Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez Review

thedownsideofbeingcharlieTitle: The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Pages: 268
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2012
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Audience: Teen
Obtained: Review for Seta Zink

Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.
Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?

My Thoughts:

First off I want to thank Seta Zink for an ARC copy of this book. Can I just say how much I loved this book! Its def something totally different than some of the stuff I've been reading lately. Charlie is not our typical MC. He struggles with his weight, isn’t confident and always gets bullied but this is his year. He doesn’t want to be known as that kid anymore. He loses weight and he thought that it would change everything but it doesn’t.

Charlie is such a great character. He’s shy and honest. He’s funny. I saw the teenage boy in the voice that the author wrote. There so much honesty in this book. His family problems are real. There are a lot of families out there that go through the same thing that Charlie does. I’ve seen it first hand and it honestly is greatly executed in this book. I give the author props because those topics are really hard to write about, especially in YA.

I also loved the minor characters. His best friend is just so random. He likes to dress and talk like one of the guys from the Pack Rat and it’s just so crazy how good of a relationship they have. You can tell he would do anything to help Charlie and that’s what true friends are like. It was so good to see that. I also really loved the teacher. We don’t often give those few teachers that notice that things are off credit. Those are the teachers who save lives. I can’t express how much I loved everything about this book. It was so well written and just Charlie’s voice is just unforgettable.

This author does an excellent job battling topics like mental illness and bulimia. It’s serious but she finds a way to put it into an optimistic way. It’s not dark and I love that because that’s what  gets you to move forward. In all that negativity you find hope. I honestly can’t wait to read more books from this author. This book is def must read for anyone. It sends out such a good message.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What do you think about dark topics in YA literature? Do you think they help? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows Review

incarnateTitle: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Pages:  374
Publishing Date: January 31st 2012
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Audience: Teen
Obtained: Borrowed

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Heart
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

My Thoughts:

I don’t know how to feel about Incarnate? There were some parts in the book that made me completely swoon and then there were so many other times when I thought “Really?” with the occasional eye roll here and there. I mean it was good romantic wise but I just wished it explained more into the complexity of the book. There were a lot of questions that I wish that were explained better.

I loved the concept of the book. Reincarnation is totally complex and such an incredibly cool thing. The fact that after “x” amount of years that this newsoul came about really intrigued me. Common questions that I found myself asking were, “how?” “why was she the first newsoul?”. The answers to those questions were never answered.

I felt like the entire book was just centered around Anna and Sam and their relationship. Although it’s difficult to picture Sam as anything but an old man. I mean how many times do we have to hear about his past lives. The cemetery scene was just a bit much for me to be honest. While ignoring that, their relationship seemed pretty good. I really liked how it took time for her to actually like him and it wasn’t abrupt like some of the other young adult novels I’ve read lately.

The thing I really like about Ana was the fact that she’s so sheltered but just hate that for 18 years she was mentally and physically abused. Wouldn’t that break a person down? There has to be side effect of this right? Am I the only one to think this? I mean just in the first chapter her mother sends her out to pretty much die in the wilderness with a broken compass. That girl should’ve known better.

The thing that bothered me the most was just the fact that although she wanted answers, there was little time that she actually looked for them. I mean there were times spent at the library and other little things here and there but other than that she didn’t really discover much of anything. It just kind of bothered me through out the book.

I’m kind of anxious to see how the next book plays out. Like I said, it wasn’t bad at all. I just wished there were more answers to the questions. Here’s to hoping #2 exceeds my expectations…

Comment Question of the Blog:

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

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Review

starcrossedTitle: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Pages: 487
Publishing Date: May 21st 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Audience: Teen
Obtained: Nook and Softcover bought

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart

My Thoughts:

I was a little hesitant to read this book. Don’t ask me why? I guess I just have to be in the mood to read a certain kind of book. There were some good things that I loved about the book but there were also some things that I wish could’ve been done a little better.

It’s been a long time since I haven’t read a novel where there is a single parent or where there are absentee parents involved. I guess I felt that it was expected I guess? I don’t know. I guess I have to give her father credit. At least he wanted to parent her. Although it felt more like a Bella/dad relationship. I just wish they would’ve developed more of a relationship. That would’ve def been a refresher.

Let’s stop and talk about the main characters. In the beginning of the novel they’re trying to kill each other! They seriously try killing each other! It’s described as this incredible hate that fuels that murderous state. I think that’s pretty cool to be perfectly honest. The only problem I have with this is that if they’re in a school and that hate is so powerful, how can they not just go and finish each other off? I don’t know.. Well anyway, so not to get into too many details their debt is paid and they stop their murderous streak. I don’t know how I feel about the whole murder ordeal at all.

The one thing that I really did enjoy is that the minor characters were very present in the book. It was actually a very awesome thing! I abs loved all of their qualities.

The greek mythology was actually a cool concept. I really liked how everything turned out. It’s actually one of the few mythological books that I’ve read and that aspect def wasn’t disappointing.

The only thing that I really didn’t like was the fact that it seemed to Twilight-ish. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Twilight. I just disagree with the concept. I guess it’s because I would hate it if my daughter just completely gave up because a boy left her sort of thing. Anyway, I guess if you like Twilight, then Starcrossed is def up your alley.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s your favorite mythological character and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bumped by Megan McCafferty Review

bumpedBumped by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pub. Date: April 26th, 2011 
Pages: 336
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

My Thoughts:

Ok can I say one word to describe this novel? Amazing! Best novel of 2011 maybe? Actually definitely! Well I mean what's to expect from the author of the Jessica Darling Series, which by the way is super awesome! Anyway.. As you guys all know, with shows in today's society like 16 & pregnant, Teen Mom and other Teen Pregnancy celebrities; Pregnancy has now been glorified in this society. These girls get paid thousands of dollars to show other teens tough it is to be a teen parent or to give up their child for adoption. Well this book is about two teens, and the pov is split between them both. Melody is from a society where teen pregnancy is encouraged, even glorified because there is a virus that inhibits anyone above the age of 18-19 to conceive. Harmony is from the churchy side and they believe that marriage comes first and then the act of having children. They are two twins that got separated at birth. I love the two perspectives that this novel gives! McCafferty does a great job with this novel. It made me question so many things and honestly this might be a possibility in the future! One thing I do have to point out is that condoms are illegal! How the f are you supposed to have safe sex? What about those teens that don't want to be pregnant? These are questions I am definitely wanting to know and hope to find out in the next book! McCafferty really leaves us hanging on that last page. Even made me yell out "Oh Come On". Having said that, I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What do you think of the show 16 & pregnant? The good, the bad  and the ugly. Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, March 5, 2012

Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead Review

succubusrevealedSuccubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Kensington  
Pub. Date: August 30th 2011
Pages: 277 
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is. . .

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations. . .to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for. . .

My Thoughts:

What can I say? I hate to say Georgina and Seth go. I loooove them! I’ve been reading about them since the very start and this has def been my favorite series of all time! This one is a little different than the other ones in the series. It didn’t have as much sex in it, but it had the answer to questions I’ve been wanting to know since the very beginning. The characters have always been great! Seth has been by far my favorite! He’s sexy, smart and cares about Georgina and his family beyond belief. My other favorite had to have been Carter. He’s just so awesome and is always there when Georgina needs him and his angelic ways. There was a lot of stuff in this book I totally didn’t see coming and I kept squeeling and saying no way! It’s crazy! This series had it’s ups and downs, well more ups than downs, and it’s taken me on a rollercoaster ride I will never forget. I feel sad that’s Mead is going to stick with her young adult series for now but if she’s planning on doing anything like another Georgina look a like series I’m game! I give this one 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What’s your favorite Georgina scene? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting Review

desiresofthedeadDesires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub. Date: February 15th 2011
Pages: 368
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

My Thoughts:

Well I kind of liked the first one and I have to say it was the same thing with this one. There's more body finding but this time the FBI is involved, as well as some new characters that I hope we learn more of in future books. Violet is trying to adjust to her new relationship with her boyfriend and having this ability to find bodies. There are also some new kids in town and more mysteries! I def love Derting's writing. The character's were just as great as the first one. The only thing that I just couldn't stand was the whole moping around for like 3 days. I mean come on! Stuff happens, get over it.. Anyway, I do have to say she left a good cliff hanger and I want to know what happens! I give this novel 3 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:

What kind of mysteries would you have liked to solve? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Everlasting by Alyson Noel Review

everlastingEverlasting by Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub. Date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 320
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.
Will they be united-or torn apart forever? Readers will finally discover the truth in this anxiously awaited conclusion!

My Thoughts:

Ok this one is def my favorite book out of the series. I read this one pretty quickly. It was everything I hoped that the series would be. Every answer I wanted to know since the beginning of the series was answered through out the book. Noel did an amazing job of answering those questions with such detail that it just amazed me. Damien continues to be my favorite character of the series. The twins were also so awesome! The finale was just so great! I’m still in shock by it! I hate that it’s finally over but I have to say that It just left me so satisfied. I can’t wait to read more of Noel’s stuff! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

If you’ve read the book, did you like the ending? If not, are you excited to read it? lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Red Glove by Holly Black Review

redgloveRed Glove by Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pub. Date: April 5th 2011
Pages: 325
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

My Thoughts:

This has to be my favorite series recently! I loooved White Cat and I went and got Red Glove after I finished reading it. Cassel is my favorite bad/good boy! He’s so powerful but he’s so reluctant to use it which is just awesome but scary. Like I said in my White Cat review, I just loved the world Black created! It’s like modern day segregation and wanting to change things! It had so much going on but instead of feeling overwhelmed I wanted to find out more and more and more. The male perspective is one of the best I have seen in a while! His voice is so real and his struggles are real and his love is so real! I just love it! The ending was one that I was def not expecting and it just made me want the next book like right now! If anyone has an ARC you know I would love to borrow it! I give this one 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if your mom made the girl/guy of your dreams fall in love with you permanently? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Ever After by Amy Huntley Review

theeverafterThe Ever After by Amy Huntley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: October 1st 2009
Pages: 248
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this - she is dead. And alone in a vast, dark space. The only company Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can re-experience - and even change - moments from her life.

Her first kiss.

A trip to Disney World.

Her sister's wedding.

A disastrous sleepover.

In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and frightening truths about her life - and death.

My Thoughts:

I honestly had no clue what the book was about when I bought it. A couple of years ago one of my blogger friends told me “hey read it, you’ll like it” so I bought it. I have to say that I was sad when I learned that she was essentially dead. How she died? Even she does not know. We are then taken through memories from every single moment that she had ever lost an object and through those moments we learn so much about her life when she was alive as well as the one in the afterlife. This book has friendships and love and that sense of family that not even death could take it away. I honestly had never thought about this concept before. I find myself thinking about what if we were essentially non existent but we are able to travel through our lives with out memories. I would def enjoy the moments with my husband and daughter the most. This book had me crying so bad at the end because it was just that good. I did not want it to end! I wanted to continue her story. It made me sad but happy all in one. Huntley def did a good job with this one! Now my head is going to be spinning with the possibility of an Ever After. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could travel back and relive one of your memories, which one would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han Review

thesummeriturnedprettyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: April 6th 2010
Pages: 276
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Some summers are just destined to be pretty. Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

My Thoughts:

I honestly can’t believe how awesome this book was! It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for so long and I just never had any real interest to read it until the other night. I enjoyed it so much. It was fluffy, and it had real problems that you would encounter in everyday life. I abs love Belly’s character! She’s this shy girl who all over the sudden transforms into this beauty queen. She’s kind of awkward but confident all at once. Her childhood crush of all time seems to be distant but ever so present in her life. It’s just one of those books that I wish I could live her life. To be able to go to this summer house, every single summer and enjoy it. To make memories like the ones we are flashbacked to in this book. I would honestly love to have a chance at that. This book in ways is sad because while all this fantastic yet terrible thing is happening to Belly, there are other things going on that are just crazy. Like not crazy exactly, it just makes you realize how everyone has a life and sometimes you get too involved in yours to even notice. Anyway, I can not wait to get my hands on the other two. Which I will very soon! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Did you ever have a summer thing you always did? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson Review

thelastlittleblueenvelopeThe Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: April 26th 2011
Pages: 282
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

My Thoughts:

So I’ve been anxiously waiting for this book to come out since book number one! I wanted to know desperately what was going to be in the last blue envelope. Well just like any of her other novels, Johnson def did not disappoint. It was funny, entertaining and it had a little of everything. From romance, to living with a broken heart, to almost getting arrest, to traveling around the world in what seems like a minute with a complete stranger. I actually loved this novel just as much as the first one and that’s saying something because some authors can’t bring it back in a good second book but it was just so awesome. It def has some Maureen in it. The book is silly and serious when it needs to be and it the ending def left me satisfied. Couldn’t ask for a better follow up! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Would you go off with a complete stranger on a crazy adventure in order to recover something that essentially belonged to you? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz Review

lostintimeLost In Time by Melissa de la Cruz 
Publisher: Hyperion  
Pub. Date: September 27th 2011
Pages: 342
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

After their beautiful yet brief bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force are forced to separate. To fulfill the Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler travels to Alexandria to search for Catherine of Siena and the Gate of Promise. But Schuyler quickly discovers that everything she believed about the Gate to be wrong. Meanwhile, Jack makes the difficult decision to return to New York to face his twin and former bondmate, Mimi. But instead of a bitter reunion, he is faced with a choice for which there is no good option.
Mimi, with a most unexpected travel companion in Oliver Hazard-Perry, jets off to Egypt, too, to search for Kingsley Martin, her long lost love. With all roads leading to Hell, Mimi learns that not all love stories have happy endings. But she'll have to put her own feelings aside if she's going to save her crumbling Coven.
Packed with heartache, twists, and vampiric folklore, Lost in Time is sure to satisfy hungry fans' cravings for more Blue Bloods adventure.

My Thoughts:

Favorite book of the series so far! I can’t believe what happened! There were a lot of OMG moments and a lot of crying and laughing and wanting to throw the book against the wall one min and the next turning pages quickly so that I can just get to it faster. The end is getting near and it just makes me so sad! A lot of the questions we’ve had so far are starting to get answered. I couldn’t believe what Cruz put me though! The narration seemed to have changed a bit in the best possible way. I just enjoyed hearing these new voices and stories being told. Jack and Sckyler continue to be my favorite couple but as a stand alone character I’d have to give it to Kingsley, although Mimi isn’t too bad in this one (at least not by much). This one was a complete 360 change and I just couldn’t believe it, I still don’t! Can not wait until the final installment in the Blue Bloods series1 It’s going to be EPIC! 4.5 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of The Blog:

Would you go to hell and back to rescue the love of your life? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always, 
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley Review

crushcontrolCrush Control by Jennifer Jabaley
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: June 9th 2011
Pages: 318
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control.

My Thoughts:

I liked Lipstick Apology and when I saw this at Borders in their final days I felt compelled to buy it. The characters were enjoyable. The situation was extremely relatable (well apart from the hypnotizing). Moving away from your best friend for 9 years must’ve been tough! Then to find out your best friend, the one you’ve secretly been crushing has fallen for someone else. Like Lipstick Apology, this one had two totally differently guys that made Willow into two different people. Quinton made her seem like the popular one, the fearless and crazy fun girl. While her best friend made her feel vulnerable and normal. Then comes the problem of hypnosis. It all starts off nice and dandy and then boom! It very quickly becomes a problem in a crazy mortifying sort of way. Like there was a part in the book where Quinton made a facebook fanpage to profess his love for her and it just made me laugh out loud! I do have to say I enjoyed this one a tad bit more than Lipstick Apology. I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if you could control another person’s mind? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads