Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin

Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked. Dana Cutler—one of the heroes from Margolin's bestselling Executive Privilege—is quietly called in to investigate. She looks for links between the Woodruff appeal and the ominous incidents in the justices' chambers, which eventually lead her to a shoot-out that took place years ago on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, containing a dead crew and illegal drugs. The only survivor on board? John Finley.With the help of Brad Miller and Keith Evans, Dana uncovers a plot by a rogue element in the American intelligence community involving the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, and soon the trio is thrown back into the grips of a deadly, executive danger.


This book introduced me to the world of court justices, lawyers, the jury, political madness and anything that constitutes all there is to know about the supreme court. As I've said before, I hate politics. But this one made me want to hate it more. I must applaud Phillip though, he did a fantastic job on this book. He vividly captured my imagination and I thoroughly enjoyed Supreme Justice. The only problem I had with this one is that there were so many characters! I wrote them all down ( I do this a lot, you know, I write down all the names of the characters in the book, I do this to keep track of the story, I have work so I can't read all the time and sometimes I forget the characters completely.)

Supreme Justice has it all, a plot so twisted it will make your head spin, loads of characters to hate and love, and the ending so unpredictable, I didn't even doubt for a minute that it'll knock me off my feet. Wow, these are strong words to contemplate. But they are all true.

I especially like one character in this book, Brad Miller. What an interesting guy! He's clerking for Justice Moss, one of the Justices', Brad is fiercely loyal and will do anything to protect his loved ones. I kinda think I'm like him. Actually, I see myself in him. And in that note, get a copy and read your eyes out!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Judge&Jury by James Patterson & Andrew Gross

Andie DeGrasse, an aspiring actress and single mom, is not your typical juror. Hoping to get dismissed from the pool, she tells the judge that most of her legal knowledge comes from a bit part curling around a stripper's pole in The Sopranos. But she still ends up as juror #11 in a landmark trial against a notorious mob. As the jury is about to reach a verdict, the Electrician makes one devastating move that no one could have predicted. The entire nation is reeling, and Andie's world is shattered. For her, the hunt for the Electrician becomes personal, and she and Pellisante come together in an unbreakable bond: they will exact justice-at any cost.

A winner! This book was sooo good! Action-packed and oozing with goodness! Everyone should read this novel! I mean, all of you! Yes you! If you're reading this post, go out, grab a copy of this book and spread its awesomeness! What could I possibly say? Judge & Jury is p-e-r-f-e-c-t! 

These are some of the reasons I like this book: teaches how a jury is selected, really scary villains that will do anything to acquire money and power, every chapters are short and you feel like you have to finish that chapter and that makes reading easier and faster. I don't want to review this book word for word. This is a book that a reader should read and find out for themselves what I'm blabbering about in this post. Hehehe.

Like the authors' did in The Jester, the plot is very well written and the characters are just exceptional. The writing they did on this book is like a movie script! Fantastic!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #41: No Camera!

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

My cellphone is broken, darn it! So I can't take pictures of these awesome books that I've purchased over the week and can't upload them on this post! I love taking the actual pictures of my books and posting them on this blog.It makes me feel really good! A got a handful yeah? =D

Anyways, what did you guys get this week?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

On a Chinatown rooftop, a nightmarish sight greets detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. A woman's body has been nearly decapitated by an ancient sword and strange, silvery hairs cling to the victim's clothing. When the crime lab identifies the strands as monkey hairs, Jane begins to wonder if the Chinese legend has sprung to life and is now lurking in the dark alleys of Chinatown. After another victim falls under the killer's sword, Jane must delve deeper into the myth of the Monkey King. And when Jane herself glimpses the shadowy creature, even she cannot be sure of that line between truth and legend.


When I was a kid, I loved all things Chinese. The culture, the people, the country and the martial arts most especially. I've been addicted to Jet Li and Jackie Chan movies and even had an accident that resulted on my being admitted to the hospital because I was trying to execute a Jet Li flying kick and ended up breaking my leg. But I'm okay now, it was just a minor sprain according to the doctor. I've learned that it takes a lot of strength to pull out that stunt. I became a fan of Tess Gerritsen when I was in college, The Surgeon introduced me to the world of medical suspense thrillers.

I I like how a medical examiner describes the manner of the persons' death. To be involved with that person with such an intimate way is just profound and a bit disturbing. Who wouldn't get the goosebumps when the author is describing how a person is cut up in many different ways and classify its remains and contents. Eww, right? But Tess's knowledge and passion as a doctor easily turns this gruesome procedure into a whole different light. I actually enjoy learning how a person died. That's what attracted me most about Tess's medical thrillers. Her ability to take me into another part of a person's life even if the person is already dead. Confusing, right?

The Silent Girl starts with a bang when a severed hand was discovered by a group of people who were visiting Boston's Chinatown. Detective Jane Rizzoli finds a woman on a rooftop dressed in black and her head has been cut severely that it's almost separated from her body. The hand was hers... Two silver hairs are the only possible clues found at the scene, these hairs are very unusual and hard to identify. Soon enough, Maura stepped in alongside Jane and they work together to unravel that seems to surround the woman's mysterious death. The connection was a real puzzle, a nineteen year old crime resurfaced that had killed five people in a shooting in a Chinatown restaurant. This information brings a whole new light in the investigation. The widow of one of the victims, a martial arts teacher, is convinced that it was murder and the people who are responsible is still at large...

A real page-turner, once again, Tess Gerritsen managed to give her readers relentless suspense, mystery, action and a bit of Chinese culture and sword making. A must read!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: The Innocent by Harlan Coben

The horror of one night is forever etched in Matt Hunter's memory: the night he innocently tried to break up a fight - and ended up a killer. Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife, Olivia, pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins." A mysterious man who'd begun tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities - including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own - see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt: Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.
Dan Brown was right when he said that Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist. I had a headache when I was reading this book, but it was in a good way. Harlan can hook a reader instantly with just a couple of pages! I was guessing endlessly on how the ending would unfold. The story was very complicated with loads of character points of view (which I love!) and these are all connected to one another. Matt Hunter was a good kid, he was just trying to break up a fight, but instead he accidentally killed someone and his world was turned upside down when he was imprisoned for the death of a fellow student. 

Now years have passed and he is trying to rebuild his life with his wife Olivia, but his new found haven was shattered when he received a mysterious video call from his wife. Everything he knows about Olivia was just a bit fat lie. A chain of events followed that tested Matt's endurance in face of trials that has suddenly and inexplicably engulfed his life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to stay up late at night and be immersed into a story of deception, betrayal, suspense and murder. You'll be surprised with the upbeat ending, it was a blast!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Simple Genius by David Baldacci


Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle—at her best—to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

I greatly enjoyed reading Split Second, the first book which introduces Michelle Maxwell and Sean King. And no surprises here that Simple Genius is loads better than the first book. In this book, the two former agents have individual points of view and I was a bit disappointed that they will not work together on a particular case. They're partners and I assumed that they would be together in any case a bizarre murder investigation is happening around the corner...There was much depth emphasized in Michelle's past in this book. I learned a great deal about her and her family. The story revolves around Michelle's mental condition, she picks a fight with a huge guy inside a bar and I was more interested on why she did that.  

There was no question about how she kicked the guy's ass but she deliberately made him beat her up. Huh? That was my reaction. Why pick up a fight then just go soft with your opponent with no apparent reason? She ended up in the hospital with an enraged Sean in tow. She wanted to be left alone but Sean hires his friend Dr. Horatio Barnes to help her but she has to enter a mental facility to conduct the procedures of her recovery. At the facility, Michelle found out that an employee was selling illegal drugs to drug users and put a stop to it. Meanwhile Sean accepted a job at a place called Babbage Town. One of the scientist, Monk Turing has died and his colleagues wants to know what happened. Sean soon discovered that lies, betrayal and politics surrounds his investigation. I was wondering if Michelle would help with the investigation and she did. The two solved the case and I was satisfied with how the story ended. .

I'm eagerly looking out for the next book entitled First Family, I hope I can find a copy real soon!  

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Furies Of Calderon by Jim Butcher

For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon. Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the Valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine. 

I wanted to like this book sooo bad... I rarely read fantasy books right nowadays because I haven't found any story that is worth my time.

Here are the list of fantasy books that I've read and enjoyed:

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
3. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
4. A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin

All of the above series of books are exceptional. The authors created a world of adventure, excitement, wonderful characters and strong story-lines. That wasn't the case with Furies of Calderon, I decided to give Jim Butcher a try because I was missing the world of fantasy. The decision was cemented by way of reading spoiler free reviews from other bloggers who have read the book and Amazon also did help a bit. Well, my fault. I should've read the bad reviews too...

Actually, Furies of Calderon isn't that a bad a book. I just don't like the whole concept of the plot. It started out okay but after a hundred pages it got boring. I find the characters a bit annoying and I just wasn't enjoying the story and I can portend that I won't like it. Do you know any amazing fantasy books out there? I'm open to recommendations...

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Monday, September 5, 2011

Feature Book: Tess-rrific!!!

I had a wonderful surprise last Friday night when I got home from work. It was raining incessantly, I had a hard time getting on the bus with so many people who wanted to get home and then there was traffic and the usual end of the week madness that I'm so familiar with, that it didn't bothered me anymore. But last particular Friday, I had a killer headache and it lasted the whole 8 hours that I was at the office. It made me jumpy, uncomfortable and snappish. To sum it all up, I was dead tired and wanted to go home immediately and rest...and then when I got home, my friend, who was staying for the weekend, handed me a book. 

I was really surprised to learn that it was from Tess Gerritsen! I did asked for a review copy of her latest thriller, The Silent Girl, but I wasn't expecting it to arrive immediately. I was so happy my headache just instantly vanished! I would like to thank Ms. Gerritsen for her kindness and generosity. I would also like to congratulate her on the success of the TV show Rizzoli and Isles, her two precious creations are making waves on television and it's every readers' delight to see characters "come to life" on TV or in movies. It's on its second season and I've seen season 1 and it was awesome! Thanks a million Tess! 

Bestselling writer Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interest span more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with the ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She lives with her husband in Maine.

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