Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Maze Runner Blu-Ray/DVD + Book Bundle Giveaway & Tweet Along Party Friday the 19th!

First, let's talk about the Twitter Party that will be taking place TOMORROW at 8pm ET(5pm PT/6pm MT). We all had a blast during the If I Stay Watch and Tweet along party, so we are kicking off another epic Twitter event!

Christmas is right around the corner(Yay!) and we're in the giving mood!

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Fox Entertainment one of my Crazy readers will receive A Blu-Ray/DVD Combo and A Copy of The Maze Runner by James Dashner!(Pictured below)

Giveaway Rules

Must be 13 years or older to enter
Available to Canada and U.S. Only
Giveaway ends Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:59 PM
No P.O. Boxes 
Fill out the Rafflecopter to Enter.

Good luck!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Survive the Night- A Maze Runner Snapchat Event!

The Maze Runner on Blu-Ray hits stores December 16th! To celebrate it's release, Fox Entertainment is putting together an epic Snapchat event!

Follow the official Maze Runner Snapchat to watch an epic series of challenges this Saturday!

They say no one survives a night in the Maze. Starting at sundown, two Snapchat influencers will try to master the challenges beamed in from WCKD HQ. Only the fans will decide who comes out as the true winner.

In anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Maze Runner Movie, FOX is partnering with Snapchat influencers for an overnight activation, beginning at dusk on Saturday the 13th and ending at dawn on Sunday the 14th.

Called "Survive the Night," the activation will have Snapchat influencers competing in Maze Runner-inspired Snap challenges on the hour, every hour from dusk until dawn.  Challenges posed by the Maze Runner handle on Snapchat will trigger the influencers to post their own original responses. Fans are then invited to vote for their favorite influencer each round via Twitter using the #SurviveTheNight hashtag. The influencer with the most votes will have exclusive MazeRunner intel to give their fans in return at the close of the activation.

Participating influencers are Amymarie Gaertner (Snapchat handle: xoxoamymarie) and Kenny Holland (Snapchat handle: kennyholland).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Leaving Time byJodi Picoult

Leaving Time
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Random House Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.

“You can have the best intentions, but the moment there’s a hairline crack, it is only a matter of time before you go to pieces.” 

Where do I even start with this one? I have read every single one of Picoult's books and absolutely love her. I have not yet read one that didn't leave me sobbing by the end. So why do I insist on finishing her books in public places? I concluded Leaving Time at the gym: Thank goodness I was a sweaty mess because it provided a nice disguise to mask all those tears!

Leaving Time was so compelling! I wouldn't couldn't put it down. Being a fan of Picoult, I know that she does a lot of extensive research regarding the subjects of her books. Leaving Time was no exception. This book has a heavy(no pun intended) Elephant background. We are given an amazing lesson on how the majestic creatures' memories work. I was just as engrossed in those portions of the book as I was of the main, fictional story.

Jodi Picoult is known for her multiple perspective story-telling and this novel was no exception. We experience all sides of the story from 4 POV's: Jenna, the Daughter, Alice, the Mother, Serenity, the Psychic and Virgil, the ex-cop. Each are told in the present tense except for Alice. Her story starts from the Beginning of her work as an Elephant Researcher, leading up the story's main event. Which will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Buckle your seat belt because Leaving Time will take you on one wild adventure. Just as you think you're getting somewhere, or on to something, Jodi Picoult puts her classic spin on things and leads you down a rabbit hole of "What Ifs" and Who-Dunnits".

Another Masterpiece by Jodi Picoult! One that will take you through an epic reading experience. Keep the Kleenex close by and prepare your jaw to drop!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rethinking Norman by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.A beautifully written memoir about growth and self discovery,

It's always hard to review a memoir because how do you review and critic what someone actually lived through? The experiences are real, the characters are real and the emotions are real. It's tough to review, however, it is not tough to discuss it!

The author, Katie Rain Hill stole my heart upon reading the very first line: I hate flies...She is full of so much light and humour. She made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. You would never believe that this person once struggled with their identity. Katie Hill's personality jumps off the pages. She screams confidence and independence. I am almost positive that if I were to meet her in real life I would say "This woman really rocks. She knows exactly who she is!" And she does! But it wasn't always that way for her. She was a girl trapped in a boys body and this detailed telling of her story takes us through the highs and the lows of her transition into the beautiful person she is today.

Katie does not sugar coat anything throughout this memoir. She is very raw and honest about her experiences with bullying and discrimination. She is also very open with her experiences with heartbreak. One lovely person Katie always had in her corner was her Mother. Some are not so fortunate to have the love and support from their family but Katie's mother remained her Cheerleader, rock, confidant and everything in between throughout this whole journey of Katie's growth.

This book would be so resourceful and helpful for teenagers. There are so many children out there today that are discovering who they are but may be afraid. You don't have to be a transgender to understand the things this book can offer. Anyone struggling or trying to become their own person can gain something from this book. It is a wonderfully written story about self discovery and personal growth!

Monday, November 24, 2014

If I Stay Tweet-Along Wrap Up

Thursday, Nov. 20th was an great night! Cambio hosted a fun Twitter Party with author Gayle Forman to celebrate the Blu-Ray DVD release of If I Stay

Fox Entertainment and Cambio provided the bloggers that were participating with an epic gift of essentials to help us make our Twitter Party the absolute best!

This gift of essentials included:

*A Blu-Ray/DVD Combo copy of If I Stay
*A Paperback copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman
*A Music Note mug
*2 Packages of Hot Chocolate to fill our new mug
*2 Packages of Pop Secret Popcorn to devour during the movie
*A Package of Lindt Chocolates for desert after the popcorn
*A Gorgeous Plush Blanket that feels like your are wrapped up in a warm, fluffy cloud!
*A Box of Kleenex to catch all the feels

The Twitter Party kicked off with all participates popping in their copy of If I Stay at 8pm so we could all be in sync with the awesomeness of this movie! We then began the epic Tweet-Along. Flooding Twitter with our favourite moments, lines, and all things If I Stay.

The film and all of it's special features made for an amazing night! Although we were all in our own homes watching the movie, we were in great company! The conversation was great and you could feel we were all celebrating this together!

The celebrating is not over! You still have time to enter my If I Stay Giveaway! Enter to win A Blu-Ray/DVD copy and Paperback of If I Stay. Click HERE For full details and to Enter!

Thank you to Think Jam, Cambio and Fox Entertainment for putting together this amazing Twitter Party, for your generous gift and for inviting me to be a part of it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If I Stay Tweet-Along with Gayle Forman THURSDAY, NOV, 20TH!

Join us in the celebration of If I Stay's Blu-Ray/DVD release this week!

Join Gayle Forman, myself and other fans and readers at 8pm Eastern(5:00pm Pacific) tomorrow(Thursday, November 20th) for an exclusive If I Stay Movie night Tweet-Along!

Tweet your questions to Gayle Forman to @cambio using hashtag: #IfIStayIn for our Twitter Party starting at 8pm on Thursday, November 20th. I will be joining in on the fun with you so feel free to chat with me during this awesome event! Check me out @Cat_B87 on Twitter.

Tweet me tomorrow night during the Twitter Party and let me know your favourite parts of the film, the differences between the movie and book, your thoughts on the cast and more!

And don't forget to check out my If I Stay Blu-Ray+DVD Combo giveaway. Check it out HERE!

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