Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Review

thereplacementThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: September 21st 2010
Pages: 343
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Thoughts:

I’ve heard great things about this one from not just people in the bloggerverse but librarians in my local library and a couple of friends. I was intrigued but at the same time I thought, faeries? Really? I’m not so big on the whole faerie story so it took me a little while to pick it up but I just couldn’t put it down right afterwards. Well in this book we meet Mackie who is what they call a replacement. He was left to die in a crib in exchange for a human baby. He wants to be normal. Needs to be. This book is so beautifully written. I hardly ever see books written from a males point of view and when I do it always surprises me at how good they are written. This novel gave me nightmares at night. I had just had my baby not to long after I had begun reading this book and until just recently just started putting her to bed in her own bedroom instead of my own. Yeah, it was kind of creepy. Anyway, if you really enjoy a good book about faeries, then this is def a must read. Yovanoff does an excellent job in scaring the living stuff out of anyone with this lyrical read. I give this 5 out 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What are your favorite faerie books if you have read any? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver Review

deliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: Feburary 1st 2011
Pages: 441
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

My Thoughts:

Ok I don’t think I can express how much I love Lauren Oliver’s writing but here it goes! I abs superduppery LOVE IT! Delirium is the story of a girl named Lena who lives in this world where love is considered a disease but at the age of 18 she will be cured by this so called treatment. She is eager for her surgery and it’s all she can think about the entire time until she does the unthinkable, she actually falls for a boy whom she met while doing her test to be matched. This book is actually very calculating, it seems like this society is trying to void all human emotion because you know what become of human emotion. I mean, think about this for a minute. Would you rather give up all human emotion and live a perfectly safe life or would you continue to have emotion but be in constant danger having to worry about your every step? I love how Oliver gives us those moment with the characters mother and how something as ridiculous (to us anyway) as having love become this deadly disease, can trigger to so much thinking. I mean what would you do if you’re entire life you were knew you were going to have this big surgery that you knew would somehow cure you, but then you fall in love and think you have the disease and you were going to die this horrible horrible death? Oliver kept me completely enthralled the entire book. This book reminds me of the hunger games, how it’s not a love story. It’s a revolution, to take a stand against something that had once made you ignorant but not anymore. I honestly can’t wait for the next one! Oliver was so cruel as to how she ended this one, so I need book two now! I give this book 3.5 out of 5 paws!

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if love really was a disease? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder Review

chasing brooklynChasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: January 5th 2010
Pages: 412
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

My Thoughts:

This book is beautiful. It’s written in two perspectives, which I looooove! It’s a book told in verse, which I didn’t know until after I had bought the book and I’ve said this before but I tend to stay away from verse because sometimes they are very difficult to understand but this book has to be considered song worthy! This book made me want to believe that something good can happen out of a tragedy. It’s about forgiveness and being able to stand out and hope for something better. Brooklyn lost someone she clearly cared about, but so did Nico. It’s difficult for both of them in their totally different ways but you can tell each of them have a hard time dealing with Lucas’ death and this story tells it so clearly and you can just fell your heart quench when certain things happen. Anyway, it’s really good and def my favorite book by Schroeder! I give this book 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

Do you like books written in verse? If so, which ones? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Review

annaandthefrenchkissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
Publisher: Dutton
Pub. Date: December 2nd 2010
Pages: 372
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

My Thoughts:

If I had to choose my favorite book that I read in 2011 up to date it would have to be Anna and the French Kiss! It’s so cute and adorable. The characters, Anna’s world and the author’s writing style made me read this book in less than a day! Anna is just one of those characters that I immediately connected to, I may not have moved to a totally different country but it sure did feel that way. Then there’s St. Claire who is totally swoony! He seems just like any guy. He has his strengths and his faults, which has to be one of the things I really loved about this book! It’s not one of those books that are just like omg I’m in love with that boy the entire time, it’s a gradual type of thing. Which makes this book more realistic. I am definitely picking up anything this author writes. I’m completely blown away. I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if your parents told you, you were going to school in a different country? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daily Guidepost: The First Year of Motherhood by Julia Attaway Review

motherhoodDaily Guidepost: The First Year of Motherhood by Julia Attaway 
Publisher: Guidepost books
Pub. Date:  April 1st 2011
Pages: 400
Age Level: First Time Parents
Obtained: Received for Review

Presented in the popular Daily Guideposts format, this encouraging devotional is written by experienced mothers for new mothers.

Though the first year of motherhood is a blessing, it can also be a physical, emotional and spiritual challenge. Written specifically for new mothers who have only a few minutes to pray each day, the pieces in this devotional come from experienced moms of faith who offer companionship, insights, struggles and laughter. More than fifteen contributors share how God has been with them as they've changed diapers, gone through unexpected changes in their prayer lives, and dealt with changing relationships with friends, spouses and family. Each day's short reading offers a nugget of practical faith to absorb, a Bible verse, and a prayer.

As editor Julia Attaway explains in her Introduction, 'This book is a guidebook of sorts, a travelogue written by those who have already gone down the sometimes rocky road of becoming a parent. The twenty moms (and one dad) you'll meet here will regale you with tales of love, frustration, exhaustion and humor. They open their hearts and lives so that you can walk with them through the daily challenge of growing in faith and parenting wisdom.' New mothers will find support and laughter in Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood and a new and welcoming group of friends and prayer partners.

My Thoughts:

If you're a first time parent, you know that life with a newborn is not easy. Even if you have two, three, ten kids it doesn't make it any easier. The first year of motherhood is always the toughest. You have to go by instinct. Some, as with myself, worry about not being a good mother or not doing the right thing. I had my daughter 6 months ago and these past 6 months have been an adventure to say the least. My daughter was a preemie born at 32 weeks, weighing in at 2 lbs 15 oz. It's hard having a preemie, she isn't as advanced as a normal child her age is and the doctors kept telling me that she would catch up by the time she turns 2. It doesn't make it any easier when I don't know anyone who's had a preemie. Well this book has an author in it who did. It broke my heart when I read "I strained my ears, wanting to hear a baby in the car seat behind me, but it sat empty, straps flopped open. I thought of my baby girl and my heart screamed "Turn Around!" as we placed more miles between us. How could we leave her?" (Hatcher 9.) Finally someone who understands! I felt completely helpless having to leave my daughter in the NICU. I had this birth plan and it all went wrong. No one understood my frustration at leaving my daughter at the hospital. It wasn't until I read that passage that it occurred to me that I wasn't the only one. I had someone out there in a similar situation, who at one point thought just like me. There was another one about a mother's friend holding her child and making her smile. The child had not once smiled like that at their mother and she felt incredibly jealous. I was also once in that same position! It's crazy because now because of this book I have found myself thinking it's normal! I'm not a bad mother! Just because I behave this way or that way does not make me a bad mother! Forgetting a diaper or her bottle is normal. Every time I read something of the sorts I thank god for honestly not making me the only one. These women have guiding me in accepting that every once in a while I might need help and it's normal to want to pull your hair out, or normal to look like a zombie. It's ok! Honestly couldn't have hoped for a better book! I give this one 5 out of 5 paws! Every new and even repeat mother definitely needs a copy and with mother's day around the corner I highly suggest it!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What was your most memorable memory of either your child or a young child that you took care of, family ect. Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads