Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

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The Crazy Bookworm and Think Jam have joined forces again and we are bringing you another epic giveaway!

Prize: Big Little Lies Season One DVD
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GIVEAWAY: HBO'S Girls Season 6!

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


Prize: DVD of Girls Season 6(The Final Season!)
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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!




 
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