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!
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

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!