Thursday, September 29, 2011

Donut Days by Lara Zielin Review

donutdaysDonut Days by Lara Zielin
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pub. Date: August 6th 2009
Pages: 243
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend's not speaking to her, a boy she's known all her life is suddenly smokin' hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.
But this weekend Emma's only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn't quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.
In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.

My Thoughts:

I did have to say I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had some things that are normally not discussed in any YA settings and I have to give it to Zielin for doing a great job with it! We see conflict with religion and what it means to go out and break out of your shell. Her parents are both extremely religious, so religious in fact that the money they’ve been saving up for college has to go toward a religious school. She then decided to try and write a story and win the grand prize of a scholarship to be able to go to school. While she does this she meets a colorful amount of people that show her what it means to go out and live your life for you. This book was just so incredibly sweet. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. I was rooting for Emma the entire time and it just makes me feel so honored to read such a good humored book like this. Props to Zielin for this wonderful book and I will def be looking out for more books! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

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If you had to camp out for the opening of something what would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead Review

ironcrownedIron Crowned by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Zebra
Pub. Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 375
Age Level: Adult
Obtained: Bought 

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril. . .

My Thoughts:

This review contains spoilers from previous books.. This is my least favorite series from Mead. I'm not saying it's a bad thing because to be fairly honest I abs love all of Mead's books, it's just that this one just doesn't do it for me. I guess I can start with the characters. I love Dorian. I think I always have, always will love him. He is def one of my favorite characters from this series despite his need for growing power. The whole thing this series revolves around is not letting the prophecy come true. What is the prophecy you may ask? Well to not let the first Storm King grandson live. So Eugine apprehends her teen sister who is determined to make this prophecy live. Anyway so she had her locked up and now in this book she thinks that she needs to give her a little bit more freedom and that she does. I don't know I'm just not super crazy about this book.. I'll def read the last one because I'm a loyal Mead fan but she's killing me with this one. Although I felt like an idiot at the end because I should've seen it coming but it just completely took me by surprise. Anyway, I give this one 3 out of 5 paws.

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If you could own a kingdom and make it shift into anything you wanted, what kind of kingdom would you have? Lemme know in the comment section below!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

White Cat by Holly Black Review

whitecatWhite Cat by Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Pub. Date: May 4th 2010
Pages: 203
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

My Thoughts:

What can I say about this book other than I abs loved it! I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! Black created a whole new world where it's lit a curse to be known as a curse worker. Well this book is about Cassel who's whole life has been told he isn't a worker and will never be because workers aren't made they're born. He feels like the outsider since every member in his family is a worker. Suddenly strange things start happening to Cassel and many of them revolve around a White Cat. It's so rare when I actually read a book with a male protagonist and I have to say it's kind of refreshing. His family sometimes would remind me of my own in ways but without the whole curse work world behind it. This book, like I said, is amazing! I had to def go out and get the next one! I give this one 5 out of 5 paws!

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If you could get changed into any animal what would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

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That Chick That Reads

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles Review

jumpingoffswingsJumping off Swings by Jo Knowles  
Publisher: Candlewick Press 
Pub. Date: August 11, 2009
Pages: 230
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.

Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their "one-time thing" is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result. Told alternately from each character’s point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl’s life — and the realities of leaving innocence behind.

My Thoughts:

This book is in my top 5 books of the year. I loved it so much that I read it in one sitting! When you get pregnant by chance, it affects everything in your life. Your friends, your relationships, your family, your life in general. It's just one of those books that's blunt. Teen pregnancy isn't glorified, it's not fun, it's not cool. It just happens and you have to make the best of a situation. This book is told from four different perspectives. You have Ellie, the girl who wants to believe in true love but in the end winds up pregnant, Josh, the virgin turned baby daddy after just one time, Caleb who is Josh's best friend, and Corinne who is Ellie's best friend. All four are affected by just one single act. All are driven differently by either anger, hurt, sadness, alienation, confusion. This book is one of those that had me thinking. This def made top 5 out of 2011! Knowles really blew my mind! Can't wait to see what this author writes next! I give this book 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you think show’s like 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom have an effect on teen pregnancy today? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel Review

darkflameDark Flame by Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Pub. Date: June 22nd 2010 
Pages: 320
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Ever is trying to help Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat—exposing their secret world to the outside. As Ever struggles to keep the Immortals hidden, it only propels Haven closer to the enemy—Roman and his evil companions

At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magic to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman—and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself—and her future with Damen …

My Thoughts:

It took me forever to actually read this one. I just kept reading and then stopping because I just couldn’t get into it and then I finally sat down and read it and have to say I’m disappointed. I wanted to finally see some improvement from the previous book but if anything it left me even more confused and wondering how Ever and Damien were going to have their happy ever after. It just didn’t have any plot advancements. We are left in the same place that Damien and Ever were from the beginning. Now we have Haven. The recently turned immortal in this story. It just seems like immortality is more of a curse than a gift in both cases. While Ever is trying to manage Haven she also has to deal with Roman who she accidently bound to. I just don’t know. I loved Evermore, Blue moon and even Shadowland but this one is a little harder to love. Anyway I give this book 3 out of 5 paws.

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What would you do if you were immortal? Lemme know in the comment section below!

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That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen Review

whathappenedWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen  
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pub. Date:  May 10th 2011
Pages: 402
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Who is the real McLean?
Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

My Thoughts:

I do have to say that this book is a little different than most of Dessen's books. Most of the books have the parents absent but this one is about bringing a family back together after it's been torn apart. We meet the main character, Mclean. She started to live with her dad after he and her mother divorced. It's been two years and in those two years she's had three different identities for each of the towns she'd lived in. They had just settled into a new town and she was going to create a brand new identity when she meets a boy, Dave, who she tells her real name to. This book is a self discovery one. She doesn't know who she is anymore because of all the different identities she had taken up. I loved all of the characters, especially Deb. Dessen always has a way of making her books so genuine. I can totally relate to Mclean. Being able to relate to a character is so important to me as a reader! If you've been a long time fan of Dessen's, like myself, you might have noticed a couple of her other characters and places from her other books. Which always takes me by surprise! Although like I said this one was a bit different than the other ones, but I have to say in a good way. Way to go Dessen and I can't wait for the next one! 4 out of 5 paws!

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What Dessen book is your favorite & Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads