Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Review

acrosstheuniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: January 11th 2011
Pages: 398
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Thoughts:

Ok a lot of you guys are going to judge me for not liking this book but here it goes. This book isn’t horrible it’s just not my cup of tea. It just didn’t really make all that much sense to me. I didn’t like the romance at all between Amy and Ender. It just didn’t seem to click. I didn’t connect to them very well. There were two moments where I did with Amy. The first was when she decided to join her parents in this new journey and the second when she was running in the crops with the no way out. They were well written and I liked how it made me think about how I felt back in my younger ages. I didn’t like the whole mating season or the Elder type dictatorship, which was what it was. I’m not going to completely bash it. I actually liked how she put the book in both of these persepctives giving us the old but new girl who could teach these new people a little something and the old but new guy who learns from girl and falls in love. Would I read #2? Yes. Can I hope it’s going to be a little better than the first? It hopefully will be. I guess it’s because everyone in the bloggerverse seems so excited for this one that it made me a little excited and I just had high expectations for it and when they weren’t met it sort of sucked but I have faith number 2 will be better! Here’s to the future! I give this book 3 out of 5 paws.

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If you had a choice to be frozen to better society in a different planet. Would you? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, June 24, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Review

misspergrinesMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pub. Date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 352
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Review

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

My Thoughts:
I remember back when my grandfather was still living, he used to tell me these stories. Most of them felt so real that I could just touch them and lived them through my imagination. I miss my grandfather so much that sometimes it hurts. After reading the first couple of pages of this book, it kept brining me back to my grandfather. Jacob was just as close to his grandfather as I'd been to mine. His grandfather told him stories about children that could do some pretty cool things like be invisible or being so strong that you were just in so much awe. After being teased about Jacob telling these stories at school he quickly dismissed them as fantasies. It wasn't until his grandfather passed that he quickly realized that he was so very wrong. This world is magical. There are few books that capture my attention like this one did. Riggs made me feel happy, sad, frightened when the right times came. The fact that he used these vintage photographs made this book very unique. I've never seen anything like this before, other than when I was in grade school but this just helped my imagination sore through the roof. This book is intriguing and fascinating. I just can not express how much I love this book. If there's another book coming out, I will be the first one at that bookstore when it opens! I give this one 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s peculiar about you? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Review

theadorationofjennafoxThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Square Fish  
Pub. Date: August 2009 
Pages: 261
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.


My Thoughts: 

So this girl Jenna Fox wakes up from an 18 month coma wondering who she is, where she is, who she is with. She’s then been recovering from this terrible accident that her parents speak of but don’t discuss and it’s up to Jenna to find out exactly who she is and the details of her current reality. I mean who wouldn’t be scared to wake up not knowing the basics? Not knowing your mother, grandmother or even your own father. Having to watch tapes of your own life so you can try to remember important events that should be etched in your brain forever right? This book made me think a lot about motherhood. I’m a new mother, my daughter is just 5 months old and I would do everything in my power to provide the best for her. I could only imagine her parent’s state of mind were during those tough 18 months. I lived in that state for a good 6 weeks after my daughter was born and I would’ve given up my life if it meant that she would live until she had a good life. This book gave me a good insight and Pearson blew me away with this poetic, noteworthy book that branches of into many discussions beyond motherhood and even being a kid. Completely amazing! I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

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What would you do if you woke up from a long coma only to discover you don’t know who you are? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always
That Chick That Reads

Friday, June 10, 2011

Paper Towns by John Green Review

papertownsPaper Towns by John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pub. Date: October 16th, 2008 
Pages: 305
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

My Thoughts:

Ok point blank. I love John Green. Well his writing anyway. His writing is just amazing and funny and just ahh. **swoons** Paper Towns is def on the list of one of my favs of 2010. Ok so there’s this girl, and Q is kind of in love with her. Always has been. Happens to all of us at one point and time right? Well he goes to school one day and she’s gone like the wind and he feels the need to find her. He goes through a long journey and he discovers that he will never be the same again. I guess that’s the main thing I enjoyed about this book. The journey. Not knowing who you are but having to find yourself by going places and thinking about what you want in life. Green’s writing makes me swoon because it so witty and thoughtful. It’s a coming of age novel that I think a lot of people should read! Def a great read! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you know what DFTBA is? If so, then you’re totally awesome and if not.. then.. You’re also awesome!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Review

iamnumber4I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore  
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: August 3rd 2010 
Pages: 440
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook & Hardcover 

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT

My Thoughts:

I have to admit, I read this book because the movie was coming out and I just hate watching a movie that has a book along with it and then going back to re read it.  Anyway, so the book was ok.. When it was first coming out, I had heard a lot of stuff going around in the bloggerverse about how good it was and so on but honestly I feel as if my expectations were set too high for this book. So we meet John. He is supposed to be number four out of nine kids that traveled from the planet of Lorien to Earth so that they could learn their legacy’s and fight against the Mondargarians. The book was pretty action packed and interesting but it took me 4 times as long to finish it than books normally take me and that’s saying something. It has a love interest sort of thing so that was I guess something good. For the most part it entertained me but it was just a meh kind of book. Once I crossed more than halfway through the book I just had to keep reading because it was actually pretty good after everything is explained and so forth. Anyway, I gave this novel 3.5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

Movie or book? Which one was better? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads