Monday, September 30, 2013

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book:  Amazon Ca | Amazon
Browse Inside at HarperCollins: Asylum

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

“It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”  

Halloween is creeping up around the corner, so what better time than to indulge in a spooktacular read?! Asylum was the perfect introduction to that indulgence!

Said to appeal to fans of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar children, I was a little apprehensive; I absolutely adored that novel and I didn't think there would be many books that could compare to it. Well, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children has met it's match! Both ranking high on the super-creep- factor scale!

If you like to be spooked, than this is the perfect book for you! Full of haunting photographs that will sneak there way into your dreams(especially if you read this book in bed!). Asylum packed a lot of punch!

This book is more storyline directed than it is character driven. Sure, you connect with the characters most of the time, but truth be told, you just want to know what the heck is going on. You can only handle those goosebumps and spine-tingles before you start devouring the book and flying through the pages to get the answers you are craving! Author, Madeleine Roux definitely did her job by keeping you on the edge of your seat. Not offering anything up easily. She made you work to learn the truth, while spooking you out at the same time!

The only criticism I could give this book was it's character deliverance. I wish there was more back story given on Jordan. Because of his lack of introduction and back story, I found it hard to connect with him, and in the end, just found myself irritated by him. However, that was such a minor flaw! My connection(or lack of) with Jordan did not effect my over all feelings of this book. It was a great introduction to the month of Horror!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary

Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: Blog Tour | Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Sometimes Living in the Big Apple Really Bites!
Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn't like other girls. She's the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she's attacked by a wild dog.

Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat--the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. And so begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth...

When a new girl gang appears in the city--with claws and paws--Sam suspects there's a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparked her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, her mother, and the media catch up to her.

Wowy! What a wild and amazing ride this book was! Music, a strong female lead, and a dash of paranormal...How can it get any better?!

This is my first novel by Emily Pohl-Weary but I can tell you that I am already adding her previous work to my Fall/Winter Reading list. Her writing style, character development and delivery were all flawless, and she instantly made me a fan!

Sam is definitely not your ordinary female character. She is strong and independent. She lets no one tell her what to do. She knows what she wants and she gets it. These qualities radiate off the pages, and instantly make you envious of her; Wanting to follow in her footsteps and take charge of your dreams. She was crafted with such a fun loving spirit! You can't help yourself but fall in love with her! She gave the book so much umph!

Just when I thought I was done with Paranormal books for now, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl came along, and gave me exactly what I was looking for! A book with a with a unique flare and a brand new twist on the world of werewolves!

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl went far beyond my expectations. Pohl-Weary's writing style added so much depth to this story line and in the end, resulted in me devouring the novel in one sitting!

A fun and witty reading experience!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook
Where have all the bedtime stories gone?
One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town.
It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.
The Crazy Bookworm does not usually spotlight Children's books on here. Although, I do read my fair share of them with my 3 year old niece! When I read the concept of this book, I simply could not pass it up! Not only did it sound like one that my niece would love, but one that I would like love as well!

This book's wonderful word flow and beautiful illustrations make this book one that you will have no problem reading to that child in your life over and over again(because we all know kids love repetition!!) When asked "Again, Aunt Cathy" I happily obeyed! The book has the usually 'Rhyming' aspect that most Children's books have, but the author crafted it in such a way that the words lyrically flowed off the pages! The Snatchabook is such a wonderful concept. A book about sharing that delivers the moral of the story so uniquely.

This is a book that should be added the bookshelves of every child. A beautiful tale that demonstrates greats views on sharing and caring. And don't be embarrassed if you are asking your child to read this one over and over again, because I can promise, you will not be alone when it comes to your love for The Snactchabook!

Hitting Shelves October 1st, 2013

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year: Review + Giveaway!

Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Zest Books
Genre: Non-Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review | Blog Tour
Find the Author: Blog | Twitter | Tumblr
Buy the Book: Amazon | The BD

Told through real-life, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming- of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.
Written in autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease --as well as excitement-- that comes along with that challenge.

If a Teenager could only read one book this Fall, Little Fish should be the one! Why? Because inside these pages, you will meet a girl, relate with this girl, and by the end befriend her in the best of ways. You will finish this book with a new friend and a new outlook on the adventure that is growing up.

I absolutely LOVED this memoir. I don't even think I could put it into enough words how I felt about this book. Ramsey Beyer crafted such a refreshing, unique memoir that will have you devouring it in just one sitting(Go ahead, I dare you to try and put it down!). The author expressed herself so vividly, that you felt as if you were right there beside her, going about this experience with her.

I am hearing the word 'Graphic Novel' being tossed around when describing this book; Yes, it does share similarities to a graphic novel style, but it is so much more! If Graphic Novels aren't your thing, please don't let that deter you from reading this book. I can confidently promise you, you will be beyond surprised how beautifully crafted and delivered this memoir is.

I just adored this memoir, and will recommend it to everyone I knew. It should be read by anyone who is starting a new chapter in their life(not necessarily just school) but starting anew in some way or another.

One of my most favourite coming-of-age stories I have ever read!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: It is up to your to do a Kickstarter Campaign for your favourite book! Who are you casting for the main characters?
Ah! Such a hard question! I have many favourite book, but really only 2 all time favourite, and I would love to see them hit the big screen(if done right, of course)

Between Shades of Gray


Peyton List as Lina



Laura Marano as Andi

Bella Thorne as Alex

Samual Larson as Virgil(and the fact that he has had dreads too makes him even more perfect!)

I know, I kinda sorta cheated picking two, but the rules weren't official were they ;)

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