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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bookish Tattoos: Part One

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge and mark yourself permantly with your favourite literary character, quote or just declare your love for reading?

Bookish Tattoos are becoming more and more popular, and it makes it more and more tempting for me to finally take the plunge...but we'll see...

For now, let us admire the brave ones who shared their love for books!

Love this literary tattoo. Though, the quote on the bottom is actually paraphrased from Alice in Wonderland, not Walt Disney. I could do without the Wonderland since I'm not a Alice fan. Wonder what I could put in it's place...:
I absolutely ADORE this one! It captures so much in one little design!

I love Literary tattoos !  This is the last line from HP & the Deathly Hallows.:
For those Harry Potter fans. This one speaks volumes but is very discreet. 

An "alternate definition of a bookspine."  From author R.K. Ryals, via Facebook.:
Photo: Unknown
A tattoo of us tackling our 'To be Read' pile!

lorax
The Lorax
Photo: oldpuuurrr
I LOVE this one!

Perks of Being a Wallflower Tattoos.
Photo: Buzznet
I adore the simplicity of this tattoo. The font choice is perfect!

There are so many amazing bookish tattoos out there, so expect to see many posts coming up showing off some literary skin art!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment
Release date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Sky Pony Press

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.
Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can't she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?
As Maggie's memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?
McBride delivers a novel of secrets that packs an emotional punch, perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman.

“What if it's as simple as one moment? One tiny thing, like that kiss on the rocks? What if I'd kissed him a little longer? Would he be alive right now? Or what if I'd stayed with him Friday night, what if I'd been with him… wherever he was?” 

One Moment addresses one of our worst fears, the fear that we find out the one we love, aren't really who they say they are. What's worse? You find out the truth after it's too late, and it's up to only you to find all the answers and piece them together.

One Moment is the first book by Kristina McBride that I've had the privilege of reading, but I can tell you that it won't be my last. I absolutely fell in love not only with her delicate writing style, but with the beautiful character cast that she crafted. McBride delivered One Moment in such a way that you simply can't stop reading. She keeps you hanging on to the very edge of your seat until you turn the last page. And once you close the book for it's last time, you mind is left spinning, reeling over the heartbreaking tale you just experience.

One Moment is a character driven novel. It's this circle of friends that drive the story. Each character was a vital component to the book's entire package. I saw a lot of myself in Maggie. She is an average teenager that wears her heart on her sleeve. She not only lives and breathes for her boyfriend, Joey, she also lives for her friends.

We learn before cracking the book open that something mysteriously goes wrong during Joey's cliff jump that leaves him dead. The rest of the story surrounds this tragic incident and the unfolding of deep, dark secrets that test.

I loved every moment I spent reading One Moment. It takes you on a wild ride of mystery, romance and heart break. It is everything you could ask for in a book!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Gardenia by Kelly Sutton

Gardenia
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery and Thriller
Pages: 260 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

Buy the Book

Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.
A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.
Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives and for her own sanity.
The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.

I was immediately drawn to Gardenia by its premise; so intriguing. The idea was completely original to me and I couldn't wait to dive in!

We're introduced to Ivy Erickson. A seventeen year old girl who can see, like a cook timer over your head, the amount of time you have left to live. Would you call this a gift or a curse? Ivy's best friend was murdered and other girls are disappearing. Ivy takes matters into her own hands to try and find the Killer, but will she make it in time?

I was completely enthralled by Gardenia. Once I started, like cast under a spell, I could not put it down, and why would I? Kelly Sutton's writing was pure perfection. She created a very likeable character in Ivy, Myers, Lorna, and the other characters. She also delivered a story that packed so much punch, you simply had to read 'just one more chapter'.

The suspense will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. And Sutton does not give anything up easily. She is gifted at the art of keeping you hanging on! Throughout each chapter she gives you just a perfect little taste of what's coming, leaving you wanting more. She also adds to the definition of a cliff hanger. Each chapter leaving you dying to know what will happen next. Underneath all of this suspense though, is the unfolding of a beautiful love story. A story between sisters, mother and daughter and teenage romance. It was a wonderful undertone to the dark mystery.

Gardenia may come in a small package, at only 260 pages, but it's story is larger than life! It's a heart-pounding reading experience that will leave you wanting to devour Kelly Sutton's other work. Gardenia will give you a serious book hangover, but like other hangovers, this one won't leave you regretting a thing! I've already recommended this book to all of my bookworm friends, and I know that my copy will get lots of love, from me re-reading it, and passing it along to my friends.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Robin Talley Twitter Takeover!!


Robin Talley Twitter Takeover





Who: Fans of YA and Robin Talley!
What: Twitter Takeover. New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley will be discussing some of her "firsts" and answering reader questions about her books! (Lies We Tell Ourselves, What We Left Behind, As I Descended, and her latest release Our Own Private Universe)
When: March 9th, 2-4pm ET

Where: @YoungEntmag

How: Head over to @YoungEntmag on March 9th at 2pm ET, follow along, and tweet your questions to Robin!


Why: Our Own Private Universe (HarlequinTeen; January 31, 2017) is a timely tale of self-discovery and social awareness, hailed by Kirkus in a starred review as “an important and heartfelt contribution to contemporary teen lit about queer women: hopeful, realistic, and romantic.” 






About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex. 



No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual—even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. 

Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she's got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It's time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. 

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing. 

About the Author: Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves (September 2014), What We Left Behind (October 2015), As I Descended (September 2016), and Our Own Private Universe (January 2017), grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. A Lambda Literary Fellow, Robin now lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.



Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward Spotlight-Happy Valentine's Day!



BLEEDING EARTH

 In this Stephen King-meets-Kafka debut, author Kaitlin Ward shows the core of human nature with a blood-filled psychological horror novel.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones. 

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn't so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can.

Bleeding Earth


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 416 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.


"Everyone has that moment, I think, that moment when something so...momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there..."

What initially drew me in with this novel was the cover. So simple yet so intriguing. After reading the synopsis, it was no secret that this book was going to be a heavier read. 

Girl in Pieces is Charlie's story. A seventeen-year-old girl that has already lived through and suffered more in her short years on earth than what some of us only see in our darkest nightmares. She is battered and bruised both inside and out. The author, Kathleen Glasgow, delivers Charlie's story in a poetic, lyrical way. At times the story almost reads as if it is poetry or a journal. Some pages are just short paragraphs while other parts of her story require much more space. Charlie's presence is very strong. Her character leaps off the page and she whirls around you, whispering her tragic story and secrets in your ear. Girl in Pieces will challenge you. It will leave you saddened, breathless, angry and absolutely awe-struck. It will make you question the way you see others in the world and will open your eyes so wide. We all know that "everyone has their story" but Charlie really brings that into realization.

Charlie is not the only character in this story that has a dark past...or present for that matter. We also spend a lot of time with Riley, a young man that at first seems to swoop up and save Charlie, only to lose flight in his wings and plunge her deeper into the darkness. Riley is a tumultuous character. He is charming, and it is that quality that seems to bail him out of everything he gets himself into. He has this charisma about him that no matter how wrong he may be, you can't help but want to be with him. Know more about him. I definitely developed a love-hate relationship with Riley.

Girl in Pieces is hauntingly beautiful. Though during this thunderous storm, large rays of sun do shine through. Rays of hope not only peak through the rolling gray clouds, they part the sky completely. It is a coming of age story. A story of self-discovery and growth. But this novel is so much more than just Charlie's story. Every character in this book has their moment. We meet so many colourful people that by the end, we're left with this beautiful mosaic; each character adding their own broken piece that by the end, creates something marvelous.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dream Author Panel!

Imagine you could put a call out to all of your favourite authors and have one epic Author's panel. A panel that gives you the opportunity to ask them all of the burning questions you have!

Eventbrite presented me with this wonderful idea, and it really got my imagination running wild! I got to explore:
  • Who would be on my panel?  
  • What questions I would ask?
  • Where would it take place?
 How fun is that? Below is my post but I invite and encourage you to make up your own post and share with me your panel of favourite authors and/or characters.

The Where:

This was a no-brainer for me. If I had the opportunity to host a panel like this then it would be at the one library that I fell in love with the first time I laid eyes on it when I was a child...The Beauty and the Beast Library! How awesome would it be to mingle with your favourite book people inside the walls of this place?!

Image result for beauty and the beast library


The Who:

Again, another no-brainer but the hard part was narrowing it down to a reasonable number!


1. We have Jennifer Donnelly. She penned my favourite novel, Revolution.
2. Gayle Forman. She is the author of the If I Stay and Just One Day books.
3. John Green, a man that needs to introduction! And I'm sure, he would be on the Author's Panel of many readers!
4. Laurie Halse Anderson. She is most famously known for her novel Speak but has penned many thought-provoking books.
5. Rainbow Rowell. A favourite among many, I'm sure! Her novel Eleanor and Park has stayed with me every since I read the first line.
6.  Nicholas Sparks...If you're a regular at The Crazy Bookworm then this shouldn't surprise anyone! Most famously known for The Notebook, but all of his novels tug hard on those heart strings!
7. Jodi Picoult, another absolute favourite of mine. I will read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that she writes! Her novel My Sister's Keeper really put her on people's radar after the release of the film.

The What:

Okay, now the serious stuff! The opportunity to ask your favourite author questions does not come up every day! It took me some time to try and think up the best questions for the authors. I wanted to ask questions that each one could answer. Here we go!


  • As a reader of all of your books, every single one of you made me cry like a baby! Are you an emotional reader? Has there ever been a book that made you cry? If so, which book?
  • You all write very thought-provoking novels. Each of you has made me explore deeper into my own personal values. Has there ever been a book that changed your view or opinion on something?
  • When did you realize that you wanted to be a Writer?
  • If not a writer, what would be your dream job?
  • What is the best and the hardest part of being a published author or a writer in general?
  • Fiction and Young Adult definitely tackle some pretty heavy issues that we are dealing with today: Bullying, drugs, rape, abuse, politics, etc. What are your thoughts on today's literature and the benefits it can have for today's readers?
  • What is your process for penning your character's story? 
  • Simply, what is your favourite book?
  • What is "A Day in your Life" like?
  • If you wrote a book about your life, what would it's title be?
 I would not be able to contain my excitement if something like this actually took place! 

Image result for eager child gif

Thank you to Eventbrite for this awesome idea! I had such a blast letting my mind go wild with this one! If you'd like to find out and/or plan events in your area check them out!

Tell me, who would be on your author panel? Comment below!

 

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