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Monday, October 5, 2015

Blood and Salt by Kim Ligget

Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Horror
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon Canada | Amazon

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.  

Whoa! Now that was one wild and epic ride! Blood and Salt by Kim Ligget is one of the most unput-down-able books I have read in a long time.  I literally could not stop reading. I'm talking about head nodding at 2am but fighting back the searing pain in my dry, tired eyes because I must read one more chapter. I'm talking about sneaking the book under my desk at work to devour a page or two. I'm talking about dabbing sweat marks off of the pages because I couldn't stop reading while trudging away at the gym. This book did not leave my hands until I turned the last page. And I tell ya, what a bittersweet moment that was! Yes, it's always a wonderful feeling when You finish a book, but that feeling is quickly replaced with dread and longing because now you will miss this story, miss those characters, and miss the time you spend reading that tale.

Kim Ligget's writing while capture you the after the first page. It does not take long for her to whisk you away and join Ash and Rhys on their quest through Quivira. This book made me laugh, it made my heart leap and it made the hair rise on my arms as goosebumps crept their way up. Eerie, romantic and gruesome, this book had everything and more!

You will fall in love with Ash and Rhys right off the bat. Though they both were armed with a dry and sarcastic humour, they were blessed with a bond that not even the darkest of spirits can break. Their love was a powerful tether throughout this entire book. It was evident how important they were to one another. Another thing that I loved about this book is you never really knew what the true intentions of each character was until near the very end. Just as I thought the book was going in one direction, I was completely blindsided by an epic twist.

Blood and Salt is, above all else, a story about love. And how powerful that bond is, and how that bond will never die. A bond between siblings, a bond between mother and child and a bond between lovers.

A part of me is sad that I have finished this book, but knowing that there will be a sequel helps lessen the blow. And the wonderful thing about reading is you can always revisit these characters whenever you wish, and I know I will be revisiting Blood and Salt...More than once!

Please, if you were to ever take my word on any book, let it be this one! As the October days grow cooler, curl up and lose the time with this rare gem. It is truly a book that will stay with you long after you finish!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Reading Around the World

As bookworms, we know that the best feeling in the world is cozying up in our favourite reading spot, with a cup of our favourite drink or a snack and being whisked away by our current read. Getting transported from said favourite spot and taking on a new adventure, befriending new friends, falling in love, etc. The magic never ends for a bookworm. How lucky are we? To fall in love over and over again? To go on a new adventure? To drift away whenever you need to. As a bookworms, we are blessed with that beautiful luxury; But have you ever thought how this luxury is celebrated around the world? How many hours different countries enjoy their reading habit?

Reading Around the World

(Source: World Culture Score Index via

The map above covers the hours per week a person reads around the world. India tops the list!

India: The average person reads 10.42 hours in India, and most of that is for pleasure.

Thailand: Coming in 2nd but a lot of this is related to studying. The average person reads about 20 minutes per day for pleasure.

China: Rounding in third! 69% of China reads. China reported the importance of reading; Whether from Newspapers, magazines, books or texts. China spends on average about 15 minutes per day reading for pleasure.

How many hours per week doing you this YOU spend reading? And if you could have a conversation with anyone from this map, what advice would you give them to encourage them to read more? Comment below and lets chat!

Monday, September 28, 2015

In a land where those with magic are esteemed and revered, Janir guards a secret that would send her to the headsman's block at a word. As one of the reviled Argetallams, she has the power to destroy enchantments and steal others' magic—an ability that has caused bloodshed for generations.
Raised as the illegitimate daughter of an influential lord, she was determined to turn her back on her heritage, but when her power manifests, leaving a nobleman dead, she has no choice but to flee her adoptive home. In exile with the help of a fearless young enchanter and an elf sworn to protect her, she finds herself entangled in a quest to hide an ancient artifact from the kingdom’s enemies.

But they are not the only ones after the relic and soon their paths cross with a rival from Janir's distant childhood. With no hope of help or rescue, the fate of nations will depend on a fifteen year old girl and her mastery of powers she doesn't understand.

Welcome Elizabeth Wheatley!

Five Favorites in Fantasy: Sworn Protectors

Originally, the plan was for Saoven, the elf warrior, to simply be Janir’s escort, but as the story

changed and evolved (as stories will do), he ended up swearing an oath to keep her safe. Loyalty and honor are two the things I truly prize in a character (ora person) and I am more or less a sucker for a good protector/bodyguard in books. It was probably a subconscious nagging on my part, to be honest.

Amon (The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima) Poor Amon. He’s definitely high on my list of favorites even though Ms. Chima apparently thought it was acceptable to create a sledgehammer of feels around him.

Vansen  (Shadowrise by Tad Williams) First, I will say that I LOVE THIS SERIES TO BITS. Second, I adore Vansen. He makes a promise in book 1 and spends the three subsequent GARGANTUAN volumes to keep it by protecting the prince of his country. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is.

Lucas (Windswept by Jadie Jones) 1,000 years of loyalty and pretty much all he gets for it is crap. Still, he keeps on keeping on, protecting his charge through bad and worse. Did I mention he’s cute?

Vin (The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson) Oh, Vin, my sweet baby. Though she never formally promises to protect Elend, she becomes his bodyguard in this book, shielding him from a level of nastiness that could only be found in a fantasy novel. Plus, the two of them are so adorable, I can barely handle it.

Kai (Beyond the Iron Gate by Alicia Michaels) If one is seeking the emotional equivalent of a hacksaw, I highly recommend this prequel novella to Ms. Michaels’ Fallada series. You’ll come to love Kai as much as I did, for better or worse, and then you’ll regret ever picking up the damn thing before going back and reading it again. You were warned.

About the Author

Wheatley Pictures33_s1-cropped Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or hot guys in armor, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Einsa finds herself without memory of her past and her origin, held prisoner by the Löwa, a species of warped monsters bent on using the Children of Mann for their horrendous experiments.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins | Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

“The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.” 

I DID IT! I FINALLY DID IT! I have been hearing SO many amazing things about Emmy & Oliver that I needed to see what all the hype was about. And the hype was deserved...Very much deserved!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when finally cracking open Emmy & Oliver. I was a little nervous and hesitant because I have been known to fall for the hype before and have the book not win me over. However, that was not the case with this gem.

Let's start off with Emmy. Simply put, she is amazing. Emmy is hilarious, sarcastic, sweet, bold and everything in between. Her wittiness and harmless sarcasm kept me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. Then there is Drew and Caro(a.k.a. Caroline, but don't ever call her that!). They are 2 of the most epic best friends in literature history! Seriously, this character trio will have you falling in love with them instantly. Aside from their humour and amazing one-liners, they are beautiful, supportive...They are all of the above!

And then, let us swoon talk about Oliver. Yes, he is absolutely swoon-worthy and has a sense of humour that is a perfect match for Emmy, but that barely skims the surface with Oliver. He is tender, broken, incredibly sweet. afraid and vulnerable. The pain that he is enduring is raw and radiates off the pages. There were moments where I was absolutely aching for him.

When first falling upon Emmy & Oliver  you don't really know what your getting into. The cover is simple along with the title but they say that the best things come in small packages and that is certainly the case with this novel! It's funny, witty and heart-breakingly beautiful. You will laugh, you will cry and you will laugh while crying. I devoured this book but savoured every moment. It truly is a wonderful read and definitely falls on my top 5 all time favourites!

Next chance you get, grab a copy of Emmy & Oliver, cozy up under a blanket, or under the sun with a cup of whatever you like and get reading!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Don't Fail Me Now
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adut
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them. Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time. Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little. After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind. Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first--herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before....

I love a good book. I love a good book that has great characters. I love a good book that has great characters and a touching story...Don't Fail Me Now gave me all of my loves! 

I'll start off by saying that Don't Fail Me Now turned out nothing how I expected it would. It went down a road(no pun intended) that I was not expecting, but that is what I ended up loving about it! For some reason, I had thought this book was going to be a light and funny read but it didn't turn out that way at all. Yes, it has it's funny parts and great one-liners but the book dives much deeper. It tackles some pretty difficult issues ranging from drugs, homelessness and broken homes. It gets pretty heavy at times and will have your heart aching for Michelle, Cass and Denny. It will also have your heart aching for the people in the world that really deal with this in real life. 

I completely devoured Don't Fail me Now. It moved at a wonderful pace and each character had their own voice, even Denny. Not one character over-crowded the other. I have to admit that the book started a off a bit slow for me, but redeemed itself very quickly. About 50 pages in, I was officially hooked!

Heart-wrenching at times, delicate and romantic in others Don't Fail Me Now turned out to be a very pleasant surprise! The author delivered each issue with poise. I think anyone dealing with any of what Una LaMarch touches on in this book would find comfort in relating to the characters. Each character had a beautiful grace about them and proved they were not their problems. 

Don't Fail Me Now is the perfect book to wrap up your Summer Reading and end it with a bang!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Ten 'Auto-Buy' Authors

Top Ten Authors 'Auto-Buy' Authors

Nicholas Sparks:
Yes, any regular or semi-frequent visitor of The Crazy Bookworm would know this already. Nicholas Sparks could write about snow melting and I'd buy it! Because, I know he would turn that melting snow into a tear-inducing, heart-exploding love story!

Jodi Picoult
Even though I may think a synopsis doesn't sound like something I'd like. She ALWAYS proves me wrong!

John Green
Um, do I even need to explain this one?! He creates all of the feels!

Rainbow Rowell
She has created some of the most lovable, witty characters! A true breakfast club cast of characters!

Courtney Summers
Not only a Canadian, but an Ontarian! Plus, she has definitely earned 'Epic Author' status!

Meg Cabot
I can always count on her to transport me from anywhere into a magic, paranormal or whimsical world!

Ruta Sepetys
The Author that gave us Between Shades of Gray and  Out of the Easy, she quickly earned a spot on my auto buy list after those gems!

Sarah Dessen
Is there honestly a reason needed for this one?!

Jennifer Donnelly
She penned my most favourite book: Revolution. She will always remain a favourite author of mine!

Laurie Halse-Anderson
Speak still remains an all time favourite of mine, and she has never disappointed me since!

Who are your Auto Buy authors? Be sure to leave your link in comments so I can check out your lists!


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