Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In My Mailbox #40: Books Of Expectations

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

I only have five new titles for this week, I wanted to buy certain books that have interesting storylines and complex characters. You know, something out of the ordinary. I hope these books will meet my expectations!

I'm looking forward in reading The Reader! I think I will read it next. If the book is okay, I will watch the film too! We had a long weekend over here in the Philippines but I didn't get to read that much. I watched too many films instead! I did went on a bookhunt expedition with a close friend and it was awesome! I went to four different bookstores but didn't find many goodreads. Well, at least I enjoyed the hunt!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Blindman's Bluff by Faye Kellerman

Kellerman's solid 18th novel to feature L.A. police detective Lt. Peter Decker and his wife, Rina finds that some jury duty should include hazardous duty pay. A shooting rampage at the 70-acre compound and mansion owned by shopping mall magnate Guy Kaffey leaves Kaffey, his wife and two guards dead. Kaffey's oldest son, Gil, apparently was left for dead and two other guards are missing. A plethora of suspects and motives has Decker and his colleagues looking at Guy's brother, Mace, and Guy's younger son, Grant, as well as the missing guards, other household staff, the remaining off-duty staff and possibly business rivals. Decker's cool professionalism is thoroughly tested when a chance courtroom encounter thrusts Rina into the case and puts her in harm's way. Kellerman expertly keeps interlocking investigations moving along with a minimum of confusion but plenty of doubt as to the guilty party or parties.

It's been a while since my last Faye Kellerman book. I wonder why it has taken this long for me to read her again? I've loads of books on my shelf that I can't decide which one to read! Pathetic right? Faye is just wonderful, she's one of my favorite. I think I started to like mystery/murder stories because of her impeccable writing pen. 

Peter is as sharp and as tough as ever. It goes without saying that if you hire him, he'll get the job done. Rina and the kids are okay, but she's getting a bit of action herself with this one. Faye also mentioned Cindy, Peter's daughter from his first marriage. It's nice to get back to this wonderful series of books that have been a part of my college years. Totally freaking cool!

Faye has done it again! This book was just oozing with awesomeness! She completely elevated her writing prowess in its highest form! I love how she ends every chapter with some witty remarks for a particular scene, it's just perfect! I can't stop saying good praises regarding this novel. I better get a hold of her latest book, Hangman. It's already making raves in the market and I don't want to be left behind! Will definitely get a copy next payday! I hope! 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Split Second by David Baldacci

Sean King is a former Secret Service agent who, eight years ago, botched the job of protecting a presidential candidate. When he meets Michelle Maxwell, an attractive agent whose political charge has just been kidnapped, the two disgraced operatives uncover an ominous connection between the incidents. They team up, and -- as bodies begin to pile up -- they find themselves racing against the clock to prevent an assassin from striking again along the campaign trail.


Political thriller is not my cup of tea. I think I seldom read those kinds of books, I don't know why, but politics is boring for me. There's no love lost there. I never want to know more about them, maybe just the current happenings in the government would suffice, but really getting into deeper issues makes me want to run and hide. Politics is dirty and based on some of the things I've seen on the news nowadays, it is most likely a world I wouldn't want to be entangled with. Not that I'm planning to get into politics or something... 

This book was a blast! A brilliant read! David Baldacci, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is a true bestseller! The plot was engaging and very well written. Two secret service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, finds common ground to unravel a murder conspiracy that threatens to change their lives forever. I've never read anything like this before and I'm so excited to read the rest of the series. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are great together, they kinda remind me of Lois and Clark. Split Second is so much like the TV series. I imagine Sean as Dean Cain and Michelle as Teri Hatcher. I've been watching the TV series lately and I may have incorporated them with this book.

The book of course is anything but that, but I like to envision actors whenever I'm reading, it makes reading a lot fun for me. Also I found out that there's another series entitled The Camel Club. Sounds really exciting! Look at me, thinking way ahead of myself, I haven't read all the King/Maxwell Series yet and now I'm planning on reading an entire new collection of books!? So many books, so little time to read them.

To wrap it up, the entire book is one hell of a ride you wouldn't want to miss! 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: A Risk Worth Taking by Robin Pilcher

Dan Porter had it all: a big house in suburban London, a beautiful wife, three children in private school, and a high-paying job. But then, it all collapsed like a house of cards. Now Dan stays home while his angry wife pursues a career, and his marriage falters. Returning to his old profession could mend the rift, but Dan needs to do something else, something more... Then, Dan hears about a company for sale in northern Scotland, and the temptation is too great to resist. With his son Josh and two dogs in tow, he lands in a primitive cottage above a frigid loch. As he takes stock of his past, he discovers a community who desperately needs his help, a new chance for the future, a risk that requires a leap of faith...and an astonishing love.

Like the title, I took a risk when I bought this book. I haven't read any of Robin Pilcher's novels but the one thing that made me finally pick this book up is the story. A story about marriage and hope. I'm not foreign with this type of storyline but this is from the point of view of the male character and it's unusual for me. Somehow, I can relate to Dan. The story is about his failing marriage and the difficulties of not having work to support his family. 

The book started really strong, I find myself racing through the pages.I was constantly annoyed with Dan's wife,instead of giving support, she ridicules him and that started to gain root and eventually they grow apart. But what a convenient excuse for his wife to have a co-worker who has the hots for her. Another strain to their rocky marriage. The ending was okay, although I wanted Dan and his wife to reconcile. A Risk Worth Taking is a superb read and I will be on the lookout for Pilcher's other novels.
My Rating: 4 Stars

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Dwarves are here!

I stumbled upon this picture when I checked out and I literally gasped out loud! Wow! Having read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy many years ago, the excitement from these books never fails to impart on me is just amazing. I still get the goosebumps whenever I hear the music and watch the cinematic grandeur these films have offered throughout the years. Look at those dwarves! Gosh, they're perfect! Imagine them in battle! That would be so cool!!!

And now, these feelings are all coming back! The excitement, the goosebumps, the continuous updates regarding The Hobbit, the musical score, how long the movie will run, who are the cast of characters, the battle of the Five Armies, and let us not forget Smaug! Thank you Peter Jackson for giving us fans a hell of something to look forward to! Can't hardly wait!
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