Thursday, June 30, 2011

Third Sentence Thursday #2

Third Sentence Thursday is a meme hosted by Sniffy Kitty to showcase a book’s third sentence magic.

1) Take the book you are reading now and post the third sentence.

2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged).
3) Post a link to your sentence here (in the comments) or if you don't have a blog, just post it in the comments!
"She was such a little girl that one did not expect to see such a look on her small face."
Hmm, how can I review this sentence..? There are endless possibilities, but what I like most about it, is that, it's so mysterious...Don't you think?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cravings #12: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

"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 haven't read any reviews regarding City of Fallen Angels, this time around, I really want to check this book out for myself first...But tell me guys, is it any good?

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Lessons for the day were over, and they were sitting before the schoolroom fire, enjoying the time they liked best. 

It was the time when Miss Minchin and Miss Amelia were taking their tea in the sitting room sacred to themselves..."


So far, the book is superb!

Monday, June 27, 2011

10 Good Things on a Monday: Top 10 Authors

10 Good Things on a Monday is a fantastic meme by my friend Nina at Brush Up On Your Reading. Every Monday we make a list of things, whatever they are, that makes us feel good.

10 Good Things on a Monday: Top 10 Authors 

1. J.R.R Tolkien
2. J.K. Rowling
3. George R.R. Martin
4. Tess Gerritsen
5. James Rollins
6. Terry Brooks
7. Debbie Macomber
8. La Vyrle Spencer
9. John Saul
10. Joy Fielding

These are the authors that I find worthy to be on my top 10. All of them are exceptional! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

SYNOPSIS:   
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
MY REVIEW: 

After reading Fallen by Lauren Kate, I was a bit apprehensive to read Hush, Hush. If this book will be like Fallen, I'm afraid I won't read it anymore. But surprisingly, I liked the book, it wasn't really that "great" but there's something about it that I think will be revealed in the upcoming books on the series. That's why this book is popular today. You'll want to learn and discover more! The plot was crazy! Loads of surprising turn of events it left me thinking, huh?

The characters are likeable, Nora is sweet and Patch is rude. Haha. All in all, Hush, Hush is what I expected from a YA novel... fast-paced, refreshing and fun! Cheers! :-)



My Rating: 4 Stars

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Die Is Cast #4: Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

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!

Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987),known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress.Page received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her role as the title character in the film Juno. She won back-to-back Austin Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Juno and Hard Candy. 

She is sooooo cute! Look at those doe-like eyes! I think Ellen is a terrific actress. Look at those awards she won and the nominations she has received! A testament to her acting talents!



Andrew James Matfin "Jamie" Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor. He is best known for playing the title character in the film Billy Elliot (2000), for which he won the 2001 BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Since then he has played a mix of leading roles in small independent films and supporting roles in big budget films such as Peter Jackson's version of King Kong. 

I chose Jamie to play the role of Eli in view of the fact that I think he would most likely accept this role. Ellen is a bit of a HUGE name in Hollywood so it's a bit difficult to get her. Wow, I'm really into this casting business! Hahaha...

Read my review of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Third Sentence Thursday #1

Third Sentence Thursday is a meme hosted by Sniffy Kitty to showcase a book’s third sentence magic.

1) Take the book you are reading now and post the third sentence.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged).
3) Post a link to your sentence here (in the comments) or if you don't have a blog, just post it in the comments!
My very first Third Sentence Thursday post, I hope I can continue this every week. But I'm afraid that I can't finish a book in a week's time but I will try hard.

"In the knee-high grass, he stands with his hands in the pockets of his denim jacket, studying the vineyard below."
This sentence could mean anything. He could be the owner of the vineyard and his looking with wonder at his property. He could be a killer who's planning something sinister. Anything is possible in this sentence...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cravings #11: Plague by Michael Grant

"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 book is already out in the market but I don't have one yet. I'm still trying to look for a less expensive copy, preferably the softbound edition, got any ideas where I can find one? The hardcover is too much for me, money wise that is...I've read the three books in the series so I better read this one too. They're all fantastic and I want to know what will happen next. Fingers-crossed!!!

Plague (Gone, #4)It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE. They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach. But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape - or even survive - life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: Intensity by Dean Koontz

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
"Terror had reduced her to the condition of a girl--was murmuring so softly that the words couldn't be heard even from a distance of inches, yet, so urgently that the meaning was harrowingly clear. It was a prayer, one that Chyna had recited on numerous nights long ago, in far places: a prayer for mercy, a plea to be delivered from this horror untouched and alive, dear God, please, untouched and alive..."

Please let Chyna go! Hehehe. Intensity is awesome. Can't take my eyes off it! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

10 Good Things on a Monday: First Post

10 Good Things on a Monday is a fantastic meme by my friend Nina at Brush Up On Your Reading. Every Monday we make a list of things, whatever they are, that makes us feel good.

Hi everyone! This is my very first 10 Good Things on a Monday post! Yay! I decided to grab ARGH and join in the fun! Isn't he cute? Anyways, for today, I will just make a simple list of the things that I think what makes this particular Monday so good for me. Here they are:

10 Good Things on a Monday: First Post  
 1. There's no work today. I think we are celebrating Rizal Day here in the Philippines, did I just say that? I'm not sure what we're celebrating about?
 2. I have to meet someone later and it's a meeting that I'm looking forward to since yesterday.
 3. My cousin is gone for the weekend and I get to stay in her room. (Her room is better than mine)
 4. Just finished watching season 7 of Desperate Housewives.
 5. It's a rainy Monday, always good for me.
 6. The computer is up and running after weeks of hibernation...
 7.  I think I now have more time for books.
 8. Just bought two new novels this week.
 9. Have a friend to keep me company today.
10. I'm happy to be alive and healthy!
Whew! That wasn't hard. I'm looking forward to next Monday already! Better check out Nina's for ideas though. Thanks for this wonderful meme Nina! It really rocks! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

SYNOPSIS: 
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her...
MY REVIEW:  

Every YA book is a welcome read for me. Not often do I get my hands on this genre. No need to elaborate...If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll figure out why that is the case. After reading the book, I browsed some of the reviews other bloggers and readers wrote about Fallen. I wanted to know their reactions first before I write my review. I don't do this often, but I had mixed feelings with Fallen and I want to know if some of the readers shared my opinions. I've read loads of them and some are good reviews with very detailed descriptions of how they adore Daniel... I guess most of the reviews I've read centered on one person alone. Daniel. Sexy, mysterious Daniel. 

Anyways, I,  on the other hand can't relate to this character. The Twilight Series is also mentioned on some of the reviews I've read, comparing the two books which I think is not cool. Having read all the four books in the series (yeah, I think I haven't mentioned it on this blog, but I've read them all and I will give the whole series 2 ½ stars out of 5. Don't ask why. Renesmee??? This name is just too weird for me...) and I've seen all the movies courtesy of my cousin, who's a die hard fan of Robert Pattinson.) I finished Fallen in a week's time. It's shorter than the books I normally read. 

The main issue I had with this book were the shadows, Lauren wasn't able to execute these shadow appearances very well, I find the whole thing ludicrous. I just don't see the significance of these beings or whatever they are in this book. Also, there are loads of characters mentioned that didn't play any part in the story which makes it the more confusing for me.  But I did enjoy Luce. She's a fun character and I think amidst all the things that's happening to her, she's still in control of her life. Not a great book though, but I still would like to read Torment...

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars






Friday, June 17, 2011

The Die Is Cast #3: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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!
Hi everyone! It's time for another edition of The Die Is Cast. I've missed this meme, well, I started this so I better continue posting something new every week if I can possibly manage it. I'm now reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and the book so far is really good. I think it's way better than Fallen. Well, here are the two actors that I think will perfectly play the part of Patch Cipriano and Nora Grey...

Kit Harington (born 1987) is an English film, television and theatre actor.Harington plays the character of Jon Snow in the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011).He will appear, alongside Bean,in the upcoming horror film Silent Hill:Revelation 3D as Vincent.

I think he is the perfect Patch Cipriano, don't you think? And he's not just a pretty face. He is currently playing the role of Jon Snow on HBO's Game of Thrones, and he's really a good actor. I've read all the books and they're great! A promising future ahead for this new talent!


Camilla Belle (born October 2, 1986) is an American actress. Her works include The Lost World: Jurassic Park, When a Stranger Calls, 10,000 BC, The Quiet, and Push. Belle was born as Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles. 

Ahh...Her beauty is just mesmerizing, she'll rock Nora Grey's character and her acting for me is impeccable. She's one of the few actors that I like. Don't you think they're a good match? I really think they are and I'd like to see them together on film! There will be fireworks! Hehehe!



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

SYNOPSIS:  
This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers as he is deployed to New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed, New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city.
MY REVIEW:  

What a boring book...So sorry James. My very first novel from this author and it will most likely be the last...It's always a challenge for me to discover new authors, but in the process, instead of gaining new good reads, they tend to disappoint now and then... This book is a perfect example of that... 
 
We all know the devastation that Hurricane Katrina inflicted to thousands of people in New Orleans and my heart goes out to these people. Even though, I didn't like the book, James vividly captured the pain and the suffering that Mother Nature can inflict to all of us...

My Rating: 2 Stars

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In My Mailbox #37: Hush, Hush and Fallen

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

I'm dedicating this In My Mailbox post to my very good friend, Ms. Rane Anderson. Ask me why, come on. Hehehe. Well, she just sent me these two brand-new hardcover copies of one of the most popular series for Young-Adults books today. Yay!

It's not everyday I get to read YA, so these books are really special to me. Ms. Rane is one of the most friendliest human being I've ever known... Even though we're miles apart, we still have something that connects us. We both love to read and we both love books! Cheers to you Ms. Rane!





Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein

SYNOPSIS:  
Halfway through the trial, a major catastrophe alters the course of Cooper's case. A cataclysmic explosion rips through New York City's Water Tunnel #3, a Spectacular feat of modern engineering that will be completed years in the future. Was the blast caused by terrorism? Political retribution? Or was it merely an accident? Cooper is quickly drawn into the tragedy when she discovers a strange connection linking Brendan Quillian to the tunnel workers killed in the explosion.Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper is deeply involved in a complicated, high-profile homicide case against defendant Brendan Quillian, a prominent young businessman charged with the brutal strangulation of his beautiful young wife. His conviction is not a certainty: Quillian was conveniently out of town on the day of the killing, and his defense attorney seems to be one step ahead of Cooper's effort to prove Quillian paid a hit man to commit the crime.
MY REVIEW: 

Another superb read from Linda Fairstein! Honestly, I just simply love her. Bad Blood for me is the best book in the series so far. I have yet to read four more books, so I guess I should read them first and then decide which one is the best... Anyways, this time around, the story is all about New York City's water supply. Now, what could be so interesting about old underground tunnels? Well, throw a good crime scene into it and it will surely get your attention. As always, we have the famous trio of Alex, Mike and Mercer. The story has two major storylines but I think the book focused more on the underground tunnels where a big explosion occurred, and a man was instantly killed. The trio went to investigate the situation and they found out that this wasn't an ordinary accident. It turned out that the man killed in the explosion is the brother of the man who is currently on trial for planning the murder of his wife.

As always, I learn loads of informations about the tunnels and subways. The trial scenes as usual are seamless and it's like you're also present in the courtroom and that you can feel the tension while two big-time lawyers battle it out with each other. What I distinctly love about these books is the extensive research Linda puts into each plot and that the readers will eventually learn from her novels. That is really an amazing accomplishment...

To wrap it all up, these three main characters have become some of my favorite characters in mainstream fiction. They have this chemistry that is so appealing to me, I think Alex and Mike will end up together as a couple. There are signs and they're very obvious... these two are meant to be as one! Well, at least that's what I want to happen, it's all up to Ms. Fairstein now...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

 
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