Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.


So very good. The Hunger Games is a pinnacle of awesomeness. I immediately fell in love with Katniss and everybody else. Needless to say that every character is just plain amazing. I can compare this book to numerous films that have the same, I think it's safe to say, plot or story. Some of them are The Gladiator and The Running Man to name a few. Now these films are classic tales of survival and how a human being is tested when it comes to strength, endurance and courage. There's a lot of action and gore but that's to be expected with these films. When it comes to originality, I think Ms. Collins has hit the right mark. The city of Panem, the Districts, the Tributes and all of the unusual names and places she created has all the ingredients of an original and enduring novel that is bound to be a classic read in the years to come.

That being said, The Hunger Games is a fast-paced, beautifully written young adult novel that even the not so young will enjoy. Now it's my duty to spread the delight I had in reading this book and in the process will influence other people to read it. I'm now eagerly awaiting for the chance to get a copy of the two remaining books in the trilogy. I hope to get them before my birthday, or even better, I'll put it on my birthday wish list! Yep, I think, that's what I'm going to do!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme started by Sheila at Book Journey where we brag showcase the book(s) we're currently reading.
Currently Reading:

Just Finished:

 What about you guys? :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

Okay here it goes, my review on The Appeal is going to be a hard one. I like John Grisham, I really do. I've read almost all his novels. I even rated the last one a five star rating, almost perfect to be exact. But The Appeal didn't really trigger anything "special" for me.

I wasn't able to finish this one, I was halfway reading it when I realized I couldn't go on. It was boring, too many words that could've been edited and omitted, and just plain "not good".  I won't exhaust myself with details why I didn't like The Appeal so as to soften the blow. I really hate making bad reviews but sometimes, I need to. The Associate is on my reading pile and I hope it's way better than this one.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci

Evan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has started a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe. On Waller’s trail is Shaw, who must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal. Shaw’s one chance to bring him down will come in the most unlikely of places: a serene, bucolic village in Provence. But someone else is pursuing Waller in Provence—Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate—and she has an agenda of her own. Hunting the same man, unaware of each other’s mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerve and wits.


Deliver Us From Evil is somehow similar from the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Although the story is a bit different. It's about two different organizations that is devoted in ridding of evil around the world. Pretty heavy huh? Anyways, we are introduced to Shaw and Reggie Campion. I immediately fell in love with the both of them. Their organization is in search of a man named Evan Waller, a Canadian businessman who is involved in human trafficking and is engage in selling nuclear weapons to terrorists.  Both Reggie and Shaw didn't know that they were after the same man. They had this feeling that both of them is hiding something from the other. In the end they help each other to bring Evan Waller down and serve justice to all his victims.

But it turned out that Evan is much more than meets the eye. He is the highest form of evil that it makes me sick to think the things that he had done to those innocent people.  I bet you're asking why I'm so affected with this novel. I used to watch the history channel and there was this topic regarding the German Nazi and how they killed and tortured people. I was really appalled and angry at the same time after watching a special documentary about Hitler's invasion. In this book, Evan's madness is vividly described by David Baldacci and there were times that I was a bit scared because I can't imagine a human being inflicting such violent deeds towards a fellow human being. That's why we really can't explain evil and why it sometimes consume and devour us. This book is highly recommended! Get a copy now!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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