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

Monday, March 29, 2010

Confessions of a Not it Girl by Melissa Cantor Review

confessionsofan Confessions of a Not it Girl by Melissa Cantor   
Publisher: Hyperion 
Pub. Date:  May 1st, 2006 
Pages:  256 pages
Age Level: Young Adult   
Obtained: Library  

High school is never easy . . . and when you are suffering from a hubris complex and are convinced that the gods on Olympus have focused their attention on you, things are sure to get even harder. In this smart and sassy debut novel, the spotlight is on Jan Miller-a self-labeled "Not It" girl struggling to find out what and who she wants. From her best friend, who is an It girl, to her parents, who are way too embarrassing to her crushes (who always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time), there is never a dull moment for Jan. With college application deadlines looming and a group of seemingly vindictive gods ready to sabotage her every move, Jan is about to set off on a memorable trip through senior year and prove that being a "Not It" girl has some major rewards. From first-time author Melissa Kantor comes a fresh and witty look at senior year from the perspective of one girl convinced she is everything but "It." Melissa Kantor teaches at a high school in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband. This is her first novel.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I could not wait until I finished reading this book. And it wasn’t because it was really good; it was mostly because I found it horrible. I mean the main character Jan puts herself down because her best friend is named an “It Girl” in this major magazine but she walks around thinking that she’s pretty much irresistible to all guys. When I got to the end, I was pretty much not surprised by the ending.  I mean don’t get me wrong, some of the stuff in this novel was actually pretty funny but I just couldn’t stand how one moment she would be conceited and have these out of the world scenes play in her mind and then the next minute she’s thinks she’s better than everyone else. Jan’s character seems so one dimensional. Her best friend and her love interest seem to have more depth. Personally I didn’t really like the novel  but maybe it’s just me? Anyway overall I give this novel 2.5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:

If your best friend were the “It Girl”, what would you do? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison Review

thecoldroomThe Cold Room by JT Ellison   
Publisher:   Mira Books
Pub. Date:  March 1st, 2010  
Pages:   416 pages
Age Level: Thriller  
Obtained: Review

He can truly love her only once her heart stops.

Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville—from the Southern Strangler to the Snow White Killer. But she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And similar macabre works are being found in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James "Memphis" Highsmythe, a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor, to put an end to this horror.

Has the killer gone international with his craft? Or are there two "artists," competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth novel in a series but I could honestly say that it could serve as a stand alone novel. I hadn’t read any of the previous novels but I still found it incredibly easy to read. It’s full of suspense and romance, which I found incredibly awesome! The story overall just gave me chills, from the first chapter, up until the end. Oh and not to mention nightmares haha but it’s one of those “I couldn’t stop thinking of the novel so I even dreamt about it” Anyway, so don’t hesitate to read this one! It’s definitely one of my favorite thrillers yet! I give it 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

What’s your dream job? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winners!!

Okie so I got the winners of the Dark Divine Nailpolish! Here they are!

The Booklogist

Jullianne

Jesse

April (Books and Wine)

Congrats everyone! Make sure to send me an email at leslie-lv at hotmail dot com with your address. You have 48 hrs to respond if not we choose a new winner! Thank you to everyone who entered!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott Review

livingdeadgirl Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott   
Publisher:Simon Pulse  
Pub. Date:  September 2nd, 2008
Pages:  170
Age Level: Young Adult   
Obtained: Library

Once upon a time I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time I didn't know how lucky I was.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

My Thoughts:

Okie if you guys want a Go Goosebumps raising book, then you need to pick this one up! It’s a story that needed to be told and Scott did an abs amazing job bringing this girls tragic story to life. It’s a terrifying and chilling story about a girl who was kidnapped 5 years before and tells the story about her life with her kidnapper. It’s just one of those books that has to be put down several times but not because it’s bad but because it’s just that hard to read about her life. As soon as you put it down, you’ll want to pick it right back up because you want to know what happens. Half of the book is told in third person and the other is in first. You can literately see yourself in this girls shoes, feel her pain and see what she’s been through. Scotts “Living Dead Girl” will be a book that will be talked about for decades to come! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:
Have you ever read one of those books that you just had to put down because it was such a difficult topic? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dark Divine Nail polish Contest Extended!

Since I only had 3 people enter in my contest… i’m going to extend it another week… and I made it a bit easier for you guys.. just fill out the form below to be entered! Those of you that had already entered to win the Dark Divine Nail polish I've already entered you so don’t worry about it :)



As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, March 15, 2010

Claudia Gray Book Signing

So last week I got to go to the Claudia Gray Book Signing down here in Austin :) I got there a tad bit late… yeah Goodreads said the event started at 7 but really it was six so I got there right before she started signing books.. but the event was kind of fun so i’ll share some pictures!

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Comment Question of the Blog:

Have you guys gone to any fun book signings lately? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer  
Publisher:  Puffin
Pub. Date:  February 5th, 2009
Pages:  388
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

geekDylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shoc  ked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

My Thoughts:

Robin Palmer’s writing continues to amaze me! It’s just so fun and refreshing to read one of her novels and this one is no exception! This novel is told from two different perspectives. Dylan, the popular girl who thinks everything is perfect and Josh, a film geek who just wants to get into his first choice college. The Different perspectives was really fun and I could clearly see the difference from the beginning of the novel to the end. We see Dylan transform from a big time drama queen to someone who could admire herself for her. Josh turns from a shy guy to someone who can stand up for himself. Palmer clearly captures the frustration and changes, peer pressure of high school. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy were Dylan’s point of views in the beginning. She was just too conceited but I gyess its necessary for the novel to come out the way it did. 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3.5 pawsComment Question of the Day:

If you had a choice to be super popular and have fake friends of be super nerdy and have great friends, who would you be? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Thursday, March 11, 2010

To your Dog’s Health by Mark Poveromo Review

toyourdogsTo Your Dog’s Health by Mark Poveromo  
Publisher:  Poor Man’s Press
Pub. Date:  February 1st, 2010
Pages:  88
Age Level: All ages  
Obtained: Review 

  Written by a man who is passionate about nature and all living creatures, this book contains everything readers could want to know about giving their dogs the best nutrition possible. Arguing that the processed dog foods on the market today ignore the health needs of most dogs, author Mark Poveromo--an expert in animal nutrition and owner of a dog and cat food store--provides readers with information on dog-food brands, holistic and raw dog foods, and recipes tailored to dogs with specific health issues, such as cancer or kidney disease.

Don't be surprised if To Your Dog's Health! makes you apologize to Fido or Fifi for all the years you just opened up any old can or bag of food, put it in a bowl, and left it for the day. And then you get upset, maybe even mad, when you got home from work, tired and maybe a little cranky, only to discover your pet hadn't touched its food.

To Your Dog's Health! just might be your wake up call.

My Thoughts:

We recently got a puppy, so when i got this for review i was super excited! I feel so better educated about my doggie’s diet. It has some interesting experiments, like how to tell if the puppy’s food is fried or not. It goes into what kind of different foods are out there. It educates on how to transition your pet to new pet food. It also explains about how long it takes for the food to be processed. It also includes some home cooked recipes, ones that my puppy abs enjoyed! It’s honestly a very informative read! I give it 4 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:

4 pawsDo you have a pet? What’s  his or her name? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, March 8, 2010

Who wants some Dark Divine Nail Polish!?

Dark Divine Still Life Nisa & Rebecca over at Goodman Media was so awesome to send me 4 bottles of Dark Divine Nail Polish and wants me to give them away to you! There are several ways to win!

First off, you MUST be a follower in order to be able to sign up! (+1 if your a new follower and +2 for old)

Second, you can do one of two things; you can write a post on your blog about forgiveness (+5) or tell me about a time that was really difficult to forgive someone (+2) in the comment section below.

Those are the main requirements!

To earn extra entries:

+1 Commenting on my review of Dark Divine HERE

+1 follow my twitter: @thatchickreads8 (Leave me your @name)

+1 comment on any of my reviews HERE

+1 become my friend on Goodreads HERE

+2 For tweeting it :) Make sure you leave me the http address

A winner will be chosen at random on March 15, 2010. Make sure to leave your email address in the comment section below or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that email me: leslie-lv at hotmail dot com.

Good Luck!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, March 5, 2010

T2T Blog Tour Stop: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

thespy A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee 
Publisher: Candlewick Press 
Pub. Date: March  
Pages: 335
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Blog Tour Stop

This is a colourful, action-packed Victorian detective novel centred around the exploits of 'agent' Mary Quinn. At a young age, Mary is rescued from the gallows by a woman masquerading as a prison warden.  She is taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. The school, Mary learns, is a front for a private investigation agency and, at 17, she is taken on as an agent. In her new role she is catapulted into the family home of the Thorolds to investigate the shady business dealings of Mr Thorold.

My Thoughts:

One word to describe this novel. Amazing! It has everything  from mystery, to love and deception. I honestly could not put it down! Mary is such a strong and compassionate protagonist. There were moments where I laughed, cried and was even surprised. Lee’s writing is just so awesome that you get hooked in from the first word and you can’t put it down! I def can not wait until book two in the series, to see what’s in store for Mary. I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5 pawsComment Question of the Blog:

If you were to be a spy from a movie (like Spy Kids ect), which one would you be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

Check her out guys!

Blog tour schedule with links to participating bloggers on our Weebly: http://travelingtoteenstours.weebly.com/tours---2010.html
Ying's author website: http://yslee.com/
Ying's blog tour schedule on her website, with no links to blogs: http://yslee.com/2010/02/pre-launch-lunacy/
Ying's Twitter: http://twitter.com/yinglee

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Author Spotlight: Y.S. Lee Interview!

I got to interview the awesome Y.S. Lee, author of The Spy in the House! Also if you wanna know how to win a copy check out the link to do so after the interview! So here are the questions guys!

image 1. How did you first get the idea for writing A Spy in the House?

I re-read Jane Eyre and was annoyed, once again, by its ending. I don’t think Jane should have married Rochester; I think she should have taken her massive inheritance and done something really exciting. But then I began wondering about poor, smart, uneducated girls who didn’t have Jane’s options: what happened to them? That was the birth of Mary Quinn.

2. Did you have to do much research about the time period in which Mary lived?

Yes and no. I have a PhD in Victorian literature and culture, so much of my research was already done and lodged uselessly in the back of my mind. I did research specific things, though – shipping insurance, the construction of railways in India, the history of revolvers. I ADORE research.

3. How many books are there going to be in the series?

Right now, I’m writing the third and trying to figure out what I want to write next. There are lots of possibilities for the Agency, and a few non-Agency ideas I want to consider, too.

4. What's the hardest thing about writing?

Finishing a book. Plotting a book is bliss; starting one is a rush. But that bogged-down feeling you get at the 2/3 point of the manuscript? Slogging through that is what distinguishes writers from dreamers.

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

It depends on the interruption. If it’s emotionally stressful, it’s hard to refocus.

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

You have to be a reader before you can be a writer.

7. Tell us something unique about yourself, whether it be hobbies or favorite music.

I have double-jointed elbows. My hobbies are yoga and cooking; my favorite singer-songwriter right now is Rufus Wainwright.

8. Do you listen to music while you write or before? After?

I can’t listen to music with lyrics while writing – I’d just end up singing all day. But afterwards, definitely – it’s a great way to unwind.

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

Anywhere from 5 minutes to 10 hours, depending on the day (and how close my deadline is).

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

Ha! I’ll go with whichever doesn’t involve touching the stranger beside me.

If you wanna win a copy of her novel and some other goodies check out her post in the link below!

http://yslee.com/2010/03/more-loot-aka-the-if-i-were-a-spy-contest/

If you wanna check her out, you can do so below!

Blog tour schedule with links to participating bloggers on our Weebly: http://travelingtoteenstours.weebly.com/tours---2010.html
Ying's author website: http://yslee.com/
Ying's blog tour schedule on her website, with no links to blogs: http://yslee.com/2010/02/pre-launch-lunacy/
Ying's Twitter: http://twitter.com/yinglee

As always,

That Chick That Reads