Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

youarehereTitle: You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith  
Pages: 256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publishing Date: April 24th 2012 
Audience: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought Paperback

Emma and her neighbor Peter are both lonely in a way that only bothers them on occasion. They both come from families they don’t quite understand. They both feel like something big is missing from their lives and they’re both about to search for answers. When Emma makes a discovery that shakes the foundations of her identity, she convinces Peter to join her for a road trip. Each of them has something to find: For Emma, it is a grave;a grave that may be her only connection to her family. Peter is seeking something harder to define, but perhaps easier to navigate a freedom, a sense of something more than what he has. Together, they take to the open road, engaging in a universal quest to make sense of who they are and where they come from and learning a thing or two about love along the way. 

My Thoughts:

I’ve read “This is What Happy Looks Like” and I even have The Statibility of Love at First Sight on my Nook so when I saw this one, I didn’t hesitate to buy a copy of it. I really loved her writing style. I mean “This is What Happy Looks Like” is one of my favorites that I read this year and it had similar writing. Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good in this one.

I don’t know what to start with, the good or the bad. Well let’s start with the bad so I can end on a positive note. The characters were kind of unrelateble. I felt like Emma was just such a brat, like one of those people who constantly has their nose up in the air. Sometimes I just wanted to just race until I had some scenes with Peter. Now, he is a character I felt a connection to. I mean seriously, if you had a guy who dropped everything to come to you in your time of need I would’ve been swooned. The only other thing I didn’t enjoy was the plot itself. I felt like there was something missing the entire time I was reading. It felt like it was taking me forever to finish reading it, when the book was actually quite slim in size.

There were some things I really did like throughout the book. I loved the fact that they were going on a road trip. There’s always so much soul searching when going on these types of trips. I liked the idea of her going on this road trip, with a stray and her neighbor where they sleep in a stolen car and listen to music and those conversations.

Like I said, I wished I would’ve enjoyed it more. I really did. It’s not terrible but I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I give this one 2 out of 5 stars.

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Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could go on a road trip anywhere, where would you go? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

thefieryheartTitle: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead  
Pages: 438
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: November 19th 2013
Audience: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought Hardback

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.
Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe

My Thoughts:

Richelle Mead has done it again. I love Adrian and Sydney. I’ve always loved that even though Adrian didn’t get his happily ever after in the Vampire Academy series, he’s able to finally be on his way in this series. All of the book I’ve read by Mead [which are all] are usually written in on perspective. Her latest adult novel is written in third point of view so when I found out we were going to get a dual point of view in this book I was ecstatic. I craved Adrian’s portion of the book. I have been dying, since Vampire Academy, to get inside his head and this book gives us that chance to do that. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. We get a chance to explore the thinking in someone who has a spirit affinity. The desperation and the happiness. The good, the bad and the ugly. I was well executed.

I loved seeing all the other character. Jill, Angeline, Eddie, Trey. We also see Rose and Dimitri!! I like seeing their growth and how they are all affected by the things that are happening in the book. I especially enjoyed a scene with Angeline, it was quite unforgettable. [when you read the book, you’ll totally get it]] We also have two new characters, Zoe and Neil. They were quite an interesting pair. Zoe is what Sydney is supposed to be, according the alchemist. Quiet, isolated and disciplined and stay away from what they consider the enemy. Neil, well I didn’t know what to think about him. I guess he was the same way Zoe was. Determined and very disciplined as a guardian. These new characters were a good addition to the series though.

The plot was ok. It seemed like nothing but a lot of something happens in the book. I guess this book would be the equivalent to Spirit Bound from the Vampire Academy Series. The ending left a big ol cliff hanger. I seriously can not wait until the next book is out! I’ll get to see more Adrian and more Sydney. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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Comment Question of the Blog:

How do you feel about dual perspectives? Lemme know in the comment question below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

stealingparkerTitle: Stealing parker by Miranda Kenneally   
Pages: 242 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publishing Date: October 1st 2012 
Audience: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought Nookbook

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.
Now Parker wants a new life.
So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?
But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

My Thoughts:

Miranda Kenneally has become one of my autobuy authors. I don’t have many that I do that for. The ones off the top of my head are Richelle Mead, Sarah Dessen and John Green. Every time I get to the last page on one of her books I always want more and when I pick up another one, old characters make an appearance and it makes me giddy! She’s like another Sarah Dessen for me and let me tell you, that’s a very good thing.

If you haven’t read “Catching Jordan” you should def pick it up before you read this one, although you don’t necessarily need to read it in any order. The thing I love most about these books are that they have sports in them but they don’t dominate everything there is to be about the book. There’s friendships and relationships and just a whole bunch of awesomeness. I mean, when I picked up “Catching Jordan” for the first time I was a little apprehensive. When I was in high school I was an individual sport person, I was a runner and so the dynamics of sport teams always manage to confuse me since I was never in that kind of position but in these books it didn’t make me feel like an outsider. In “Stealing Parker” Parker loves softball or she did anyway before she just quit cold turkey. Her best friend ends up talking her into managing the boys baseball team where she meets the young new assistant coach. What was once innocent flirtation turns into a dangerous secret relationship. We all know how those types of relationships turn out.

Parker was such a relatable character. I was and am so in love with her character. We see her transform into such a strong character. It’s not a sudden transformation but a gradual one that made me feel so good while reading it. I did like the side characters. They all had their personalities and the way they react to some of the situations that happen in the book is what I would expect would happen in real life. I would never expect a best friend to stick next to their friend if they continued to back stab them or lie to them and so forth so the reality of the book was just one of the things I really enjoyed. Not to mention her relationship with Corndog. Talk about opposites attract.

The situation between she and the coach didn’t bother me entirely. The only thing that just made me put down the book while I gathered myself was the inappropriate touching. I mean this guy is a college grad shouldn’t he know better? What kind of person takes advantage of a teenager, one that has all these other things happening in her life.

Religion is such a taboo in literature. Some people get so offended when reading anything other than their practiced religion. I thought that the religion angle in this book was perfect. It shows the difference between churches and it teaches you that sometimes things are not what they seam on the outside as they are on the inside.

As I go through these books they just keep getting better. I can not wait to dive into Racing Savannah, which is Miranda’s latest book out on the market. Seriously you guys have got to read these. If you love anything Sarah Dessen you will def like these a lot. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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Comment Question of the Blog:

Did you play a sport in high school? If so, what sport? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

exclusivelyyoursTitle: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Pages: 706
Publisher: Carina Press 
Publishing Date: May 26th 2010
Audience: Adults (has sexual content)
Obtained: Bought for Nook

When Keri Daniels's boss finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.
Joe's never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he's intrigued to hear Keri's back in town--and looking for him. He proposes an outrageous plan--for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping trip, Keri can ask one question.
The chemistry between Joe and Keri is as potent as the bug spray, but Joe's sister is out to avenge his broken heart, and Keri hasn't ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever?

My Thoughts:

Exclusively yours was one of those that I think I liked the blurb better than the actual book itself. I don’t have that problem very often and I’m really disappointed that I feel this way.

The writing itself wasn’t bad. It’s written in third person perspective and we had an insight to some interesting sets of couples with some serious relationship issues. We have Joe and Kerri, who were high school sweethearts and were separated because Kerri wanted a career and Joe wanted to be near his family. Then Terry and Evan, who are married but awaiting divorce because Terry is more concerned about being a mother than being spontaneous in her relationship. Lastly you have Mike and Lisa, who are also married with four kids and Lisa wants another child and Mike just doesn’t which causes a lot of tension between the two. I felt these characters could’ve been executed a lot better. I didn’t mind Mike and Lisa, or even Joe for that matter but Terry and Kerri annoyed me so much. Terry, just because she was such a b… and Kerri because she’s such a label person. Oh and my biggest complaint was how old they were. This story could’ve been executed so much better if it would’ve only been a ten year difference instead of twenty. I just kept picturing these young 30 year olds instead of what age they really were.

The storyline was something I was looking forward to. I wanted to love the book. Seriously. I wanted to love it but it just felt long and drawn out. My major turn off was just Terry and Kerri. I think if those two characters would’ve been a little different I’d feel a little better about the book. I love the fact that Joe is a novelist. That totally sold me on reading it the first time. I also loved his nephews and even his niece. I loved the scenes with his family. Especially the four wheelers. [[how I wish I could ride one again]] After I was done with this one, I went and found out that the next book in the series is about Kevin, Joe’s younger brother, and I’m really curious to see what his story is. So with that being said, I wish a lot of things would’ve a little different but I’m still picking up book two. I give this one 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could have any profession what would it be? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review Tour: Slide by Michelle Congdon Review

 

Title: Slide by Michelle Congdon
Pages: 268
Publisher: Smashwords
Publishing Date: July 18th 2013
Audience: New Adult 18+
Obtained: Provided by Blog Tour for honest review

After surviving a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of her mother and brother, Evangeline made a promise to herself to never go back to the city filled with the memories of her tragic past. But when her estranged father suddenly falls ill, she has no choice but to return to New York and to the life she spent twelve years trying to avoid.
Since the accident, heiress to the multi-billion dollar Montgomery Empire, Evangeline has always feared the media attention that comes with having the Montgomery name and would immediately give it all up if it meant the chance to bring back her loved ones. Delicate and camera shy, the last person she should have on her mind is a type of guy like Ryan Fox.
Witty, extremely arrogant but undeniably good-looking are only a few words Evangeline can use to describe the New York Yankee’s hot-shot. The notorious bad boy― well-versed at playing the game both on and off the field― isn't fazed about the media circus following his every move and couldn't be anymore different to the quiet, shy girl that she is. So, what does a guy like him see in somebody as messed-up as her? And although everything about Ryan screams trouble with a capital T, why can't Evangeline seem to stay away? It's not until they're away from the cameras that Evangeline begins to see the real man hiding behind the cocky facade- one that's hurt and haunted by a dark and terrible secret.
What will happen once Evangeline finds the courage to reveal what really happened on the evening her mother and brother died? And how will she react when she finally learns the truth about Ryan's chilling past? Will baring their deepest secrets bring them closer together or will it tear them apart and have them sliding into darkness all over again?

My Thoughts:

I was very impressed with this book. I finished it in one sitting and I honestly could not get enough! The book is centered around Evangeline or “Evie” who is traumatized after the accident that took the life of her older brother and mother. She meets Ryan, who is this sexy and just arrogant guy, who she thought she could just have a one night stand with. She ends up finding out by chance that he’s this big shot Baseball player and everything that she’s . [[baseball player; insert happy dance here]] 

I loved the characters! They were very well developed and even the side characters were enjoyable and I even found myself wishing that they were in more scenes. My favorite of course what Ryan flipping Fox. I mean come on! Just the name itself [[I was going to put woof but then the “what does the fox say” song popped in my head lol]]. He has faults and he doesn’t deny them. He’s honest to the core and even though at times I wanted to reach in the book and shake him, I could see the big difference his character made from the beginning to the very last page of the book. Evie on the other hand I sometimes found her judgment kind of strong. She was just too distrusting but trusting at the same time? I don’t know if that makes sense. Anyway, usually I don’t say this but I think some of these characters should totally have a book just for themselves! Loved loved loved them.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy that much was just toward the ending. I felt like it was just dragging on and on. I wished that it could’ve gone a little quicker but I still loved it. The only other complaint is that I had no idea about what kind of time frame they were working with. Like how long did it take them to say I love you and so on. Also, while on that note, I abs hate insta love but for some reason it just worked for this book. I did predict how it was going to play out but I honestly enjoyed it. As soon as I’m done writing this, I’m going to go look if the book in Ryan’s point of view is up for preorder! I can’t wait to get into his head and heart<3! I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What do you find sexy about athlete romantic figures in books? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads 

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About the Author

Michelle Congdon resides in Sydney, Australia. She has a Dalmatian named Jett, who to this day continues to hold an 8 year grudge against her after she had to leave him with her parents when she moved to the big city- this only proves animals are much like their owners. Michelle enjoys reading books of all sorts of genre's, watching way too many movies and TV shows (and Disney cartoons), singing out aloud to her favorite hits and going on adventures involving food and travel. Michelle is loud, talks a lot and shares an ever-growing list of fictional husbands with a friend. From when she was a small girl, she has always had an overactive imagination and has tried to put it to good use by sharing her stories with anyone willing to listen.
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10 Things You May Not Know About Michelle:

- I am left handed, but use my right hand to do most things except to write.

- I can recite Disney’s the Lion King and Aladdin word from word (including the songs).

- I am addicted to video games and wish I had more spare time to play them.

- I won “Aussie of the Month” in primary school but was sick that day, so my sister had to go up in the middle of school assembly and get the award.

- I have a gluten intolerance but I’m always naughty and eat things I shouldn’t. I suffer the consequences every time.

- I am scared of balloons. I can’t pop them. I can’t be near anyone blowing one up. Sometimes I will attempt to blow them up but will only go to half-size.

- I enjoy listening to classical music

- I am very passionate about animals and plants, and struggle to even squash a cockroach.

- I have a strange fear of any kind of electric shocks (including static electricity) and also irons if it is in someone else’s hand and I am near by?!? (Yes, as in the object you use to straighten out your clothes.) I don’t know where either fear originated. What I can say is I cried like a little girl when my friend was messing with me and chasing me around with a small Taser gun. When he realized I was well and truly frightened, he decided to stop. Haha.

- I have a scrapbook and a large corkboard filled with favorite memorabilia that I have collected from my life.

Giveaway

- 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Destiny (New Avalone #1) by Andrea Buginsky

Elena Baxter has spent her life desperately wanting to fit in. She’s used to being teased and taunted by the popular girls, but when she celebrates her sweet sixteen birthday and receives two amazing gifts—the power of telekinesis, and the truth about her heritage—she has high hopes that things will change. But her wish does not come true, and Elena is bullied just as she was before, only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand. When an explosion hits, chaos ensues and she learns that her new power just might be bigger than she is. 
She embarks on a journey to a secret island to learn how to control her powers, and she’s thrown into a different world, one where she just might be able to fit in. What Elena learns about her heritage forces her to face her past – and the demons it created – head on. 






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Title: Destiny by Andrea Buginsky
Pages: 88
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc.
Date of Publication: September 16, 2013
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Free copy by Book Review Tours in exchange for honest review
 
 
My Thoughts:
 
I want to thank Book Review Tours for providing a free copy of this book to read and review honestly. There is one thing that I loooove about stories, and that my friends is story building. Simple as that. If you create a good solid world, the characters will just easily capture my attention. I just felt that there wasn't enough to capture my complete and utter attention to this one.
 
We meet Elena. She's your typical teenager, but she's not. She actually is extremely powerful and doesn't find out until her 16th birthday. To be honest, I just could not connect to her character. You would think that by finding out that she has these amazing abilities would have somehow shocked her, but instead she makes it seem like it's no big deal! Trust me, if I found out I had her wicked cool powers, I would be completely freaking out and asking questions. She wasn't a terrible character. I did enjoy some of the scenes in the book. She's definitely a character I would enjoy watching her grow as the series continues.
 
The one thing that kind of left me hanging was: the boys! Where were they? It was like the whole world did not have a single boy in it! Maybe it's not a romance type of book, but I would've enjoyed seeing some kind of interaction with the opposite sex.
 
It took me about 4 hours to get through and while I think that the book should've been a tad bit longer, I think that there is real potential in this series. Leaving my review with that, I will definitely try and check out book 2 when it comes out!
 
Comment Question of the Blog:
 
What would you do if you found out you were this totally awesome and powerful person? Lemme know in the comment section below!
 
 
Excerpt
Elena was getting upset as she defended her family’s honor. She wasn’t thinking about where that might lead. She wasn’t thinking at all.

“Why, Elena, I didn’t mean to upset you.  I just meant that-“

“I know exactly what you meant, Barbara Thomas! You think your family is better than anyone else in this town. You always have. Just because your dad happens to be the former mayor’s son doesn’t mean you own this town and everyone in it! I’m so sick of your mock sentiment when all you really feel is that you’re better than everyone. You’re no better than the rest of us!”  

As she yelled, things around her felt funny, and she realized she heard screaming. She looked around, and was startled to see everyone staring at her, horrified. She took a deep breath, and realized what had happened. She let her emotions get away from her, and her powers erupted.

The only words she could think of to describe the scene around her were total chaos.  Every locker had burst open, and the entire contents – books, folders, papers, pictures, mirrors, backpacks – had come flying out. The posters on the walls were scattered everywhere. Most of the students and teachers were picking themselves up off the floor. Elena knew her powers had gotten totally out of hand, and she made everything around her fly out of control, literally.

She heard footsteps walking toward her, the only sound in the hall. She looked up and saw her counselor, Mrs. Adams, walking toward her. She gently took Elena by the shoulder and guided her to her office. She looked back and saw Barb and the other Bimbettes staring at her, as well as everyone else in the hall. 

About the Author:


Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, "Destiny," is available on Amazon
 
 


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Irresistible Lies by Juliette White

Irresistible LiesTitle: Irresistible Lies by Juliette White
Pages: 205
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc (this is what was found on Amazon site)
Publishing Date: July 18th 2013
Audience: New Adult
Obtained: For free on Kindle App for Nook

When Grace’s boyfriend Jamie dumped her just days before their college graduation to follow his dreams, she quickly left town and carved out a new life for herself, eliminating all traces of the man who broke her heart. Well, all traces of him besides their son, whose existence she decided it was best to keep secret from her ex.

Years later, Jamie walks right back into Grace’s life, demanding answers for her unexplained disappearance and seeking a second chance. With everything dear to her on the line, Grace must find a way to resist the one man she never could...


My Thoughts:

Ok so if you've been following my blog, you know that I'm an avid Nook supporter. I had the Nook Color and have now upgraded to the Nook HD+ and that allows me to have a Kindle app. One day while browsing the app, I found this new adult book and was so intrigued. Better yet, it was free!

Guys let me begin by saying that I tried. I really did. It had a promising premise and I wanted to find out why Grace decided to hide her son from Jamie. Everything just felt sort of off. The beginning was extremely good. I waited with anticipation as I kept turning the pages. Then we get to the peak in the plot and it just goes downhill from there.

I just expected more of a reaction from everyone. It felt like their feelings were sort of muddled. Oh and not to mention Jamie. Now that he's a hot shot, he wants Grace to fall in love with him again. That kind of thinking really grinds my gears. It just made it seem like all women care about is fame and fortune. He was also sort of stalking her! I was outraged when I read that but I guess desperate calls for desperate measures right?

I did like Grace. You could clearly see the love she had for her son and just the sheer fact that she wouldn't let her boss (and then boyfriend) meet her son after working at that place for a long amount of time, shows what kind of mother she is. Her son was the cutest thing and I could not help but fall in love with his innocence and charisma.

The plot is fairly predictable. Overall though, it was a decent read. Not something I would read twice but I mostly enjoyed it. The only thing I wished this book had was more length and a better developed plot.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if you were in Grace's situation? Lemme know in the comment section below!
As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book Challenge: Let's Build a Rainbow

When we moved back to Fort Campbell before my husband got back from deployment, I decided to do something totally different with my bookshelves. Epic Reads posted a picture of different books and just showed us the spine of them rearranged into just one color. So then I thought, what better way to make them different by making a multi colored bookshelf right?

So here's a quick picture of some three of my bookshelves. I wanted them very colorful and it looks great!
 
Now on to what this blog is really about. Since I colored coordinated my books, I wanted to do a book challenge that went along with that theme. So I want do a book challenge that will allow me to read a book a week that has the colors from top to bottom in order. So here's my list:
 
 
 
1. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (Black)
2. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti (Gray)
3. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown (Brown)
4.The Ivy by Lauren Kunze (White)
5.Switched by Amanda Hocking (Red)
6. Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards (Orange)
7. You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith (Yellow)
8. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott (Green)
9. To Catch a Prince by Gillian McKnight (Blue) 
10. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott (Purple)
11. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Pink)
 
I'll link my reviews to each title after they're posted. If anyone wants to participate, post a link to the blog page that highlights your list!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)


 
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine (link if you click the picture). This weeks WOW The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4) set to debut on November 19th 2013! Only one month away!
 
 
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Pages: 344
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 4th 2010
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought Hardcover

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

My Thoughts:

I think I fall in the minority who didn't fell that this book was epic enough. I had recently read Second Chance Summer and was so in love with it that I decided to finally take this one off my bookshelf (it's been sitting on there for a long time) and read it.

Let me start off with the thing I loved most about the book. Her mother sends her this book that can document her road trip and I found myself looking forward to these pages. I liked seeing if I could recognize some of the songs that were on Rogers list and sometimes I would even pull out my ipod and play some of them. What's more fun than being out on the open road and being, in a sense, free. I remember when I first got my license, all I wanted to do was drive. Something like this would have immediately been the highlight of my young adult life. Amy and Roger create so many memories and I really enjoyed watching them go through their detour.

I liked Amy well enough. Her grief didn't completely take over the entire book but it was present enough that you were able to feel it but not be overwhelmed by it. Roger was a different story. He reminds me of one of those people that gets completely consumed by a relationship. He and his girlfriend broke up and he's still so hung up on her. Calling at any chance he gets and even goes as far as planning a visit, when she won't even return his phone calls. You could definitely tell a difference in both characters from who they were at the beginning to who they become at the end.

The romance in this book is slow. While there is insta attraction, there was nothing that screamed "I love him, want to marry him and bone him because he's so attractive". I think that's what I really liked about the book. How everything just kind of flowed together and how it just fit together like a complete puzzle. While the ending doesn't give us a completely healed characters, I love the vulnerability and the fact that something doesn't get fixed right away. It doesn't have to happen over night and you know what? That's ok! It takes time to heal! That's my favorite part of this book.

The only downside to this book is the predictability. From the first chapter, I already knew where the story was going to go. I don't always like knowing what is going to happen before I get to it so that's the only thing that disappointed me and made me find this book not as epic as the title may suggest.

Leaving my review with that, I really did enjoy this book. If you read it, have an Ipod, tissues and a shoulder to cry on because you are going to need it. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.

Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could take a road trip anywhere, where would you go and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)
Title: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Pages: 336
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2012
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought for Nook

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

My Thoughts:

I don't do mermaids. I just don't. Don't ask me why, I just don't like em. The thing that drew me into this book was, you got it! The cover. Of course! Just by looking at the cover you could instantly tell that it was going to have something to do with something underwater. I had just finished this awesome book about mermaids and so I thought I'd give this one a shot and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed entirely.

It had a pretty good pace and I didn't find myself bored while reading the book. While it was predictable, I found myself wanting to know what happens next. Which doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like it to.

Of Poseidon is the story of Emma, who finds out she's Syrena. Not only is she a Syrena, she can also talk to fish and is the cure to save all of the Syrena society.

This book is told in two perspectives. Both Emma and Galen's point of view. I just can't get over how weird it was written. One was written in first and the other was written in third. I just wished that I could hear Galen's voice instead of kind of getting a feel for it. The writing at times was humorous. I found myself laughing out loud and waking up my poor husband in the middle of the night. I really liked Emma's character. She had the same reactions I would have if I found out I was the source of survival for a whole species.

So let's talk the insta-love. Like I've said before, I really can not stand it. I just can't. Galen's character was what threw me off a bit. He's such a, excuse my language, but he's such a douche bag. We get it Galen, you're a stud muffin. You can have who ever and get whatever you want but don't treat Emma like she's a piece of your property that you can control and let her have no say. It's like these books in the young adult literature are giving young ladies these ideas that being with a controlling man is ok, when in reality it's not. It's a typical assumption in today's society and I just don't like it.

Other than that, I found it a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I did figure out the ending halfway through the book so that was anti-climatic but I immediately opened book 2 on my Nook. So I guess that shows how much I liked it. Overall I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Comment Question of the Day:

How would you feel if you found out that you were a Syrena? Let me know in the comment section below!

As Always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Of Triton (Of Poseidon, #2)Title: Of Triton by Anna Banks
Pages: 256
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publishing Date: May 28th 2013
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought for Nook

In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?


My Thoughts:

One word comes to mind when I think of Anna Banks Of Triton and that is boring. I know that sounds harsh but hear me out for a minute. I was so excite to read this book. I had bought it on my nook before I even read the first one. I mean come on now! Just look at that cover! Totally swoon worthy right? After reading Of Poseidon, I immediately jumped into Of Triton (even though it was already 3 am and I was sleepy). I didn't even get through a chapter before I decided to call it a night.

The premise of the book sounded interesting and that cliff hanger at the end of book one was what immediately it my attention. I just found that instead of the characters developing, they felt like they were becoming more like children. Whiny and unreliable. Everything that I liked about Emma in the first book, seemed to have disappeared by the second. Don't even get me started on Galen. He still has the air of someone who thinks they're much more superior to anyone else.

The whole storyline felt so repetitive. The way everything read was just something that I wish had more depth? I felt like I was reading about a 10 year old who just found out her mother is getting remarried. The ending just made me want to slam my nook against the wall. Then I find out there's going to be a third book and literately my jaw dropped. It felt so final and secure. I just don't see where this could possible head.

Ending my review with that, I will say that I will not be reading the third book. I also won't be recommending this book. I usually find something I liked in the books I don't necessarily like but I just couldn't with this one. This book was just not my cup of tea.

Comment Question of the Blog:

Have you ever read a book and got fooled by the cover? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Review: If We Kiss by Rachel Vail

If We Kiss (If We Kiss, #1)Title: If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
Pages:288

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: December 27th 2011
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought both Paperback and on Nook

Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha . . . what did . . ."
And then he kissed me.

If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?


My Thoughts:
Remember how I was telling you I was a cover lover? Yup, it happened again. I bought this book in paperback and then because I just could not get enough of it, I bought it on my Nook. Oh you deceiving covers.

So this story is about Charlie, a girl who has (up until now) never been kissed and the events that unravel after the much awaited kiss comes. This book is definitely geared for a younger audience. My younger, much more innocent self would have appreciated this book a lot more than I, as an adult, did.

I found Charlie's voice annoying. I mean that in the nicest way. How many times do you think about your past or if you have a younger sibling and think "Is that really all they think about?". I realized that it really was. The entire book, I just kept thinking, "I hope that's not what I really sounded like when I was in school." Which was of course true. I really did sound like that in my head. The entire book, she was so obsessed about Kevin and that kiss. She concluded in the first two or three chapters that she was in love. I felt like I was rolling my eyes the entire way through.

Oh and don't get me started on the insta-love. If you guys don't know, I'm against insta-love. I have always just believed that it takes more than a persons looks to get you hooked it. I mean it is a part of it, but that's what attracts you to them, it doesn't make you fall in love with them. Falling in love requires so much more than just that first kiss. Especially, one that you didn't even enjoy. OK end of rant there. The one thing that I truly really loved was George. I saw so much potential to his character and honestly wish that he would've been in it a lot more than he really was. I was always so eager when I read the parts that he had in it. I just can't get over how much potential he had! Ugh! Lastly, her best friend. I'm sorry. If my so called "best friend' ever treated me in the slightest the way hers did, she would've been left to fend for herself a long time ago. I'm sorry. I found her rude and insensitive and someone who I wouldn't be found associating with.

This is honestly one of those books I wouldn't even recommend my daughter. Like some of you know, I love powerful female characters. I love those characters that embrace their self worth and empower themselves to be much better than they were at the beginning of the book. I guess it's because I want my daughter to know that it's more important to embrace herself than to obsess over what boy she likes and on. This one just didn't do it for me. It's a decent read. I ended up reading it in one sitting. While I wasn't completely impressed with it, I didn't absolutely hate it. It's just one of those that would appeal more to a younger audience. There is a second book out there, but after reading this one, I won't be reading that one. I give this one 3 out of 5.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What was your first kiss like? Memorable? Not memorable? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I can not begin to express how much I absolutely love the first book in the series and have been anxiously awaiting the sequel. This book is set to debut on January 14th 2014! January needs to get here soon!


Just look at the cover! How creepy but yet beautiful is it? I just can't get enough of it! If you haven't added it to your Goodreads shelf, you can add it by clicking the Goodreads button!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: How To Love by Katie Cotugno





Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine (link if you click the picture). This weeks WOW is How to Love by Katie Cotugno set to debut on October 1, 2013. Not too far away as it is!
 

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.
 
 

Book Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Book: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought on Nook

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

My Thoughts:

Let me admit it right now. I like covers. Chances are that I'll buy a book, more often than not, if the cover is pretty or just makes me swoon. With this one, I just loved it. It was pretty and the scene that reflects back from the glasses is just to die for. I could tell right away that it was going to take place somewhere with a beautiful view. I didn't even read the synopsis and I didn't even give the title a second thought. I saw the title Life After Theft and thought that it might have to do with someone who was a thief and wasn't anymore and how it affected them. Yeah, I was wrong. See, I warned you. Total book cover crusher. So when I finally started reading it and found out that: A) It was told in a male perspective and B) it was about a kleptomaniac who happened to be a ghost. To tell you I was surprised is an understatement.


I'll admit. At first, the book didn't hook me in. I put it down regularly and would pick it up, just to put it down again. I did this for the first few chapters up until we got some decent action going. The main character Jeff isn't too bad. He's a brand new kid, who transfers to this ritzy school, after his parents acquire some money. The kids at this school are kind of meh and then of course he has to fall for the bad girl turned good Sera. Oh and to make matters worse, he sees the ghost of a girl who died about a year before he got there named Kimberlee. She has a sticky finger problem, a very large one at that. So large, that when she takes Jeff to the cave so that he can help her return everything she did steal, he is horrified. Kimberlee got on my nerves most of the time. She was this selfish and problematic character. Even though she tries righting her wrongs, I can't help but be annoyed because she does it because she doesn't want to be stuck in the world where she can't steal anymore, rather than because she truly is sorry. I just didn't find her genuine as I did with Jeff and even Sera.

Throughout the entire book, I was just kind of snoozing. Even when things picked up, they slowed right back down. It had the potential to be a total 4 or even 5 star for me. It was def a 4 star up until the end. This book ended up leaving me with a weird type of feeling. I don't know what to feel. My emotions are just all over the place. I can't get over how the book just ended.

 

Even as I think about it now, I still don't know what to feel. There were a lot of questions left unanswered. It felt like a stand alone book, so my hope for another book giving me some answers just went out the window.

Leaving my review at that, I liked the book for the most part. It was funny, cute and the romance was just completely adorable. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 rating, just because of that ending. If you do decide to read it, you will understand why.

Comment Question of the Blog:

If you had a ghost stalking you, what would you do? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Title: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Pages: 368
Publishing Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought for Nook

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything


My Thoughts:

There are two things that I look for in a dystopian novel, world building and a great plot. Without those two, I just don't know how I could possibly get into it. I ended up getting this book on my Nook because of the amazing price. There wasn't anything special about the cover. The thing, I think that drew me most to this book was the story line. I've never read anything about hybrids. About supernatural figures that are some sort of hybrid, yes. Humans, not so much. So when I saw that there were a society of humans where they were born with two spirits and had to coexist until one won out, I hit that buy button immediately. I just thought that it sounded sort of Darwinism, survival of the fittest and all.

The story is about Eva and Addie. They are two souls trapped in one body. Eva was marked as the recessive, while Addie was the dominant. She should have faded but guess what? She didn't. They were the exemption to the rule. They had to keep themselves secret because the government was after kinds like her. They'd heard the stories about what happens to those that are like them and they were terrified. To be honest, I would be too. The world in which Zhang introduced us in started off with a bang and we were introduced to the good, the bad and the ugly. I have to give her major kudos because she completely took me by surprise.

Addie and Eva are complete polar opposites. There have been books I've read in the past that I couldn't tell characters apart because they were so bland but there was an art to the way Zhang created these two characters. I just could never imagine being a completely independent being and then being stuck with another independent soul. How could you go on and fool everyone else and make it seem like you are one person instead of two? How could you keep your individualism when you are constantly hearing another persons thoughts? Somehow they make it work and when the opportunity comes when Addie could give control over to Eva for just a moment she takes it, even with her constant fear of being detained. Their love for each other just poured through the pages. Their emotions were so powerful that I times I was surprised at the sudden change of emotions.

 
I could feel Eva's frustrations as if they were my own. How would you feel if you had to take a back seat to everything. Could no longer see your parents tell you that they loved you, or do things that you once loved to do? Hug your friends, write a poem, read that book that's been on your bookshelf forever. I wanted to reach out and hug Eva and tell her it's ok and to hold Addie's hand. Even though Eva was caged in while Addie had the freedom, I never got the impression that she was bitter toward her or even anger at her. She understood why it was the way things were. I could only imagine how hard it would be to be in that position.
 
The storyline and the characters were just all sorts of amazing. After a certain point in the book, I became so in tune with the characters that I knew who was speaking before I was even told who was speaking. You have to pay close attention to be able to tell, a twitch in your eye, the way a person smiles, the way they speak. It all leads up to this crazy and dangerous world, where being different is wrong. I could not even begin to tell you the times that I just had to put down my nook because I could not believe the kind of things that happened in this society. The things that people are willing to do to end the different, to produce normal.
 
Ending my review with that, I fell in love with Zhang's world. I began to care about every single one of the characters and long to be able to help them with whatever they are going through. There was a bit of everything in this book. Action, conspiracy, heroes, villains, romance, a dystopian world that I am eager to go into again.
 
Comment Question of the Day:
 
If you could be born with another soul in your body, who would it be and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.
 
As always,
That Chick That Reads

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: How I Lost You by Janet Gutler

14950168Title: How I Lost You by Janet Gutler
Pages: 309
Publishing Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected

My Thoughts:

I actually bought this book without even looking at the back of the cover for once. I wanted to just randomly pick up a book and so this is the one that ended up at my hands at the bookstore. I picked it mainly because the title screamed romance. I mean, come on! How I Lost You could easily be a story about a love that was lost and maybe found or not found and so forth. What I didn't expect was that this story was way more than that. It was about friendship, and what you do when it's finally time to let go.

Being an army wife, we move so often that I mostly don't have any friends in the real world. Before I was married, I was a social butterfly. I was always the one that talked to the entire room, I smiled, I made friends, I was friends with pretty much everyone. That completely changed the year I got married. My newlywed husband was always at work, and when he was at work, I was alone at our newly owned house with our 8 week old puppy, in a new town where I was to terrified to navigate. Then came the hard part, he left for a month to train for deployment. By then, I was newly pregnant with our daughter and I was alone for most of it, until he kind of introduced me to his friends wife. He told me they had a young son together and that she loved to read and that he thought we would hit it off. Honestly, he was right. She was my best friend. The one that I always cried to and that had a shoulder to lean on. She was my right hand. I protected her fiercely, as she did me. Flash forward a year+ later and our friendship was over. It was bitter, it was anything but a clean break. This book took me right back to that.



Grace is our lovely narrator. The story is told through her and she has such a voice. You could completely tell how fiercely she took care of her best friend. She defended her with her own reasons, reasons that she could not even tell their other best friend. She's always been there to help her through whatever was going on. She was Kya's voice of reason. She always put her before even herself. Maybe that's exactly why I liked Grace so much. She had this selfless attitude. She cared about people and was always such a level headed person. The first paragraph hooked me in. I just can't get past all the emotions and feelings.


I don't usually care for sports, well other than running. I just don't understand the dynamics, or the strong bond between teammates. I'm a total individual sport person. So when we're introduced to Kya's and Grace's world of paintball, it took me by surprise. To be fairly honest, I didn't even know there could be such a thing as a tournaments and any national teams and such for this. Also, when people say paintball, I always picture guys. Almost never a female. You have no idea how happy this made me! I love strong female characters. Introduce a kick butt dual like them and I'm a complete goner. The way that they know how they each play and know their moves before they even make them is kind of amazing to me. You have to be so in tune to a person to do that. To know where a person will be and what a person's moves are. That's what made Grace and Kya so great together.

The one thing that I absolutely loved most about this book was that there was no insta-romance. It was a background type of love and didn't take center stage like I expected it. Levi was this boy that she just met at her fathers paintball facility and they became friends. He was her shoulder to cry on when things between Kya quickly spiraled out of control. It was definitely one of the cutest things that I read. I longed to hear about their conversations and he completely took my breathe away. I honestly can not explain how cute that was.


Let me also introduce you to parents that are present! I can not tell you the amount of books where I have read that the parents don't care or they leave them to fend for themselves. Grace's parents are what I wished my own parents would have been like and what I hope I will be like for my own daughter. They cared and were always so in tune with their daughter. They knew when something was wrong before she even knew herself. You could clearly tell how much they loved their daughter. Their love poured throughout the pages. It never let up, if anything it intensified.

The only thing that I didn't like was that I knew exactly how the story would play out. Although, it was predictable, I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, I connected to them in more ways than one. By the end of the novel, I wanted to know more. I wanted to find out answers to some of the questions that the book left off with. That right there shows me that at some point in the book, I was completely over taken by these characters. I began to care about them and even as I'm writing now, wonder what happened to them.

Leaving my review with that, I definitely recommend it unless you don't like predictability. This book was a fresh glass of water in the YA world and I can't wait to see more of it.

Comment Question of the Blog:

Have you ever had a fall out with your best friend or ex best friend? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, September 20, 2013

The relationship between Authors and Bloggers when they give negative reviews

I started this novel the other day and it started out ok and then toward the end of the book I was completely engrossed until this happened. I'm usually pretty anal about putting my books on Goodreads. I just like to remind myself what I have reviewed and what I hadn't. Well, I usually scroll down and look at what my Goodreads friends think about a certain novel that I'm reading. I just like to see where I am with other people. As I scrolled down I noticed this book on someone's bookshelf that was filled with authors that have bashed bloggers. This kid had screenshots of the tweets this author decided to write on twitter.


 
I seriously could not believe what I read! Right when I was beginning to like the book, I fell into a reading slump because of the terrible things this author had to say about bloggers. A lot of bloggers do not get paid to review books. They like sharing and enjoy talking to others about what they have read. Saying that bloggers are pretty much useless and unnecessary is a bold statement. The best way of advertising is by word of mouth and I admit, when people say they abs hated a book, I go and buy it just to see what the hype or hate is about. I tend to stay away from things like this because sometimes opinions like these from some of the authors you love can def hurt. I would hate to miss out on a great book because of someone's poor attitude. I won't come on here to say what author said such things, because I don't believe in bashing their opinion but I def won't forget.
 
The relationship between bloggers and authors can sometimes be very tense. Some readers will adore the book and rave and rave and continue to fan girl about a book on their blog and I'm sure authors love that. Then there are those bloggers who abs hated the book, despised it, and completely bash the author. In a sense, I can see where they are coming from. Hearing that someone hated your book that you spent hours, days, months, years, and so on can def hurt. It can lead to say things that only apply to that one person, but say it to include the rest of bloggers and that potentially can hurt good relationships with some loyal readers.
 
My question to you all is, do you find yourselves staying away from authors who have such opinions? Does it affect the review for their book(s)? I would love to hear your opinions. Lemme know in the comment section below.
 
As Always,
That Chick That Reads
 
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I've been gone for a long time but i'm back!

It's been so crazy lately and I haven't been posting at all but I promise to start posting on here every couple of days! So get ready for giveaways and more awesomeness!