Friday, March 25, 2011

Stargazer by Claudia Gray Review

stargazerStargazer by Claudia Gray (Evernight #2) 
Publisher: Harperteen
Pub. Date: March 29, 2009  
Pages: 329
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.
But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.
Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.
Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning....

My Thoughts:

Ok so I do have to say this book is way better than the first one and that is saying something! The love triangle is incredible as always and the twist and turns that this books goes through gave me a run for my money. This book seems to flow more than the first book. Although it was a little predictable in the beginning, it soon changed and made me guess a little which I enjoyed. I honestly can not wait to read Hourglass, which sits on my bookshelf and will be read very soon! Until then I give this book 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

Who’s your favorite: Lucas or Balthazar? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

therunningdreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Pub. Date: January 11th 2011 
Pages: 352
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook 

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

My Thoughts:

I started running when I was in middle school and through out high school until my knee injury prevented me from running competitively. When I found out about the Running Dream I instantly got it on my nook because I can somehow relate. Jess, the main character in the novel, gets into a freak accident coming back home from a track meet where her leg is amputated and another student loses her life. She struggles with the fact that running is no longer in her future. Which from experience that is the most terrible feeling in the entire world. Knowing that your whole world, everything that you have trained for, everything you actually know is pulled out of your reach. She befriends people that her old self would’ve never befriended, she sees things in a different light. The only thing that I find that some people who have not been in this position is that they might think she complains too much, but think about… if you had everything you ever worked for pulled out from under you, wouldn’t you think it was the end of the world too? It’s heart wrenching, her pain is so visible with every paragraph and every struggle that she has trying to get back on track. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good cry or who’s been in a similar position. I give this book 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment question of the blog:

Did you ever run in high school? Why did you run? If not, did you play any other sport? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard Review

thesecretyearThe Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: January 7th, 2010  
Pages: 192
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia's boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can't mourn Julia openly, and he's tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia's journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he's desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

My Thoughts:

So I had really and I mean really high expectations for this one and they were just not met. The storyline was very good, I just wish there would have been a little more. The ending did not seem to satisfy me in the slightest. The characters seemed a little dry for my tasting but were interesting none of the less. The thing I looked forward to were the journal entries. I also abs love the slow transformation of Colt throughout the novel. It was a decent read, I just wish Hubbard would have given us a little more. I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you keep a journal? If so why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Matched (Matched #1) by Allie Condie Review

matchedMatched (Matched #1) by Allie Condie  
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile  
Pub. Date: November 20th, 2010
Pages: 366
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Ok, this is the beginning of 2011 and I have to say this is the best book I’ve read since Mockingjay! Simply amazing and beautifully written, Condie does such a good job introducing us to this new fire and fight that occurs in the futuristic version of what could happen if we allow technology and officials to take over. Cassia has lived all of her life never doubting her life in the society, it isn’t until Ky’s face shows up instead of Xander on her match card. I can not begin to explain how much I loved this book! It’s just amazing how crazy it would be to live in a society where you don’t have a choice over anything. It would drive me nuts and make me want to fight. I honestly can not wait for book 2! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the day:

Team Xander? Team Ky? Who are you with? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles Review

rulesRules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles 
Publisher:  Walker & Company
Pub. Date: April 27th 2010 
Pages: 324 
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

My Thoughts:

I heard this one wasn’t as good as Perfect Chemistry and honestly.. They’re right. Anytime I hear of the first novel, I swoon because omg it was just that good, but this one wasn’t too shabby! It has everything that the first one had. Danger, Adventure, Forbidden love and most of enjoyable characters and situations. Elkeles does a great job of researching and getting her characters right in check. Sometimes some of the things that the characters did made me want to throw the book across the room but other times I was smiling and laughing because of the things they did. I love knowing what’s going on with the Fuentes brothers and honestly can’t wait for book number 3! I give this book 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Which Fuentes brother is your favorite? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann Review

wakeWake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 210
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.

My Thoughts:

So I love the general idea of the novel. The only thing I don’t like is the writing. It just seems kind of bland. Janie is this abused, isolated kid who jumps from dream to dream. Her mom doesn’t care about her, her best friend cares more about her boyfriend Stu and Janie isn’t a normal teenager. I just think that her character is so bland. Like we know her mom is an alcoholic but there’s like zero interaction between them pretty much. The story line was very good. I love the idea of dream walking and then a love interest that battles it all, but the writing is what got me. It was just so choppy… If it were a little clearer, I probably would have liked it a lot more… For this reason, I give it 3 out of 5 paws.

3_paws_thumb1Comment Question of the blog:

If you could dream walk, would you? Why or why not? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead Review

lastsacrificeLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub. Date: December 7th, 2010
Pages: 594
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.
She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

My Thoughts:

Great ending to a perfect series! I honestly loved it! I’m sad to see it end but I’m happy about the new series that’s coming out next fall! Anyway, this one is jam packed with action and suspense. The characters are abs wonderful as always. Ah Dimitri… <3 Well if I have another child and it happens to be a boy, his name will def be Dimitri because I just fell in love with him. Both he and Rose have this honest relationship and it makes me want that in my own relationship. It’s so cute! But then there’s Adrian, who is also such a cute match for Rose. They have this static relationship and they both seem to match. Who Rose chooses in the end is a secret unless you read the book, so get on it. Anyway, it’s great. I loved it. Sad to see Rose’s story coming to an end but here’s to new beginnings and I hope that Mead’s next book is as successful as this one! I give it 4.5 out of 5 paws!

4_5paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

Team Adrian? Team Dimitri? Who’s your choice and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads