Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard

Mary Rose
Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 272 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon


Who knows what ghosts lie within us, or when they will return?Mary Rose Morland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl on a remote Scottish island and reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.
After Simon learns about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened and proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
IF YOU GO LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, YOU'LL BE SURE TO FIND IT

Mary Rose will capture you before you even crack it open. Look at that cover! It's so inviting! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover(let's be honest, we ALL do it) but the minute I laid eyes on this one I didn't even need to know what it was about. I wanted to read it right away! 

The novel's size is a bit deceiving. It's a "small" package of only 272 pages yet it packs so much punch! Geoffrey Girard painted a picturesque setting that placed you right into the world of Mary Rose and Simon. He penned the perfect balance of strong, in-depth characters and a thought-provoking storyline. It isn't just a book, the story will wrap itself around you and pull you deep into its world. Leaving you in its grasp and hungry for more as you turn each page. 

With Halloween right around the corner and the days beginning to cool down, Mary Rose will be the perfect book to stay curled up inside reading. Its ghostly atmosphere will leave you goose bumped and glancing over your shoulder in eerie suspense. 

Mary Rose will attract and appeal to many readers, no matter their genre preference. I'm a lover of Young Adult fiction and I enjoyed every minute of my reading experience with Mary Rose. No matter what you love to read, you can't deny a great story! 

Hop on and enjoy this eerie, psychological thrill ride. You will not regret it!



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate
Release Date: September 27th, 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 374 Pages
Format: E-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CAAmazon

Be careful what you wish for…
Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. 
But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. 
And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye. 
As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…
‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

MORAL OF THE STORY:
THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM.
SOME FRIENDSHIPS ARE BETTER LEFT IN THE PAST.

Ok! Where do I even begin? This book was such a wild ride. The who's, what's and why's never stop and after a while you begin to question your own sanity. Just when you think you have the slightest inkling of what is happening, Louise Jensen throws you into another direction. Spinning what you "thought" you know completely upside down!

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This is my first book by Louise Jensen but it will NOT be my last! I have already ordered my copy of  The Sister and cannot wait to dive into it. I was completely entranced by The Surrogate. It held me tightly in its grasp from the very beginning and still has yet to let me go even though I have turned the last page. Louise Jensen has proven to me, with just this book, that she is a mastermind at psychological thrillers. She penned such a suspenseful thrill ride that had me flying through the pages at a fervent pace. 

The Surrogate is delivered in Kat's perspective but also has 'Now and Then' segments that hop back and forth between Kat and Nick. Louise Jensen crafted this aspect beautifully. Not once do you ever get confused or need to backtrack. Each character also stands so strongly. The Main cast appears to be Kat and Nick yet all of the secondary characters play a major role in this novel. Each one has a vital part in the strength of this story and the entire package of the novel. 

The Surrogate will have you questioning every relationship and motive and the sincerity of people. Should you rekindle that friendship or leave the past behind you?

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of The Surrogate and cannot wait to dive into Jensen's previous and future work. She is a real gem in the literary world and will have you on the edge of your seat in nail-biting suspense!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

*GIVEAWAY* The Wizard of Lies On Blu-Ray and Digital HD!

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The Crazy Bookworm and THINK JAM are teaming together to bring you an epic giveaway!

We are giving away one copy of The Wizard of Lies on Blu-Ray and Digital HD.

Starring two-time Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and three-time Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth, this HBO Films drama dissects the events that led to the Wall Street financier's stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over $65 billion in the most infamous Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Directed by Oscar®-winner Barry Levinson, an executive producer along with De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana, The Wizard of Lies vividly recounts Madoff's audacious deceptions, which began in the 1990s, 1987, or even earlier, and continued throughout the financial crisis of 2008, culminating in a denouement that vilified Madoff while catapulting his wife and two sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight, with tragic consequences.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

The Bakersville Dozen
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: Fo Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book


You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.
MORAL OF THE STORY: 
BEING THE MEAN GIRL NEVER PAYS OFF. 
SCAVENGER HUNTS AREN'T ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

This was the perfect way to wrap up my summer reading and kick the Fall season off with a bang! The Bakersville Dozen had me at Hello. The moment I read the synopsis I was hooked and knew I had to get my hands on it. Lately, I have been on a Mystery & Thriller kick so when I had the opportunity to pair my latest flavour of the month with my favourite genre(Young adult) how could I not seize that moment?! 

Kristen McBride takes the dangers of cyberspace and bullying and intertwines them into a spine-tingling, page-turning experience. I nearly gave myself paper cuts because I was devouring the book so fast. Eager to know the what's, who and why's. She penned an epic character cast. Some characters you'll love, while others you'll hate. Perfection! She also pairs this character cast with an eerily spooking setting. Sending Bailey on a haunting scavenger hunt with a high risk/high reward. Follow the rules, save a girl. Mess up, girl dies. 

Kristina McBride's writing style is refreshing. It's simple yet comes alive off of the pages. She doesn't drone on with unnecessary dialogue or send you down a rabbit hole of backstory. She delivers the story exactly how it should be. There are few books that I suggest should hit the big screen or netflix world because I fear them being completely ruined (as that's a fear for most bookworms) but I would LOVE to see this book come to life on the big or silver screen. I think it would be a hit!

The Bakersville Dozen is the perfect cocktail of suspense and mystery. McBride paced the novel perfectly. Just giving you a little bit at a time to leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat, grasping for more. If the Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be named The Bakersville Dozen. Of course, the book stands strongly on it's own, but it will definitely appeal to those fans, as it did me. 

The Bakersville Dozen was the dose of thrill I was looking for. It was a wild reading experience that I couldn't put down!

"I strained to hear beyond the rasp of my breathing, reassuring myself that no one was following. That I was alone with nothing to fear but my own imagination"


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien

Carry Me Home
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 356 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.
But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world. 
Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.
Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

2017 has been an epic year for books and specifically the Young Adult genre. Some ground-breaking books have been hitting the shelves that shatter the Young Adult stereotype and will pave the way for future YA authors to come. Carry Me Home is a tragic, touching, painful and moving tale about a family fleeing their broken home to create a better life. It is about a mother wanting more for her 2 teenage daughters but we all know, things aren't always as easy as they seem. 

Carry Me Home is told from the perspectives of Mom, Lucy, and Ruth. Each character dealing with their own deep-seeded insecurities. Lucy has the strongest influence in the novel. Her story is raw, at times, sickening and mostly heart-wrenching. She is a teenage girl begging for acceptance and love in all of the wrong places. Mom has always been under the thumb of her alcoholic, abusive husband and after scooping up Lucy and Ruth and moving to Los Angeles, she is now solely responsible for providing for these children. Keeping food in the stomach and a roof over their head. Working and going back to school, her presence at home is almost non-existent and her parenting lacks authority, especially when it comes to Lucy. Yet, her intentions are strong and she loves fiercely. Ruth is quiet and an introvert. She is not like her outgoing sister, Lucy, and they bump heads constantly. Ruth is the one that tries to pulls Lucy's reigns when Mom doesn't know what to do, but it causes more problems than fixing them. 

Each character has so much depth and the author does a spectacular job at letting each of their stories unfold effortlessly throughout the entire book. She crafted an emotional and relevant reading experience that will leave you thinking about it long after you've finished the last page. You will simply devour this extraordinary tale of heart-ache, pain, and redemption.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Things I'm Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Things I'm Seeing Without You
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Page
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she'd told she loved and the first boy to say it back. Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming. Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

You guys, I freaking LOVED this book...And I know you'll love it, too! It's been one of Fall's most anticipated reads and I can definitely see why after I devoured it in nearly one sitting!

I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, and laughed some more. This book tackles suicide, grief and earth-shattering heartbreak in one of the most honest and raw ways I have come across in a book. Sometimes life just sucks! And sometimes, it's like the universe knows how much it is sucking for you and wants to throw more suck your way. We can crumble and succumb to the suck, we can give up and hide, or we can simply toss our problems into the river and try to start again. Meet Tess, she is broken, the boy she loved just took his own life and now she is trying to navigate through her grief.

I have to address Peter Bognanni's writing, it's absolutely perfect. He delivered this heart-wrenching yet beautiful tale flawlessly and also managed to craft such a strong female character. Tess is filled with wit, she is bold and she speaks her mind.

Things I'm Seeing Without You reads as a dark comedy. Yes, it sad, and if like me, you will cry. But it is also filled with great humour and so much heart. Just as much as it's about grief and heartbreak it's also about growing and second chances.

I loved every minute and every second of this book!


Monday, September 18, 2017

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead Samantha Boyette

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 209 Pages
Format: NetGalley
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Prom was supposed to be the biggest night of senior year, but for Jenny Lewis it was the night she almost died. The night someone drugged her, loaded her in a car, and dumped her body in the river. 

The next morning, her soaked prom dress was found on the riverbank. Her body was never found. People whispered that she’d killed herself or gotten drunk and stupid. People moved on, went to college, and stopped thinking about her. Months later, her ex-girlfriend and three other classmates received a text from an unknown number accusing them of her murder and claiming to have proof. The text? It came from Jenny, not dead and ready to figure out who tried to kill her. There’s going to be an impromptu reunion and no one is leaving until the would-be murderer steps forward.

I'm just going to dive right in here, this book was tough for me to get through and finish. There were a few times that I was ready to throw in the towel and just not finish it, but I ain't no quitter! I soldiered on really hoping the book would redeem itself...Unfortunately, it did not.

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead oozes with potential. The premise immediately grabbed me and the simplicity of the cover is so inviting and is so fitting to the story. What I struggled with most was the writing style, or more so, the delivery. It is very...juvenile for lack of a better word. It read more like a middle grade novel but talked about drugs, booze and sex all the time and the characters just fell flat. It was your typical clique and each character just treated one another so terribly. If these were my friends, I would have throat-punched them and dropped all of them.

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I also felt the book was taking on a "Pretty Little Liars" theme. I don't know if that was intentional but it felt like the book was trying to appeal to that crowd but the storyline didn't stand strong enough to achieve that. 

The Girl Who Wasn't Dead just wasn't my cuppa tea. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Salem Falls
Release Date: November 7th, 2005
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 472 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website

Jack St. Bride was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school - until a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own history


Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows that I LOVE Jodi Picoult. She is on my auto-buy list, which means that I'll buy anything she writes without even needing to know what it is about.

Salem Falls is a page-turner! And it is no small feat. It's packed in a  472, small font package, but even so, you will fly through this one! Each chapter break will make you want to go on to the next.

Picoult, like most of her novels, divides the book up into all of the main characters points of view, and in Salem Falls it is quite a few perspectives. However, each character has a very strong voice and presence. Not once did a character muddy into one another. They all stood very powerfully on their own.

The writing style is typical Jodi. Epic! She knows just how to rope and lasso you where you simply cannot break free...but you wouldn't even want to anyway. She delivers the story at such a perfect pace. Dangling each word in front of your eyes, while you keep grasping for more. Picoult sure knows how to write court room drama. That is just one of the qualities I adore about her. She takes the law to a whole new level. In Salem Falls she takes the heart-wrenching subject of rape and the brutal environment of a courtroom and puts in front of us a dramatic, vicious back-and-forth that will leave you jumping sides more often than you thought you could!

Another wonderful Picoult book that definitely won't disappoint. And if you're new to Jodi Picoult, this is a great pick to start you off on your journey with her!

“There is a place in you that you don't even know exists, where you can simply stand back and watch without feeling any pain.” ― Jodi PicoultSalem Falls

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Lives of Desperate Girls by Mackenzie Common

The Lives of Desperate Girls
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For honest Review
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

One small, northern community. Two girls gone -- one missing, the other dead. A riveting coming-of-age debut young adult novel for fans of Everything I Never Told You and All the Bright Places. 
Sixteen-year-old Helen Commanda is found dead just outside Thunder Creek, Ontario. Her murder goes unremarked, except for the fact that it may shed light on the earlier disappearance of Chloe Shaughnessy. Chloe is beautiful, rich and white. Helen is plain, and from the reservation. They had nothing in common except that they were teenage girls from an unforgiving small town. Only Chloe's best friend Jenny Parker knows exactly how unforgiving, but she's keeping some dangerous secrets of her own. Jenny begins looking for answers about Helen's life and death, trying to understand larger questions about her town and her best friend. But what can a teenage girl really accomplish where adults have failed? And how much is Jenny actually complicit in a conspiracy of silence?
I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Lives of Desperate Girls. It sounded like the perfect way to welcome Fall and end a summer that was filled with your typical "beach" reading. There were two things that stood struck my interest most: The gorgeous cover and the synopsis. Both invite a mysterious and alluring promise and after reading, I find that the cover captures the essence of the book beautifully!

The author does an outstanding job at building this story's foundation. Her delivery and easy writing style hook you from the very beginning and keeps you nail-biting until the very last page! The strongest trait of this novel is the story. It's filled with mystery and thrills yet also has a an emotional glimpse at the effects of bullying and racism.

The one complaint I had with this book was the main character, Jenny. Against the books hearty premise, she fell flat. I found her character slightly irritating and underwhelming. However, because the book is so strongly story driven, I was easily able to o still enjoy my reading experience and the journey Jenny was on to solving this mystery.

Overall, I enjoyed The Lives of Desperate Girls. It took me on an emotional whodunnit rollercoaster. For a debut novel, I feel Mackenzie Common hit the mark! I look forward to her future work!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

The Rattled Bones
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster | Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Format: Netgalley
Source: From publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past. 
To say I loved The Rattled Bones would be the understatement of the year. I simply cannot think of the words to describe how much I adored this story. This darkly enchanting novel will creep its eerie words straight down to your bones.

Rilla is not your average teenage girl. She has a strong and stubborn head on her shoulders and can stand equal, if not above, the finest and most seasoned of lobsterman. Her strength and will carry her far beyond the dark and deep Maine waters. Plagued with visions after her father's untimely death, she is fiercely determined to get to the bottom of what may be haunting not just her, but her family.

The characters are the true stars of this novel, but the setting is a very close second. Parker's ability to transport you from your reading nook right into this small, Maine fishing island, right onto its haunting waters is a true talent. She crafted such a beautiful view that you can almost smell and taste the salty air.

I can assure you that you've likely not read a story quite like The Rattled Bones. It's originality and hauntingly beautiful storyline makes for a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

I loved Sam. I can't say that enough. I love, love, LOVED him. You want your way into my heart? Be kind-hearted and have a sense of humor, and that was Sam. He was funny and quick witted, yet cared so deeply for Rilla.

If you're looking for a book that will hook you, that will cast you under it's spell than The Rattled Bones is the book that you want. Beautiful, in-depth characters, a stunning setting and an unforgettable story will leave you reeling at the end...Like what I did there...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty AKA Lovefest!

Big Little Lies
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 460 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Genius! Pure and utterly genius!  I'm a person that believes there is no such thing a perfection(except for puppies and cupcakes) but this, my bookworm friends, is perfection! It is written gold right in your hands. It is a priceless artifact. It's a masterpiece!

Okay, I know, shut up with the lovefest already, but I can't help it! Like Madeline, I just can't contain my excitement. I cannot believe this book has been out since 2014 and I am only gifting myself the pleasure of reading it now. With all of the hype over the television show I thought I should probably hop on the bandwagon and give it a go. Of course, I wanted to read it first so I hesitantly bought my copy worried that it wasn't going to do it for me. That it wasn't going to "live up to the hype". Dear god, was I wrong! This book not only lived up to the hype, it demolished the hype, there isn't enough hype to hype up this book.

In case it hasn't been made clear, I loved the book. I devoured it in 2 days, but would have happily have given up sleep, food and work to read it in one sitting if I had been allowed. It so wildly entertaining! Big Little Lies is told in the perspective of 3 female characters: Celeste, Jane and Madeline. I haven't seen the show yet but I already know that they could not have done a better job casting. It seems like each actress was made for these characters. I can't wait to watch them come to life on the silver screen. However, these characters are so bold and vibrant that they flourish in your imagination on their own beautifully.

Liane Moriarty is a storytelling mastermind. She weaves this hilariously clever and at times dark, heart wrenching tale so effortlessly that it consumes you. You can't help but keep on reading. Big Little Lies is the most unputdownable book I have come across. I was absolutely hooked from page one all the way through to the end. And that twist! It's cray cray (kids are still saying that right?). I gasped. My jaw-dropped. My eyes bulged out!

Big Little Lies is a decadent read! You'll want to savour every last word!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

When I Am Through with You
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Dutton for Young Readers | Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: Sins and Scandals #1
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.
Wow, just...wow! This book went FAR beyond my expectations! I had no idea that a story of this magnitude was hidden inside of these pages.

WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU tells the story from Ben Gibson's perspective. Ben is your average teenage boy. There is nothing extraordinary about him. He is not popular but he is not unpopular. He is just normal. But far from normal are the events that take place on this camping trip. WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU will take you down its rabbit hole. Sucking you and not letting you go.

Stephanie Kuehn delivered this compelling novel effortlessly. She is the very definition of a story-teller. She took these characters and crafted an outstanding, wild and horrific tale. Each chapter ending on a note that led you further into the darkness alongside the characters.

However, this book is more than just a camping story gone wrong. It is filled with so much more. As we learn the backstory of Ben and the other characters, the book becomes a voice for child abuse, neglect, and addiction. It's been a while since I've read a book that has had me so enthralled!

This is the perfect book to add to your summer reading! And, if you're a gluten for punishment, it's perfect for those nights camping by the fire. I simply cannot wait to see what else Stephanie Kuehn has up her marvelous sleeves!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books | Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 368 Pages
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.

Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found...
Enchanting and seductive, Spellbook of the Lost and Found will surely keep you on the edge of your seat!

Firstly, can we discuss that cover?! Every single aspect of it is so stunning and inviting. It is just screaming "READ ME!". I'll admit it, when I saw this August release, it was the cover that drew me in and it was the cover that made me want to have it immediately. Then I read the premise and it just made me want it even more. I had to have it. In my hands. Now!

Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a decent sized book, coming in at 368 pages, it's not necessarily a light read, but you will devour it. It will consume you and whisk you away because you just simply need to keep reading. It will cast you under its spell and twine its firm grasp around you. You'll fly through the pages, fighting the need to know how this story unfolds, and if like me, you'll likely eat this book up in one sitting!

Fowley-Doyle does a miraculous job at painting a picturesque setting. Plucking you up and placing you gently in the vivid world of these 6 teenagers in Ireland. Another giant feat the author took on was delivering the story in the perspective of not one, not two, not three, but SIX points of view and she did so flawlessly! We had the pleasure of reading from the POV's of all characters and their colourful personalities and backstories. It was truly a delicious treat!

The story is dark and ominous. I was continuously left feeling like something was lurking around the corner, waiting to jump out. It made for a very lively and theatrical reading experience!

Fowley-Doyle's writing style was impeccable. She delivers the tale in an almost poet and lyrical manner. Making the words just fall delicately off of the pages and into your imagination. She's made me an instant fan! I cannot wait to pick up her debut novel, The Accident Season and I eagerly await her future work!

If you're looking for a dark and magical tale, something that is as equally haunting as it is beautiful than Spellbook of the Lost and Found is the book for you!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Hearts We Sold
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 400 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From publisher for review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Step away from Netflix and discover your new favourite binge, The Hearts We Sold.  I couldn't and wouldn't put this book down. I devoured it hungrily, eager to learn more about these characters, their stories and what would become of them.

The Hearts We Sold is a gothic folklore tale threaded into the modern day and lands right into YA literature, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?!

We are immediately introduced to Dee(Deidre) Moreno, a teenage girl who makes a deal with a demon for a chance at a better life. Dee's story unfolds throughout the novel and it becomes more and more clear why she felt the need to make that desperate decision. On the surface, she seems like your average teenage girl who attends boarding school, but Dee has become an expert at keeping her family issues a secret. The book is told from Dee's perspective but Lloyd-Jones does a superb job at making every character shine in this novel. She penned an eclectic cast of characters; all kinds of personalities decorate this eerie tale.

The concept of The Hearts We Sold is so unique. The vibrant characters and rare storyline make it a very refreshing reading experience. What I loved most about this novel though was the strong message that can't help but shine through. This book is about perseverance, resilience, and courage. It's about a group of people that were assigned to each other but become so much more than that. They become a family. The learn to care for each other, love each other and fight for each other instead of just for themselves. These qualities cannot be missed. Emily Lloyd-Jones created a camaraderie between her characters, a togetherness. It is also a coming-of-age story. A story about self-discovery and growth.

I loved every minute of The Hearts We Sold and have been thinking about it every since I put it down. It's a beautiful, dark and at times, disturbing tale that will sink its teeth into you and simply steal your heart.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome The Rattled Bones Author, Shannon M. Parker!

Every so often a bookworm has a total fan girl/boy moment! This, Crazy Readers, is one of them! I had the privilege, the absolute pleasure of speaking with Shannon M. Parker about her upcoming book The Rattled Bones. This was a true fan-girl moment for me! Allow me to introduce author, Shannon M. Parker.

A Little Bit About Shannon:
S.M. Parker
Shannon is an avid traveller who loves filling her passports with stamps(who doesn't!) She is a lover of laughter and chocolate chip cookies. She lives a blissful life of rescuing dogs, chickens and old houses and on top of all of that, she is a writer of epic proportions. While she is not new to the publishing world her upcoming book The Rattled Bones(out August 22nd) will surely be the talk of the book world.

Without further a dรบ, Shannon M. Parker.

Firstly, Thank you so much for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm! Before we begin, I’d like to point out that while working on your interview I was munching away on 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies while listening to Amy Schumer on a comedy Podcast, so I feel like this interview was an act of fate!


Ha, yes! Fated indeed!


Let’s chat about your upcoming book, hitting shelves August 22nd, The Rattled Bones. In The Rattled Bones, you created a strong female lead named Rilla. In 2017 I find it so important to have characters like her in the hands of young girls. She was a beautiful character and a great role model. How did Rilla’s character come to you and how did she become the epic lobsterwoman that she is on the coast of Maine?


I’m so glad you saw (and loved) Rilla’s strength, and the beauty that comes from her strength! As a girl I was led to believe that beauty and strength were mutually exclusive. Growing up, I helped my mother run our small farm and you need to be tireless and determined if you work the soil and raise livestock. I didn’t see the beauty in that hard work or how it shaped (and strengthened) my character until I was several years older and living on my own.

In many ways, Rilla farms the sea. She needs to respect and work in unison with Mother Nature to harvest lobsters from the deep. This work is hard and demanding and has broken many men’s backs. Rilla uses her intelligence, physical strength and determined heart to carve out a piece of an industry in which many feel females don’t belong.


You set the book in Maine and you definitely accomplished the task of placing the reader there. The thick coast accent, the slang and the salty sea air made me feel like I was right on the island! But, I have to admit that I had no idea about Malaga Island and its story. Once Sam’s character was introduced and the story of Malaga Island began to unfold, I eagerly started googling! What I learned was equally fascinating as it was heartbreaking. I can understand why some of the community would want to keep that darkness buried deep down and leave it behind. What inspired you to bring the story of Malaga Island to the surface?


I’m so glad to hear that you Googled the island and its history! I hope readers continue to do this because I believe every story deserves to be told. Malaga’s particular history of cultural erasure—while not singular—is not only an important one to tell, but a necessary one.


Speaking of Sam, I absolutely LOVED him. I said it in my review and I’ll say it again! He is not your traditional YA male character oozing with mystery and brooding qualities. Instead he oozed with normalcy and that’s what I loved most; He was also charming, witty and passionate. There were many times that he made me laugh out loud or left me in awe with his determination regarding Malaga Island. Was Sam's character always part of ‘The Rattled Bones’ plan?


Honestly? Yes. I’m physically incapable of writing a book without a boy who makes me laugh and think—all while helping my protagonists to smooth the edges of our jaded world. Believe me, I’ve tried! I’m so glad you loved Sam’s qualities!! He’s swoon-worthy for the heart and intellect, for sure!


Rilla does have a love interest in the book, but it’s not your typical relationship that you see in most YA novels. I actually adored that quality of the book. Of course, I like a great love story, but it seems Rilla’s true love was her family, searching for the truth and doing what was right for her, no matter who disapproved. Was that always a part of her character? Did you intend to make her love interest almost a secondary part of her story?


Definitely. This is the story of a two girls reaching across time, through the veil of death. I wanted the novel’s narrative focus to remain with Rilla and the ghost. The romance story line/s were always secondary to the mystery Rilla has to solve, and the story the ghost has to tell.


What is one thing you hope your readers take away from The Rattled Bones?


Mostly I hope it’s an entertaining read. It’s always my goal as a storyteller. But for this book in particular, I tried to steep readers in the reality that women (young or old or ghostly) are strong and resilient story makers. We have a unique and powerful lens through which we view the world and that should always be validated.


If you could use only 1 sentence to describe The Rattled Bones, what would you say?

A feminist ghost story.


You live my dream life! You rescue animals, old houses and you write books! What is a ‘Day in the Life of Shannon M. Parker” like?


There’s more laundry than I’d like.


You’re quite the traveler, collecting 37 stamps in your passports...I’m a little jealous….Name one place in the entire world you wish to visit and why?


Australia has my whole heart. The Australian people have this generosity of spirit that is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. The shores are abundant and so is the kindness. Somehow this makes up for the Box Jelly, The Common Death Adder, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and every other deadly thing on that beautiful island!!


I’ve always had this dream of living in the country on a hobby farm OR living in Costa Rica(or somewhere ridiculously hot and oceany)while selling Ice cream. I know, two completely different things but I’d be happy with either! If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream?


I’d own a handful of small bungalows on the northeast coast of Australia, spending my days on a lazy porch, surrounded by the stories travelers brought to my little spot on the shore.


Are you currently working on any new writing projects? And if so, can you share anything about it or are you going to make us eagerly wait in agony?


Like Rilla, I’m a bit superstitious so I don’t typically talk about what I’m working on next. I will say it’s a novel.

In the meantime, I do have a short story in the YA anthology, WELCOME HOME (releasing September 5th) called “Tunneling Through.” The anthology is on love and adoption, two inseparable topics that are very near and dear to my heart.


Rapid Fire:


Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

Your latest Netflix binge?
Offspring. An Australian show (zero surprise).

One thing on your ‘bucket list’:
Creating a bucket list.

One guilty pleasure:
Quiet.

Name one favourite book(because we all have more than one favourite!):
The Secret Life of Bees

Favourite junk food?
The one within reach.

One superpower you’d like to have?
Flight. I’d love to see the world the way an eagle sees the world.

Celebrity crush:
Colin Firth.

What song is your jam?
“You’re The One That I Want” ~ Grease soundtrack.

3 things you’d take if stranded on an island:
Duct tape.
Vaseline.
My pillow.

Last thing you laughed at?
Answering the “what song is your jam” question and picturing your reaction if you ever saw me rock out to “You’re The One That I Want”.

Last thing you just ate?
Cherries.


Shannon, it has been an absolute pleasure connecting with you! And thank you for taking the time to chat with me!


Thank you for reading Rilla’s story and for helping The Rattled Bones reach more readers! I’m eternally grateful!

The Rattled Bones


Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.
Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

*Extended* Big Little Lies Season One DVD Giveaway!!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GIVEAWAY: HBO'S Girls Season 6!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse. 
This is the book that you didn't know you so badly needed! Little & Lion is a relevant and raw story about love and a bond between a brother and sister. It delves into the depths of mental illness, giving you an inside look at the affect it can have on a family.

The YA book scene has been introducing more and more LGBT characters and I can't put into words how much I love this and how important I think it is. We are living in a world where acceptance is being tested. People are falling back into the shadows with the fear of being ostracized for who they are. The more we have strong role models, in fiction and real life, the more we can rally together, stand strong and live our most authentic life.

The book comes from the perspective of Suzette(Little) who is struggling to define who she is. Brandy Colbert delivers Little's story at a perfect pace. Piece by piece we learn Little's back story and how she was brought to the position she is currently in. Throughout the novel we are also introduced to an outstanding cast of characters. Lionel(Lion) is Little's stepbrother but they share a very deep bond that some straight blood relatives don't even have. They are deeply connected and that radiates off of the pages. Lion was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and we witness throughout the novel the effects this has on Lion, his process on living with this new diagnoses and how the family is coming to terms with it.

Little & Lion is a coming-of-age story. We watch so many characters grow throughout the entirety of this novel, even Little and Lion's parents. Each character has a colourful back story and you won't be able to help falling in love with each one.

If I had to sum up Little & Lion in one word I would say: Diverse. It has a very diverse cast of characters and an even more diverse storyline. It goes there. It gets raw and the author tells it like it is. She crafted bold characters that have very powerful voices; and I believe these voices will speak to all of the readers that have the privilege of reading this story. I believe with books like this, we can change the world. We are taking the right steps but stories like Little & Lion really put things on the map and into action!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rosie, Girl by Julie Shepard

Rosie Girl
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Teen | Putnam
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher for an honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom Lucy and her deadbeat boyfriend, Judd, who gives Rosie the sort of looks you shouldn’t give your girlfriend’s step-daughter. Desperate for a way out, Rosie would do just about anything to escape the life she’s been handed. Then she finds a letter her dad wrote years ago, a letter confessing that Rosie's birth mother isn't dead, as she believed, but alive somewhere—having left them when Rosie was a little girl for reasons he won't reveal. Rosie resolves to find her birth mom, and she'll put everything on the line to make that happen. She hires a PI paid for by her best friend, Mary, who turns tricks for money. Unlike Rosie, Mary's no delicate flower and when she sees the opportunity to make some cash and help out her closest friend, she takes it. Romance blooms when the PI Rosie hires hands the case off to his handsome nephew Mac, but Rosie struggles to keep her illicit activities with Mary a secret. Things begin to unravel when Rosie starts getting creepy anonymous texts from johns looking for Mary. And then there's Mary, the one person Rosie can count on, who's been acting strangely all of a sudden. As Rosie and Mary get closer to finally uncovering the truth about Rosie's mom, Rosie comes face to face with a secret she never saw coming. With the ultimate unreliable narrator and twists and turns around every corner, Rosie Girl is an unforgettable tale of identity, devotion and desperation.
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That, fellow bookworms is how you write a book! Bravo, Julie Shepard, bravo!

Rosie, Girl will capture you heart from page one. I finished this book in nearly one sitting; believe me, I tried to slow down and savour every moment, but I simple couldn't peel my eyes away. I devoured it, searching for the answers just as desperately as Rosie. Rosie, Girl stole my heart and has yet to give it back. 

In this character driven novel the author weaves a delicate tale about a young girl and her fervent quest for answers. Shepard also tells the story about fierce friendship and the lengths these girls will go for one another. It's equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. There are moments that will make you cringe, gasp and tie your stomach in knots. There are moments that will make your heart flutter, skip a beat and your lips turn up in a smile. 

If like me, you will immediately fall in love with Rosie. Given the hand that she was dealt she is, for the most part, a happy teenage girl. She has a great sense of humour that makes some harsh moments a little bit lighter. Mary is tough as nails. There is some darkness that follows her around, and when reading, you will find out why, but one thing is undeniable, Mary and Rosie are deeply connected, a bond that is unbreakable. 

I adored Mac. Another quick-witted character that lightened up the mood at times. He was also a kind and gentle character that put his soul into helping Rosie. It was a treat watching their friendship and relationship unfold.

Now, I am not one for spoilers, but I will tell you, just when you think the book is going one way, Julie Shepard will blast you with the shock of a life time. A literally gasped and was left jaw-dropped by the last page. 

Rosie, Girl stole my heart!




Monday, June 19, 2017

The Love that Split the Word by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World
Release Date: January 16th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill | Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 396 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

 Firstly, look at that cover...Go ahead, I'll wait...Isn't it eye catching?! I know, I know, never judge a book by it's cover right? But this one gave me some serious cover envy. It's so enchanting. Almost Alice in Wonderland-like. As if the girl in the cover is falling down the rabbit hole; The initial reason I was drawn to this book was it's cover, then came the premise, how mysterious. The Love that Split the World was screaming READ ME! So, I eagerly obliged.

This is one of those books that are really hard to review. I'm not struggling because this book had issues, in fact, it's the complete opposite! This book was unlike anything I've really read before. It is not your average Time Travel book, and I use the term 'Time Travel' lightly because I wouldn't even call it that. World-hopping? I don't know what to call it, but it was great! It's also not your average YA love story. Beau and Natalie share a chemistry that goes way beyond swoon-worthy good looks and butterflies in the stomach. They share a connection that radiates off the pages. A connection vibrates between them, even before their first kiss you can feel the strength of the bond between these 2 characters.

When it came to Natalie, I adored her. She was equipped with a hilarious dry, sarcastic humour, smarts and a heart of gold. She also had the ability to make you feel every single thing she was feeling. Her emotions ran wild throughout the story and she took you with her. She whirled her story around your head and spun you in a sea of beautiful stories, love and, at times, extreme heartache.

Grandmother was another spectacular character. Her beautifully woven stories will be unlike anything you've ever heard. You will devour every single word of each story she shares. She was a true gem.

The Love that Split the World goes beyond time travel and romance. It is a story of a girl trying to find her place in the world and her heart-pounding journey to keep her place in it. It has laughs, thrills and chills. You will fall in love with The Love that Split the World!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You
Release date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
For Fans Of: Just One Day, Eleanor and Park
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon 

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Pack your bags, because you're going on a beautiful trip to Tokyo! Not really, but it sure feels like it with Vinesse's beautiful descriptions and scenery. I could see the bright sparkling lights, I could smell the dew left over from the rain, I could feel and hear the life of the city. She brought the city to life, making it leap off the pages. 

Now, this book would have been good with just what was mentioned above. But, Vinesse's talent doesn't end when it comes to world building. She also has the ability to craft fantastic characters, penning them with their own unique personalities, each one offering so much to the story. I adored Sophia. She had a great sense of humour and got in many jabs to her friends throughout the book that made for some great laugh out loud moments. Yet, beneath her bubbly personality, she was vulnerable and still dealing with the divorce of her parents even though it was years in the past. That comes to light throughout the novel, unfolding slowly, giving you more to the story as it goes on.

The chemistry between Jamie and Sophia radiates off the pages, intensifying more and more as their friendship and romance blossoms.

I devoured Seven Days of You in 2 short hours. I simply could not peel my eyes away. I was cast under a romantic spell and the story of a girl, finding out who she is and where she truly belongs. Where, What or Who she will call home.

This was a March release but it is the most perfect book to spend reading out in the sun! You will not be able to put it down!



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Have Piqued Your Interest


10 Fiction Books I have Added to My 'TBR' Pile


The Light We Lost
It's described as Me Before You meets One Day. Say no more!

Cold Summer
Sounds like a modern team Quantum Leap. Yes please!

It's Not Like It's a Secret
Sounds like a great Coming-of-Age!

How to Make a Wish

House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)
Gothic Horror is all I need to know!

That Thing We Call a Heart
This sounds like a very deep story.

Grace and the Fever


It Started With Goodbye

A Million Junes

The Dead List






 
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