Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Let's Get Personal!


Let's Get Personal is a new weekly post here at The Crazy Bookworm.

Don't you love learning more about the blogger behind the blog? I know I do! I love seeing other Book bloggers posting a little bit about themselves! Inspired by those personal posts, I came up with this feature.

Of course, if there are any burning questions you are dying to know about me feel free to leave them in the comments of these posts, Tweet me or Facebook me and I will do my best to respond in the next Let's Get Personal post. 

I am a Mom! 
(to 2 fur babies)

My fellow crazy readers, I would like to introduce you to my 2 baby boys. 

Bachelor #1

Rocky
Age: 4 years old going on 6 months!
I love the Summertime!

I love the wintertime! 

(Rocky and Mr. Crazy Bookworm)

It is nearly impossible to take a picture of this guy not goofing around. He is 4 years old, and doesn't act a day over 6 months. He loves jumping around, playing fetch, and chilling out with his favourite teddy bear(that he CANNOT sleep without) He also loves long runs in the field, and playing with his very best friend, Bentley. Which brings us to:

Bachelor #2

Bentley
Age: 6
These flowers smell lovely!

Get that frozen sock outta my face!

Just snoozing with my pal Winnie

If I had to choose a person to describe Bentley, I would have to pick some literary mastermind like, Edgar Allen Poe or J.D. Salinger. He is so wise, and seems to understand everything I say...Really, it can get quite creepy at times! When we let him off leash, he is happiest to just roam casually, and smell the flowers. In the summertime, he loves curling up with me on my outdoor lounger, while I devour a book. But, don't let him fool you, he loves some good quality play time as well!

These 2 guys, soak up a lot of my time, but I wouldn't want it any other way! I am happiest when I can just hang out with them! These guys are my pride and joy! Yes, I am one of those people that treat their pets like children!

A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?- John Grogan

Do you have any pets?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Swimming at Night by Lucy Clark

Swimming at Night
Release date: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 384 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon | The BD


Katie’s world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped—that her death was a suicide.

 Although they’d hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. With only the entries in Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life and—page by page, country by country—begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. . . .

Weaving together the exotic settings and suspenseful twists of Alex Garland’s The Beach with a powerful tale of familial love in the spirit of Rosamund Lupton’s Sister, Swimming at Night is a fast-paced, accomplished, and gripping debut novel of secrets, loss, and forgiveness.

It seems like I have been suffering from Book Hangovers so often lately! When I first learned about Swimming at Night I was immediately intrigued, but I was never expecting how much I was going to love this explosive story!

If your looking for a book to keep you occupied during these winter months, a book to have you flying through the pages than this is the book for you. In fact, if you are a fan of riveting characters, a heart-pounding story line and transformation..and let's be honest, that's everyone! Than grab a copy of Swimming at Night!

Lucy Clark penned a moving, intense tale that had me reaching for the tissue on more than one occasion. You will laugh, cry and embark on beautiful travels. It's fair to say that I am in complete shock that this is Clark's debut novel. Her writing style was absolutely riveting. She crafted such a lovely reading experience, and built such a stunning world between the covers. She jumped into the Book scene with a bang, and she has made her mark! Lucy Clark has made a fan in me, and I can say with certainty that I will be reading her future work.

Tales of passion, regret, love, and most importantly, self discovery. Swimming at Night is a book that I am still reeling from. Katie is a character that will forever stay with you. In fact, the entire story will stay with you long after you've finished!


Lucy Clarke has a first class degree in English Literature, and is a passionate traveller and diarist.

She has worked as a presenter of social enterprise events and a creative writing workshop leader. Lucy is now a full-time novelist.
Lucy is married to James Cox, a professional windsurfer, and together they spend their winters travelling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England.

Author Spotlight with Karen Schreck and Special Edition Cover Reveal!!



One year--he'll be gone for one year and then we'll be together again and everything will be back to the way it should be.
The day David left, I felt like my heart was breaking. Sure, any long-distance relationship is tough, but David was going to war--to fight, to protect, to put his life in danger. We can get through this, though. We'll talk, we'll email, we won't let anything come between us.
I can be an army girlfriend for one year. But will my sweet, soulful, funny David be the same person when he comes home? Will I? And what if he doesn't come home at all?...
"A tender and honest examination of love, longing, and loyalty in the face of modern war."--Laura Ruby, author of Bad Apple




While He Was Away Walmart-Exclusive Cover Reveal
and How Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere:
Even a Trip to the Grocery Store and a Handful of Long-Lost Photographs
By Karen Schreck

Karen Halvorsen Schreck



I sometimes wonder what my mother would say if she knew that her story—one of the saddest, sweetest love stories I’ve ever heard—was retold in a new way in my young adult novel, While He Was Away.


Now Sourcebooks Fire is sharing the story yet again, in a second, exclusive edition, released nation-wide at Walmart. The fact that Sourcebooks believed enough in While He Was Away to bring it to life the first time felt like a much-needed confirmation of years of hard work. The fact that they are standing behind my book again in this way . . . well, it feels like a miracle. I’m truly grateful.


I wonder what my mother would say to this incredible news? I like to think she would be grateful too. I like to think she would be happy. She wanted her story heard after all. So much so that it was one of the last things she told me, just before she died.


One rainy night when I was fourteen, right before cancer left her to ill to talk, let alone drive a car, my mother said, “Come with me. We’re going shopping.” We drove to the little local market and wandered up and down the aisles, as she threw in a can of tuna, some dishwashing soap, and other little things we didn’t need. We paid for these little
things. She looked anxious and tired, still she hadn’t said a thing; we hadn’t spoken a word.


It was only when we were parked in our driveway again that my mother said, “I was married once before when I was very young. He died a hero in WWII.”


And that was that. Soon after, she died.


I thought about my mother’s mysterious love story for many years. I talked to relatives, found long-lost photographs. The story took seed in me. It flowered into a novel about a young women whose boyfriend leaves for the Iraq War. In her loneliness, she seeks out a grandmother she’s never met, whose first husband died in WWII. She seeks out a character inspired by mother.


A late night drive, a few words spoken in the dark. Even things as simple as this can inspire a novel.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

T.G.I.F. is all I can say! I am ready for the weekend! How about you guys?

Q: We always talk about books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?

I just recently gave a copy of Out of the Easy and Uses for Boys to a friend of mine at work. She loved Uses for Boys. Nothing beats the gift of books, especially when they enjoyed it!


*Be sure to check out my Kate Ellison giveaway pack!*
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GIVEAWAY: Notes from Ghost Town and The Butterfly Clues

Notes from Ghost Town


They say first love never dies...

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.



The Butterfly Clues

Seventeen-year-old Penelope "Lo" Marin has always collected beautiful things. Since her brother's untimely death, her collection has become an obsession. When she finds an antique butterfly necklace that belonged to a murdered girl at a flea market, she impulsively steals it and becomes fixated. As Lo delves deeper into the life of this girl she feels an otherworldly connection to, she finds herself in the middle of a violent underworld of crime, drugs and sex. But the more questions she asks, the more danger she is in. Can Lo uncover the killer's identity, or will she become the next victim?


The Giveaway

EgmontUSA is offering this epic giveaway!

*One lucky winner will win a hardcover copy of Notes from Ghost Town and a paperback copy of The Butterfly Clues.

Open to U.S. and Canada Only

Giveaway ends: March 1st at 11:59PM

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

Notes from Ghost Town
Release date: Feb 12th, 2013
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon | The BD


They say first love never dies...

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

“Think about a moment, a little centimeter of time you’d happily exist in forever, if time could be laid out along the spine of a ruler. Maybe it haunts you in that blue inch of half consciousness just before you’re fully awake.” 

Notes from Ghost Town is definitely not your typical whodunnit. Murder, suspense and heart-break all wrapped up in this haunting, yet beautiful romantic tale.

I'm usually not one for mystery novels. The ones I have read in the past, haven't held my attention very well; But Kate Ellison completely turned that around for me. I could not put this book down! What did it for me? Everything! She not only had the most compelling characters but she had a whopper of a story line to back it up.

Olivia is your typical teenager, and I found her to be a very relatable character. Her reactions and responses to everything happening around her and to her were very realistic. The author did a fantastic job at getting inside the mind of a teenage girl. Although Olivia is pretty much your average teenager, she was a vibrant character!

The authors writing sealed the deal! The characters and plot were already winners, but they wouldn't have shined as bright without Ellison's lyrical writing style. I haven't had the pleasure of reading her previous novel The Butterfly Clues but that is sure to change in the near future!

I adored every minute of this novel. The story unfolds at a beautiful pace, and leaves you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Suspense, mystery and a paranormal romance...What is not to love?

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



Stop by Feb 20th, for your chance to win a copy of 'Notes from Ghost Town' AND a paperback copy of 'The Butterfly Clues'!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Let's Get Personal


Let's Get Personal is a new weekly post here at The Crazy Bookworm.

Don't you love learning more about the blogger behind the blog? I know I do! I love seeing other Book bloggers posting a little bit about themselves! Inspired by those personal posts, I came up with this feature.

Of course, if there are any burning questions you are dying to know about me feel free to leave them in the comments of these posts, or in my Formspring account(below) and I will do my best to respond in the next Let's Get Personal post. 


I am a Yogi

A lot of people ask me what I enjoy doing in my spare time when I am not reading, working or bouncing around the house with my Fam-Jam...My Fam-Jam consists of my fiance and 2 dogs :)

The answer: Yoga!

Sometimes I can get pretty busy. In last week's post I spoke about my weight loss. Sometimes, it can take up a lot of time! Between work, the gym, running my own pet spa and spending quality time with my awesome fam-jam, I can get pretty frazzled at times! What cures me is some quality time with...well, me! And Yoga helps me do this. Okay, okay, this sounds more like an infomercial than a Personal post, but it's true! I am lucky enough to have a wide open space in my living room right in front of my books(pictured below). I roll out my Yoga mat in front of my beloved books and take a time out Yoga style. I stretch, I work out whatever kinks the day or week gave me, and feel completely refreshed afterwards! 


Have you ever tried Yoga? Or do you have another way you wind down from a busy day? 


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

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For Review

Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)

Crash and Burn

Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2)

Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy, #1)

Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy, #2)

*Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, St. Martin's Press and Daria Snadowsky*

Gifted

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

*Thank you to Penguin Canada for sending me this gift!*

What books are stacking your shelves this week?

Thursday, February 14, 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

Admiring your Bookshelves

This was not a planned topic this week. I had something else planned but I decided to do this topic instead because of something that happened over the weekend...I was admiring my books.

Do you ever just look over at your Bookshelves lovingly, and just stare. Admire the beauty of all those worlds and characters that you've fallen in love with?

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 My fiance saw me doing this over the weekend and when asked what I was doing I simply shrugged and said "Looking at my books". He thought this was weird.


I knew my fellow Bookworms would understand! I know I can't be the only one that loves to admire bookshelves, pull out some of your favourites for a quick hello. Right?!

Are you a bookshelf admirer?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco

 Beholding Bee
Release date: February 12th, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face—though her beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.

Then a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes that she must find a home for them both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date. They feed her, though there is nothing in their house to eat. They help her go to school, though they won't enter the building themselves. And, strangely, only Bee seems able to see them.

Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize that she, too, matters to the world--if only she will let herself be a part of it.


"When you think about it, though, isn't it better to believe in a kiss so soft you cannot hear it or see who is giving it to you? You are special when you think like this" - Bee

I simply do not know where to begin. I am warning you know this is going to be more of a love letter than a review. Beholding Bee was one of the most beautiful, most magical books I have ever read!

Kimberly Newton Fusco's writing was superb. Utterly flawless. Her lyrical flow made the words bounce off the page, and play a stunning and vibrant film in my mind. I have never had a book come to life quite like this. The author's world building was crafted so beautifully. I love how she separated the book into 3 parts. It really broke down Bee's transformation perfectly.

The characters, oh gosh, those characters! Bee is the main character and what a character she is. She is so strong and mature at 12 years old. She is so precious, I absolutely fell in love with her. Bee will forever be in my heart. There were qualities of Bee that I saw in myself, and there are certain experiences we share; It was a pleasure to be able to relate with her. Don't think that Bee is the only spirited character, oh no! The author penned a vivacious secondary cast. Everyone has there spot and plays their part. Lot's of stories are told and by the end, your heart will be swelling!

This book tackles it all; World War II, bullying, family matters and self discovery. Bee's world will unfold right in front of your very eyes. I am so happy I had the pleasure of reading this novel.

Magical, enchanting, and simply wonderful.
 

Sum it up with a Song


Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Fictional Bucket List Pt. One

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Have you ever read a book that had amazing characters, took place in a lovely faraway land, captured you and whisked you away...Duh, stupid question! Of course you have!

I have come across so many books that leave me wishing I could meet them, be there or do that. So, that got me thinking, if I had the chance to dip my toes in the fictional world; What would I do?

My Fictional Bucket List Part One

1. Visit Hogwarts
Even thought I have yet to read the books *Ducks from flying objects* I am in love with the Harry Potter films and Hogwarts. I would love to cast a spell at Hogwarts!

2. See Edward Cullen Sparkle with my own eyes
Come one, whether you are Team Edward or not, who wouldn't want to see him Sparkle up close and personal, and maybe touch it..and run your hands along his bare, sparkling chest *cough couch* Sorry, got a little carried away!

3. Visit Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
Sure, anyone who has seen the pictures of the children that live at Miss Peregrines couldn't be any more creeped out, but they are really quite magical. I would love to spend a day romping around the yard at Miss Peregrines!

4. Travel to Amsterdam with Augustus and Hazel(The Fault in our Stars)
It's been nearly a year since I've read this novel, and the characters are still stuck with me. I don't think Hazel and Augustus will ever leave my heart!

5. Dance on the Yellow Brick Road
Minus the flying monkeys, and wicked witch of course!

6. Treasure Hunt with Jack Sparrow
Only if he comes in the Johnny Depp version.

7. Eat Crepes with Willem and Lulu a.k.a. Alison
Would love to spend even just one hour with these two!

8. Swim with a Mermaid
I love novels about mermaids. What would be better than actually swimming with one?!

9. Go to one of Adam's concerts
Not only are these two of my favourite novels, but Adam is one of my favourite characters! Would love to see him rocking out on stage!

10. Have a reading done at the Fern family home
Clarity
One of my favourite YA mystery novels. I would love to sit down with the Fern family and have a reading done!

That's part one! What would be on your fictional bucket list?
 
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