Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
Pages: 262 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Library
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book:  Amazon | Amazon

They Said It Was An Accident...
Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:
You're welcome.
Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer's every move...

From time to time I am in the mood for a good ol' page turner! A good whodunit; Something that makes me forget about working, sleeping or eating because all I want to do is READ. Truly, Madly, Deadly was one heck of a book! A climatic roller coaster!

Want a book that has it all? A strong main character, a superb secondary character cast, an "oh my god, I can't put this down!" kinda book? Well than this is the book for you! Be warned though, you will be up until the wee hours finishing this one. I dare you to try and put it down...Double dare you!

I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I nailed the perpetrator from the very beginning, but man was I fooled! Making a very audible gasp that caused a reaction from my sleeping Fiance and 2 dogs. What a wildly suspenseful, nail biting ride!

Okay, that is enough raving. Let me try to break it down for you. Hannah Jayne does an amazing job when it comes to the character development, and story building. We learn immediately(from the summary) that Kevin dies. And at first, it sparks a bit of sadness, but you can't help but feel some relief for Sawyer knowing that she is finally free from an abusive relationship. Then she gets the eerie note "Your welcome"... Let the games begin! it doesn't take long for the story to erupt. I loved how the author delivered each character as a potential suspect. You never truly know until the very end. Hannah Jayne's writing style was simple, yet kept you pulled in the entire time.

I loved Chloe's character, she added some great comedic relief at times with her light, airy humour. And the little hint of romance was a perfect touch. It added a nice break from all the intensity. A healthy balance of all the elements; Murder, mystery and romance.

Truly, Madly, Deadly will give you everything you are craving for a summer read and so much more!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Author Spotlight with Daria Snadowsky and Giveaway!


*Anatomy of a Boyfriend * Anatomy of a Single girl * Crush Anthology

Daria Snadowsky is the author of the novels "Anatomy of a Boyfriend" and "Anatomy of a Single Girl." She also contributed the essay "To Sir Anthony, With Love," to the anthology "Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love." Visit her at
Visit DariaWebsite | Twitter

Purchase Daria's Books
Amazon CA | Amazon

Chatting with Daria Snadowsky

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

Thank you for having me!

Tell us 5 things about yourself. (Your secrets are safe with us!)

1) My favorite Brontë sister is Anne.
2) I wrote my college thesis on filmmaker Ang Lee just so I could have a good excuse to watch Sense and Sensibility over and over again.
3) My sweet sixteen was a toga party at Caesar’s Palace—opportunities like that is one of the cool things about living in Las Vegas.
4) I like watching movies more than reading.  I know, off with my head!
5) When I was fourteen, I had a MAJOR crush on Anthony Hopkins.  Like, to a disturbing degree.  You can read about it here.
Describe yourself in 3 words. 

Hungry. Ambivalent. Wistful.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend surrounds a girl facing the issue of continuing a relationship after High School Graduation. What inspired you to write about that?

Judy Blume’s Forever…, which was about the same thing.  Though in Forever…, the day of reckoning occurred over summer vacation after graduation.  My book follows the main couple into college. 

As a girl that was in a serious high school relationship, you hit the nail on the head. You addressed almost EVERYTHING that I felt and went through. It was so great to be able to relate to Dominique! What about you? Was Anatomy of a Boyfriend inspired by true events?

Thank you! Oh yeah, I don’t think I could have written about the roller coaster of first love if I hadn’t gone through it myself.  When it’s good, it’s like walking on air.  When it’s bad, well…your feelings can get pretty crazy.  But crazy is normal. 

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

I’m sure it depends on the writer.  For me, it was the story.  I knew I wanted to write about first love, and Dominique grew out of that.

What is 'A Day in the Life of Daria Snadowsky' like?

Every day’s really different, but each one involves way too much time on my iPhone and watching HGTV.

Where is your favourite place to write? And do you have any writing must haves? (Food, music, candles, a strong glass of wine, etc)

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, especially with a mug of hot chocolate by my laptop.

When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Eating and watching movies.  In other words, being very boring. 

Dinner Party! You can invite any 5 people to dinner (Dead or alive, real or fiction) who would be on your guest list?

Father Ralph de Bricassart (from Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds), Colonel Brandon (from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility), Billy Joel, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Thompson.  We’d have fondue.   
Would you like to see any of your books hit the big or small screen? And is there a certain actor/actress you have in mind for a character?

I’d be a thrill, though I think it’d be challenging for the ANATOMY books to translate to the screen because so much of the action occurs inside Dominique’s head.  Either way, I think Emma Stone would make a great Dom.

What books and/or author's have been influential for you?

Judy Blume.  She was among the first to tackle YA issues in a completely straightforward and nonjudgmental way. 

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

Mixed berry smoothies. 

2013 has entered the book scene with a bang! What books are on your Summer Reading Pile?

I’m actually planning to reread some of my old faves, including the Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy series.

Crazy Quiz

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Cookies and Cream!

Favourite Book?
Forever… by Judy Blume

Who do you root for: Hero or Villain?
Heroes, as long as they’re a little villainous. 

Favourite Movie of all time?
Shadowlands.  It has a tour de force performance by Anthony Hopkins.

Name one guilty pleasure you have? (No judgment here!)
Watching John Hughes movies while eating Cinnabons.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Daria. It was a pleasure!

The pleasure was all mine!

Daria Snadowsky is awesome enough to offer you awesome bookworm's a chance to win Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Really Awesome Mess Giveaway

A Really Awesome Mess

A Really Awesome Mess

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A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess
Release Date: July 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Trish Cook | Brendan Halpin
Buy the Book:  Amazon CA | Amazon

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves. 
Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.
Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.
Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.

A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

The title, the cover and the synopsis of this novel does not even begin to do this book justice. I was not expecting anything too special when I began this book. I was expecting a pretty generic story with some witty moments...I was completely wrong! This book is a really awesome mess in amazingly epic proportions! I didn't not expect that I would ending up loving this novel as much as I did.

The character cast is unlike any other. Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin crafted such an eclectic group of people that I can guarantee you, you have not come across a cluster of characters quite like the ones at Heartland Academy. They coloured the book with so much laugh out loud moments, that you just couldn't help but fall in love with them all...even when they were being complete jerks! They also provided lots of heart in the novel. Under all of their tough exteriors, their crippling problems and all that teen angst, there was so much heart and soul bursting at the seems. The emotions jumped off the pages and crept into your very own heart. Without knowing it, these characters meddled their way into your heart, and you could not help but fall in love with them!

This is a very character based novel. There is not really one main storyline. Each character has a story to tell and they are all woven together to create the heart of the novel. Character development is key, and the authors nailed it! Each story was introduced and told at a wonderful pace.

If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Breakfast Club, then you should immediately add A Really Awesome Mess to your summer reading pile! You won't regret it!

*Please note the overuse of the word heart in this review. Heart is exactly what this book is bursting with!*

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions

Welcome to the....Library!

How often do you take advantage of your local library? *Counting hands* I used to LOVE going to my library as a child and checking out a bag full of books to devour for 3 weeks. When I hit about 13 years old, I pretty much stopped going. 

I would like to thank my 3 year old Niece for lighting the Library spark back up! I decided to take her to the Library one day to pick out some books as we were going to have her for the weekend. Enter my rekindled love! I have completely forgot how amazing EPIC the Library is!

Yes, I am one of those readers that love to add books to my bookshelves and hope to one day have a lavish, Beauty and the Beast style library, but sometimes those books can break the wallet. The Library has saved me some cash, given me an opportunity to read those books that have been on my wish list for ages. And, it has also given my Fiance a break from having to build me new bookshelves...again....

Do you visit your local library? What are your thoughts on this?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Author Spotlight with Jennifer Brown and Giveaway!


Hate List | Bitter End
Perfect Escape | Thousand Words

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Connect: Website | Twitter 
Purchase Jennifer Brown's Books: Amazon | The Book Depository

Chatting with Jennifer Brown

Tell us 5 things about yourself(your secrets are safe with us!)

1) I love anything and everything Disney. I even have the Cinderella castle tattooed on the inside of my wrist and Mickey Mouse ears tattooed on my shoulder.

2) Even though I am terrified of heights, I once mountain biked with my husband down Pike's Peak.

3) I'm a great cook, but I can't bake to save my life.

4) Before becoming a writer, I worked in food service, child care, and Human Resources.

5) In college, I took Self-Hypnosis and Biofeedback, Medical Ethics, and Drawing and Painting, but I never took a single college writing class.

Your newest novel Thousand Words tackles "Sexting" Your novels are always so raw and powerful; School shootings, abusive relationships. What inspires you to write about these stronger subjects?

I went through a lot of raw stuff as a kid and teen, so I think some of it is just that I have an interest in raw stories, and my voice lends itself naturally to them. But I also enjoy writing these books, because I think tough subjects are important to write about. Books that explore difficult subjects can open a discussion, and I fully believe discussion is the first step toward solution. The more we talk, the more we learn, the more we can prevent!

What message are you hoping Young Adults receive from your novels?

Well, each novel comes with its own message, but I suppose they all boil down to one central message, which is to try to understand one another, try to accept one another, and try to love one another for who we are. 

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

The idea for the story comes first, but with very sketchy details, and I'm totally okay with that. I spend much more time in the beginning phase developing my characters than I do developing my plots. Before I even begin to worry about refining plot points, I write long character sketches on each of my characters. I want to know everything about them. I like to get to know them as real people before I begin dismantling their lives.

What is 'A Day in the Life of Jennifer Brown' like?

Every day is different. Sometimes I'm writing YA. Sometimes I'm writing middle grade or women's fiction. Sometimes I'm revising or working on copyedits. Sometimes I'm traveling and speaking at schools or libraries or am attending conferences. Sometimes I'm answering emails or letters from readers. Sometimes I'm working on my websites or catching up on social media or whatever. The unpredictable schedule is one of the things I love most about being a writer. Keeps me from getting bored.

But generally I'm on mom duty until late morning, and then I work until late afternoon, when I'm on mom duty again. And then there are snow days and spring break and summer break and sick days and other times when I'm on mom duty all day long and have to wait until late at night or very early in the morning to get any work done. Flexibility is key with writing, as it is for anyone who works from home.

Where is your favourite place to write? And do you have any writing must haves?(Food, music, candles, a strong glass of wine, etc)

My favorite place to write is my kitchen table, because it's convenient and I'm surrounded by windows. But my most productive writing takes place in my office. I like to write to music, but it has to be music with no words, or music sung in a foreign language that I don't understand. 

Dinner Party! You can invite any 5 people to dinner(Dead or alive, real or fiction) who would be on your guest list?

Believe it or not, I actually have a Pinterest board dedicated to my Fantasy Celebrity Dinner ( My top 5 would be:

Maya Angelou
John Lennon
Marian Keyes
Walt Disney
Ernest Hemingway

(And Chef Art Smith would be cooking for us)

Would you like to see any of your books hit the big or small screen? And is there a certain actor/actress you have in mind for a character?

If there was a well-done screen adaptation of one of my novels, I would love it! But I don't write with, "How will this look in a movie?" in my mind. 

I'm terrible at the actor/actress game, but will admit that I would love to see what Lucy Hale could do with Valerie from HATE LIST. She has such amazingly expressive eyes.

Finish this sentence: "I can't live without..." kids and my husband. They mean everything to me.

Are you working on anything now? And if so can you share a little(fingers and toes crossed!!)

I am working on a lot of things now! I have a women's fiction novel, THE SISTER SEASON, coming out in November, and am currently working on a middle grade that will come out in 2014. I just finished revisions on TORN AWAY, my next YA novel about a girl who loses everything in a tornado, which will come out May 2014. And I have a very exciting secret project I'm working on, too. 

2013 has entered the book scene with a bang! What books are on your Summer Reading Pile?

Right now I'm reading THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman. 

Crazy Quiz

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Ummm EVERY ice cream flavor! Okay, okay, pistachio wins.

Favourite Book?
The Grapes of Wrath

Who do you root for: Hero or Villain?

Favourite Movie of all time?
Forrest Gump

Name one guilty pleasure you have?(No judgement here!)
I am a total foodie. So....fooooood!

 Thousand Words
Jennifer was so kind and awesome enough to offer up not one but TWO copies of her newest novel Thousand Words. You can read my review HERE.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge: Day 13

Q: Describe one underappreciated book EVERYONE should read

 Beholding Bee

 Beholding Bee

This is a book that I think any YA lover should read. Actually, let me rephrase that; Any book lover should read. This was such an enchanting novel. A beautiful story woven into a magical tale. You get the best of both worlds with this book. Stunning characters and a heart-warming(and at times wrenching) plot. This still remains my #1 favourite read of 2013, and will most likely remain a forever favourite!

Friday, July 19, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 12

Q: How Do You Fight Blogger Fatigue?

Firstly, I don't treat it like a job. Blogging is supposed to be a fun past-time, not a chore. 

Yes, sometimes it may feel overwhelming when you have review deadlines and blog tours coming up, but a simple organization can keep those things at bay. I like to count on my trusty dry-erase board and Google Calender for these things. I also set up alerts to remind me of upcoming blog thingy's that are due. I set the alert to ping me 2 weeks ahead of the due date. Also, doing up blog posts/meme's/features in advance and scheduled can take the weight off as well!

Secondly, when I start to feel that "Blogging Drag" creeping up, I take a mini vacation from blogging. I, of course do up a post informing my awesome readers that I will be gone for a couple days or a week, just to refresh and rejuvenate the blogger in me. A couple days off from blogging can do wonders! It also helps you keep things fresh, and possible inspire new feature/post ideas. I also like to dive into a book from my personal library when doing this. It gives me that time to catch up on that giant 'To Be Read' pile!

How do You fight the Blogger Fatigue?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 338 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Library
Reason: Conquering Mount 'To Be Read' Pile
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon | The BD
It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

“What you love the most is what you have to fight the hardest to keep.”       

Want the perfect summer read? Well then go out, and grab a copy of Wanderlove right now!

This one has been on my 'To Be Read' pile for ages. I was in the mood for something light and edgy. Something new. I got all of the above, plus more with Wanderlove.

Kirsten Hubbard's world building was picturesque. She takes you from your current position, and plunks you right down into the bustling streets of Central America. You can smell that street vendors, see the vibrant markets, and taste the food of the visited cities. This book will create a lot of envy. It will rise emotions out of you, and make you want to pack a backpack of your own and set off into this giant world.

Bria is such an amazing character. I found her very easy to relate to. She also came with an amazing attitude and hilarious personality. I laughed out loud at some of her socially awkward moments. And Rowen *fans herself* talk about Swoon Worthy! If I could marry any fictional character, Rowan would be at the top of my list!

Wanderlove packs so much more than a funny main character and swoon worthy guy. It has heart and soul. The characters were penned so perfectly; The surroundings so visually attractive. Most importantly, it takes you on a wondrous reading experience. Self discovery, love, friendship. You experience it all with Wanderlove. My only complaint is that I waited so long to read it!

Everything you could possible want in a book you can find in Wanderlove!

Oh! And when reading the book, take Bria's advice and do not look up Botfly Larvae. *Shudders* It will be a while before I recover for that!
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A Taylor-Made Life Book Blitz + Giveaway!

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

 Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.

You can buy A Taylor-Made Life Here:

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About the Author

Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 10

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

How Do You Choose What Books to Read Next
Like April mentioned in her post; Deadlines! I have a fancy shmancy dry erase board sitting on my office desk that is bullet-pointed with all my review deadlines. I also have a Google Calender cataloging all my tours, upcoming reviews and interviews. So my review books go in order of that. Blog tours, promotions, reviews, etc.

When it comes to books I read out my personal library, I just go with what the mood is striking at that particular moment. Sometimes I want a really intense read that may produce a good cry, or other times(depending on what books I've been reading for reviews) I'll need something light and fluffy, to give me a break from the heavy.

When I can't decide on one, I will sometimes hold up 2 books to my Fiance and ask him to pick one for me. Or place 2 on the ground, and see which one my dogs approach first.(Yes, I have really done that before! I'm not always good under pressure!)

What about you? How do You select what books to read next? 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 9


Question: Why Do You Blog About Books? 
I blog about books so my poor Fiance and friends didn't have to fake interest anymore. Haha, just kidding!

My Fiance is a reader of non-fiction and true crime. Most of my friends don't read. When gushing about the latest book, they would be nodding and smiling but there would always be a glazed over look in their eyes(Looking back on it, they were pretty awesome for going along with it!) When Julie and Julia first came out, my fiance and I went to go see it in the theatre, and when she started blogging about the recipes she was cooking, my light bulb went off. Why don't I blog about the books I read? That way, I can gush, express my feelings, and no longer have to torture my family and friends. I am a very passionate person, especially about books, so having another outlet to express my thoughts on them was fantastic!

Before I started blogging, I never had a clue how grand and amazing the book blogosphere was. And boy, am I every glad I got to join this wonderful family! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Publisher: Redhook; An Imprint of Hachette
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood.
 But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ... Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world. 

“If you had to relive your life exactly as it was – same successes and failures, same happiness, same miseries, same mixture of comedy and tragedy – would you want to? Was it worth it?”  

Have you ever read a book that you've heard so many wonderful things about, but deep inside of you there is a twinge a fear; "What if I don't like it?", "What if I don't understand what makes the book so great?". You can't help feeling those things. What if one person(or hundreds!) loved it, and you would be that one that didn't. That is how I felt when I picked up The Universe Versus Alex Woods. I have heard wondrous things about this novel, and was worried that it might have been over-hyped...That WAS NOT the case!

Upon finishing this novel, I wanted to flip to the very beginning and experience it all over again. Aside from this book being wildly entertaining featuring a series of unusual events and quick witted humour; Nestled inside all of that is a beautiful story about friendship, a tale about 2 completely different people and personalities coming together.

Alex was such a remarkable character. He had me laughing out loud throughout the entire novel. I love how the author developed his character, and how he had Alex deliver the story telling. Instead of it feeling like I was reading a fictional novel, it felt as if Alex was sitting right next to me, sharing this remarkable story. Well done Gavin Extence!

I think the story was told at a perfect pace. Everything unfolded in such a way that it really blossomed. You couldn't help but feel every emotional, laugh when something was funny and cry when the emotions got the best of you.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods was truly a lovely story. A coming of age of sorts. Gavin Extences' debut novel was nothing short of amazing!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

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