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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin'

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2013



Top Ten Books I've Read in 2013 

Uses for Boys

"Raw, heart-breaking, emotional. Uses for Boys is a book that will seep all the way down to your core."

 Beholding Bee

"Magical, enchanting, and simply wonderful. "

Out of The Easy

"Be prepared to nurse a Book Hangover upon finishing Out of the Easy"

The Book Thief

"The Book Thief is the furthest thing from being just a story. The pages will come to life, the words will dance around you..."

If You Find Me

"This book with speak many things to you but it's message is clear--Survival, growth and self discovery."

Golden

"Friendship, romance, self growth and discovery; Golden is a good-for-you kind of read!"

Thousand Words

"I shouldn't be surprised that it was just perfect. Jennifer Brown's writing style and character building  was right on point. "


"This Is What Happy Looks Like is far from your ordinary boy meets girl story. "

Invisibility

"Andrea Cremer and David Levithan couldn't have penned a better novel together! A standing ovation!"

When You Were Here

"Raw and sad at times. But it is the beautiful characters that made When You Were Here blossom. "



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”   Sarah Dessen- The Truth About Forever

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”  John Green- The Fault in Our Stars

“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”   Jodi Picoult- My Sister's Keeper

“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.”  Nicholas Sparks- The Notebook

“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”  Cassandra Clare- City of Glass

“That's the thing about pain," Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. "It demands to be felt”  John Green- The Fault in Our Stars

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”   John Green- An Abundance of Katherines

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”  John Green- Looking for Alaska

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”   Cassandra Clare- Clockwork Angel

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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 is a sporadic post for 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!

When a book comes between a Friendship!

Ever have those books that you just adored so much, you want to spread the book love. You simply know for sure that your spouse, BFF, Mom, Teacher, dentist, etc would adore this book as much as you did. You can't stop talking about it, so you lend them your copy so you can discuss it's amazingness together. Until...

They. Did. Not. Like. The. Book.


They complain about the characters(that you've fallen in love with) The setting(that you imagined living in) The male lead character(that you've already planned your fictional wedding with). You can't help but feel a twinge of hatred defensiveness towards your much loved book. 

"But didn't you like this part? What about that part?" You desperately try to redeem the book's awesomesauce-ness. But to no avail. They hated the book. 


Okay, okay! Maybe that is a tad to far, but one thing is for sure...



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cover Love: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Cover Love

Release Date: October 1st, 2013

Cover Love Rating


Excerpt from p. 70:
He plans to keep me here. Something snaps in my mind, and I go at the door like I’m crazed, slamming into it with my body, not caring about the way it jars my teeth, my bones, hurts my shoulder. I batter the door, clawing and kicking and screaming until I’m sobbing with exhaustion.
I sink to the floor, trembling and feeling sick. I hurt all over, I have to pee, and I am intensely thirsty.

Don’t let me die here. Please. I never got to say goodbye. Never got to tell Mom I’m sorry, tell Dad how lucky I am to have him for a father. A whimper wrenches its way out of my throat. . . . 
I don't know about you, but that sounds INTENSE! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!


 
ABOUT STAINED:

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Meadows covers the walls of her bedroom with images of beautiful faces she clips from magazines—and longs for “normal.” Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. Why can’t she be like Diamond, the comic-book hero she created? Diamond would never let the insults in. That’s harder for Sarah.

But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had. Can she look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside, somehow becoming a hero rather than a victim? It’s the only way Sarah will have any chance of escaping the prison—both seen and unseen—that this deranged killer has placed around her.
Cheryl Rainfield

FROM the AUTHOR:

Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah's strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Killing Lincoln Blu-Ray Giveaway!

Killing Lincoln 101:

Things That You Didn't Know About the Assassination of Lincoln

Enter to Win The Suspenseful Thriller, Killing Lincoln, on Blu-ray June 11th!

Narrated by Oscar winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott  (Unstoppable, The A-Team) & Ridley Scott (Prometheus, American Gangster), KILLING LINCOLN delivers a thrilling perspective into the criminal mind of John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators.  Watch the conspiracy unfold on Digital HD now and Blu-ray and DVD June 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, KILLING LINCOLN is the suspenseful, eye-opening account of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While some aspects of the plot to slay Lincoln and cripple the newly forming union are widely known, much more of the history unfolds in this insightful thriller. As John Wilkes Booth becomes increasingly obsessed with removing Lincoln from office, a secret faction of conspirators forms, and ultimately empowers Booth to carry out an event that will change America forever. Narrated by Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, this historical masterpiece stars Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) in a spectacular turn as President Lincoln.

*Actor: 1994, Forrest Gump; 1993, Philadelphia.
Did Booth Act Alone?
The prevailing notion about John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, is that though he conspired with other no-names in the assassination, he himself was mainly driven by insanity. However, subsequent accounts have suggested that he may have been part of a larger and more complex scheme involving the Confederate commander-in-chief, Jefferson Davis. Some sources even involve the guilt of high-ranking Canadian officials, which suggest that it might not have been such a deranged scheme after all.
A Kidnaping Plot
Interestingly enough, before it was an assassination plot, it was a kidnapping plot. Booth wanted to kidnap Lincoln and exchange him for Southern Prisoners of War. In 1865, Booth spent about $4,000 of his own money to arrange the kidnapping. There are couple of reasons why the plot failed. At one point, Booth was lying in wait to kidnap Lincoln, but he didn't show up at the right time. Then, a couple of days after Robert E. Lee surrendered; Booth was in attendance when Lincoln gave a speech about all citizens regardless of race having the right to vote. Infuriated, Booth decided a mere kidnap attempt wouldn't do - assassination was the only answer.
Before the Assassination 
 

Lincoln occupied a private box above the stage with his wife Mary, a young army officer named Henry Rathbone and Rathbone’s fiancĂ©, Clara Harris, the daughter of New York Senator Ira Harris. The Lincolns arrived late for the comedy, Our American Cousin but the President was reportedly in a fine mood and laughed heartily during the production.

The Assentation 
At 10:15, Booth slipped into the box and fired his .44-caliber single-shot derringer into the back of Lincoln's head. After stabbing Rathbone, who immediately rushed at him, in the shoulder, Booth leapt onto the stage and shouted, "Sic semper tyrannis!" ("Thus ever to tyrants!" – the Virginia state motto). At first, the crowd interpreted the unfolding drama as part of the production, but a scream from the first lady told them otherwise. Although Booth allegedly broke his leg in the fall, he managed to leave the theatre and escape from Washington on horseback.

After the Assassination 
A 23-year-old doctor named Charles Leale was in the audience and hastened to the presidential box immediately upon hearing the shot and Mary Lincoln’s scream. He found the President slumped in his chair, paralyzed and struggling to breathe. Several soldiers carried Lincoln to a house across the street and placed him on a bed. When the surgeon general arrived at the house, he concluded that Lincoln could not be saved and would die during the night.
Manhunt
The search for John Wilkes Booth was one of the largest manhunts in history, with 10,000 federal troops, detectives and police tracking down the assassin.
Booth’s Last Words
On April 26, Union troops surrounded the Virginia farmhouse where Booth and Herold were hiding out and set fire to it, hoping to flush the fugitives out. Herold surrendered but Booth remained inside. As the blaze intensified, a sergeant shot Booth in the neck, allegedly because the assassin had raised his gun as if to shoot. Carried out of the building alive, he lingered for three hours before gazing at his hands and uttering his last words: "Useless, useless.”
Co-conspirators
Four of Booth’s co-conspirators were convicted for their part in the assassination and executed by hanging on July 7, 1865. They included David Herold and Mary Surratt, the first woman put to death by the federal government, whose boarding house had served as a meeting place for the would-be kidnappers.
The Other Targets 
While Lincoln's death at the hands of John Wilkes Booth will likely always be remembered as one of America's most heinous crimes, it should be recalled that Booth and his conspirators had two other targets that night, as well: Secretary of State William H. Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson. Even though Lee had already surrendered to Grant, Booth reasoned that if they could kill the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary of State all on one night the Union would be thrown into disarray. And, with no formal right of succession - which wouldn't be codified in the Constitution until after the Kennedy assassination - Booth might have had a point.
The night that Lincoln was murdered, Seward was laid up in bed. He had been in a serious carriage accident just nine days earlier that had left him close to death. One of Booth's co-conspirators, Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Paine), talked his way into the Seward house pretending that he was delivering medicine. Stopped on the stairs by Seward's son, Frederick, Powell panicked, attacking Frederick and dashing into the Secretary of State's bedroom. He stabbed Seward multiple times, injured another of Seward's sons and his bodyguard, and retreated into the night thinking he had mortally wounded the Secretary of State. It was only after Powell was captured the next day that he discovered that Seward was still alive; Seward went on to make a full recovery, continuing to serve as Secretary of State under Andrew Johnson. (Johnson was to have been assassinated that night by George Azerodt, but the would-be killer chickened out.)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Canada | Little Brown for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon CA | The Book Depository

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

"A Lilac bush. She would be reincarnated as a Lilac bush. And she would love it. She loved Lilacs like it was a religion. She said nothing smelled as good as a Lilac bush. Whenever she saw one, she'd stop and smell it. And not just smell but inhale it, ingest it"-Danny

From time to time you come across those books that bury themselves into your very soul. The characters burrowing their way into your hearts, and finding a comfy spot to stay there forever. Characters so powerful that you know you will care for them as if they were real friends. When You Were Here will do EXACTLY that to you. Be prepared to meet some lovely fictional friends and to shed a tear or two. When You Were Here will take you on an emotional journey.

Sometimes I write reviews immediately after I read the book, and sometimes I wait a few days waiting for the feelings to subside and write a review with a mind more clear. It wouldn't matter when I wrote this review, this book left me with feelings that I will be feeling for a long time. It left me laughing through tears.

I usually have a very hard time getting into and relating to a Male POV. Maybe it's because I am not a male, so I feel it's harder for me to relate and get into their mind. It's like I remain an outsider the entire time while reading the book; However, that was not the case with Danny. He was by far, the most powerful male main character that I have come across. I was able to relate to him more ways than one and actually feel what he was going through. Daisy Whitney did a superb job at developing his character and letting his story unfold at a realistic pace. She let us experience each stage of grief, pain and frustration right along side Danny. She also allowed us to be there for his high times as well. He wasn't this angry, angsty character. He had good moments, and he had low moments.

Another favourite character of mine was Kana. She was the light inside Danny's tunnel. When we Danny was going through one of his dark times, Kana came to the rescue and cheered us Danny right up! There was such an exuberance to her.

And although we only got to know her after the fact of her death, Danny's mother was a beautiful character. She seemed wise, gentle and caring. Danny's memories and recollections were a great touch to the novel. We got to know a lovely character!

The main storyline of this novel may be a tough subject to handle; Raw and sad at times. But it is the beautiful characters that made When You Were Here blossom.

The hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the vibrant Kana, the laughter, the tears and of course, Sandy Koufax made this novel a beautiful reading experience.

Cover Love
          
  In One Word

When You Were Here inspired me to listen to:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

3 Books, 3 Movies

The Crazy Bookworm talks:
Beautiful Creatures, The Host and Safe Haven


Beautiful Creatures

Short and Sweet: Was not a fan throughout most of the film. Was able to redeem itself slightly by the end.

Explanation: I must say that I was really excited to see this film. I was a big enough fan of the book to want to see a film adaptation; The movie trailer looked very promising as well. However, the trailer hid most of its flaws. Showcasing some of the best parts of the film. One of the down falls of this film was the acting. Oh boy, it was pretty rough. When it came to looks, I thought they picked the perfect Ethan(Alden Ehrenreich), matching closely to what I had imagined. And he was pretty decent at being goofy and lovestruck silly; but that is where it ended. After about an hour of this, it got a bit irritating. Lena(played by Alice Englert) was just as bad, if not worse. There were many "emotional" moments, but those scenes lacked feeling because the actress struggled to pull it off.

My favourite parts of this movie where the secondary characters! Viola Davis(The Help) and Emma Thompson(Nanny McPhee) rocked this movie. In my opinion, they were the saving grace. It was because of their epic characters(and acting!) that I left the movie mostly satisfied.

Overall: Not the greatest film adaptation. I am very open minded when it comes to books turned movies, but this one just didn't do it for me.

The Host

Short and Sweet: A great Young Adult version of an adult novel.

Explanation: I was a little disappointed when I saw the first trailer for The Host because it was very "Young adult-y" and I know I sound like a hypocrite. I love young adult, so why am I hatin'. I'm not. I just loved The Host for it's rawness. It's like Stephanie Meyer let loose. She expressed what she couldn't in Twilight. However, I feel they wanted to cash in on the Twilight success(and fans) so they geared it towards a more teenage audience. Which in all fairness on their part, was a great move.

I thought this was a great adaptation. I loved Saoirse Ronan as Wanderer/Melanie. Although she wouldn't be my first pick; She was perfect for this "Young Adult" version. One thing that was really hard to get used to was the Melanie voice over. It was almost annoying in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually. 

Where the movie lacked in it's sexual tension and raw relationship between Wanderer and Jarrod, it DID NOT lack in the action and back story of the "aliens". The special effects where superb! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book turned movie. Being a big fan of the book, I was not disappointed!

Safe Haven

Short and Sweet: You know me. I heart ANYTHING Nicholas Sparks related!

Explanation: This may be a bit of an unfair review. I loved all of Nicholas Sparks' books and adore all the movies as well. So yes, to put it simply; I loved Safe Haven. I have always been a Josh Duhamel fan, so I was thrilled that he would be playing the lead roll of Alex. I was a little hesitate when it came to Julianne Hough playing Katie, because I have only seen her in one thing; Footloose and that didn't go over to well. But again, I was trying to stay open minded. Thankfully, she surprised me in a good way. I thought she did the part justice! Josh and Julianne's chemistry was light and seemed effortless. They embraced their characters' relationship and pulled it off well!

Of course the film had me reaching for the Kleenex but that is no surprise! Another winner for me when it comes to Sparks' films!

Overall: If you want to get your "love story" fix, this is a great choice!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan


Invisibility
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre:  Young Adult
Pages: 358 Pages
Series: Stand alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Andrea Cremer | David Levithan
Buy the Book:
Amazon CA | Amazon


Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

“People say that time slips through our fingers like sand. What they don't acknowledge is that some of the sand sticks to the skin. These are memories that will remain, memories of the time when there was still time left.”  -Stephen

Okay! 2013 has totally rocked my socks off so far! Some seriously amazing books have been hitting the shelves this year. One of those seriously amazing books? Invisibility.

Invisibility is a book like no other. It is definitely one that won't get lost in the mix. It stands out with it's unique, action-packed storyline and compelling characters.

Is it wrong to swoon over an invisible boy? Well, if it is, than I don't want to be right! Stephen held all the traits that I love in a male character, but obviously there was that one thing that gave him edge. Yes, the whole invisibility thing. Stephen was sweet, he was kind. He had a great sense of humour and loving side to him; But he had a sadness to him. He was vulnerable. He was a very diverse character. I absolutely adored him.

While Stephen was on the sweet side, Jo Elizabeth is on the stronger side. She was a very bold, independent character. Once she discovered herself, she let nothing get in her way. I loved her determination and "Imma-kick-some-butt" attitude!

And who can forget the epic secondary character cast? Moving along, the characters are also accompanied by a pretty epic storyline. A heart pounding, suspenseful ride! Just when you think the story is going one way, you are whipped into a completely different direction. The suspense is almost unbearable, but so very worth it!

Sheesh! This book was loaded with so much awesomeness, I would be here all day laying it out for you guys. Your time would be more well spent reading the actual novel. So waste no more time, crazy readers! Go out now and grab yourself a copy of Invisibility now! Sit outside, soak up some sunshine and get lost in this wondrous tale. You WILL NOT be sorry!

Love, action, suspense and humour(and awesome spells and curses). This book has it all! A fantastic outcome from a dynamic duo of authors. Andrea Cremer and David Levithan couldn't have penned a better novel together! A standing ovation!



Invisibility inspired me to listen to:


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

STSmall

For Review


**Thank you to Razorbill CA, St. Martin's Griffin, Penguin Canada and Hachette Canada!**

Bought

(The Yogi in me HAD to have this!)

That is it for me!

What books are stacking your shelves this week?

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