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As of April 30, 2014 we will no longer be posting reviews on tHe crooKed WorD. Reading is like breathing for us - and discovering new books and authors has been a wonderful adventure - but the time has come for us to move on. Thank you for your support, for allowing us into your lives, and for letting us influence in some small way the contents of your bookshelves.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

Paperback224 pages
Published November 1st 1978 by Bantam Windstone (first published 1963)

Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.


The Bell Jar is the fascinating story of a college-age woman named Esther, whom Plath has based on herself.  She's bright and ambitious with a future full of opportunity.  As she grows and changes she struggles, as most do.  Her struggles led to dark places where her world became distorted.  It was easy to follow Esther and see how the distorted world was her reality.  We all see some things differently at various points in our life.  There was never one clear point where her sanity was suddenly gone, just a journey that broke her down.  It's heartbreaking and very real.  Even strong people can be fragile.  I think most people can relate to Esther in some way, at least at some point in their lives.  I love the author's writing style.   The imagery is beautifully woven into the story.  This is one of my new favorites- but I will read it with care and only when I have ample time to ponder.  

5/5 stars

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lair of the Serpent Blog Tour

We're excited to be part of the Lair of the Serpent Blog Tour!  

Lair of the Serpent: Tombs of Terror Series


Paperback352 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Sweetwater Books
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A humanitarian trip to Cambodia turns deadly when Delilah, a young medical volunteer, is kidnapped. When Jonathon arrives in the jungle and discovers that his friend is missing, he recruits the locals to search for her. Every clue points to the followers of the Naga Mani--- a sacred stone with legendary powers that only work with a human sacrifice. With time running out, it's up to Jonathon to rescue Delilah.


I wasn't sure what I would think of this book but I was hooked from the beginning.  The Lair of the Serpent is an action-packed adventure to rescue a young humanitarian worker.  The characters are believable and really drew me in.  The devotion of the rescuers and their reactions to the various circumstances they find themselves in are believable and make for a great story!   

You can find the author here:
Twitter account, @TLynnAdams

Monday, June 10, 2013

Giveaway- Sophia:Within

We are pleased to share a giveaway!  

Today ONLY Sophia Within is FREE on Amazon!

Check back soon for our review!  


Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets Cover Art Reveal!!!

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic, the first book in The Chase Tinker Series, was fantastic!  (see our review here)   We've waited (not-so)patiently for Book 2.
We are so excited to host the Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets cover reveal today! 

In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...

After spending the summer at his grandfather's gigantic, incredibly magical house, thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker thought things couldn't get any more bizarre, or that the secrets and lies couldn't get any worse, but he was wrong.

As summer turns into Autumn, join Chase and his family for even more magical craziness.  Craziness that will include: the sneezing of strange powers, the reappearance of the evil Marlowe family, another frightening kidnapping, the discovery of a mysterious, magical girl, a dangerous rescue mission, and a secret so mind-boggling, it will lead to a shocking climatic finish that will turn Chase's world completely upside down and leave him feeling like one of the worst people on the planet.

You can visit the Author's website here for purchase information or get it on Amazon!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Exposure (Twisted Lit #2)

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth          (Twisted Lit #2)

Hardcover223 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Merit Press (first published December 18th 2012)
This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?


This is a fun and modern twist on Shakespeare's MacBeth.  The characters are realistic and easy to relate to.  The authors create a setting that feels familiar while being creative and unique.  Exposure is part of the Twisted Lit series where each book stands alone so readers and jump right in!  It's well written and a great read!  I really enjoyed it!

4.5/5 stars