Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters Review

bythetimeBy the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Pub. Date: January 5th, 2010  
Pages: 224
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www.through-the-light .com.

While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life…isn’t it?

National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.

My Thoughts:

As I’ve said before. Kids suck. No matter where you go, what you do, someone will always talk smack about you. This novel is well written and it had me guessing and honestly still has me guessing. I felt so sorry for Daelyn though out the entire novel, she didn’t have anyone at school and it seemed like her parents didn’t want her either. I’ve heard of a website similar to the one she visited and it gave me chills every time I read about it. I hate that bullying exist and that it claims lives every single day. Books like these should be a required reading because most people do not realize how badly bullying affects those that they bully. Peters does an amazing job in creating a story that still haunts me to this day. I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Is there anything you do to help prevent Bullycide? Do you have anything at your school? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel Review

girlontheothersideGirl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel       
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Pub. Date: October 30th, 2009
Pages: 184
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Blog Tour 

Tabby Freeman and Lora Froggett go to the same school, but they live in totally opposite worlds. Tabby is rich, pretty, and the most popular girl in her class. But behind closed doors, her 'perfect' life is rapidly coming apart at the seams.
On the other side, Lora is smart, timid, and the constant target of bullies. While struggling to survive the piranha-infested halls of her school, she becomes increasingly nervous that somebody might discover the unbearable truth about what's been happening to her family.
Despite their differences, Tabby and Lora have something in common - they're both harboring dark secrets and a lot of pain. Although they've never been friends, a series of strange events causes their lives to crash together in ways neither could have ever imagined. And when the dust finally settles and all their secrets are forced out into the light, will the girls be saved . or destroyed?

My Thoughts:

Okie so let’s just go ahead and face it: High School sucks. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, there will always be people teasing others. Kerbel did a good job with this novel and it expresses the true nightmares of what teasing does to someone. We have Tabby, the queen bee and head of the piranhas. She and everyone else go out of their way to tease Lora, by tripping her, calling her different names and even go as far as physical abusing her. This novel is just sooo sad! I read this around the time all of the bullycide going around and it seriously touched my heart. I cried so much and I identified with both Tabby and Lora’s characters because they are both not perfect but they have these qualities that make them so unique and they just make me see myself in both of them. Kerbel did a great job of displaying that no matter if someone has all the money in the world, no one is perfect. Very good novel and I highly recommend it! I give this book 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Day:

What do you think of bullying in general? What could we do to help prevent it? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, January 10, 2011

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

crescendoCrescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Pub. Date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 427
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Review

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

My Thoughts:

This book is waaaay beyond better than Hush Hush! Loved it! It is far more action packed and it raises more questions than before. Patch is as awesome as ever, even though he tries to distant himself from Nora. I read this novel in one sitting, I just couldn’t believe everything that had gone on in it! It was just crazy and I found it hard to believe the different directions that the book took. Fitzpatrick leaves us with a major cliffhanger and I’m honestly anxious for the next book to be out already! I give this novel, 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Who did you like better: Scott or Patch? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Penitence by Jennifer Laurens Review

penitencePenitence by Jennifer Laurens 
Publisher:  Grove Creek Publishing
Pub. Date: April 29th 2010 
Pages:  322
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Gift

Seeing good and evil spirits is a gift Zoe guards with her life.
Despite her guardian angel’s disappearance, Zoe forces herself to accept that she still has a purpose—but how does she carry the weight of her brother’s drug abuse, the hardship of living with an autistic sister, and a best friend who’s obsessed with a guy who only wants Zoe?
She’s never felt more alone.
When a mysterious spirit appears, Zoe thinks she has a new guardian angel. Instead, her brother’s addiction worsens, her parents are on the brink of separation, and her best friend tries to kill her. The spirit she thinks is her new guardian isn’t there to protect her: he’s out to destroy her family and seize Zoe’s soul. . . for Hell.
Will Matthias’ return mean that he is Zoe’s guardian angel again? Or is their love the reason the jaws of Hell now gape open?

My Thoughts: (Spoilers from book 1 ahead)

Waking up in a hospital bed after a really bad car accident, Zoe is completely confused. Her guardian has disappeared on her and she doesn’t know what to do. It wasn’t until this new angel shows up that everything in her life begins to complicate, her brother drug abuse gets worse, her loving parents are at the point in divorce and not to mention, her best friend wants to kill her. What will happen?

I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than Heavenly, and that’s saying a lot because I abs loved Heavenly! I loved how developed the characters and the conflicts are getting! It’s very realistic and amazing overall. I so can not wait until the last book in the trilogy! There’s a lot of drama going on in this one and it just gets better and better! Overall I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 paws!

4_5paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you believe in guardian angels? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads