Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Thing About Jellyfish & Neverland

Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It puts a spotlight on upcoming releases we're anticipating! 

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

The Thing About Jellyfish sounds like it is bound to be a touching story. It's definitely one that I'm looking forward to reading with my daughter later this year!

Release Date: April 7th 2015

It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.

Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

I was instinctively drawn to the synopsis of the book. I have a special, tender place in my heart for fairy tales - especially Peter Pan. The MC - Livy Cloud (love that name!) - lost her sister four months ago. She’s having trouble moving on...and then she meets a mysterious boy called Meyer. I’m guessing Meyer is ‘Peter Pan’. I’m attracted to the potential of a modern fairy tale paralleling a real life emotional journey (in this case - grief and the loss of a loved one). It’s being released April 7th and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature and a regular meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish!

Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List

 1. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen I’m a huge fan of Sarah Addison Allen and it all started with Garden Spells back in….how many years ago was it? I’ve read every novel since, followed Ms. Allen’s journey on social media (she’s a cancer survivor), and was elated when she announced that she was planning a sequel to the novel that started it all for me. A chance to see some of my favorite characters a few years down the road (and all grown up in one case!).

2. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann NoblePart (or entirely!) fairy-tale, sisters, and a mermaid. Also in the description somewhere I read ‘Gypsy Wagon’ and a question about the main character’s true identity. (If her sister is a mermaid, then what does that make her?!). The novel also won Amazon’s 2014 Breakthrough Novel Award. Smash all that up together and you have a book I want to read!

3. Attachments by RainbowRowell An earlier work of Ms. Rowell’s (predating Fangirl and Eleanor and Park) targeted to a more mature audience. The synopsis reminds me of Meg Cabot’s The ‘Boy’ Series (e-mails in the workplace being a main component). And a guy who doesn’t know he’s fallen in love with our main character until it’s too late and he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because he’s done something super awkward. Yes, please.

4. Will Grayson, WillGrayson by John GreenIt’s the only John Green I haven’t read yet. I think this explains everything.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Homefor Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: It’s been on my to-read list for a long while. It’s gotten so much attention and sometimes you need a nice, gloomy, peculiar read on a rainy day (or any day!). To be honest, it’s been so sunny and nice out that I’m in need of a creepy, gloom, mysterious read. You know, just to balance things out a little.

6. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I wasn’t aware until recently that Huntley Fitzpatrick had written another book in the ‘My Life Next Door’ world! That made it a must-read and it is definitely a book that I’m very much looking forward to reading. The countdown is on!

7. The Mistake by Lily Maxton: Historical romance is actually my jam despite what you may think looking at my previous reviews on the blog. I read a lot of historical romance, though I never really posted reviews on the blog because I was trying to keep everything strictly YA. After this past hiatus I would really like to change that and vary the books and just read what I like to read. And this book happens to be one that just went into my TBR list from NetGalley! 

8. The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory: I love Philippa Gregory and haven't read this one yet. It must be read. End of story. 

9. China Dolls by Lisa See: This is another author that I really love. I basically read anything she puts out. I still need to read this one and was recently reminded of the fact that I haven't read it yet. 

10. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston: This sounds so unusual and interesting that I can't wait to read it. 

The Hiatus is OVER!

Hello everyone! As you might have noticed my blog has been quiet for quite some time now. It began when I had my second child, started a new job, moved out the country for a bit, moved back again, started school, etc. I have had a hectic life for the past few years, but I missed blogging so much and I have been wanting to come back to it for a while, but I knew I couldn’t really give as much to it as I did at the highest point of my blogging life. My little sister had expressed interest in book blogging (she loves to read as well), so we recently decided to join forces, revamp the blog, and begin blogging together!

So, I’d like to welcome my little sister Jess (otherwise known as “the artful Dodger”) to Book Crook Liza! You can read more about her in the “About Us” tab at the top! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/regular meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish!

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Well, I was lucky in a sense because I was homeschooled for a large part of my education. It expanded my freedom of reading material, but sometimes I "had" to read something anyways, just because it's one of those stepping stones you need to do to learn. 

1. Candide by Voltaire: This is the most recent book that I was forced to read. I had a History class last semester and this was required reading for a paper. I found it to be not only interesting and thoughtful, but very funny! I regret not having read it sooner. 

2. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: Yes, I was basically forced to read this. I checked the first book out numerous times and kept thinking I grabbed the wrong book and would put it down. I was assured that it was the right book and that I would catch on. I did and I'm very glad I took the time to get past the first few chapters. 

3. The Shade Series by Jeri Smith-Ready: Yet another series I was encouraged strongly to read. Hands down the best decision ever, because it became an instant favourite. 

4. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell: This is one my Mother bought me when I was young and made me read. I didn't live with her at the time and I was about 7 and had just spent the summer with her, but was getting ready to road trip back to Iowa from Colorado. I hated leaving my Mom. So, naturally I cried the entire drive back, but it was double the tears because this was a very sad story! 

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Required to read it in school and I am very happy it was required reading material, because I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters! 

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: Forced reading and I absolutely despised it. I have heard that the outlook on the story can change with age, so maybe in the next few years I'll re-visit it and see if my perception changes... For now, the "wtf these characters are all horrible and nasty" is still clear enough in my mind. 

7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: The first time I read this was in 2005 when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had went to Russia for the summer and ended up staying for the rest of the year and my mother in-law bought it for me and told me I had to read it. I wasn't actually very keen on reading it at the time, even though it's basically a classic and I like to read a classic at least once. I eventually read it out of pure boredom because it was the only English book I had lying around and I ended up liking it alright. 

8. The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint: My best friend begged me to read this book for a while and I finally did. It was quite a few years ago, but I really remember loving it. I remember the general story, but a lot of the details are rusty. I'd like to pick it up again sometime and read it. 

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: This was definitely a "it's so popular, everyone is reading it, I need to read it before the movie comes out" type of deal. I absolutely freaking loved it. In fact, I ran across a copy of it yesterday at my local library's used book section and snagged a hardcover of it for $1 and I read the ending this evening. Sayuri + Chairman = heart melting. 

10.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: A required read which became a favourite story of mine. I know I am at 10, but Jane Eyre needs an honourable mention, because it was another required school read and I ended up loving it as well. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As a Movie/TV Show

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/regular meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish!

 Top Ten Books I Would Love to See As a Movie/Tv Show

Well, I have been lucky, both Vampire Academy and Divergent are coming out next year! I've heard Hush, Hush might be seriously becoming a film as well, and there are a handful of others soon: The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars are two that I'm eager to see as well. As you will be able to tell by this post I am quite the fan of television. And I am. When I'm not re-watching episodes of Buffy, Roswell or any of the other shows from my teen years I'm watching Pretty Little Liars (Me+Wren=Love), Once Upon a Time (Me+Hook+PrincePhillip=I'minheavenomg), Revenge, Parenthood, Scandal and pretty much any show that looks good.

1. The Summer Series by Jenny Han: This would be the perfect teen summer flick. This needs to happen. It could even make a good television series! It'd be better than Dawson's Creek! 

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I love this book. This would be like Passport to Paris, but way better. (I just watched Passport to Paris not too long ago with my daughter and it was a ride down memory lane!)

3. The Shade Series by Jeri Smith-Ready: My favourite series pretty much ever and needs no further comment.

4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I really love this book and I definitely feel it could translate to the big screen well. 

5. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins: A stand-alone that was meant to be a series (but isn't happening *insert my saaaalty crocodile tears* at least not anytime soon) could be the start of a good show for ABC Family. Hint, ABC Family. Make it happen.

6. The Mythos Academy Series by Jennifer Estep: This would make a really good paranormal television show! I really love this series!

7. The Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout: This could make a great television series as well. I just really need a mythological show to watch. Her Lux series could also be a hot show. I would watch it with loving obsession.

8. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater: Anything by Maggie Steifvater in a film version would be amazing!

9. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E Smith: I really loved this book and I think this could definitely make a beautiful transition to the big screen! 

10. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: I seriously love this series. So hard! I really wished I owned the whole set of them. Actually, I do, but they're at my mother in-laws in another country. Very sad! I think this series could make a really good television show as well! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cover Reveal: ALLURE by Lea Nolan

Today, we're celebrating the cover reveal of Allure, the sequel to Lea Nolan's Conjure, coming October 1st from Entangled Teen!

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper's sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

Praise for Conjure

"Richly filled with exquisite imagery, a compelling story, and a strong, smart heroine, Conjure will keep you up way past your bedtime." ~ Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series

"A true adventure, complete with pirates, romance, a flesh-eating curse, and ancient magic. I couldn't put it down!" ~ Inara Scott, author of The Talents (Delcroix Academy) series

"Ifthere is one book teens and adults should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Fans of young love and adventure will hurry to the end of each chapter, in anticipation of what will happen next. Unfolding at an easy pace, this tale is magical and spellbinding. Nolan is one to watch!" ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick

"Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers... There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore." ~ New York Journal of Books

"This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous - everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars." ~ Teen Librarian's Toolbox

About the Author

Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations. Today, even though she’s all grown up, Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen--smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.


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Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It puts a spotlight on upcoming releases we're anticipating! 


Release Date: April 1st 2014

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined... - Good Reads

I need this now because this is what comes out of Jeri Smith-Ready's fingers / mind: