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