Friday, October 28, 2011

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin Review

allthesethingsivedoneAll These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Pub. Date: September 6th 2011
Pages: 354
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

My Thoughts:

One of the best books I’ve read all year! Imagine living in an era where paper, chocolate and even technology were either too expensive or illegal? Anya, the daughter of a popular mob boss, has to take care of and raise her two siblings (her older brother who is mentally handicapped and her younger sister) after her father is killed and her grandmother is bedridden. They live comfortably but it’s still tough when everyone believes that she should take head of the family business one day. She befriends and starts falling in love with the ne assistant D. A. son and it all seems to go down hill from there. Her ex boyfriend gets poisoned accidentally by the chocolate she gives him and she’s made out to be the criminal they think she is. I like different dystopia books. The writing in this one is engrossing, the characters have problems like you and I do and they’ve got their own personality and it shows with their actions and what they say in the book. Few authors manage to completely captivate me but this book was just too awesome. I give this one 5 out of 5 paws.

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

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As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble Review

dreaminganastasiaDreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pub. Date: September 1st 2009
Pages: 310 pages
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought  

What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?

Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.

In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…

My Thoughts:

I went to the movies one day and the girl behind the counter selling tickets was reading this book. I asked her if it was good and she was just raving about so I decided to get it. I do have to say it took me a while to get into it. The one thing that I regret not knowing is that it had to do with the Russian Anastasia! The girl who went missing after all of her family was murdered. Once I caught onto that fact I was just like ahhh! That is sooo cool! I mean it's kind of neat to hear because it's a good theory as to what happened to her. The witch Baga Yaga is one of those characters from the Disney Movies. Most of the time I pictured her to be Ursula because of how they described the house with legs! I loved that there was some romance in the book but it didn't take up every single page. The only thing I didn't like was that it just seemed like they were always on the run. It seemed a little unreal but if magical characters were chasing you I guess it can make a little more sense. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 paws!

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What do you think happened to the royal family? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, October 14, 2011

Guest post: Author T.P. Boje

ThereseHave you ever wondered where you go when you die? Haven’t we all at some point? I used to do it a lot as a kid. Is heaven for real and what is it going to be like once I get there? What kind of a body will I have? What will I look like? Will all of my family come with me? Will I meet my grandmother there? When I was a child I remember reading Astrid Lindgren’s “The Brothers Lionheart”. To those who don’t know it, it is a book about two brothers that both die and goes to the country Nangijala, a land in "the campfires and storytelling days". Here the brothers experience great adventures. Together with a resistance group they lead the struggle against the evil Tengil, who rules with the aid of the fearsome fire-breathing dragon Katla. It is really a very beautiful book and I remember how it made me look upon death in a totally different way. Like it could actually be a new adventure. As I grew up I never thought much about life after death and if there really was one or not. I was busy living my life and thinking about my life here on earth. But then one day not many months ago a thought just popped into my head. What if we have to go to school when we die? As it so often happens, the thought wouldn’t go away again once it had come into my head, and I started playing with the idea. If it is true that we leave our bodies here on earth, then we must have some new body on the other side, right? And it would probably take some time to get used to that new body. And how about going through walls and doors and stuff? I mean if we become spirits then we would have to learn how to do all those things, right? And what about flying? That is not something that comes to us easily. We would have to practice first, right? And someone would have to teach us. So eventually I started imagining this school that we all had to graduate from in order to be let into heaven, and soon Meghan popped into my head and started walking around on that school - that just had to be run by angels. She soon made some friends and fell in love (as it often happens when you are sixteen). And that was when the problems began. Because the boy was still human, living on earth, so how could they ever be together? That was when I realized that a book-series was born. And just like the book “The Brothers Lionheart” from my childhood, it was about how dying is only the beginning of the next great adventure.

the academy finalCheck out her novel The Academy!

Have you ever wondered where you go when you die?

Meghan is 16 when it happens to her. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle. She meets Mick who helps her through a difficult time in a different world filled with heavenly magic. One day she finds a mirror in the cellar of the school and goes through it. She ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan knows something important. Soon she will have to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now, and the one she left.

The Academy is a Y/A paranormal romance and the first book in T. P. Boje’s Afterlife-series.

T. P. Boje is a mother of two, a stepmother of another two and a hardcore cartoon lover, Tim Burton enthusiast, and enjoys any movie the Coen Brothers have made (with the big Lebowski being her favorite strongly followed by Burn after Reading). She is also a writer of Y/A Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. She is originally from Denmark but currently living in Florida, USA. Her books are translated into several languages.

To learn more follow her on Twitter, visit her fansite on Facebook or check out her web-page: http://www.tpboje.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kristin Miller Review

theeternalonesThe Eternal Ones by Kristin Miller  
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: July 12th 2011
Pages: 416
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Haven Moore has always lived in the town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in fiery tragedy.
One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer from a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know whom to trust?

My Thoughts:

I didn’t know what to think about The Eternal Ones at first. A lot of people loved it but then I heard about other people that didn’t like the series as much. The thing I love most about this book was that the main thing about this book was about soul mates, finding that right one. I do believe that we are meant to be with someone and there are soul mates and I agree with everything in this book, aside from a few minor things but most of the stuff was great! Haven was such a relatable character. She’s so awesome even if she doesn’t know it herself and that’s what continues to make her great! It did start off slow but as I continued to read it, I couldn’t put it down. I was intrigued with the society and Ethan. My favorite character of all was Beau! He was just totally awesome. The fact that they remembered their past lives was so intriguing. I’m def going out to get the next book really soon. I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

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Do you believe in soulmates? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Winner of The Lost Saint ARC!

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And we have a winner! Sizzling Reads was randomly selected by random.org! You have 48 hours to email me back if not we will have another lucky winner! Stayed tuned for some more book giveaways! I have a whole bunch of em!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Who wants an ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain?

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I have an extra ARC copy of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain. All you have to do to enter is leave your email address in the comment section below! Winner will be drawn this Friday at 5 p.m. central.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Review

bloodlinesBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

My Thoughts:

I loved Vampire Academy. I loved Rose and was so sad when it ended but when I heard about the new series that was in the works I got excited until I heard that it was going to be from Sydney’s point of view. I started it and just couldn’t get into it at first but after the third chapter it quickly picked up and just couldn’t imagine it being in any other perspective except Sydney’s. There’s action, romance (sort of), and a lot of our favorite character’s from the VA series make an occasional stop to say hello in this one. Adrian lovers will def enjoy this book! I looove Dimitri and plan to name one of my future boy after him but Adrian he’s just a whole thing! A lot of this book is just too awesome. I wouldn’t read it unless you’ve finished VA because it will, one: ruin the series for you and two: probably help with some of the stuff that’s in this book. There was a lot of stuff that surprised me and I can’t believe how it ended. I literately jumped up and yelled no way! I can’t wait for The Golden Lily! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

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Were you excited to see Adrian and the gang in this series? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads