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.

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