Monday, May 16, 2011

I Will Miss The Walker Family...

I'm really sad today. I just learned that ABC had canceled Brothers and Sisters last May 13, 2011. I'm all too familiar with this kind of scenario, but I really loved that show. It really is upsetting on my part...The one thing that I really am so mad about is that there are loads of unresolved issues and topics regarding the show's main characters. They axed the series without even giving it a proper send off... Wouldn't you be, like, outraged by this drastic turn of events? Really, really pissed off.... It's more than I can relate to some of the characters... The series itself as a whole, is so much like a real and ordinary family... The usual sibling rivalry, the problems a family goes through and stuff, but the most important above all these are the lessons that you learn at the end of every episode, and that you take that with you and use it in your everyday life... I think that is the gift this series had bestowed to its audience.... I have done just that and I'm so thankful to this show for giving me something to look forward to every week... Everytime that I was feeling lonely and sad, I just think of my family and how much they love me and that gives me strength to face another day...

I will miss the Walker family very much, they really inspired and helped me in so many ways than they'll ever know... All of the actors are amazing and they gave a hell of a performance! So many GLAAD awards to serve as a testimony for their superb acting and outstanding contribution to the world of television. I'm still hoping that ABC will give them a few more episodes to tie some loose ends...I need a closure from this remarkable series, darn it! Please!!! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin


Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational bestseller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of the attack by a serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma. Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss the startling developments that occurred after his book was published, which involve Ashley Spencer, the only other person who survived an attack by this merciless killer. Six years earlier, life was much simpler for seventeen-year-old Ashley, a popular high school soccer star. Then one night an intruder entered Ashley's home and murdered her father and her best friend. A scholarship to the Oregon Academy, an elite private school with a top-notch soccer program, temporarily provides solace -- but tragedy strikes again and Ashley has to run for her life, unaware that the key to her survival is in the one book she's afraid to read -- Sleeping Beauty.


What a great read! I've forgotten how an amazing writer Phillip is! The last book I've read from him was a year ago, The Associate. It was also a superb book, but it pales in comparison with Sleeping Beauty. Wow. That's all I can say. Margolin captured my attention on the very first page. The murder that occurred on the first chapter was so vividly described by the author. You can literally feel that you're inside the house where the killer started on his killing spree and you're just watching it all happen in a very close range. 

Honestly, it scared the crap out of me. I envisioned myself being in that situation, and I just can't seem to fathom what I'll do if I were on Ashley Spencer's shoes. Her father and best friend was murdered and she witnessed all of this...Who do you turn to? Family? Friends? The police? In Ashley's case, the latter was her best option, but after the killer managed to murder her protectors, she went on the run to save her own dear life...

I highly recommend that you read Sleeping Beauty, if you haven't read any suspense novel before, this is the perfect book for you to start with. It will keep you guessing right up until the final page and you may have a hard time figuring out who the real culprit is...From the disturbing opening scene until the shocking ending you will be held captivated by this master storyteller! Read it now!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

In this intense novel of suspense from bestseller Clark (Where Are You Now?), the obvious suspect in the shooting murder of famous actress Natalie Raines at her Closter, N.J., home is her husband and theatrical agent, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was divorcing. Gregg never wavers from his innocent plea, but Bergen County assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace nails his conviction thanks to the evidence of an ex-con, who testifies Gregg tried to hire him to kill Natalie. Clark neatly details the courtroom proceedings, though of more dramatic interest is a subplot involving oddball serial killer Zach Lanning, who's been stalking Emily while pretending to be a good neighbor. Clark slowly reveals that Emily's recent heart transplant has given the attorney extra sensitivity to Natalie's past. As Emily's doubts about Gregg's guilt grow, the action hurtles to a surprising if abrupt resolution.

Mary Higgins Clark is a fantastic author, no doubt about that. With her innumerable bestsellers to back her up, Mary still has that spark in her writing that many of her fans up to now still find worth reading. The plot was okay, the characters were engaging and Ms. Clark's storytelling was impeccable...But, the middle and the end wasn't really that good...

I find myself getting bored and if that happens, I would probably stop reading the book entirely. But, I still gave Mary a chance. I pushed through with it even though the story was getting ludicrous to me as every pages were turned...

I rarely give a bad review, but with Just Take My Heart, I'm sad to say that the book didn't, in any possible way, excite me. I have one more Mary Higgin's novel on my reading pile, but I guess, I won't be reading it for a very long time...

My Rating: 3 Stars


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Review: Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Elle is a loner. She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her. Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door. He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He’s gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard. But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down.  Now she’ll have to search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world.

Let me start this review with a huge thank you to Ms. Catherine! She granted my book copy request many weeks ago. I wasn't really expecting anything from this request, I always tell myself that many of the authors today usually prefer to send a copy of their novels on eBook format, but that's the thing, I don't patronize them (if you can call them books in the first place). I'm an old-fashioned reader who wants nothing but hold a book while reading it. I find pleasure when I flip those crisp pages and smell them incessantly. Okay, that's just weird...but we have weirdness in all of us right? Wow, it's been a week now! I miss my blog and all my blogger friends...But I know they understand me perfectly...

Well, let us turn now to my review. Honestly, the reason I was interested in this book can be describe in one word: transgender. Some may find this not at all interesting, since it's common knowledge that transgender are accepted in society nowadays...I guess, I've never read a book that deals with this topic that's why I wanted to know more about it. And what better way to do this than read a book about it!

Jumpstart The World opens with Elle and her mother, moving into a new apartment. After a few pages you can easily tell that Elle and her mother has a relationship problem. They argue all the time and I can assume that there's a deeper explanation why this have transpired. It turned out that Elle's mother would rather pay to put Elle up in a God-forsaken apartment than take a chance on losing her boyfriend...That's just sad, right? How could she? She's an awful mom. No wonder Elle has no respect for her. Then all of a sudden, everything changed for the better, or not? Elle meets her neighbor, Frank. And she fell for him, hard. After she learned that Frank is a transgender man, it propels her into a whirl of confusion...

Catherine is a fearless writer. I really, really admire her and her powerful pen. Jumpstart The World is a testament to her originality as a writer and as a person who understands the world... Elle, for me is one of the most memorable characters I've ever read. She is strong, clever and just darn adorable...A must read!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Author of the Month: Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 6, 1970. She moved with her family to Virginia then North Carolina where she now resides with her husband, Jay, daughter Sasha Clementine, and dogs. After dropping out of Greensboro college she began taking classes at the University of North Carolina where she graduated with honors. She was a waitress for some time before leaving her job to accept a position as a teacher at UNC. She then left that job to become a full time author.

I chose Sarah Dessen for this month because I think she's a fantastic writer. I loved Along For The Ride, my first book from her. I've been wanting to read her other books but I haven't gotten around on my "book hunts" expedition. 

What Happened To Goodbye is her latest offering and I know that it'll be a bestseller!

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