Friday, December 31, 2010

♠Reading Book #186: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen♠

Just finished reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and more on this book on my review next week. The book was really great! :-)

Yay! I'm now reading Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. I remember telling you all that I will read Ice Cold when I don't have any potential distractions that I may encounter in reading this book. And that time is now! Hehehe. Happy New Year to everyone!

Cravings #7: The Revelation by Bentley Little

"Book Cravings are  books that I really want to have but can't buy them for now.  Reasons may vary on not having the money to purchase it and sometimes coz it's not available locally. I will post my book cravings every week and tell something about that particular book."
The first Bentley Little book that I've read was The Town. I remember that I enjoyed reading it. Little's writing style is really terrifying. His description on how a person, for example is mutilated, exceeds all other thriller writers that I've encountered. I haven't seen many of his books displayed on different bookstores, they're a bit hard to find. The Revelation won The Bram Stoker award in 1989 and based on the story, this book for me surely is a scary read. I hope to get a copy soon! 

The local minister vanishes, his church defiled by blasphemous obscenities scrawled in goats blood....A crazed old woman in her eighties becomes pregnant....Herds of animals are discovered butchered in a field....And one by one, the good folks in town are falling victim to the same unspeakable fate....

Now, an itinerant preacher has arrived spreading a gospel of cataclysmic fury. Darkness is falling on Randall, Arizona. The smell of fear lingers in the air. And stranger things are yet to come...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

♠Life is Good Award♠

I have to do the following tasks for this award: 
1. First, thank and link back to the person that gave the award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers whom you think are fantastic.
4. Contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know about the award.

10 survey questions:
1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this?   If you are not anonymous, do you wish that you had started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?
A: I never wanted to blog anonymously...
2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
A: Hmm...I can't remember anything right now, but when I really want something, I go for it regardless of everyone's feelings...I'm bad...
3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
A: A person who loves to read and love his family with all his heart...
4: What is your favorite summer cold drink?
A: Mango Shake 
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
A: To have my own bookstore!!! That's my ultimate dream, a bookstore with a coffee/bar inside it. 
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching? 
A: None of the above. 
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?
A: Our old house...I just love to live there again. Our house was surrounded with trees and my bedroom was closest to those trees and I remember that I always left the widow opened so the cool breeze will come in. A perfect place to read a book. *sighs* 
9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
A: I love to share about myself on my blog. I really like to post pictures of me with a book hehehe.  
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?  
A: Of course, READ!!!

I'm passing this award to these awesome book bloggers!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

♠Waiting on Wednesday (2)♠

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights the books we just can't wait to read.
Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman
Category: Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: March 29, 2011
The book as of now has no available description. Having read numerous of Alex Delaware's adventures I'm anticipating this release and I hope I can get back on track on finishing the previous books from the series. Cheerz!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In My Mailbox #24: Seven Books for Christmas

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
Yesterday, I went out all by myself for a little stroll. I miss my usual book hunt expedition, so I decided to venture on an all out book search.

I purchased seven books all in all. These books are written by authors that I'm familiar with. I splurged a bit, I have the budget so why not? Thanks to my friends and relatives again for the cash. Hehehe. I took individual pictures highlighting myself and the books. I love taking pictures of myself holding or reading a certain book, it's really fun posting them on this blog.

Book1: Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin
>> I've read books by Phillip Margolin and they're just fantastic.

Book2: Cut and Run by Ridley Pearson
>> This is the first time I'm reading him. The story is really interesting.

Book3: The Summons by John Grisham
>> No more questions, if I see a John book on sale, I'll buy it immediately...

Book4: The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
>> I was looking for this book for so long now, and I finally have it now!  

Book5: The Fulfillment by LaVyrle Spencer
>> I rarely read romance stories, but when the book is by LaVyrle, I make an exception.

Book6: Deadrun by Erica Spindler
>> I think Erica Spindler is one of the best mystery writers around, so that being said, she's surely on my book list.

Book7: Sleepwalk by John Saul
>> I've just recently finished reading House of Reckoning by John Saul and the book was just pure madness! The plot is unpredictable, characters are engaging and John's storytelling is exceptional. I hope Sleepwalk will be a good read too. 

I think that these books will be on my reading list until next year. I hope to get more books in 2011! So for now, I have to keep an eye out for the books that I'm really interested in and try to save money to have them! 

Wish me luck!!! Cheerz!

Monday, December 27, 2010

♠It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)♠

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme started by Sheila at Book Journey where we brag showcase the book(s) we're currently reading.

Reading Book #185
I just started reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and so far the book is okay. I've been seeing a lot of The Mortal Instruments series whenever I'm out and visiting bookstores. I must admit that I was really intrigued by the story. I think it's really unique and will have a lot of possibilities to explore in regards to the entire storyline. 

So far, I'm loving the Shadowhunters. Really cool stuff.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. 

First of all, I do not like a certain book if it's being narrated by the characters themselves. I really don't know why, but I prefer the author do the storytelling and not from the view of the characters in the book. 

But I will make an exception in Hex Hall. This book attracted my attention when I first saw it from a fellow book blogger. I was intrigued at once when I read the story. Being a huge fan of Harry Potter, I was looking for a series that will somewhat bring me back to Hogwarts. After the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I thought of other possibilities for the continuity of the saga. I even imagined that Harry's children will have their own story and adventure at Hogwarts. Well, that's wishful thinking on my part. But J.K. Rowling did said, that she may come back and write more stories regarding Harry's world.

I had a lot of fun reading Hex Hall. I really did. It was a quick one but all the things that I was looking for in a book was present here. I remember laughing at Sophie's humor. She really is funny. Well, I think that Rachel Hawkins is the one responsible for that. Hehehe. I love the entire plot and that there are so many questions that popped into my head only adds more flavor to the story. It only means that I'm really enjoying the book. Demonglass is the second installment and set to be released next year. I really need to save money for me to be able to buy it. To wrap it all up, Hex Hall is superb!!! Cheerz!
My Rating: 5 Stars

Saturday, December 25, 2010

In My Mailbox #23: City of Bones

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
The Mortal Instruments is one of the most well-known Young Adult books today. That's one of the reasons that I so wanted to read this book. There were loads of great reviews and feed-backs that I've encountered and that prompted me more to pursue it. But first of all, I didn't purchase this book, it was a gift given to me by my friend's brother for Christmas. Thanks a million! If this book will turn out to be an awesome read, I'll be sure to grab the other books as well. Merry Christmas to everyone! 


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

♠Waiting on Wednesday (1)♠

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights the books we just can't wait to read.

Secrets To The Grave 
by Tami Hoag

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 28th 2010 by Dutton Adult

Marissa Fordham had a past full of secrets, a present full of lies. Everyone knew of her, but no one knew her. When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy." Sheriff's detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won't fit. To assist with his witness, Haley, he calls teacher-turned-child advocate Anne Leone. Anne's life is hectic enough-she's a newlywed and a part- time student in child psychology, and she's the star witness in the See-No-Evil trial. But one look at Haley, alone and terrified, and Anne's heart is stolen. As Tony and Anne begin to peel back the layers of Marissa Fordham's life, they find a clue fragment here, another there. And just when it seems Marissa has taken her secrets to the grave, they uncover a fact that puts Anne and Haley directly in the sights of a killer: Marissa Fordham never existed.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review: Resistance by Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve (born 1946) is an award winning American writer. The daughter of an airline pilot and a homemaker, she graduated from Dedham High School, attended Tufts University and began writing while working as a high school teacher. One of her first published stories, Past the Island, Drifting, (published in 1975) was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1976. 

"The wife of a Resistance worker in Nazi-occupied Belgium falls in love with a wounded American pilot, forcing her to struggle with trust and betrayal." 


This is the first time that I've read a book from her and I had mixed feelings regarding Resistance...
The thing that attracted me most when I saw this book was the cover. I think it's just lovely. The story reminded me of a movie I've seen many years ago entitled In Love and War starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O' Donnell. I really liked that film. It's one of my all time favorite movie. 

Resistance was a quick and entertaining read. The characters are engaging enough to keep me interested. It's a tragic love story that left me thinking that each of us should cherish our loved ones and tell them how we feel about them everyday. Anita also gives detailed descriptions of what's going on in a war infested village. It's really terrifying to know how human beings will go to acquire power and supremacy. I hate war! The ruthless fighting over something that can be shared, the carnage, and the innocent people who are victims of this unfortunate event. The book was also made into a movie. To wrap it all up, it was an okay book, good enough to be acceptable, but I wanted more from it in the end...

Resistance is a war movie released in 2003. It was written by Todd Komarnicki and Anita Shreve, stars Bill Paxton, Julia Ormond, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Victor Reinier, and was directed by Todd Komarnicki. 

Resistance, with a 16 million euro budget, was the most expensive Dutch production ever. Its theatrical run lasted for just one week.


My Rating: 3 Stars

Monday, December 20, 2010

♠It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)♠

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme started by Sheila at Book Journey where we brag showcase the book(s) we're currently reading.

This is my first participation in this particular meme. I really didn't want to coz I'm a bit of a slow reader and given the time that I spent on other things, I may not be able to post another new book that I'm currently reading the next week. But I'm glad I did participate, so I'll be pressured to read faster. Hehehe.

I'm currently reading House of Reckoning by John Saul. The book so far is incredible. Sarah, the main character, is just so complex and different. It's really fun to read her.

Cravings #6: A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

"Book Cravings are  books that I really want to have but can't buy them for now.  Reasons may vary on not having the money to purchase it and sometimes coz it's not available locally. I will post my book cravings every week and tell something about that particular book."
I chose this book because as you all know, I love high school themed stories ( Sweet Valley, Fear Street ) and it's really fun to read characters in a school environment. I enjoy the part where there are different students in a certain campus and that you can create a lot of possibilities and limitless scenarios to each of them. A Match Made in High School for me represents all of those components in a fun and terrific read! I hope I can get a copy of this soon.  :-)

When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can't get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona's long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Book of Problems

Do you have the same problem when it comes to sustaining the quality of your books? When I started reading, I never really had a bookshelf, or someplace that I can stash my books away. As far as I can remember, I just placed my books inside my cabinet or just put them away under drawers. I must confess that when I was in college, I didn't take care of my books very well...After reading them, I just threw them inside a plastic bag and took them down to the basement for storage. I was living with my relatives before so an extra room was out of the question. I never had the chance to put my books up for display and for others to see them.

Up to now, I still don't have a bookshelf. :-( All of my books are inside my cabinet. I took away some of my clothes and put my books on the second shelf. A few days ago, I noticed that some of my books are having these yellowish marks inside the pages...I wanted to preserve the quality of all my books so I decided to zip them up inside this plastic container hoping that it will at least lessen the marks even if it doesn't stop them completely...

How about you? Do you have any tips on how to preserve the quality, appearance and value of your books? I would really appreciate it! :-)

Friday, December 17, 2010

♠Reading Book #184: House of Reckoning by John Saul♠

Just finished reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. The book was a fun read and I really like Sophie's character a lot! More of Hex Hall on my review this coming week.

House of Reckoning was released in 2009. It was in hardcover so I can't possibly afford it...A year later, I now have the book! I hope this one is better than Nightshade, the last book I've read from John Saul, which I didn't like...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review: Heartstopper by Joy Fielding

Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. As Sheriff John Weber would attest, the deadliest predators to date in his tiny hamlet were the alligators lurking in the nearby swamps. But that was before someone abducted and murdered a runaway teenage girl...and before the disappearance of popular and pretty Liana Martin. The pattern is chilling to Sandy Crosbie, the town's new high school English teacher. With a marriage on the rocks, thanks to her husband's online affairs, and a beautiful teenage daughter to protect, Sandy wishes she'd never come to the seemingly quiet town with shocking depths of scandal, sex, and brutality roiling beneath its surface. And as Sheriff Weber digs up more questions than answers in a dead-end investigation, one truth emerges: the prettiest ones are being targeted, the heartstoppers. And this killer intends to give them their due.... 


A story that really has plenty of twists and turns, a killer that you will keep on guessing the identity, and storytelling at it's finest... This is the very first time that I've read a Joy Fielding book. I never expected it to be this good.  I very much like how she writes. I was instantly mesmerized by her ability to maneuver the story and she keeps on getting better as the pages are turned. I will be on the lookout for more of her books. I recently emailed her to ask for an interview but I think she has a lot on her plate right now...

I think the highlight of the book is from the Killer's Journal, describing every plan and action that needs to be done to obtain a victim. I was hooked immediately with this kind of "getting inside the mind of the killer thingy". I love to read what a murderer is up to, who the next victim will be and how that victim will die. Hehehe.

Joy also has a lot of young adult characters in this book and so many high school drama is going on which I absolutely like! I don't know, I just love school themed books. 

To wrap this up, go and get a copy of Heartstopper. It's really a great reading experience! 

My Rating: 5 Stars
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