Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Waiting on Wed. #8

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine blog. This weeks WOW comes out October 13! Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.




Hush, Hush
Becca Fitzpatrick
October 13, 2009

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.


Anyway what about you guys? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Banned books? Who started this mess?

I wasn't made aware of banned books until I was a senior in high school. I lived in a town where people kept banned books kind of like a hush-hush/on the downlow thing. So I thought i'd research a little bit about where we got banned books from, today's banned books and what we can do to protect our first ammendment right. Banned book week is a yearly week long event that happens September 26- October 3rd.

How it started: Banning books has been a on going battle for centuries over censorship ideas. Think about it, books have been dismissed and destroyed since they started using writing materials. Book burnings were efficient ways to prevent the distribution of books because back then they didn’t have but maybe a copy or two of the actual thing. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press, which made distribution a lot easier, that book burnings were not all that efficient. I was reading somewhere that in Germany; they put a censorship office after they published two popular books. This was to protect people from “dangerous publications”. I’m guessing that they were probably trying to protect themselves so that the people could pretty much be single minded, as to not revolt (kind of like the same situation in the hunger games if you think about it). In America, what was considered the first public burning was William Pynchon’s religious pamphlet. In 1873, Congress passed a law called “Comstack Law, which banned the mailing of materials found to be obscene, filthy or just down right offensive (I think it was just anything that gave people more knowledge and made them see stuff in another light). The book that finally broke this ridiculous law was James Joyce’s, “Ulysses” in the case of United States v. One book called Ulysses.

Today: Book banning still occurs today. People go to great lengths to ban a book by challenging them, which means that people won’t have access to the novel free of charge; like in libraries and stuff like that. Most books are challenged because of their “racy materials, sex, drugs, and witch craft". The ALA (American Library Association) reported over 6,000 book challenges between the years of 1990-2000. If enough people oppose the challenge, then more likely than not, the book will not be removed. The problem with today’s society is that a lot of people don’t notice, or simple don’t care. According to the firstamendmentcenter.org, the ALA estimates for every recorded book challenge, 4 or 5 go unreported. In the last decade, according to the ALA, Of Mice and Men and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were the most challenged. This decade it’s The Harry Potter Series that’s most challenged for its “wizardry and magic”, oh and let’s not forget “Satanic Influence”. (Rolls eyes)

What you can do to help: Go to ala.org and get informed! We have a right to read what we want to read guys. It amazes me that for every book that’s recorded, 4 or 5 go unreported. Go to your public library, find out what books are being challenged, if you haven’t read the book then read it (at least give it a chance), there are so many little things that we can do to help make people aware of this. I think it violates our first amendment period. Anyway guys just wanted to inform you about when banned books started and the effects it has on today’s society.

Comment Question of the Blog:
What do you think of today’s challenges/ banning of popular books? Classics? Thoughts? Leave me your answer in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Teaser Tuesday #8

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:

"Ever since they were five, his smile always won her over. It still did." -Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker pg. 27






Anyway what about you guys? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, September 28, 2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Review

**Contains Spoilers from book #1**

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

My Thoughts:

I devoured this novel! I cannot express how much I really loved this novel! Okie so this book picks up from the end of the Hunger Games, in which Peeta and Katniss are going on their victory tour. The victory tour in which all hell breaks loose. It’s crazy! I’ll start with the cover, which is abs beautiful! The jacket is so smooth and red! I loved it! The Mockingjay is of course on the front cover and if you take off the jacket, the same bird is featured in black against a red background which stands out really nicely. The novel had a different feel to it than the previous book. I guess you can say it was a little darker in a sense. Well if you think about, these two kids watched a lot of other kids die in very horrific and traumatizing ways. It does leave a mark so that’s where I sense the darkness coming from. Katniss continues to amaze me in her strength, despite going through all of what she had in the Hunger Games, and she still protected those she loved. The relationships between Gale and Katniss, as well as, Peeta and Katniss are so intense and confusing. I think I’m leaning toward Team Peeta but then again I haven’t read enough about Gale to form my complete opinion. I think Suzanne Collins intended it to be that way because in a sense you were feeling exactly the way that Katniss feels. She’s torn between two people she loves, now how she loves them, she’s not totally sure and it’s interesting to see how their relationships progress. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff that happened in this book! I was so surprised it is not even funny! The end makes me want the last book in the series now! Def deserves 5 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s your take? Team Gale or Team Peeta? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Vlog Review!!

Censor me? I think NOT!

Okie guys so since this is banned book week I wanted to post something everday this week about banned books. Today I bring you my rant. I mean BIG time rant against banning books. Here's the vlog:

Anyway so if you didn't want to watch that 11 min long video totally understand.
Here's my written statement. A couple of months ago I read Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes and I loved it, and like any other reader; I wanted to know more about who she was and her other works. I came across this youtube video she did about censorship. After I watched, I was sooooo angry! Anyway here's a quick recap about what the video was about: (i'll post links at the end of the post):

Family wants to take vacation. Mother takes daughter to library. Daughter chooses two books at random, which were MJ's book The Bermudez Triangle and one of the Gossip Girl books. They are in the car, mom decided to skim the book. Found portions of sex in the book and decided they were too bad to read. They got back home and the mother and another mother decided to go to the library and complain and said they wanted them to be moved from YA to Adult. The library board reviewed the book and decided not to go forward. They then went on to FOX news. News reporter didn't read the book so it was pretty much from the parents point. They misquoted the book, they only pointed out the bad stuff in the book. So anyway that's what happened in short sentences without getting too technical.

Here's my thing, which i'll get back to in a few sentences, why are they even doing a segment when they haven't even researched or know about the books? Anyway so this post is pretty much inspired by Ellen Hopkins. A couple of my friends on twitter (Kristi & April) RT Ellen's blog tweet which I decided to check out. Anyway so it was about how last week she was supposed to do an appearance at a school in Norman OK for Crank/Glass. Parents started to complain, Glass was pulled from the shelves, okie that's understandable let's have the board review it. No that's not the bad part, what P.O.ed me about this situation was the fact that these parents went on to say that they didn't even want their kids meeting her period. Okie authors don't necessarly have to talk about their own books. They can talk about the writing process, getting published among so many other things. The fact that these parents are too ignorant to let their kids meet this awesome author is beyond me. Anyway, oooh it gets better... This news reporter decides to do a report about this case. He didn't even bother to pick up the book. He misquoted the book, found wait for...... 17 F-words! oh and a little sex? Okie my thing is, like I said before, if you're going to report, do the research. This guy was preaching about banning this book. What right does this guy have when he didn't even bother to check out the book! Seriously dude, sorry to break it to you but kids around here throw the F-word like it's hello. I got to read Crank and I found it very interesting and insightful! I've known people who have been addicted to the stuff and it gives me a glimpse into the life of a girl who suffered from this stuff. It makes me understand an addicts point of view rather than just claiming or thinking "well this kid just got addicted to the stuff, whatever what the h was she thinking?" Her novels are about real people who went through these things. It's amazing and it deserves to be read by our youth to understand the possibilities of going down that road. Anyway...

Ellen wants our help. So here are where the links and emails come in. She wants us to write or vlog about here are her own words from her blog:



So now I’m asking for your help. Over the years, thousands of you have
messaged me, telling me why my books have been important for you. That is why
they belong on bookshelves. What I’m asking is for you to send the same messages
to some people. Please be respectful. If you use bad language, your opinion will
be dismissed by the very people we’re trying to make understand. You don’t have
to sign your name, but if my books have touched you, please send the reasons why
to:

So guys no bad language. We are all trying to get the same results here, and language like that will not let us be heard so... anyway here are the emails and links to the stuff I mentioned above and in the vlog. No comment question of the blog but i'm curious.. If you wrote the email lemme know! =)

1. Maureen's Youtube Video
2. Fox Interview with the 2 Mother's
3. Ellen's Blog
4. Emails:
kelly.ogle@news9.net
jsiano@norman.k12.ok
karinlibrarian@gmail.com
sunihalli@comcast.net

As always,
That Chick That Reads

What are you reading? #8

This is hosted over at Jkaye's book blog! Check it out HERE!

This week I finished:
1. The Ancient
2. My Name is Will by Jess Winfield
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

4. EyeLeash: A Blog Novel by Jess C Scott


This week I plan to finish:
1. Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker
2. The Vampire's Seduction by Raven Hart

I actually got 1 more book done this week than I planned so that's pretty awesome! So happy! This week I'm going to try to finish two books not too sure though if I will because this week is my first week at the new job!! **squeels** more money for books!! anyway.. What about you guys? Let me know what your reading in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Books in Texas

Okie so since Banned Books Week started yesterday I decided to do a couple of post throughout the week to show my support. I went on to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ and found a list of books that have been banned or challenged in recent years. I decided to take books that were either banned or challenged in Texas and list why according to the post made on http://www.bannedbooksweek.com/ so anyway here they are.

1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
Banned in Tuscola, Texas (October 2007)
What its about: In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance
Why it was banned: Removed from Jim Ned High School and cancelled from being ordered to any library following complaints by parents of one student who also filed an official complaint against a teacher with the local sheriff. It was on an option read list and the parents did not approve of the violence and sexual themes in this novel. They met with the principal and their daughter’s teacher which left them unsatisfactory results. They then filed an official report for “harmful to minors” and the teacher was put on admin paid leave.

2. The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follet
Challenged in Cleburne, TX February 2009
What it's about: In 12th-century England, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral signals the dawn of a new age. This majestic creation will bond clergy and kings, knights and peasants together in a story of toil, faith, ambition and rivalry. A sweeping tale of the turbulent middle ages, The Pillars of the Earth is a masterpiece from one of the world's most popular authors.
Why it was challenged: Superintendent of Cleburne high decided to remove the novel after parents issued complaints about its sexual content. This novel had been a part of a AP English course since 1996. The teacher offered an alternative book in case anyone didn’t want to read or be offended by its sexual content.

3. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
Banned in Round Rock, Texas November 2008
What it's about: An epistolary novel for the 21st century, this sharp, funny, and true-to-life breakout hit about friendship is told entirely in instant messages. And Internet-savvy teens have fallen in love with flirty Angela (SnowAngel), moody Maddie (mad maddie), and good girl Zoe (zoegirl) and their frank perceptions about a tumultuous tenth-grade semester.
Why it was banned: This novel was removed from Middle School libraries in November 2008 after a parent challenged it because of its sexual content and profanity in the book. Two review committees evaluated the book and recommended it be kept on the shelves. Before the review committee had its say, the superintendent had removed the book from libraries throughout the district. Letter’s opposing this ban has been issued.

Last but not least.. this one wasn't in Texas but it was the most suprising one that I had seen! Well to me anyway because she is one of my favorite Authors! Okie here it is...

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Challenged in Tampa, Florida Dec 2007
What it's about: Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything; at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf 's Department Store. This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
In this multi-layered, impossible-to-put-down book, Sarah Dessen tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade
Why it was challenged: Challenged at Armwood High School by a few parents who believed that the sexual themes as well as the language was inappropriate, and so they requested it to be removed from the library. Parents, Teachers and Students voted anonymously to keep the books on the shelves after the ABFFE and NCAC sent a letter to Tampa Tribute and the Hilsborough County School Board.

My Thoughts:

Anyway that's it. I just think that people who want to ban a certain book or want to challenge it are too much of a prune. The book is there for anyone's entertainment or to simply learn from it, it doesn't have a gun pointed at your temple telling you to read it! Come on people! Books are meant to be learned from and make you think out of the box. Isn't this supposed to be america? People that have problems with sexual themes and so on should just get away from technology or as a matter of fact anything in general because in today's society all you ever see on tv, billboads or movies, are ads that portray sex, drugs, alcohol and many many other things. If people are worried about keeping their kids minds "innocent" by not allowing them to read these books, then I just think that it's impossible. Like I said today's society is so diffrent from what we were dealing with 10 years ago. I remember my childhood, Disney movies were actually good like.. The Lion King or Cinderella. Now a days you have movies or tv shows that are innapporiate! Take Spongebob for example. If you watch the movie it's abs filled with sexual references that maybe your kids don't get but the adults sure do. Books are meant to be learned from or to tell a story. It's stuff that may happen in real life or if it doesn't i'm sure atleast one other person has thought about it. Anyway that's just my rant. Wow that was long... lol yeah...

Comment Question of the Blog:
What's your take on Banned Books? Leave me your answer in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

In My Mailbox #9

Hey guys! This post is hosted over at Kristi's blog, The Story Siren. It's a fun post where you tell us what books you got this week and from where. Anyway so... this is what I got this week!

Books I bought:
1. Tall, Dark and Fangsome (copy #2 explaination in vlog below) by Michelle Rowen
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Books I won in a Giveaway/Contest:
1. Thorn Queen (UK version!!) by Richelle Mead [Book Chick City]
2. Impossible by Nancy Werlin [Meghan]
3. Ash by Malinda Lo [Fantastic Reader]

Thanks guys you are awesome!

Anyway check out my vlog below =) and make sure you let me know what was in your mailbox in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awesome Award

Yay! **does blogger dance** Thanks to Miss Remmers and The Little Bookworm for giving me this flippin awesome award! You guys are the best!


Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers.

So the eight bloggers i'm giving this award to are...

1. Teddyree

2. Gautami Tripathy

3. Sab H

4. The Here The Now and the Books!

5. The Book Pixie

6. The Neverending Shelf

7. Falling off the Shelf

8. J. Kaye

These bloggers are awesome! There are a couple more that I wish I could have added =) anyway thanks again to Miss Remmers and The Little Bookworm! You guys are awesome!


As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, September 25, 2009

Quote it Sat


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... That 70's Show!


" Y'know life...is like a train. It's bearing down on you, and guess
what?...It's gonna hit you! So you can either start running when it's far off in
the distance, or you can pull up a chair, crack open a beer...and just watch it
come"
-Eric Forman. That 70's Show

I love this quote because it's sooooo true! You can do either or but life still continues. It's like this quote I read about time, which reminds me I need to put in my journal lol **noted** No matter what, time doesn't stop for anyone or anything. Anyway, what about you guys? Lemme know what your quote is this week in the comment section below...


As always,
That Chick That Reads

My Name is Will by Jess Winfield Review

"Utterly delicious, original, witty, hilarious and brilliant.Shakespeare In Love on magic mushrooms.The Bard has never been this much fun."-Christopher Buckley, author of Boomsday and Thank You For SmokingStruggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to write his thesis about the Bard. Kind of. Having been cut off by his father for laziness, and desperate for cash, Willie agrees to deliver a single, giant, psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector, only to find himself a target in Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs.Meanwhile, would-be playwright (and oppressed Catholic) William Shakespeare is eighteen and stuck teaching Latin in the boondocks of Stratford-upon-Avon.The future Bard is asked to deliver a contraband box of sacramental wafers blessed by the Pope at a time when Catholics are being hanged, drawn and quartered as traitors.When 1980s Willie, cornered by DEA agents and one too many girlfriends, eats the giant mushroom at a Renaissance Fair, and 1580s William takes his first communion at his own shotgun wedding, their minds and stories merge--allowing each to become the fully-realized Shakespeare he is destined to be.

My Thoughts:

I kept putting this book off just because I don’t really understand Shakespeare and so I skimmed the fist few chapters and they included various verses and lines from some of his works, such as, Romeo and Juliet. This novel was actually really interesting. It is told in third person point of view, every other chapter is either told from Willie’s “world” or William Shakespeare’s. A lot of events are “real”, well in Shakespeare’s point of view, either the date was fiction or the event was mere myth. I actually haven’t read any Shakespeare stuff since my sophomore year in high school and so I was surprised to be able to understand the language and sonnets so easily. I loved Willie’s character! Throughout the novel we drive along side with him while he tries to figure himself out, It was actually quite interesting. The writing was appropriate and the last chapter left me satisfied. Overall I gibe this book 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Do you read Shakespeare? Any favorites? Why or why not?


As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday Finds #7

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! I had a good week of finds :D Here are my top 3:

The Elite by Jennifer Banash
From the top, you can see everything - except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she’s moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinum blond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one well timed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people,including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone

Girl Overboard by Justina Ched Headley
The worst thing about having it all, is having to deal with it all - the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire, right down to a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But as Syrah reveals in her manga journal, most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-sibs hate her, her best friend's girlfriend is threatening their friendship, and a snowboarding accident exiles her from the mountains - the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has. After Syrah rehabs her busted-up knee and broken heart, makes a new friend, uncovers a family secret, and discovers a way to help a young girl with leukemia, she is finally able to realize her real worth

Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!
There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.

But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?

More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.


Anyway, what about you guys? Any interesting finds this week? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Author Guest Post: Malena Lott

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Statistics show people aren't as social as we used to be. Way back when, they even called them "socials." Today, we're so busy with our lives that we somewhat feel social, running off our to-do list throughout the day, and interacting with a lot of people, but are we having any fun? Do we get joy from these interactions or do they feel mechanical, with slapped on grins and talk of nothing deeper than the weather?

I think it's time we hit the pause button on our lives, do a little housecleaning of our social calendar and schedule more meaningful interactions. That's right. I'm talking about Girls Night Out, but not the kind where you get dressed up in little black dresses and hit the bars and act a fool. (Though that's fun sometimes, too.) I'm talking about a Girls Night Out where you can talk of something other than the weather, deeper discussion brought on by great works of literature - whether it's literary or popular fiction or swoony romance. Anything goes, as long as it's in book form! The point is - reading makes us smarter, more empathetic people, and our girlfriends bring real smiles to our faces. Fact is, we just push those "good for us" things so far down on our to-do list that we forget that those things bring us ultimate health and happiness.

I started Book End Babes, where women support our girlfriends and great reads - to get us back to being social again. With more than fifty members now and eight chapters, we're bonding over books and bruschetta and bubbly prizes. It's real-life book parties with fun online resources. I hope you'll consider starting a chapter of Book End Babes where you live and help us create a reading revolution. Real babes read books, so I hope you'll join me to party between the pages, both online and off.

Malena Lott is a mother of three kiddos, author of two novels and wife of one great guy in Oklahoma. Find out more about joining the club at http://www.bookendbabes.com/ and more about the founder at malenalott.com. On Twitter? So are we! www.twitter.com/BookEndBabes and www.twitter.com/malenalott

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Review Policy

My review policy is featured down below.. They are in a form of print paws because I abs love wolves so... Each rating represents a level of uniqueness according to how I personally view the novel. I also do halfs (4.5 paws) ect.


5 out of 5 Paws: Very awesome book!




4 out of 5 Paws: It was very good and catchy.




3 out of 5 Paws: Meh, it was alright. Worth reading.




2 out of 5 Paws: Just kind of read through it without really thinking much of it..



1 out of 5 Paws: Can not believe I read this book.



Each novel is unique in it's own way. So I do tend to point out atleast one good thing in each novel. So anyway, that's just a breakdown on how I rate the books I review =)

Leslie

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meridian by Amber Kizer Review

Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.


My Thoughts:

I actually really liked this novel! The novel just went straight to the point, it didn’t really hover. I didn’t know what a Fenestra was when I started the novel but as the novel progressed I started to learn right along with Meridian, about who she was and what her mission consisted of. I instantly fell in love with Tens, I cannot pin point exactly why, I guess it was just something about him. The way he was so protective of Meridian and her great aunt, not to mention the way Meridian describes him. The novel is written from Meridian’s point of view, as the novel progresses we can see her progress right along with her. Although I really enjoyed this novel, (I read it in a day =P) the bible verses annoyed me a bit because I’m not really familiar with them, but at the back of the novel they had where it came from in the bible so they were easier to located. The ending wasn’t exactly what I expected but it was indeed perfect. Overall I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Have you ever read anything that has a heaven vs. hell theme? If so leave me a comment in the section below telling me what it is.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Teaser Tuesday #7

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:

"The rest of William's day at the New School had been uneventful, with the exception of Oliver Gasper's sudden gusher of a bloody nose, the treatment of which left a deep, scarlet stain on Willam's white sleeve. He was closing the schoolhouse door, preoccupied with libidinous thoughts of the girl he was rushing off to meet, when a horse splattered up the muddy, straw-strewn street and checked up next to him, steaming and huffing"
-My Name is Will by Jess Winfield

Anyway what about you guys? Lemme know in the comment section below!

Longer teaser vlog:


As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, September 21, 2009

What are you reading?

This is hosted over at Jkaye's book blog! Check it out HERE!

This week I finished:
1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
2. Meridian by Amber Kizer


This week I plan to finish:
1. The Ancient
2. My Name is Will by Jess Winfield
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


I didn't accomplish my goals for last week but meh it's okie =) anyway.. What about you guys? Let me know what your reading in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, September 20, 2009

In My Mailbox #8

This post is inspired by The Story Siren Blog. I was going to do a vlog but i'm not at home sooo these are the novels I can think of, that I got this week.

This is what I got this week.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator
The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser

For review:
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Anyway what about you guys? What was in your mailbox this week? Lemme know in the comment section below.



As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Review

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

My Thoughts:
Okie so I happened to be at B&N pre-ordering Blood Promise when I decided to get this book. I didn’t have to pay for BP right there and then so I had some extra cash and decided to get it. I initially saw this on Eleni’s blog, La Femme Readers and saw how much she enjoyed it so I decided to get it. I didn’t get around to the book in like forever, but I can not believe how amazing it turned out! The story line is captivating and it was just told perfect! This novel is told from both Brittney and Alex’s point of view, which I apparently didn’t know or if I did, I just forgot. I abs loved all of the Spanish culture in this novel! I’m Hispanic myself so everything they mentioned was something that I grew up with or my parent’s did. Alex’s chapter’s appealed to me most, just because they reminded me of my home life, especially his mother. Brittney’s appealed to me because I guess I was the same way she was in High School. I was the first in the family to graduate high school and go to college so in school I was forced to be “perfect” until I broke free after my senior year. There were moments in this novel that made me both laugh and cry. It’s honestly an amazing book. Major props go out to Simone Elkeles for creating such an amazing story! Overall I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:
What are your thoughts on star cross lovers? Love em? Think they're over rated? Let me know in the comment section below. If you have any favorite star cross lover books also let me know! I'll prob add it to my tbr list!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Here's the vlog review:

Quote it Sat

Ah I loved that a lof of you guys participated last week! Thanks so much! It was very interesting to see your favorite quotes and stuff! Love it! Anyway so this week I thought I would bring you another Dessen Quote:




"It's not that I believe everything happens for a reason, it's just that....I
just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the
universe's way of providing contrast, you kow? There have to be a few holes in
the road. It's just how life is."

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I know that this quote is by the same book as last week =P but this is my favorite book so I have quite a few quotes from it that I would like to share. Reason I really like this quote is because what it says is true. It's exactly how I picture everything in the world, how it exist (in my world anyway). Anyway enough about my quote, I want to know about you guys. What was your quote it this sat? Leave me a link in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! I had a good week of finds :D Here are my top 2:




Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you’re a former jock turned freak, you can’t afford to let the secret slip.
But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they have to decide whether to trust the mysterious Cherchette, a powerful wouldbe mentor whose remarkable generosity may come at a terrible price.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Once upon a time I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time I didn't know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget
Anyway those are my finds this week! What about you guys? Leave me your finds in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Share something about you =)

So I feel that we book bloggers either don't have the time or we just haven't shared something unique; well other than the fact that we abs love books! Haha so here's a short glimpse of me =)

My real name is Leslie but my friends call me Les or Lily. I have 3 nephews that I just abs adore and 1 niece that is abs wonderful. I go to college and am planning on majoring in English Lit with a minor in Spanish. In High School, I was a XC runner and it's still considered my first love. My friends are abs amazing, I have 3 best friends which are all guys. I'm so thankful for the bloggerverse because I've found a couple of girls who are abs awesome and that I could def develop a kick butt friendship =)

This little guy is my love. His name is Lucky or as I call him my Luckybear =) I've had him for the last 2 years or so. He's the fattest, most adorable lap cat. We got him at a shelter and as soon as I laid eyes on him, I knew he would be perfect. Although to tell you a very funny story, we thought it was a girl for like a year lmao even when we took him to the vet they didn't even tell us she was a he lol so yeah **feels dumb**

I've actually only been to 3 book signings. Melissa Marr, Lauren Conrad and Rachel Caine. I do have to say this Congrats Melissa for the movie news! So excited WL is awesome! Anyway, haha I've met Rob Pattinson last year before all of this twilight stuff got way out of control. I'm hoping to meet Boys Like Girls at their meet and greet this halloween :D yeah

Anyway guys that's just a little about me. What about you guys? Have any fun pictures or any interesting facts ya wanna share with me? If so leave me a comment in the section below.
As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

After by Amy Efaw Birthday Giveaway!

Hi guys! I finally got 75 followers! **does blogger dance** so i'm partially celebrating that with a new giveaway! Well this giveaway is to celebrate my birthday, which is next month (Oct 7th!)! :D Yay for October babies :D anyway guys i'm planning to giveaway After by Amy Efaw!

Here's a quick description:
An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .
Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

This giveaway is for followers only


To enter just answer the following question:

"When's your birthday, Month and Day is fine?"

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)
+1 how did you hear about this giveaway?

Total entries: 9

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 October 16th 2009 at 11:59 p.m.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer Review

Prom fever has infected LA, especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

I was at wally world late one night and as I’ve said before in one of my past post, I always visit the book section when I go. Anyway, I already owned pretty much everything on the shelves (which wasn’t a lot because we were out in Oak Cliff and if you don’t get it, it’s because you don’t live in Dallas lol) but then this book caught my eye. The cover is amazingly beautiful! I absolutely love the stars and the sprinkles. The name was also a real big reason why I got the book in the first place because I have a younger sister named Cindy so I thought it was a little ironic. It’s been months since I’ve got the book but as soon as I finished it, I do have to say it was beyond amazing! The characters were so hilarious! Cindy Ella hates everything concerning prom, India and Malcolm are her two best friends who stand next to her when her letter to the editor goes wrong. The best thing I loved about this book were the various references to the late John Hugh’s movies, like ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘Pretty in Pink’, oh and they also mention ‘Sleepless in Seattle’. Anyway at the end of the novel I was smiling like there was no tomorrow. I was definitely impressed with how it turned out. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
Did you go to the prom; it doesn’t necessarily have to be your prom? If so, with who or if not then why? Leave your responses in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine blog. This weeks WOW comes out September 29th! The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall.




The Waking: Dreams of the Dead
Book #1
Thomas Randall
September 29th 2009

Kara’s afraid to go to sleep—until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . . Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep


So that is what i'm waiting for this lovely Wednesday. What about you guys? What are you waiting for? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

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!

Here is my teaser:

"This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn't hanging out on the street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you Mrs. Peterson." -Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Yeah I abs loved this so.. here's a short video with an extended version of the teaser if ya wanna hear it.. Anyway Let me know what your teaser this week is in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bloodroot by Bill Loehfelm Review + Vlog

Kevin Curran wants to unite his family, but he’s ready to give up on his younger brother, Danny— three years lost to heroin addiction and hard, desperate living on the streets of New York. When Danny shows up on Kevin’s Staten Island doorstep, looking clean, fit, and prosperous, Kevin can’t help but be overjoyed that his brother has escaped his past life. But at what price? Not even Kevin’s worst nightmares could have prepared him for the horrors he’ll discover about his brother’s dark history.

After a brief reunion, Danny offers Kevin a role in an underworld plot revolving around the Bloodroot Children’s Hospital, an abandoned juvenile asylum with a nefarious past. Hoping to rescue Danny from his criminal life after years ago failing to save him from his addiction, Kevin accepts.

While Danny’s plan unfolds, Kevin is drawn into a world of murder, Mafia hit men and dangerous espionage. The halls of Bloodroot reveal one horrifying secret after another: about the building’s history, about Danny’s life of addiction and crime, and about the true roots of the Curran family. At the end of the maze of monsters, the brothers make a discovery so horrific it may force them to destroy each other

My thoughts:

Okie so lately I’d been reading thrillers and mysteries but this one is by far my favorite, it has all of the elements a good thriller needs to have. A good storyline, unforgettable characters, and last but not least some romance. The storyline was very interesting, throughout the entire novel, I could see why certain things were written a specific way. I also enjoyed a quote Danny said while speaking to his brother Kevin on page 66, “He murders because he’s afraid of the future, of worlds and people he’ll never understand and never be a part of. We call them terrorist because they cause terror but it oughta be because that’s all they feel”. That quote literally game me chills, because I feel the same way concerning terrorist. Moving on to characters, we have Kevin, the “scardy cat” a teacher who lost the fun of it all and lives a boring life, Danny, the ex drug user who comes back clean and sober without much explanation, and last but not least Kelsey, the strong female character who gets Kevin out of his shell. The characters were totally unforgettable. My favorite was definitely Danny. He was a tough kid who’s determined to turn his life back around regardless of the consequences. Ah now it gets good, the love. Okie I’m a sucker for some good loving in a book, I was rooting for those two since day one. The romance didn’t interfere with the main point of the book, which I found so refreshing. It didn’t consume every page but there was enough in there that made me very happy. Bill is also the author of Fresh Kills, which I noticed was mentioned briefly in this novel. I can not wait to read the Fresh Kills! Overall I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog?
How do you like your books? Romance consuming or relaxing ect? Leave me your response in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

P.S. below is my first Vlog Review. Don’t make fun of me ha-ha I was extremely nervous and yeah.


What are you reading?

This is hosted over at Jkaye's book blog! Check it out HERE!


This week I finished:
1. The Hidden Man by David Ellis
2. Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
3. Bloodroot by Bill Loehfelm

This week I plan to finish:
1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Ekeles
2. Patches of Grey by Roy L Picking Jr.
3. Meridian by Amber Kizer



What about you guys? Let me know what your reading in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads