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

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kristin Cashore's Book Signing!

Well i'm a little late lol but I got to go to Krisin's book signing last Friday down in Houston... Well sort of.. I was traveling down from Dallas and I ended up getting there really late, which means after all the good stuff happened lol but Sabri from Crystal Reviews happened to be going so I asked her to get my stuff signed for me just in case I didn't get there in time to meet Kristin. Well I ended up getting there like half an hr late because we got lost but omg I abs adore Kristin! She like waited until we got there and stuff like that! I was so flippen excited! I had not read any of her books when I did meet her but i've seen a lot of talk in the bloggerverse about them and I'm almost done with Graceling and it's by far one of the most awesomest books I have read up to date! Anyway, here are a couple of pictures [some I snagged from Sabri :)]
This one is at the actual signing. She was reading from Fire and i've been told she has the most awesomest reading voice evar! So sad I got to miss it =(. [[picture from Sabri over @ Crystal Reviews]]
Kristin, my bestie Christian and I.
Sabri, Kristin and I.
I had oodles of fun! I got to meet 2 girls from the bloggerverse as well as an awesome and very talented author! Anyway guys, just wanted to share that with ya =)
Comment Question of the blog:
Is there an author your dying to meet? Or have you recently met an author? Lemme know in the comment section below!
As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Betrayed (HoN #2) by P.C. & Kristin Cast Review

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend--or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

My thoughts:

This book was def more fast-paced than the first one. Okie so it starts off with Zoey taking over the Dark Daughters. She wants to make this not an elite get asked to join kind of thing but something that anyone at school could do it. So she sets off and starts researching new techniques. Her love life is getting even more complicated as it already seems. She can't seem to get rid of Heath, her human ex boyfriend. While she feels as if she's neglecting her smexy new vampyre boyfriend, Erik. Anyway I don't really don't want to keep explaining because I don't want to ruin the book...

Anyway.. I really enjoyed the idea of this novel. The writing is abs awesome and I love the fact that P.C. Cast included her daughter in writing this series. However, I hated how they seemed to keep repeating the same things over again from the first novel. It gets tad bit tiresome after a while. There's a lot of sexuality in this one.. and the love triangles are getting to be a little bit too much. But over all I really liked this novel. Zoey's character is totally a bad ass and her friends are some that I would have loved to have back in high school. Especially Stevie Rae. Overall I give this novel 3.5 out 5 paws

Comment Question of the blog:
If you could control an element, which one would you choose and why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.



As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bookshelf's Rock My Socks

Okie so I don't know if i've ever mentioned this or not but I didn't have an actual book shelf up until I got one this last Friday. Gah! It used to frustrate me so bad! Anyway so I got a one FINALLY lol and I wanted to share what was on it =)

Here's the full bookshelf =)
Now you may or may not notice how the bookshelf is kind of messed up... well yeah no one helped me fix it so yeah... lol

First Shelf:
This is known as my "Twilight" shelf... Magazines, Movie Companion, all 4 books, Directors Guide, Movie, Soundtrack, Trading Cards, New Moon Cup, All 3 out of 3 sweethearts candy boxes, and Puzzle.

Second Shelf:
This is my TBR shelf:
Summer Boys by Abbot
The Postmistress by Blake
Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Evernight by Gray
Vampire's Seduction by Raven Hart
Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabbley
The Lost Dog by Michelle K.
Ash by Malinda Lo
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
Patches of Grey by Roy L. Picknery Jr.
The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randal
Demon Princess and Tall Dark and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen
What if... all of the boys wanted you by R. and James
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Third Book Shelf:
This is the Paranormal Shelf:
House of Night Series (Books 1-5) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy Series (books 1-4) by Richelle Mead
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Vampire Kisses by Schrieber
Tantalize by Cynthia L. Smith
Vampire Diaries by Smith
Shiver by Maggie Stievater
Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Fourth Shelf:
This is the signed book shelf among other signed stuff =):
Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker
Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
Secret Society by Tom Dolby
Meridian by Kizer
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
Love is Hell by Various Authors
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

other stuff:
Penitense book trailer Cd signed =)
3 yearbooks

Last Shelf:

Mixed Shelf:
Exhibition 36
One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
We all Fall Down by Robert Cormel
Along for the Ride and This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Hidden Man by David Ellis
Bloodroot by Bill Loehfelm
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Exit Here by Jason Myers
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Hardball by Sarah Paretsky
Thanksgiving at the Inn by Tim Whitney
My Name is Will by Jess Winfield


Do you use a bookcase? Any pictures? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Teaser Tuesday #9: Graceling

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:

"It was time to get him out of here, so that she could return to her rooms and return to herself" -Graceling by Kristin Cashore pg. 95




What about you guys? What was your teaser this week?
As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, October 12, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review!

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


My Thoughts:

Wow! This book came very highly recommended from various people! Some of my blogger friends, my Facebook friend Brianna and my twitter friend (as well as blogger friend) Lauren. Well I ended up getting it online at B&N and I was excited to get it! I didn’t get to read it immediately which kind of sucked but meh. Anyway so I completely fell in love with the way Maggie wrote this novel! Alter. Point of views are awesome! We get a dose of Sam and Grace’s thoughts, which I found completely and utterly awesome! I loved that Sam loves books and the love he felt for Grace immediately after he saves her from the wolves! Grace was such a strong character! I felt her happiness when there was happiness and desperation when she felt anything but. I don’t know how Maggie did it but wow, this book completely took me away! Wow! I loved the ballads that Sam included in his pov’s. They were so different and refreshing! I don’t know their relation ship felt real, I don’t know how to explain it otherwise! Best book I have read this year! Anyway wanted to share two quotes that really either got to me, or, that were just too cute!

We bear the grins of the smiling dead”- pg. 118
That quote gave me the chills! But it was just too good not to share! Okie so here’s another one:

You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.” – pg.208
Okie that quote was just the cutest thing evar!

Onto the cover. It is abs beautiful! I mean come on now! Look at it! The white and blue go hand in hand! They make it stand out and the other day I was on someone’s blog, can not remember who’s it was to save my life and saw that they pointed out the wolf in between the tangles of the front! I hadn’t even noticed it! Anyway so yeah this book was abs awesome! Many twist and turns! Didn’t see that ending coming! Now anxiously awaiting for book 2! Overall I rate this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the blog:
If you could choose one Wolf sense, which one would you choose and why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In My Mailbox #11

This meme is brought to you weekly over at Kristi's awesome blog, http://www.thestorysiren.com/!



Books mentioned in this vlog:

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

From book signing:
Graciling by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore
and a copy of Fire by Kristin Cashore for Lauren over at the hear the now and the books =)

so yeah got me some really good reads this week :D Will be posting about the signing later either today or maybe monday =) So what was in your mailbox this week? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick that Reads

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Books Reviewed in Order

Books Reviewed in Alph. Order

--#'s--
600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

--A--
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
The Book of Samuel by Erik Raschke
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
The Cold Room by J.T. Elison
Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Cantor
The Cost of Dreams by Gary Stelzer
Cresendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

--D--
Daily Guidepost: The First Year of Motherhood by Julia Attaway
Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Deadly Codes by JP O'Donnell
Dear Baby: What I Love About You by Carol Casey
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Dreams of the Dead: The Waking by Thomas Randal

--E--Eternal by Cynthia L Smith
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
Eyeleash: A Blog Novel by Jess C. Scott

--F--
Fade by Lisa McMann
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Family by Micol Ostow
Fast Forward Into the Future by Kelvin O'Ralph
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Quote it Sat #5: Shiver

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... Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


"You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew
until I heard it again
" -Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater pg. 208

I posted this quote this week because i'm currently reading this book and omigosh it is one of the most adorable and romantic quotes I have read period! It's kind of like idk.. lol not going to explain it lol

What about you guys? What did you quote this Sat? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, October 9, 2009

Impossible by Nancy Werlin Review

Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter.
Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair", this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child's birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won't be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?

My Thoughts:

This novel starts off with Lucy’s seventh birthday, in which she found a letter that her birth mother wrote right before she went “crazy”. She ended up hiding it because she didn’t understand what it said and because she was mad at Zach because he forgot to get her a real birthday present. Well then it fast-forwards a few years later and it all began like two weeks before Lucy’s prom night. Her foster parents or actually more like her adoptive parents (that her mother in her sane condition picked out) announced that Zach was coming home for the summer and would be living under their roof for the mean while. Lucy had agreed to go to prom with Greg, which she liked a lot. While all of this is happening, Lucy’s birthmother keeps showing up and telling her the same thing, something about that she could still fight it and win. Lucy doesn’t understand until after the day of prom when all of hell breaks loose.

This novel was okie, not great but just okie. The cover was abs gorgeous though! I finally figured out who the girl on the cover is supposed to be, but I’m not going to tell you ;). Anyway so this novel is told in third pov, which doesn’t always really appeal to me but it did keep my mind kind of interested for a while. The idea of the ballad was kind of interesting, I’d never actually read anything like this before so it was quite interesting to see how it turned out. I thought that there wasn’t really any background on Zach’s “love” for Lucy; I felt it was too sudden I guess. There are a few perks in this book though, I loved how this blue eyed guy captured humans and then they couldn’t remember him or what they talked about exactly. Imagine if there were something actually like that in the real world. That would be crazy! The ending did satisfied me, it wasn’t too dull and it wasn’t overall predictable. Anyway, I give this novel 3 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you could create an Impossible task, what would it be and why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday Finds #9

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Very coolieoushious book finds this week :D Here are my top 3:



The Boyfriend List by E. Lockheart
Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break - she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:

*lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)
*lost her best friend (Kim)
*lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
*did something suspicious with a boy (#10)
*did something advanced with a boy (#15)
*had an argument with a boy (#14)
*drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)
*got caught by her mom (ag!)
*had a panic attack (scary)
*lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)
*failed a math test (she'll make it up)
*hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)
*became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
*and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!).

But don't worry - Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.


Breathing by Renee Cheryl Herbsman
What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

This debut novel has it all—an endearing, funny, hopelessly romantic main character, lots of down-home Southern charm, and a sunny, salty beach setting that will transport you to the Carolina coast.


Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
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.

What about you guys? What were your friday finds this week? Lemme Know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me =)

Hey guys! Just wanted to let everyone know... just in case you didn't... that Twenty years ago on this October 7th I was born =). Ah two decades old, wow I make that sound really old lol Anyway guys just wanted to post some fun stuff about the past 20 years.

I'm guilty of these, You Know You Grew Up In the 80's & 90s if:

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
2. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
3. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
4. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
5. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
6. You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
7. You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"
8. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
9. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
10. You owned Pokemon cards but you didn’t play
11. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
12. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"

Popular TV Shows in the 90's
1. Saved by the Bell
2. Full House
3. Friends
4. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
5. Clueless
6. Boy Meets World
7. Doug
8. Keenan and Kel
9. Clarissa Explains it all
10. Are you afraid of the dark?

Popular Music in the 90's:
1. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
2. Wannabe - Spice Girls
3. Mmm Bop - Hanson
4. Smooth - Santana featuring Rob Thomas
5. All-Star - Smash Mouth
6. Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
7. ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
8. I Want You Back - *Nsync
9. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys
10. Name - GooGoo Dolls

Popular Movies in the 90's:
1. Titanic
2. Jurassic Park
3. Star Wars: Episode I
4. Forrest Gump
5. The Lion King [[best movie evar]]
6. Aladdin
7. Home Alone
8. The Sixth Sense
9. Twister
10.Men in Black

Anyway guys just to remind everyone.. don't forget to enter my birthday contest to win a copy of After by Amy Efaw, which ends next week! Links at the top below the banner. Comment Question of the Day: Just lemme know something fun you got to do on your birthday =)

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine blog. This weeks WOW comes out December 22, 2009! The Dark Divine by Bree Despain.


The Dark Divine
Bree Despain
December 22, 2009

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . .
.

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

What about you guys? What are you waiting on this wednesday?

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith Review

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to leave her forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to unveil Austin’s first vampire-themed restaurant, their chef’s brutal murder leaves Quincie scrambling to transform fresh-faced Henry Johnson into a culinary Dark Lord in time for opening night. But there’s more than meets the eye to this new hire, and Quincie is about to learn a whole lot about love… and Blood.

My Thoughts:

This book is told from Quincie’s point of view. She’s a senior in high school and she has more going on than just her studies. School just serves as more of a distraction, even her VP “Hardass” (I thought that was so funny! His real name is Harding) suggest she finish all of the rest of the assignments during home school. Her parent’s died in a fatal accident and their family’s Italian restaurant has been in the care of her uncle Davidson, whom Quince loves very much. It starts going bankrupt so they decide to close it down and remodel it with a vamp theme. It all starts getting weird for her afterwards and its set in Quince’s hometown of Austin, TX. I think my favorite part of the book has to be the chapter names! They were so much fun! This book has it all, humor, vamps, werewolf’s and it’s uniquely written! I can not wait to read Eternal. It’s already out and on my to read list! I give this book 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
Team Wolf or Team Vamp? Why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.

As Always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, October 4, 2009

In My Mailbox #10

Ooooohhhmmmmgeee I got some really awesome books this week! Sooo Excited to share them all with you! Thanks to Kristi over at the Story Siren for hosting this weekly meme! (guys she's awesome you should follow her if you're not) Anyway on to the books... ready for it... you sure? Okie fine here they are!

Books I won from a contest:
1. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead [[Ana over at booknerds]]

I also got a I Read Banned Books button from Miss Remmers!

Thanks guys!

Books I mooched:
1. Summer Boys by Hailey Abbot
2. What if... all the boys wanted you by Liz R. and Sara James

Books I bought:
1. Evernight by Claudia Gray
2. The Rise of the Mammals [[for the little bro]]
3. Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen
4. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabley
5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
6. The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randal

Soooo flippen excited! I'm soooo happy :D I'm prob going to get a lot of books this week because my birthday is on Wed! :D we'll see

Here's the vlog (it's kind of lagging because I couldn't film it with my camera had to use the laptop):


Anyway so what was in your mailbox? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Blog Tour: The Ancient by Anida Adler/ Opportunity to win a bear!

What would you do if you fell in love with the goddess of death?

June 1945 - Tadhg Daniels sees a woman clad in strange clothes and a feathered cloak, but she’s invisible to everyone else. He’s convinced his mind has been unhinged by the horrors of the D-day landings four days before, but when she appears to him again, the woman proves she is real. She is Morrigan, goddess of death, come to warn him his life is about to end.

Morrigan is disturbed by the man she meets. He looks in her eyes unflinching, while all others avoid her gaze. She’s never found such a strong will to survive in any of her charges before. He refuses to accept he’s going to die.

There is a way for Tadhg to cheat death, a secret Morrigan has guarded for millennia. Morrigan can save him if she takes him as her lover, but sex with the goddess of death will change him. He needs time to decide if he’s prepared to give up his humanity in order to be with her forever.

But Tadhg is not the only one who knows Morrigan’s secret. Someone else wants to take by force the gift she can bestow. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it.


Review:
This is an Erotica novel which to be frankly honest, this one was the first one i've ever read that was labeled as such. I didn't know exactly what would contain in one so I decided, why not let me give it a chance. Let's just say it had me blushing! Oh my goodness! But the thing that got me is that the book wasn't just all about sex, it had an excellent storyline to go along with it. Tadhg's character amazed me in so many ways, with his shyness and determination. Morrigan is a strong female who didn't believe in love, well that is until she met Tadhg. The novel kind of goes through the transition that both of them make and it's an awesome journey! I abs loved it! So you guys that do like those kind of books, check this one out! I suggest anyone 18+ just for content purposes.

Anyway so I got to interview this lovely author! Anida Adler is here today with us promoting her erotica novel called, "The Ancient" and I got to ask her a few questions.


How much research was involved in preparing your novel?

That's more difficult to answer than you'd imagine. I always thought I don't do that much research, but I've realised that I have quite a wide knowledge of Irish mythology, purely from reading I've done for pleasure. Furthermore, I had to do without internet access for more than a month over August and a few days into September. Only then did it come home to me how often I stop in the middle of a sentence to look something up on the net: appropriate clothing for the time I'm writing about, appropriate use of language, names (I often choose names with meanings behind them for my characters), sometimes even what the weather was like in a specific place on a specific date. I'd therefore say quite a large amount of research went into the writing of The Ancient, but I enjoyed it so much that I didn't notice I was working.


Tell me about your novel. Why did you choose that specific time period?


Only a small part of The Ancient is set in World War II, but as this is the time Tadhg comes from, I had to bear the sensibilities and social mores of the time in mind throughout the book. To a degree, I can't really say why I chose this time period. I can seldom trace the beginnings of a story idea, and choices such as time and environment dissolve in the same mist of obscurity.

When and why did you begin to write? Any inspiration?

Like so many authors, I started writing as soon as I learned how to put words together. However, I started writing seriously, with a view to becoming a professional author, around the end of 2003. It was my husband's idea - he said: "Why don't you just write a book?" Ah, the poor man. He had no idea what he was unleashing.


If you’re suddenly interrupted in the middle of writing, how hard or how easy is it for you to get back into the rhythm of things?

I find it very hard to drag my mind away from writing and snap right back into it as soon as I can sit back down in front of the computer. I identify very strongly with a story told of fantasy author Diana Wynne-Jones, who apparently one afternoon put a pair of shoes in the oven for her children's tea! She was that buried in the story that she didn't notice her mistake until they got home. I'm sure my family will wholeheartedly agree that this scenario is not at all impossible in our household.

If you had to choose which writer would you select to be your mentor?

This is a very difficult question to answer, as it necessitates the confession of a feeling of not belonging in any specific writing world. I'm a fantasy author who writes romance, and a romance author who writes fantasy. The writers I admire would not make good mentors for me. My writing style is completely different from Terry Pratchett's. I'm a feverish writer who is obsessed while she's completing a story. My target audience is completely different from Diana Wynne-Jones's. There's a big difference between writing fantasy and writing romance, so much so that I felt I had to relearn the craft of writing when I turned to the latter genre. While my approach to writing is very similar to Chaz Brenchley's, his writing is, again, enormously different from mine. However, in truth I would love to learn from him, as I feel I might find a new horizon opening for me as writer.

I've been enormously privileged to be mentored by author Mike Stone http://www.mylefteye.net/ - a wonderful writer and fantastic person. As if that wasn't great enough, science fiction author Tricia Sullivan http://www.triciasullivan.com/ and I became cyber-friends, and her encouragement and advice has been priceless.


What was the hardest part of writing your novel? The easiest?

The hardest part was writing the query letter, plot synopsis and blurbs. I'm truly terrible at doing those - the kind people at Loose Id in fact rewrote the blurb for the novel's page on their website. The easiest part was writing the first draft.


If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently this time around?

I wouldn't do anything differently, it was an absolute joy.

Silly Question, if you’re at a movie theater, which arm rest is yours, the left or the right?

Left. I'm left-handed.

Any advice to aspiring authors?

Lock your ego in a basket. Keep it locked away when receiving crits. Take it out again when it's time to scrape together the courage to send your baby out there. Persevere - it took me five years of fulltime writing before I saw significant success. I have to caution that I'm a very prolific writer and according to writing friends a very quick learner, so my very first writing mentor's advice - that you must brace yourself for ten years of hard work before you'll see major success - still stands.


Do you usually outline your writing or do you go with the flow?

I go with the flow, but here I must add a caution again. I might not write down my plans, but I do extensive planning in my head. That's another reason it takes time to learn to write well. You have to get to know your temperament as a writer. Earlier this year I was privileged to be able to attend the Phoenix Convention in Dublin. I listened at a stage to a panel of four authors discussing their work ethic. Every one of those authors were very successful in the fantasy genre, but each of them had a very different and very unique way of working. You have to find out what your style is, and learn to be effective within the parameters of your personality and creative comfort zone.

Thank you so much Anida for answering my questions! Anyway guys Anida is giving away this awesome Shannon O'Shamrock Bear to a lucky commentor of 1 of the 15 blog tour spots (so comment in the comment section below for an entry!) So for more chances to win head on over HERE and comment on some of those post!

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