Friday, September 30, 2011

Let the Halloween festivities begin!

Welcome to The Crazy Bookworm, decorated in full Halloween spirit! Tomorow is Day 1 in my Countdown to Halloween Event that will take place from now until October 31st. You can check out my What to expect post to see what kind of goodies you are in for.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a Book Review and a 3 book(series) giveaway...signed by the author! You don't want to miss that!

I am looking forward to the Halloween fun, I hope you are, too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Journey's Across the Blogiverse

              Teen Shiver(YA Author Blog
Literary Exploration(YA, Eclectic)
The Writers Voice(Author Blog)
A Great Read(Paranormal)

Those are just some of the great blogs I've come across this month. Until next time...Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Countdown to Halloween-What to expect at The Crazy Bookworm


September is coming to an end, and we are beginning one of my favourite months...October! I love October for so many reasons: The fall weather, Thanksgiving(for Canada) and of course Halloween! Last year on The Crazy Bookworm I did a countdown to Halloween throughout the whole month, I had a blast! So with October approaching, I am hear to introduce this year's "Countdown to Halloween".

What's to come
During the month of October there will visits from authors. Some will be interviews, others will be guest posts. David Moody(Autumn Series) and Ransom Riggs(Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children) just to name a few.
I will also be spotlighting bloggers. We will be talking all things that go bump in the night.
I will still be reviewing my usual YA books, but during the month of October, I will be focusing more on books that are spine tingling. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Feed by Mira Grant, and The Poisoned House by Michael Ford are among some of the books that will be reviewed and featured during October.
The Crazy Bookworm is primarily a book blog, but what is Halloween without curling up in the dark with some Scary Movies? I will be featuring some of my all-time favourite, sleep with the light's on movies.
Of course, there will be lots of giveaway fun. Throughout the whole month there were be giveaways with one Grand Prize giveaway that will end October 28th. So be sure to stop by to enter in the fun! You'll have to wait and see what kind of giveaways will be happening because I don't want to spoil the surprise. But I will reveal the Grand Prize Giveaway now...

1 DVD copy of Amityville Horror(1970 Version)
1 DVD copy of Amityville Horror(2007 Version)
1 Hardcover copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
1 copy of The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
1 copy of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Laney: The Brookehaven Vampire Bookmarks(5)
1 box of Nestle 54 Favourites Chocolate(Areo, Smarties, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp)

Those DVD's are guaranteed to leave you sleep with the lights on!

I'm looking forward to kicking off this event on October 1st. Day one will contain a review and a 3 book(series) giveaway...signed by the author! Be sure to stop by to check it out!

Also, Halloween is also known for it's scary stories, so if you have one, fact or fiction, I want to hear it! Feel free to leave it in any of the post comments during the month of October, or e-mail me at: and it may just get featured on the blog!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Young Adult: 308 Pages
Publisher: Delecorte Books
Published: February 9th, 2010
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth(Book #1)
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
“Who are we if not the stories we pass down? What happens when there's no one left to tell those stories? To hear them? Who will ever know that I existed? What if we are the only ones left -- who will know our stories then? Who will remember those?” - Mary

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for almost a year now. Why I had waited so long to pick it up? I don't know, but how I wish I picked it up sooner!

Carrie Ryan delivered a gripping novel about a shambled world. A universe that has been wiped out and replaced with the Unconsecrated. The dead out number the living. Trapping them into man made villages. Chainlink fences line these villages, somewhat protecting them from the living dead, but still people step to close, and get bit. One bite, is all it takes for the Return to start taking over your body. Be killed, or released into the Forest of Hands and Teeth with the rest of Them, it's your choice.

Carrie Ryan's world building blew me away. The ability she had to create such a haunting, terrifying picture had my spine tingling. I pondered more than one while reading this book "What Would I do?". I love a book that takes me from the real world, and places me dead centre into the characters world. That's what the author did for me with this book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth followed me everywhere, unable to put it down. I devoured this book almost in one sitting.

Mary was such an emotionally charged character. Her faith for the world outside the forest radiated off the pages. I could feel how badly she wanted to leave, to dip her toes in the ocean that she has heard so many wonderful stories of, and to find another surviver outside the villages. She wasn't a young girl that needed saving, she fought, and she fought hard. Her growing determination and stregth made for a great transformation in her character and a beautiful reading experience.

The book paints a dark picture: The undead, villages breeched, death, but in the heart of the novel is a heart-warming love story and discovery of one's self. The book is so much more than a "Zombie" book.
Carrie Ryan's lyrical writing style paired with her world building and stunning character devolopment made this book a favourite of mine!

First impression: Loved the cover, and Zombies!
Last impression: So much more than what I expected. Delivered a whole knew twist to the "undead" genre!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hoppin' Time!/TGIF

Q: Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

A: The Twilight Series is one that I like to revist from time to time, even if it is just one of the books from the series. I also love David Moody's Autumn series. When I need my zombie fix, I turn to those!

Q: Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year? How has your progression been?

A: Yes, I did. But unfortunatly didn't really have success with any of them. I signed up for The Book Vixen's Nicholas Sparks Challenge(I was going to re-read all this books) and also her 90's book challenge. I was really excited about doing the challenges but there are just to many books out there and too little time. On top of books I had to review, I just couldn't commit fully to the challenges.

Don't forget to sign up for the $50 American Express Giftcard giveaway! It ends tonight at 11:59pm. You could be one of five winners!
Beginning of After Giveaway.
*Both giveaways are linked about this post!
Stay tuned for my 'Countdown to Halloween' post. Where you can learn what The Crazy Bookworm will have going on during the whole month of October. Plus there will be lots of giveaways and one fantastic 800 Followers giveaway!
Happy Hoppin!(Be sure to you link so I can hop back!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Young Adult: 208 Pages
Published: September 13th, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: None
Source: From Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

On the day after Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She is not dreaming. She doesn’t know where she’s been or what she’s done. She’s missing a whole day from her life. And she’s wearing skeleton makeup and a too-small Halloween costume that she doesn't remember putting on.

Nan is not supposed to wake up in places like this anymore. She’s different now, so far from that dangerously drunk girl who hit bottom in the Nanapocalypse. She needs to find out what happened to her, and fast. As she tries to put together the pieces of the last twenty-four hours, she flashes back to memories of her previous life. But she would never go back to her old friends and her old ways. Would she?

The deeper Nan digs, the more disturbing things get. This time, she may have gone one step too far. This time, she may be a walking ghost.

 "There was a long silence, and I realized I was shaking. Telling the truth like that, just everything at once, wasn't something I was used to." -Nan

My immediate first impression with this novel, before even cracking the book open was "mysterious". I knew this was going to be one of those books that keep you on the edge of your seat, and flying though the pages to fit all the pieces together. The cover alone doesn't even give the slightest thing away, although I do find it very enticing!

Burnout kept me in suspense throughout the entirety of the novel. We are taken through Nan's emotional struggle with life. Her past struggle with drugs and alcohol and her struggle with her identity. It is an emotional twisted read. I laughed and I cried. My heart went out to Nan. I couldn't wait to get to the end and put the final piece in place. I didn't know where Adrienne Vrettos was going to take this story, even right up to the last few chapters, but once all was revealed, it all fell into place. Flawlessly.

Burnout. It's heart wrenching and beautiful all at the same time. An emotional roller coaster but a bold read. I love that Vrettos didn't sugarcoat a moment, and let the raw emotions radiate off the pages. A hauntingly beautiful story about a girl. Loved it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

800 Followers...Happy Dance!

Wow! I don't even know what to say! I can't believe The Crazy Bookworm has reached 800 Followers. I can't even express into words how awesome you guys are!

During the month of October I will be hosting my event 'The Countdown to Halloween' which will contain lots of giveaways throughout the month. I'll be sure to honour my followers during that month with an 800 Followers giveaway. So stay tuned!!

Thank you all so much. I am so grateful for every single one of my followers!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Only 4 Days Left to Enter! Ladybird, Ladybird Book Trailer and Giveaway!!

Ladybird, Ladybird

Samantha was born under a full moon to a mother already dead. Revived by doctors and given to her unloving father, Samantha was raised a cursed child, her only friend the ghost of her mother who speaks to her through keys...


As part of the Book Trailer and E-Book Release(Hardcover release: Sept. 15th) Crimson Oak Publishing will be giving away five $50 American Express gift cards!!

Just CLICK HERE to enter and tell em' The Crazy Bookworm sent ya!

Giveaway ends September 23rd at 11:59PM

Good luck everyone! And be sure to grab your copy of Ladybird, Ladybird when it releases this week in e-book. Hardcover hits stands September 15th!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hey Fellow Bookworms! I wanted to get a vlog in because I haven't done one in a while, below you can find my UNEDITED vlog. I didn't have a lot of time so I could only do one take. So enjoy while I say UM and AND a lot, and awkwardly talk about my Halloween events.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hoppin' Time!/TGIF

Q: It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

A: Ohh! Great question, but hard to answer. Hmm...I think I would have to choose Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me(14th Century France) or Sandra Edwards' Incredible Dreams. If you haven't read that book. Read!

Book Blogger Hop

Q: “As a book blogger, how do you introduce yourself in your profile?”

A: I have edited my profile's 'About Me' so many times! I just describe how much I love reading. And what I do for a day job when I'm not reading or blogging.

Hosted by Ginger at G-Reads
Q: Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?

A: I'm not going to say that these failed, but they didn't didn't live up to the hype I heard about them: So Much Closer by Susanne Colassanti, Haven by Kristi Cook(I enjoyed the book, it just didn't live up to the hype I was hearing about it) And Between Here and Forever( I liked the book, just not the main characters overdone self loathing)

Current Giveaways

Win 1 out of 5 $50 American Express Giftcards! Click HERE for more details and to enter!

Book Giveaway: The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle. Click HERE for giveaway details(end date, etc) and to enter!

Happy Hoppin' Everyone!
Be sure to leave your blog link in the comments so I can hop back!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jennifer Castle stops by to talk about her "Before and After" + A Giveaway!

Jennifer Castle

Jennifer Castle graduated from Brown University and worked as a celebrity publicist's assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a struggling screenwriter (yes, that's an actual job) before falling into a niche producing websites for kids and teens. The Beginning of After is her first novel. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in New York's Hudson Valley. Visit her at


*The Beginning of After (Goodreads | Amazon)

I’ve read plenty of writing about how motherhood changes you. How it makes you see the world differently, how you never knew you could love so much, how it challenges and teaches and raises your tolerance for anything gross. All true, but I’m not going to write about that. Let me say first that my two amazing daughters are the best things to ever happen to me. But we’re discussing Before and After here, so I’ll cut to the chase.

I own a videotape that is the most perfect and bittersweet example of my life Before Children. It’s not from some wild party or a trip across Europe. It’s not footage of an immaculate house or my pre-pregnancy figure.

It is twenty minutes of my cat, Louis, playing with a tampon.

In this riveting piece of filmmaking, my husband and I take turns making smartass comments as Louis goes hard-core kitty on a defenseless feminine hygiene product. When I recently discovered the video, I was struck that (a) once upon a time, this was the most entertaining thing that would happen to me in a day and (b) I had nothing better to do back then than stand around and watch this, let alone videotape it.

Now, our days don’t stop for a moment. There are so many absurd things that rush past in a single hour, we can’t even appreciate them all. Downtime? What’s that? I’m so tired and busy, I don’t think there’s anything I can focus on for twenty minutes straight. And poor aging Louis wouldn’t know what to do with a live mouse, let alone a Tampax Pearl.

But while that videotape represents a kind of life-quiet that’s gone and deeply missed sometimes, it also reminds me that we also had way, way, way less humor and surprise and pure unfiltered joy. It seems like a fair trade to me.

Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. Now, Laurel must navigate a new world in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

I am giving away one copy of The Beginning of After. To enter please fill out THIS FORM.
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter
  • Open to EVERYONE
  • Giveaway ends Friday, September 30th.

*Check out the next stop on Jennifer Castle's book tour on: Friday, September 16 at: The Bookish Type *

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

Young Adult: 432 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: September 6, 2011
Series: None
Source: Review copy from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Blog

Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy.

Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss—a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

"It seemed like the only way to keep breathing was to focus on the here and now, moment by moment, keeping my mind frozen cold to anything else." - Laurel

I don't even know where to start with this review. From time to time you come across those books that you can't even describe into words. I'll try to do my best!

The Beginning of After really took me by surprise. Packed in it's 430 page package, lay a raw and emotional story. A story that hits to close to home a times, because although it's based on a fictional story and characters, dealing with death is a feeling we will all unfortunately deal with someday. Whether it's a loved one, a friend or even a pet, the pain is just as unbearable.

In other books I've read that are similar to this one, the character usually grieves immediately. In this character's case, Laurel kept everything pent up inside and that broke my heart. Although the pain wasn't being expressed in so many words, it radiated off the pages. I could feel how hurt, angry and alone she really was. A transformation in Laurel begins to unravel throughout the book, that changed by whole outlook on what this book was about. This book isn't your typical Young Adult novel when a character has to deal with a difficult situation. The Beginning of After is so much more than that. It is about Love, forgiveness and Self growth. Those are books that I truly cherish!

If your looking for a high climatic read, then this one probably isn't for you. But if your looking for a novel that will touch your heart and soul. A book you may relate too, or a book that will teach you something, then pick up The Beginning of After.

Be sure to stop by Wednesday, Sept 14th when Jennifer Castle stops by The Crazy Bookworm!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hoppin' Time!/TGIF

Question of the Week: “Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?”

Although I read a lot of Young Adult, I love most genres! If Young adult wiped off the planet, I would probably start with the contemporary and historical fiction.(But let's hope nothing like that happens to young adult!)

Question of the Week: Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?

Great question! But no, not that I can recall. I have always rooted for the hero, the love interest, the main sqeeze. All that good stuff! But there have been times that I've "fallen" for the villian, or that I've swooned over him. Sometimes the villian will capture me but I always root for the hero in the end :)

Question of the Week: Which books would you love to see made in to a TV series? or movie?
Ohh! Great question. I love all the questions this week! This list could go on and on, so I will just pick a top 3.
(Reviews for these 3 books can be found in my review archive)

Be sure to check out my giveaway. Enter for a chance to win 1 out of 5 American Express Giftcards. To learn more and to enter, check out the link above this post!

*I love comments, so keep em' coming! And be sure to leave your link so I can hop back!*

Does A Bear Sh*t In The Woods(Answers to rhetorical questions) by Caroline Tagger

Does a Bear Sh*t in the Woods?: Answers to Rhetorical Questions
Humour: 160 Pages
Publisher: Plume Books
Published: July 26th, 2011
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

Serious answers to rhetorical questions--what's not to like?
For those of us who have long wondered where bears go to take care of their business, if the Pope is actually Catholic, or whether anyone is really made of money, Caroline Taggart provides the answers to these and a host of previously unanswerable questions.

From the most profound questions of philosophy to queries of geography and science, this deadpan book is full of hilarious information you never knew you needed including:

What's love got to do with it?
How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
Where does the time go?
Can a leopard change his spots?

When reading the title to this review, you may be thinking "Huh?" That's what I thought when I first learned about this book, but when I had a look at the premise I must admit, it piqued my interest.

I'm so glad I didn't pass up on this book! It proved to be a fun, witty page-turner. Caroline Taggart did a great job a providing real answers to those pesky rhetorical questions but she did it in a humorous fashion. Aside from having fun, I was actually learning, too. I was learning about things that I never really thought about before, but found the information really interesting.

This book has already made it's rounds with my family and friends. I couldn't resist pulling it out and sharing some of the tidbits inside, it made for great conversation. I can't wait to break out of the witty answers next time I hear someone use one of the rhetorical questions that Caroline tackles.

This is the perfect book to pull out at a party, or to read during your lunch break at work. Whenever you need that blast of entertainment. Does a Bear Sh*t in the Woods will definitely provide that for you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Crazy Bookworm Recommends...

Summer is slowly wrapping up, with the first day of fall just 2 weeks away. Kids are back to school, and we are starting to feel those cool nights. So, what better way to wrap up a great summer of reading than recommending to you, some of my faves!

Short and Sweet: A Mind-bending, magically twisted novel. Epic!

Short and Sweet: Enchanting and refreshingly unique. Unlike anything I've ever read.

Short and Sweet: A beautifully crafted with stunning characters

Short and Sweet: High school Zombies! 'Nuff said!

Short and Sweet: An elegantly told page-turner. Couldn't put it down!

Short and Sweet: Took a classic(pride and prejudice) and transformed it into a fantastic YA version.

Short and Sweet: Entertaining character cast, and a heart-pounding storyline. And, Greek mythology!

Short and Sweet: A wild ride. Kindled my love for dystopian!

Short and Sweet: But I love him and Bitter End are both tragic stories, but story that should be told none the less.

All these books claimed a spot on my favourite's list this summer. What were some of your summer faves?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lie by Caroline Bock

Young Adult: 224 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: August 30th, 2011
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

Everybody knows, nobody’s talking. . . .

Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?

But Jimmy was her savior. . . .

When her mother died, he was the only person who made her feel safe, protected from the world. But when she begins to appreciate the enormity of what has happened, especially when Carlos Cortez, one of the victims, steps up to demand justice, she starts to have second thoughts about protecting Jimmy. Jimmy’s accomplice, Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He’s out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy.

The truth must be told. . . .

Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend in order to save himself. But most important, both he and Skylar need to figure out why they would follow someone like Jimmy in the first place.

When reading the premise for Lie I knew that it was going to be a suspenseful read. Tackling a sensitive issue, I knew the book was going to rise some emotions out of me.

The overall storyline of the book is enough to tug at the heart-strings. We are introduced to Skylar Thompson who is a broken seventeen year old girl. Her boyfriend is being accused of a brutal crime, the same boy who was the only one that could save her from the pain she was dealing with...the death of her mother. One thing I loved so much with this novel was the character development. Caroline Bock did a tremendous job when it came to her character building. The emotions that each character felt radiated off the pages, the sadness, the anger, the confusion. It was all there.

I wasn't exactly a fan when it came to how the book was laid out. The book is written from each character's point of view. If it was just 2 or 3 characters I might have been able to adjust to it, but we are reading the perspectives of 7-8 different characters. At times I found myself getting confused, and it took away from my connection with the book.

When it comes down to the entire book as a whole package, I enjoyed it. Other than the book's layout, I found the story powerful enough to overcome that. It's realistic and heart-wrenching. If you like books that tackle real and sensitive issues, then I highly recommend Lie.
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