Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Plague by Michael Grant

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?

Hmmm... I have mixed feelings with Plague. The last book, Lies, was okay. There were things about Lies that I was skeptical about like the plot and some of the characters. But towards the end of the book, the plot changed immensely and it veered to a more interesting turn and generally that was what I'm looking for in a book. I love surprises! If a book can give me that, a good review will be given to it.

Plague however doesn't give any exciting factor to me, the book was okay but it lack the intensity and the momentum that Lies gave me. I can't help but compare it to Lies because Plague should have been more fast paced since this is the fourth book already.

Characters should be given more depth and plotting should improve and for me this book is just going in circles. I have high expectations on Plague and sadly, this book wasn't able to satisfy them. I now can't decide if I will read the fifth book, Light, I guess this time around, I'll be more careful and read some spoiler-free reviews before I actually buy the book...

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness. Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent, death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place–and a people–shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. While in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds–and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey. In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.


I've been reading Terry Brooks for so many years now and honestly I can't get enough of him. The Shannara series is one of the best fantasy series of books in print today. I'm so in love with them. I will not tire of recommending these wonderful books to every one who loves fantasy as much as I do.

Terry Brooks is an amazing author and he just keeps on getting better with each new book he releases. Honestly, this guy never runs out of ideas and compelling stories. This book is a bit scary though. It reminds me of the movie The Road, I Am Legend, The Book Of Eli and other apocalyptic movies that deals with our world's destruction and humanity's fight for survival.

It is not foreign to us that our world is in great peril. Everyday toxic waste, garbage, factory materials are disposed illegally and recklessly to our rivers, oceans and other land areas. This book deals with the repercussions that we will face in the future if we do not stop our wrong ways. Terry describes the world's end in such a vivid way that I myself was affected severely. The characters in this book are left to scavenge for resources that is so limited they will kill one another to acquire it. Of course there's the element of fantasy in this book but it doesn't hinder the warning that it wants all of us to comprehend: the world will perish if we do not stop abusing it...

My Rating: 5 Stars

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review: 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber

The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But . . . someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads. As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!

How do you say goodbye to a wonderful book series that has touched your life in so many ways? This series is one of the most endearing collection of books that I've ever read, it's truly sad that these amazing books is really always, this book is all you could ask for and more. It was a sad ending to a perfect journey. 

What can I say about the characters? Each and everyone of them have remarkably been drawn by Debbie. Every character has it's own quality to them and even though I know it's just the authors imagination, the characters are so perfectly made that I can't help but think that they're real. I sometimes get attached to them. But that's just me, I can't help it.

Some of the characters are really great and I will always remember them in my own way. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane is a satisfying ending to this incredible series. I will surely miss them all. On the brighter side of the story is that Debbie will have a new series! That's something to look forward too! :D

My Rating: 5 Stars

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