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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nicholas Sparks' The Choice is Now on Digital HD!

ONE CHOICE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING



Based on The New York Times Best-Selling Novel, Nicholas Sparks' Story of True Love and Tough Decisions



AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL HD 
ARRIVING ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD MAY 3, 2016 FROM LIONSGATE


  • BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice” Featurette
  • “Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina” Featurette
  • “Nicholas Sparks with…” Featurette
  • Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs
  • Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and Actor Benjamin Walker

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wherefore Art Thou Crazy Bookworm

Hello Crazy Readers,

I don't know if you've visited the Blog lately, but if you have then I'm sure you've noticed my absence. I've been debating about even doing a post regarding the events that took place in April. I figured once everything came back to some sort of normalcy, I'll just continue on, business as usual, like nothing happened. But, that's not fair, I owe it to my dear readers, at the very least, a quick explanation on where I have been, and why the posts have been lacking.

In early April, my fiance and I were shocked with the news that his mother has fallen ill. After a brief 3 day stay in the hospital, she passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Her life was taken too soon, at the young age of 59 years old. The following week and a half went by in a blur. Still reeling from the shock of her loss, and now caught in the whirlwind of funeral planning, it's needless to say that not much reading or much of anything got done.

Then, a week or so after, just as we felt we were starting to get some wind back in our sails, our dear, beloved 7 year old black lab got sick, and unfortunately, could not be saved. His spleen had ruptured due to an undiagnosed tumour. His loss hit us like a ton of bricks. He was more than just a dog, and his absence in the house is so strong. We are all lost without him around.

So, Crazy Readers, those have been the unfortunate events that have taken over my April. Although we are still heartbroken and grieving, we are focusing on everything we still have in our lives, and cherishing all of the wonderful memories that we're left with from my Mother-in-Law and my Dog, Rocky. I thank you all for your patience while the blog has taken a hit during this time. Reading has slowly come back into my daily life and has turned into a welcome distraction.

The Crazy Bookworm will be back again!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Worth the Hype? Top 10 Books that are Worth the Hype!

We have all been there...We hear the thunderous chatter of avid readers RAVING about a book. We simply can't handle being left out any longer so we trudge to the book store, in the winter, uphill both ways, to purchase said book with our very last few dollars that we were saving for food, but reading is more important, right?! We can't wait to get home, get into our coziest reading clothes and curl up on the couch and devour this book so we can finally join this elite group of readers...Then you've finished; to say you were underwhelmed is a understatement. You are flooded with complete disappointed and irritated as to why this book didn't speak to you like it did to the others. You just want to hide away and speak about this moment to no one. 

It's happened to all of us! We are human. Different strokes for different folks, right? Well, having said all of this, I thought I would compile a list of the books that I think were totally worth the hype. Books that I was hesitant to finally read because I was terrified they wouldn't live up to the high expectations already created, despite my best efforts to keep an open mind. 

Books Worth the Hype, yo!

The Book Thief

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I'll Give You the Sun

Looking for Alaska

Lost & Found

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Out of the Easy

I Was Here

Mosquitoland

Honourable Mention

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Have you read any of the books on this list? Did you enjoy them as much as I did? It's okay if you didn't! 

What books have you read that were totally worth the hype?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby

Some of the Parts
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA



Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.
For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful fa├žade she’s built around herself:
ORGAN DONOR. 
Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.

**May Contain Spoilers**

"When someone has died, one of the survivors says, "I'd give anything just to hear him say my name one more time" or "I just want one more day." This is absurd. Nobody wants one more day, one more sentence, or one more anything else. We want all of the days, as many as we can get. We are greedy in our unhappiness. We feel robbed and we want back what we've lost, and then some."


Some of the Parts appealed to me right away. I absolutely loved the cover art. Although simple, it relates to the story in the most perfect way. The synopsis promises a deep, heart-wrenching story that will tug at your heart strings.

Hannah Barnaby hits all of the right notes. I was drawn in immediately! She delivers a powerful storyline with a strong main character. We are introduced to Tallie and the horrific accident that took her brother right off the bat. Barnaby plunges you into the turmoil of Tallie and her family, trying to pick up the pieces after the death of her brother and their son. Tallie's parents both play a strong part in the novel. As a whole and each on their own. You learn a great deal about her parents and how each of them is dealing with this pain in their own way. It's almost as if Tallie is on the outside looking in. While her parents are trying to move forward and put the accident behind them, Tallie is focused on keeping her brother's memory alive, but is this for the best or will it only make things worse?

Tallie was a powerhouse! Although in a great deal of grieving, She was determined to go after what she wanted. She had passion and moxy. Although she was decietful in some of her schemes to get answers, she had good intentions. She just wanted answers. Having said that, I had trouble connecting with Tallie's relationships with Mel and Chase. I understood why she gravitated to each of them: Mel distracted her, while Chase could assist her in her mission. Yet, I found these characters lacking depth. Mel and Tallie are already friends once we begin the novel, but their relationship never really progresses after that. Perhaps that was the point? We meet Chase the same time Tallie does, and although his introduction gives promise, this was another relationship that lacked a little. Although their bond was stronger than Mel and Tallies, in my opinion, I still hoped that we would see more development. They just kind of met, and that was that, they were friends. I longed to learn more about Chase but there wasn't much backdrop focused on him.

I also wish their was more back story regarding Nate. Yes, we learn a fair bit about him but I wish we learned more about their relationship together rather than just through the memories Tallie had of him sprinkled in throughout the novel.

Having said that, these are just minor complaints and the story redeems itself fully! The author crafted a heart rendering story about a sister's desperation to keep her Brother's spirit alive, and perhaps, ease her guilt. Having a brother myself, this book definitely hits home with me. I could not imagine every going through something Tallie and her family had to face. It truly puts things in perspective and makes you feel grateful for what you have.

Some of the Parts is a powerful young adult novel that touches on real issues! I cannot wait to read Hannah Barnaby's future work and see what else she has up her sleeve!


Monday, February 29, 2016

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA |Amazon




In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.
She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.
It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

I don't consider myself a big fan of the Thriller genre. The premise really has to have something special for me to give it a go, and The Passenger definitely sounded like it would be intriguing!

The Passenger was one amazing reading experience! It was mysterious and so thrilling! I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. The Passenger wastes no time, it explodes right off the bat with Tanya finding her husband's body and the suspense doesn't stop until you turn the very last page. 

There were some very minor details of this book that got a little lost; a few plot holes here and there, but that will not take away from the overall experience of this novel. Lisa Lutz crafts a heart-pounding story and takes you on a ride through a woman's life, through the before and after.  The story is delivered from Tanya's(and her aliases) point of view and it is done extremely well! 

This is my first novel by Lisa Lutz, although I have heard of her! Almost every bookworm I chat with will always recommend The Spellman's series, a series that I will now have to indulge in!

I found The Passenger to be a quick, heart-pounding read with a unique storyline. One that will keep you reading until the very last page. You'll simply be dying to know how it ends!




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 369 Pages
Series: Me Before You #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

“I thought, briefly, that I would never feel as intensely connected to the world, to another human being, as I did at that moment.”

I am in mourning. I am mourning the end of one of the most charming love story's I have ever read. This novel has now set the bar so high for love story's that I don't even want to ever attempt another one, knowing that it can't simply be as lovely as Me Before You.  

I've cried reading books. I've cried A LOT. But, I don't think I have ever wept. While reading this book, there were moments that tears just silently streamed down my face, and I could feel my heart shudder with the emotion. Conversation with me pretty much became useless while I was reading this book. 



JoJo Moyes did a spectacular job crafting this beautiful story. Lou Clark is a character that has so much whit and charm. I truly laughed out loud many times with her humour and whitty comebacks.  I can almost guarantee that you have not read a character that is quite like Louise. She is unique in ever sense of the word. And then, there is William Traynor. A womanizing, adventurous and successful man who has the world in the palm of his hand; Only to have the only world he has even known ripped away from him due to an accident that leaves him a quadriplegic.  Of course he is going to be angry, lived even. Of course there are going to be parts of him that are dark and ominous. There is going to be parts of him that are unknown. Shut down. But yet, although he has his moments, he was actually one of the most charming characters. His sarcastic humour will having you breaking into smile throughout the novel. His experiences in life before and after his accident give him a wisdom that a lot of people don't have.

Then the story of Lou and William begins. The funny, frustrating, epic story of these 2 characters and You will then experience one of the most beautiful friendship begin.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I have seen it flooding the social media sphere ever since it's release, but it was not until I received the paperback for review that I finally read it, and now I will forever be grateful to Penguin Publishing for sending me this one of a kind book!



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!


 

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