Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters


1.
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

He was definitely a sizzling character!

2.
Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Loved her light, bubbly personality. Plus, she has one of my favourite super powers!

3 and 4
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
It's a Tie: Walt and Herr Silverman from

5.
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

6.
Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

The Swoon-O-Meter was always rising when John was around!

7 and 8
The Book Thief

9 and 10
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I know I kind of cheated with the Ties, but how could I chose just one, when some of my favourites were loaded with a rockin' character cast!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stacking the Shelves(A day late)

Stacking the Shelves

Hi Crazy friends! 

I apologize for the post being a day late. My weekend was a Ca-Razy one! All that aside, here are the goodies I got this week.


Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)

Twisted (Intertwined, #3)

Help for the Haunted: A Novel

What are you stacking your shelves with this week?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Release Date: August 13th, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown Books | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was—that I couldn't stick around—and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.
Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

"Kids's are like Blind Passengers--They just don't see what's coming down the road- Leonard Peacock"

This is a book that I needed some time to think about before writing a review. I finished this book in one sitting. Not because it was a light read; Not because it was an easy read; But because I felt so deeply sorry for Leonard and started to care for him so quickly that I just couldn't put the book down before learning what his fate would be.

The writing of this book was superb. Matthew Quick penned such a heart-breakingly beautiful character. Yes, it is dark and it has moments that make you cringe. But behind Leonard's loneliness was a beautiful person. Someone that I would love to know. He was such a kind soul deep down, and Quick did a phenomenal job at letting that shine. The breaks between the gray skies and depression were definitely savoured during my reading experience!

There are moments early on, and throughout the novel where you can sense Leonard hanging on to a shred of hope. Where he is almost willing to ditch his plan if someone does that one thing. Just a simple phrase or moment. If they do it, he will stop what he is going to do. You learn from just these few moments that Leonard just wants to sit and talk, someone to just listen to him.

Not only did the author create a beautiful character within Leonard, he also passed that along into 2 other characters that I loved very much. Walt and Herr Silverman. Any moment that they entered the scene, I sat up a little taller and fell into the book a little deeper. What wise men they were! I never expected coming out of this novel learning so much. Matthew Quick definitely taught me more than I could have imagined coming from a novel.

Although this storyline is a tough one, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is truly a character driven novel. If any character lacked even the slightest than the novel wouldn't have had the same impact on me.

This day in age when Bullying and Suicide is on the front page news far to often, Matthew Quick gives a glimpse of hope. And the assignment given by Herr Silverman should be one definitely practiced! 'Letter from the Future'...Genius!

In One Word

Cover Love

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock inspired me to listen to:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Awaken by Meg Cabot(Abandon Book #3)

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy, #3)
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Pages: 343 Pages
Series: Abandon Trilogy, Book 3
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book:Amazon CA | Amazon

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.
But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.
If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

When Awaken finally arrived at my doorstep, I did a total 13 year old fan girl squeal/dance. I have no shame! This was one of my most anticipated books of 2013.

So, how did I like it? I didn't...I loved it!(like what I did there?). Which comes to no surprise to me. The Abandon Trilogy is on my all time favourite reads. Each time I'm transported me to Isla Huesos/The Underworld, and always guaranteed a thrilling reading experience; Awaken did not lack on either of those elements!

Although I do love the atmosphere of The Underworld, The majority of Awaken takes place in Isla Huesos; And was action packed from beginning to end. The first quarter of the book will leave you jaw dropped, teary eyed, angry and in denial. You simply cannot believe What. Just. Happened!

Let the games begin!

What a roller coaster! Furies, Fates, evil Rectors, Oh my! Just when you think the story is going one way, you're a spun around into a totally different(and exciting!) direction.

Okay, I've made it clear that the story does not lack excitement and action from beginning to end, let's get on with the characters.  Pierce is just as amazing as I remember. She is stubborn, stands for her values/beliefs and does not take orders from anyone(even if he is a 6 foot tall, tattoo covered man, and is Captain of the Underworld) She will go her way, whether you like it or not. I love that trait of hers! And John, it is no shock that he is as swoon worthy as ever. Why can't a Ruler of the Underworld whisk me away(Kidding!...Sorta) I just adore his character. And even though he is portrayed as this really bad-ass guy; I still love when his soft side oozes out whenever Pierce is around. They are 2 fantastic characters! And of course, we can't forget the secondary cast. Pierce's parent's make a bigger appearance in this final installment, and I loved that! No one was left out. A great way to wrap up a wonderful story!

I loved every minute of Awaken even though it was a bittersweet reading experience. This series will always remain a favourite of mine! Meg Cabot wrapped up the story beautifully(Really, It was just missing the bow!), but I won't object to a 4th book(hint, hint)

Cover Love


In One Word

Awaken inspired me to listen to:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Share something you've learned about Book Blogging in the last month
It's like this question was crafted for me this week! Because I have learned that although I am pretty organized when it comes to blogging, I have dropped the ball over the last couple weeks! I was in a reading funk. I posted a lot of my scheduled posts to close together, which resulted in a lack of posts of the last week. I learned that I need to stop tackling this blogging world alone, and introduce something I use in everyday life into my blogging world....A TO-DO LIST!! 

I use one every day for my day to day task, so why not bring it into my blogging regimen? It will definitely help me see things clearer as they are right in front of me!


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Thursday, August 15, 2013

It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy Blog Tour Sign up!


Crazy Bookworm Promotions is seeking Book Bloggers to Participate in a Book Review and/or Blog Post as part of the It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy blog tour.

All promotional tools will be provided for you. If you agree to a review, a PDF or Kindle version of the book will be sent to you!

The Book is scheduled to release October 15th, so I am looking for bloggers with availability Between September 1st- October 15th. 

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Author Spotlight: Jesse Petersen, Author of Married with Zombies


Books:

*Living with the Dead Series(7 Books)
*Club Monstrosity Series(2 Books)

About:

Jesse’s life as a writer began when her husband made the brilliant observation that she was much happier writing than doing anything else. So she took the plunge and decided to do that full-time. After many years and many books in different sub-genres, she was bitten by the zombie bug (not a zombie, but the bug) and took off on a zany adventure into the world of Urban Fantasy. Soon zombies were not enough and now she is poised to take over the world with her not-so-normal paranormal stories which inject dark humor into uncommon circumstances.
When not coming up with stories about the weird and wonderful she lives in Tucson, AZ, with her high school sweetheart husband and two cats. She plays video games, hangs out with her favorite nephews, hikes in the beautiful mountains, watches wayyyyy too much reality TV (and some really good scripted TV), ponders all things geekish and madly scribbles notes on her next idea while she laughs at people who still have to shovel snow.- Source: Jesse Peterson Website
Visit Jesse: Website | Twitter | Facebook



Talking Zombies with Jesse Petersen

Describe yourself in 3 words

Driven, self-critical, funny. 
When your not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time? No, I'm kidding. I write A LOT and spent A LOT of time promoting books and stuff, too. BUT when I do have spare time I like to read, I make geeky jewelry (which I sell on Etsy), I like video games and TV shows. I also love spending time with my husband and our two nephews, who I adore. I try hard to be more well-rounded with my "spare time" since it's easy for me to get very wrapped up in writing/publishing.

I absolutely loved every minute of reading Married with Zombies. It was so refreshing reading a zombie novel with a comedic twist! Was that your original intention? Or did the comedy pop up later?

It was really a comedy from the beginning. My idea was always a couple on the brink of divorce, forced to kill their marriage counselor and use her advice to escape the zombie apocalypse.  Snarky, sarcastic and funny were the tones I was going for. :)

What was the writing process for this book like? 


I honestly began writing it only to entertain myself. I write romances under other names and they are fairly dark and sexy, so when I began writing MWZ, it was for my own edification. I did not plot it, I just went with it. But pretty soon my agent got wind of what I was doing and read some of it and told me we could sell it, that there was a market. Still, it was very different for me than any of my other books (including the next two in the series, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE and EAT SLAY LOVE). I wrote it very quickly (about 3 weeks) and we sold it within a couple of months of me beginning to write it.

Would you survive a Zombie Apocalypse? And if so, what would your survival tactic be?

I would hope so. I'm a good shot and I don't like goo, so I'd avoid getting too much into blood or guts and getting infected that way. If I could keep my head (ha!!) about me in the first few days, I think I'd settle into just getting through it. I hope. Maybe. We'll see.... 
There seems to be different types of Zombies? For example, Night of the Living Dead's slow, brain eating zombies VS 28 Day's Later's fast, rage fuelled Zombies. Which type of the undead to you prefer?

 
My zombies are kind of a combo. They are slow moving until they get a whiff of their food. Then they get fast on the hunt. I definitely had to be careful about the movement of zombies. It's a big debate point for zombie enthusiasts. 


If you could put together the Ultimate Zombie Fighting team who would it consist of? (You can chose anyone!)


My husband. My Dad and Mom. Shaun from Shaun of the Dead. Seems like Max Brooks knows what he's talking about, so he'd be good... Sarah and Dave obviously.

What is your favourite Zombie Past-time (ie.Movies, books or video games)


I probably prefer movies to anything else in the genre (though I do love a good zombie book). Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland is the tone I like (surprise, surprise, funny). I like lightness to my horror. 

Aside from Zombies, What is one guilty pleasure that you have?

I'm semi-addicted to Vanilla Coke Zero. I'm trying to break it, but caffeine in cold format is my thing. 
 
Bump in the Night with Jesse Peterson

Your Zombie Movie? (I know, you probably get ask all the time!!) 

Zombieland

What was your favourite halloween costume as a child? 

I had a clown costume my Mom made that was THE BOMB.

Your favourite Halloween treat? 
Anything chocolate. I'm also a fan of paydays.

You have to spend the night in a haunted house, but you can invite 3 people with you(fact or fiction, dead or alive) who would you invite?
Again, my husband, I like taking him places and he's calm, which is helpful. My friend Stacey Graham writes about ghosts, so I'd bring her as she's an expert. And maybe that guy from Paranormal State, the ghost show on TV? He's kind of douchey, but he has tons of equiptment.

Scariest book you've read?
The Stand by Stephen King.

You favourite horror movie?
I like Paranormal Activity (original). It scared the bejeezus out of me.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by! It was a pleasure having you!

Thanks for having me!! :) 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Conquering Mount To be Read


Conquering 'Mount To Be Read Pile'

I am taking a trip this Summer! A really long but wonderous one! One full of adventure; Rolling hills, Romance, Young love, self discovery...This summer I am hiking up a Mountain. Which one you ask? Well 'Mount To Be Read Pile'! It is the biggest Mountain of all, stacked to the very sky and it lives right in my living room!

Magical pathway..:)

That's right guys. This summer I am hoping to at least make a dent in my ever, ever growing To Read pile. Why do I keep buying books, when I have so many amazing books waiting to get read? It is a question not even the most philosophical can answer!

I am trying to divide my time up this Summer between Review books and Personal books. There have been some bumps in the road, but so far, it is going smoothly!

Some of the books I hope to still tackle before the summer is over:






This is not even a fraction of them, but ones I have been dying to read for quite a while!

What do you think I should read next?

Are you tackling Mount To Be Read this Summer?


Saturday, August 10, 2013

I'm still here!


Hi Crazy Readers!

Sorry for the lack of posts all week this week! It has been a CAA-RAZY one! 

Thankfully, I have a little more down time next week, so I will be back into the swing of things! I do have a couple reviews coming your way, and some other fun stuff, so make sure to be on the look out!

Happy readings, friends!
 
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