Monday, January 31, 2011

In My Mailbox #28: Two for the Road!

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

I only got two new books this week. My to-be-read pile as you can see is barely moving. I'm reading as fast as I can! So I really have to control my book purchases nowadays! I've read Carla Neggers before and her books are great. This is the first time that I'll be reading Michelle Gagnon, hope she's an awesome writer!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

In this latest Rizzoli and Isles novel, Tess Gerritsen’s ingenious storytelling takes us deeper into a conspiracy that wiped out an entire community off the face of the Earth…

Let me tell the story in my own words...The story focuses on Maura Isles ( I love Maura!) this time around and a group of friends who decided to take a reluctant ski trip up in the mountains. Then, a totally unpredictable predicament happened on the way to their destination.  Their SUV had lost its balance and got stuck on a ditch. They were stranded in the middle of nowhere and almost as if the Gods had cursed them, the snow started falling and there’s no place to go for warmth and shelter.

When everything seems to be looking ill for them.  Maura spotted a sign that read “Kingdom Come”. It turned out to be an abandoned village of some sort.  When they went inside to investigate, they found houses of the same structure, eerily identical to one another…The village was like a ghost town, no signs of human life was to be seen.  When the group of friends stepped inside on one of the houses, they noticed something peculiar: a portrait of a man hanging on the wall, meals left untouched on tables, and cars are still parked inside their respective garages.  Something dreadful has happened to this village…

A very interesting story don’t you agree?  What could have drove these people away from their homes? So many questions bugged me while reading this book, it just keeps you glued to the story, I was totally hooked from the very start. This is vintage Tess Gerritsen. The characters are very realistic and you could feel the emotions they’re going through and they reacted differently on the situation.  I don’t know how Tess do it, but she created a book that all of us can relate to…In the face of fear and desperation…How can we survive in a place where all hope is gone?

I want to stretch out that Tess Gerritsen’s novels, just keeps on getting better and better through the years.  Each book promises new thrills and chills to keep readers interested, her impeccable writing propelled her to be one of the most recognized writers around.  And there are loads of writers out there,  but only a few managed to stay on top. To wrap it all up, Ice Cold is a devilish page-turner that kept me up all night long! Cheerz! 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #27: Books of JOY!

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

First of all, these books were given to me by cousin, Fernando "Joy" Verde, it was supposed to be a Christmas gift but I just got it recently. He is currently working in Dubai. He's been there for a couple of years now and I'm very happy that he's doing well. If you find his nickname a little strange, I did too, before. I think one of our relatives was the one who had given him this peculiar name. But you won't argue when you get to know my Kuya Joy. He's full of jokes, easy to get along with and very down to earth kind of guy. I'd also like to thank Ate Vi, Kuya's girlfriend, for dragging the books with her all the way from Dubai. Welcome back to the Philippines! To the both of you, thanks so much!!! :-)

1. Lies by Michael Grant
2. Rage by Jonathan Kellerman
3. The Unquiet by John Connolly
4. Looking Good Dead by Peter James
5. The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

Lies by Michael Grant is the gem among these lot! But I must say that all the books are great! I'm swamped with so many books! I love it! :-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cravings #9: The Passage by Justin Cronin

"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've learned about The Passage while I was browsing the website of  Terry Brooks ( love him and his books) and looking for current news to read regarding his latest releases. I do know that Terry doesn't review books often and I don't know why he has done this but I think he just want to share his views and opinions regarding a remarkable novel. I searched the synopsis of The Passage and I must admit that it caught my interest. It's now available in paperback here in the Philippines but I still need to save money to buy City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Well, you can't have them all right? Good thing I created Book Cravings, at least it'll remind me of the books that I really want and that someday I'll be able to buy them. :-)

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.


Friday, January 14, 2011

In My Mailbox #26: Hungry for Hunger!

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

If you haven't read Gone by Michael Grant, I highly recommend that you get a copy now and read it! Really an awesome book to start a series. To read my review on Gone click here. I'm going to read Hunger next after Erica Spindler's Last Known Victim. I'm very excited to visit The Fayz click again and see what will happen to Sam and the rest of the gang! This is going to be a thrill of a ride! :-)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Refreshing. Unique. Fun.

City of Bones are all these and more. I've never been a fan of vampires, werewolves, faeries and other weird creations, but I do know that they're very popular to YA readers these days. I must admit that as a reader, I'm curious as to what other book lovers like me out there are currently reading. That's why I created this book blog, to interact with other book bloggers and know what the latest books are in circulation. Again, I'd like to thank Raila over at BooksOutOfTheBookshelves for giving me some idea with reference to this book. Not often do I read YA, it's not that I don't like it, coz I do. But they're not that available on the bookstores that I frequent to. Whenever I'd like to check out what the "teens" are reading these days, I just go to Raila's blog and browse for some really cool titles. The title of the book, City of Bones, is very mysterious and unique. The first thought that entered my mind was, like, the characters are going to this vast and creepy citadel with graveyards and tombs to battle out an army of the undead or something. In the end, that wasn't the case. 

The story are all about the "Shadowhunters". They're a group of individuals who are devoted on destroying and eliminating all kinds of demons here on Earth. Yeah, apparently, they walk among us. Really cool stuff, right? Anyways, the book is stimulating from the start, I can't take my eyes off the pages. The plot is interesting, nothing I've read before. Jace and Clary makes me laugh whenever they're engaged into one of their "witty conversations". Sometimes, Jace can be so annoying and Clary is there to straighten him out. Clary is lovable, strong-willed and smart. My favorite part in the book was the fight between the vamps and the werewolves. For me, it's one of the best executed scenes and it would really look good on the big screen. All in all, City of Bones is a seamless, razor-sharp novel that has a heart-stopping action and well-realized characters...Highly recommended...

My Rating: 5 Stars

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cravings #8:The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

"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 Silent Girl has no available description as of now. I've regularly checked Tess Gerritsen's website but there's no post regarding this book. I'm tempted to email her again just to ask if The Silent Girl is really her next Rizzoli and Isles novel but I don't want to annoy her. Hehehe. So I'm just going to wait for her to announce that this book really is her next smashing bestseller. I can't wait for it to come out! This will be a great addition to the series and I hope Maura and Daniel will finally sort out their priorities and be happy with their lives at last. 

Here I am with Tess Gerritsen's books. I've read The Apprentice when I was still in college and I remember that I was reading this and reviewing for an exam at the same time. Not really a good combination but the book was impossible to put down. The Mephisto Club was a gift given to me by a close friend and The Sinner was a gem that I've found from a local bookstore that sells bargain books and hard to find titles. I was lucky to have found The Sinner, low price but the book was in pristine condition. I have more of her books but I'm afraid I can't carry them all in one picture. Hehehe.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: House of Reckoning by John Saul

After reading Nightshade, I wasn't ready to give up on John Saul's writing ability. Even though I couldn't find the wherewithal to jump up and down for joy with Nightshade, I still think John deserves a second chance from me. I've read numerous of his novels and all of them are exceptional. Click here to read my review on Nightshade. I was a bit sad and displeased because the book haven't fulfilled my expectations. House of Reckoning changed all that...By the way that's me writing this review...You can see some of my books and my current read is there too, Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler.

But enough about Nightshade, that's water under the bridge. Let's now turn to House of Reckoning. This book was released last 2009. I only got a copy of it last December 2010, you see, I couldn't possibly afford a hardcover release, it's just too expensive for a person who's unemployed like myself. I'm hoping to get a job this year. Wish me luck! 

Last Christmas, I decided to make a Christmas Book Wish List and literally begged to all my friends and relatives to grant me these wishes. I wasn't expecting anything likely to happen, you know, it was a long shot. I was surprised that two of my relatives answered and told me that they're going to fulfill my wishes! I was in seventh heaven! Thanks again to Tito Bobby and Tita Cynthia. :-)

House of Reckoning is a book that I would recommend to all the readers out there who have a liking for an edge-of-your-seat story. John Saul normally have young characters and storylines that probes the mind and delves further to the unknown and supernatural. That's the main reason I read his books. In House of Reckoning, John introduces us to Sarah Crane, the main character. She loves to paint but the problem is, her paintings turned out to be "paintings of bizarre happenings" and it also depicts "violence and bloodshed". Sarah doesn't know how this came to be, she's not aware of what's happening once she started painting...Loads of characters are introduced to make the story more interesting. One particular character affected me the most was Tiffany, Sarah's foster sister. Tiffany was anything but rude and unpleasant towards Sarah. She started spreading nasty rumors at school and even stole some of Sarah's prescribed medication and sell it to people who abuses them. Now that's just sick. I must admit that sometimes I get carried away with the characters personalities, but it only shows that the book is really good.

My Rating: 5 Stars
To wrap it all up, the book is gripping with characters that you'd want to kill and some that you'll love and adore. The ending was nothing that I've imagined it would be. John Saul is back in full force!!! Cheerz!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Book #187: Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler

Just finished reading ICE COLD by Tess Gerritsen and boy oh boy! The book is brilliant! The Jane/Maura series just keeps getting better and better! Love these two characters!  Get a copy now and be mermerized by this astounding book! 

I'm now reading Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler and so far the book is riveting. Read my review on Bone Cold here. Also a thriller worth reading. Superb!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In My Mailbox #25: Afforda-Books!

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

Just got back from the mall. I went to buy some grocery items and what do you know? I happen to drop by at my favorite bookstore! I got three books from  Booksale and one delivered to me via courier from Ebay this morning. Let me dish them out for you. :-)

I haven't read any of Carolyn Parkhurst books but when I saw the story at the back of the book I was really interested and it's on sale. Hehehe. Lost and Found is about a reality show that brought together people who had forgotten one another... When I saw Last Known Victim, there was no hesitation on my part. It's an Erica Spindler novel, no questions asked, I have to read it...Erica is the kind of author that will keep you glued to her novels of suspense.

Yay! I have City of Glass! I bought this from Ebay-Philippines and I received the book this morning via courier. It's on hardback edition. It was almost brand new and I only paid P200 for the book. It's a great deal! I now have to look for City of Ashes to complete the trilogy. Wish me luck! After Heartstopper, I was eagerly looking for Joy Fielding's books more than ever, and I found Lost. This book will be a great read, I just know it!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

♠Author of the Month: JANUARY♠

Tami Hoag (born Tami Mikkelson on January 20, 1959) is an American novelist, best known for her work in the romance and thriller genres. More than 22 million copies of her books are in print.

Hoag was born in Cresco, Iowa and raised in the small town of Harmony, Minnesota. Because her siblings were more than ten years older than she, and there were not a lot of other children nearby, Hoag developed an active imagination, making up stories to entertain herself.

Happy New Year to all! 2011 is here! This month, I chose Tami Hoag as the Author for the Month of January. In celebration of her latest release Secrets to the Grave. 

I've read books by Tami and I can say that she is one of the most inventive writers around. Her books are interesting and informative at the same time. I have her book The Alibi Man on my TBR pile and hope to read it this coming week! Congrats on the release of Secrets to the Grave and I know that it'll be a major bestseller! Cheerz!

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