Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Birhday To Me!

A quick happy birthday to me! I'm so sorry, I've been very busy these past few days. I can hardly open this blog and update it... Work is great, just can't juggle everything at the same time (blogging, work, household duties, reading and so on...) Will have a simple celebration tomorrow with my friends and family...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer

Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled  patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston’s sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic. Thea’s rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home...

My very first novel from Michael Palmer and I've been seeing loads of his books before but haven't gotten around on reading one. Until now. For me, it's always a gamble to try and discover new authors. Without fail, you are bound to like or dislike them. But that's the thing right? If it's really good, then you will have a new author to patronize...

I finished the book in two days time. It was really great and I was surprised that it was readable in the sense that I can't seem to stop devouring every pages of it. 

Dr. Petros Sperelakis (I had a hard time reading this name, believe me. LoL) is grievously maimed in a car accident and was almost left for dead as he is in a comatose condition. His two children, both doctors, wanted to end his misery by taking out his life support and thus releasing him from his imprisonment. However, his other son and daughter, want a second opinion. At this point, the story really will get you hooked up. Dimitri have queries regarding the manner of his father's accident, he made up a mock up model of the incident and asserted that the accident was an attempt on his father's life...

Thea Sperelakis concurred that this may be true and that they should dig deeper. Then, the oddest thing happened while Thea was visiting her father. She found out that Petros is trying to communicate with her by moving his eyes. That really freaked out Thea. She was really taken aback by the whole situation. What does it mean? Is her father getting well? When she tries to show this improvement to the staff, her father will not move his eyes. Weird. She finds the he will only communicate with her. That only raised more questions to Thea's already baffled mind. Working with Petros, Thea discovers that a conspiracy within the walls of the hospital is at large. She uncovered a ploy that there have been  "rich" patients that were determined with cancer and after medication were one hundred percent cured. The question is, whether they had this allegedly cancer in the first place. With the help of a wealthy woman who Thea made friends with, she was able to sneak into a secured files that may give her the answer she is desperately intent on finding...

I loved the ending of this book. All the questions were given appropriate answers and Michael gave them in such a solid and logical explanation. The true identity of the killer will surprise you. To wrap it up, The Second Opinion deals with family and how we should question everything especially those people that we know who can either help or kill us...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Lost by Joy Fielding

Losing Julia has become a constant in Cindy Carver’s life. The first time Julia disappeared, she was five years old and vanished at the playground. That inspired motherly paranoia. The second was when, at age fourteen, Julia decided to move in with her father. That broke Cindy’s heart. But when twenty-one-year-old Julia disappears without a trace after a promising audition with one of Hollywood’s most powerful and influential directors, Cindy begins a frantic search. Secrets are revealed, lives are forever altered, and Cindy is forced to acknowledge the disturbing truth about the young woman she realizes she never really knew....

I have mixed feelings with Lost, Joy definitely is a writer that can deliver all the action, drama, suspense and thrill in each of her books but with this one, I have some problems with the ending...

When Cindy's daughter Julia, disappeared, she wasn't jumping up and down with concern. You see, Julia had done this disappearing act before and it always turned out that she's off somewhere with her boyfriend or she needed to be with herself for a length of time or sometimes she does this out of whim. As a mother, you can never be sure if your children are safe all the time, you carry that weight forever in your heart. Cindy decided to inform the police when Julia failed to answer all of her messages in a vain attempt to contact her. It turned out that involving the police wasn't enough for her, she embarked on her own personal investigation by going to places that Julia frequented. I can't blame Cindy, I might do the same to find my child...

I find myself totally glued to this book, I wanted to know what really happened to Julia. Where is she? Is this some kind of joke to piss off her mom? Another one of her mood swings? Is this her way of punishing her mother because she's always getting in her way? Julia was really getting into my nerves, does she not know that this is what mothers do? They nag, get in your way and forever will be on the lookout for her children...It's their natural instinct...

The answer to all these questions came as a big surprise to me: Julia have gone in hiding deliberately. What the heck right? It turned out that she was an aspiring actress and wanted to get publicity. What better way than to disappear... Never mind that her mother is worried sick about her and would move heaven and earth to see that she was safe and sound. I was taken aback with the ending. I wasn't quite sure about how the book ended. It could've been better, I think, if Joy gave a twist that her readers aren't really expecting. Nevertheless, the book is a great read with characters that are engaging and credible. 

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Die Is Cast #2: Ice Hunt by James Rollins

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've read Ice Hunt by James Rollins and the book is really great! Non-stop adventure and an edge-of-your-seat ride! As always, I try to put a face on all the characters in this book, but it's a bit difficult since it has a large cast. Read my review on Ice Hunt, just click here.

So, I narrowed it down to those characters that are heavily mentioned from time to time. LoL. Don't you just love imagining different actors portraying a specific character that you absolutely like? In this book, I really enjoyed the two main characters:  Matthew Pike and Jennifer Aratuk.

Christian Bale as Matthew Pike
Matthew Pike is an Alaskan Fish and Game Warden. Skilled to withstand outdoor weather and hunt for his own game, I envisioned Christian Bale to play this character. Tough, credible and a very good actor. He perfectly fits the character of Matthew.

Charlize Theron as Jennifer Aratuk 
I don't know if they have worked together before, but I envisioned Charlize as Jennifer the moment I've read the characters personality. Charlize is a versatile actress and I think she can play any part that will be assigned to her. Don't you agree that they have chemistry? 

Ice Hunt is an action and adventure novel that reader's will like. That's why I chose these two actors. Charlize was Aeon Flux and Christian as Batman. They can kick some pretty bad a@#! LoL.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Review: Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

Again, I would like to say thanks to my beautiful cousin, Karen, for giving me this book as a gift for my birthday which by the way is just around the corner. Excited about that, nothing major will happen, just a small celebration with my family and friends. Simple and cozy, the way I like it to be...

It's a bit difficult for me to review a young adult book, not because I can't relate to them, believe me, I've been there. But because it's very different from what I usually read. This time around, it's going to be a walk in the park. I hope so. Along For The Ride is written in a way that I can understand where the author is coming from. What she wants to convey to her readers: love, understanding and being different in a positive way. This book is a story of two young people who found each other for all the right reasons. Auden and Eli are the perfect example that you can find love in the most unexpected and bizarre way. When Auden joined her father and his wife for a summer vacation in their beach house, she wasn't expecting much will happen with this "get-together." She ended up baby sitting her step sister, working for her father's wife and earning a few "girlfriends." Auden, I think is a loner. I can relate to her because during my high school days, I also wanted to be left alone most of the time, usually I have my books to keep me company. It's not that I don't want to interact with other people, it's just that I really feel comfortable being alone. But that's not the case today, I learned to blend with people now. LoL.

What I find unique in this book is when Eli and Auden go out and do simple things together in the dead of night. Since they are both somewhat "insomniac" they immediately connected with each other. They go off and play bowling, rummaged through a convenience store and just simply talk and have a quiet time. Along for the Ride is a refreshing read for me. So many memories from my younger days came flooding in while I was reading this book. I love to reminisce those days again and again...And Sarah Dessen helped me to recall them...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: The Tea House On Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

Muldoon's Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts, has started looking a bit outdated-and the same could be said about the proprietors, Penny and Daniel Stanley. After seventeen years, their marriage has started to wear a little thin, even as their old shop bustles with the energy of the customers who seek refuge from their particular dilemmas, including a perpetually dieting housewife escaping her husband's betrayal; a starstruck, struggling artist; and a mysterious woman returning after twenty years abroad to search for a long-lost someone. Behind the chocolate cappuccinos are the stirrings of a revolution that will redefine lives, heal troubled hearts, and rock the very foundation of the humble tea house-and through it all, Penny and Daniel manage to discover what truly matters in life . . . and in love.

I think this is my very first Irish novel! Whenever Ireland is mentioned, one person enters my mind, Enya. A unique singer who has a voice on an angel...Having said that, The Tea House on Mulberry Street is one of those books that you don't want to end because it's so good. I wanted more from the characters, how they will continue their lives and all that. I was hoping that it would be a series, but that wasn't the case.

The star of the book for me, I think, was the old tea house itself. All the characters mostly interact with one another inside the old tea house, which I think makes it more appealing to customers. Being inside a close to ruin  tea room gives you some peace of mind. They share their problems with love, family, friends and gossip too. Sharon has created an array of memorable characters that was enjoyable to read and had me wanting more from this author.

Overall, this book was a page turner, the lives of the people that inhabit the small neighborhood in Belfast was interesting and entertaining. Sharon Owens is a gifted writer and her imagination has taken her on top of my list! I'm hoping to get more of her books really soon! Cheers!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Friday, April 15, 2011

In My Mailbox #36: Three Is A Hardbound...

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
Thank God it's Friday! It's been a busy week for me. I wasn't able to check my blog for 5 whole days! I mean, really browse it and visit my blogger friends. Work has been eating all of my time these days. Not that I'm complaining! I love my job! Anyways, I was riding the bus homeward bound a few hours ago when I saw a poster from a local mall depicting a sale announcement from the biggest bookstore in the country! Since I've been intoxicated with work for days now, I figured it would be best to go book hunting!

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark (Hardbound)
The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer (Hardbound)

Review Copy:
Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Hardbound)

I want to say a BIG thank you to Ms. Catherine Ryan Hyde! I was starting to get worried that the book will never make it on my doorstep, thank heavens it arrived in one piece!  Cheers! 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: Ice Hunt by James Rollins

Carved into a moving island of ice twice the siz e of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law. And now, as scientists, soldiers, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's lethal vortex, the most extreme measures possible will be undertaken to protect its dark mysteries - because the terrible truths locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel could end human life on Earth.


It's been a busy week for me! So sorry I haven't been able to blog that much. After 8 hours of work I can't possibly check this blog every single night. :-( I would like to say thank you to all my blogger friends! You all know who you are! Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your precious time to visit here. Your comments are wonderful and I really appreciate it, more that you'll ever know. This post will be a review of the things that had happened to me the whole week and of course, the review of the book itself. I think Sunday will be my only time to blog and review books. I still find time to read though, before I go to sleep, I try to read a few pages. I guess I need one week to finish one book, but that's okay.

I'm learning new things from my new job and that's really cool. New experiences, new people, everything is new. Really exciting stuff... But enough about work, it's time for my review on Ice Hunt.

What can I possibly say about a James Rollins book? One word. Adventure. Having read almost all of his novels, he never fails to excite me in every possible way. He has this gift in making readers like me turn the pages like there's no tomorrow. That's how good he is. I can still reckon the first book that I've read from James, it was Amazonia. I vividly recall this particular title because I was sick when I read it. But it was so good that I can't stop even when I was not feeling well. Every chapter of this book is a cliffhanger, you don't know what will happen next. And James will surprise you every single time.

Ice Hunt is like Amazonia and more. Don't even get me started with Matt's character, really awesome guy. James again has a huge cast of characters which makes this book a powerful addition to his never-ending trophies of memorable characters...Cheers!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In My Mailbox #35: A Fun Ride!

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

First of all, I'd like to share something to all of you, I finally got a job! Yes! Me, working again! It's been soooo long! The excitement, uncertainty, the nerves and all these feelings that I'm having right now are just overwhelming. My first day at work is on Monday. That's tomorrow! I've been to the office and it's just lovely. Can't wait to work, work, and work! 

The sad thing, is that, I may have to cut some time off from blogging and reading. I have a hectic schedule. I really have to concentrate and focus my attention on my work to be able to perform efficiently. But I will try my best to keep this blog running, even if it kills me! I love blogging more than anything, and I'll find time to continue reading books.

If you aren't aware of my Birthday Book Wish List, click here. I posted it a few days ago. And lo and behold! My cousin Karen told me that she'll grant a book! I was so happy! Thanks so much Karen! Love you much! I've chosen Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen because the story for me is quite interesting and it's not everyday I get a chance to read YA, they're a bit expensive here in the Philippines. I'm going to read Along For The Ride after I finish The Tea House On Mulberry Street. Happy Reading everyone! Cheers! :-)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Author of the Month: APRIL

Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney (née Higgins; born December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York), known professionally as Mary Higgins Clark, is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her forty-two books has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remain in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its seventy-fifth printing. She is a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets.

I chose Mary Higgins Clark as author for the month of April in recognition of her astounding contribution in fiction, mainly, suspense novels. She is, until now, the undisputed Queen of Suspense. She will release her latest novel entitled, I'll Walk Alone on April 5th 2011. I'm sure it's going to be a bestseller!

Be sure to get a copy! You don't want to miss it!

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