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

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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