. It takes place on St. Helena’s Island, off the coast of South Carolina where many pirates were active in the early 1700s.

Though CONJURE isn’t a exactly a book about pirates, those scurvy scoundrels do play a pivotal role in the story. My pirate, Bloody Bill Ransom is deliciously diabolical, and based on a real life bandit named Bartholomew Roberts. Considered the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, Roberts captured more ships than either Blackbeard or Captain Kidd, loved fine clothing and jewelry, and preferred drinking tea rather than rum. Pretty great, huh? How could you not write about a guy like that?

But isn’t that the way with pirates? Larger than life, bold and adventurous, we often overlook their larcenous—and often much worse—behavior because they capture our imagination. Which got me thinking about some of the other charming, pop culture pirates who’ve stolen our hearts. Here are a few of my favorite movie pirates…

Of course, Captain Jack Sparrow tops my list. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the addled sea captain steals the show in all four installments of The Pirates of the Caribbean series. Though he can be a sly double-crosser, Sparrow prefers to run or talk his way out of sticky situations. He’s brave, silly, clever and brilliant. And he’s not above wearing a disguise to aid in his escape. I can’t leave this film series without a shout out to Davy Jones, The Flying Dutchman’s cruel sea captain. As he laments the loss of his true love, Calypso, he’s slowly transforming into an octopus-crab-sea monster. He’s as icky as he’s fantastic!

Though The Princess Bride isn’t technically a pirate movie, it is one of my all time favorite films. Filled with action, adventure, comedy, romance and a little bit of magic, it’s everything a movie should be. Plus, our hero Westley, the ever adorable Carey Elwes, masquerades as The Dread Pirate Roberts for half the film, a renowned and feared pirate famous for taking no prisoners and his legendary swordsmanship. Who can forget the fencing battle between Westley and Inigo Montoya atop of the Cliffs of Insanity? Or the famous line Westley’s pirate successor uttered each evening before going to bed, "Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

One-Eyed Willie is long gone by the time The Goonies find an old Spanish map and doubloon that ultimately lead to his lost ship and treasure. But his legend, and well-laid booby traps, propel and sometimes circumvent their quest. For a skeleton, he’s pretty impressive.

Finally, though he’s not actually a pirate, Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Fletcher Christian in the 1984 movie The Bounty rounds out my list. Fed up with Captain Bligh’s strict and unyielding discipline, Christian leads a mutiny to overthrow his captain. Fletcher’s then left to deal with a pack of unruly sailors as Bligh gives pursuit. I was 14 when this film came out and I distinctly remember falling in love with Fletcher Christian. Not because he’s particularly admirable or complex, but because he’s straight up gorgeous. I know some of you might be thinking, seriously? Mel Gibson, the guy who gets all drunk and ranty? Trust me, before he went crazy, Mel was one fine piece of manhood. And isn’t that the post important attribute of a pop culture pirate? ;)

So how about you? Do you have a favorite film pirate? It is Captain Hook, Peter Pan’s nemesis? Or how about Hector Barbossa, Jack Sparrow’s mutinous first mate? Share your faves and tell me who I left out!


I love this post! I totally agree that back in the day Mel Gibson was quite a looker!! And I couldn't agree more with your choices. Now I need to go on a marathon of watching all of these movies.Starting with The Princess Bride because Carey Elwes is incredibly yummy.

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  • Publisher: Entangled Teen imprint of Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N


Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends—are lost forever.

My Thoughts

After doing the cover reveal for this book a while back, I was excited to be part of the blog tour. First off, the cover is gorgeous, and then the book description is awesome!! Hidden pirate treasure, an old curse, and magic!! This sounded too good to pass up. I really loved the adventure and the hoodoo magic in this book. This was a very fun and quick read.

So Emma is the main character in this and I really did like her. She was a little obsessive about her crush on Cooper, but I totally get it, she's young and I remember at that age boys were pretty much almost the most important thing on my mind too. Though, if my twin brother was cursed, I might not let it be so front and center in my mind. Besides that she was smart and she really wanted to learn the hoodoo magic and do everything she could to save her brother. She was a very caring girl who definitely has her own insecurities and she was very easy to like.

Jack who is Emma's twin was a big, big turn-off for me. So much so that he actually affected my enjoyment of this book. He was just a major jerk. He was mean, insulting, and plain unlikable. I get that he is not having a great time with having The Creep and all, but seriously, he is a whiny brat. He does almost nothing to help and complains and gets mad when Emma hasn't figured out the way to cure him yet. On top of that, he treated Maggie like she was the sun and was only minimally cranky and bossy with Cooper. I don't know about you, but I think that I would be nicer to a twin who I have a bond with. I wanted to throw him off of a friggin' cliff or something to make him shut up and stop being such a tool!

The other characters were interesting and great. I really liked Cooper. He is really sweet and the interactions between him and Emma are awesome. It's totally obvious that he likes her too, but she doesn't see it. Then there is Mrs. Delia who is teaching Emma the hoodoo magic. She was so fantastic. You can't hide anything from that woman. She was very entertaining at times too. I didn't know what to think of Maggie, but I really had a hard time trusting her even when she seemed like she was helping.

Overall I really did enjoy this story. I thought that the curses, the hoodoo magic and even the romance were great. Like I said, the one thing that did take away from this was Jack. He wasn't even one of those characters that you love to hate, he was just not likeable. Even when he was nice, I still couldn't bring myself to like him at all because of how he treated his sister. He really didn't have any redeemable qualities at all. If it wasn't for Jack's foul personality I would have liked this more. If you are looking for a fun adventure with a touch of romance, this book is a fabulous read. 3 out of 5 stars.

About the author

Lea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She’s holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. Her debut YA novel, CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series is a new release from Entangled Publishing under the Entangled Teen imprint. You can learn more about Lea on her website, on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads.

CONJURE is available at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Other links:
Facebook Series page: http://www.facebook.com/TheHoodooApprentice
Group blog: http://honestlyya.blogspot.com/
Group blog: www.entangledteen.com

Don't forget that you can enter to win an ebook copy of Conjure by commenting on my blog from 12:00am - 11:59pm on 11/6/12. The winner will be chosen on 11/7/12


  1. I haven't watched nor read too much about pirates but I have to say Captain Jack Sparrow is pretty amazing. I love the choice for Depp to base his character off Keith Richards, it's crazy how well it worked! Hidden treasure, voodoo and flesh eating curses, sign me up! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really like this cover I remember the cover reveal too and I wasn't sure it was for me based on the synopsis. And I've read a few books lately where a characters is so annoying that I can't even enjoy hating them, seems to be the case wit Ethan. Other than that the plot sounds very unique I've never read anything with hoodoo I don't think.


    My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

    Yes, yes I had to.

    Anybody want a peanut?

  3. I would love to read this book. I've been hoping to win a copy! Pirate? Have you seen Joe Perry's (of Aerosmith) new mustache. He could pass for a Captain Jack Sparrow look alike. HOT.


  4. I always think of Johnny Depp when I think of Pirates. OR the old movie Yellowbeard. Nice review too love!

  5. I love pirates! I can't wait to read this book. Like the other ladies that have posted, Johnny Depp definitely comes to mind. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Great post! I love Jack Sparrow, but Dread Pirate Roberts is my favorite!!

    Great review, Amy! I'm glad you liked Conjure, despite the parts that bothered you.

  7. Great review! I can't wait to read Conjure!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. Hahaha, I loved this guest post so much! I think this is definitely the first author post I've read about pirates, and this makes me happy. :D There need to be more pirates in YA! (*Adds note in NaNoWriMo planning to randomly throw in pirates*) But anyways, my favorite pirate has got to be Captain Hook! Animated movies FTW!

    I'm glad you managed to enjoy Conjure, Amy, even though Jack was pretty unpleasant. I can't remember any book I've read that involves twins- and based off of twins I know in real life, they actually have quite a bond. It seems weird that Jack is such a jerk. But, the magic and romance both do sound wonderful!

    Fabulous review as always Amy! <3

  9. I agree, this cover is very gorgeous and eye-catching. When I first saw this book a couple months back I thought It sounded interesting. I'm glad you loved it! Great review. It's nice to know that there's a good mix of characters (always important).

  10. Feeling about the same as you with this one. My review posts tomorrow.


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