Thursday, January 31, 2013

Calling all Bloggers

The Crazy Bookworm is calling all bloggers for participation in a Cover Reveal!

Details

Author Brittany Severn is wanting to celebrate the release of her upcoming YA novel Shadowless. We are looking for bloggers that want to participate in the cover reveal!

To participate just fill out THIS FORM and I will be in contact with you with all the information!

Thank you in advance!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions


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

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me 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! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

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

Reading Multiple Books at Once

I don't usually do this, I am usually a one book at a time kinda gal; HOWEVER, this has been changing lately. I'll be sitting in my reading chair in the living room, which happens to face my bookshelves(pictured below)


and I'll glance up from reading a page from my current book, and my eyes will find that one book that I have been dying to read forever. So, after I finish a couple chapters of my current read, I decide to read a couple chapters from a book off my shelf, and thus the snowball effect begins!   Before I know it, I have 2-3 books on the go, and I can't stop! I'm like a reading maniac.

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Books that have broken my one book rule:




I want to know,  are you a book juggler or a one time juggler? And if so, what book(or books) was it that had you succumb to temptation?


Monday, January 28, 2013

Tea Time with book boys!

Invitation to Tea is a sporadic feature hosted here at The Crazy Bookworm blog. Feel free to use the button and make up your own post and link it in the comments!

A lot of awesome fictional boys have been working their way in my heart lately. So what better way then to invite them for some Tea!

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

Willem from Just One Day. This book kept me up into the very wee hours of the morning until, I completed it. Willem was so swoonworthy!

Uses for Boys

Sam from Uses for Boys. This was a heart-wrenching story, but Sam was a breath of fresh air. He was exactly I needed to lighten this novel up a little bit for me.

Nobody But Us

Will from Nobody But Us. Although this was a serious novel, he was one hot country boy!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

Noah from Pushing the Limits. Do I need to explain this one?!


What male characters would you be inviting to your bookish tea party?


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Follow Friday


FF 2012 Feature and Follow #133

Q: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?



A:
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
This book had me up until the wee hours until I turned the last page...I am still left thinking about it. Talk about a book hangover!!

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Book Blogger Confessions


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

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me 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! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

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

Judging a Book by it's Cover

Okay, I admit it! I, The Crazy Bookworm judge books by their covers!

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I know, I know! Deep down, I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it when I am in the bookstore and I see that gorgeous cover, it's what draws me in initially. 

There have been many, MANY times that I have read a book based on my love for the cover and have been disappointed, and I always say to myself "See, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover" It's like a life lesson that I refuse to learn each.And.Every.Time!!! Yes, there have been lots that I do enjoy but that's not the point here!

The point is that I should not judge a book by it's pretty, sparkly, colourful or eye popping cover. I should judge it based on the premise.  Key word: SHOULD. 

Will I ever stop cover judging? 

No.



Do you or have you judged a book by it's cover? Any good or bad experiences?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nobody but Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us
Release date: January 29th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Browse Inside: Nobody But Us

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

All I needed to hear to want to read this book was "Bonnie and Clyde meets If I Stay"...Say no more!

2013 has just kicked off with some Epic novels and Nobody But Us definitely joins the group! This book was utterly unputdownable!

Let me just rave about the writing; The author executed this novel perfectly! I loved her writing style! It contributed to the overall reading experience of this novel. It was simple, yet provided so much energy. She definitely entered the YA scene with a bang!

The first half of the novel is character development. Introducing Zoe and Will and their tragic back stories. I fought back tears during the first half of the novel. However the second half was a completely different story! Aside from flying through the pages with my heart pounding through my chest, I couldn't find back the tears.

AND THAT ENDING!! Really?! Kristin Halbrook definitely gets points for the jaw-dropping factor!

Nobody But Us goes down in debut history in my books! Heartbreaking and beautifully written!


Sum it up with a Song
 
Never Let Me Go by Florence + The Machine


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Crazy Bookworm is out Sick!

Happy weekend, crazy readers!

I have been absent for most of this week, and it has been paining me to be so out of the blogging/reading loop!

I came home Wednesday evening from work, and collapsed on to my couch and have barely moved(except to go to bed!)


I have been trying to read, but my horrible coughing and very painful migraine has been getting in the way!

Please excuse my absence. My plan is to take this weekend, and kick this colds ass!

In the meantime, I hope you are all doing well, and getting in some awesome reading time! Do a little extra for me!




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Corded Cover Reveal and Giveaway!


In a world where women are commodities, the only thing more rare than finding true love is a happy ending.
Kayla is in hiding—her only crime being born a girl in a society of 99% men. When her sister and niece are kidnapped, she is willing to do anything to save them. Kayla ventures into the dangerous streets of the city, a place where a woman can be claimed by anyone unless she has been marked by a club.

Desperate, she turns to Mason, a powerful club leader whose help comes at a cost—her freedom.




Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

Website  : http://www.alyssaroseivy.com/
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions


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

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me 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! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

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What was I thinking?!

We've all had those epic posts that we write from time to time where we are like "Booyah, that is blogger gold!". We love what we wrote, and we love the amount of comments that come with that post of awesomesauce...BUT, have you ever had that One(or two) posts that you published that once read back a few days later or even a year later, you think to yourself..

 "What was I thinking?"



Was it a rant in the heat of anger? A gush of love when caught up the moment?

Mine was a review; It was written while I had a horrible cold (Yes, I am using my cold as an excuse for my state of mind!) and my review just basically sounded like gibberish when I read it back about a week later after posting. My sentences didn't make sense, and you could almost feel how tired I was just from reading it. I would love to share that review with you, but in fairness to the author I gave it a better(and more understandable!) review. 

Have you ever had a 'Face Palm' moment when it came to a post you have written?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Follow Friday


FF 2012 Feature and Follow #131

Q: If you could choose one Supernatural Being/Creature to really exist, what would it be and why? 

A: Ohh! Great question. I have always loved Fairies. Every since I laid eyes on Tinkerbell when I was a child. So to honour the child in me, I will have to stick with Fairies. I think the world would be such a whimsical place! My second choice would be Unicorns!!

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Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses for Boys
Release date: January 15th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 240 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.


“I belong here, I tell Toy. I'm hungry for every city block. Every brick building. Every crowded intersection. Electric. I feel brand new.”  - Anna

Raw, heart-breaking, emotional. Uses for Boys is a book that will seep all the way down to your core. It bares all. There is not one sugar-coated moment. It is raw and exposed.

I couldn't put this book down. I was wrapped up and pulled into Anna's world. The only deceiving thing about this novel is it's length. At 240 pages you are thinking it is going to be a light read. Wrong. It is not a light read at all. It is extremely heavy and will test your emotions. You will get mad(so mad) and you will cry(A lot!). My heart utterly broke for Anna. I wanted to befriend her, embrace her, protect her. Yes, she was making some bad choices and bad decisions, but from 13-16, she had very minimal guidance. She was searching for, craving love, affection. To be wanted.

While reading Uses for Boys I couldn't help be reflect on my own life and upbringing. Things can be taken for granted so easily. I was so fortunate to have a loving family and warm upbringing. Although Anna is a character in a book, that does not mean that this story is fictional. In fact, this life is very true for many girls and young women out there!

This was by no means an easy, light read but it was one that I devoured. It's dark and haunting and Anna's story truly holds you captive. You will not be able to put this book down! It's books like Uses For Boys that need to be read my young women out there, to let them know they are not alone, or to have someone or something to relate too.

A stunning, brilliantly written story that will bring out every emotion inside you. Uses for Boys is a must read!

Sum it Up With a Song

All of Me by Angus and Julia Stone

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions



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

This will be a weekly(sporadic) post for me 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! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

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

Being stuck in a reading funk

With a name like The Crazy Bookworm, you would think that I want to read all the time..Well, most of the time I do! But, from time to time I get stuck in a reading funk. No matter how hard I try, I can't gather up the motivation to pick up that novel with the bookmark sticking out half way through the book, and continue reading. 

Sometimes it's because I jumped into a book to quickly after finishing an awesome read. Has that ever happened to you? You just finished that epic story, and are still reeling over those characters, that you can't get into any other book?

Book hangover

Or sometimes, it's just me. I just can't get into it! Sometimes I just don't want to read 

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*gasp* I know! It pains me to even say that!

Does this every happen to you? If so, what are you tips for getting out of a reading funk?

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Genre: Young adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: The Archived #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon



Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
I have heard spectacular things about Victoria Schwab's writing when her novel The Near Witch released, so when I was given the opportunity to snag this book, I jumped on it!

Wow...That is all I can say, just...Wow! This book captivated me in every way possible! The story line had me devouring the pages. The characters had me pulled in immediately. My heart ached for Mackenzie right away. She had such a strong exterior but so vulnerable and innocent on the inside.

The unravelling of the story was perfect. Schwab allowed time for story and character development while letting the book unfold at a flawless pace! There was never a moment that dwindled away or that was filled with unnecessary details.

The world building was another piece of the this novel crafted together beautifully. The author's simple writing style made me delve even deeper into this stunning world of the Archive and Keeper's.

This is one book that you don't want to miss. What a fantastic way to kick off 2013!

Page-turning, beautifully written and utterly enchanting. The Archived should be added to your 'To Read' pile immediately!

Sum it up with a Song

The song I would use to best describe this book, or the feelings I had while reading it is:


Friday, January 4, 2013

Follow Friday!


Q: What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself?

I have quite a bit I want to accomplish this year when it comes to the blog, reading AND writing! I did make a post earlier this week that is more detailed. But, to break it down. I want to:

*Read more Classics
*Finish my Zombie Fiction novel.
*Knock some NON-Review books off my TBR
*Attend Bookish Events
*Keep up with my discussion posts
*Participate in more features


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Seriously Series Reading Challenge



With 2012 out the door, I am reading to kick of 2013 with a bang..Reading style! One of my 2013 goals is to read some books that are in my personal TBR pile. My review pile gets so big that the books that I purchase get put to the side. A lot of these books are series'. I came across this challenge and thought "What a better way to kick off the New Year than with a good ol' fashioned reading challenge?!"


General Overview

How serious about series are you? We'll find out in 2013.

In the summer of 2012, Amanda and I hosted an informal challenge that focused on completing books in series that we owned. It was enough of a success that we decided we wanted to turn it into a year-long challenge--with a few minor changes. To start with, we have expanded on our original challenge by including both ongoing series and adding new-to-us series, as well as an option for series rereads for those that are VERY serious about their series (or for those that just like to go back and reread old favorites).

Definitions

For this challenge, we define a series as a collection of two or more books that belong together and where the second book is published before the end of 2013. This is a pretty broad definition of series, and it includes traditional series like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, less traditional series like Stephanie Perkins's YA contemps (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door), and shorter series, like Kendare Blake's Anna series (Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares).

A series is considered complete in one of two ways: either as finishing all the books that you own in the series or as obtaining and reading all the books that have been published in the series to date. Because we don't want this challenge to become a financial burden, how you choose to define completion is left to your discretion.

How It Works

To allow for the greatest level of flexibility, we've separated series into three categories: series started before 2013, series started in 2013, and series rereads. Series started before 2013 are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2013 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series. Series started in 2013 are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2013, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2013. A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2013 and that are reread between Jan. 2013 and Dec. 2013. A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.

For each category, there are different levels of seriousness about series that you can choose. Semi-serious is reading 1 to 6 series, seriously serious is reading 7 to 12 series, super seriously serious is reading 13 to 18 series, and seriously spectacular series star is reading more than 18 series. What this ends up looking like is this:
series started before 2013series started in 2013series rereads
Semi-Serious1-6 series1-61-6
Seriously Serious7-127-127-12
Super Seriously Serious13-1813-1813-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star18+18+18+
You choose which categories you want to attempt and which level to shoot for. Reading novellas and short stories from a series does count here.


I am going to attempt the Seriously-Serious challenge. I know, I know, it's not very ambitious, but it's a start!

My Series List

Themis Academy by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds
The Rivals

Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning

The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade
Wolfsbane
Bloodrose

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium
Pandemonium

The Summer Series by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty
It's Not Summer Without You
We'll Always Have Summer

Matched Series by Ally Condie

Matched
Crossed
Reached

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
**I have already completed book one. I plan to complete the series this month**

Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Do you want to join me, and many other fabulous bloggers in this challenge? Then head on over to Reading the Paranormal and sign up!


 
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