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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Interview with a blogger: The Crazy Bookworm! (Dear Bully Edition)

Alisha, over at Black Nailed Reviews interviewed me about bullying and my personal experiences. This is to promote the book Dear Bully: An anthology by 70 various young adult authors. To Learn more about Dear Bully, and my campaign Dear Bully: Blogger Edition, click HERE

How would you define a bully?

I would define a bully as weak. A person that has their own insecurities but feels the need to outcast others to make themselves feel better.

How old were you when the bully started?

I was in grade 1. Maybe 7 years old.


What is the most effective way to deal with a bully?

Ask them why? What is going on in their life that makes them take it out onto someone else. It is perfectly fine to stand up for yourself(without physical or verbal attacks). If that doesn't work then ignore them the best you can. They will give up eventually. Also, don't be afraid to reach out, let someone be aware of the situation.

What does being bullied teach the people who have experienced it?

I think for most people it teaches us to admire and appreciate the love we have around us from family and friends. It teaches us to take those unfortunate situations and apply them to make us the best people we can be. To strive and work hard for our dreams so we can show those bullies that we won at their game.


To view the entire interview, click HERE. To be a part of Dear Bully: Blogger Edition click HERE. You can remain anonymous. Or if you'd like to e-mail me personally, you can do so at : crazybookworm@live.ca

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Switch by Tish Cohen

Young Adult: 254 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Published: May 9, 2011
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review/blog tour
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

Good girl, honour-roll lifer, Berkeley-bound, mildly neurotic, high strung twelfth grader Andrea Birch just wants a bit of privacy. Oh, and perhaps a bit more of a social life. Or just a life in general. But when your mom and dad are foster parents who can’t turn away a child, trying to carve out a little space for yourself while tending to the needs of everyone from twin toddlers to angst-ridden adolescents is nearly impossible. And then Joules Adams, daughter of internationally famous rock star Nigel Adams, jumps into Andrea’s car, setting off an improbable car chase and ending in detention. For Andrea, it’s the last straw. Why is it that Joules, breaker of all rules, living a life of luxury, gets off so easy? Why does she have everything, including a cool famous dad, and Andrea has nothing, not even her parents’ full attention?
In a modern, hip take on the classic Freaky Friday story, Tish Cohen delivers a fresh look at wishing your life was someone else’s.

When I first came across Switch my interest was immediately peeked by it's simple yet alluring cover and intriguing premise. What I didn't know was the awesomeness that was waiting for me inside those paperback covers.

Tish Cohen's captivating writing style had me flying through the pages. It was simple and flowed beautifully. She also crafted the story flawlessly. I never had a confusing moment when it came to the characters. With "body switching" novels that can be quite difficult but Cohen delivered it perfectly. I was pleased more than once how well she got into the mind of these two completely different teenage characters, as well as many other secondary characters. Not once did the characters blend. Tish Cohen created a stunning character cast.

I was drawn to Andrea right away. She was such a likable character, a real pleasure to read and discover. Joules was also a great character. She sounds like a perfect choice for a body switch but underneath that "perfect" exterior are insecurities and her own personal issues. I had a blast getting to know Andrea and Joules and seeing their relationship unfold. I can't forget to mention Will. He was a sweet, swoon-worthy character.

I was really taken by surprise with this book. I thought it was just going to be a light, airy read for the summer, but what it turned out to be was so much more. It was funny, Witty and even suspenseful. It had it's heartfelt moments as well as heart wrenching moments. I laughed and I cried.

Switch was the total package. Fun, gripping and emotional at times, it has something to offer all readers. Tish Cohen has earned a new fan in me, and I am eager to read her previous and future books!


The Crazy Bookworm wants to know: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, famous or not, fact or fiction. Who would you switch with?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Echols




Jennifer Echols grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written six young adult novels for Simon & Schuster, including Major Crush, which won the National Reader's Choice Award, and Going Too Far, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Reader's Choice Award, and the Book Buyer's Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Her next romantic drama, Love Story, will be in stores on July 19, and her romantic comedy Double Date will be published on December 20, with two more romantic dramas forthcoming in 2012 and 2013. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
*Love Story(Coming in july!) *Forget you * Going to far *Endless Summer
                        Buy Jennifer Echols' Books



First off, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm!


Cathy, I really appreciate the invitation. Thanks for having me on your blog.


Tell us 5 random things about yourself


I’m very short (5’2”). I am happiest sitting outside in extreme heat. I love to draw and paint although I’m bad at it. My cat follows me around like a dog. I don’t go to the spa or even the nail salon because I don’t like strangers touching me.


I know you must get this question all the time, but where does your inspiration come for your books?


Usually I have one glimmer of an idea that has been rolling around in my head for years before I ever turn it into a book.


If you could have dinner with any one of your book characters, who would it be and why?


I would love to go to dinner with Hunter from Love Story, because that would be a fancy, expensive dinner in New York, and he would be a perfect gentleman.


What comes first: The idea for the book, or the characters story?


I have an idea, and the characters have to be a certain way in order to make the idea work.


What is 'A day in the life of Jennifer Echols' like?


I usually get up at 4:30 a.m. to write. Around 7:30 I go for a jog. Now that it’s summer, my son is home from school, so I’m taking him to swim team practice and entertaining him for a good part of the day, but at some point I get more writing done.


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


I sit outside and listen to my iPod. Each book has its own soundtrack.


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


Coffee.


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


I have gotten addicted to running. I ran my first half marathon last spring, on a NASCAR track. It was loads of fun. In the summer there are no long runs to train for, so, much as I love the heat, I’m looking forward to the fall running season.


What is the best/hardest part of writing a book?


The best part is just sitting down to write it every day. The hardest part is coming up with how the story is going to work. I am miserable during that stage, and I just got through it for my work in progress. The writing should be easy from here on out!


2011 has marked itself as an amazing year for books! What books are you looking forward to reading this year?


My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas, and the first book I bought for it was Throat by R. A. Nelson. Then my husband stole my Kindle to take on business trips. I gave him a Kindle for Father’s Day so I could have mine back, and I’m eager to finally read that book! Also, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s paranormal romantic comedy Texas Gothic is coming out the week before Love Story. I can’t wait. Both these authors are automatic buys for me because I have adored their previous novels.

Thank you, Jennifer! It was a pleasure having you!

Jennifer Echols official website | Twitter | Facebook

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hoppin' Time

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: “When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?”

I loved reading when I was little. I read every chance I got. It was definitely a passion then. But then I stopped for some reason around the end of junior high and into high school. The Twilight Saga is what brought back my passion for reading. When I started and couldn't stop I thought "Ah, How I missed this!"


 
Question of the Week: In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

I have to stay classic here: Cinderella! The Fairy Godmother is like the most awesome fairy around, who wouldn't want a fairy that could turn you into a princess to find your prince charming?! Tinkerbell is pretty awesome, too!
Current Giveaways:
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Open internationally. Enter HERE
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari. Open to Canadians only. Enter HERE
Both giveaways end June 27th.

Please check out my Dear Bully: Blogger Edition post. 70 young adult authors share their personal stories about bullying in the upcoming book Dear Bully. Check out my post for more details on the book and on my online project.


Happy Hopping! Be sure to leave your link so I can hop back!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Interview with a Blogger(Dear Bully Edition): Black Nailed Reviews

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome Alisha from Black Nailed Reviews. She has been a wonderful supporter of Dear Bully: Blogger Edition and has been kind enough to stop by and share her story and thoughts on bullying. 

Black Nailed Reviews

First off, Thank you for taking the time to stop by to talk about bullying!



Thank you for letting me share my story! :)

In one word, describe a bully


I'll play nice and say...ignorant.

How old were you when the bullying started?


I was in kindergarten when it started. It wasn't kids in my kindergarten; it was kids around my neighborhood.


How did it make you feel?


At first, I didn't understand. I couldn't believe someone was so cruel to someone they didn't know. I was around 5 or 6 when it started, so it caused made me to cry.

Did you reach out to anyone, or have a support system?


For most of my childhood, I never did. When it would happen, I would let them do whatever it was whether it was name-calling or physical, then I would go by myself and cry. I didn't want pity or to be disappointed that the person I told wouldn't help. The only person who really knew was my best friend, Tyler. He had his fair share of standing up for me. :)

What got you through that time in your life?


Of course, my friends and family were a huge part of it. They protected me and taught me how to be assertive. But, books were my way to get away as well. I didn't like the reality I was living and needed to create some type of escape from it.

Why do you think you were targeted?


From the names they called me, mostly everything. I know that's cliche, but it honestly was. It went from my race to my looks to my lisp to my accent. Everything. However, I feel sorry for them because they acted on ignorance rather than knowing me.

Unfortunately, a lot of Kids and Teens suffer in silence. How would you encourage someone to reach out?


I would tell them to find the closest person they know, whether it is a family member or friend, and tell them everything. Talk about it in a stream of conciousness and don't hold anything back. It builds up and gets to be too much. Once you are able to spill everything, it is a weight off your shoulders and they will help you find a way to make things better.

If you could give a message to a bully, what would you say to them?


Three words: Knock it off! It isn't helping them or you. You're wounding that person in more ways than one and you're hurting your own reputation. If you keep up what you're doing, no one will want to be around you and it will be too late for apologies.

In your opinion, do you think there is a civil way to teach a bully to stop, without being a bully yourself?(i.e without physical or verbal retaliation)


I will admit that one point, I did punch someone for what they said. I do NOT condone fighting and I still regret the action I took. The best way to stop a bully is to ignore them. When you just sit there and not play their game, they give up. It may takes days or weeks, but they will give up. If talking to them (in a civil manner) does not work, act like they don't exist. It will be hard, but it is effective.

What do you think Dear Bully will do for it's readers?


Teach that they're not alone. When being bullied you feel alone, but there are many people who feel and have gone through the same situation. I think it would benefit many people to know that someone somewhere has experienced the same thing.

Is there anything you would like to say to the victims of bullying?


You are not alone. There are many people who have gone through the same thing and got through it. You can too, all you have to remember is that you are not alone and it does get better. Grow from the experience and share your story to help others.

Thank you, Alisha!

*Be sure to stop by Black Nailed Reviews and say Hi!*

To learn more about Dear Bully: Blogger Edition and/or to participate please click HERE.

Were you bullied and want to share you story like Alisha did? Click HERE or you can e-mail me at crazybookworm@live.ca You can remain anonymous!

70 Young Adult authors tell their personal stories in the book Dear Bully. Featuring stories from Ellen Hopkins(Crank) Lisa McMann(Cryers Cross) Alyson Noel(Immortals Series) R.L.Stine(Goosebumps) Lauren Oliver(Delirium) and Many more! Dear Bully is released on August 23rd, 2011. To learn more about Dear Bully and the authors involved visit the official website 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine

The Space Between

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

Release: November 15th, 2011


I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! I still have yet to read Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement but this book sounds absolutely captivating!

What are you waiting to read?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Authors and Illustrators Unite...It Gets Better!

A fantastic video from various authors and Illustrators speaking out against bullying.


"One day you'll look back and admire the hero you are now"

To learn more about my online campaign Dear Bully: Blogger Edition or to participate click HERE

The Crazy Bookworms interviews Ellen Hopkins about bullying. Check it out HERE

Let's take a stand against bullying together!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Young Adult: 353 Pages
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website | Twitter

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

"I never imagined that home might be something I would miss" -Jacob

What an extraordinary reading experience this book was! Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a thrilling, enchanting novel.

Ransom Riggs created an incredible character cast. The peculiar children are unlike any other characters I have come across. The author delivered them in a way that allows you to get to know them through out the whole novel. Letting their story unfold at a great pace. There was something so swoon-worthy about Jacob to me. He wasn't introduced as studly, good looking or strong but his personality made his character so likable! He was funny and quick witted. Loaded with hilarious sarcasm and one-liners through out the book. When his loving side did shine, it added to his already lovable self.

The stunning, unordinary photos added so much to the reading experience of this novel. The beautiful yet at times haunting images allowed my imagination to run wild. I found myself staring at the photos for moments at a time, or even flipping back to enjoy another gaze at them. They truly are one of a kind photos and added so much depth to the storyline and characters.

This is a book that should come to the big screen. It is loaded with Tim Burton-esque qualities that I would love to see come to life.

This enthralling book has so much to offer even before reading the pages! The beautiful cover, the unique premise and the incredible book trailer. With all that greatness to live up to, I am happy to say that Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children does not disappoint! In fact it went far beyond what I was expecting it to be.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Author Spotlight: Jo Treggiari author of Ashes, Ashes




I was born in London, England but grew up in Canada, Roccasinibalda, Italy and California.

I used to work in the music industry and eventually owned my own indie record label. The first CD we ever put out was by a gangsta rap group. We also did alt rock and punk.


I have trained as a boxer. I could have been a contender. (Not really).


I started writing stories for my little sister when I was about 8. Often I would rework fairytales so that the princesses had a little more grit. Then I would write them out on white paper, roll them up and tie with a red ribbon. Later on in high school I penned personalized naughty limericks by request. I love dogs, crows, and octopi. I blog. And I enjoy baking desserts.


Books: The Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton, Ashes, Ashes

First off, I want thank you for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm!

Well thank you for having me!

Tell us 3 things about yourself.

I’m almost 6 feet tall. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 12. I’m pretty good in a street fight.

What was your inspiration for Ashes, Ashes?

I wondered what it would be like to live in a world where all our technology counted for nothing. Where people faced devastating loss and terrifying climactic change, and had to struggle to survive on a daily basis. And I wondered if some people would try to build something better, and other people would cling to the way things used to be. And I thought a lot about different kinds of bravery, and the difficulty of making the right choices. And then I decided to make a 16-year old girl my hero and have her face her fears.

What came first: The characters or the idea for the book?

Lucy, my main character, really came first. She seemed so real to me always. I could picture her in my head and know how she would react to situations and what she would say. And then New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina happened, and the Indian Tsunami in 2004 which almost killed one of my dearest friends, and I started thinking about how small and fragile we are in comparison to the elements and the climate.

What was the best/hardest part of writing Ashes, Ashes?

The best part was figuring out my main and secondary characters. I love writing out backgrounds and identifying personality traits so I can really imagine them as real people. I also wanted the Manhattan I re-imagined to ring true, so I studied lots of maps, and made sketches so that it made sense geographically.

The hardest part was keeping the action and suspense high without it becoming too intense. I wanted the story to be a page-turner but I also wanted there to be moments of introspection and reflection. Short interludes where the reader could catch their breath, and places where I could develop my characters.

What is 'A Day in the life of Jo Treggiari' like?

I always go to bed later than I should and wake up earlier than I would like. I have 2 kids who are 4 and 8 so there’s their whole daily routine to keep on top of. After I get them to school, I take my dog for a 5 mile walk and then come back home to write. I try to write for about 4 hours a day, and a minimum of 1000 words, but this is subject to change. When I’m really working on a book I might sit at my computer for 8 hours or more. Other than writing, I read a lot, spend time with my kids, husband and friends, bake bread, make cakes, and watch lots of movies.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner (dead or alive, fact or fiction) who would you invite?

Malcolm X, J.K. Rowling, Jesus, Suzanne Collins, and the warrior queen, Boudicca.

A science experiment has gone all wrong, and now a super breed of 'The Undead' are taking over. What would your survival tactics be?

I’d steal a large boat (preferably stocked with chocolate, wine and olive oil) and find a rocky but lush island with steep cliffs that was surrounded by very deep water and ravenous great white sharks. I’d bring my family and friends with me. I’d also make sure I had plenty of knives, swords, machetes, bows and arrows and spears. And matches.

2011 has been a fantastic year for reading so far! What books are on your 'To read' pile?

Blood Red Road- Moira Young
20 Years Later- E.J. Newman
Legend- Marie Lu
Doc- Mary Doria Russell
A Web of Air- Philip Reeve
The Monstrumologist- Rick Yancey
The Name of the Star- Maureen Johnson

Thank you, Jo! It is a pleasure having you!

Thank you!

Those were some great survival tactics! What would you do?

Enter to win a copy of Ashes, Ashes HERE! Open to Canadian residents only. Contest ends June 27th.

Friday, June 17, 2011

In My Mailbox


For Review:



RAK(Random act of kindness)


(Thank you so much to Katherine!!!)

I'm really looking forward tor reading all of these! I have heard so many wonderful things about the "Summer Series" I also can't wait to dive into The Beginning of After, sounds like an emotional read. Thanks to Harper Collins Canada, Scholastic Canada and Katherine!

What in your mailbox?

Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: “How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”

Yikes! I think it is around 350 books now that I actually own that are waiting to be read. I can't even imagine the number of books that I don't own yet that I am dying to read. There are just to many great books out there!!

 

 
Question of the Week: Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?
 
Young adult and light romance novels are my fave. When I say light romance I mean Nicholas Sparks books. Nothing with Fabio on the cover :P...The book that really hooked me to the young adult genre was Twilight(Yes, I am one of those girls) and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I have always read Young adult from time to time in the past, but those books really hooked me to the genre! And The Notebook hooked me to light romance/Nicholas Sparks novels.
 
Current Giveaways
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
*Check out the links above this post to enter!*
 
Dear Bully: Blogger Edition
Please check out my post for my Dear Bully: Blogger Edition project. Ellen Hopkins stopped by The Crazy Bookworm to talk about Dear Bully. You can check out the Dear Bully: Blogger Edition post HERE and the Ellen Hopkins interview HERE


Have a great weekend everyone and happy hoppin'! Be sure to leave your links so I can hop back :D

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Author Spotlight: Ellen Hopkins( A part of Dear Bully: Blogger Edition)

Books
  • Crank
  • Burned
  • Impulse
  • Glass
  • Identical
  • Fall out
  • Perfect(Coming September 13, 2011)
Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, and Identical. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Visit Ellen: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Dear Bully Interview

 
Describe a bully in one word

Coward

In your opinion, Do you think there is a civil way to teach a bully to stop, without being a bully yourself(i.e. without physical or verbal retaliation)


There has to be, doesn't there? I think asking the bully why he/she feels the need to attack someone weaker, in a straightforward, non-judgmental way, can help them understand the underlying psyche. And maybe asking the bully about who has bullied him/her, because most often, this is learned behavior. Programmed, even.


What motivated you to contribute to Dear Bully?


Suicides. Young people who can't see beyond being harassed today, and so choose to believe this is the only way out. We, as individuals and as a society, have a duty to step in and try to change the behaviors that lead to these tragedies.

If you had the chance to talk to your teenage self, and give her a message. What would you say?


Dear Teen Self: You have been hurt. And you will be hurt worse over the years, but always you will come away from those painful periods stronger. Only through experiencing pain will you come to understand the true meaning of joy. And joy, always, eclipses pain.


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


The authors who have contributed to this book are, for many of you, heroes. We weren't always that. We survived bullying, or saw ourselves as bullies and chose to be bigger people. Our children have been bullied, or the children of people we know, and we're dedicated to changing that.

Bullying is the result of fear. Those who bully, in a very large sense, are cowards, who prey on the weak or those who are different, in a bid to be braver, garner attention or simply repeat what they know. Together, we can conquer fear and value those who are different. Like authors. Like you.

Ellen Hopkins was kind enough to stop by The Crazy Bookworm to speak out against Bullying and talk about her participation in the novel for Dear Bully: Blogger Edition. To learn more about Dear Bully: Blogger Edition and/or to participate please click HERE

Let's take a stand against bullying together!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari and Giveaway!

Young Adult: 343 Pages
Published: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

I have to say that I loved this book! I'm still fairly new to the dystopian/post apocalyptic genre so I went into this book open-minded, but it just left me wanting more!

Ashes, Ashes was a very visually intense book. The author did a fantastic job at creating a thrilling adventure. Lucy lived just like most teenagers, but when the plague wiped out most of the population, she was forced into a dark "world", where survival was a struggle.

I found the book to be very realistic, from the geographical aspect, right down to how the characters acted and reacted. The book comes to life off the pages as you are reading. It unfolds like a film in your head. The author planted me right in the centre of this disaster and pulled me along for the ride. The entire time I felt as if I was right there with Lucy.

Of course I especially loved the spark of romance thrown into the novel. I thought the way the author introduced it was perfect, and Lucy and Aiden's relationship flowed beautifully through out the book.

Ashes, Ashes was an action-packed, thrilling page turner. Fans of dystopian will definitely love novel, and if your new to the genre like I still am, this is a perfect book to start with!


Giveaway
Thanks to the awesome publishers at Scholastic, I have a copy of Ashes, Ashes to giveaway to one lucky winner.
  • Open to Canadian residents only
  • You must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Please fill out THIS FORM to enter
Good luck!

*Be sure to stop by on Sunday, June 19th. Jo Treggiari stops by The Crazy Bookworm to talk about her book Ashes, Ashes. And to share her survival tactics against a super breed of Zombies!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In My Mailbox



I filmed this video early on Friday so there are 3 books that aren't included in this video:

(Thank you so much to Morgan for sending this!!)

Books Mentioned

Links Mentioned
Dear Bully: Blogger Edition(Please check this out!)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children trailer

What's in your Mailbox?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Young Adult: 352 Pages
Published: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Series: None
Source: Review copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website


Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

"Most people don't have another person who'd do anything for you. Anything. Most people, in the end, really are all on their own" - Chloe

I am left in complete awe from this magically twisted novel. Never was I expecting it to be so...awesome.

Imaginary Girls is a mind bending, page turning adventure. Ruby is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read. From the very beginning you can tell Ruby has a enchanting quality about her. Anybody that crosses her path becomes amazed and infatuated by her. Chloe was another incredible character, she has always lived under her sisters shadow but was alright with it. She was insecure and vulnerable at times but was very bold and honest when it came to her sister. One thing that is made very clear through out the entire book is the bond between Ruby and Chloe, it is very emotionally charged.

If I had to describe this book to my friends, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Nova Ren Suma penned such a wild reading experience that it is near impossible to talk about it without revealing it's greatness. Imaginary Girls is packed with so many twist, turns and upside down loopty loops that it would be a shame to give anything away. This book should be completely discovered by the reader.

This book has without a doubt made it to my Top Favourite Reads of 2011. It's haunting yet simple cover was enough reason for me to read it, but I had no idea how epic this book was going to be.

 A thrilling, magical tale about two sisters going to the ends of earth for one another. Captivating characters and an original storyline make this book a fantastic read.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hoppin' Time


Question of the Week: “Who is the ONE author that you are DYING to meet?

Nicholas Sparks. I have loved his writing ever since I read my first book by him. I would also love to meet Holly Schindler, Jodi Picoult and Meg Cabot.



 
Question of the Week: The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?
 
What a great question! Hmm...There are so many options! I would love to switch places with Clare from Clarity by Kim Harrington. It would be awesome to have a super natural ability. Switching with Allie from The Notebook would be great too. It would be fun to spend some time with Noah :P.
 


Please take a moment and check out by 'Dear Bully: Blogger Edition' post. Bullying needs to stop. Let's take a stand together! You can check out my post on it below, or just click on the link that is on the right sidebar. It is greatly appreciated!

Also, check out my Between Here and Forever giveaway that is linked above this post. It is open to everyone!
Happy Hoppin'! Be sure to leave your link so I can hop back!

*I also know that my Followers gadget is acting a little goofy. Hopefully it will fix itself soon! *

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition


Seventy authors tell their personal stories about bullying.

Featuring stories from:
Ellen Hopkins
Lauren Oliver
Carrie Ryan
Lisa McMann
Alyson Noel...and more!

Pre-order you copy of Dear Bully today. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Stomp out Bullying.


You can also join in on conversations about bullies where the concept for this book all started at: Young Adult Authors Against Bullying page on Facebook.

Most of you know me as The Crazy Bookworm. But behind this alias, my name is Cathy and I was bullied growing up. I was bullied from Elementary school through Junior high. The authors that contributed to this book did a tremendous thing. They will show teens that they are not alone in this. They are speaking up for the people who couldn't speak up themselves. And they are giving voice to victims that lost their lives over bullying.

Dear Bully is set to release August 23rd, 2011. I would like to host a Dear Bully: Blogger Edition leading up to the release of this book. I would like to post a form where fellow bloggers and readers can tell us their story. You can chose to leave it anonymous if you like. No one has to know who you are. You can share your story to others and let people know that it DOES get better. I will be contributing to this form as well. I can't do this without all you wonderful bloggers and readers out there so your consideration for participation is deeply appreciated! I will post the form below, it is an open form, so please do not feel pressured to reveal your name, or your story. If you just want to post a message to people out there who are victims of bullying, that is much appreciated as well. My hopes for this project is to contribute to the act of eliminating bullying, and to promote the amazing concept that is this novel.

You do not need to be a blogger or a follower to contribute to this. If you have a story, a message, or just some kind words that you would like to share, then please feel free to share.

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this post and for considering participation.

To participate in the Dear Bully: Blogger Edition please click here

Please feel free to re-post, retweet, spread the word. Let's put an end to bullying together!

"It doesn't matter what clothes you wear. What race your are, what religion you believe in or what person you love. You are you, please don't let anybody take that away from you. Don't let anyone threaten your self worth. You are not alone, and I promise you, it does get better...."- Cathy a.k.a The Crazy Bookworm.

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Young Adult: 405 Pages
Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Random House for young readers
Series: The Blood Journals(Book #1)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

It starts off simply.

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...


Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.


The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.


Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood

Blood Magic was everything I expected it to be and more. It was dark, magical, romantic and suspenseful. The suspense is almost unbearable. I was fighting back the urge(more than once) to skip to the end to finally find out the who's, whys and the how's. But of course I resisted, and it was well worth it.

Blood Magic started out slow, giving the reader a feel for who the characters are, but still leaving a hint of mystery within them. Nick was the love interest in Blood Magic but I found Reese, Silla's big brother to be a total swoon-worthy character. Sweet, charming and protective of his little sister *sigh*. Silla is a strong-willed, passionate character, but still vulnerable at times. The author did a wonderful job creating such a vivid character cast.

The book was filled with so many fantastic twists and turns. Just when I thought I had figured something out, the author threw in another jaw dropping moment. The author's writing style was smooth and detailed. Capturing the emotion and intensity of the book perfectly. I can't forget to mention the haunting world she created. This book is not a light, paranormal read. Blood, murder and dark magic, the book packs a lot of punch.

I couldn't put this book down. Initially drawn to it's simple cover and interesting premise, Blood Magic went beyond my expectations. A magical adventure that I would recommend to all my friends!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Author Spotlight: Chevy Stevens, author of Never Knowing


Books
  • Still Missing
  • Never Knowing
Buy the Books

CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. At open houses, waiting between potential buyers, she spent hours scaring herself with thoughts of horrible things that could happen to her. Her most terrifying scenario, which began with being abducted, was the inspiration for STILL MISSING. After six months Chevy sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains.

Visit Chevy Stevens at her Website


First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm!


Thanks for having me!

Tell us 5 things about yourself:

Well, it’s common knowledge that I’m addicted to ear plugs, cute animal videos, “The Dog Whisperer” popcorn, peanut butter, and tea ( not necessarily in that order), so you probably want something different. Let’s see…I’m married to a wonderful man who I went to school with, but we didn’t reconnect until years later through Facebook. I grew up on a ranch, but I spent most of my time hiding in the woods and reading books like Clan of the Cave Bears, Harlequins, and V.C. Andrews. I spent many days down at the river near our house, and I still love swimming, especially with my dog, Annie.


If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would you say?


Tenacious
Intense
Passionate

Describe that feeling you had, when you found out Still Missing was going to get published?


I was thrilled! It was the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and a long-held dream. When STILL MISSING started getting great early reviews it was like waking up to Christmas every morning. It was also very hard to focus on my writing.

What inspired you to write Never Knowing?


Never knowing was inspired by a conversation I had with my editor about what it would be like if you were adopted and found out that your birth father was a murderer. The story kept growing in my mind and I combined it with some other ideas that I’d had on the backburner. There was an awful murder in Wells Gray Park many years ago and though, Never Knowing isn’t based on that terrible crime, I was struck by the image of all these remote parks in BC, and the horrific things that could happen in them.


Did you come across any challenges while writing Never Knowing?


Every book has its own set of challenges. For Never Knowing I wanted to make sure that people who don’t live in Canada realize how vast and remote the area can be, and how that could work to someone’s advantage. Also, I wanted to make sure that Sara was different than Annie. I took someone who struggles with stress and anxiety and put her in a scenario that would test her to the limits. This book also required more research, in terms of police procedure and locations for some of the events.


What was the best/hardest part you experienced while writing your books?


Time management is always a struggle, learning how to balance marketing demands with writing, while trying to maintain a personal life. But they are good problems to have!


What is a 'Day in the life of Chevy Stevens' like?


I’m usually up first thing, enjoying a cup of tea while I catch up on e-mails and Facebook, then I head out for a walk with Annie. After we’ve both had something to eat, I’m back at my computer. I try to work a set amount of hours, or pages, on my book per day, but I often end up dealing with the business side of things for a big portion of the day. I don’t usually shut down until the evening, when I like to collapse in front of the TV. I’m not great at working out at a gym, but I have a personal trainer who makes sure I don’t get flabby from all those days behind the desk and that’s also my stress relief. Thank God my husband likes to cook or dinner would probably be soup and crackers at my desk every night!


What drew you to writing in the Thriller Genre?


I wasn’t actually trying to write a thriller. STILL MISSING just came to me and in the process of rewriting and shaping the story, I kept cutting out anything boring. But I always want to make sure that my books delve heavily into emotions and aren’t just an exciting read, which I hope they are as well.


When you’re not reading or writing, what do you enjoy to do in your spare time?


I enjoy going out for dinners with friends, spending time with my husband, going for walks, or watching a good movie on TV, curled up with a bowl of popcorn, of course.


Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a little bit about it?


I’m currently working on my third novel ALWAYS WATCHING, which is about the therapist, Nadine, who is in the first two novels. I’m enjoying the researching and writing of this one quite a bit.


What books are you looking forward to reading this year?


I got out of control on Amazon the other day and ordered more books then I’ll be able to get through for a while ( when I’m writing, I don’t read a lot). But waiting for me are some Stephen King classics, the new Lisa Gardner, Linda Castillo’s second novel, The Likeness by Tana French, some older ones by William Landay ( love his new one coming out this year), and Down River by John Hart. Phew!


Thank you, Chevy!


Thank you!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Giveaway: Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott





Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.


Until the accident.


Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.


She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.


Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...

I am giving away one hardcover finished copy of Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. You can read my review for it HERE.
 
Giveaway Rules
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Contest is open to Everyone
  • Contest ends June 27th, 2011 at 11:59 PM
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter
Good Luck!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I didn't have time to do a vlog this week, but I still wanted to get a post in. Leave me the link to your IMM so I can check out your books, too!


(Sorry for picture quality)

Simon and Schuster sent me some great surprises this week! I got:

(I love the covers of all of these!)

I received these from the authors:


I love me some romance from time to time...Especially in the summer!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster, BookTrib and Karen Waslowski!

What's in your mailbox?

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Young Adult: 250 Pages
Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.
Until the accident.


Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.


She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.


Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...

"...sometimes, you have to break your own heart."

This is my first book by Elizabeth Scott...I know, I know! Horrible right? I have heard countless amazing things about her books. So I was obviously very eager to begin this book.

Between Here and Forever was a very emotional read for me. It made me cry, laugh and shake my head in frustration. Abby was a great character but I didn't start liking her until the middle/end of the book. She was very self-loathing, constantly putting herself down. She would even mutter remarks to herself about being ugly or stupid. I found it a little over the top at times. However, as the book unfolded, and as Tess's story was revealed, I bonded with Abby. She went through a transformation of sorts, but that's all I will say. Character development is the main focus in this book, each character has a great back story. It made the book a compelling read.

I am officially hooked by Elizabeth Scott. Her writing style is simple, yet has a lyrical flow to it. Her well crafted characters added so much depth to Between Here and Forever. Claire, Eli and Clement all being favourite characters of mine.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Elizabeth Scott, and to anyone that is looking to pick up one of her books. A perfect introduction to a wonderful author.

*Check out Elizabeth Scott's Crazy Bookworm interview here*

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hoppin' Time!

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: “Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!”

I'd have to go with my review for Bitter End by Jennifer Brown. I chose this post because the book is a raw and honest truth of what happens behind closed doors in an abusive relationship. Jennifer Brown did a fantastic job getting into the mind of both the abuser and the victim.


 
Question of the Week: What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)
 
Well, as a big fan of Zombie fiction...And an aspiring writer of zombie fiction. I feel like I would handle myself pretty good during a Zombie Apocalypse. Like Parajunkee said, baseball bats are an A+. Also, any kind of Axe or hard blunt object. Machetes or swords if you can, because silence and a clean kill is key! I would also lock up my doors and windows, strap on bark collars on my dogs(so they don't attract attention) and watch our water and food intake. Lay low and fight when you need too. Zombie's will eventually starve to death and/or die of decay, so timing and patience is everything. Now if there was ever a spider apocalypse...I'd be screwed! ;)
 
And like Belle said from Belle's Bookshelf, hopefully all the trash TV I watch will steer Zombies away from my brains too. I mean Jersey Shore can make a brain pretty unappetizing, right?
 
 
For Fans of Zombie books I have to recommend David Moody's Autumn Series. Book's 1 and 2 are out now and book 3 is coming out in august. Visit his website or Zombie fan site for more info!

 

 Happy hopping everyone, and have a great weekend! Be sure to leave your blog link so I can hop back!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Fitzosbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

Young Adult: 464 Pages
Published: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Knopf for Young Readers
Series: The Montmaray Journals
Source: Finished coy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom? Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?



The FitzOsbornes in Exile is book #2 in this series. Although I haven't read the first book, I was still able to enjoy everything that the book had to offer! I look forward to devouring the first book, and then eagerly await book #3.

I love historical novels, especially war time and this book gave me exactly what I was looking for. The author created a vivid setting, placing me right in the centre of Sophie's world. I love the 1930's era, and Michelle Cooper captured that perfectly.

I found the character cast very emotionally charged. Sophie was an exceptional character, one that will stick with me for a long time. The author penned a great balance between storyline and characters. It made the book flow beautifully. I heard so much hype about this book before reading, so I went into the book with high expectations(which I usually try not to do) but this book did not disappoint. It definitely delivered!

 A stunning character cast, a colourful setting and a great writing style all wrapped up in a pretty cover!
 

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