Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick

aseasonofedenA Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick 
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Pub. Date: October 20th 2008
Pages: 248
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook  

He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible.
I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?" The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden." My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. "Let me stay," I said. "Please." "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

My Thoughts:

I was on my way to Tennessee to go see my best friend and I just had to get a couple of books for the plane ride and was very extremely happy to know that it was offered on the Nook! I didn’t think twice to get it because I honestly love this author! This book is to die for! It has everything that you can totally ask for! It’s sexy and smart. The writing is beautiful and paints a very colorful picture of Eden’s mind. It has unforgettable characters, all of whom have their very distinguishable characteristics. I especially loved Mr. Christian! He’s four years older than Eden, even though technically she is of age, and it just seems so wrong but so right you know? I just loved the interactions between both of the characters! It was something that I can totally see happening somewhere at some time. Anyway def a must read. Warwick excels in this teacher-student forbidden romance! Giving it a 4.5 out of 5 paws!

4_5paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Did you ever have a crush on a teacher at school? Why or why not? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always.

That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ARC Family by Micol Ostow Review

familyARC Family by Micol Ostow 
Publisher: Egmont  
Pub. Date: April 2011 
Pages: 384
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Review

It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs.  And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again

My Thoughts:

Family by Micol Ostow was actually really good. I’ve always strayed away from verse type books just because they are sometimes very hard to understand but this one was actually very well written. When I got this in the mail, I immediately freaked out. I mean what was I supposed to make of a cover with a girl’s blank face on it and blood splatters along the book? We’re drawn into Mel’s story immediately when she talks about being broken. I guess this is a very important part to understand about humans. Sometimes when people break beyond repair there’s a reason why they do what they do. The entire novel pretty much revolves around this “godlike” guy named Henry. He was the most calculating, mental and just revolting person I have ever read a book about and that’s saying something. There’s one thing that’s keeping me awake at night and it’s how just like the cover of the book, the novel didn’t really make me picture someone specific. It could be anyone, your neighbor, best friend, brother, sister? The possibilities are endless. There’s just one thing out of the entire novel that seemed to bother me and I don’t necessarly know if it’s done on purpose because I have received an ARC it’s not the complete finished product but I’ll comment on it anyway. The book’s sentence structure is good but at the beginning of them they are not capitalized but certain words are, which I guess if you think about it, they would make perfect sense because they’re the most important part of the book (the capitalized words) because everything else is irrelevant to the character. Overall this book was really good. Ostow honestly blew me away and continues to keep me awake at night with this horrifying view of people that are beyond repair. Kudos! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment question of the blog:

What’s the most horrifying book you’ve read? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate Review

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate (Fallen #1) 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: December 8th, 2009  
Pages: 452
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Borrowed from friend

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

My Thoughts:

I had very high expectations for this novel that were squished as soon as I started reading this book. I’m not going to trash it because it wasn’t that bad, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It had some things that were going for it that I enjoyed which were the forbidden love interest, which was interesting how it turned out. Some of the stuff I did not see it coming at all and I enjoyed it pretty well. The one thing I did not like would have to be the pace. It just seemed to go really slow for me and sometimes I just couldn’t take it, but other than that the book is great! I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws!

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Did you have a favorite scene from the book? Have you read book #2? If so, did you like it? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always
That Chick That Reads