Monday, October 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #51: Sale Away!

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

In My Mailbox time! I’ve only learned there was a big sale on National Bookstore because my cousin told me when we we’re texting on when we would hang out. She said it in passing. Thought I should check it out. Bless her soul for telling me! I sometimes don’t know if there’s a big sale. I don’t usually wait for this, if it comes along then okay. So, like an excited toddler, I went to my favorite bookstore and started rummaging for a good find and here they are. In mint condition and the price is really good!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mini Reviews: Sail, The Passage and The Bourne Legacy

Sail by James Patterson
James has done it again! Well, it’s not fair; his co-writer played an important part on the writing process of this awesome book so I guess I should applaud Howard too! Okay, on to my review. Sail was a blast! The pages flew by while I was reading this book. It’s that good. The story is a bit typical, a family got lost at sea and they were stranded on a deserted island and everything doesn’t seem to be of good fortune on their side. What makes this special is how James made the typical plot into an interesting story. Peter, one of the bad guys in the story got what he deserves in the ending. I hate that man! Cool twist towards the ending and James is spectacular in that way that’s why I love to read all his novels. I’m planning on getting the first Michael Bennett novel very soon. I hope it will be as good as Sail!

The Passage by Justin Cronin
I really, really tried my very best to like this book, I struggled and exerted patience but I couldn’t go on so I discontinued reading it. Maybe this book is not for me, I got it as a Christmas present last year, we had our company Christmas party and I specifically asked for The Passage, I’ve read loads of great spoiler-free reviews and at that time it seemed a really great read. It was even listed as one of the books that a reader must read. When I started The Passage, I was enthusiastic enough to push through with a couple hundred pages, but when I hit the 300 page mark, I was bored. Nothing interesting was happening; I hate that in a book. I shelved it for several days and thought that maybe I’m not in the reading mood that day. When I picked it up again after a week, I had the same feeling about it. Too many names and too many words to make me dizzy! I decided to totally ditch it. It’s not worth my time.

The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader
After watching The Bourne Legacy film starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, I was really interested on the real story behind The Bourne Legacy, the film just borrowed the title from the book and it’s not really based on the book itself. Jeremy’s character is a new one with an entirely different story. As I understand it, Jeremy’s character is just one of the many agents in the Jason Bourne universe. I think that’s really cool that some other agents are being given their chance on the spotlight. Now The Bourne Legacy is about Jason Bourne and his legacy. It is about his struggle to leave his past, but now the past that he wants to stay away from has caught up with him. I’ve never read any of Lustbader’s novels but I can fairly say that The Bourne Legacy, it being an action-adventure novel, has done immensely well with me. I like his writing style. I guess I’ll be seeing more of Bourne in the future.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mini Reviews: Mini Shopaholic, The Gypsy Morph and The Casual Vacancy

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
I really laughed a lot while reading this book! Becky was a lovable character. She’s so sweet and funny, really liked her a lot. I think this book is the latest on this series, shame on me for not reading it properly; I should have started the first book of the series. Well, this book was on sale so I wasn’t thinking straight the day I bought it. All I know is the book was in mint condition and I immediately fell in love with the cover. Superb writing is all I can say with this one. I might get the second book in the series. Why the second? I’ve seen the movie version of the first one so I know the story. I would like to find out how Becky and Luke got hooked up. I’m sure it’s in a hilarious way.

The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks
A fantastic way to end a series! Terry always delivers good endings. All the questions I’ve accumulated from the first and second books were all answered on the Gypsy Morph. He’s such a good writer. The thing about Terry is that he really loves his profession; every book is like the very first novel he has written even though he has published loads of books. I think that’s a great way of writing. Terry will continue to write and create credible characters with his magical pen and I hope I’m still around when he does.

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
Wow. I don’t even know how to begin with this review. I’ve anticipated this book for so long now. I even reserved a copy on my eagerness to get a hold of this book and I tell you that it isn’t cheap. I even roped in my two cousins to help me buy this piece of crap. The Casual Vacancy doesn’t even merit a full review post on this blog. It’s that bad of a novel. Okay, I’ve read reviews from Amazon and some say that it’s a good novel for an author who curved her way into a different genre, but I beg to disagree. Well, I must admit, JK is a great writer; it’s just that, this novel wasn’t really what I expected. I really want a story that will keep me interested and The Casual Vacancy did not give me that. It was boring. I was waiting for the magic to happen, it did not. If she’s going to release another book in the future, I very well plan on buying it on eBay or in paperback.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Mini Reviews: True Blue, Viola: In Reel Life and Gender Blender

True Blue by David Baldacci

This thriller is one of the best I’ve ever read. The story was so good! Beth and Mace are two powerful characters and I want them for sisters! What I like especially about these book is how David kept me interested in reading True Blue, there wasn’t a dull moment on it, and it’s just pure awesomeness from start to finish. Balisong, a handmade Filipino blade, was also mentioned in this book, I was happy that one of our products are featured in an international novel, it’s so cool! All in all, True Blue for me is a rare gem and I hope Beth and Mace will have a follow up adventure soon.

Viola: In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

This is a young adult book about Viola, a student on a new school, there’s nothing new for me about the story, it’s a girl trying to fit in on a new crowd, she wants to belong and although she’s a bit shy and aloof, she eventually finds herself a group of friends that she can relate to. 

She loves film making and that’s her outlet when she’s stressed out or having problems with her life. Hmm, an okay book. Nothing really special about it.

Gender Blender by Blake Nelson

This  book kinda reminds me of Freaky Friday, wherein Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan switched bodies and they were trapped for a period of time. The lesson of this novel is how you learn the other person’s life by experiencing it first-hand. 

The book was okay, I guess I enjoyed it a bit; it was a quick and easy read for me. The characters were believable enough and I think the author wanted to convey that each and every one of us is different and that we shouldn’t judge what we see on the outside. 


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