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