Sunday, July 31, 2011

In My Mailbox

For Review

What's in your mailbox?

Coming up this week on The Crazy Bookworm

Dear Bully month starts. A reader shares her personal sotry about bullying. To lean more about Dear Bully: Blogger Edition check out the link on my right sidebar!

Epic Fail by Clair Lazebnik book review

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Young Adult: 392 Pages
Published: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Source: Personal Library
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

the cold.

Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.

Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.

For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

"It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are." Sam

Can someone please tell my why I waited so long to finally read this?! Shiver has sat on my bookshelf for a while, and I always found my eyes wondering to it, but for some reason, I always chose a different book to read. Well, after I received Forever, the third and last installment in the series for review, I said to myself "I better start reading those books!".

Although I've heard countless amazing things about this series, I was still a little unsure of how I was going to like it. I am picky when it comes to my paranormal/fantasy novels. When I first started Shiver I was immediately hooked, Maggie Stiefvaters writing pulled me in from the very first page, and hasn't let me go. I am now a forever fan of her writing!

The characters she created in Grace and Sam were just right. It was love at first sight for Grace, ever since she laid eyes on her wolf, Sam when she was attacked by his pack as a little girl. After that day she was obsessed with the wolves, especially Sam. She loved him. The way the author created their love story was incredibly unique to me, it is not your average paranormal romance. It was so much more than that. Grace had loved Sam as a wolf first, and their love only grew when he was in his human form.

The Setting of this novel was also very picturesque, not only did the book play out like a film in my head, but it felt as if I was right there with Grace and Sam. The author described the surroundings beautifully, not overwhelming with unneeded descriptions but providing the right amount to place you at the scene.

Maggie Stiefvater crafted a beautiful story, both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. I can't wait to continue the series with the next book, Linger.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hoppin' Time

Question of the Week: “Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

Cleopatra's Moon

Received for review

"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.

Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony—the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies—until she reaches out to claim her own.

This stunning novel brings to life the personalities & passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, & offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene.

Question of the Week: Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?

T-shirt from

Sometimes I can act a little immature for my age...ok, most of the time!

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Happy Hopping!

Book Trailer of the Week

Author Spotlight: Stephanie Kuehnert: Dear Bully Edition!

Stephanie was born St. Louis, Missouri in the fine year of 1979. She moved to the Chicago area with her parents and younger brother, Daniel in the late eighties. Stephanie got her start like most authors by writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades back in eighth grade. That was also around the time she discovered punk rock. Along with literature by geniuses such as Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Steinbeck, Sylvia Plath, Francesca Lia Block, John McNally, Irvine Welsh, and Louise Erdrich, noisy guitars and lyrics by Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, Mike Ness, Courtney Love, Robert Smith, Mark Lanegan, and Brody Dalle are Stephanie's primary influences...Continue Reading

In one word, describe a bully:


What motivated you to contribute your story to Dear Bully?

Because I survived and my experiences of being picked on and bullied by people who were weaker than me eventually did turn me into a stronger person. They made me explore who I really was instead of just being a cog in the machine. I made a choice in fifth or sixth grade to stop trying to fit in with the mean girl/popular clique and to be myself. It resulted in me being bullied, but it also resulted in me finding my own strengths and talents. It makes me so sad to hear so many stories about teens being bullied so far that they can't find that inner strength. It was hard work finding mine and I wanted to share my method in hopes that maybe it could help one person even a little bit. Honestly that's a main part of why I write period. If I can help one person get perspective on what they are dealing with, I feel like I lived through what I lived through for a reason.

Why do you think you were targeted?

Because I was different. I was targeted by a few different sets of "mean girls" over the years. At first, in grade school, it was because I'd moved to a new town and I didn't fit in. I didn't care about the labels on my clothing, which hadn't mattered at all at my old school, but mattered more at my new school. Plus I loved to read and learn, which made me a "nerd." Not to mention I was usually the smallest girl in the class which made me physically an easy target. At first I tried to fit in and the bullying was more like hazing. Then I decided I didn't want to be a carbon copy of the other girls at my school. I had my own style and I wasn't going to stop reading or learning because it was "uncool." The experience I had with a group of girls in junior high, which I wrote about for DEAR BULLY, probably happened because I stood out. I wanted to be me, I wanted to act even though an outsider like me belonged on stage crew instead of on stage according to some unspoken rules. I also was a loner, which made me an easier target. Above I described bullies as weak. They are. They pick on people they think are weaker than them to try to convince themselves and others that they aren't weak. Being the loner, weirdo girl made me a target, though honestly a lot of it also had to do with miscommunication. Those girls thought they had a justifiable reason for picking on me because of a rumor they heard. For some reason girls will turn on each other on a dime. It's because so many of us are insecure and rather than listening to each other or building each other up, we tear each other down to make ourselves feel better. It's a major societal ill in my opinion and I'm not entirely sure how we fix it, but I know it starts with communication, hence the importance of books like DEAR BULLY.

If you could give your teenage self a message, what would you say?

Just keep being you. Don't bend to them. You will end up being a stronger person. The ringleader of the girls bullying you will get so drunk at senior prom that she will have to be taken out in a wheelchair and she'll miss graduation and practically get suspended. You know why? Because the girl has issues and she's taking them out on you.

How would you handle a bully now versus when you were a teenager?

Now I would probably look at the situation more closely and try to figure out why someone was acting the way they were. I would remind myself that most likely they are doing it because they feel threatened by me in some way or to prove to themselves and whomever else that they are not weak. I might call them out on this. In the case of someone spreading rumors/misinterpreting my actions, I would at least clear that up even though I've learned that bullies usually don't listen. Bullies are still intimidating even now as an adult. They still make you feel powerless, but you remind yourself that in reality they are the powerless ones. And now the biggest, most important thing is that I talk to other people about how I'm feeling. Usually those people can help me get out of a bad situation, but at the very least, they make me feel better and less alone.

A lot of bullied kids and teenagers suffer in silence, How would you encourage them to reach out?

Silence is deadly. Silence is defeat. That is something I know for sure. You have to find some sort of way to speak up when someone is hurting you. It took me years to learn that if I didn't talk about something it only festered. I usually start by writing things down, just for myself, so I can work out how I feel about it all and understand it. That usually makes me feel stronger, strong enough to approach someone else. There has to be someone you can trust, a friend, a teacher, a parent, a counselor, a librarian. Turn to them. You may not think they can help, but you'd be surprised how much it helps just to get it off your chest and then you can go from there.

Did you ever come across a book that you could relate to, or that has helped you in some way?

Oh yes, tons. That's what I was always looking for, books that helped or made me feel less alone. I had a harder time finding them as a teenager which is why I write for teenagers now, I write the stories I needed. But when I was younger the books that really helped me were the Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block. Lots of characters who are unique and beautiful in there that reminded me to be me.

What would you like to say to the readers of Dear Bully?

Just that I hope they find something they can take from these many varied experiences that all of these survivors had. Maybe they will better understand bullies. Maybe they will better understand themselves. Most of all I hope they see how important it is to talk about bullying, to share these stories because the more we do, the more powerless we make the bullies.

Thank you so much, Stephanie!

Thanks for having me, Cathy!

Visit Stephanie: Webiste | Blog | Twitter | Buy Stephanie Kuehnert's Books

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Young Adult: 243 Pages
Publisher: MTV Books
Published: July 19th, 2011
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Find the author: Website
Buy the book: Amazon

She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

"You’ve gone far away to a place with no horses and very little grass, and you’re studying how to write a story with a happy ending. If you can write that ending for yourself, maybe you can come back." - Hunter Allen
This is my first book by Jennifer Echols. Why? I don't have a good excuse, but will it be my last? Absolutely not! It is definitely safe to say that Jennifer Echols has me hooked with her charming storytelling and simply unique writing style.

Love Story is like a book inside a book inside a book. That may sound confusing but it isn't at all! The main story is told from Erin's point of view, but we get a little peek at Hunter's thoughts through his stories as well. I absolutely loved that aspect of the novel. It made for a refreshing read. Everyone knows that I love a good love story, but this novel is so much more than that. It is about self growth and discovery. Both Hunter and Erin have their own demons and throughout the novel we learn about them and how the characters will eventually deal with them. It is about making up for past mistakes and rekindling a friendship. The author created stunning characters in Love Story, ones that will stay with you long after you've read the book. You can't help but wonder what is in store for Erin and Hunter both individually and together in the future.  

Jennifer Echols crafted a perfect balance between characters and storyline, making for a great reading experience. Love Story has become on of my favourite summer reads and Jennifer Echols has become one of my favourite authors. Love Story is a treat for the readers soul!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reminder: The Book Panel Chat tonight at 7:30!


The Book Panel is tonight at 7:30pm(eastern) here at The Crazy Bookworm. Everyone is welcome! It is a free chat(no sign up or registration required) and we will be talking anything book related. We can chat about the latest books that we've read that we want to rant and/or rave about. We can chat about authors, book news, books becoming movies, anything at all!

How it works: It's easy! Just stop by The Crazy Bookworm blog at 7:30 PM. The chat will be right on the homepage. Simply create a screen name, and that's it, start chatting!
  • No vulgar language. I understand people can slip up, so if it happens, I'll politely let you know, but if you intentionally do it again, I'll have to remove you from the chat.
  • No personal attacks, not everyone likes the same thing. Feel free to express your opinion but please do it in a mature manner.
  • Keep it book related
  • Have fun!
I'm really looking forward to chatting with you guys! See you at 7:30!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Journey's Across the Blogiverse


Journey's Across the Blogiverse is a feature hosted by The Crazy Bookworm. You can learn more by checking out The Crazy Bookworm Feature Page.

The Bookish Brunette(YA, Eclectic)
Mimi Valentine(YA, Eclectic)

These are some of the great blogs I have came across this month! Tune in for the next Journey Across the Blogiverse to see more.

*Please note that blog links are not to be submitted for this feature, but if you would like to share your blog, feel free to leave a link in the comments!*

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox

I am really looking forward to all of these reads, especially Autumn: Purificaton! The last one ended on a cliffhanger so I am dying to know what happens next. If you are a fan of Zombie books and haven't read the 'Autumn' series yet, then I suggest you do so...Now! You can find my reviews for Autumn and Autumn: The City in my review archive. *Special thanks to Penguin Canada and David Moody/St. Martins Griffin*

What's in your mailbox?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hoppin' time!

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

Science Fiction and some fantasy. I just can't seem to do Sci-Fi. And I have enjoyed some fantasy novels, I just have to be picky with the genre.

Question of the Week: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

Wow! This is a great question, although it is really hard to narrow it down to three! Well I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan so I'd have to say him. Another would be Jodi Picoult, I love her books. And lastly...J.K. Rowling. I am a late comer with the Harry Potter series but I have fallen in love with them!
Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? Are they organized?

This is my main bookshelf. I have 2 other bookshelves that are filled with my read/older books, but this one showcases my newer books and my series'.  It was my DVD shelf but we bought a new one, so I reused the nice space this one had for my books :D These are kept in our living room, where I spend most of my time. They aren't really organized, I just keep same authors together and series' together.

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Coming up on The Crazy Bookworm
*In My Mailbox-Sunday
*Journeys Across the Blogiverse-Monday
*The Book Panel-Tuesday, July 26th at 7:30pm(eastern) Everyone is welcome. Click here to learn more.
*Love Story by Jennifer Echols Review
*Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday-Never Have I Ever

My perfect life was a lie.

Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people’s lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.

I fell in love with the first novel in The Lying Game series that the wait for this book has almost killed me...Bad joke? Any hoo, I can't wait to get my hands on this book that is released August 2, 2011. My review for The Lying Game.
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sometimes it Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Young Adult: 320 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: July 12th, 2011
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Sebastian dumped her. Facing a summer of loneliness, Hannah turns to her best friend Ava for comfort. Ava does what BFFs do: she stays by Hannah's side...until it's time for Ava to head up to Maine for the summer. Also left behind is Ava's boyfriend, Noah, who's such a great guy he gets Hannah a job at the diner he waits tables at. Slowly, Hannah comes out of her funk thanks to Noah's good conversation and their fun times at the diner. But things get complicated when their friendship turns into attraction--and one night, into a passionate kiss.
The novel opens on the first day of senior year; the day Hannah is going to see Ava, Sebastian, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, everyone is paired up once again, but not the way you might think...

"It's a strange feeling, to be completely on edge, your heart pounding, and really having no idea what you feel about anything"- Hannah Kaplan
The reasons why I wanted to read Sometimes It Happens: 1. The simple, yet alluring cover. The small case font and the soft colours just screamed READ ME! 2. The Premise. It is a twist on "Boy meets Girl". Right up my alley!
The Reasons why I loved Sometimes It Happens: 1. The unbelievably amazing character cast. 2. The simple writing style. 3. The layout of the chapters; from past, to present. 4. The heart-pounding storyline.
I have discovered some fantastic authors ever since I joined the Book Blogging community, but I have to say that Lauren Barnholdt made it to one of my favourites. I absolutely fell in love with this novel, and the authors writing style. She took a complicated subject and crafted it into an intense, page-turning read. I couldn't put this book down.

Hannah will remain one of my most loved book characters. She is simple, average and absolutely hilarious at times. I adored her. I bonded with her almost immediately, she became some what of a friend. I couldn't wait to pick up the book after a long day and pay her a visit. I don't know what it was about Hannah, or if it was even one specific thing that drew me to her so much, but I ended up caring for her. Noah was a great bold character that I really liked, and his outings with Hannah lead to some great laugh out loud moments. Ava was an interesting character. Although I enjoyed the relationship that Ava and Hannah shared, she irritated me at times. The author created such simple characters but they all stick out, and will stay with me long after I've read the book.
The premise paints a sticky situation. Hannah and Ava have been best friends for years, but when Ava goes to Maine for the Summer, Hannah and Noah build a friendship while working at the same Diner and in turn, develop some feelings. Sounds a little messy! But the author delivered it in a way where I was sympathizing with Hannah and Noah, and was rooting(for lack of a better word) for them.

The author captured the minds of the characters flawlessly, and took a touchy subject and crafted it into a beautiful story. I will definitely be picking up the authors previous books, and anxiously await her future novels!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview with a Blogger: Assortments


What inspired you to start your blog?

The Story Siren
The Story Siren! I saw her blog sometime last year and went i want to do that too! Review books, interview looked soo exciting!!

How long have you been blogging?

9th month now!

Tell us five things about yourself

1) I love nail paint! My fingers are always painted bright shades!

2) I am sucker for pout-y faces and flattery when i get really mad!

3) My all-time favorite bands are Seether and Nirvana

4) I have a thing for Heath Ledger and Kurt Cobain but they're both dead :( (theories suggest both of similar causes)

5) When I eat fish I need someone to remove the bones from the meat! *sheepish grin*

If you could have dinner with any book or movie character, who would it be and why?

Adrain Ivashkov from the Vampire series! Because Rose is so foolish and hurts him so much and he is hot as hell!! *dreamy look*

Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

That is a hard one..."friends?" (is that lame?! :P)..okay another try "food!"

Aside from blogging, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoying reading (du-h), listening to music, wrapping presents in pretty packages and when no one is home cooking! :P

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Hmmm....The Unbecoming of Mara Dyers by Michelle Hodkins, Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris, Bloodline by Michelle Read so far!

Where is your favourite reading place?

My bed! :) where i can sit up, lie down or snuggle up to read! An no one usually disturbs me here!

What is one book you would like to see hit the big screen?

The Vampire Academy Series! I know it sounds like I am a big vampire fan, but in truth i am not; in fact I have something against them ever since Twilight happened! (no offence meant). But I loved this series so much, it actually prevented me from going completely anti-vampire romance!

Any tips or words of advice for new bloggers?

Hmm..this questions makes me feel like a big time blogger even though i still feel like a newbie myself. I would say establish a style of blogging. Blog about things you want to, write the way YOU genuinely would! Don't try a commercial style because that way you don't establish yourself .Your Blog should be a reflection of you and your thoughts.!! :)

What book are you reading now?

I am reading quite a few right now, I am struggling with The Betrayal of Maggie Blair, because i am really slow with e-books, they hurt my eyes! :/ I am also reading The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet and Entangled by Cat Clarke!

Crazy Quiz

Favourite childhood book?

Ooh! As weird as it sounds..this one is hard for me to remember! I want to say Winnie the Pooh but i cant be sure. I think this book called the Ugly Old Scarecrow by Enid Blyton i think or various authors perhaps. Because i recall coloring the pictures in the book extensively and reading the book over and over again till the spine and later the cover fell off! I can't remember where its gone now!!

Favorite movie?

10 Things I Hate About You!!

Twilight or Harry Potter?

Harry Potter any day!

One guilty pleasure?

I love scooping cream of birthday cakes before they are cut (when no one is looking!) *cheeky grin*

If you could become any animal, what would you be?

A cat! :) one that could read hopefully!

Be sure to head on over to Kiwi's blog 'Assortments' and say Hello!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox

For Review

(Links lead to Goodreads)

I'm looking forward to reading all of these! A side from Dark Inside, these reads are a nice change up from my usual reading pile!

What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Book Panel: Mark your Calenders!

Mark your calenders bookworms. The first Book Panel will take place on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:30pm Eastern - Canadian time, here at The Crazy Bookworm. To check your time zone, and what time that will be for you, click here.

Everyone is welcome, and the chat is free-no registration required! You can learn more about The Book Panel here.

I look forward to seeing you here!

If you have any questions about this feature, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I will answer them for you!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hop, Hop, Hoppin'!

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?

When I was younger, I lived at the library! There were many days that my mother had to pry me out of there. A "quick" trip was never a quick trip! But now I purchase all my books. There are days I will sit in the book store and read a little bit of it to see if I will enjoy it, give it a little test read :P Or I receive my books from authors or publishers for review.

Question of the Week: What do I do when I are not reading?

Family time!(With fiance and 3 dogs) I also have a 15 month old niece that I like to hang out with :P...Also I love the outdoors, especially in the summertime. I spend a lot of time outside, going for walks, hiking or biking. I also enjoy my one hour of "me" time at the gym. Oh, and of course Blogging.
TGIF is hosted by GReads
Question of the Week: Book Blogger Appreciation: Which book blogs have inspired you or made a difference in your blogging experience?

Oh wow! There were and are still so many. I discover all kinds of great new blogs that inspire my blog all the time. When I first started The Crazy Bookworm, I had NO IDEA that there was a 'Book Blog' community. But a few days after I created my blog, I came across Jennifer's blog 'Crazy For Books' and Kristi's 'The Story Siren'.  Those two blogs showed me what I wanted my book blog to me. A place where I can honestly express my opinion about the books I am reading, and that it is okay to not like every book you read.
I still discover so many fabulous blogs all the time, and because of that I have started a new feature called "Journey's across the Blogiverse' where I make a post from time to time listing the great new book blogs I have come across. Expect the first post for that coming soon!

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Happy Hoppin'!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Young Adult: 272 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: July 21st, 2011
Series: None
Source: ARC from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website | Twitter

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

When I first came across the cover of Ripple, I fell in love right away. It wasn't the cover models that did it for me, it was the haunting colours and background images. The midnight blues and teals. The angry clouds up above and the calm water behind...Beautiful!

We are introduced to Lexi who has a haunting past and a dark secret. She completely shuts herself out from the world and doesn't allow anyone to get close to her...That is until Cole steps into her life and turns her world upside down. I was immediately drawn to Lexi. I found her character very intriguing. Her story made for a compelling read. Learning more about her history and her future had me completely fascinated. Cole was a MAJOR swoon-worthy character. I absolutely loved the way the author introduced him into the novel. The relationship she created between Lexi and Cole was very realistic and a pleasure to read.

The writing style was simplistic but elegant. The author didn't fill the novel with unnecessary details. She simply delivered the story of the characters, and everything unfolded beautifully.

Ripple turned out to be way more than what I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be a light read, and then when done, move onto the next book. But I am left still thinking about it and wanting more! I want to learn more about Lexi, Sirens and Nixes. Mandy Hubbard created such an engrossing novel, and delivered the theme beautifully. For readers that are apprehensive about the Sirens/Mermaids theme, pick up Ripple and give it a try. And for readers who are already fans, Ripple is a must!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Author Spotlight: Tish Cohen

  • Switch(On shelves now!)
  • The Truth about Delilah Blue
  • Inside out girl
  • Little Black Lies
Buy the books: Amazon
Visit Tish: Website | Facebook | Twitter

I was born in Toronto and, shortly after swallowing a poisonous mushroom under the playground slide and having my stomach pumped, my family moved to Montreal where I attended a badly lit French nursery school in the basement of an old building. My classmate, Guy, and I bonded over a French storybook about a family of hungry kittens in a park. As these cats were wiser than I, they ignored the lure of the mushroom and stole a can of sardines from a picnic basket. Only, having no opposable thumbs, they couldn't work the can opener. It was during these scenes, mimicking the frustrated kittens, that Guy taught me how to swear in French—a skill I'm thankful for to this day. I don't remember the name of this book, but I'll never forget the story or the illustrations or the fun we had creating our own, edgier, version of the tale...Continue Reading

Tell us 3 things about yourself

I drink hot water for fun. I have spent up to one year researching the sound of a bird to figure out which bird it is – Black-Capped Chickadee. Best bird sound ever. I recently walked into an abandoned house just to see what was inside. Last weekend. Not really a break and enter; the door was ajar. More of a push and enter.

What inspired you to write Switch?

I read an article in The Daily Mail about a woman who was raised as the only biological child of parents who took in many foster children. I found that intriguing.

Did you come across any challenges while writing?

Biggest challenge is staying off Facebook. Second biggest challenge would be fear of the page. Third biggest challenge is running out of chocolate.

Do you have any writing must haves?(ie, music, food, etc)

Hot water. Other than that my needs change every day.

What is 'A day in the life of Tish Cohen' like?

Wake up. Get Coffee. Write on the front porch. Wonder if cupcake store around the corner is open. Go get a cupcake. More writing. Go to gym to work off cupcake. Guilt over having not written enough. More writing. Bonfire in the backyard. Reading in bed.

If you could Switch places for a day with anyone in the world, who would it be?

I don’t know anything about her life, but let’s assume her life outside of the book world is wonderful. I would switch places with Elizabeth Strout and polish my Pulitzer Prize every day and congratulate myself for having written Olive Kitteridge and Amy and Isabelle.

Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

My kids.

If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would you pick?

Olive Kitteridge.

Aside from reading and writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Working out, traveling, antiquing, and long walks.

2011 has proved to be an awesome year for reading! What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Dragula in Love by Karen Essex, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, and Cool Water by Dianne Warren.

Thank you, Tish!

Check out my review for Tish Cohen's Switch here

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

700 Followers Giveaway!

The Crazy Bookworm has hit 700 followers! I can't believe it. You guys are just way to awesome! As a big thank you, I will be having a giveaway of my 2 favourite reads of this 2011, and my top favourite YA Read ever. 

One lucky winner will receive all 3 of these books. I will also choose a second winner that will receive one of their choice.

  • Giveaway is open internationally. Books will be sent through the Book Depository
  • You must be a follower to enter.
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter giveaway
  • Giveaway ends August 5th, 2011
  • Please only one entry per person. Entering twice will not increase your chance on winning. Please keep it fair.
Please fill out THIS FORM to enter

Thanks to all my awesome followers. You guys rock!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blog Survey = New features at The Crazy Bookworm

Hi Everyone!

First off, let me take a moment to thank everyone who filled out The Crazy Bookworm blog survey. The survey is still open, so to readers that would like to check out it, click here. All feedback is welcome and appreciated!

The Crazy Bookworm wouldn't be what it is without you guys, so I strive to keep my blog a place you guys enjoy coming too. I got some wonderful feedback from the survey, and everyone was so nice! All your kind words and compliments have been taken to heart. And all of your great suggestions have been taken into consideration. I got a lot of feedback about the blog being more "blogger to blogger" interactive so bloggers can interact with each other more on the blog. Obviously, those are wonderful suggestions, ones that I am happy to work on to make this blog a more interactive blog for you guys. As a result of that, I have thought of 3 New Features.

Feature #1
The Book Panel
This feature will take place once a month, hosted here at The Crazy Bookworm. It will be a free(no sign up required) chat, where fellow bookworms can come and chat together about all the great books they've read during that month. We will share recommendations, talk characters, plots, etc. We can even talk about T.V/Movies adaptations of books(i.e. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Hunger Games, etc) Anything book related! And the chat is open to all genre's, not just YA. The chats will take place in eastern time, so to all the international readers, please check your timezones to get the correct chat time for you.

Feature #2
Journey's Across the Blogiverse
This is a feature that will list the other blogs I have discovered during that month. I'm still deciding on the post frequency but it will either be a Bi-weekly post or a once-a-month post. I discover all kinds of great book blogs all the time(old and young). Whether it's from blog hops, meme's or just surfing the Internet. What better way to share these blogs than with you? It will bring attention to new blogs, and older blogs can welcome new visitors. There will be no entry form to submit your blog to be a a part of the post. This feature is to just simply share the newly discovered blogs I came across during that month. But you are more than welcome to comment on the posts with your blog link for me and my readers to check out! Also if you have discovered a great blog that you want to share, feel free to leave a link in the post's comment section!

Feature #3
And Then...
I'm really excited about this feature, and I hope you will be too! First off, I want to say that this is meant to be a fun feature. You don't have to be a writer or an aspiring one. This is welcome to everyone. It can be silly, serious, funny, or weird...Even a little crazy. And Then... is a feature that will publish a short story once a month(or bi-weekly. Depending on popularity) created by me and YOU GUYS! Once a month, I will do a post with the start of a story, and then it is up to you to finish the rest of it. At the end of the month I will publish our work of art :)

For example: Kelly was never the type of girl to get excited because she was used to things not going her way. But when she saw Cole, the only guy she has ever had eyes for at the same party, walking her way, she couldn't help but get a little excited....

Now that example was just off the top of my head, but you can see where I'm going with this. I ended my part, so it is up to you finish the next paragraph. Please do not feel the need to stick with the topic I start with. The story could start off like a princess fairytale but end with a crazy Zompire(Zombie+vampire). Remember, this is supposed to be fun and interactive! Now of course, to keep things simple for you and under control there will be guidelines.

  • Submissions must be a minimum of 80 words and a maximum of 150.  Please don't feel the need to sit there at the computer and count your words. Just as long as your submission is at least a paragraph, that is perfectly fine!
  • To add your part of the story, just simply click on the comments and read along to see where the story is heading, then add your own paragraph.
  • Open to everyone! Anyone can submit a paragraph. If you are uncomfortable with posting as yourself, you can post as anonymous. Just select 'Anonymous' in the comment box.
  • Light sexual content is okay. Please keep in mind that teenagers as young as 13 and 14 read this blog, so I ask that it is kept light.
  • No vulgar language.
  • You do not have to stick to one genre, if you have a great idea that changes it up, and flows with the story then please type away!
Also, please feel free to submit a 'story opening' for the next story. Sound like a fun feature?

I'm hoping all these features will allow everyone to interact a lot more together. I'm looking forward to hearing all your thoughts on these new features. Thanks for all the great feedback!

Interview with a Blogger: The Zealous Reader

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome Laura from The Zealous Reader

How long have you been blogging?

6 months. My blogaversary was July 3.

What inspired you to start a book blog?

I did the 100-in-2010 challenge last year with some of my book club friends and noticed some people were updating on blogs. My one friend found The Story Siren and I was hooked. I needed a project for 2011 and the rest is history!

Tell us 5 things about yourself

I live in Ontario, Canada, I love sushi, I’m obsessed with making lists, I can’t stop watching the Food Network, and I’m dying to visit Ireland.

If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would it be and why?

That’s so hard! The first character that popped into mind was Daine from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series. She was my favourite childhood heroine and I fell in love with fantasy because of her.

Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

Goodreads. It’s always open on my computer 24/7. It’s so addictive.

Who is your favourite book hero and book villian?

Favourite hero: Harry Potter. You seriously can’t beat him. Favourite villain: Elphaba from Wicked by Gregory Maguire. She made me understand the plight of the villain better than any other character. But to combine the both, my favourite anti-hero is Snape from the Harry Potter series. So evil, so heroic, so amazing. Easily one of the best characters ever written.

What is one book you would like to see come to the big screen?

The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. I was so disappointed when they stopped after The Golden Compass. You can’t just leave an audience dangling forever! It’s one of the best series ever written and deserves to be finished.

What is one guilty pleasure that you have?

Classical music. Ever since we started playing Holst’s The Planets in band class I can’t stop listening to it. Bach, Beethoven, you name it, I’m listening to it.

Aside from reading and blogging, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I volunteer at my local library but that’s pretty book-oriented too, eh? I listen to a lot of indie-folk music and love researching new bands on Youtube. I’m pursuing a degree in theatre this fall so in the past 5 years or so I’ve done oodles of community theatre and choirs. Love to act!

Any tips or words of advice for new book bloggers?

While it pains me to say this, it is all about how you look. You can have the best reviews, features, interviews, etc. but if your header and background aren’t pleasing, you won’t get as many followers. Also, network! Use twitter, goodreads, and comment on as many blogs as you can.

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

I’m doing a read-a-thon in July and Indie Author Month in August so a bit of everything. My copies of Mara Dyer, Forbidden, and Dust & Decay are calling to me from the bookshelves though.

Crazy Quiz

Favourite childhood book?

I remember borrowing Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola an obnoxious number of times in kindergarten, but as a child probably Little House on the Prairie or Nancy Drew. I was all about the classics.

Favourite all time movie?

SO HARD! I’d have to go with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Witches or Wizards?

Wizards. Witches remind me of Twitches or that one Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen movie. Wizards are way cooler.

Twilight or Harry Potter?

Harry Potter, hands down. HP is my homeboy. I cried through the books and movies. Not so much with Twilight.

One super power you would like to have?

Flight! In a lot of my dreams I can fly and it’s always so depressing to wake up with gravity.

Be sure to head on over to The Zealous Reader and say Hello!

*To participate in Interview with a Blogger click here. Anyone with a blog can sign up.It is not limited to just book bloggers. All blogs are welcome.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hoppin' Time

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: This week’s question isn’t a question at all! I thought I would do things a little differently this week and give all of you a chance to promote a giveaway (or two!) from the blogosphere.

The Catch? It can't be your own giveaway!

Bonnie over at Hands and Home is giving away a copy of Bridesmaid Lotto by Rachel Astor. Sounds like a great read! Click here to check out the giveaway.

Question of the Week: Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

Hmm...This is really hard because I haven't read too many 'bad' books. I'd have to say 'Tales from Gundarland' by Hank Quense. It is a book of short stories and I enjoyed a few of the stories but overall the book just didn't do it for me. No disrespect to the author :)
Check out my Crazy Bookworm Survey and giveaway. I am giving away a copy of The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. Contest is open to everyone.  For survey and giveaway, click here.
*I also started a personal blog 'Naked Moments'. Feel free to stop by over there and say hi!
Happy Hoppin' everyone!

A Crazy Bookworm Survey + A giveaway!

Hi fellow bookworms!

You might have noticed on The Crazy Bookworm that from time to time, I like to post a little survey for you to fill out, so I can get a better idea of what you guys enjoy, and what you want to see more of. The reason I do this is so I can make The Crazy Bookworm a place you enjoy coming to. When I created this blog I NEVER thought there would be so many great people that would follow my blog and read what I have to say. I created The Crazy Bookworm to be my little space to share my thoughts on books, but I never thought I would be sharing and welcoming so many amazing friends and readers into this space with me. I am grateful for all my present and future followers. I consider all of you a part of The Crazy Bookworm!

Now, on to the survey! Please take a few moments to fill out the survey below. As a thank you, I will also be giving away one finished hard cover copy of The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. But there will be a separate entry form for that below. Thanks again!

Please fill out THIS FORM to enter the giveaway! One copy to one lucky winner. Open internationally. Ends July 28th.

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