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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ramblings of A Crazy Bookworm-Unfinished Books

Unfinished Books!

And I'm not talking about ones we couldn't stand so much we stopped reading. I'm talking about the books we were in the middle of reading, but then left them, forgotten, piling up on the nightstand, end tables,bathroom cabinet and more! The books we were enjoying but then life had to come along and interrupt! And then, once bitten by the reading bug again we felt like something different than the mood of the previous book. 

I have a variety of books piling up that all have bookmarks sticking out of them in random places, just calling, waiting to be finished. So, I have made a challenge for myself: TO FINISH ALL THE UNFINISHED BOOKS! In between my current reads, I am going to pick up an unfinished book and finish it. 

Do you have a pile of unfinished books? Why don't you join me with this challenge and let's end this Summer with a bang!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 449 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um... 
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what? 
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.” 

This book has been sitting on my shelf since it was released in 2014. Why, oh why did I wait so long to finally read it?! I made a vow this year that I would read more books that I was personally interested in. Still reviewing books, but also taking time to read books that I've purchased over the years that have been left unread...Someone needs to reach out to Natasha Beddingfield to take Unwritten and do an Unread version!

Since You've Been Gone was an absolute treasure to read. I immediately connected with Emily because I saw much of her in myself when I was a teenager. I had a wonderful friend that was very much like a Sloane. She just stole the spotlight wherever she went, and that was exactly like Sloane. She was a vibrant character. A flower child. A girl beyond her years. She was a girl that should have been floating around with flowers in her hair right out of Woodstock 1969. She was a wild card and you weren't quite sure where she was going to take you next.

Frank, Collins and Dawn were the perfect character trio. Collin's was hilarious. I had many laugh out loud moments when he was firing back with a wise crack, or just being he ol' awesome self! Frank is not your typical brooding character, although he scores many swoon-worthy moments! He is an over-achiever and do-gooder, but once you really get to know him, you'll fall head over heels!

This is my first Morgan Matson novel but I have heard countless amazing things about her previous books. After reading Since You've Been Gone I can definitely see what all of the hype was about! Her writing style was easy to read and not overdone. She got into the heads of these teenage character and made them come to life off of the pages. I will definitely be reading her previous and future work!

Since You've Been Gone has the perfect balance of all the qualities that I adore in the YA genre. Self growth and discovery, friendship and heart. This book is a great gem that earns a spot on all the YA lovers' bookshelves!

Monday, July 25, 2016

When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: 352 Pages
Source: ARC
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever

“I know this feeling of being a ghost in your own life - no one sees you, no one feels you, so you stay still as if you could actually disappear at any moment.” 

I am saddened for two reasons:

1. That this book ended
2. That I allowed it to sit on my bookshelf for so long!

When going into When We Collided I was expected a contemporary teen love story. Never did I expect the beauty that would leap off these pages in magical colours. Emery Lord created a real novel within the pages of When We Collided.

Vivi was such a vibrant character. A girl that danced to her own drum, that she probably bedazzled with glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint. She was so bright on the outside, but had something dark gripping it's fingers around her on the inside.

Jonah had so much depth. He may seem like your average teenage boy on the surface, but he too has seen a side of darkness that no child should have to every deal with. Jonah has a burning fire inside of him though and that jumps off the pages as both characters unfold. And then BOOM! Vivi and Jonah collide. And it is this beautiful, cosmic, stardust story. Vivi the firecracker and Jonah the flame.

Emery Lord crafted such fervent story. Told desperately from both Vivi and Jonah's perspectives.  I read this book just as so, desperately and intense. I couldn't put it down or peel my eyes away. It curled it's beautiful fingers around my heart and reeled me in!

When We Collided tackles grief and mental illness in such an elegant way. And while these two beautiful teenagers are dealing with their own demons, it is all wrapped up in a beautiful, hilarious package.

Also, I have a confession to make. This book made me do the unthinkable I dog-eared pages

I know, I know! But When We Collided is one of the most quotable books I have read in a very long time, and their were moments that I didn't have a shred of anything near to bookmark pages, and because they were so good, I had to do it. I dog-eared the pages!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Genie in a Book: 3 Bookish Wishes

Have you every wished that you could read more books off your TBR pile or expand your bookshelves free of charge? We all have them, bookish wishes, big and small! Well Crazy Readers, what if we stumbled upon a lamp, and gave it a little rub and out popped a Book Genie, what 3 Bookish Wishes would bestow upon the genie? 

*And a wish for more wishes doesn't count...I'm on to you!*

My 3 Wishes
1.To read all of the book series' on my TBR pile. It's bad enough that I own so many stand alone novels that I have yet to read, but add in the book series' and it's sheer madness!

2.  To have an endless book-buying budget. Wouldn't it just be magical if you had an endless amount of money specifically for book-buying! Who needs food when you can read, am I right?!

I'll have all the book in the Young Adult section, please.

3. To have my very own, Beauty and the Beast-style Library. You want happiness, there it is right there!

So, you've rubbed the lamp! What are your wishes?

Comment below!

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

The Girls in the Garden
Release date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction | Mystery
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? 
On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.

The minute I read the premise for The Girls in the Garden I was hooked! There is so much mystery in the telling of what this book was about that I just had to know!

The Girls in the Garden does not disappoint! And it definitely lives up to it's expectation when it comes to a thrilling reading experience. Once started, I couldn't put this book down! I know I've said that about other books, but I really, truly struggled with putting this one down! It is a masterpiece of a puzzle that you'll just want to put together, piece by piece.

The setting alone is enough to enchant you and pull you in gently.  You begin the story right at the the discovery of Grace, and are then taken back in time leading up to this event. Lisa Jewell did a tremendous job at painting this vibrant story!  It's also one of the most well crafted multiple perspective books I've read. It was delivered flawlessly! Each character has a strong voice and they definitely do not blend into one another.

The Girls in the Garden packs a lot of punch but it is put together at a beautiful pace. It's not necessarily a fly-through-the pages kind of read, but rather a savour-the-story experience. You'll find yourself really reading the words and taking in all of it's gripping stories.

The Girls in the Garden will keep you enthralled from page one, and will leave you mourning the story's end. This is my first novel by Lisa Jewell, but I instantly became a fan. I cannot wait to devour her previous and future work!

This novel is the perfect book to spend reading while soaking up the Summer sun!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 368 Pages
Series: None
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

It has been a long time since I have come across a story that has stolen my heart like Relativity has. In it's 368 pages Relativity manages to capture the story of a beautiful relationship between a boy and his mother, a story between a woman and her whirlwind romance with a studying physicist and a story about a man and the painful past that tore him away from his family. Told in multiple perspectives, the book unfolds from the lips of 12 year old Ethan, his mother Claire, and his Father, Mark.

Ethan is a remarkable character. One that will stay with you long after you've placed the book back on your shelf. Yes, Ethan is a genius and he can chat about Physics and Astronomy until your eyes begin to glaze over, but those details don't even begin to scrape the surface on what makes up this beautiful young boy. Ethan is magical; although he probably doesn't even believe in magic because it isn't based on scientific fact, he is truly a one of a kind character. He will make you laugh, cry and shake your head with wonder and amusement.

Claire is complex. She has been hurt and glued back together more times than she can count. She has danced, piroutetted, loved and lost until her cracks begin to show. She was a woman who had her life mapped out perfectly, only to learn that life had a different plan for her. The relationship between Ethan and Clair is one that I can barely put into words. They are on their own galaxy. It was truly a beautiful and heart-warming relationship to watch unfold.

Mark is broken. Another character that thought they had life figured out until one painful night tore everything he every knew out of his hands. Brought up by a loving mother and disapproving father, Mark was tainted. Until he met Claire. Then unfolds a blossoming, passionate love affair. One that radiates off the pages. Both strong and stubborn characters, their fierce love and fierce values radiate off the pages.

All of these characters have more connecting them then DNA, they are all whisked away in the whirlwind of a painful past. The story unfurls over the course of a few days, while Mark is back in Sydney to give a final goodbye to his dying Father. It is his Father's last wish to Mark that sets the story of on it's bumpy trail.

A character driven novel that will keep you engrossed until the very last page. An eloquently written raw and touching story about a startling secret, family, individuality and growth.

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

The Regulars: A Novel
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: New Adult | Fiction
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: ARC
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:
What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
Okay, Gerogia Clark, why are you not writing for SNL, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler?1 Your comedy is epic and you literally had me laughing out loud throughout the entire novel!

Georgia Clark's witty and down right hilarious writing left me in stitches. She has definitely earned a place beside the best comedy goddesses. It's as if Death Becomes Her(Meryl Streep, anyone) and Girls(HBO) had a hot, steamy night and 9 months later, The Regulars was born.

The Regulars is a multi-perspective novel, telling the story of 3 average girls, that are all striving to make it in this big world. They believe the only thing holding them back is their appearance. Well, opportunity came a-knockin' and they were "blessed" with a magical elixir that can make all their superficial dreams come true.

The Regulars is filled with wit and charm, but it is also thought-provoking. You can't help but put yourself in one of their shoes and ask yourself: Would you try the Pretty?

Buckle up, because The Regulars is a wild ride, but with that good time, you'll also witness the heart and soul that is loaded in this book. Yes, you'll laugh, but you'll also feel and witness these girls grow and evolve. You'll watch friendships grow, you'll watch relationships begin and end. There will be tears and at times, sorrow. This book definitely has it all!

A charming cast of characters, outrageously funny and a magically good time, you will simply devour The Regulars!


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