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:

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

(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