Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard

Mary Rose
Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 272 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon


Who knows what ghosts lie within us, or when they will return?Mary Rose Morland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl on a remote Scottish island and reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.
After Simon learns about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened and proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
IF YOU GO LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, YOU'LL BE SURE TO FIND IT

Mary Rose will capture you before you even crack it open. Look at that cover! It's so inviting! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover(let's be honest, we ALL do it) but the minute I laid eyes on this one I didn't even need to know what it was about. I wanted to read it right away! 

The novel's size is a bit deceiving. It's a "small" package of only 272 pages yet it packs so much punch! Geoffrey Girard painted a picturesque setting that placed you right into the world of Mary Rose and Simon. He penned the perfect balance of strong, in-depth characters and a thought-provoking storyline. It isn't just a book, the story will wrap itself around you and pull you deep into its world. Leaving you in its grasp and hungry for more as you turn each page. 

With Halloween right around the corner and the days beginning to cool down, Mary Rose will be the perfect book to stay curled up inside reading. Its ghostly atmosphere will leave you goose bumped and glancing over your shoulder in eerie suspense. 

Mary Rose will attract and appeal to many readers, no matter their genre preference. I'm a lover of Young Adult fiction and I enjoyed every minute of my reading experience with Mary Rose. No matter what you love to read, you can't deny a great story! 

Hop on and enjoy this eerie, psychological thrill ride. You will not regret it!



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate
Release Date: September 27th, 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 374 Pages
Format: E-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CAAmazon

Be careful what you wish for…
Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. 
But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. 
And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye. 
As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…
‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

MORAL OF THE STORY:
THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM.
SOME FRIENDSHIPS ARE BETTER LEFT IN THE PAST.

Ok! Where do I even begin? This book was such a wild ride. The who's, what's and why's never stop and after a while you begin to question your own sanity. Just when you think you have the slightest inkling of what is happening, Louise Jensen throws you into another direction. Spinning what you "thought" you know completely upside down!

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This is my first book by Louise Jensen but it will NOT be my last! I have already ordered my copy of  The Sister and cannot wait to dive into it. I was completely entranced by The Surrogate. It held me tightly in its grasp from the very beginning and still has yet to let me go even though I have turned the last page. Louise Jensen has proven to me, with just this book, that she is a mastermind at psychological thrillers. She penned such a suspenseful thrill ride that had me flying through the pages at a fervent pace. 

The Surrogate is delivered in Kat's perspective but also has 'Now and Then' segments that hop back and forth between Kat and Nick. Louise Jensen crafted this aspect beautifully. Not once do you ever get confused or need to backtrack. Each character also stands so strongly. The Main cast appears to be Kat and Nick yet all of the secondary characters play a major role in this novel. Each one has a vital part in the strength of this story and the entire package of the novel. 

The Surrogate will have you questioning every relationship and motive and the sincerity of people. Should you rekindle that friendship or leave the past behind you?

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of The Surrogate and cannot wait to dive into Jensen's previous and future work. She is a real gem in the literary world and will have you on the edge of your seat in nail-biting suspense!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

*GIVEAWAY* The Wizard of Lies On Blu-Ray and Digital HD!

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The Crazy Bookworm and THINK JAM are teaming together to bring you an epic giveaway!

We are giving away one copy of The Wizard of Lies on Blu-Ray and Digital HD.

Starring two-time Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and three-time Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth, this HBO Films drama dissects the events that led to the Wall Street financier's stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over $65 billion in the most infamous Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Directed by Oscar®-winner Barry Levinson, an executive producer along with De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana, The Wizard of Lies vividly recounts Madoff's audacious deceptions, which began in the 1990s, 1987, or even earlier, and continued throughout the financial crisis of 2008, culminating in a denouement that vilified Madoff while catapulting his wife and two sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight, with tragic consequences.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

The Bakersville Dozen
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: Fo Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
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You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.
MORAL OF THE STORY: 
BEING THE MEAN GIRL NEVER PAYS OFF. 
SCAVENGER HUNTS AREN'T ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

This was the perfect way to wrap up my summer reading and kick the Fall season off with a bang! The Bakersville Dozen had me at Hello. The moment I read the synopsis I was hooked and knew I had to get my hands on it. Lately, I have been on a Mystery & Thriller kick so when I had the opportunity to pair my latest flavour of the month with my favourite genre(Young adult) how could I not seize that moment?! 

Kristen McBride takes the dangers of cyberspace and bullying and intertwines them into a spine-tingling, page-turning experience. I nearly gave myself paper cuts because I was devouring the book so fast. Eager to know the what's, who and why's. She penned an epic character cast. Some characters you'll love, while others you'll hate. Perfection! She also pairs this character cast with an eerily spooking setting. Sending Bailey on a haunting scavenger hunt with a high risk/high reward. Follow the rules, save a girl. Mess up, girl dies. 

Kristina McBride's writing style is refreshing. It's simple yet comes alive off of the pages. She doesn't drone on with unnecessary dialogue or send you down a rabbit hole of backstory. She delivers the story exactly how it should be. There are few books that I suggest should hit the big screen or netflix world because I fear them being completely ruined (as that's a fear for most bookworms) but I would LOVE to see this book come to life on the big or silver screen. I think it would be a hit!

The Bakersville Dozen is the perfect cocktail of suspense and mystery. McBride paced the novel perfectly. Just giving you a little bit at a time to leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat, grasping for more. If the Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be named The Bakersville Dozen. Of course, the book stands strongly on it's own, but it will definitely appeal to those fans, as it did me. 

The Bakersville Dozen was the dose of thrill I was looking for. It was a wild reading experience that I couldn't put down!

"I strained to hear beyond the rasp of my breathing, reassuring myself that no one was following. That I was alone with nothing to fear but my own imagination"


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien

Carry Me Home
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 356 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.
But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world. 
Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.
Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

2017 has been an epic year for books and specifically the Young Adult genre. Some ground-breaking books have been hitting the shelves that shatter the Young Adult stereotype and will pave the way for future YA authors to come. Carry Me Home is a tragic, touching, painful and moving tale about a family fleeing their broken home to create a better life. It is about a mother wanting more for her 2 teenage daughters but we all know, things aren't always as easy as they seem. 

Carry Me Home is told from the perspectives of Mom, Lucy, and Ruth. Each character dealing with their own deep-seeded insecurities. Lucy has the strongest influence in the novel. Her story is raw, at times, sickening and mostly heart-wrenching. She is a teenage girl begging for acceptance and love in all of the wrong places. Mom has always been under the thumb of her alcoholic, abusive husband and after scooping up Lucy and Ruth and moving to Los Angeles, she is now solely responsible for providing for these children. Keeping food in the stomach and a roof over their head. Working and going back to school, her presence at home is almost non-existent and her parenting lacks authority, especially when it comes to Lucy. Yet, her intentions are strong and she loves fiercely. Ruth is quiet and an introvert. She is not like her outgoing sister, Lucy, and they bump heads constantly. Ruth is the one that tries to pulls Lucy's reigns when Mom doesn't know what to do, but it causes more problems than fixing them. 

Each character has so much depth and the author does a spectacular job at letting each of their stories unfold effortlessly throughout the entire book. She crafted an emotional and relevant reading experience that will leave you thinking about it long after you've finished the last page. You will simply devour this extraordinary tale of heart-ache, pain, and redemption.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Things I'm Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Things I'm Seeing Without You
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Page
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she'd told she loved and the first boy to say it back. Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming. Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

You guys, I freaking LOVED this book...And I know you'll love it, too! It's been one of Fall's most anticipated reads and I can definitely see why after I devoured it in nearly one sitting!

I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, and laughed some more. This book tackles suicide, grief and earth-shattering heartbreak in one of the most honest and raw ways I have come across in a book. Sometimes life just sucks! And sometimes, it's like the universe knows how much it is sucking for you and wants to throw more suck your way. We can crumble and succumb to the suck, we can give up and hide, or we can simply toss our problems into the river and try to start again. Meet Tess, she is broken, the boy she loved just took his own life and now she is trying to navigate through her grief.

I have to address Peter Bognanni's writing, it's absolutely perfect. He delivered this heart-wrenching yet beautiful tale flawlessly and also managed to craft such a strong female character. Tess is filled with wit, she is bold and she speaks her mind.

Things I'm Seeing Without You reads as a dark comedy. Yes, it sad, and if like me, you will cry. But it is also filled with great humour and so much heart. Just as much as it's about grief and heartbreak it's also about growing and second chances.

I loved every minute and every second of this book!


Monday, September 18, 2017

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead Samantha Boyette

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 209 Pages
Format: NetGalley
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Prom was supposed to be the biggest night of senior year, but for Jenny Lewis it was the night she almost died. The night someone drugged her, loaded her in a car, and dumped her body in the river. 

The next morning, her soaked prom dress was found on the riverbank. Her body was never found. People whispered that she’d killed herself or gotten drunk and stupid. People moved on, went to college, and stopped thinking about her. Months later, her ex-girlfriend and three other classmates received a text from an unknown number accusing them of her murder and claiming to have proof. The text? It came from Jenny, not dead and ready to figure out who tried to kill her. There’s going to be an impromptu reunion and no one is leaving until the would-be murderer steps forward.

I'm just going to dive right in here, this book was tough for me to get through and finish. There were a few times that I was ready to throw in the towel and just not finish it, but I ain't no quitter! I soldiered on really hoping the book would redeem itself...Unfortunately, it did not.

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead oozes with potential. The premise immediately grabbed me and the simplicity of the cover is so inviting and is so fitting to the story. What I struggled with most was the writing style, or more so, the delivery. It is very...juvenile for lack of a better word. It read more like a middle grade novel but talked about drugs, booze and sex all the time and the characters just fell flat. It was your typical clique and each character just treated one another so terribly. If these were my friends, I would have throat-punched them and dropped all of them.

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I also felt the book was taking on a "Pretty Little Liars" theme. I don't know if that was intentional but it felt like the book was trying to appeal to that crowd but the storyline didn't stand strong enough to achieve that. 

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead just wasn't my cuppa tea. 
 
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