Friday, November 30, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

A: Adam from If I Stay/Where She Went

I think Jeremy Irvine would be a great Adam. He is best known from War Horse. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mourning a beloved Character's demise: A rant!

I do this so often. :P

We've all experienced it, the death of a beloved character. The emotions start reeling in, anger, sadness, and then the big question, why them?

Nicholas Sparks is famous for killing of some of his best characters. Why Mr. Sparks?! Why must you make me love them when your just going to wipe them out in the most tragic way? 

You're curled up into the wee hours of the night flying through the pages of this much loved book, when BAM the author decided to flick away that character you loved so very much.


My non book friends can't understand why I cry over a book, let alone get upset when one of my favourite character gets killed off. Am I alone here? Am I the only one that mourns over a character's death?

It is not just in books that a fictional characters' death gets me. I am still not the same after the Season 2 Finale of Boardwalk Empire and Season five's 3rd episode of Son's of Anarchy!

Do you mourn the death of a beloved Character? Book or TV/Film?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
February Release
*Little Brown for Young Readers

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
February Release

The Program (The Program, #1)
April Release
*Simon Pulse

Let the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall, #1)
March Release
*Simon Pulse

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy, #3)
May Release

The Madman's Daughter
January Release
*Balzer + Bray

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)
March Release
*Farrer, Straus, and Giroux

May Release

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)
April Release
*Greenwillow Books

The Dead And Buried
January Release

There are so many more! It was so hard to narrow it down for this list!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Crazy Bookworm Promotions

The Crazy Bookworm has been selling ad space for some time now, but I am expanding my services to promotional packages now!

Very exciting!



Advertising is done through Blogads or through myself.

I offer Banner, Sidebar, or 125x125 or Twitter Advertising

blog advertising is good for you

If you prefer to advertise through The Crazy Bookworm personally, you can view packages HERE

Expose your Book!
1-2 weeks

This package is the perfect starter package to get your book noticed!

This package will contain any of the following: Author interviews, author guest posts, cover reveal, Book Sample/Excerpt, book review, book trailer or a giveaway

My Service

*Sign up sheet for blogger participation
*Set up tour dates/schedule. Once completed this will be e-mailed to the author
*Send out the media kit(provided by author) This may contain book cover, book trailer, author guest posts, completed interviews to all participating bloggers, etc

Note: Guest posts and guest post topics are chosen by the author and/or participating bloggers. Interview questions will be submitted to me then I will distribute them to the author. All guest posts and interview questions must be completed by an arranged date so they can be distributed to the participating bloggers in a timely manner. Physical Review copies are to be provided by the author or publisher, however I will provide the mailing list. I will distribute all e-books to the participating bloggers.

Price: $45

Release Day!
1 day event

It's your time to shine! Use this package to spread the word. Whether it's a cover reveal, book trailer release or a giveaway. This can also be used to advertise sequels and companion novels!

My Service

*Send out blogger participation invites
*Distribute media kit(Cover, synopsis, release info, book trailer, etc)

Price: $15

2 weeks-1 month
Minimum of 10 bloggers

This package is for Book Reviews only. Have your book reviewed by participating bloggers. This is a two week to one month event depending on blogger participation.

My Service

*Set up Book Reviewers
*Provide Blogger Participation list to author
*E-Books are distributed to all participating bloggers by me
*If the author is choosing to use physical review copies, those will have to be distributed by author and/or publisher(I will provide the mailing list)
*Press release is provided by The Crazy Bookworm!

Price: $25

Note: All book reviews are the honest opinion of the blogger. I cannot guarantee a positive review.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stacking the Shelves


Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
(A lot of dancing and jumping up and down occurred when I finally received this one!)


The Friday Society

**A GIANT thank you to Penguin/Razorbill and Simon and Schuster CA**

What new Book Goodies are hitting your shelves this week?

Crazy Bookworm's Weekly Wrap-up

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Feature: Book Blogger Confessions

The name says it all. Confessions of a Book Blogger. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I always am left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me(feel free to do your own!) Where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest!

Want to join in? Feel free to comment below, post on my The Crazy Bookworm's Facebook or Tweet me @Cat_B87 or use the hashtag #bloggerconfessions

When you didn't love a very loved book!

The Blogging Community is always bursting with new books and must-have reads. Everyone is talking about how amazing 'That one book' is. You check out Goodreads and can't find a negative review anywhere. Without hesitation you purchase the book. If all your friends and beloved blogging community loved it, then certainly you will, right? Wrong!

Did I miss something? Was I distracted? 

I don't know about you, but whenever I didn't love that much loved book, I start to question if I missed something. Then comes the hard part, how do you admit that you didn't like it?

This seems to happen to me a lot with Dystopian novels. Although I loved Divergent, The Hunger Games and Eve, I haven't had much luck with others. One specifically was The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. Everyone and their mother loved this book. I was looked at like I had 3 heads when I admitted I didn't quite enjoy it.


What did I miss?!

What do you do when you don't love that much hyped book?

Follow Friday

QAre you thankful for a fellow blogger? Tell us about him or her.

A: I cannot pick just one! I have been thankful for so many blogs. Kristi from The Story Siren who introduced me to this wonderful blogging community(despite what has happened, I am still very thankful for her) Jen over at Crazy For Books who created the Book Blogger Hop that has helped me discover so many wonderful blogs out there. Parajunkee who has been so helpful to other bloggers with her honesty and awesome Blogging 101 tips. This list goes on and on. Every day I am inspired by and thankful for all the wonderful bloggers and friends I have met!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

My Book Blogging Tips

All over the Blogosphere you will come across some fantastic Blogging 101 tips. One of my favourite weekly posts to check up on is Parajunkee's Book Blogging 101 Posts. She is straight to the point and is very informative. People often ask me what are some of my personal blogging tips. I don't consider them very personal at all, infact, I consider them quite general, but I thought I would share some of my Book Blogging Must Haves and Tips.

Organize: When you've established yourself and start taking on book reviews from publishers, authors, etc and start participating in blog tours, you want to make sure you are organized! Nothing is worse than committing yourself to someone(even if it's another blogger) and not doing your part. i.e. Not posting your review, missing your post date, forgetting about a blog tour, etc. There are all kinds of ways for you to organize yourself. A Calender, a notebook, a Google Doc/Google Calender. I love technology, but when it comes to organization, I do best when it's right in front of me, in black and white. I'm ashamed to admit that I forget to check my Google Calender quite open, but I never forget to check my physical calender, that is write here on my desk.

On my desk I have a file folder that contains all my blog stuff. A Monthly and weekly Calender that is made specifically for blogging. There are great free printables offered at Craft Whatever and Design Finch They offer lots of lovely styles to suit your blogging needs. My Calender contains post idea's/dates, upcoming features/blog tours, keeps track of my Review pile and all my blogging commitments.

It's Your Blog: There are so many fantastic blogs out there, and what makes them stand out in this wonderful, giant book blogging community? They are there own. It's perfectly alright(and normal) to be inspired by blogs that you come across, but at the end of the day, make your blog yours! It's perfectly fine if your don't post every single day. Don't post just for the sake of it, because in my opinion, those are usually the posts I skip. I like personality behind the post, and if your just posting because you don't want to miss a day, well then I think the post will lack that usual spunk!

Social Network: I know this one seems obvious, but I have to include. Social Networking helps get the word out about your blog. Opt for setting up a Facebook page/Twitter Account for your blog specifically, then sync them to update with your posts. Social Networking is also a wonderful way to stay updated, and to be in contact of some of your favourite authors and publishers!

Reviewing Etiquette: Even though blogging may be considered a hobby, I still believe it is very important to remain professional. If you are requesting and receiving ARC's for review, than you should review them. If it's a novel that just didn't quite do it for you, that is perfectly fine! You are providing a service for the author/and or publisher, and that service is your honest opinion. I know, it isn't fun e-mailing that author with your not so great review, but how they take it is up to them and their maturity. You did your job, on to the next :) 

Try to avoid book bashing. If I didn't like a novel, I will state that in the review, but just because I didn't like it it, doesn't mean you won't like it. Everyone has different tastes. An example: "This book was not my cup of Tea, but if your a fan of Science Fiction/Romance, than this book may be a great pick for you!" You not bashing the book, your simply being honest.

A Review Policy: I can't stress enough how important it is having a Review Policy. This is your blog, you have every right to state your guidelines. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I get an e-mail from on author stating how much they loved my blog, and If I would read their erotica/sci-fi novel. If they loved my blog so much, they would have come across my Review Policy that states that I do not read Erotica OR Science Fiction. This can get me ranting on and on. I did do a post a while back on E-Mail Etiquette that explains more, but I will just simply state that I HIGHLY recommend setting up a policy. And if you get an e-mail from an author that DID NOT read your policy, you have every right to mention that. An Example: Thank you so much for your e-mail. However, as it states in my Review Policy(I suggest linking to your policy) I don't review Erotica novels on my blog. I thank you for your interest in a Crazy Bookworm review!" 

Take a break: Just like I hit reading slumps, I hit blogging slumps as well. I love my blog, and I consider it something that needs polishing every day. I am always striving to make my blog a place you enjoy coming too! However, blogging is not my job and I don't want it to feel that way either. When my blog starts beginning to feel like a job, I will take a break. It could just be a day or two, or a whole week, but I will step away and let my brain recharge itself. I always come back refreshed and usually with a new post idea or two! Of course, I always make a post for my readers that I will be taking a Blog Vacation for X amount of time.

Comment: Commenting is just as important(in my opinion) as Social Networking. Be a social butterfly! Mingle the Blogosphere and chat up some new friends! And most importantly, have fun doing it! 

Those are my top must haves and suggestions when it comes to blogging. I hope this has helped you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments!

Happy blogging!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie Review

Release Date: November 16th, 2012
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Studio: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment
Series: The Twilight Saga
Director: Bill Condon
Screen Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Producer: Stephanie Meyer
Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner

**No spoilers**

The wait is FINALLY over. I couldn't wait to get to the Theatre to see the final installment of the very much loved and successful Twilight Saga. I opted on a Tuesday Matinee because I didn't feel like battling the crowd and the lines, and the super busy Theatre. I reserved my seats ahead of time, so I could just go and enjoy the movie.

The Beginning: I loved the introduction to Bella as a Vampire. I thought it was very smoothly done and paced perfectly. One thing I noticed is that the Special Effects looked a lot better for this film. Not that they were that bad in the others, but the running and fighting scenes would tend to get blurry to mimic the vampires' and wolves' speed. However in this installment, I noticed everything was much clearer and well done. One thing I loved about the Twilight Saga was the romance, and I was so glad to see that despite it's PG-13 rating, they didn't hold back on Bella and Edward's sexual chemistry. It was nice to see Edward so relaxed and not have to worry about "breaking" Bella *clears throat*

The introduction to Renesmee was an emotional one for me. I was worried if Kristen Stewart would be able to play the part of a Mother. That is a hard role to play for any actress to play, but Kristen Stewart did a fantastic job! Edward and Bella made very believable and wonderful parents.

The Middle: Okay now that Irina has blabbed her big mouth to the Volturi, much of the middle of the movie is spent gathering the other clans and introducing them to Renesmee. I loved the sharing of each Clan's stories. And thought that every clan member was perfectly casted! I found myself getting emotional as well as Kristen was piecing together the evidence of Alice's message.

The End: Okay, that is enough babbling! We all know from the books how Breaking Dawn should have ended, but it was given away in the trailers for the movie, that we can expect to see a showdown between the Cullen's and their friends, and the Volturi. I could hardly contain myself during the final fight scene. My experience during that scene contained 5 VERY intense reactions:

Complete and utter shock
Purse Lips by Amy Poehler

A meltdown


And a brief moment of 'WTF!" Mind blowing moment

After having multiple heart palpitations, the fight scene was over. Trying to remain spoiler free  I am going to do my best to wrap it up in a nutshell without giving much away. The last installment of the Twilight Saga was the best one in my opinion. My favourite will always remain Twilight because that's the one that started it all, but when it comes to a heart-pumping, action-packed story line, Breaking Dawn Part 2 takes the cake. I was not only left completely and utterly surprised by the ending of this film but I couldn't help but let my emotions get the best of me either. Yes, I cried at the ending! It's over, and I think the entire cast and crew couldn't have wrapped up the installment any more perfectly. 

It's a bittersweet ride. Breaking Dawn was my favourite book out of all of them, and in my opinion, they did the book wonderful justice. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten: Books and Authors I am Thankful for

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to all my friends in the States! Canadian celebrate in October, but I couldn't pass up this wonderful Top Ten this week!

Dear Teen Me: This is a recent release that I read for a blog tour. Absolutely amazing! I laughed and cried. I realized that I wasn't alone during some dark times in my teen years. I am thankful for the authors that compiled this book and released it for the Teens of today.

Holly Schindler: This author has only released 2 books at the moment.  A  Blue so Dark and  Playing Hurt. Both have been some of the most powerful novels I have ever read.  She shined the light on  mental illness,. And also made it okay to follow your heart instead of your head!

Cheryl Rainfield: She wrote the powerful novel Scars. Again, another author that shined the light on something I was in the dark about. Her novel was a powerful, intense tear-jerker. I read it back in 2010, but I am left still thinking about it today!


Stephanie Meyer:  It  was  The Twilight Series that re-ignited my love for reading. I was a library and bookstore rat when I was a child and Pre-Teen but  can't remember one book I read (that wasn't for English Class) in high school. When I about The Twilight Saga , the first 2 were already released. I decided to give it a go, and haven't put down a book since!

John Green: I'm sure I won't be the only one with him on the list! I am thankful for him in so many way! His writing. His books whisk me away and place me in an entire different world!

Finding Jack: This book is  Gareth Crocker. Being an animal lover, I knew I would love it. What I didn't know was what happened with War Dogs. This book brought something I am still  so passionate about to my attention.  What a person will do for their dog!

Finding Jack: A Novel

Dear Bully: Again, another wonderful collaboration of authors gathering together to help but an end to this horrible thing called Bullying. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This  remains one of my Top 5 favourite novels. And I'm sure it is to many other readers! This book brought out so many emotions in me.  There are only a few books that I am very passionate about, and this is one of them!

The Art of Racing in the Rain: By Garth Stein. Being an owner of 2 dogs, I feverishly wonder what they are thinking. Thank you to Garth Stein for giving me a little light into a dogs mind. 

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly:  This is my  favourite novel of all time. This book was a teacher in so many ways. On mental illness, on love and loss and what the power of love can accomplish.   


What are you Thankful for?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Random House/Delacorte Books
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Pages: 464 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hard cover
Source: From publisher
Reason: Look at the cover! | For review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book:  Amazon CA |Amazon

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

I have to confess that the initial reason this book caught my attention was that gorgeous, absolutely stunning cover. It is even more beautiful when you are holding it in your hands. Love it!

When I read the premise for this book, it sounded right up my alley. I love dark and menacing novels. However, this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, BUT in the end I did like it!

The main thing that was preventing me to love this book more was the length. I am not against longer novels at all, as long as the story line backs it up. With Velveteen I found that it could have been at least 100 pages less. There was some unnecessary details that carried on and on. I found that the storyline would get sidetracked with those minor details that just ended up taking to much time. When the story did pick up, boy was it a page-turner! There were bursts of moments in this book where I lost track of time completely!

I loved the main character, Velvet. She was exactly how I imagined she would be. The author definitely did a wonderful job at penning Velvet!

Even though this book had a few minor traits that briefly took away from the reading experience, I enjoyed the book overall! It was mysterious, page-turning, and definitely dark! A great read to curl up to by the fire during these colder months!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves


For Review

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)

(This will be my first Darren Shan novel, but Zombies..Yes, please!!)

Lullaby (Watersong, #2)


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
(I saw the musical for this and ABSOLUTELY loved every minute of it. I hope the book gives me the same feeling!)

Keeping Faith
(I loved curling up with Jodi Picoults' books in the colder weather. Started this one already, and it is fantastic!)

**Special thanks to Harper Collins Canada, St. Martin's Griffin and Sourcebooks!**

What goodies are filling your shelves this week?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dear Teen Me by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson

Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Publisher: Zest Books
Genre: Young Adult, Non-Fiction
Pages: 192 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: Provided by publisher
Reason: Blog tour
Find the Author: Miranda Kenneally | E. Kristin Anderson | Dear Teen Me Official Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends--and a lot of familiar faces--in the course of Dear Teen Me.
Dear Teen Me is the book that keeps on giving. It gives you hope, inspiration, happiness and encouragement. Hours of content that will just fill you with so much emotion.

Authors like Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, Carrie Jones and so many more share their embarrassing moments, their deepest secrets, the triumphs and their failures. They bare it all to us, for one reason,  to tell you that you are not alone. To show you that you are in wonderful company. You have a band of brothers. To know that some of your idols might have gone through the exact same thing as you, will provide you with so much comfort.

Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson were inspired to put together this collection after a twitter conversation involving Hanson(yes, that absolutely amazing 90's boy band). I could instantly relate. To say I was obsessed with Hanson would be a big understatement! My bedroom walls were hidden behind dozen of posters, and my love for Taylor still sparks inside my heart. I was a proud fan of Hanson, if loving Hanson was wrong, I didn't want to be right! My mother bought me a Hanson T-Shirt. Yes, she was granted Mother Of The Year award for that one! I loved this T-shirt and wore it pretty much every day. It was 1998 and my brother was taking me to see Strike (AKA All I wanna do) in theatres. Yes, I wore my Hanson T-shirt. From the minute I walked into the theatre, I was taunted by not one, not two but a group of girls. They pointed, they laughed, they shouted "Hanson sucks". I just ignored it. It was to my horror when we walked into our Cinema for the movie, and the same girls were seeing the same movie. They shouted during the previews how stupid I was, and how Hanson is so "gay". My brother had finally had enough, stood up and gave these girls a taste of their own. Yes, there were profanities, but he too earned Brother of the Year award for that! However, I never wore that Hanson shirt out of my house again.

If I could tell my Teen Self something now, it would be to go out and wear that shirt proudly! If you love something or have a passion for something, don't be afraid to express it. And 14 years later, you still love Hanson!

I know, I got a bit sidetracked there but my point is this; Dear Teen Me was a book that I desperately needed back when I was a teen. To know that I was not the only one for many situations. Now that it is out here for the next generation of teens, you need to read this. It needs to be on the school library shelves. This book is here for you. Please do not give up the opportunity to read it. This is a must read for everyone. Whether you are a teenager now, or you once were. I cannot express enough how much this book affected me. It was truly a pleasure to read!

My 'Dear Teen Me' Letter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Crazy Bookworm VS The Zombie Apocalypse Part Deux

Last week I posted Part One of my Zombie Survival tactics. This week it gets a little more intense...

The Crazy Bookworm Vs The Zombie Apocalypse Part 2

OK. I'm prepared, and I'm packed. Now what? You can only sit and wait for so long, so skipping that, we'll get right down to the messy part.

I'm a wimp! I run and flail my arms when I come across a spider(even if it's the size of a pinhead). So, it's going to take a lot of mental work for me to not run and just bust a cap in a zombie.

Buck up: They're here, get over it! There is nothing you can do about, but survive. Pull up your big girl panties(in my case) and look them straight in their milky eyes. 

Kill: When your done staring down the zombie. Blast it. Decapitate it. Slice and dice. Do as much bodily harm to this thing that you can. And feel free to break out a cheesy movie tag-line to seal the deal. "It's just been revoked!" BANG!

 BUT don't waste all your ammo or energy on just one. Think smart And...

@Diana Hernandez Isaza let's do this agaainnnnn!

You just ignited your inner zombie ass-kicking goddess. Once you blow one to smithereens, you'll feel great! You'll feel light and airy(okay maybe not) but you'll feel pretty fan-freaking-tastic! You've just entered survival mode, my friend.

Friend or Zombie?: It's going to happen to at least one person you care about. A friend, a neighbour, a co-worker. Someone you like and/or care for will become a Zombie. Your going to look into the (dead) eyes of your loved one and think perhaps, a little piece of them is still somewhere deep inside that rotting flesh, but remember; They are not who you once loved, or enjoyed spending time with. They are now Zombies and are only after one thing...

your brain. So again, pull up those panties, take a deep breath(say a few kind words, if you must) and put that sucker out of their misery.

Keep moving: It seems counter-productive, but once they smell your smart and intelligent brains, they will all be stumbling your way. As the wonderful Max Brooks taught us "No place is safe, only safer" so just treat it like bar-hopping, but instead of a wonderful, alcohol induced adventure with your friends, it's a run for your life marathon. Hop from place to place and keep moving. Stay only long enough to reload, stock up, grab some quick rest and then hit up the next hot spot!

That sums up part two. Stay tuned next week when we discuss your zombie butt kicking fight club and a possible love interest???

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