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Monday, February 1, 2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: None
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA |Amazon

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Me Oh My! I had this ARC sitting on my bookshelf since before Christmas and I fought a constant daily battle to not grab it and devour it in one sitting. My goal was to wait closer to the release date, but I tell ya, that was no easy feat!

This is Sepetys' third novel, and I am not surprised that it was another outstanding success! Ruta Sepetys has such a wonderful talent of creating characters that you will forever be in love with. You will cry for them, hurt with them, laugh with them and miss them immediately after you turn the final page and say goodbye.

Salt to the Sea was delivered in the most perfect way, in multiple perspectives. This group of characters whom were experiencing the same horrors that came during Hitler and Stalin's WWII, were told by four very different point of views. It was haunting, beautiful, ugly and terrifying. I have always had a love for History; And a more special place in my heart for the WWII era. There is something about this era that I am drawn to. I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to this time, however, I had no idea about the Wilhelm Gustolff. Salt to the Sea humbled me. It will definitely make you look around and be so very thankful for everything you have in your life!

Sepetys has this amazing ability to take the horrendous ugliness of war and weave around it a beautiful love story. She created a family within this small group of characters that no war could tear apart. The relationship between Opi and Klaus, the wondering boy, was truly an honour to read. Their relationship was so tender and loving. Emila was such a sweet and endearing character. The unimaginable things that she suffered through would have broken the strongest of men, and yet, this young girl was still standing tall and mighty. And, of course, the relationship between Joana and Florian. Who knew that during a heart-wrenching story of War you could find light and relief inside of an innocent love story.

It is no surprise that I was completely blown away by Salt and the Sea. Sepetys had me at Hello when she debuted with Between Shades of Gray. I can now add this book snugly next to her previous books in my all-time favourites list. I expect to see her work among the most famed literary writers years from now. She has earned a spot on those shelves!

Yes, Salt and the Sea will make you cry, it will make you shudder and wince. But, it will also make you laugh, make your heart grow fonder and educate you. It will bring to life a story that needed to be told.

I miss this book already!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Invitation to Tea: Villains!

Invitation to Tea is a sporadic feature here on The Crazy Bookworm. Being a Tea and a book lover, how could I not create a feature like this?!

Today, I chat about the Book Villains I would love to invite to a tea party!

Invitation to Tea: Villains:

Mr Snow from The Hunger Games
I don't know if this is partial to my love of Donald Sutherland, but whateves! I would love to get inside this mans head!

Peter Van Houton from The Fault In Our Stars
Okay, not necessarily a villain BUT he is a very no-so-nice guy. I would love to get down to his raw self and learn more about this man. I think he has lived a life that made him shut out. Talk to me, Peter, talk to me!

Prince Humperdink from The Princess Bride
I actually can't stand this man, which is the exact reason he should attend my tea party!

Hook from Peter Pan
The story of Peter Pan is one of my most favourite stories of all! I would love to have Hook frighten us all over a cuppa tea!

Aro from Twilight
Okay, I know it wasn't in the book, but when I saw what he did to Carlisle in the movie, I wanted to do some serious damage to him!

Those are my Top 5 Villains I would love to pour tea with and Chat! 

What are some of your favourite Book Villains?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fiction | Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancĂ©, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

“Moving on doesn’t mean you don’t talk about it. Or hurt about it. It’s always going to hurt,” 

I am taking the risk of having books thrown at my by posting this review. Why? Because this was one of the most read, most talked about book of 2015. It has also been dubbed 'The best book' of 2015. However, I could barely get through it.

Luckiest Girl Alive seemed like the only novel I was hearing about. I did like Gone Girl, so when it was being advertised to fans as the next Gone Girl, my interest was immediately piqued. I was craving another thrilling, dark page-turner.

I eagerly started Luckiest Girl Alive but sadly, that eagerness fizzled. It took everything in me to just 50 pages through. Here are a few reasons why I was not the biggest fan of this novel.

1. The Writing Style:
This book was praised for it's writing style so I definitely feel like I am missing something! I felt there were scenes that just went on and on. There were conversations between characters that just felt like rambling.

2. The Delivery:
The back and forth from past to present was starting to get confusing. I had to keep retracing to figure out where I was in the story.

However, despite these reasons, I did finish the book. It never got to the point where I just felt like I needed to give up. The book had a few redeeming qualities that kept me returning. Perhaps by expectations were set a little too high. I am all about second chances so I will happily give Jessica Knoll another try when/if she releases another novel.

But hey, just because I wasn't the biggest fan does not mean you won't enjoy it. Different strokes for different folks, right?!

Have you read The Luckiest Girl Alive? Please comment below and let me know how you liked it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 242 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret.Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”  


I don't know why on earth I thought this book was going to be a "quick, light read".

Exhibit A: The Cover: With it's sunny, ocean blue colours and the group of happy teens.
Exhibit B: The Premise: Mysterious and not too telling. How big could this secret be?!

As you can see, I was completely proven wrong! I was not expecting this book to take out my heart and toy with it in it's precious hands!

This was my first book my E. Lockhart but I have heard many wonderful things about her book. I was perusing my bookstore and finally thought I should pick up this book that I heard so many(not too detailed) things about!

Firstly, it is no freaking shock that this book won The 2014 Goodreads Choice Award. Once I learned that I thought, "well no Sh!t, Sherlock!". This book should have won every book award possible!

E. Lockhart's storytelling was poetic, lyrical and just flowed so beautifully off the pages. You can't help but be immersed by it. Her writing style is unique and just added to the already perfect package of We Were Liars.

I can almost guarantee that you will not be able to figure this book out until it's revealed for you. The book had already revealed a few secrets, and I thought that would be all...Then WAM! Lockhart pulls out another jaw-dropping curve ball that left me sobbing...again.

Gat, Mirren Johnny and Cadence are a cast of Characters that I will never forget. Although the story is told from Cadence's perspective, there is not one character that outshines the other. These Liars are a package deal and they each possess wonderful, heartbreaking, hilarious and haunting qualities that will have your heart exploding. I hope you have room in that heart of yours because these Liars are going to nestle their way in there whether you like it or not!

I finished this book a week ago and have already raved about it to every person I have come in contact with since then...Whether they liked it or not...

This book deserved every bit of hype it got, and in fact deserves even more! It is haunting, curious and magical. It will make you cry, laugh and then cry again. 

Please, go out and get this book now if you haven't read it already! And with Christmas around the corner, I highly recommend We Were Liars for the Bookworm in your life!

It's Here...Finally!

"The Fantastic Beasts" Trailer is finally here!

To me, this looks spectacular! As soon as I learned Eddie Redmayne was to star in it, I knew it would be epic. Can't wait to see it!

What are your thoughts on the trailer?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Are You a Seasonal Reader?

Have you ever noticed if you read certain types of books throughout the year according to the Season? We may read more thrilling or scare-inducing books during Halloween. Or we may pick up a Christmas themed book during the Christmas holidays, but is that where it ends? Not for me apparently!

Over the last 2 or 3 years I have noticed that I read certain genres or themes throughout the year according to the seasons. Overall, I like to read anything as long as it has a good story. However, I've noticed a change in my reading preferences as the seasons change.

In the Summertime, I love a good YA Contemporary. Eleanor and Park, The Fault in our Stars and Pushing the Limits for example. In the Fall, I tend to read something that is a little darker: Gone Girl, Stephen King or something Paranormal. In the Winter, I tend to gravitate towards the "heavier" reads. Books that I know will probably induce some major feels! For some reason, I will ALWAYS pick up a Jodi Picoult novel in the Winter. Why? I have no clue! But I do know that as soon as the air starts to turn crisp and the fire starts crackling in the fireplace, I'll start to get the itch to pick up one of her books.

Springtime, I like something a little lighter...Probably to break away the dark cloud over my head from all those heavier books! I'll gravitate towards light Young Adult mostly, or Nicholas Sparks.

Is this something that you do, too? Do your reading habits change with the seasons? Please tell me I am not the only one!

I would love to know what your reading habits are like throughout the year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Beyond the Blog: A New Feature!

I am so excited to announce a new weekly feature! 

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, and we quickly become fans of the aliases that run our favourite blogs! But do you ever wonder what the person behind the blog is like? Inspired by the #thingsaboutme hashtag on Instagram, I will now post little snip-bits about me every week so you can get to who Cathy is, the girl behind The Crazy Bookworm. The post is can really be about anything. A few things about me, a story, it may be bookish related at times, anything really!

 Feel free to grab the graphic above and do your own Beyond the Blog post. If you do so, please comment your link so I can check it out and get to know you, too!

This Week's Beyond the Blog

1. I am a certified Yoga Instructor

I fell in love with Yoga 4 years ago, and decided to take Teacher Training. I graduated a year ago and now teach Part-time. I absolutely adore it!

2. I lost 130 lbs
5 years ago I began new lifestyle journey. I was 23 and 252 lbs. It took me a little over a year to lose the weight. I have kept it off and am now a proud gym rat! The majority of my reading gets done while I am at the gym. Sweating comes in handy when you need to hide the tears from the feels.

3. I am a mommy to 2 fur babies and am a HUGE animal lover. I am hoping to someday add a rabbit and a piggy to my home(but still fighting the fiance on that one!)


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