Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: The Burning by Bentley Little

Now comes the hottest horror yet from the Bram Stoker Award winner...

They're four strangers with one thing in common-a mysterious train choking the sky with black smoke, charging trackless across the American night...and carrying an unstoppable evil raised from the depths of history that will bring each of their worst fears to life.


I can't even absolutely remember the time that I've read The Town by Bentley Little. But I can recall that I enjoyed reading The Town. If I compare Bentley to John Saul, I can say that they have a very different take when it comes to scaring their readers. LoL. I've read numerous of John's books and he basically have characters that are mostly children. That's not a problem for me, I love children getting some action. Whether it's horror or fantasy.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very well written and have engaging storylines. There are four of them to be exact! Although the book deals with America's history, I find myself flipping the pages with gusto. I get a thrill out of a book that gives information and knowledge.

To sum it all up, The Burning was a superior peace of entertainment! A great read! 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox #34: Low Intensity

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

It's been a while since my last book purchase, it was on my Blogoversary to be exact. I bought seven books to celebrate it! This week I only opted for one book. I don't have much intensity in doing my usual "book hunts" since my wallet is still suffering from my last purchases.

Intensity has a really good plot and I think it was made into a tv special. Better read the book first then see the film. :-)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Death Dance by Linda Fairstein

Reunited with fellow Manhattan crime scene investigators Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, brazen, outspoken Alexandra Cooper, assistant DA for the sex crimes prosecution unit, tackles the case of a murdered dancer with the Royal Ballet. While it was no secret that "world-renowned" Russian ballerina Natalya Galinova had a bad attitude and a cuckolded husband, that she was tossed, undetected, into the cooling unit at the Metropolitan Opera House still comes as a shock, even to a whole slew of suspects, among them her agent, Rinaldo; Broadway kingpin and voyeur Joe Berk; Berk's shady niece Mona; and the Met's slippery artistic director, Chet Dobbis. Varied clues paired with the fascinating theatrical spadework involved in the opera business lead to a sidewalk electrocution and several sabotaged stage sets. As additional suspects are tacked on, concurrent evidence and motives surface and the stage becomes increasingly deadly for everyone involved, especially Alex. Running alongside is a rape subplot involving an elusive Turkish doctor, and an unsolved urban assault case.

Death Dance was a compelling read! Linda has created such vivid and realistic characters. This time around the trio are navigating their way into a murder investigation of "world-renowned" Russian ballerina Natalya Galinova. I had my pen by my side writing down possible suspects, this book is populated with a huge cast of characters and that makes it hard for me to remember all their names! But I love a large cast!

I do this often, write down the names from the book and their corresponding pages, so when the author finally reveals the true identity of the killer, I would be able to identify the culprit by reviewing my notes. It's like I'm an investigator myself! I like writing down notes while reading a whodunit thriller. 

The book started off with its usual consistent formula. (1) A murder occurred (2) Investigation follows (3) Threats to Alex's life (4) Killer put to justice. I also would like to point out Linda's vast research regarding the Broadway Stage, The Met and The City Center. I don't have any idea what these places are or where they're located. Now I know...Linda entertains and educate you at the same time. Really amazing...

I think that Alex, Mike and Mercer have a unique connection that readers like me simply enjoy. They compliment each other. They have this pleasantness around them...To wrap it all up, Death Dance was a hell of a ride! Cheers!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cravings #10: Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde

"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."
A new book by Catherine Ryan Hyde! I know that I haven't read many of her books, I've only read Pay It Forward and the book was so good! The cover is really beautiful! The story is interesting, Grace is planning to kidnap her own mother?! Now I want to know how that would go...For more info regarding this book, click here.

Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. There’s only so long Grace can fend off the ‘woman from the county’ who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is...
Grown-man Billy Shine hasn’t left his apartment for years. People scare him. And so day in, day out, he lives a perfectly orchestrated, silent life within his four walls. Until..
Grace bursts into Billy’s life with a loud voice and a plan to get her mum clean. But it won’t be easy, because they will have to confiscate the one thing her mum holds most dear . . . they will have to kidnap Grace.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Die Is Cast #1: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The Die Is Cast is a meme here @ Bookable Reads that is all about creating a cast of actors and actresses for a particular book that you've read or you're currently reading. And having fun doing so! Create them in your own way!

I chose Hex Hall for my very first TDIC post. I don't know if someone from the blogger world have this kind of meme but I assure you I didn't copy it from yours. Click here for my Hex Hall review.

Anyways, since I love reading and movies so much, it's always fun to think of actors who can play for a certain character in a book. I do this all the time when I'm reading, it's nice to put a face on them. To imagine these set of actors portraying them in television or movies. Who wouldn't like that right?

Well here are the actors that I would want to see on Hex Hall, if ever it will be made into a movie:

Emma Watson as Sophie Mercer:
I think Emma is perfect to play as Sophie. Yeah, I know she's Hermione that we all love and adore, and we are sure she won't play a witch again for a very long time. Still, I want her as Sophie. I'm a fan of Emma ever since the first Harry Potter movie came out, she's a very talented actress. 

Josh Hutcherson as Archer Cross:
One of the most talented teen actors today, Josh can give justice to any character that he will play. It's also a bit of a stretch for him to accept this role but that's the way I see it. This meme is all about creating your dream cast. Lol.

Jennifer Lawrence as Elodie Parris:
Okay, I hate Elodie's character, so it was kind of hard to find an actress who can portray her nastiness. I first saw Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet and I was captivated by her beauty and her self confidence. I think she's perfect for Elodie. 

Kay Panabaker as Jenna Talbot:
She has this cute face and she looks very simple. But I know that Kay has a lot more than an innocent face. She's a terrific actress and I want her to play Jenna because I think she can transform entirely from being this timid girl to a feisty one! 

There you have it! I didn't include all the characters, only the main players in the book that I like...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review: Wedding Bell Blues by Robyn Amos

Moni Lawrence can't believe her good fortune! Thanks to an unexpected inheritance, she's leaving her tiny Virginia hometown in the dust and heading west to spread her wings and fly free. But she makes more of a splash than she intended in San Diego, when she's so distracted by the sight of a naked man, she drives her car through his fence and into his swimming pool. It's understandable, since Grant Forrest is so fine he'd turn any woman's head. And when it's been decided (in court!) that Moni has to personally repair the damage -- and is going to be around him a lot -- she knows she'd better keep her passion in check, or else she might end up uttering those deadly, reedom-suffocating words, "I do!" Of course, Grant's been disastrously down that aisle twice already and isn't looking for Mrs. Number Three. Besides, he obviously thinks Moni's just a sexy, perky, destructive featherhead and serious trouble.

It has been so long since my last romance novel, you can't blame me... I'm so engrossed with so many different books that I can barely handle them all! After disengaging myself with my usual reads, I wanted to read something laid-back. Something funny and relaxing, something that won't involve killers and detectives hehehe.

Wedding Bell Blues is a delightful read. Moni is a very charming character. I love her! She's this kind of person that you would want to have as a friend. Honest, loyal, kind and very down to earth. Grant and Moni are the perfect couple. They're so funny together! 

If you want something new and you want to laugh by yourself, this book is perfect for you. I hope I can find another Robyn Amos novel soon! 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: Hand Of Evil by J.A. Jance

With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave, literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders. A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the center of which stand two undiscriminating killers....

This is the third book in the series that featured former L.A. TV news anchor Ali Reynolds. Yeah, I know, the third book. So why did I end up buying a book that's part of a series even though I haven't read the two previous one? Well, the story for one is thought-provoking. I haven't read a heroine that's a former news anchor, it's consistently detectives, policemen and lawyers that dominates the mystery adult fiction nowadays. Also I have a liking for the cover. It looks terrific. Don't you agree?

I have mixed feelings with Hand of Evil. The book started out  monotonous for me. I try to tell myself that this is the third book, so why am I expecting too much? J.A. Jance gave a brief summation of the previous books but I still feel that it wasn't enough. I guess you're saying that I should have bought the two books first right?

 The plus side is that the story towards the middle and in the end was adequately done. The characters did have loads of exposure and the main thing that I love about Ali is that she has her own blog! I can totally relate to that, obviously. Will I ever try and read another book from J.A.? Absolutely. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In My Mailbox #33: Blogoversary Book Bash!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren
Squee! Today is my blogoversary! Wow! I can't believe that Bookable Reads is a year old now! When I started blogging, I only wanted to write reviews and just express myself using my posts as a way to let the world know how much I love reading. I would like to give thanks to my friend, Rom, for giving the idea to start a book blog. I've met loads of book bloggers around the world and here in the Philippines. All of them are just exceptional. What better way to celebrate my blogoversary than to have myself a book spree!

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
 I love a huge cast of characters. This book has that kind of story wherein lives of different people unfolds before your very eyes. Sure looks like a good book.

Dark Assassin by Anne Perry
I very much like the cover of this book, very mysterious. What I love about it most is that it's one of those whodunnit kind of novels I really enjoy reading. And this is the first time that I'm going to read Anne Perry. 

Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber 
 I've been hunting for this book for quite some time now and I got lucky today! I have all the previous books and they're just awesome! 

Testimony by Anita Shreve 
I've read Resistance and I didn't like the book that much, I told myself that I'll give Anita another try and I sure hope Testimony can top Resistance. I always give second chances to authors that I find worthwhile to read. 


Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
I enjoyed Chill Factor so much that's why I decided to buy another Sandra Brown novel. I know that this book was published a few years ago, but that only makes it interesting to read!

Two Little Girls In Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
It's been a while now since I last read a MHC thriller.  I enjoy her books so much. She is still the Queen of Suspense for me. And on that note, it's time to read her again...

Tea House On Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens
I haven't read any of Sharon Owen's books. So I don't know what to expect from this one. I hope it's a great read! 

That's all folks! I decided to buy loads of books on my 1st blogoversary! I'm going to add them on my reading pile and hope to read them all soon! So many books, so little time to read them! Cheerz!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Review: The Summons by John Grisham

Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep.And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study.Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.


Having read so many reviews regarding this book, I decided to finally check this out myself. At first the story was really not that interesting. I expected a fast paced plot that will hook me up instantly. I wasn't disappointed with John's previous novels before but it's been a while now...

I warmed up eventually towards the middle, it got interesting especially the money that Ray Atlee found in his father's house. Throughout the story, Ray struggles to fathom where the money came from and how his father managed to have this large sum of cash in his possession. Conflict started when he learned that someone wanted to have this mysterious fortune and they'll do anything to get Ray out of the picture. 

The only problem that I have with The Summons is that it's not the typical lawyer novel that John is known for. It's a different take on something that is not his usual formula but it worked for me. This was an okay book!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Friday, March 4, 2011

In My Mailbox #32: The Princess & The Doctor

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

When I saw the book, A Little Princess, I was reluctant to buy it. Sure, I loved the animated series when I was a kid, it was one of the most popular show back then, teaching kids the value of honesty, friendship and love. The show itself was a major hit here in the Philippines. 

But is it worth my time? I mean, I'm too old for this story, right? In the end, I gave in and wanted to know if the book is much better than the tv show. 

I'm familiar with Robin Cook and Tess Gerritsen's medical thrillers, their books are different because it focuses on the medical side of the story. I haven't read a single novel by Michael Palmer, so when I spotted Side Effects, I told myself that it's time to try this author.

What about you guys? What books did you get this week? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Author of the Month: MARCH

Linda Fairstein (born 1947) is an American author and former prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. 

I chose Linda Fairstein this month of March in recognition of her upcoming book entitled Silent Mercy. It will hit the shelves on March 8th.

I've been enjoying her books for the last few weeks now, her take on sexual related crimes is very interesting. The Bone Vault, The Kills and Entombed are all amazing books and I recommend you to read them all. 

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