Sunday, December 5, 2010

Noah’s Castle by John Rowe Townsend

noah's castleNoah’s Castle by John Rowe Townsend 
Publisher:  Walker & Company
Pub. Date: October 22, 2010 
Pages: 224
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Review

What if money became worthless?

The coming winter was going to be a hard one and not because of the weather.

As England descends into economic chaos, sixteen-year-old Barry Mortimer's life turns upside down when his father moves the family from their cozy home in the city to a grim, brick mansion on the outskirts of town.

Why isn't anyone allowed to visit the Mortimers

My Thoughts:

This book was first publishing in 1975, so there are a couple of things that are outdated toward our young adult fiction. Overall I thought it was an excellent read. The only thing I couldn’t quite get passed was the father’s attitude, but if you think about it he was only really trying to think about his family and their future. It’s a real read and it makes you think about what you would possibly do in that extreme situation and although it’s a little dated, it still gives us the same effect as if it were written in todays time. I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the blog:

What would you in an economic crisis? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Immortals by JT Ellison

theimmortalsThe Immortals by JT Elison
Publisher: Mira
Pub. Date: October 1st 2010 
Pages:  389
Age Level: Adult    
Obtained: Review

It is Samhain—the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.

When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outraged and terrified: a dangerous combination. Recently reinstated homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows she has to act quickly, but tread carefully.

Exploring the baffling culture of mysticism and witchcraft, Taylor is immersed in a darkness that threatens to unbalance the order of her world, and learns how unchecked wrath can push a killer to his limits.

My Thoughts:

I first read Ellison’s “The Cold Room” when it was first published and abs loved it, so when the opportunity came to review “The Immortals” I immediately jumped at it. I can clearly say Ellison didn’t let me down! This can be read as a stand alone book, but having read the previous books doesn’t hurt. (They’re good and I mean really good so I totally recommend to get all of them Winking smile). It’s very fast paced and greatly written. The plot kept me incredibly interested and I honestly enjoyed learning on what happens on the dark side of Halloween. Ellison def takes us again on a rollercoaster ride full of high emotions and many twist and turns that have us guessing up until the very last page. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws, and when I say go get it, I mean don’t walk, RUN and get it. It will def get your heart racing!

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

Do you celebrate Halloween? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, September 24, 2010

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter Review

onlythegood Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter  
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Pub. Date: June 29th 2010 
Pages:  265
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Review 

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when she faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
Now the danger follows her everywhere and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.
In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past....

My Thoughts:

I do have to say this is the best one of the series! Ally Carter delivers magnificently with this addition! It has everything I hoped it would have, action, love, friendship and mystery. I abs love that they gave us more on that cutie Zach, who has been my favorite! Carter kept me guessing and finally tied up many of the questions I had from the previous novels. The writing never ceases to amaze me! Oh and don’t let me get started on that ending!!! I want the next book now!! Overall this novel gets 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

If you were a famous spy, which one would you be? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, July 26, 2010

ITS A GIRL!

So I know I have been just a tad bit absent from the blog.. If you didn’t already know well I’m pregnant and so this has been a pretty rough one :) but on the good note we’re almost halfway there at 20 weeks!! So I wanted to share with all of you our future little button:

Daniela!

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Hopefully the blog will be up and running by next week with a brand new giveaway and lots more!!! Stay tuned!

As always,

That Chick That Reads & Baby Daniela!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Evernight by Claudia Gray Review

everynight Evernight by Claudia Gray        
Publisher: Harper Teen  
Pub. Date: June 1st. 2008
Pages: 327
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My Thoughts:

This novel was sitting on my bookshelf forever without any thoughts of reading it anytime soon. Then one day I decided to pick it up and I abs loved it! This is exactly my kind of book, it has star-crossed lovers, lots of action, and rivalry. This is told from Bianca’s point of view as she takes the journey of going to a brand new school, Evernight. It’s there she meets Lucas, who’s identity came as a big surprise to me as well as Bianca’s! As much as I loved this novel, the only thing that really got to me and it was the change that happens right in the middle of the book. There’s a couple of little things here and there that suggest she knows what’s happening but at the same time, it’s like she’s completely unaware of it. Other than that this book was very enjoyable! I give it 4 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could go to school anywhere, where would you go? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead Review

spiritbound Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead         
Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill
Pub. Date: May 18th, 2010 
Pages:  489
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.

My Thoughts:

*Spoilers from books 1-4* Can I just say that this book is uuuhmazing! Mead really went out of her way to make this book the best one in the series so far! I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I mean Dimitri, our beloved hot dhampire turned strigoli is still out there ready to kill her! There’s really nothing I can’t say about this one without really spoiling it for you guys but it’s really one of Mead’s best work! It’s slow at first but picks up and just goes 1000 miles per hour! We get to see more of the other minor characters from the previous 4 books, which is something that I have to say I enjoyed the most from the book. Mead definitely steps it up with this one and I seriously can not wait for the last book in the series coming out Dec 14, which is funny because that’s my due date! Anyway this book is a must read! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

Who’s your favorite VA character? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, June 21, 2010

Busy Bees at Work and Play by M. Maitland Deland Review

busybees Busy Bees at Work and Play by M. Maitland Deland         
Publisher: Green Leaf Book Press  
Pub. Date: March 1st, 2010
Pages: 28 
Age Level: Children’s   
Obtained: Received for Review

Bambina Bee learns the importance of work and play on a tour of her town. As Mamma Bee heads out to work, Bambina Bee anxiously begs her to stay at home. To soothe her little bee's concerns, Mamma Bee takes Bambina Bee on a tour of the neighborhood that transforms the bustling world of work into a wonderland of joyful activity. The letter carrier, the plumber, and many other happy characters demonstrate for Bambina Bee that there's a time for work and a time for play - and both are filled with exciting adventures. The first in a series, this charmingly illustrated book will help parents explain to their kids that everyone has an important place in this world of busy bees.

My Thoughts:

I abs loved this book! I sat down one day and read it to my friends son and every time I turned the page, he would just jump because there’s so much color and the illustrations done by Lyn Martin were beautiful! The story line was very cute and funny. Every page has rhyming lines and it does help explain to little ones the importance of work and the difference of play in the world and how they intermingle. If you want something cute, original, with beautiful and I mean beautiful illustrations, then this book will do it! It’ll be one that’s read over and over at bedtime!

Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s important to you in a children’s book? Illustrations or the Storyline?

As Always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s my Prince? by Melissa Kantor Review

wickedstepmother If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s my Prince by Melissa Kantor       
Publisher: Hyperion
Pub. Date: Sept. 1st, 2005 
Pages: 288
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

When high school sophomore Lucy Norton’s father remarries, Lucy’s moved across the country and her life is turned upside down. With a bedroom in the unfinished basement, a blank social calendar, and a crush on the dashing prince of the varsity basketball team, Lucy’s life has the makings of a Cinderella story--complete with two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother. So isn’t she supposed to get the prince? And go to the senior prom?

My Thoughts:

Who doesn’t love any kind of Cinderella twisty book? This novel was cute and some what realistic. I kind of bought this novel without realizing who the author was. I had recently read “Confessions of a Not It Girl” by the same author and completely hated it. The difference between this novel and the other though was that I got into it much quicker and could relate to Lucy a lot more. She’s this girl who has to move from California to New York because his father got remarried, which means dun dun dun a new school. She’s the new kid at this school, with no friends. The only thing that wasn’t really realistic, at least in my eyes, was the fact that she went from zero to full popularity within days. I really did like her character though, she wasn’t very superficial and she liked art. I also loved the art boy in the novel. He was dark and very shy, which is something I like reading. If you don’t like reading something that’s kind of predictable, then this books really not for you. Although some things you would never see coming, trust me. Overall I really liked this novel and I think I’ll be able to give Melissa Kantor’s other novel’s a chance because of this one. Overall I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1 Comment Question of the Blog:

If you had a Wicked Stepmother, what would you do? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, May 10, 2010

What’s in a Word by Webb B. Garrison Review

What’s in a Word by Webb B. Garrison Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press Pub. Date: June 12th, 2000 Pages: 248 Age Level: Non-Fiction Obtained: Received for Review

Here is a fascinating and humorous encyclopedia of more than three hundred words and phrases and how they have taken on new meanings over time. It is an informative reference book for the whole family. What's in a Word? is a sequel to Garrison's popular Why You Say It. Indexed.


My Thoughts:

This is actually one of my favorite books right now! It’s crazy how our language and way of saying things has changed so much over the years. For example: Lingerie back in day was just a type of linen that was made for dresses but women liked the feel of it on their skin, thus now it became attached to intimate wear! It’s honestly insightful and very interesting, especially when you skim through it instead of reading it cover to cover! This book takes the words that we know now and takes them back to their original origin. It's so interesting to find out just how different our language has turned just over a couple of centuries. The explanations are short and to the point, which is why it kept me so interested! They don't drag on and on telling you every single thing about the word but the most interesting thing. I mean it's a little outdated just because of the different terminology, like the word floppy disk (which I doubt many of us remember what those are anymore). If you like books about the meaning of things or just some cool facts and stuff, then you would def enjoy this book! I give it 3 out of 5 paws!


5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:


What’s your favorite word and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!


As always,


That Chick That Reads

Friday, May 7, 2010

Beyond the Gardens by Sandra Lopez Review & Interview!!

BeyondtheGardens_frontcover[1][1] Beyond the Gardens by Sandra Lopez   
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pub. Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 432
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Received for Review 

She was a shy artist, who was afraid to blossom into the beautiful flower she was meant to grow into.
At the age of 18, Esperanza Ignacio begins her college years at an upscale Los Angeles art school, where she studies to fulfill her long-term dream in Animation. But she soon learns the truth to the old folktale: “you can take the girl out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the girl.” Even though she’s getting financial aid, Esperanza works a part-time job during her break from classes just to make ends meet. Her roommate, Anna, is what she calls a “chicana from Beverly Hills” because of the rich daddy and the new car she got for her quinceañera.

Things get a little confusing for Esperanza when an old friend comes
looking for her, hoping to start a meaningful relationship. But is Carlos
the right guy for her? She never even considered him to be anything more than a friend since high school. Then comes Jake, a gorgeous mechanic, who shares her passion for books and loves her for who she is. What’s a girl to do?
Strength and determination help pave the way for the future. And, as she approaches her graduation, she is faced with a difficult decision: should she leave Los Angeles and leave behind her family, her home, and everything she’s known? Ever since she was born in the California barrio of Hawaiian Gardens, she’s always had to look over the fence, wondering what she’s been missing. Now she’s taking a flying leap over to see what’s beyond the little barrio. What’s beyond her family, her friends, and her past? What’s beyond the little nothing town, where dreams don’t exist? What’s beyond The Gardens? Is it life, love, a future? The story of Esperanza is finally concluded in this wildly entertaining and heart-warming sequel.

My Thoughts:

If I could describe this book in two words, they would be: Relatable and Amazing. It’s just one of those books that any body, it doesn’t matter if you’re an alien or if you’re a human being, could relate to just as long as they have something they want to do in life. It’s character’s are very diverse and readers will care about these characters long after the novel is finished! Being Latina myself, I enjoyed Esperanza’s world and I believe that we should have more novel’s out there like this one to help inspire our youth! Sandra completely captivated me with her writing and I am looking forward to reading more work from this author! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

Leave a question for Sandra! She’ll be on the blog today and she’s gunna be answering your questions!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Interview Time!

I want to thank Sandra Lopez for her time here today on the bloggity :) Make sure you stick around guys! She’s answering any questions you may have today so feel free to ask anything!

autograph_me[1][1] Sandra C. López was born and raised in Hawaiian Gardens, California. She learned to read at the young age of two and strived to achieve the best grades in school. Her free time was spent reading, writing, and drawing. Sandra managed to be the first in her family to graduate from high school and enter college. Her first novel, "Esperanza: A Latina Story," was published in March 2008 while she was still in college. Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and she is anticipating a promising career as a writer and an artist. "Beyond the Gardens" is the follow up sequel to "Esperanza."

Q: How did you get the idea for writing Beyond the Gardens? What was it about it that appealed to you?

A: I got the idea right after my first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March of 2008. It was at that point that I realized this young teen's story was not over yet. Her destiny was still in college. At that point in my life, I was just putting the finishing touches in my Bachelor's at Cal State Fullerton, so I had all the life experience of an art student. And that's when Beyond the Gardens was born. It is the continuation of Esperanza's story at a Los Angeles Art School, where she experiences life and love for the first time ever in her life. 

I guess what appealed to me the most about it was finishing Esperanza's story, which I did in Beyond the Gardens.

Q. What's the hardest thing about writing?

A: Coming up with a good title that fits your story but also one that doesn't sound so lame. The actual writing of the story is the easiest part.

Q. If you get interrupted in the middle of writing, how hard or easy is it to jump back into it?

A: For this question, I will go back to one of my favorite movies, As Good as it gets, with Jack Nicolson. In this movie, Jack Nicolson stars as an obsessive-compulsive writer with no tolerance for people. There is this one scene in the beginning where he is working on his latest book, and he is knee-deep in concentration. In fact, he is at the climax of his plot, and he is just about to come up with the perfect sentence when......somebody knocks on his front door. SON OF BI***! He jumps up from his seat and stomps toward the door. Then he basically tells his neighbor not to ever bother him while he is writing...."not even if he hears a thud and the stench that can only be a decaying human body is so overwhelming that you have to put a hanky over you nose, not even then, don't come knocking, not on this door." (That is my favorite line, BTW)

I can so relate to this scene because it is exactly how I feel when I am interrupted, and it takes me a while for me to get back to my groove (I have to remember where I was and what I was going to say and all that.) So, yeah, I hate being interrupted.

Q. Is there any advice you would give to aspiring authors?

A: Write what you know and write what you like. Don't get discouraged by all those snobby editors and know-it-all agents. Do what you want to do and do it now! Don't wait 'til you're retired, you might not live that long. Do it now!

Q. How much time do you spend writing a day?

A: When I have committed to a project, my words a day varies. Sometimes I writer more, and sometimes I write less. I write when I feel like it, basically. And this is the way I prefer to do it as opposed to landing that publishing contract before the novel is even written. I prefer the novel to be all done before pitching it to editors. I don't need the added stress of deadlines (I have plenty white hairs, thank you very much!) For me, writing is more of a hobby, not a job. So I do it when I feel like it.

Q. Lets end with a silly question: when your sitting in a movie theater, which arm rest is yours? Right or left?

A: Both. I need my elbow room.

Thanks, Leslie!

Sandra Lopez

Author of Esperanza: A Latina Story and Beyond the Gardens

www.sandra-lopez.com

Where to buy the novel:

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater Review

lament Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater       
Publisher: Flux 
Pub. Date: October 1st, 2008
Pages: 326
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

From the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Shiver...
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand - one who can see faeries.
Unexpectedly, Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy named Luke, who enters her ordinary life, seemingly out of thin air. But his interest in her might be something darker than summer romance. When a sinister faerie named Aodhan shows up with deadly orders from the Faerie Queen, it forces Dee right into the midst of Faerie. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend.
Deirdre had been wishing her summer weren't so dull, but taking on a centuries-old Faerie Queen isn't exactly what she had in mind.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always been a little meh about faeries. Don’t ask me why, but I just have so I kept putting this novel off until it just suddenly stood out on my bookshelf and I had to read it. I really can’t believe it took me this long to finally read it! Dee was such a awesome character! Her love for music could be clearly shown throughout the entire novel! The thing I loved most about the novel was the aspect of music, how it’s just so powerful and could create something like a different world! James is so cute, although my def favorite was Luke. I always love the whole best friend is in love with the main character but she just happens to love someone else bit. If you like music, hot guys, and some kick butt action, then I def recommend that you read this novel! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you play an instrument? If so which one? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, May 3, 2010

Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins Review

poorlittlebitchgirl Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins    
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date:   February 9th, 2010
Pages:  512
Age Level: Adult Fiction     
Obtained: Received for Review

Three twenty-something women, one hot rich guy, two mega movie stars, and a devastating murder: Poor Little Bitch Girl has it all.

Denver Jones is a hotshot twenty-something attorney working in L.A. Carolyn Henderson is personal assistant to a powerful and very married Senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. And Annabelle Maestro—daughter of two movie stars—has carved out a career for herself in New York as the madame of choice for discerning famous men. The three of them went to high school together in Beverly Hills—and although Denver and Carolyn have kept in touch, Annabelle is out on her own with her cocaine addicted boyfriend, Frankie.

      Then there is Bobby Santangelo Stanislopolous, the Kennedyesque son of Lucky Santangelo and deceased Greek shipping billionaire, Dimitri Stanislopolous. Bobby owns Mood, the hottest club in New York.  Back in the day he went to high school with Denver, Carolyn and Annabelle. And he connected with all three of them. Frankie is his best friend.

      When Annabelle’s beautiful movie star mother is found shot to death in the bedroom of her Beverly Hills mansion, the five of them find themselves thrown together . . . and secrets from the past have a way of coming back to haunt everyone. . . .

My Thoughts:

What’s not to love? A book about love, deceit, murder and friendships? Give me more of that! The characters were well developed and relatable. It’s fast paced and hooks you in right until the last word! I loved that it moves from three different point of views. Oh and Bobby, do not even get me started on him. This books is pretty awesome. There is a lot of sex in it! So you know, guys.. this would probably be a good mother’s day gift for your wife or girlfriend. Jackie Collins doesn’t disappoint! Overall I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

If you could be any famous movie star, who would you be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Quick Update Guys!! :) Fun News :D

So if you don’t follow me on twitter than you may or may not know that I am preggo. Yup just like Juno, I gots me a bun in the oven :)

Here’s a picture:

michael and leslie's babySo i’m due Dec. 14th 2010 :) Yay!

On to more fun news:

We gots a new doggie for our Rookies (Here’s a picture):

DSCN1100Rookie is on the left and Trooper (newest addition to our family) is to the Right!

So yeah, if you guys haven’t seen me post a new post or anything I'm prob just to tired or throwing up, which is something I tend to do now a days. Anyway, hope you guys enjoyed the first day of May! I know we did!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, April 30, 2010

White Tiger (ARC) by Kylie Chan Review

whitetiger White Tiger (ARC) by Kylie Chan  
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pub. Date: April 4th, 2010
Pages: 528
Age Level: Urban Fantasy  
Obtained: Received for Review

When 28–year–old Emma Donahoe becomes a nanny to John Chen's daughter, Simone, she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic, and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal world.
Emma gradually realises that John Chen is no ordinary businessman and that nearly all the demons in hell would like to see him dead. John and his American bodyguard, Leo, begin to teach Emma their particular brand of martial arts and special defensive techniques ... they also begin to realise that there is something that is different about Emma but exactly what it is, nobody can say.
A fabulous, fast–paced and very entertaining fantasy adventure ... a trilogy based on Chinese mythology, set in modern–day Hong Kong, where an ancient god falls in love with a young Australian woman ...

My Thoughts:

The author is very knowledgeable about Chinese Mythology and martial arts. It was very interesting to learn about it because it’s new territory for me. I loved some, not all the characters though. I loved the little girl, she was just a cute character and a very strong one as well. Although I really wish that the author would have explored her character a little more. It has a pretty awesome storyline, although it kind of drifted off coarse here and there but it got right back on. Ok on to some of the things I didn’t enjoy about this novel. It was very long and it took a lot of pages to explain a single concept. One thing that annoyed me the most was the fact that every time the Emma asked John or his employees what was going on, she kept getting told the same thing over and over again and it bored me. Sometimes the actions of the characters confused me as to why they would do that particular thing. Ex: When Emma moves into John’s house not knowing anything about him really (oh and not to mention he has a lot of weapons and martial arts stuff), just that she has to tutor his daughter. That so would not happen in real life. Overall it’s an okie read. I give this novel 2.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could have the ability to turn into any animal you wanted, what would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More Than Words Vol. 6 by Various Authors Review

morethanwords More Than Words Vol. 6 by Joan Johnston, Robyn Carr, Christina Skye, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Child   
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Pub. Date: April 1st, 2010  
Pages:  442
Age Level: Fiction  
Obtained: Review

Presenting…the sixth annual More Than Words anthology.

Little by little, one person at a time, we can make our world a better place. The five dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have done just that, by discovering a seed of compassion, and nurturing it to effect real change in their communities. To celebrate their accomplishments, five bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

We hope More Than Words inspires you to look into your heart and find the heroine who lives within

My Thoughts:

This novel is filled with stories filled with courageous, smart and very beautifully intellect woman. The characters were beautiful, the stories were soooo inspiring! I found myself cheering for each and every single one of them! It’s quite amazing how with these stories you can see the focus of family and strength. It honestly has filled me up with hope for the feature and I will really hope that we all can learn a thing or two from these women! I loved that I could get a glimpse of real-life women and feel incredibly grateful that I got to learn about the different foundations that they have formed! Overall I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could create a foundation for something, what would it be for? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Willow by Julian Hoban Review

willow Willow by Julian Hoban  
Publisher: Speak
Pub. Date:  April 2nd, 2009
Pages: 329 
Age Level: Young Adult  
Obtained: Review

Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her.

My Thoughts:

Willow is one of those novels that you have to sit there and think about. I mean this is just one of those stories that could happen to someone close to you, a brother, a sister, your best friend. It has a difficult theme but through Willow’s eyes, you can see this whole new perspective on cutting. I could feel what she felt and thought what she thought. Hoban did an excellent job portraying something that happens everyday to not just teens but to any age group in general. Guy has to be my favorite character! He helps Willow out so much by just talking to her and it just makes me think about how important communication is and how by maybe talking about nothing can help someone just as if you were talking about something important. This book is definitely a must read. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

If you were trying to cheer a friend up, what would you do to accomplish that? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

stealing heaven Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott    
Publisher: Harper Teen  
Pub. Date:  June 23rd, 2009
Pages: 307
Age Level: Young Adult   
Obtained: Received as a gift 

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best--her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends--a real life
In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani--because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known--or the one she's always wanted.

My Thoughts:

Stealing Heaven is the second Elizabeth Scott novel that I have read. It was quite interesting actually. Danielle goes by these different names and it kills her! All she’s ever known in life is to take something that doesn’t belong to her. But maybe she wants more than that. Maybe she wants to stay in one place and do everything she wished she could do? This one hit home somewhat, well not in the sense that we ever stole anything but that the only thing I ever knew was what my mother told me, what she expected of me. I could see why Danny was so frustrated with her current life, why she strode to do better. Her love interest was so cute! It’s just one of those first love kind of things that I just loved! So innocent and pure. The only thing I hated was the ending, to abrupt and final for me. Overall I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1 Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could choose between staying in one place for a while (a while meaning at least 10 years) or moving every few months or years, what would you want? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, April 16, 2010

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Review

ifistay If I Stay by Gayle Forman   
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pub. Date: April 9th, 2010 
Pages:  199
Age Level: Young Adult   
Obtained: Bought

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

My Thoughts:

I only have one word to say about this novel, well actually a whole sentence: This has to be the best book I’ve read all year! Even though reading what the book was about, I still didn’t quite get exactly what the novel was about. I was hooked from the first line though, and I read the entire thing through tears and my heart ached for each and every one of those characters featured in this novel. I loved how this novel is so centered around music! Music has the ability to transform a family. It also makes you value things and look at them from a different perspective. One day you could have everything and in the blink of an eye, everything could be gone. Honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read! That being said, I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

If you only had one day to live, what would you do? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead Review

succubusshadows Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead   
Publisher: Kensington
Pub. Date: March 30th, 2010  
Pages:  281
Age Level:  Adult
Obtained: Bought

Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals—all child’s play to a succubus like her.
Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend’s wedding is a different story. Georgina isn’t sure which is worse—that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina’s roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there’s Simone, the new succubus in town, who’s intent on corrupting Seth.
And if that wasn't bad enough, she's started having dreams shadowy, dangerous but alluring dreams, dreams that don't want to let go. These dreams are created by the Oneroi, demons in the service of Nyx, a creature from Hell who's bent on revenge. These are dreams that can trap their chosen victim and drain their powers through nightmares. This mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, is trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And Georgina is powerless as she watches those in the real world try to find her, she comes to understand that her freedom her fate lies in the hands of the only one who can find her soul, who just happens to be the man who’s about to marry someone else. She’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t—and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity…

My Thoughts:

Ok I honestly had been waiting for this novel for like ever! I got to read it a bit early because I ordered it off of the WA Bookstore site on Richelle’s site. It’s face-paced, but not nearly as kick ass as the other novels but this one is different for a reason. Poor Georgie, she honestly never has it easy. If it’s not with her unexplainable attraction with Roman, it’s her unattainable relationship with her first and only love Seth. There’s only one problem, Seth’s getting married. So while she’s helping her best girl friend with the wedding preparations, she thought that she had it hard. Well think again. Mead offers another mind blowing book, filled with love, lust and testing friendships. I loved this novel so much because we can better understand Georgina’s past. It left us with a huge cliff hanger and a few unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the next one! Can not wait! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

What would you do if the person you were madly in love with was marrying your best friend? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks Review

the last song The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks   
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing 
Pub. Date:  September 8th, 2009  
Pages:  390
Age Level: Chick Lit
Obtained: Library

#1 bestselling author Nicholas Sparks's new novel is at once a compelling family drama and a heartrending tale of young love.Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

My Thoughts:

Ok I have one thing to say about this novel. BEST SPARKS NOVEL EVAR! It was just so different than anything I had ever read from him. The chapters were in third person but from various different points of view. Ronnie, her father, her first love… It’s mostly in Ronnie’s perspective but he just gives these character’s the one thing that makes a book a good one, which is a unique voice. You could clearly feel what they feel, see what they see, it’s honestly one of the best books I've read this year. This book has pretty much everything from, love, lies, what it means to be a family. Ronnie’s first love is so innocent and pure. You could see the radical change that one summer did to numerous families, and all it took was one summer. If you want to go see the movie (titled the same), then read the novel first! Nicholas Sparks wrote the screenplay first before he wrote the novel, so you’ll probably enjoy both more than any of his other books turned to movies! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s your favorite Nicholas Sparks novel? If you haven’t read any, are you looking forward to reading any of them? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles Review

leavingparadise Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles   
Publisher: Flux
Pub. Date: April 1st, 2007 
Pages:   303
Age Level: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares — has been canceled.
After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.
Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

My Thoughts:

Another awesome Simone Elkeles novel! I abs do love her novels just because they have alternating point of views, so you get the story from both sides. Maggie is a very strong willed person. After she learns that Caleb got out of juvi early and would be attending her school, she kept reminding herself that it was no big deal and she faced him with her head held high. Juvi seems to have changed Caleb in many different ways, it also changed his family. But when both of them start working together, sparks fly and it’s surprising what really happens. This novel isn’t like anything else I've ever read, so if you want a happy ending, go lucky book then this won’t be your piece of sun kind of novel because it’s just very honest. The character’s have real life problems, there are secrets that could change everything, and most of all, there is the chance at finding true love in midst of everything. “Returning to Paradise” is the sequel to this novel, which comes out September 2010! I will honestly run to the store when it comes out! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

How do you like the bad boy refined good boy? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl Review

hand of fate Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: March 30th, 2010  
Pages:  293
Age Level: Thriller   
Obtained: Received for Review

When the host of a popular conservative radio talk show dies, the Triple Threat Club must narrow down the lengthy list of people who wished him dead.

Hand of Fate begins with a suspected terrorist attack, when outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate is killed by poisonous gas while his show, "The Hand of Fate" is on the air. In the ensuing panic, downtown Portland is evacuated and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges is trapped in a high-rise building.  Crime reporter Cassidy Shaw is the only journalist brave enough to report from the scene as chaos overtakes the streets.  And federal prosecutor Allison Pierce ends up rescuing a toddler separated from her family and taking her to one of the city's overwhelmed hospitals.  In the days following Fate's murder, the three colleagues and friends team up to uncover the secrets behind it - and reveal a few secrets of their own.

My Thoughts:

You know it’s crazy to read about something that could happen! I mean the book is based on Jim Fate and he has this show called Hand of Fate, where he has a pretty much one handed side view of everything and so he made tons of enemies. Well how do radio host deal with the death threats that they receive? What if they receive something that could ultimately end their lives?

This story line is definitely intriguing and face-paced. The characters are awesome! This book is written in three different perspectives: Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Agent Nicole Hedges and News Reporter Cassidy Shaw. They’re three friends from high school, whom reconnected when they were adults. This novel has different plots and twist and be prepared for a surprise ending! It kept me up pretty much all night and left me in awe! Wiehl honestly prepared a very good novel! I seriously can’t wait to read any of her other novels! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

How do you think Radio Host deal with death threats? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

That Summer by Sarah Dessen Review

thatsummer That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: April 6th, 2006
Pages: 198
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister,the always perfect Ashley,is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

My Thoughts:
Another awesome Dessen book! This book hit a little bit too close to home. My parents got separated, as did Haven’s, and then my dad just sprang the news that he was getting married. Ashley’s wedding was sort of like when my sister went off to college and I was left behind, my mom made this huge deal and she was such a (insert word here). So like Haven, I looked back to the past and thought about all the happy times I had when I was younger. It just felt more solid. You can see Haven change from this youngster to a teen little by little, until the end where you could totally see the 360 her character did. And then there’s Sumner, Ashley’s old high school boyfriend. He comes back into Haven’s life taking her along the ride for a summer that’s filled with things she must come to grips with. Sarah Dessen is a completely amazing author and her debut novel def is one to admire. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Day:
When you were fifteen, what did you do all summer? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, April 2, 2010

Original Sin by Allison Brennan Review

originalsin Original Sin by Allison Brennan  
Publisher:  Ballintine Books
Pub. Date: January 26th, 2010
Pages: 416 pages
Age Level: Paranormal Romance 
Obtained: Received for Review

Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth.
Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can’t explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira’s dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity’s last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.

My Thoughts:

Two words. Awesome and surprising! It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it but once the initial info was said and done, then came all of the action packed excitement! It had an amazingly fast paced plot, detailed writing and well developed characters. My favorite by far had to be Moira because she is so full of courage! I know that if I had to face demons from hell, I would’ve so not had the strength and courage that she did while fighting them and I admired her for that. The novel is aimed as a paranormal romance novel but to me it seemed more like a mystery/suspenseful one, which isn’t a bad thing because I honestly didn’t notice because it was just that good. This is definitely a good series opener and I honestly can not wait till the next one! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

What is your favorite sin to read about? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The House of Tomorrow (ARC) by Peter Bognanni Review

houseoftom The House of Tomorrow by Peter Boganni (ARC)   
Publisher: Putnum Adult
Pub. Date:March 4th, 2010  
Pages:  304
Age Level:  Adult
Obtained: Review

Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town.
Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian, and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it's clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them. Wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.

My Thoughts:

The Characters had their imperfections. You had the bad/good boys, the mother who tries to be perfect but can’t be, different grandmother’s and the rebellious sexy girl. Bognanni does an excellent job portraying how family and friend relationships change.How with just a simple word or look or even a song lyric could change your world or the life of another being forever. Personally in my life: music = everything. So saying that, this novel was really awesome! This novel showed just how much music could truly change someone’s life! Music, whether it be the words or the rhythm seems to call out to everyone in different ways and I abs love that the author shows it with passion with every page. The music in this novel was dirty and fun (like The Sex Pistols), and with every reference in the book made my heart skip a beat. This book is being released as an Adult novel but I highly recommend it for the people who have an extreme love of music and older teens. Overall I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s your favorite music group? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads