Tuesday, August 31, 2010

♠ Book Releases: 8/31/10 ♠

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Adam Winters has enough responsibility as the new head of the local ghost hunters' guild without being saddled with the family curse. He's convinced his recent nightmares and hallucinations will lead to him becoming a psychic rogue - unless he can find a stolen relic and a woman who can read dreamlight. Marlowe Jones rides into his life on a motorcycle and, though a descendent of the rival Arcane family, she's just what Adam needs: a psychic private investigator and dreamlight reader extraordinaire. Together, amid the glowing catacombs and steamy underground jungles of Harmony, Adam and Marlowe must break the curse, save the entire underworld - and fight a passion that could destroy them both.

Dear Reader:
Guess what? I’m falling in love! With Mack McAfee. My baby daughter, Noelle, and I have been living next door to Mack since the spring. I’m still a little wary about our relationship, since I haven’t always made good decisions when it comes to men. My baby’s father, David Rhodes, is testament to that. I’m so worried he might sue for custody. In the meantime, the World War II letters I found are a wonderful distraction. Both Mack and I are trying to learn what happened to the soldier who wrote them and the woman he loved. Come by sometime for a glass of iced tea and I’ll show you the letters. Plus I’ll tell you the latest about Grace and Olivia, my brother Linc and his wife, Lori (who tied the knot about 5 minutes after they met!), and all our other mutual friends. Oh, and maybe Mack can join us…- Mary Jo Wyse

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. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal. Normal is so overrated.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.  Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

Monday, August 30, 2010

♠Book of the Week: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman♠

Book of the Week: August/September
Title: Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: September 1st 2003 (first published 1996)
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages 
When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere. 
My very first Neil Gaiman book and all I can say is wow. This book was everything a reader could ask for. Action, adventure, mystery, fantasy  and some detective work.

If  I can describe Neil's writing style, I think  he blends fiction with fantasy and humor to his characters that resulted to pure goodness to his novels. His books are hard to go by, that's why I haven't read any of his other titles yet. This book was just lent to me by a relative. Hehehe. Go ahead and check this book out! Cheerz!


Friday, August 27, 2010

♠How I Rate A Book♠

Grading/Rating a book is very important. Book bloggers like myself, tends to rely on book ratings that other people bestow on a certain novel. And here is my take on my personal book ratings.

5 Stars: Perfect! In this 5 stars rating, the book for me is impeccable in terms of its story, writing and ending. Everything in the book is just plain good and I would recommend it to everyone.
4 ½ Stars: A Must Read! Books that I would want others to read and then I want them to tell me what they think about the book. Because in this category, for me, the book should be read by others simply because it's a book that you should not miss.
4 Stars: Very Impressive. A book with just the right dosage of keeping the pages turning. Not good, not bad. It's like bittersweet. 
3 ½ Stars: Could've Been Better. In terms of the plot, the story was really okay. But then it became a bore to read in the middle and the end.
3 Stars: Passable. An okay book. No sparks and magic in it.
2 Stars: Poorly Written. This book wasn't able to catch my interest whatsoever.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In My Mailbox #11: Pulitzer and Anne

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

I got this book on the discounted section of my favorite bookstore. It was a grab coz it was only below P100. I've seen Anne Tyler on the bookshelves now and then but I haven't read any of her books.

What caught my attention about the book is that, it was a Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction in 1989. I was just 9 years old during that time. So I guess this book must be good. Pulitzer, right? It must have something unique for it to bag that award. Anyways, will post my review on it after I've read it. Cheerz!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review : Eldest by Christopher Paolini

The land of Alagaesia is suffering under the Empire of the wicked Galbatorix, and Eragon and his dragon Saphira, last of the Riders, are the only hope. But Eragon is young and has much to learn, and so he is sent off to the elven forest city of Ellesmera, where he and Saphira are tutored in magic, battle skills, and the ancient language by the wise former Rider Oromis and his elderly dragon Glaedr. Meanwhile, back at Carvahall, Eragon's home, his cousin Roran is the target of a siege by the hideous Ra'zac, and he must lead the villagers on a desperate escape over the mountains. The two narratives move toward a massive battle with the forces of Galbatorix, where Eragon learns a shocking secret about his parentage and commits himself to saving his people.

Finally, it is time for my review on Eldest. I had a hard time reading this book. First of all, I was much in doubt if I really wanted to read it in the first place. After reading Eragon (1st book in the Inheritance Cycle) about 3 years ago, I had some opinions of the book. I can still remember that for me, Eragon, was a bit shallow in terms of its plot and writing. The names of the characters are a bit a stretch for me (names are very important) and I can well compare it to the Lord of the Rings, Shannara Series, A Song of Ice and Fire Series, The Sword of Truth Series and many others, now I've read all these fantastic books and they are really great. Regardless of these drawbacks, I still managed to read Eragon. I just can't really point it out what the book is lacking. Maybe, a little more substance in terms of Christopher's writing, Eragon was okay for a debut novel, but he still need to cultivate his talent.

When I started reading Eldest, I was optimistic about the book. I told myself that maybe Christopher has improved a lot during the years. Not really...*sigh*. Eldest was soooo detailed...I mean when the characters are eating, it has to be told in every way possible. How they cook, how they chew the food...When they're traveling...You get my drift...The progress of the story is at a snail's pace and the story isn't that interesting. I think Christopher should have culled anything that wasn't necessary on the book. There are times that I wanted to set it aside and read something else. But in the end, I finished reading it. I may not read the 3rd book, Brisingr, I am at the end of my tether with the Inheritance Cycle. 

If you love fantasy adventure and magic, try reading The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind, it will blow you away! Trust me...Cheerz!

My Rating: 3 ½ stars

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

♠ Book Releases: 8/24/10 ♠

An innovator praised as one of the inventors of “the new space opera,” Peter F. Hamilton has also been hailed as the heir of such golden-age giants as Heinlein and Asimov. His star-spanning sagas are distinguished by deft plotting, engaging characters, provocative explorations of science and society, and soaring imaginative reach. Now, in one of the most eagerly anticipated offerings of the year, Hamilton brings his acclaimed Void trilogy to a stunning close. Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent—or facilitate—the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy—energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies . . . from everything that lives. Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker—as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer—continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies—and temptations more powerful still. With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard’s final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.
This volume picks up immediately where book two left off, with Jonah, Katherine, and Andrea going to the time period when Andrea was kidnapped. She is Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in the ill-fated Roanoke Colony. During their time journey, the Elucidator is lost, and the children arrive not certain as to where or when they are. Jonah pieces together that Andrea deliberately lost the Elucidator, and she admits she was following the directive of a mystery man who promised that she could stop her 21st-century parents from dying in a car crash if she did what he said. Unsure of what they've been sent back to do, the children decide to try to find the inhabitants of the colony. Along the way they save the life of Andrea's 16th-century grandfather, and she feels more and more that she is supposed to stay with him.

The Genesis of Shannara trilogy – Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph – charted the fall of our own world into the hands of once-men and demons…and the escape of a few humans, Elves, and others into a remote mountain valley walled in by impenetrable magic. For five-hundred years the survivors have lived peacefully, learning to coexist and to build a new world with the limited resources and skills available to them. Now the magic that kept them safe for so many centuries is wearing down. Frightening creatures are penetrating the barriers and wreaking havoc on the valley within. It is time for the four peoples to stand together and create the new world of Shannara.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec. Brennan heads to Hawaii to seek the help of an old friend at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), whose mission is to find the remains of American war dead and bring them home. But instead of clarifying matters, Brennan's investigation only raises more questions, including parallel inquiries into a series of shark attacks and escalating island gang violence. Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist.

Monday, August 23, 2010

♠Book of the Week: Phantoms by Dean Koontz♠

Book of the Week: August

Title: Phantoms
Author: Dean Koontz
Release Date: February 5th 2002 by Berkley (first published 1983) 
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body, strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.
This book was given to me by Ate Cynthia. And I reckon that this was my very first Dean Koontz book.
The story of this book is very original. At the start of the book, the reader will be captivated by Dean's ability to engage the reader to his impeccable narrative prowess. I can still remember that I've read it in just two days. It's that good. And its been made into film starring Ben Affleck.Try and read it! Cheerz!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

♠Book Prize Giveaways♠

The winner is GLENTOT! Congratulations!

The September giveaway has ended.Click here for the October Romance Giveaways!

Hi! I decided to give away a couple of books! I have loads and I think this is the time to share them to others. If you want to get this book prize just read the instructions below.  

Instructions to get an entry:
1.  Leave a comment on this page to qualify for the book prize giveaway. 
2. Email me at pertz_0429@yahoo.com OR you can send me a private message thru my Facebook account and tell something about yourself and your favorite books.
3. These two instructions should be done correctly to have a valid entry. Also, it wouldn't hurt to leave comment/s on my post/s to gain favorable points from me! Thanks and good luck!

Note: The winner will be notified by email on September 30, 2010 and the book/s will be shipped by courier as soon as possible. I will not be responsible for lost package/s.


September Prize Giveaways:

3. A special bookmark from me.

Other Giveaway Winner/s:
October Prize Giveaway Winner will be found here.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

♠Reading Book #175: Chill Factor by Sandra Brown♠

Reading Book #175

Title: Chill Factor
Author: Sandra Brown
Release Date: July 18th 2006 by Pocket
Pages: Paperback, 560 pages
Characters: Hammond Cross, Lily Martin, Rennie Newton, Wick Threadgill
Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town -- the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, latel ...more Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town -- the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace. It is to this backdrop that Lilly Martin returns to close the sale of her mountain cabin, marking the end of her turbulent eight-year marriage to Dutch Burton, Cleary's chief of police. Dutch's reluctance to let her go isn't Lilly's only obstacle. As she's trying to outrun a snowstorm, her car skids on the icy road and strikes a man who emerges from the woods on foot. She recognizes the injured man as Ben Tierney, whom she'd met the previous summer. They're forced to wait out the storm in the cabin, but as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly begins to wonder if the greatest danger to her safety isn't the blizzard outside, but the mysterious man right beside her. Is Ben Tierney the feared abductor? Or is he who he claims to be...her rescuer from harm and from the tragedy that haunts her?

At last! I'm now reading Chill Factor by Sandra Brown. I've put it off for quite sometime now in favor of Eldest by Christopher Paolini and Hex Education by Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffery. No more ifs and no more buts. I'm going to read her now! Hehe.

I just hope that Chill Factor will not bore me. I'm really looking forward to my very first Sandra Brown book. Cheerz!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

In My Mailbox #10: Pyramids and Friends

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

All of us have friends, right? I mean, if you don't have a friend, your life sucks...

Friends come and go, and we are very lucky if we have friends that are with us through thick and thin. 

I have a friend who's been with me through good times and bad ones. It's nice that you can count on someone to be there for you unconditionally, and... give you books as gifts occasionally! Hehe. So, officially, I did not purchased this book, my friend did. Hehehe. I'm very thankful for this book coz I've been meaning to read but it doesn't cover my budget. You know who you are "friend". Thanks a million for this one! Cheerz!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Nightshade by John Saul

NIGHTSHADE is the terrifying story of an innocent teenager who must confront the sins of the past-and a corrupting evil that threatens to consume his entire world.... Fifteen-year-old Matthew Moore seems to have it all: a loving mother, Joan; a caring stepfather, Bill, who treats Matt like has own son; residence at a sprawling estate in New Hampshire; and a growing relationship with the most beautiful girl at school. All signs point to a bright future. Until fate intervenes. A sudden fire leaves Matt's ailing grandmother homeless. After moving in with the family, the caustic Emily insists on re-creating the bedroom of her deceased daughter, the favored child who died tragically more than a decade ago. Joan and her older sister had always shared an uneasy bond-and a shameful secret that would forever join them...even from beyond the grave.

Good day to all! It's been a long time since I last read a John Saul book, so when I spotted Nightshade inside my favorite bookstore, I did not hesitate and grabbed the copy of the book and took it home (well, of course, I paid for it first. hehehe).

The very first John Saul book that I have read was Black Creek Crossing. After reading Black Creek Crossing, John Saul became a constant read for me. His books deals with the supernatural beings, ghosts, demons and other unworldly phenomenons. Mainly, his characters are children, maybe because and I am just assuming, that when he was a child, he experienced something out of the ordinary. And from that experience, he gets his ideas for his books.

Nightshade has an auspicious beginning for me. John Saul's characters were interesting enough to make me want to read the book. The story was about a boy named Matthew, who accidentally shot his father while they were hunting in the woods for game. Now this made a real impact on Matthew, but the thing is he doesn't quite remember shooting his father, as if he was possessed and that something was messing with his head. After reading the book, I was chagrined to realize that Nightshade did not met my expectations. For me John Saul was stretching too much on this book. There are so many parts of the book that really is ludicrous. I was surprised I even finished reading this one. It only shows that an author can really write good stories and can really weave a mediocre one. Well, I'm not going to give up on John Saul after this jarring experience on Nightshade. I will decisively look for his older books and maybe these will be a better read than Nightshade. Cheerz!

My Rating: 3 ½ stars

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

♠ Book Releases: 8/17/10 ♠

Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors-a legal legend in women's rights law and his beautiful wife-the couple hosts a housewarming party that ends in quiet disaster. One of their guests, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Was she drugged? Raped? Lauren, a deputy district attorney, and detective Sam Purdy are both privy to facts they can't share with Alan, but Alan soon discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the housewarming party. Before Alan can discover all the pieces to the puzzle, an important witness to the events is murdered. Alan fears that other witnesses-people he loves-will be next. Smart, topical, and deftly plotted, The Last Lie delivers the pulse-pounding return of one of contemporary fiction's most enduring heroes.

Monday, August 16, 2010

♠ Book Releases: 8/16/10 ♠

NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer's eyes.

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have become victims of the same sadistic killers. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Gabby Larsen. Every killing is preceded by a postcard to the local newspaper--and Kanon and Larsen think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

♠Book of the Week:The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman♠

Book of the Week: August

Title: The Murder Book
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Release Date: April 1st 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)  
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Characters: Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis
The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp.
I remember reading this book like it was only yesterday...A couple of years ago, when I was still working for a publishing company, we had this out of town event, wherein we're going to ride a bus for about 5 hours to reach our destination, it's a beach resort, so all the time that we were traveling, this book helped me on those long stretches of boredom. The story of this book was really catchy. When we reached the resort I just can't stop reading it. All my friends were telling me to stop reading and go outside and enjoy the environment. But I can't help it. When I read, it's like, I'm dead to the world. It's really handy to have a book by your side wherever you are, if you have a book, all else can come and go as they please... Cheerz! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

♠Reading Book #174: Hex Education by Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffery♠

Reading Book #174

Title: Hex Education
Author: Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffery
Release Date: May 10th 2007
Pages: Paperback, 192 pages
Characters: Sophie, Katherine, Cella, Devon, Linc

Sophie Stone doesn't want to leave the bright lights of LA for the dreary little burg of Mythic, Massachusetts. So why, then, does she feel eerily drawn to the place? And why, after she crosses the county line, does she begin having headaches, accompanied by strange and frightening visions? At least school is a bright spot--Sophie is immediately accepted by the coolest, most popular, best-dressed girls at Mythic High. But what she doesn't know is that her new friends don't buy their couture--they conjure it! They're a coven of witches, formed to save the town from an evil that is rising, an evil that was foretold decades ago. And Sophie is their leader!Will Sophie embrace her powers and save the town? Or is Mythic totally hexed?

I've read Y.A.(Young Adult) fiction before, but I do draw the line when it comes to what I'm going to read. I've read a couple of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery and some Sweet Valley High books during my teen years and I did enjoy these books.  

If you can see the books that I've read during the years, they're all for adult markets. I've just recently paid attention to YA books, I even made a list of the books that I want to have and want to read. YA is something new for me. So when I saw Hex Education (75% off) I bought it instantly. This is going to be a quick read, since the book is only 192 pages. That's really short for me. Hehehe. Cheerz!

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