Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Follow Friday

Q:  What is the BIGGEST word you’ve seen used in a book lately – that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.
A: I hate when I can't answer a question, but I honestly can't think of anything :( I'm sure there has been something in the past, but I don't recall anything at the moment. Sorry!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Undeadly

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)

The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally

Author Website
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Looking for Guest Bloggers for Halloween Event

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a happy Tuesday! I am currently looking for guest bloggers for my Halloween Event. Anyone is welcome to apply! If you have a favourite scary story, or a funny/scary halloween story, a favourite Halloween experience, etc then I want you to feature on The Crazy Bookworm!

Top Ten's are welcome as well. For example: Top Ten Horror Movies, Top Ten Scary Reads, Top Ten Scariest characters etc.

The subject can be anything that goes bump in the night!

My Halloween event kicks off October 1st, so I ask that if contacted, guests posts be submitted by October 12th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to comment or e-mail me at:

Otherwise, fill out this form if you would like to participate and I will be in contact with you.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Reason: Blog Tour | Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon | Amazon CA

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on the street corners, the tearing at the clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. --Noah Hutchins


Why did no one warn me that I would give up all aspects of my life to read this book? Seriously, I couldn't peel my eyes away! It got to the point where it felt like my eyes were going to pop out, but I. Just. Couldn't. Stop!

OK, OK, all raving aside, I guess I owe you an explanation on why I found Pushing the Limits so epic.

Story Building: McGarry kept me on my toes the ENTIRE time. It's not so much that each chapter ended on a cliffhanger, but each one ended with just enough to have you begging for more. "Just one more chapter" became a regular saying while I was reading this book. She also paced out the storyline at a perfect pace. When you meet a person in real life you don't learn everything about them right away, right? The author stayed very realistic when it came to the story/character introduction.

Character Deveopment: Pushing the Limits was definitely a character-based novel. There was a great storyline to back it up, but I found that the novel' strongest quality was it's characters. Echo's story broke my heart. I began to care for her more and more as her story unfolded. You were curious to know the truth as well, but you also felt an urge to protect Echo. It's been a while since I cared so deeply for a character. I had the same feelings for Noah as well. There is so much more to him underneath his tough exterior. He is vulnerable, compassionate and caring. The author did a wonderful job at creating the characters story, and splitting up the narrative. I loved that feature!

Katie McGarry's writing style was superb! It was simple and realistic. She did great at delivering the voices of Echo and Noah.

Katie McGarry's debut novel blew me away! Pushing the Limits packs a lot of punch. It is heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at the same time. A beautifully written, lovely story of love, loss and self growth. I adored every minute of it!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

What's in it For You and Countdown to Halloween Introduction

Only one book for me this week!
For Review
Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, #3)
I love fairytale retellings so I can't wait to read this one!
*Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada!*
The Countdown to Halloween 2012
My favourite part of the year is just around the corner. I love all things fall! The smells, the clothes the crisp air, but I especially love Halloween!
The Crazy Bookworm's Countdown to Halloween is going on it's third year! It will be kicking off October 1st and will run all through October.
What to expect?
Author interviews
Author Guest Posts
Discussion Posts
 Jesse Peterson(Married With Zombies) and Kat Rosenfield(Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone) will just be a couple of the authors stopping by The Crazy Bookworm!
Be sure to stop by The Crazy Bookworm throughout the month of October to check out all things that go Bump in the Night!
Hope to see you, here!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: What hyped up book do you think was worth all the talk?
A: I can only pick one?! Okay, I will have to say The Hunger Games. I put off reading it for so long because of the hype. Then once the movie was coming out, I decided to give them a go, and I am so glad I did! Definitely worth every word of hype!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rest in peace to my four-legged bookworm

Rest in Peace, Webster



I don't usually post too much personal stuff on here. It's not that I don't mind sharing, I love letting people in and letting them get to know me! I just like to keep this for what it is, a book blog. I tried having a personal blog, but at the moment, 2 blogs were just too much to manage at the time.
For those of you that are regulars here, you may know that I am a big animal/dog lover. Owning 3 dogs myself, and running my own dog spa. I treat my dogs like my children. Unfortunately, early this morning, one of my beloved dogs passed away this morning. She was still young (at least in my book) She would have been 10 in October. She had been sick for the last 3 weeks, and sadly succumbed to her illness. She was our little nervous Nellie, always keeping us (and her 2 four legged brothers) on our toes. She was fiercely loyal and had one of the most lovely souls. I will miss her being curled up at my feet or beside me while I'm devouring a book, she was a great sidekick!

Thank you to my readers and followers for allowing me to use this time to devote to Webster. She was one fantastic pooch!

*and yes, she was a girl named Webster...Long story! :) *

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten: Bookish People I Want to Meet


Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet (Authors, Bloggers, etc.)

10. Jodi Picoult
One of my favourite authors, I would just love to meet!
9. Holly Schindler
Holly Schinder. One of my favourite YA authors, and bloggers. I adore her!
8. John Green
How awesome would it be to meet John Green?!?!
These girls were one of the first bloggers I started following. I have a blast reading their posts and look forward to my regular visits!
6. The Amazing Marketing Reps
I would love to meet all the lovely marketing reps I've meet from all the publishers. It's thanks to them that we receive these lovely books for review, and that they support the Blogging community!
5. Jennifer Donnelly
The author of my all time favourite book, Revolution. I would love to pick her brain!
4. Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View
 Another one of the first blogs I started following! The host of Follow Friday, and designer of this blog. Who wouldn't want to meet her?!
I did have the pleasure of briefly meeting Liz at a Canadian Blogger Meet Up, but I couldn't stay long :( I would love to be able to take more time to chat with her!
2.  Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games...Need I say more?
1. Nicholas Sparks
If your a regular at The Crazy Bookworm, then this should come as no suprise. My All Time favourite author, Nicholas Sparks!
What are your choices?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Lure of Shapinsay Giveaway Winner

Current Giveaway
What's was up for grabs?
Paperback of The Lure of Shapinsay
Lure of Shapinsay T-Shirt
The Winner
Noelle, I have sent an e-mail to you. Please be sure to check your inbox and Junk mail!
Thanks to everyone else for entering!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Follow Friday

Gain New Blog Followers
Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?
Fifty Shades of Grey! I should have known I wouldn't have liked it, but with all it's popularity I couldn't resist. And being a manager of a Bookstore and seeing people CONSTANTLY buy it, I wanted to be able to give them a honest opinion when they asked me about it. Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't for me! I have enjoyed books of that genre in the past but I just didn't get the hype of that particular one.
**Check out my current giveaway(that ends tonight!) It is located on the Right Sidebar!**

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


It's that time of year again! The Bloggiesta 2012 Fall Edition will be kicking off September 28th-30th.

I've participated in the past and absolutely loved it! I plan to knock a lot off my Blog Wishlist!

Bloggiesta is hosted by There's a Book and It's All About Books

If you decide to participate in the Fall 2012 edition you can expect:

  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog

  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants

  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new

  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter

  • to make new blogging friends!

  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up

  • My Blog To-Do List

    *Update/Edit Blog Roll
    *Update/Edit Review Archive
    *Update/Edit Author Archive
    *Update Goodreads Page (Shelves, reviews, etc)
    *Add labels to Blog Posts
    *Draft up future posts (Discussions, memes, etc)
    *Update Googgle Calender
    *Create/Introduce new feature(s)
    *Complete 3(minimum) Mini Challenges
    *Comment/Socialize with fellow bloggers
    *Tie up loose ends for Countdown to Halloween event
    *Get Halloween Blog Template

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Top Ten: Books That Make You Think


      Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

    I LOVE this weeks question. All though it was very hard for me to narrow it down to just 10!
    If I Stay
    Between Shades of Gray
    Finding Jack: A Novel
    The Help
    Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
    The Fault in Our Stars
    The Pact
    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Whew! That was hard! I made have to a part 2 (and 3 and 4...)
    What books did you pick?

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    Follow Friday

    Q: What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

    I am currently reading Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I am absolutely LOVING both books!!

    Thank you so much for hopping by! Be sure to leave your link in the comments so I can hop back :)
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    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Two or Three Things I forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates

    Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You
    Young Adult: 288 Pages
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Published: August 21st, 2012
    Series: None
    Challenge: None
    Source: From publisher for review
    Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon
    Browse Inside: Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You

    Joyce Carol Oates masterfully captures the unique experience of being a teenage girl in this provocative and poignant new novel in the vein of Wintergirls and Thirteen Reasons Why.

    It wasn't like she had not warned us.

    It wasn't like she had not prepared us.

    We'd known that something was wrong those last several months.

    But then, Tink hasn't actually vanished. Tink is gone, and yet—she is here somewhere, even if we can't see her.

    Tink? Are you—here?

    I have never read a Joyce Carol Oates novel before, but I have heard many great things about her writing. When I heard she was returning to the Young Adult scene, that piqued my interest. Once I learned about Two or Three Things I forgot to Tell You, and that it was along the same lines of Wintergirls and Thirteen Reasons Why(Which I both loved!) I was excited to give it a try.

    The book started off a little slow for me. There was a lot of character development in the beginning and not so much storyline. I was approaching about 50 pages in, and still not much was happening. I was starting to get disappointed and was wondering if I was even going to finish the novel.

    Slowly, but surely the story began to unfold, and boy, was I glad I kept on reading! The book is a dark and heavy read. If your looking for something light and fluffy, then I wouldn't suggest this one. The storyline, as it develops becomes quite intense. You can't help but be overcome with emotion as it plays out.

    The character development certainly didn't lack in this novel. In fact, I think the main aspect of this novel was character based. When thinking back now to the first 50-100 pages of Character development, I can understand why the author chose to construct the novel that way. If it had been done differently, I don't think I would have felt the same way towards the characters.

    The writing style was simple, yet the words came to life off the pages. I can see why Oates is a New York times bestseller. Her writing was very lyrical.

    If your looking for an intense, powerful read, then I would strongly suggest Two or Three Things I Forget to Tell You. It packs a lot of punch but flows beautifully. I can see this one sitting on the Literature shelf in 20 years!

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