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Monday, August 3, 2015

National Book Lover's Day-Let's Celebrate!

National Book Lover's Day
August 9th, 2015
National Book Lover's Day is August 9th, and to celebrate Casper and The Crazy Bookworm wanted to team up to bring you the best Bedtime reads! Who says a bedtime story is just for kids? We all know, as bookworms, that after a long day, there really isn't anything much better than winding down under the covers with a book! So, with that said, here is my top ten list for Bedtime reads!
Top Ten Bedtime Reads
 Revolution
Young Adult meets Historical Fiction and create an epic tale that weaves fact with fiction.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
A little bit of humour, a little bit of tears but a lot of heart.

Dollbaby: A Novel
For fans of The Help and The Secret Life of Bees, this book will be your next favourite!

 Beholding Bee
A magical tale that will have you wondering if you are dreaming or awake!

Out of the Easy
A beautiful coming-of-age!

Between Shades of Gray
A heart-wrenching page turner that you will just devour to simply know the outcome of the characters.

The Secret Life of Bees
Another epic historical fiction that will leave your heart bursting while it's filled with it's lovely characters.

The Guardian
Romance, mystery, suspense...What's not to love?!

Twenty Boy Summer
Friendships, love and self discovery. This novel will leave you reminiscing about your teenage years!

The Fault in Our Stars
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love!

National Book Lover's Day is August 9th!
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Friday, July 31, 2015

The Blue by Lucy Clarke

The Blue: A Novel
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Mystery & Thriller | Fiction
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A group of friends. A yacht. And a disappearance-at-sea that turns paradise into a chilling nightmare. 
Lana and her best friend Kitty leave home looking for freedom—and that’s exactly what they find when they are invited onto The Blue, a fifty-foot yacht making its way from the Philippines to New Zealand. The crew is made up of a group of young travellers bitten by wanderlust, and it doesn’t take long for Lana and Kitty’s dream of sea-bound romance to turn into reality.Both women fall under the hypnotic spell of The Blue, spending their days exploring remote islands and their rum-filled nights relaxing on deck beneath the stars. But when one of their friends disappears overboard after an argument with another crewmember, the dark secrets that brought each of them aboard start to unravel.At turns gorgeously scenic and entirely haunting, The Blue is a page-turning thriller about friendship, freedom and wanting to leave the past behind. 

Oh. My. Gosh! Okay, I am still reeling from this book and I finished it a week ago!

Lately, I've been having some serious Wanderlust so when I had the opportunity to review The Blue I jumped on it! For the first little while, I lived vicariously through Lana and Kitty. I mean, the were doing the very thing I was itching to do, and Lucy Clarke makes it feel as if you are right in that beautiful, sea blue magic with them. However, my envy came to a halt as the suspense began to fold. Lucy Clarke epic delivery of the storyline kept you on the edge of your seat the ENTIRE time. Trust me when I say, you will not be able to put this book down! You'll say to yourself: 'Just one more chapter" only to devour many more because you simply cannot peel your eyes away.

I also loved the dual storyline! Sometimes they can get sloppy or confusing but that was not the case for The Blue. Lucy Clarke nailed that!

The Blue will captivate you! It is the perfect book to lose the Summer hours away on the beach or porch while sipping a nice cold drink! Thank you Lucy Clarke for another nail-biting, page-turning gem! I cannot wait to lose myself in your next book!

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

A Million Miles AwayRelease Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: None
Format:Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon



When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.


This book was pitched as "For Fans of Nicholas Sparks" and for anyone that knows me, that is all I needed to hear! Pairing a Nicholas Sparks-esque book with Young Adult(my favourite genre) I knew I was in for an epic win, and I was right!

A Million Miles Away was everything I hoped it would be and more. I was a blubbering, sobbing mess numerous times will reading this book. All times seemed to happen in public, but I have no shame! I will not hide the feels I get when reading an outstanding novel, and that is exactly was A Million Miles Away is.

Let's start with Lara Avery's character building. She wastes know time introducing to us the two identical twins that will steal our hearts. They may be twins, but looks is where the similarities end. Kelsey is a outgoing dancer with a party-girl attitude while Michelle is the artist that sees the world in vibrant colours and wants to see every hue of it! And even though we know what is going to happen before hand, that doesn't make the blow of Michelle's death any easier, but she remains a very strong presence throughout the entire novel. Her death may come early, but we still get to know and eventually love this character...Both of them for that matter!

Next up, is the unique plot-line. I've never come across a storyline quite like this one. A sister that fools her dead twins boyfriend into thinking that she is her...Sounds like a soap opera, but Avery delivers it in such a beautiful, delicate way that it doesn't not come off Soap Opera-y at all. It comes off as a heart-wrenching, raw yet beautiful read that I absolutely devoured!

Peter, you will love him. You will absolutely adore this character! He is sweet, funny and even though he is a Military man, he is not afraid to express his feelings and show his vulnerable side. Yes, you will swoon.

The simplistic cover is absolutely perfect for this novel! It adds mystery yet compliments the story behind it's cover just right.

A Million Miles Away went beyond my expectations, and they were pretty big. You can't tell me a book will appeal to fans of Nicholas Sparks and not deliver. However, Lara Avery has earned herself her own major cred! I will now pick up any book in the future that says "Fans of Lara Avery"!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I Haven't Read

 


Top Ten Hyped Books I Haven't Read

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set, Books 1-5 (Harry Potter, #1-5)
Let's just start this off with a bang, shall we! Although, to save my ass, I have read books #1-#2 and LOVED them, I just haven't gotten around to the others yet... Too many books such little time right?!


After (After, #1)

The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3)
Again, I have read the first one and thoroughly enjoyed it, just haven't gotten around to the rest of this series!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
The Uglies Trilogy (Uglies, #1-3)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
I am really ashamed with this one (almost as much as the Harry Potter Series) I have heard countless awesomesauce things about this series!
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
The Beautiful Creatures Complete Collection (Caster Chronicles, #1-4)
One good thing is that all of these books have a beautiful home on my bookshelves, I just have to finally crack them open! I am notorious for taking forever to finish series'.
Can't wait to see what books made your list! Be sure to link up in the comment so I can check them out!




Monday, July 6, 2015

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada | Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
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



 June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend, Delia before Delia's ex-boyfriend convinces her that Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit and conspiracy.




The pitch for this book is Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why...How could I not read this?! And as my book luck would have it, this book turned out to be one of the most epic, page-turning, nail-biting, oh-my-god-I-can't-handle-the-suspense-anymore novels that I have read in a looong time. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls definitely finds itself a comfy spot on my all time favourite books list.

The book bounces back and forth between present time and then past years, building the relationship between Delia and June, and how they become Delia-and-June; friends that were not just joined at the hip but souls intertwined.  Lynn Weingarten did a brilliant job at penning this beautiful madness. She crafted Delia, a character that seems so unhinged at times and at others the most held together. I could never decide if she was maniacal or ingenious! Bravo, Lynn Weingarten, Bravo!

In case the premise above didn't state the obvious, this book is very hard to describe! It will take you on a wild, mind-blowing ride! Your head will spin and you won't know which way is up until you turn the very last page. Just when I though I had it all figured out, things would tip upside down. Just when I thought I finally cracked it, things would wind round-and-round until every toppled over. The author of this novel is truly a master in mystery!

Dark, funny, eerie and mysterious Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you on the very edge of your seat the entire way through. Beware, it is addictive! You will lose time while devouring this delicious tale!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Invitation to Tea: Female Characters

 
Invitation to Tea is a sporadic feature hosted by The Crazy Bookworm.
 
You are welcome to join in!
 
Today's Feature is:
 
Female Characters
Have you come across a really compelling female character that you would just love to get to know more? I know I have. Here are some of the most interesting female characters that I would like to chat with!
 
The Help
Okay, I am going to kick this thing off by cheating...I would love to invite the whole female cast of the Help for tea. Skeeter, Aibileen, Minny, heck, even Hilly!
 
Gone Girl
Amy from Gone Girl:
Probably not the nicest character to have tea with but hell she was crazy interesting! There is just something about her that I would just love to pick her brain...but in a non-psychotic sort of way.
 
Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily as my obsession with Peter Pan continues.
 
Alice in Wonderland (Ladybird Classics)
It's time for Alice to come to my tea party!
 
I'll Give You the Sun
Jude for so many reasons! Oh, and if you haven't read this yet, you need to get on that...Now!
 
 Beholding Bee
Bee, Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Swift
 
The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel Grace...Need I say more?
 
Revolution
I absolutely fell in love with Andi and Alex in this novel. I would love to be able to sit down with the both of them and chat for hours.
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Sam from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She was just so wise beyond her years. I feel like my life would be so different after spending some time with her.
 
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor's character has stayed with me every since I've read this novel. We need to be friends!
 
 
This list was so hard to narrow down so I have a feeling I'll be feature a part 2..and 3 in the near future. What female characters would like at your Tea party?
 
 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last WordRelease Date: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 368 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon  


If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


Wow...Just...Wow! I am still reeling after finishing Every Last Word only a few hours ago. Tamara Ireland Stone wastes no time immersing us into Sam's life and her battle with OCD. Kicking the story off with a heart-wrenching scene with her friends. This book had me from page one all the way until I turned to the last. I was completely hooked! I laughed(Thank you, Sydney), I cried and I even swooned a little...Okay a lot(Thank you, A.J.).


I've read books that have tackled rape, drugs, bullying, school shooting and more but this is the only time that I have read a Young Adult book that tackled OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and all I can do is applaud Tamara Ireland Stone for bringing such an overlooked illness to the surface. The story may have been fictional but the facts of the illness were not. Stone delivered this story in such a delicate way. She didn't outcast Sam, she didn't make her a victim of the disease, she made her a fighter; a young girl trying to get a grip on her life and learn to control her illness rather than have it control her. I saw Sam as a strong, vibrant character the whole way through. The true definition of a fighter!

Caroline, oh Caroline. What an epic character you were. You reminded me a lot of a good friend of mine and I will always look back on your character fondly! Your quirky t-shirts. You unconditional support. You were a true friend. Thank you for reminding us to embrace who we are. To embrace our weirdness and to shine. To not worry about pleasing others, just live as our truest self.

Where do I even begin to describe Poets Corner? How I wish a place like this existed when I was in high school and how I wish a place like this existed for others. A safe place for them to go and express themselves without worry of being judged.

To quote Caroline: "Poets Corner will change your life". She didn't just mean that for Sam or the other fictional characters. She meant that for us too, the readers. Poets Corner will change your life!


 

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