Saturday, July 31, 2010

♠ Reading Book #172: Nightshade by John Saul ♠

Reading Book #172


Title: Nightshade
Author: John Saul
Release Date: May 29th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Characters: Matthew Moore, Emily Moore, Bill Hapgood
Fifteen-year-old Matthew Moore seems to have a charmed life . . . until a mysterious fire forces his grandmother to move in with his family. The elderly woman insists on recreating the bedroom of Cynthia, her favored child who died tragically more than a decade ago. Soon Matt's life insidiously begins to change. At night he finds himself haunted by nightmares of unimaginable terror. In the morning the smell of Cynthia's perfume seems to linger in his room. While his grandmother drives a wedge between his once devoted parents, Matt transforms from a gregarious teenager to a hostile loner. Then a shocking tragedy shatters the family beyond repair--as a horrific shadow from the past takes on an implacable life of its own, clawing toward Matt with ferocious hunger. . . .



Hey guys! I'm done reading Susannah's Garden! The book was okay, but I didn't jump up and down. Hehehe. You'll learn all my thoughts on Susannah's Garden when I'm done writing my review on it.


It's been a while since I last read a John Saul book, and I think it's about time to read his books again. It's also a new purchased book. I bought this at our local book sale store. When I saw it on the bookstore I immediately took it to the counter.

Nightshade was first published in 2000. It was also selected by the Literary Guild, The Doubleday Book Club and The Mystery Guild. Wow...I'm expecting so much from Nightshade and I hope it won't disappoint me... Hehehe. Cheerz!   



Thursday, July 29, 2010

♠ The Young Adult In Me ♠

Must Have Books
These are the "Must Have Books" YA ( Young Adult ) books that I find interesting to read. Ever since I started reading, I usually opted for the general fiction category. Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Suspense and Crime, and Adventure titles. I rarely read young adult books. Mainly because the books that are available ( if it covers my budget ) are expensive. Yeah, they are. The books today for YA readers are not on mass market paperback edition. They're a bit bigger than the paperbacks, and they cost more for that. 

When I started blogging, I searched the net for other bloggers, and there I found numerous people who, like me, enjoys reading. I particularly enjoyed a certain blogger in Brazil, I won't mention her name, I haven't asked for her permission yet. Hehehe. She is still young and so very nice. We became friends up to now. But what attracted me most about her, are her book selections, it was very different from what I was reading. As I started to visit her blog regularly, I became aware of the books that she have. And it awakened a new side of me, the reader side of me, I forgot that there are a wide variety of books that I can choose from. And slowly but surely, I was influenced by her. 

During my infamous bookhuntings, I now kept an eye out on the YA books that I've seen on her blog. No such luck so far on that matter, but I'm a patient bookhunter, sooner or later, I will find those darn books, if they're bargained books... Hehehe. Cheerz!






Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch.It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father,an elusive European warlock--only when necessary...Read more
  

On HEX HALL: "When I first read the plot of this book, I immediately wanted to read it. It really captured my interest."


Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio...Read more
On HALO: "The book cover is really heavenly, ironic huh? Angels, now...This is really NEW to me. I haven't read a single book about them. The story is quite interesting."

 

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last...Read more

On BEFORE I FALL: "The cover of this book is really an artwork...I really love this cover. Applause for the artist!!!  The story is very captivating...Piqued my interest..."


Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school...Read more
On THE CARRIE DIARIES: "Having seen all the Sex and The City TV episodes, I did once asked myself if there will be a book or tv series regarding Carrie's teen years... And now, The Carrie Diaries will answer all my questions, If ever I can buy this book.. Hehehe."



WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?  There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school...Read more

On FORGET YOU: "This book is like a movie I've seen before, where the characters can't remember the things they did when they woke up. It's really weird and surreal. That some people actually have experienced that feeling..That's why this book looks really mysterious and I think the ending will really surprise me..."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

♠ Merchant And Maniacs ♠

10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based alternative rock band, which formed in 1981 and continues to be active with various line-ups. The band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew (keyboards), Steve Gustafson (bass), Chet Cardinale (drums), Robert Buck (guitar), and Teri Newhouse (Buck's ex-wife and vocalist). Steve Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, who was 17 at the time, to do some vocals. John Lombardo who was in a band called The Mills (along with brother guitarist/vocalists Mark Liuzzo and Paul Liuzzo and drummer Mike Young) and used to play occasionally with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Natalie Merchant became the main singer. Various drummers came and left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs! -courtesy of wikipedia

ALBUMS:
  1.     Human Conflict Number Five (1982)
  2.     Secrets of the I Ching (1983)
  3.     The Wishing Chair (1985)
  4.     In My Tribe (1987)
  5.     Blind Man's Zoo (1989)
  6.     Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990)
  7.     Our Time in Eden (1992)
  8.     MTV Unplugged (1993)
  9.     Love Among the Ruins (1997)
  10.     The Earth Pressed Flat (1999)
  11.     Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings (2004)
  12.     Live Twenty-Five (2006)
  13.     Extended Versions (2009)
Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993. Natalie Merchant was born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, New York, the third of four children of Anthony and Ann Merchant. Her paternal grandfather, who played the accordion, mandolin and guitar, emigrated to the United States from Sicily; his surname was "Mercante" before it was Anglicized. Her maternal grandfather, a cartoonist, piano tuner and member of a barbershop quartet, was Irish. Her parents divorced when she was eight, and her mother later remarried. -courtesy of wikipedia


ALBUMS:
  1. 1995: Tigerlily
  2. 1998: Ophelia
  3. 1999: Live In Concert [Neil Simon Theatre]
  4. 2001: Motherland
  5. 2003: The House Carpenter's Daughter
  6. 2005: Retrospective: 1995–2005
  7. 2010: Leave Your Sleep [ Released on April 13, 2010 ]

I became a fan of the 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant year 1997. I was engrossed by their different take on music. They're musical style was very different. Nothing I've ever heard before. The Maniacs upbeat tune to their songs are the most encompassing trait to their style, and Natalie's haunting voice fits perfectly with the music.

Ever since then, I never stopped listening to their music. And Natalie Merchant's newest album is no doubt for me, one of her best album to date! Her ethereal and unique voice is superby displayed on this album. I hope that the 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant will have a reunion album, or even a reunion concert. I can't wait for that to happen! Cheerz!

Monday, July 26, 2010

♠ Reading Book #171: Susannah's Garden ♠

Reading Book #171


Title: Susannah's Garden
Author: Debbie Macomber
Release Date: April 1st 2007 by Mira (first published 2006)
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Characters: Susannah Nelson, Vivian Leary
Most of us wonder what our lives would have been like if we had taken another path and made different choices. Susannah Nelson has a wonderful husband, two nearly grown kids, and a teaching career, but ever since her father's death, she has been vaguely unsettled. Never on especially good terms with him, she has always believed that he had a hand in running off her first love. Now her mother seems to be failing mentally. Susannah's husband encourages her to visit her mother, possibly settle her into an assisted-living facility, and try to shake off her depression. He has no idea that Susannah can't stop thinking about her lost love, Jake, and intends to find out why he left her. When she arrives in Colville from Seattle, Susannah discovers her mother is much worse than she imagined. Her inquiry into the road not taken reveals shocking truths about her family and, most importantly, herself. --from booklist


Wow! I've really read so many books! I'm on to my 171 and still counting! Hehe. I really enjoy reading. I especially like books that have surprising endings and compelling stories. 
After reading Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag, I wanted to read Susannah's Garden next. This book is loosely based on the Blossom Street Series and it stands on its own as a novel. But I made some research and I found out that Susannah's character will be on the book "Back on Blossom Street". That's really exciting! I love on-going series! I want to follow the characters lives and I'm always asking what will happen to them next. Debbie Macomber deliver and answers these questions on her every new book release.  Cheerz! 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

♠Book of the Week: Black Order by James Rollins♠

Book of the Week: July
Jul26-Aug1


Title: Black Order: A Sigma Novel
Author: James Rollins
Release Date: June 1st 2007 by Harper (first published June 27th 2006)
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Characters: Gray Pierce, Painter Crowe, Monk Kokkalis, Seichan, Lisa Cummings

A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relentless hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory. And Commander Gray Pierce dives headlong into a mystery that dates back to Nazi Germany ... and to horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory buried in a hollowed-out mountain in Poland." "A continent away, madness ravages a remote monastery high in Nepal, as Buddhist monks turn to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, a young American doctor investigating the atrocity, is suddenly a target of a brutal assassin working for clandestine forces that want the affair buried at any cost. Lisa's only ally is a hidden pilgrim, Painter Crowe - director of SIGMA Force, an elite command of American scientists and Special Forces operatives - who is already showing signs of the baffling malady that destroyed the minds of the monks." Now it is up to Gray Pierce to save both Painter and Lisa - and a world in jeopardy - as SIGMA Force races to expose a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order ... and alter the destiny of humankind forever.


Hey guys! Since James Rollins is my chosen author for the month of JULY, I featured his books every week. I've read all the SIGMA books except the Doomsday Key, the paperback isn't released yet here in the Philippines. I've read Black Order last 2009. This book was so good. The book doesn't have any dull scene on it. I mean, the action and the suspense is really palpable! Hehehe. Just try it for yourself and grab a copy! Cheerz!



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Review: A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

 SYNOPSIS:
Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived — and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness. Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions — and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
MY REVIEW:

Hey guys! Book review time! Wow, it's been ages since my last book review! I've been busy these past few weeks. First, my grandmother was admitted to the hospital and I spend  5 days over there. After we were discharged from the hospital, my sister gave birth to her first child! And so I went home in Bulacan to see her and I spent 5 days to care for her. And during those times I wasn't able to concentrate on my reading. But now my grandmother is in good shape once again and my sister is almost up and about! Now on to my book review! Remember my review on The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber?  I prattled on and on how great the book was and even gave it a perfect 5 stars rating? Well, I wasn't exaggerating, it really was a wonderful book. So good, in fact, that Debbie Macomber's readers wanted more!

H
ence, A Good Yarn was born, Debbie Macomber did not intend The Shop On Blossom Street to be a series, but gargantuan mail & requests from readers prompted her to write A Good Yarn. I'm deluged with happy thoughts whenever I'm reading a book by Debbie Macomber. I can't explain it! When I read her books, I can't seem to stop until I finish the book. She has this flair for words, maybe she has the gift of the gab or something.

A Good Yarn... Hmmm... How can I put it into writing? The book of course was awesome! Brand new characters are introduced and all of their stories are engaging & interesting.

M
y favorite character, no doubt would have to be Courtney Pulanski. She is a young girl, a teenager actually. I've read Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cover Series and although there are young characters on the series, they have no lasting spotlight. Unlike Courtney who is a major character and her story is immensely portrayed in A Good Yarn. Struggling to be accepted on her new school. She made friends with Annie and Andrew. She went to a lot of life experiences and learned from them. Bethanne Hamlin is also a new character, recently divorced & have two children, Annie and Andrew. I love Bethannne's character, her husband left her for another woman, but she managed to self-employ herself and started to manage her own business as a party planner. Her journey wasn't easy. She almost went broke and had no way of having a stable future. Elise Beaumont is having a second chance in love as her husband is re-entering her life after a bitter divorce. Love is indeed sweeter the second time around, it really is...

D
ebbie's ability to knit the lives of these characters together and have them help each other is truly remarkable. The ending was soooo good. I was surprised that things ended beautifully for all the characters.

To wrap it all up, the book was fantastic! I can't wait to read Susanna's Garden next! Five stars for A Good Yarn! Wooo!  Cheerz!

My Rating: 5 stars

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

♠ Aidan Jacob Prieto Verano ♠

Hey there guys! I'm a proud Uncle of Aidan Jacob P. Verano! He was born on July 9, 2010. He is the baby of my sister, Jemellie Anne Prieto. She has her hands full nowadays! Being a mom and all...I hope Aidan will grow strong and healthy! I also hope he will love to read books like me! I'd better save books that he'll probably like in the future. I have loads of them to pass on to him! Hehe. Cheerz!

Friday, July 9, 2010

♠ Low on Posts ♠

Good day to all!

Wow, it's been days since I last posted something on my blog. Well, there's a reasonable explanation as to why. My grandmother was recently admitted to the hospital. Apparently, she was low on potassium and she has UTI. She's okay now. Her recovery was very fast! We spent almost 6 days at the hospital. During those 6 days, I wasn't able to access my blog. I don't have a laptop ( my biggest frustration to have one ) and there was no computer shop nearby. 

I will post new topics these coming days ahead! Cheerz!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

♠ Author of the Month: JULY ♠

 Author of the Month: JULY

James Rollins is the author of six thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, and The Doomsday Key); the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and six individual adventure thrillers. Rollins is also writing the Jake Ransom series for kids and adults. The first volume, Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, is in bookstores now, and the next release, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, is due in Spring 2011. Publication date for his seventh sigma adventure, The Devil Colony, is August 2, 2010.

Hey there! I chose James Rollins as the author for the month of July! He will be releasing the latest Sigma book this year and I can't wait for it to come out! Of course, I hope I can have a copy. Will try hard to save money.  Hehehe. Cheerz!

 
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