Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Silence of Six by E.C. Meyers

The Silence of Six
Release Date: May 31st, 2016
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Pages: 368 Pages
Series: SOS #1
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein s best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school. Haunted by the unforgettable image of Evan s death, Max's entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions. Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities all the while hoping to find the truth behind the Silence of Six before it s too late."

To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect with The Silence of the Six. Books like this are usually out of my comfort zone, but when this book was toted for fans of Mr. Robot, that sealed the deal for me!

If there was any book that could turn a reader into trying something new, it would be The Silence of the Six. This book blew away any doubt I had far out of the water! I devoured this book almost in one sitting. You simply cannot(even if you wanted to) put it down! The author, E.C. Meyers, pulls you in immediately with his incredible world building and character crafting. You'll plunge into the cyber world and it will make you think, more than once, about your online presence. The Science of Six is falling into the Science Fiction category, but it will please readers of any genre. If you like a heart-pounding and mind-bending story than this novel is for you!

Yes, this novel surrounds the world of computer hacking, but it also takes you on a heartening ride between the characters' relationships.  It's a face-paced thriller that packs a lot of punch, but it also comes with a lot of heart and soul.

The Silence of Six is a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventure that will keep you entertained from the moment you first open the book until the very last time your close it. The Silence of Six turned out to me one of my favourite reads of 2016. Talk about going out with a bang!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two By Two
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 485 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website

At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
“Guilt, in other words, isn’t always wasted. It can keep us from making the same mistake twice.”  

Oh Mr. Sparks, you do it to me every time! Should I not have learned my lesson by now when it comes to reading Sparks' books in public? Or do I just not care anymore when it comes to strangers seeing me sob over a book? Hmm...

In true Nicholas Sparks fashion, Two by Two is a love story, but it is not your typical Sparks tale. Two by Two tells us the story of a father and his profound love for his daughter, London. But, it also shares with us the spectacular love between siblings, parents and their children, lovers and friends. Nicholas Sparks displays multiple expressions of love in this heart-warming and yes, at times, heart-wrenching novel.

While reading Two by Two you will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions. You will experience rage, anger and heavy sadness; but you'll also experience humour, joy and immense love. At the heart of all of this is one of the most lively characters I have ever come across. She'll remind you to marvel the little things in life. She'll teach you about gratitude. She'll remind you that sometimes it's okay to eat the damn Lucky Charms and to have the pizza for dinner! And this marvelous character comes in the tiny package of a 5 year old little girl named London. Although just 5 years old, this little girl is wise beyond her years! It was such a pleasure to grow with London and to be on this short journey with her.

Two by Two is an astounding story about love, resilience, courage and growth. It may be fictitious in it's characters and premise, but you will walk away having learned a true life lesson: That love is always louder, and love will always prevail.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dogs and Their People by Barkpost

Not only am I crazy about books, but I am also crazy about animals and a HUGE dog lover. I am the proud mama of 2 fur-babies(would happily have another but the fiance has "put his foot down"...whatever!).  When the amazing folks at Penguin Random House e-mailed me about this book, I knew not only was it the perfect book for me, but it would be the perfect book for you OR for the dog lovers in your life.

Dogs and Their People is a beautiful little package that is jam-packed with hilarious and heartwarming stories, anecdotes, photos and insights. It captures the true and extraordinary bond that humans share with their pets and vice versa. 

From Putnam: "this book isn’t just about the dogs; it’s about celebrating the crazy, consuming, unconditional love we feel for them. It’s about the songs you’ve made up for them, the hugs you’ve given them on bad days, and all the outfits that—let’s be honest—you forced them into. It’s about the lightness they’ve brought to our lives just by being there—and having smushy faces. We hear you, dog people; this one is for you."

Just in time for the holiday season, Dogs and Their People is the ideal, fool-proof gift for that special someone in your life! Grab your copy today!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid(The Diabolic #1)

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: The Diabolic #1
Format: Arc
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.She must become her.Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...

Okay, y'all, I have a confession to make. I don't do Sci-fi and I rarely do fantasy *dodges thrown books*
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 I know, I know! As a "crazy bookworm" it's almost sacrileges to swear off genres, but there have been very few Sci-fi\fantasy's that I have read and even fewer that I have liked, so imagine my surprise when I actually really enjoyed The Diabolic. 

You couldn't go anywhere on the blogosphere, twittersphere or any other 'sphere without stumbling across the love and raving of this book. Everyone who reads was talking about it. I think that made me even more nervous because usually when a book is that hyped up, it tends to disappoint me in some way or another, but that was not the case this time. Instead, I was proven why this book gained the popularity and following that it did.

Simply put The Diabolic is a fast-paced, heart-pounding adventure! What I struggle to find in books that fall under this genre is heart. They seem to be really cold and lack emotion, but that is another area where The Diabolic broke the mold. There are some beautiful emotional notes that make this book so much more than a "robot" story.

Kincaid did a wonderful job at creating and delivering this very intricate setting. Weaving together all of the politics and characters to produce a one of a kind world.

I am SO glad I gave this book the chance it so deeply deserved. I was transported from my couch into the galaxy, fighting alongside Nemesis. I was taken on a thrilling ride and look forward to continuing this epic adventure! I urge other who may veer away from these types of books to step out of your usual tastes and give something different a try. You'll open yourself up to beautiful new worlds waiting to be discovered by you!

I beg for forgiveness for wrongly judging this genre!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In
Release date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website

Stay away from the woods…
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

“Rotting in your skin
rotting in your mind
you are rotting in this house
in this house you'll die.”  

Dawn Kurtagich, like the Trees in Python, sucked me in with The Dead House. When I learned that she would be releasing another spine-tingling tale, I couldn't wait to get my roots hands on it!

And the Trees Crept In will keep you up all hours of the night; both from not being able to put the book down and from being too spooked to sleep! Author, Dawn Kurtagich definitely won me with her eerie tale The Dead House but she definitely amped up the creep factor with this one! 

We are immediately plunged in the woods when Silla and Nori are escaping from their father's abuse. Hoping to find refuge at their Aunt Cath's manor, La Baume, or also (fittingly) called the "blood manor". Cath was such a whimsical character. There is a quirkiness to her that will make you fall in love with her instantly. She is wacky and wild, and her character comes alive and leaps off the pages! She reminded me of a cross between Nanny McPhee and Miss Peregrine. 

Silla is such a strong and complex character. There are many layers to her that unfold throughout the entirety of the novel. I adored her and the fierce love she had for her sister, Nori. Nori is another fantastic character. It was obvious the author crafted Nori with so much care! Nori deals with her own difficulties that I'll leave for you to discover for yourself, but Kurtagich did an outstanding job at delivering her dialogue. 

And the Trees Crept In is not penned like your average novel. Like the "blood manor", it is filled with nooks, cranny's and hallways that have all kinds of shadows and darkness lurking within them. It is a mind-bender and it will take you on one haunting adventure! 

With Halloween right around the corner, what better way to spend it than reading And the Trees Crept In...that's if you're not too scared...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Outward Blonde by Trish Cook

Outward Blonde
Release Date: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: E-galley
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Explore more: Barnes and Noble

Sixteen-year-old Lizzie Finkelstein is a hard-partying socialite who lives a charmed life with her mother in Manhattan. After a public drunken sexual escapade results in both an arrest and an embarrassing viral video online, Lizzie’s parents stage a late night intervention. Lizzie finds herself whisked away to Utah to learn a lesson or two about taking responsibility at Camp Smiley, a wilderness survival program for troubled kids.
Camp Smiley is a far cry from Lizzie’s high society life in New York. Without her stable of luxury hair/makeup items, her teacup Pomeranian, contact with the outside world or access to social media, Lizzie must face the harsh conditions of the outdoors. Grouped with troubled campers in which she’s certain she has nothing in common (except Jack, who’s pretty hot), Lizzie must now learn to dig her own toilet in the woods and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together before the camp will ever let her go back to her former existence. She has a choice: get with the program, or get out of there.

I am a firm believer that certain books come to you at the perfect time and that was definitely the case with Outward Blonde

This book came to me at exactly the right time. Busy and getting busier, I was in dire need of a break! Enter Outward Blonde, a breath of fresh air!

The character Lizzie definitely takes some getting used too, but I'm pretty sure that was exactly the author's intention. Cook did not want to you like Lizzie immediately. She is a spoiled brat, who I'm sure has the word 'entitled' written on her brand-name clothing tags! When sent to Camp Smiley, you can't help but love the torture that Lizzie is going through. I would have loved to have been there to personally witness some of it!

I truly adored almost everything about Outward Blonde, the only thing that left me wanting so much more was the love interest. To avoid spoilers, I won't dive into much detail regarding this, but I just wish there was a little bit more to it. I know! Sorry for being vague, but you'll just have to read it to find out! 

This novel is absolutely hilarious and loaded with laugh out loud moments, but it also addresses some tough issues that give Outward Blonde so much heart. You'll also see a shift in Lizzie, witnessing her personal growth as the novel progresses.

Outward Blonde by Trish Cook is the perfect book to gift yourself! When you find that you are in need of a fun book with a great underlying lesson and lots of heart, then this is the book for you!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light
Release Date: October 18th. 2016
Publisher: Razorbill | Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

I am a 29-year-old girl woman that squealed like a 13-year-old at a One Direction concert(they're still relevant, right?) when I opened up the envelope that contained this book. I have loved everything Jay Asher since his debut, 13 Reasons Why. When I heard way back when that he was coming out with a new Young Adult the long wait began!

As soon as this gem made it into my hands, I hungrily started into it; like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! But What Light was much sweeter and far more decadent than any Pumpkin Pie. In Ontario, Canada we had an unusual burst of summer heat that is not the norm for this time of year in Autumn, but I preferred to stay home and devour this sweet tale of young love, redemption, and personal growth.

What Light contains such a lovely character cast. Just regular, down to earth characters. I could actually see a lot of myself, my family and my friends in these characters. I adored Sierra. I truly did. She doesn't live your typical life. She has her life in Oregon where her family runs their Christmas Tree Farm, and then she has her life in California where her family packs up every year to sell said Trees at Christmas Time. Sierra's character was so refreshing to read. She's your funny, typical teenager.

I would love to get inside Jay Asher's brain to check out his Character Crafting process. Despite these characters being normal, everyday people, he made them all so grand and memorable! And speaking of memorable, enter Caleb...Swoon! Yes, I am a near 30-year-old, swooning over a fictional, teenage character...No Shame! But Caleb's swoon-factor is much deeper than just his appearance. He is thoughtful, generous, and caring. He is also fighting his own battle against himself that unfolds throughout the story.

What Light is definitely a lighter read compared to 13 Reasons Why but it still contains all of the great qualities that make Jay Asher such a wonderful writer. What Light has become one of my favourite Christmas stories; one that I will return to each year. It's colourful charcters and beautiful setting will have your senses tingling. You can practically smell the beautiful scent of pine needles, hot chocolate, and candy canes while eating up this scrumptious tale!

We all deserve to treat ourselves, which is exactly why you should spoil yourself What Light this holiday season!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Some Boys by Patty Blount

Some Boys
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 339 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.
But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

“Hold your head up, Grace. Even when you’re dying inside—especially then—hold it up.” 

I'm finding this book difficult to review. The premise and theme of the story carries a very strong message. It tackles rape culture and the double standards that young girls and women face when in these horrible situations. However, Some Boys was lacking for me. I had a very hard time adjusting to the delivery of the story. There were moments of the book that just dragged on, while the most important issue at hand seemed to be an after thought.  Some Boys reads more like a romance, and that's fine! However, even that aspect of the book was shortcoming. 

A very strong quality was the character Grace. Despite her situation she was fiery and strong. Given the horrible bullying and victim shaming she dealt with, she continued to hold her head up high and fight back for herself. I absolutely loved Grace. She was one of the main reasons I continued reading Some Boys. She was the glue that kept me to this book. You can clearly tell that Grace was where the Author's heart lies. She was crafted with so much strength and resilience.

Grace is just about the only character I liked in this book. The complete daftness of Grace's parents was infuriating. They were so clueless to this horrendous crime that Grace was a victim of. Completely clueless to the horrible victim shaming she was encountering. Her father drove me bonkers. I couldn't help but feel he was blaming her for what happened to her because of how she dressed. Pointing it out numerous times. Again, infuriating!

Ian was an okay character. I didn't not like him, but I just found his character weak. Lacking personality; nothing about him really stood out to me. 

I hate giving this novel the type of review it's getting because the subject matter is something that we NEED to bring voice to. Something that we need to shine a light on and talk about! Some Boys had wonderful potential but, aside from Grace, it didn't stand up to the potential that it had. Losing it's momentum early on with long dialogue that didn't really go anywhere, and then just speeding over the heart of it's theme. 

However, just because this book didn't float my boat, doesn't mean that you may not like it. Different strokes for different folks, right?! If you want to give this book a chance, it just may speak to you in a different way than it did me. If you've read Some Boys let me know what you thought of it in the comment below!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash(Strange Truth #1)

We Know It Was You (Strange Truth, #1)
Release Date: October 4th,
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: Strange Truth #1
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

It’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.Just like that, she’s gone.Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

I can assure you that you've probably never read anything quite like We Know it Was You and probably never will come across anything like it again. It is unique in every sense of the world. It's warped, it's dark and it funny. And a good dark comedy and totally my jam!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute while reading this book. It is a deliciously entertaining tale that will keep your spine tingling every nail-biting moment!

The book starts off with a bang, getting right to it and the pace just quickens from there! Firstly, let's talk about Virginia. I loved her. She was just one badass character! Her energy radiated off of the pages and I just couldn't help but fall in love with her!

Benny was a great character as well. Not your usual swoon-worthy male character. He has a love for mysteries and seems to be very straight to the punch! Virgina and Benny played very well off of each other. The balanced each other out and I loved their chemistry together.

We Know it Was You has received some mixed reviews, but I STRONGLY urge you to give this book a try for yourself. It was so endearing and had me hooked from the very first page! Fans of Twin Peaks o Pretty Little Liars will definitely eat of this tale. All it was missing was a brooding Agent Cooper ;)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things

Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 480 Pages
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

Jodi Picoult had me at Hello. I feel in love with her writing style and her flawless ability of crafting diverse characters and a heart-pounding story line. Small Great Things would have been an automatic purchase for me had I not had the opportunity to receive it for review. To say that I didn't squeal and parade around the house(confusing 2 dogs and my fiance) would be a lie. I immediately cracked open the book, and after reading the 'Dear Reader' note, I knew I was going to be told an unforgettable story.

One of Picoult's writing traits that I adore most is her multi-perspective delivery. The story is never one-sided. We get an in-depth look at every characters point of view, changing the way you view each situation dramatically. Another wonderful trait of Picoult's is her ability to tackle hard hitting topics. Small Great Things is being released during a very critical time. We are in the midst of horrible hate crimes against the LGBT community, as well as the all of the crimes that have led to the #blacklivesmatter movement. Small Great Things really opened my eyes as to what is so blatantly in front of us. I would be done reading for the night and then turn on the news and continue to see the fight that Ruth Jefferson is dealing with.

Small Great Things tackles it all: Racism, stereotypes, violence, death and the justice system. You will go into this book thinking one thing, and end it thinking something completely different. In my opinion, Jodi Picoult can deliver courtroom drama better than Law and Order! You heart will pound and you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, impatient with suspense!

I love all of Picoult's books, but Small Great Things has easily become my favourite. Each character, each emotion radiate off of the pages. You will be left with sore eyes from crying and a softer heart. You will release a breath that you didn't even realize you were holding once you turn the last page. Like an onion, picoult delivers this story one layer at a time. Delicately placing you in each characters shoes, each leaving a little piece of them with you after each visit..

Small Great Things is writing at its best! It easily earns its place next to To Kill a Mockingbird and Toni Morrison. I also hope that this book makes it way into the high school curriculum, not only because it discusses the justice system, race and prejudice, but because it is also a beautiful example of strength and redemption.

Small Great Things hits shelves Tuesday, October 11th, 2016!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Memory Thief
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Middle Grade
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Learn More at Barnes and Noble

Twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside named Louis. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years.
Benji quickly realizes the ability to take memories could help his parents stop fighting with each other, and he asks Louis to teach him how to become a memory thief. But Louis isn't the only person with the ability to show and manipulate memories. There's also the mysterious Genevieve, a Memory Thief with much more nefarious motives.
Benji learns how to manipulate memories himself, but having that power comes at a cost to his family, and possibly to his own mind as well. Genevieve's powers get out of control as she steals more and more memories from people in town including Benji s sister, Kelly. Benji must learn to use this newfound power, as he is the only one able to stop Genevieve.

Don't let the genre of this book fool you! This middle-grade novel packs so much punch that you WILL NOT be able to put it down. In fact, that is a challenge! If you give this book a read, I challenge you to not devour it in one sitting, because I am almost certain you will!

The Memory Thief is a compelling story about a young boy's good intention to help his family, but ends up getting so much more than he bargained for! In this face-paced novel you will be taken down a magical and mildly creepy adventure along with Benji and Kelly. 

I couldn't help but get a Tim Burton-esque feel while reading The Memory Thief. I can definitely see fans of J.K. Rowling and Tim Burton gobbling up this tale.

Bryce Moore did a spectacular job at weaving together the intricate pieces of this story. And kudos to such an original story line; that is one of the main reasons that had me loving this novel so much. It wasn't quite like anything I've ever read before. 

If you're looking for a great book to help get the kids into a spirit of Halloween OR looking for a great story for yourself, The Memory Thief is the perfect book to curl up with!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Books that Tackle the Tough Stuff!

There are so many remarkable books out there that have taken a stand. Books that have broken the mold of fiction and that shattered the silence of so many topics. I've noticed more and more the Young Adult genre taking risks and bringing to light issues that many try to swipe under the rug. These books give voices to victims and comfort to show that they are not alone.

I have read many of these type of books, to list them all would be impossible, but listed below are just a few of the books that have tackled powerful topics and that have left their mark on me!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys: This novel completely changed the things I thought I knew about World War 2. Having only really have known about Hitler's destruction, Between Shades of Gray focuses on Stalin's reign of terror. 

Between Shades of Gray

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt: I don't even know how to sum of this heart-wrenching novel. It's raw and even disturbing at times, but the author crafted a hauntingly beautiful story.

Uses for Boys

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: I could have easily listed every Jodi Picoult story. She truly knows how to deliver some harsh realities. Nineteen Minutes is one that has always stood out among her book crowd. This book will bury itself deep into your soul!

Nineteen Minutes

Hate List by Jennifer Brown: This novel walks the same line as Nineteen Minutes(above). It tackles school bullying and the powerful effects it has on the victim.

Hate List

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown: Jennifer Brown is broken so much ground in the Young Adult book world. In today's digital age, Thousand Words brings forward the consequences of sexting, and the scary truth of it never disappearing. Once it's out in cyberspace, it's there forever!

Thousand Words

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown: Sensing a theme here! In Bitter End, Brown sheds light on domestic abuse in young adult relationships. It's out there and it's widely disregarded!

Bitter End

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak has been a saviour for lots of readers. It has been a compose and physical prove that You. Are. Not. Alone!


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Growing up, abuse, mental stability, etc. This book tackles it all. And how I so wish I had this novel when I was growing up!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stay by Deb Caletti: Another compelling story that tackles teen relationship abuse and the struggle of moving forward.


Shine by Lauren Myracle: I read this book abut 4 years ago and it is still with me. Shine brings forward the ugly head that is prejudice. When a small, ignorant town won't bring forward justice, Cat sets forward to find it herself!


Dime by E.R. Frank: One of the most disturbing "fictional" novels I have ever read. I use quotations around fictional because the only thing fictional about this novel is it's character. Sex Trafficking is all to real, and it is muffled in a underworld that grazes right by us. Dime brings forward how horrible and in plain sight Sex Trafficking really is.


What books have left their impact on you? Please comment below and let's chat!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: Me Before You #2
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
“Around me a million people are living, breathing, eating, arguing. A million lives completely divorced from mine. It is a strange sort of peace.”  

Me Before You was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2016. I still catch myself thinking about it, and I absolutely adored the movie. Having said all that, I was absolutely terrified to read After You. I felt like Me Before You should have been left just as it was. I didn't think a sequel was necessary. But, my curiosity got the best of me, and while shopping at Costco, I succumbed and bought the book. As bookworms, we all know what 'Book Regret' is. We've all suffered it. Whether it's not buying that one limited edition, or not enjoying a super-hyped book, etc. My book regret: Not reading After You sooner!

After You was the book that I didn't know I needed. I thought I was okay leaving Lou's story exactly where it left off in Me Before You, but I was so wrong. There was so much more to Lou that is revealed in this novel. We all fell in love with that witty personality and her corky style, but in After You there is a whole other side to Lou that is uncovered. We not only get to know Lou on a deeper level, but all of those we fell in love with in Me Before You, her mom, dad, Treena and Thom, and a whole new cast of spectacular characters!

I have come to love Lou so much, and I know it's unlikely, but I would absolutely LOVE to read more of her! Jojo Moyes sure knows how to craft lovely characters. Heart, soul and so much life!

If you haven't read After You yet, please do not make the same mistake I did. Go out, and get your copy now!

Monday, August 29, 2016

GIVEAWAY: The Jungle Book(2016) on Blu-Ray!

Available on Digital HD NOW and on Blu-ray/DVD August 30th, 2016

"In an epic adventure, Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, is forced to abandon his home when fearsome tiger Shere Khan promises to eliminate him. Guided by stern Bagheera and free-spirited Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery."

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The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.

Bonus features include ⦁ “The Jungle Book” Reimagined ⦁ I Am Mowgli ⦁ King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer ⦁ Audio Commentary. Feature Run Time: Approximately 106 minutes Rating: PG in U.S. and Canada.

Courtesy of Disney Entertainment, I have 1 Blu-Ray Copy of The Jungle Book to giveaway to one lucky winner!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ramblings of A Crazy Bookworm-Unfinished Books

Unfinished Books!

And I'm not talking about ones we couldn't stand so much we stopped reading. I'm talking about the books we were in the middle of reading, but then left them, forgotten, piling up on the nightstand, end tables,bathroom cabinet and more! The books we were enjoying but then life had to come along and interrupt! And then, once bitten by the reading bug again we felt like something different than the mood of the previous book. 

I have a variety of books piling up that all have bookmarks sticking out of them in random places, just calling, waiting to be finished. So, I have made a challenge for myself: TO FINISH ALL THE UNFINISHED BOOKS! In between my current reads, I am going to pick up an unfinished book and finish it. 

Do you have a pile of unfinished books? Why don't you join me with this challenge and let's end this Summer with a bang!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 449 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um... 
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what? 
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.” 

This book has been sitting on my shelf since it was released in 2014. Why, oh why did I wait so long to finally read it?! I made a vow this year that I would read more books that I was personally interested in. Still reviewing books, but also taking time to read books that I've purchased over the years that have been left unread...Someone needs to reach out to Natasha Beddingfield to take Unwritten and do an Unread version!

Since You've Been Gone was an absolute treasure to read. I immediately connected with Emily because I saw much of her in myself when I was a teenager. I had a wonderful friend that was very much like a Sloane. She just stole the spotlight wherever she went, and that was exactly like Sloane. She was a vibrant character. A flower child. A girl beyond her years. She was a girl that should have been floating around with flowers in her hair right out of Woodstock 1969. She was a wild card and you weren't quite sure where she was going to take you next.

Frank, Collins and Dawn were the perfect character trio. Collin's was hilarious. I had many laugh out loud moments when he was firing back with a wise crack, or just being he ol' awesome self! Frank is not your typical brooding character, although he scores many swoon-worthy moments! He is an over-achiever and do-gooder, but once you really get to know him, you'll fall head over heels!

This is my first Morgan Matson novel but I have heard countless amazing things about her previous books. After reading Since You've Been Gone I can definitely see what all of the hype was about! Her writing style was easy to read and not overdone. She got into the heads of these teenage character and made them come to life off of the pages. I will definitely be reading her previous and future work!

Since You've Been Gone has the perfect balance of all the qualities that I adore in the YA genre. Self growth and discovery, friendship and heart. This book is a great gem that earns a spot on all the YA lovers' bookshelves!

Monday, July 25, 2016

When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: 352 Pages
Source: ARC
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever

“I know this feeling of being a ghost in your own life - no one sees you, no one feels you, so you stay still as if you could actually disappear at any moment.” 

I am saddened for two reasons:

1. That this book ended
2. That I allowed it to sit on my bookshelf for so long!

When going into When We Collided I was expected a contemporary teen love story. Never did I expect the beauty that would leap off these pages in magical colours. Emery Lord created a real novel within the pages of When We Collided.

Vivi was such a vibrant character. A girl that danced to her own drum, that she probably bedazzled with glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint. She was so bright on the outside, but had something dark gripping it's fingers around her on the inside.

Jonah had so much depth. He may seem like your average teenage boy on the surface, but he too has seen a side of darkness that no child should have to every deal with. Jonah has a burning fire inside of him though and that jumps off the pages as both characters unfold. And then BOOM! Vivi and Jonah collide. And it is this beautiful, cosmic, stardust story. Vivi the firecracker and Jonah the flame.

Emery Lord crafted such fervent story. Told desperately from both Vivi and Jonah's perspectives.  I read this book just as so, desperately and intense. I couldn't put it down or peel my eyes away. It curled it's beautiful fingers around my heart and reeled me in!

When We Collided tackles grief and mental illness in such an elegant way. And while these two beautiful teenagers are dealing with their own demons, it is all wrapped up in a beautiful, hilarious package.

Also, I have a confession to make. This book made me do the unthinkable I dog-eared pages

I know, I know! But When We Collided is one of the most quotable books I have read in a very long time, and their were moments that I didn't have a shred of anything near to bookmark pages, and because they were so good, I had to do it. I dog-eared the pages!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Genie in a Book: 3 Bookish Wishes

Have you every wished that you could read more books off your TBR pile or expand your bookshelves free of charge? We all have them, bookish wishes, big and small! Well Crazy Readers, what if we stumbled upon a lamp, and gave it a little rub and out popped a Book Genie, what 3 Bookish Wishes would bestow upon the genie? 

*And a wish for more wishes doesn't count...I'm on to you!*

My 3 Wishes
1.To read all of the book series' on my TBR pile. It's bad enough that I own so many stand alone novels that I have yet to read, but add in the book series' and it's sheer madness!

2.  To have an endless book-buying budget. Wouldn't it just be magical if you had an endless amount of money specifically for book-buying! Who needs food when you can read, am I right?!

I'll have all the book in the Young Adult section, please.

3. To have my very own, Beauty and the Beast-style Library. You want happiness, there it is right there!

So, you've rubbed the lamp! What are your wishes?

Comment below!

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

The Girls in the Garden
Release date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction | Mystery
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? 
On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.

The minute I read the premise for The Girls in the Garden I was hooked! There is so much mystery in the telling of what this book was about that I just had to know!

The Girls in the Garden does not disappoint! And it definitely lives up to it's expectation when it comes to a thrilling reading experience. Once started, I couldn't put this book down! I know I've said that about other books, but I really, truly struggled with putting this one down! It is a masterpiece of a puzzle that you'll just want to put together, piece by piece.

The setting alone is enough to enchant you and pull you in gently.  You begin the story right at the the discovery of Grace, and are then taken back in time leading up to this event. Lisa Jewell did a tremendous job at painting this vibrant story!  It's also one of the most well crafted multiple perspective books I've read. It was delivered flawlessly! Each character has a strong voice and they definitely do not blend into one another.

The Girls in the Garden packs a lot of punch but it is put together at a beautiful pace. It's not necessarily a fly-through-the pages kind of read, but rather a savour-the-story experience. You'll find yourself really reading the words and taking in all of it's gripping stories.

The Girls in the Garden will keep you enthralled from page one, and will leave you mourning the story's end. This is my first novel by Lisa Jewell, but I instantly became a fan. I cannot wait to devour her previous and future work!

This novel is the perfect book to spend reading while soaking up the Summer sun!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 368 Pages
Series: None
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

It has been a long time since I have come across a story that has stolen my heart like Relativity has. In it's 368 pages Relativity manages to capture the story of a beautiful relationship between a boy and his mother, a story between a woman and her whirlwind romance with a studying physicist and a story about a man and the painful past that tore him away from his family. Told in multiple perspectives, the book unfolds from the lips of 12 year old Ethan, his mother Claire, and his Father, Mark.

Ethan is a remarkable character. One that will stay with you long after you've placed the book back on your shelf. Yes, Ethan is a genius and he can chat about Physics and Astronomy until your eyes begin to glaze over, but those details don't even begin to scrape the surface on what makes up this beautiful young boy. Ethan is magical; although he probably doesn't even believe in magic because it isn't based on scientific fact, he is truly a one of a kind character. He will make you laugh, cry and shake your head with wonder and amusement.

Claire is complex. She has been hurt and glued back together more times than she can count. She has danced, piroutetted, loved and lost until her cracks begin to show. She was a woman who had her life mapped out perfectly, only to learn that life had a different plan for her. The relationship between Ethan and Clair is one that I can barely put into words. They are on their own galaxy. It was truly a beautiful and heart-warming relationship to watch unfold.

Mark is broken. Another character that thought they had life figured out until one painful night tore everything he every knew out of his hands. Brought up by a loving mother and disapproving father, Mark was tainted. Until he met Claire. Then unfolds a blossoming, passionate love affair. One that radiates off the pages. Both strong and stubborn characters, their fierce love and fierce values radiate off the pages.

All of these characters have more connecting them then DNA, they are all whisked away in the whirlwind of a painful past. The story unfurls over the course of a few days, while Mark is back in Sydney to give a final goodbye to his dying Father. It is his Father's last wish to Mark that sets the story of on it's bumpy trail.

A character driven novel that will keep you engrossed until the very last page. An eloquently written raw and touching story about a startling secret, family, individuality and growth.

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

The Regulars: A Novel
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: New Adult | Fiction
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: ARC
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:
What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
Okay, Gerogia Clark, why are you not writing for SNL, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler?1 Your comedy is epic and you literally had me laughing out loud throughout the entire novel!

Georgia Clark's witty and down right hilarious writing left me in stitches. She has definitely earned a place beside the best comedy goddesses. It's as if Death Becomes Her(Meryl Streep, anyone) and Girls(HBO) had a hot, steamy night and 9 months later, The Regulars was born.

The Regulars is a multi-perspective novel, telling the story of 3 average girls, that are all striving to make it in this big world. They believe the only thing holding them back is their appearance. Well, opportunity came a-knockin' and they were "blessed" with a magical elixir that can make all their superficial dreams come true.

The Regulars is filled with wit and charm, but it is also thought-provoking. You can't help but put yourself in one of their shoes and ask yourself: Would you try the Pretty?

Buckle up, because The Regulars is a wild ride, but with that good time, you'll also witness the heart and soul that is loaded in this book. Yes, you'll laugh, but you'll also feel and witness these girls grow and evolve. You'll watch friendships grow, you'll watch relationships begin and end. There will be tears and at times, sorrow. This book definitely has it all!

A charming cast of characters, outrageously funny and a magically good time, you will simply devour The Regulars!

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