Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Important Update Guys!!!

I'm moving to a house that Michael and I just recently bought!! Which means that I won't have internet for a while, or so to say maybe two weeks? Anyway just doing this blog post to let everyone know that i'm not leaving the bloggerverse! Alright to entertain you I'm posting a picture of the casa and then i'm also going to introduce you to the newest member of our family!
The New Casa Guys!!!
Meet Rookie, the newest member of our family!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

The Cost of Dreams by Gary Stelzer Review

The Cost of Dreams
Publisher: Decent Hearts Press
Pub. Date: October 1st, 2009
Pages: 296
Age Level: Adult
Obtained: Provided for Review

A novel: Flora Enriquez trusts that she has found safe haven for her young family in the remote U.S. Southwest, after fleeing the murderous environs of Central America where her parents were slain in a civil war. Only to find that all of her life's greatest challenges, by far, still lie before her.

My Thoughts:

Stelzer completely captivated me in Flora’s story from the beginning. He just completely captured the difficulties that people crossing the border have and the kind of life they continue to live while in the States. There were so many things that were just so amazing! Flora’s character is a strong willed, charismatic, and loving woman. She loves her husband, even after he left her in the car for dead; she adores her two children and manages to teach a school. This novel made me visualize Flora’s journey with a variety of language techniques and through the visualistic language. When I got to the very last page, I seriously could not believe it! The writing is so fast paced that I just couldn’t get believe that I had gotten to the last page that quickly! Anyway guys, check out this book! I guarantee you will not be sorry! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you could go anywhere for a day, where would you go and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mia the Magnificent by Elieen Boggess Review

Mia the Magnificent by Elieen Boggess
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Pub. Date: January 4th, 2010
Pages: 161
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Provided for Review

After one summer at the Little Tykes Theatre, Mia Fullerton is meek no more, but that doesn t make her life any easier not in her sophomore year at St. Hilary's, when her best friend Lisa forces her into a dangerously big part in The Music Man. Not when her ex-boyfriend, Tim, is teaching her little brother Chris to treat women like objects. And not when she learns to drive with serious repercussions. Who is Mia? Is she an independent girl like Zoë, her acerbic goth friend from Little Tykes? She d like to be that s why she's volunteering to be onstage for the first time, in a show populated by her first ex and childhood crush Jake, her arch-nemesis Cassie, and new girl in town Alyssa. That s why it's so important she overcome the bizarre driving instruction of St. Hilary's janitor Mr. Corrigan to earn her driver s license, and therefore her freedom. Or is she the girl who misses Tim, even after the way he betrayed her? Tim is smart, funny, and likeable in a distinctly obnoxious way, and he s determined to win Mia back even if he has a funny way of doing so, dating both Cassie and Alyssa at the same time, behind both their backs. Can Mia forgive Tim? Should she instead choose Eric, Zoe s cousin, a nicer and more respectful choice in every way? Or would either choice defeat her goals of independence? And when the worst-case scenarios rear their heads when Mia is forced into the lead in The Music Man, when her first night out on the road goes horribly, when Chris appears headed entirely to the dark side does Mia on her own have what it takes to set things right? Between dog costumes and stage costumes, big embarrassments and bigger chickens, bad singing and worse crashes, and everything else that could possibly go wrong, Mia the Magnificent is a hilarious, clever, and endlessly fun novel, and the best installment yet of the Mia Fullerton series.

My Thoughts:

This novel is so cute! It’s part of a series and told from Mia’s point of view. She’s a sophomore in high school who is barely coming out of her shell, so she auditions for the school play. While having to deal with obnoxious ex boyfriends, over protecting parents, and a set of awesome friends, we can totally see the extradonory transformation Mia makes from the beginning to the end of the book. Boggess does an excellent job delievering a very hilarious yet insipirt storym where young people, even adults such as myself, could walk away from it and learn something as powerful as the unity of friendship, the strength of family and the innocence of being in love. This novel made me laugh and totally empathize with Mia when needed. It is really an excellent novel as well as a must read! Can not wait until the next book comes out! I give it 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
What were you like in high school? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain Review

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont
Pub. Date: December 22nd, 2009
Pages: 372
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

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 his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy'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.


My Thoughts:

What brought my main attention to this novel was the amazing cover! It was remarkably beautiful! I’ve also heard great things in the bloggerverse! Daniel was the guy that just completely stole my heart from the first page he appeared. Grace had this immediate pull to him that just completely mesmerized me! I always kind of suspected different people about the whole crimes thing but by the end I just completely wanted to scream because it was just that crazy! This novel just didn’t stop surprising me. The one and only thing I didn’t like about this novel was Grace’s reaction to the big revelation from Daniel. I know if it would have been me, I would’ve freaked out. Engrossing, beautifully written and boy worthy this novel is sure to make waiting for book two pure agony! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s you favorite quality in a guy/girl? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shattered by Joan Johnson Review

Shattered by John Johnson
Publisher: Mira Books
Pub. Date: December 29th, 2009
Pages: 423
Age Level: Adult
Obtained: Provided for Review

Nine years ago Kate Grayhawk Pendelton walked into Wyatt Shaw's life—and out of it the next morning. Now Wyatt's back—and has the power to shatter Kate's future with the man she loves.

By reputation, Wyatt Shaw is a brutal killer who always gets what he wants. And he wants Kate and her twin eight-year-old sons.

Texas Ranger Jack McKinley is hot on Wyatt Shaw's trail. The presumed heir to the D'Amato crime syndicate is threatening to steal the woman he loves.

Holly McKinley is fighting to keep Jack from leaving her for another woman. Now the secret she's kept for over twenty years may save their son's life, and cost her the only man she's ever loved

My Thoughts:

I got a chance to review this novel and let me say it left me completely breathless! It’s part of a series, and so I hadn’t read any of the other novels in the series but found that I could easily get into this novel without difficulty. The book is told in four different perspectives through third person; Wyatt (the mob boss’ son), Kate (one with a secret), Jack (Tx Ranger), Holly (Jack’s soon to be Ex Wife). I kept reading the book and saying “okie I’ll stop after this chapter” but I literatly stayed up all night finishing it up! The story had me completely hooked! The boys Chance and Lucky were just so adorable! The different little situations that the adults got into, especially the difficulty about relationships was just fascinating to me. I also loved the fact that it’s based in TX as I was born and raised in TX myself. I really liked this novel and look forward to the next one in the series! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Do you believe in love at first sight? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Going to Far by Jennifer Echols Review

Going to Far by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Pub. Date: March 17th, 2009
Pages: 245
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Secret Santa Gift

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...

My Thoughts:

Meg just wanted to get away. Away from HS, home, and that pesky town that made it seem like she was holed up but it all changes one night, when things go beyond her control.
Meg is rebellious. She defies her parents, sleeps around and runs. John, the love intrest, is a pretty interesting character. He’s everything Meg is not but it seems to drive them together. I wish there would’ve been more back bone to their story. Especially the explanation as to why Meg runs. It all just seemed to make me want to know more but it never truly satisfied me. It’s a fun, easy read so check it out! I give it 3.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Have you ever thought about doing something illegal? Why or why not? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall Review

Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randal
Publisher: Bloomsberry USA Children’s Books
Pub. Date: September 29th, 2009
Pages: 304
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

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

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

My Thoughts:

The waking is book one of the dreams of the dead series. It’s about a girl named Kara who moves to Japan with her father after her mother dies in a tragic car accident but then she befriends Sakura, a strange girl who recently lost her sister due to murder. Suddenly very strange thing start to happen in a course of dreams and Kara is forced to make the ultimate decision.

At first I couldn’t get into this novel. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was wonderful, the characters start of fascinating but I guess the big thing was the Japaneses names were a little difficult to pronounce so it was frustrating me a bit, but as the story continued, I found myself captivated into the academy’s life and the unsolved murder. Kara is such a strong willed person, she sees everything on the Brightside and I abs love the fact that the author is so precise about all the details of Japan. I could clearly see it through her eyes. Intreiging and entertaining this novel def makes the cut as the start to what could potentially and ultimately be an amazing series. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the blog:
If you could travel to Japan, what would you like to see and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

After by Amy Efaw Review

After by Amy Efaw
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: August 11th, 2009
Pages: 350
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant...
Before that morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature.
But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made — Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers.
After that morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible — she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


My Thoughts:

Devon’s story is very unique. Abortion is such a difficult topic that a lot of writer’s don’t attempt to even write about because of the intensity and controversy of the subject. Efaw did a fabulous job keeping me on the edge of my seat through out the whole book, right up to the very last word on the last page! It’s originally written in third person, so you don’t get a glimpse into Devon’s mind or even know why or if she was responsible for dumping her baby. But as you continue reading the novel, it seems like it slowly morphs into first person without really taking away the third person point of view. I also loved the different names and little bits and pieces of Devon’s life in prison. Like Karma! I thought that was just really fitting for the situation that she was in. This novel left me questioning everything I’d ever really believed in! Enticing, amazing and a complete must read, this novel will leave reader’s breathless and wanting to find out more! Kudos to Efaw! 5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Should people be innocent until proven guilty? Why or why not? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, January 1, 2010

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen Review

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Puffin
Pub. Date: May 11th, 2004
Pages: 228
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Fifteen-year-old Colie is spending the summer with her eccentric Aunt Mira while her mother travels. Formerly chubby and still insecure, Colie has built a shell around herself. But her summer with her aunt, her aunt's tenant Norman, and her friends at the Last Chance Diner&150 teaches her some important lessons about friendship and learning to love yourself.

My Thoughts:

Colie just never fit in anywhere. Whether she was fat or a reborn skinny girl, she just didn’t fit in. This summer, she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in Colby, North Carolina; where everything changes her forever.

Sarah Dessen is uuuhmazing! I love her writing, her characters, and the plots in her books. They’re so realistic! Collie is an abs strong character, even if she doesn’t know it. This novel just takes you through a complete life alternating experience where we could see her grown from someone who couldn’t believe in her inner beauty to someone who projects utter confidence. It was extremely east to relate to her, for me at least. Having no friends and then suddenly discovering true friendships and trust was just so endearing. Norman! Oh man! There’s a quote on page 91:

“I’m really interested in the idea of anonymity and familiarity and sunglasses, you know, are so indicative of that. I mean, they’re worn by some people to hide themselves but they’re also a fashion statement, meant to be noticed. So there’s a dichotomy there”

He is so right and I’ve just never thought about it in that way! This book has reminded me to appreciate friends, and most of all love in general. Well written, unforgettable characters, as well as an inspiring story for all of us, Dessen succeeds in presenting a suitable for generations to come. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the blog:
Have you ever gone on vacation for the summer? If so where?


As always,
That Chick That Reads