Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Author Spotlight: LM Preston, Can a Teenager Fall In Love?

I was hunting around on my favorite writer’s hang out on AW (Absolute Write Forums) and the topic of teen love came up. The question alluded to, ‘Does a teenager really fall in love?’ My honest opinion, why couldn’t they? In my book EXPLORER X – Alpha I tease on some of the facets of pre-teen love as I remembered it.

QUALITIES OF TEEN LOVE

I remember being in love as a teenager only about three times. Yep, three times. Each love was so fascinating, intense, exciting, all consuming, obsessive and hurt so badly when it ended. I would write the boys name in my notebook over and over again. I would think about them every free moment of the day. When I kissed that boy, it felt as though he was the sun and the moon of my very life at that time.

If I could bottle that up and sell it, it would be called LOVE POTION #9.

QUALITIES OF ADULT LOVE

For me, love as an adult, was a lot slower to burn than teenaged love. As an adult, I only allowed myself to fall in love with one person. The difference between my teen love and my adult love was drastic. As an adult, I was cautious, skeptical, held back a lot of myself until the guy proved that he was trustworthy, worth my time, interesting enough to hold my interest, and sexy enough to keep me attracted.

Did it have the intensity of teen love? No, not because I didn’t feel the things I felt for my love as a teenager. I didn't have the hormone high that I did as a teenager, or the time to obsess on the boy I was in love with. Also, as an adult I was just too jaded, mistrustful, and too smart to let anyone consume me that didn’t show that they were truly interested. Not to mention, the end of those teenaged love affairs were just too darned painful.

MY ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

Yes, teenagers can fall in love.. All love starts out as an infatuation. It starts with attraction, hunger, excitement, the chase, and hopefully ends in true love. True love, which consists of trust, passion, comfort, attraction, bonding, and most of all friendship, is worth the ride whether it ends badly or last forever.

In my case, a teen love became my adult love. As teenagers we broke up, but stayed friends. As adults we found that were a good match, and laughed at our antics in our relationship as teenagers. What ever happened to the boy I fell madly in love with at fifteen, broke up with, and stayed friends with? He is now my husband of seventeen years. Yes, at times I do allow myself to feel all those things for him I did as a teenager, but my adult ways still makes me cautious to let it totally consume me.

REFLECTIONS ABOUT LOVE

My motto is and will always be, live your life and enjoy the adventure of it all. That means whenever love is lost or you stumble along the way. Get up, dust off, plaster a smile on your face and focus on the exhilaration of the experience of love, of life, of failures, of pain, of recovery, and the adventure and experience of being able to live, learn, and to have loved.

by: LM Preston, http://www.lmpreston.com Author of Explorer X - Alpha


Thank you sooo mucho to LM Preston for sharing this awesome post with us! Checks her out!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BIG NEWS!

GUYS GUESS WHO JUST GOT ENGAGED! :D

You guessed it! hehe So Happy :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster Review


Edward Stanton is a man hurtling headlong toward middle age. His mental illness has led him to be sequestered in his small house in a small city, where he keeps his distance from the outside world and the parents from whom he is largely estranged. For the most part, Edward sticks to things he can count on...and things he can count. But over the course of 25 days (or 600 hours, as Edward prefers to look at it) several events puncture the walls Edward has built around himself. In the end, he faces a choice: Open his life to experience and deal with the joys and heartaches that come with it, or remain behind his closed door, a solitary soul.

My Thoughts:

If I could sum up this novel in one word, I’d have to say it’s Breathtaking! This novel goes into a very excellent perspective into a life of someone who has Aspergers Syndrome as well as OCD. Edward is such a smart, strong character! There were a lot of laughs out loud moments, times where I shredded tears and moments where I questioned how just a simple word or just how you manage to say something could truly affect those around you. The thing I enjoyed most about this novel was the abundant amount of vocabulary words Edward used so eloquently! The words are quirky and understandable. I think my favorite one to use now a days is Flummoxed! Let’s not even mention the use of the Cowboys! I’m a huge Cowboys fan so it was as if I was living in that time and space! (*Reviews Note: Cowboys may have not done well last season but they sure beat the Saints out of being undefeated! ;)). Another thing I loved was the play by play of the show he watches. All of them are like his favorite and there’s a moral catch behind every single one of them that gives us a slight insight on how Edward sees the world. Lancaster doesn’t just capture Edwards’s world eloquently, he also captivates the reader into belonging into his world and to have a better understanding of this disorder. This book will live for generations to come! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Is there a certain way you rearrange your bookshelf? Maybe by Authors last name? Book Name? Lemme know in the comment section below.
As always,
That Chick That Reads

IMM!!

In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren! Checks her outs guys!



Books I Bought:

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Lament by Maggie Stievater
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margeret Stohl

Books Traded:
Sticky Fingers by Nicki Burham

Books for Review:
The Book of Samuel by Eric Rachke
Mia the Magnificent by Eliene Boggess
Orson Scott Card: Authorized Ender Companion by Jake Black

Secret Santa!!!:
An Awesome Card :)
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Going too Far by Jennifer Echlos

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Runt Farm: Under New Management by Amanda Lorenzo Review

Runt Farm: Under New Management by Amanda Lorenzo
Publisher: BooktiMookti
Pub. Date: August 15th, 2009
Pages: 80
Age Level: Childrens
Obtained: Publisher for Review

In this first book of the Runt Farm series, Farmer Brunt's truck zooms away forever. while tough-guy Kitten hides in the barn loft, delighted to have the place all to himself.
A day later Kitten meets The Peep, a hatchling duck with issues. Having imprinted upon and claimed Kitten as his parent, The Peep presents his paternal buddy with a surprise gift, revealing a hidden talent with reeds and weeds. When two highly intelligent lab mice, Cletus and Tooth, show up the duckling and cat welcome them into the barn. As the mice engage in vocabulary-building banter, the barn gains a herb-savvy kitchen and a workshop from which strange inventions emerge.

But living together isn't always a picnic. As the multi-species group learns to make room for their differences they become a family, proving that home is where you find it.



My Thoughts:

My nephews love for me to read to them, so when I got this novel for review I was very excited to share this with them! They were amazed with the different illustrations, as they were so detailed and beautiful and went along with the story so perfectly. The characters were so adorable and memorable, my youngest nephew now goes around mimicking the little baby chick in the book. I can not wait to start on book number two with them! If your looking for a book with amazing illustrations and a good moral storyline than this book is exactly what your looking for!

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s you favorite farm animal and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shadowland by Alyson Noel Review

Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pub. Date: November 17, 2009
Pages: 339
Age Level: YA
Obtained: Bought

**Spoilers ahead from books 1 and 2, don't say I didn't warn you!**
At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.

Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .



My Thoughts:


I do have to say I’ve quite enjoyed this series. Ever and Damien’s love has constantly kept me on edge throughout all three novels. This is book three out of the series and Ever and Damien are in the process of finding an antidote to the antidote so they could finally be together. During time she meets a boy named Jude, who she has an undeniable connection to that will set the ultimate test between her and Damien.

Ever is adjusting rather well for her new immortal state, other than the fact that her immortal boyfriend is given an antidote in which even the slightest transfer of DNA could kill him. She is desperate and impatient to find this antidote so that they could finally be together without having to safeguard anything. She reminds me a lot of myself, I hate waiting for things and like her, we do things kind of rash. This novel was a complete rollercoaster ride. Noel continues to mesmerize me in this awesome and creative world filled with love, eternity and a sense of renewal. If you loved Evermore and Blue Moon, then you will never want Shadowland to end! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you were immortal and could see the world change before you eyes, what one thing would you want to stay the same and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Life After 187 by Wade J Halverson Review

Life After 187 by Wade J Halverson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Pub. Date: August 4, 2009
Pages: 238
Age Level: Adult
Obtained: From author for review

**taken from back jacket**

Sentenced to life in prison when he executes the men who murdered his wife, Kane Silver is singled out by the warden for his fighting ability. Along with inmates Valentino Lopex and Si'Ling Lee. Kane is drafted into service and forced to fight for money in high-stakes tournaments. But when the three friends escape during a New Year's Eve match in Lake Tahow- saving the warden's life in the process- their situation becomes more complicated.


Their status undetermined, they vanish underground and sign on to help a young woman whose parents are being held by an Argentinean drug kingpin. Follow Kane and his friends as they compete and grow closer while rediscovering what it means to be free. From tale Tahoe and the western United States to Costa Ricka, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Thailand, Life After 187 takes readers on an exhilarating ride filled with big money, intense action, justice and the pursuit of honor.



My Thoughts:

This novel was a complete rollercoaster ride and I mean that in the most figurative way. A lot and I mean a lot happens in this novel. Sentences were very short, the descriptions were vague, and there was a lot of fluff between the chapters that I really didn’t care for. Although, there are a few things that the author did, I have to say, completely held my interest. I liked the fact that the characters got to travel to different parts of the world without getting caught. The novel is a complete with jam packed action. It's like they're in constant motion. The author shows he has an excellent and profound knowledge in the art of fighting, army life as well as how a prison works. There were other things that just didn’t make sense to me, like how could a Warden spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on bets? Do they really get that much money? Was he scamming people? Some of the things said and done in this novel kept making me fall into disbelief because it felt really increadulous. Despite that, the author’s characters were pretty kick ass. I give this novel 3 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Do you kick box? Or do any kind of other awesome activity? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen Review

Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 29th, 2009
Pages: 288
Age Level: YA
Obtained: Bought

As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

My Thoughts:

Michelle Rowen so happens to be one of my favorite authors and I was extatic when I found out she was releasing a YA novel! Nikki is just your average teenager; she goes to an awesome school, is best friends with the most popular girl, and not to mention that Mr. Handsome is taking her to the school dance. Life just couldn’t get better… or worse? After Nikki turns 16, she finds out that she is a half demon from a very cute guy named Michael who urges her to come to the Shadowland to meet her Father who so happens to be the King. Only what she doesn’t know is that her life is about to change in so many different ways.

Nikkis is absoloutly one of my favorite characters! She’s sarcastic and a complete bad ass (which is very common in Rowen’s books :) ). I love the way Michelle writes! It’s as if your taking this from a real life teenager. The language is up to date, the events are things that could totally happen to any teenager and not to mention the emotions! It’s as if I was going right back to high school (except for the supernatural stuff ;)). I loved the idea of a demon princess, as well as a brand new world that Rowen creates. The Shadowlands captivated me from the first moment it was mention and I was always anxious and impatient for our heroine to return. Rowent does an excellent job with the emotions that this novel projects! When the character experiences her first kiss with a certain person who I will not tell you, it just reminded me of how it felt when I had my first kiss with that person I really liked. If your looking for a fun, sarcastic humored, captivating novel; then Demon Princess is def a must read! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you were princess for a day, what would you do and why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dear Baby: What I Love About You by Carol Casey Review

Dear Baby: What I Love about You by Carol Casey
Publisher: DB Publishing
Pub. Date: February 2nd, 2009
Pages: 20
Age Level: Childrens
Obtained: Publisher for review

Sweet rhymes and playful pictures capture the sheer joy of everyday life with baby. Infants and toddlers will love the glowing tropical colors and animated faces. A wonderful first book for baby that gets to the heart of what makes babies so irresistible! A Baby Yearbook at the end of the book makes Dear Baby, What I Love About You! a wonderful keepsake of precious memories.

My Thoughts:

This little book is absolutely too cute! The words are very creative and they match the different illustrations. As I read it, I thought of my two nephews, whom I consider my two boys. I just love these illustrations! They are just too cute! These little words and pictures capture the everyday life with a baby. When I showed it to my youngest nephew it loved all of the pictures and the colors. They mesmerized him because they were just so bright and awesome. It is definitely a must have or even a gift!

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s your favorite thing to do with your little one? If you don’t have a little one, maybe a sibiling or nephew? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, November 27, 2009

Invisble Lines by Mary Amato Review

For Trevor Musgrove, life isn't always bright and cheerful. His family just moved to Hedley Gardens, a tough housing project its residents call "Deadly Gardens." He goes to school with rich kids who have everything, while he has to work to afford soccer cleats. It doesn't help that the best athlete in school, Xander Pierce, happens to have it out for him. Mistakenly enrolled in an advanced science class taught by an odd but engaging teacher, Trevor is thrown headfirst into the world of natural science. Through all this, he will learn that life can spring up in the darkest places-- maybe even in Deadly Gardens.



My Thoughts:

Invisible Lines is centered around a boy named Trevor Musgrove. He’s in middle school, has a younger brother and sister, a single mother, and a whole different world ahead of him. They move to a really tough housing project that everyone refers to as the “Deadly Gardens”. His school is filled with rich kids mixed in with the lower class ones. He wants to fit in so badly with the rich popular kids that he does everything in his power to impress them. He’s mistakenly enrolled in an AP or Pre-AP science class with a completely wacky teacher. Suddenly it feels as if his whole world is crashing down. Will it get better, or worse?

I picked up this novel the other night and completely devoured it! I found that I could relate to Trevor completely because I had a similar life to his when I was about his age. The different characters touched me so much! From Langston to his mother; they were just so passionate and heartwarming. I loved the fact that he had Mr. Ferguson because he was just the kind of teacher that I would’ve loved to have when I was growing up in Dallas before I moved to Frisco. He was one that actually cared about his students; he made learning so much fun! Especially since all he could seem to talk about would be Fungus or Mushrooms actually. It’s so awesome the way the author mixed in the mushrooms to relate to everyday life. Like his Mycelium notes, he states that the universe talks like that; they don’t talk with words but with actions in a sort. Maybe everyone’s and everything is connected together in some way. His love for soccer was like my love for cross country; he would do anything for it and he was talented. There were moments in this novel where I like cried my heart out because what the conversations were about just hit a little too close to home. Heartwarming, funny and very touching; I have to give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you had the ability to draw anything at all, what would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Silent Gift by Michael Landon & Cindy Kelly Review

The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty--for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Luke are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Luke. Will it be enough?

My Thoughts:

I was very intrigued by the idea of this novel. I mean it’s about a woman and what she would do to protect her son and also her absolute love for him. I was also very curious to know what the “gift” was. I picked it up the other night and as I was reading I found that the way it was written was honestly perfect. It has good rhythm and just a good voice. The storyline was beyond amazing. I was only about a quarter through the book when I picked it up Saturday and I pretty much couldn’t let go of the book. I was honestly swept away by this novel from the first paragraph up until the last word on the last page of the novel. I could picture Jack, Mary’s son, sitting by the window looking out into his own little world. I could see Mary’s white gloves and taste the root beer they had at the restaurant. It’s so descriptive but it’s not overwhelming, these authors did an absolutely amazing job writing the scenery without making it a complete chaos. There was one paragraph that left me completely breathless.

“Because I’m a writer and that’s what writers do. They imagine. They look for perspective. They try and see the word through the eyes of someone else, then paint a picture with words. I’ve met lots and lots of people riding the rails- but I have to admit, Jack’s a first for me.” Page 287

That paragraph left me completely breathless because that’s exactly how I feel about writing and about books in general! These authors completely captured every different idea in their writing. Absolutely amazing! I was a little skeptical about the religious aspects of this novel but to be perfectly honest, it does not center around god. This novel is more than just a religious type of thing; it’s about a mother’s love for her child. I wouldn’t know how that feels considering I don’t have any children of my own but with the way it’s written and just the many thoughts and actions that the author made Mary go through I could perfectly myself step into Mary’s shoes. I honestly fell in love with this novel. It’s a tear jerker guys so you seriously need to check it out! Heartwarming and passionate I have no choice but to give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you could show someone something without using any words, what would be and why? Leave you answer in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Author Spotlight: Sarah Ockler Interview!

Today I am Interviewing Sarah Ockler, Author of Twenty Boy Summer here on That Chick That Reads.. Here's a little bit about Sarah...

Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six—an adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, she now writes books for young adults. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New York at Buffalo and also studied creative writing through Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

After several years of wandering between New York City and Denver, Sarah and her husband Alex live in Upstate New York with an ever-expanding collection of sea glass (hers) and dinosaurs (his).

TWENTY BOY SUMMER is her first novel.


1. Okie we'll start off with the basic question: Where did you get the idea for your novel?

The idea for Twenty Boy Summer was inspired by the teens I met through my work with the National Donor Family Council, an organization that supports families whose loved ones have died and donated organs or tissues. These teens had suffered through the unimaginable tragedy of losing a sibling or friend, yet their courage and hope remained strong. That always stayed with me, even years later. When I set out to write my first YA novel, I knew that I wanted to share a little bit of their stories.

2. I know atleast for me, it was extremely difficult to read about Matt's death and how it affected the people he knew; Why did you choose that to be his fate?

I didn't exactly choose that to be Matt's fate as much as that was just the story that had to be told. I wanted to explore the everyday things that happen in the lives of teens, like friendships and parents and first loves, but in the aftermath of tragedy, where everything is somehow clouded by the death of a young person and the sadness that followed. Matt's death allowed me to write about love, loss, grief, forgiveness, and hope, and ultimately, that's what Twenty Boy Summer is about.


3. I abs love the idea of the notes she wrote to Matt, growing up, did you have a journal that you would share with your friends? Diary?

Yes, my best friend and I both wrote our own journals and would often swap them to write letters to each other. We both trusted that the other wouldn't read the remaining journal entries without specific permission. I think that trust is what enabled us to write so freely for ourselves and in the letters we shared together. Sometimes I wish I could do that now, but it's not quite the same with everyone chatting online!

4. How long did it take you to write this novel? Any advice for aspiring authors?

I worked on Twenty Boy Summer for about 4 years, but that was mostly because I wasn't focusing on it. I would let myself get discouraged easily, walking away for months at a time. I was also working full time and going to graduate school, but finally, something inside me woke up (thanks in large part to my husband's unending faith and encouragement!), and I knew that if I truly wanted to be a writer, I had to make it a priority. Once I did that, I finished up in a matter of months, even though I was still working in another job and doing all of the other things I had to do.

So if you want to write, you have to *really* want it, and you have to make it a priority. One of the easiest ways to do it is to turn off the television. You'd be amazed how much time, energy, brain power, and creativity free up when you turn off the tube! I have some other information and writing advice on my Web site, here: http://sarahockler.com/faqs/

5. Okie lets say you are in the middle of writing a chapter and the phone rings, that call can not wait. How easy or hard is it to jump right back into the flow of writing?

Actually, it's not that hard. Unless I'm completely interrupted from a flashing thought and that thought just vanishes, I can usually get back into the flow pretty quickly because if I've got the idea and the energy going already, I can jump back in with excitement, knowing that I have something to work on. I have a harder time when I'm staring at a blank screen, willing an idea to come. When the phone rings at those times, I know I've got nothing waiting for me but an endless blank screen, and that can be disheartening. For the same reason, I often stop writing while I'm in the middle of a good flow just so I have something to jump back into the next time I write.

6. Can you tell us something unique about yourself?

Even though people think I'm sweet and quiet, I'm a complete lunatic at home. My secret antics include inappropriate jokes, animal noises, weird dances, insane faces, and sometimes -- if I'm in the mood and particularly inspired -- a rap. My husband says I have a "home voice" and a "work voice," and it's rare that the two cross paths!

7. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would you meet and what would you say or ask them?

I would love to meet Jack Kerouac, but I don't know what I'd say to him. I think I'd just sit there and let him talk, because I know the conversation would take me on some crazy trippy wild ride, just like his books.

8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

No. When I write, I set out to tell a story. Through that story, through writing about the things that all humans share and experience -- love, loss, sadness, disappointment, joy, hope -- I want to connect with readers, but I don't try to convey any specific messages. I don't judge the characters' actions or choices, or try to lead readers to a conclusion or judgment. I want readers to find their *own* messages in my books simply by relating to the characters and their experiences and emotions. When that happens, I know I've done my job as a writer.

9. What books have most influenced your life most?

Jack Kerouac's ON THE ROAD
Anais Nin's THE DIARY OF ANAIS NIN
V.C. Andrews' FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC
Sarah Dessen's THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER
Sylvia Plath's THE UNABRIDGED JOURNALS OF SYLVIA PLATH


(that's soooo cool i abs love the truth about forever!! That's my favorite book!)

10. Who designed the cover?

The cover for Twenty Boy Summer was designed by Saho Fuji at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Saho is awesome and talented and I love love LOVE the cover!

11. "What's the number one coolest thing you've ever seen in your life?" (love this question matt asks anna!!)

I've been so fortunate in my life to see lots of really cool things, but if I have to pick just one, it would be the Grand Canyon. The first time I saw it, I just stood there with my mouth hanging open, unable to speak. I blocked out all of the tourists and the sounds of industry and just looked across the expanse, and it brought tears to my eyes. I will never forget that moment or that feeling.

Muchos thanks to author Sarah Ockler for letting me interview her on my blog! She is abs awesome and Twenty Boy Summer is AMAZING! You can learn more about her HERE or you can read my review of her novel HERE!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tempted by PC Cast & Kristin Cast Review

Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn't feature breaks on its curriculum - even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he's sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa's tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite's visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure - but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She's not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey doesn't go to Kalona he'll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what's necessary, or everything that's important to her will be destroyed

My Thoughts:

I’ve been waiting for this installment of the house of night novel since I read Hunted! This continues this journey of Zoey Redbird and her gang after they banish Neferet and Kalona from the house of night. Her warrior Stark is gravely injured and returning back to school with a load of kids still drawn to Kalona’s evil ways, gives Zoey and her gang a handful, not to mention Zoey’s connection with Aya, the maiden made to love Kalona. Stevie Rae is hiding things from her, real deep things. Will Zoey and her gang defeat evil once and for all? Or will evil triumph? You will only find out if you read this epic novel.

Alright let me start with the beautiful cover. It’s a hardback, which is a plus because I love that it doesn’t get ruined as easily. It’s completely black with a picture of who I believe is Zoey and Heath, while you see Stark or Kalona in the background. When you take the jacket off the cover is abs amazing. It’s completely black with the title in green and it’s just something I’ve never seen before. Anyway let’s move on to the storyline. The past few novels were not all that great. I hated the love triangles and how big of a mess everything got but this novel just clearly knocked it all out of the way. The writing got a lot better, it doesn’t repeat meanings of words over and over again, which is refreshing if you’ve read the series you know how annoying that could be. The one thing that totally annoyed me was the fact that they kept trying to make it too much of a SAT book, with big words and a lot of quotes relating to how cool reading was. Ok we get, reading is totally awesome, but do you seriously have to repeat it over and over again? I think not. Anyway, Zoey seems to have matured greatly. Her decisions aren’t as rash and she’s beginning to become a better leader. I loved the characters even more in this novel. Stark was abs my favorite, he was just so protective and he battled what I would imagine a great dilemma on protecting his lady. Something totally awesome about this book was the change of point of views. They happened not rarely but not too often. They were in third person but they were in the point of view of the person titled, for example, Stevie Rae is one of them who is constantly in the different point of views. I thought that was amazingly crafted. Anyway, so if you want to read an amazing, beautifully crafted, and awesome book, then get your hands on Tempted because wow… I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
If you could be president for a day, what one rule would you change or create? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Book Tour Stop: Eyeleash: A Blog Novel by Jess C Scott

Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about "fitting in" a world where superficiality reigns supreme. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who's morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. They decide to be "friends-with-benefits". But it's Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog--which *isn't private*--that backs out. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths' relentless search for themselves--and what's really in their hearts.

My Thoughts:

I want to thank Traveling to Teens for the chance to be a part of the Eyeleash blog tour!

So this novel is about Jade Ashton and her relationship with a guy named Nolan. They both blog, but for various reasons. Ashton blogs to kind of like vent, she’s like a writer and doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes or anything so she has a blog that’s “unsearchable and password protected”. Think of it more like a diary, I like that idea because back when I was 14 or so, I didn’t know about blogs so I did it the old fashioned way. Nolan writes poetry and songs; he’s such a complex character and that’s one of the things I really enjoyed. The format of the novel was just abs amazing. It’s literately just like someone’s personal blog, things are misspelled, there’s a lot of url usage, nicknames, abbreviated language one might use to text.

The characters were well developed and had their own personalities. Jade expresses herself within her blog, you can tell exactly how she feels, what she cares about, among other things. Nolan is expressed through Jade’s blog snippets. He talks about pursing his career in music and about this girl who he likes but isn’t sure how to tell her how he feels. It’s actually quite cute; his blogs were one of my favorite parts of this novel. Jade has two other friends that are known more for their IM names, and they’re quite unique. For example, one of them was, “SeXy nAuGhTy BiTcHy Me”, which I thought was quite interesting. Jade struggles with her sexuality throughout the entire novel. Her friends have pretty much all have sex and then when she see’s Nolan, he’s an entirely different person (physically) than the last time she had seen him, so she lust for him throughout the novel. So she and her friends try to get her ready for that precise moment with quirky little facts and myths. The language is just as if it were a teenager talking, I abs loved that.

There were a couple of things that I did have a problem with. Jade is so shallow. She pretty much talks about how hot a guy is and how much she lust for him in almost every blog entry. At some points it got tiring but I guess in this society now a days, teens struggle with that. I did really like how she showed the struggle of being a “perfect teen” through Jade, with the obsession of how her body looked in naked pictures and how much she worried about getting pregnant. Overall it’s a very good, talented and excellent read. I give it 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
When did you start blogging? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Maufactured Identity by Dr. Heath Sommer Review

Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchlet to find her missing husband-especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason. Desperate to find meaning in their pain, they are thrust by the auspieces of fate into a common thread of mystery and human frailty. In the end, the fate of all may reside in the unstable hands of rookie pastor John Joe, but ultimately Lory and her nrewfound partners will uncover a truth so unnerving it makes even infidelity look palatable.

My Thoughts:

One word can pretty much summarize this novel and it has to be amazing! I’ll start my review off by explaining how awesome and creative the cover is! Okie so the cover is solid black with gray; and in the background you can see silhouettes of different people. Some of those people are wearing hats, others are wearing business suits, and it just fits the whole premise of the book. The title completely stands out with the whole white. Anyway, so on to the writing. This novel is written in third person point of view. There are many different people that you keep up with and little by little you can see the relationships that these people have without truly knowing they exist in each others lives. The first chapter completely sucked me. I mean, if you read about a guy that can’t remember who he is and has thousands and thousands of dollars on him; wouldn’t you be a little interested in knowing who he is or why he was left on a bench not knowing who he is and why he had that much money on him? There were a few parts in this book that made me change how I view things. For example, on pg.33 Lory is talking about how marriage isn’t how it used be. It’s more about a political statement or in other words power. I completely agree with that statement. Now a day’s, people don’t marry for love, they marry for wealth or some kind of standing. The Manufactured Identity is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read. Dr. Sommer honestly put it together in such an amazing way that left me completely breathless and saying “NO! Are you serious!” as I read the last words of the novel. It’s a page turner and very well written. I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
If you could be in anyone else’s shoes for a day, who would you choose and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rachel Caine Book Signing

So Fade Out, the new instalment of the Morganville series came out this week and so Rachel started her tour here in Dallas or actually Plano. Anyway here are a few pictures:

She was talking about the movie deal she got for the series.
She was reading a passage from Fade Out.
Yummy cupcakes!

Red Velvet Cake! So Pretty!
Fade Out!!




A Bag of blood!! that is tooooo cool!

Anyway, I had a lot of fun! She is honestly one of the coolest authors out there!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

In My Mailbox #15

This awesome meme is hosted over at Kristi's blog The Story Siren.



Books Bought:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Fade Out by Rachel Caine
The Good Ghouls Guide to Getting Even by Julie Kenner
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Books for Review:
600 Days of Edward by Craig Lancaster
The Cost of Dreams by Gary Stelzer

Other Cool Stuff I got this week:
5th Gen Ipod Nano Purple
A cool syringe looking pen from the book signing

Anyway, what about you guys? What did you get this week? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quote it Sat #9: Death


This is a weekly meme in which you can quote from anything really. Favorite books, people, just anything that you like! Anyway this week's quote is about death.

"A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last
." -Charlie Daniels

Well i'm pretty sure a lot of you heard about what happened here in Texas at Fort Hood. My heart goes out to every single family member who's lost a loved one, or has a loved one injured. I choose this quote this week because I thought it would be appropriate in these times of death and loss. What about you guys? What did you quote this Sat? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ash by Malinda Lo Review

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about choosing life and love over solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.


My thoughts:
This book was really big in the bloggerverse for a while and I saw a lot of people raving about it and I was lucky enough to win an ARC of it. So I decided to pick it up this weekend and finished it rather quickly. This novel tells the story of Ash, a girl who is left orphaned at a very young age with a stepmother and two stepdaughters. It’s kind of like the typical Cinderella story but with its unique twist. She is left to pay the debts of her late father by becoming her stepmother’s maid. She misses her old home, her parents and so she feels happier at the edge of the Wood, where the old magic still exists. She befriends a fairy named Sidhean but he’s dangerous or so she thinks according to the fairy tales she read as a kid. One day she meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress and her life changes dramatically in a short period of time.

This novel was Okie, I did enjoy it. Let me start of with the cover. It’s beautiful! When I saw pictures of the novel I thought that it was a picture of a flower and a black cover but looking at it now, it’s a picture of Ash and she’s balled up and sleeping on the grassThe beginning was a little slow for me, and the amount of detail in the writing was a little overwhelming but as the story continued it got easier to see through the eyes of Ash. This story is told in third person point of view but it’s mostly through the eyes of Ash. The characters were extremely well developed and just pure awesome. From beginning to end, we walk with Ash as she embarks on a mission to find herself. The author did an excellent job with the language, time period, among other little things. I really enjoyed the fairy tales in the story. There was a part in the novel when Ash tells Kaisa that fairy tales are like life lessons. I could clearly see the lessons in each of the tales that were told in this novel. There were a few things I disliked but not very many. This book was pretty good, easy read and very unique. I give it 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Is there a particular fairy tale that you enjoyed as a kid, or even now? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabbley Review

Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning…
When Emily Carson’s parents die in a plane crash, she’s left with nothing but her mother’s last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: “Emily, please forgive me.”

Now it’s fall and Emily moves to New York City— where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal.

Debut author Jennifer Jabaley has written a wonderful, feel-good romantic comedy with real emotional depth. Full of lovably wacky characters, Lipstick Apology is a heartwarming story about the true meaning of forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to get this book because I had seen it on a couple of blogger sites and when I read the description I thought it was going to be pretty good. This novel starts off with Emily’s party back in her hometown in Pennsylvania. Right in the middle of it her Aunt Jolie walks and tells her that her parent’s plane crashed. As they sat together in her bedroom watching the news, a report came on and they discovered a tray table with the words: Emily Please Forgive Me. Summer past very fast and suddenly it came Fall and she moved out to New York City with her Aunt. Now in a new High School she meets two boys, one that makes her forget about the mysterious message and the one who makes her remember.

Honestly I didn’t really enjoy this novel as much as I thought I was going to. Emily is so shallow and one-minded throughout the entire first part of the novel that it just annoyed me really bad but eventually it does get better. The language was very 21st century and I really liked that. There was romance, friendship and just the knowledge that you never truly know someone. We journey with Emily in her quest to find herself as well as discovering what the written apology meant. Her best friend Georgia is just like my best friend Christian, despite them living at a distance, they could call each other and depend on one another like true family. It does have some funny moments. Like I said before the only thing that annoyed me was that she was so shallow. She cared so much about Owens good looks and ranking in the school, rather than Anthony who was sweet and a good friend. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, November 2, 2009

In My Mailbox #14

This meme is hosted by the awesome Kristi over at The Story Siren!



Books I bought:
Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Books I won from contest:
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

Books I Mooched:
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
What if... You broke all of the rules by Ruckdeshell and James

Books I Recieved for Review:
Invisible Lines by Mary Amato
Life After 187 by Wade J. Halverson
The Silent Gify by Michael Landon & Cindy Kelly

Other non book stuff:
Sweater lol
cool converse
Hot Chelle Rae Cd

Lemme know what you got in your mailbox this week in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monthly Recap: October Reviews

1.Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
2. Tall, Dark and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen
3. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. Betrayed by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
6. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
7. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
8. Dancing With Ana by Nicole Barker
9. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

Wow... I guess this month has just been really busy so I haven't had nearly as much time to read... This month is going to be a lot better though =) Lots of reading planned!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Demon Princess/Hush Hush Giveaway!

So i'm almost up to 150 followers on the blog and thought this would be a perfect time for another giveaway! So I recently read Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and loved it, and then there's Demon Princess which I abs love Michelle Rowen so I know it will be a good one to read. So anyway I decided to give you the opportunity to win one of these books! There will be two lucky winners!

Here are the descriptions just in case you don't know what the books are about:

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life


Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her gowing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

This giveaway is for followers only

To enter just answer the following question:

"When you read a romantic book, do you prefer the bad boy type or the good one?"

For super extra entries:
+2 if you were already a follower
+1 if you’re a new one
+1 follow me on twitter or goodreads @leslielv08
+1 commenting on book reviews (answer Comment Question of the Blog)
+2 twitter /sidebar/ blog (total of 6 entries) [[no links no credit]]
+1 how did you hear about this giveaway?

Total possible entries: 12

Leave your email address or a way to contact you in case you win the giveaway! If you don’t feel comfortable leaving it in the comment section then you can email it to me @ leslie-lv at hotmail dot com.

Giveaway open to the US and Canada guys sorry! Ends November 14th 2009 at 11:59 p.m.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Quote it Sat #8: on friendship

This is a weekly meme in which you can quote from anything really. Favorite books, people, just anything that you like! Anyway this week's quote is about friendship...

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

I decided to go with this quote this week because just for the past few weeks i've needed my friends more than anything in the world. There were those few that just knew me oh to well and got me back up on my feet without any problem. It's amazing to find a group of people like that. It happens not too often. Anyway, what about you guys? What did you quote this rainy Sat?


As always,

That Chick That Reads

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tall, Dark and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen Review

**Spoilers from the last 4 books up ahead, you have been warned**

Sarah Dearly's positive attitude is waning. Perky and bubbly no longer describe her and frankly being a vampire is the least of her worries. Gideon Chase, leader of all vampire hunters, is being consumed by Hellfire and his only hope is that Sarah will bite him during a ritual under the full moon and turn him into a vampire. To ensure her help he has threatened to kill all the people she loves, inc. Thierry, her master vampire boyfriend and she has no doubt that he can and will do it. He has also demanded she break things off with Thierry and never see him again, which she pretends to do but it isn't easy to protect someone when you're forced to keep your relationship a secret. However Sarah isn't the pushover she used to be - in fact, she was recently cursed to be a nightwalker and when she removes the magical necklace that keeps her hungers in check, she's as dangerous as any blood-thirsty, horror-movie vampire and not just a girl-next-door with fangs. However, her nightwalker self is becoming dangerously attracted to Gideon. Can she cure herself of the curse in time to destroy Gideon and save her true love, so they can live happily together forever?

My Thoughts:

The first time I got to read Michelle’s first book for this series, I was completely and utterly smitten with the way she wrote, her characters and overall everything! I cannot fully explain in depth how in love I am with this series! This is the last book in the immortality bites series, which I was very sad indeed to see it end. This book starts off where it ended in book 4, with Thierry and Sarah broken up, G. Chase still seeking Sarah to sire him, among other things like Sarah’s nightwalker curse. My favorite part of the series overall is just the voice she gives Sarah. You could see her transform from this girl who is just materialistic to one who completely and helplessly tries to see the good in people rather than the bad. Sarah’s character is strong, beautiful and an abs romantic. Her relationship with her friends, family and even Thierry is just what makes her have those qualities about her. Amy, her best friend, is just like someone I knew back in high school. The way she writes the dialogue for every single character is just so different. I can clearly hear each and every characters voice through those words! Thierry, oh Mr. Hot Sexy Fangsome love interest. He’s everything a girl could wish for, strong, secretive and extremely good looking and protective. Their relationship is just pure awesome! I started reading this like Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid’s character from her Succubus series, at five pages a day but I just had to know what was going to happen to everyone! I’m sad to see the series go, but the way Michelle ended it was filled with closure and left me very satisfied. With that being said, I give this book 4.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
How did you meet your loved one? If you don’t have one, are you still looking for Mr. Right? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Review

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.


My Thoughts:

First off, I have been waiting for this book for flipping ever so when I found out that it had been released early I pretty much had to get the book. I ended up reading the first half of the book in a couple of hours and then the rest of the book through out the week. I abs loved it! The story starts off with a prologue, which tells the story of Chauncey; which is quite interesting and unique. Then the story shifts to the present, in Nora’s point of view, which I loved because her character was just so easy going. The characters in this book were just amazing and unique. Nora’s best friend is just like my best friend, and then there’s Patch. Uh where I can I find me on of those? I mean he’s tall, dark and mysterious! Some of the stuff that goes on in this novel, I totally didn’t see coming. The book jacket is abs gorgeous; I guess that’s why I was so drawn to the book in the first place. I love the idea of fallen angels and just anything of that sort. It was kind of cool to see how she developed the story and just the little hints and stuff ended up piecing nicely together at the end of the book. The language is one that we use today, the dialogue is very well written and expressed, and it’s an easy, fun and relaxing novel to read. Anxiously waiting for the next installment! Overall I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
So do you have a nickname that your friends or family calls you? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Teaser Tuesday #10 Tall, Dark and Fangsome

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser this week:

"My two best fanged and fabulous friends, Amy and George, had taken me out for drinks at a place called Darkside, the only secret vampire nightclub in Toronto currently open for business. I'd known Amy for years, since we were both nonvampiric personal assistants- a day job she still held." - Tall, Dark and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen pg. 5

Anyway, What's your teaser this week? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

P.S. any idea's of what book I should giveaway next on the blog? Lemme know in the comment section below!

Monday, October 26, 2009

In My Mailbox #13

This weekly meme is hosted over at Kristi's blog, www.thestorysiren.com

this week no vlog... just didn't feel like doing on lol I only got two books...

Books I bought:
Wake by Lisa McMann - if i like it then i'll buy the next one =)
Paranoid Park by Blake Nelsonn - we'll see how this one turns out lol

Stuff I got lol:
New gray converse and lots of clothing lol =) it's awesome having a job
New Moon Soundtrack

Anyway what was in your mailbox this week? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quote it Sat #7 All Time Low


This is a weekly meme in which you can quote from anything really. Favorite books, people, just anything that you like! Anyway this week's quote is from... All Time Low's new album called Too Much.


"Too much of anything is too much. Too much love can be too much. We had too much time, too much us, so we fought like tommorrow was promised. Too much..." -Too Much by All Time Low


I wanted to choose this song this week because it's true. If you have too much oxygen, you can die. If you have too much love, you can suffocate from it; not in the literal sense but you know what I mean. Anyway what about you guys? What are you quoting this sat?


As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged. Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz's vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Best book of the series yet! This book was filled with so much action and suprises it’s not even funny. The layout of this book is just like the other books, it’s pretty much told in three different point of views but in third person so we know all their thoughts and such. The chapters have the names of who is going to be speaking; the three main views are from Schuyler, Mimi, and Bliss. The story starts off almost a year after Lawrence was killed. Schuyler has been hiding with Oliver when the conclave decided that she was not innocent, so they ran. Mimi is with Kingsley trying to find Bliss’ younger sister who happened to kidnap the night of the destruction. Bliss has no idea who she is, or why she feels weird; it’s mostly because she has a “visitor” that had been inhabiting her body since the black outs. Anyway so yeah. The cover art was very beautiful, I loved the red ruby lips, and it just makes it all stand out.

This one is indeed my favorite so far in the series. It kept my attention pretty much the whole time. I kept wondering what was going to happen to this character or why this character did this or that. It was just really awesome to go on the journey with these three young ladies. Jack is my favorite character ever. Since the beginning of the series, and now I think he will continue to be my favorite character ever lol. Anyway the events that went on were so twisted and just unexpected; I loved how the author wrote some of these scenes. You could totally feel the tension when it was needed, as well as the excitement and any other emotions. Definitely an awesome series! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
What book character makes you swoon? Leave me your answer in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, October 19, 2009

IMM #11 & Winner!

This meme is hosted over at Kristi's blog www.thestorysiren.com



books bought:
Peeps by Scott Westerfield
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Audrey Wait by Robin Benway
After by Amy Efaw

Books Mooched:
The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz

For Review:
The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer
and the winner is:
Natalie over at Mindful Musings!

Congrats!

Lemme know what book you want to see in the next contest in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert Review

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner telling the story of their life in three minutes, the chorus reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre and often tragic events from suburbs all over and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Those "ballads" were heartbreakingly honest tales of the moments when life changes and a kid is forced to grow up too soon. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she was leaving town after a series of disastrous events at the end of her junior year. Four years later, Kara returns to face the music, and tells the tale of her first three years of high school with her friends' "ballads" interspersed throughout.

My Thoughts:
So usually I get new books according to what other bloggers read and liked. Stephanie’s book Ballads of Suburbia was everywhere in the bloggerverse so I decided to take a look at it. Well this book is mainly told in Kara’s point of view. Okie before I even get started with that, let me talk about how the book is organized (which I thought was extremely bad ass). Okie so this book is organized like a song, each different era was labeled as a Verse or Chorus, which I’m guessing is to give the illustration of it being Kara’s song because a ballad is a song telling a story. Anyway, after every Verse or Chorus, the chapters start over in numbering which was just totally awesome. Anyway continuing on… it’s told from Kara’s point of view, with occasional shifts in point of view from her friends in a ballad.

Occasionally we see a song lyric from the oh so awesome Johnny Cash! Gah! He’s one of my favorite artist evar! She also had stuff from Nirvana and about Kurt Cobain. The voices she gave her characters were just abs amazing. I really felt like I could connect which each and every individual. Like at the beginning I went into the book hating Adrian but as it went on, my view kind of shifted. The ballads gave the characters a voice that I could easily identify with. We’ve all had to deal with a backstabbing friend or maybe a sibling rivalry. To be perfectly honest, there were two instances that hit very close to home. One was when Kara’s brother talked about her, and how he viewed her as a hero. As I read that part all I could think about was my own siblings and how big of an impact I might have on them and I might not even really see it or notice it. Okie the other one was about divorce, and I’m going to share a paragraph from the novel.

There are so many ballads about divorce. Achy-breaky country songs about the cheaters. Mournful pop songs about the heartbroken. Then there’s the rare punk song that tells it from the view of the kids. Feelings aren’t laid bare in those particular ballads. There’s no crying and moaning. Divorce is shrugged off like it’s no big deal, just a messy par of so many kids’ life storiespage 100.

It’s so true though. You rarely hear a good song talking about it from the view of the kids. As soon as I read that I immediately thought of Blink 182’s Stay together for the kids. My friends and just people who know me know that I listen to songs based on what they say. What kind of story is told within the few verses and lines. So as soon as I finished this novel it was as if I’ve read a good lyrical song. It told a good and meaningful story that I will continue to think about for as long as I breathe. Great writing, amazing storyline, unforgettable characters, this novel is definitely a good one. It deserves the 5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s your favorite song and why? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Quote it Sat #6: Ballads of Suburbia

This is a weekly meme in which you can quote from anything really. Favorite books, people, just anything that you like! Anyway this week's quote is from... Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert.


There are so many ballads about divorce. Achy-breaky country songs about
the cheaters. Mournful pop songs about the heartbroken. Then there’s the rare
punk song that tells it from the view of the kids. Feelings aren’t laid bare in
those particular ballads. There’s no crying and moaning. Divorce is shrugged off
like it’s no big deal, just a messy par of so many kids’ life stories
page 100.

As soon as I read this, I immediately thought of that Blink 182 song called Stay Together For the Kids. It's a tough reality when parents break up and ultimately the kids suffer one way or another. Anyway guys, what about you? What are you quoting this sat? Oh yeah just to remind everyone After by Amy Efaw giveaway ends tonight! Link up above below the banner.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, October 16, 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Review

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight; she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace--or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more


My Thoughts:

I’ve heard so much about Graceling and Fire in the bloggerverse that when I heard that Kristin was going to be in Houston I just had to go out and meet her. I honestly loved this novel! This novel starts off with Katsa, a girl who was graced with killing. She has been able to kill men since she was eight years old. She is one of the rare people who are “graced”, these people have two different eye colors to distinguish themselves. Well anyway, she’s the niece of the King and is regarded as his thug. He sends her out to complete all the horrible things, like breaking people’s arms or cutting off a limb. When she meets Po, a prince graced with combat skills, she doesn’t expect that he would turn out to be her friend; mainly because she doesn’t know how to have a friend and most people are scared to death to look her in the eye. In this novel she learns different little things about herself as well as the people around her.

This novel never failed to surprise me. It’s written in third person point of view, but it’s limited mostly to Katsa. I thought I was going to have a hard time getting accustomed to the language in the novel, because it’s set from back in the day when you had to ride a horse to get anywhere, if you know what I mean. But I found that the language was beautiful and not choppy, the actions of the characters easily identifiable and just the characters themselves are unforgettable. My favorite character was Po. He was just so sweet and awesome; I don’t even know how to describe it! Katsa was also pretty awesome in the sense that she is a kick ass character, her ability to fight and then the remorse she feels about the things her uncle makes her do, makes her so human. Like she believes that she’s this monster but if you read between the lines, you see that she’s trying to escape that and it’s just awesome. Now I can’t wait to read Fire! That being said, I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws for being awesome!

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you were graced, what would you like to be graced with? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads