Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cover Story

When I first heard about the world of blogging, it was my friend who gave me the idea to create a blog and he explained to me that blogging is like having your own newspaper and I can write and do anything on my blog. He persuaded me to set up one (he has a big influence in my decision-making process hehehe).  He very well know how much I love to read so getting topics to post on my upcoming blog doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out. Book reviews of course! I was sceptical and a bit nervous at the same time. I've read loads of books way back when I was still in high school and each book has their own special place in my brain, whatever that means! I mean, I can still remember bits and pieces of the stories I've read. So when I started blogging, in my mind, all my posts will be strictly book-related topics but throughout the months that have passed, I started to post personal articles on my blog and I kinda liked it. I also struggled whether what language I should use on my blog, should I use Tagalog or English or both? I know for a fact that I'm not fluent or very good in English but I can write and express my feelings effectively when I use this language. I know that my grammar needs a bit of polishing but the most important thing for me is that my readers don't point that out, as long as they can understand what I want to say is enough for me. It's also a plus that the more I use this language, the more I learn about it.

I also wanted to reach more readers and bloggers around the world. Actually I've met new blogger friends and almost all of them are foreigners. I have a friend in Brazil and in America. We all know that English is the universal language and that solidified my decision to write posts in English. Some people might raise their eyebrows and criticize this blog but I couldn't care less, really, this is my blog and I can very well do what I want with it! Okay enough about that, I'd like to post more personal topics on this blog and to do that I created this new meme. Cover Story is a meme here at BookableReads wherein I select any book cover and interpret the cover art with my own personal experiences and what's going on in my life right now. I'm very excited about this new meme! Stay tuned for my very first Cover Story!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Mary, Mary by James Patterson

Alex Cross travels to Hollywood to hunt for a brutal killer in his most terrifying case yet. FBI Agent Alex Cross is on vacation with his family in Disneyland when he gets a call from the Director. A well-known actress was shot outside her home in Beverly Hills. Shortly afterward, an editor for the Los Angeles Times receives an e-mail describing the murder in vivid details. Alex quickly learns that this is not an isolated incident. The killer, known as Mary Smith, has done this before and plans to kill again. Right from the beginning, this case is like nothing Alex has ever been confronted with before. Is this the plan of an obsessed fan or a spurned actor, or is it part of something much more frightening? Now members of Hollywood's A-list fear they're next on Mary's list, and the case grows by blockbuster proportions as the LAPD and FBI scramble to find a pattern before Mary can send one more chilling update. Filled with the ruthless and shocking twists that make his fans hunger for more, Mary, Mary is James Patterson's most sophisticated thriller yet.

I can say that Alex Cross is now officially one of my favourite fictional characters amongst the others that I like. Let's see, there's another Alex from the Alex Delaware series of books by Jonathan Kellerman and also there's Grayson Pierce from the Sigma Series and many male characters that I really look up to when it comes to their strong personalities and how they possess the unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger. Having said that, let us now turn to my book review. Alex Cross faces a formidable villain in this book and her name is Mary Smith. This bit of information struck a different cord to my senses. I'm used to reading books with mostly male killers and seldom women. I'm not saying that women can't be murderers too, (did that came out right?) it's just that men dominates the horror or crime genre, Jason, Freddy Krueger and Hannibal Lecter to name a few.

Anyways, Alex is on vacation and he just wants to spend quality time with his family, it's been a long time since he has done this time-off from his stressful work and the kids really want to have his full attention on this getaway. It's very rare for their father to have time for them. No work for the time being, well, at least that's their goal. Everything is going alright according to plan until Alex receives a distress phone call from one of his superiors informing him of a new assignment. Alex was livid; he didn't want to jeopardize this rare opportunity to spend time with his kids. He turned down the task presented to him and gave a firm "not this time" to his boss. (I wish I had the guts to say no to my boss like Alex!) Unfortunately the cop in him wanted to help the victims so he accepted the job reluctantly. Someone, he can't be sure if it's a male or female, is murdering celebrities one by one. The sick part of these gruesome murders is that the killer sends email messages that describe the actual killing to a member of the press. How psychotic is that? Alex, along with the help of the police force navigates their way to Hollywood’s' elite to catch this celebrity killer. This is one of the most bizarre and ever changing murder cases that Alex has handled. The rest is for you to find out. I was very satisfied with the ending, which is very important...

I like the growth of Alex’s character in this book, he's dating again and I think it's about time. It's been a while since the death of his wife and it's high time he move on. I can't wait to read Cross, the next book in the series.

I end this review, I'd like to share with you a few words from the book that I really like, here it is: "Kayla believes that people who are habitually late don't have respect for others--or at least, for clocks." I pride myself for being on time when I have a meeting or anything to do with meeting someone. I think people who don't respect other people's time are jerks! They should be taught to appreciate the value of time...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mini Reviews: The Templar Legacy and The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry

The Templar Legacy and The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry

As much as I want to like these two books, it came out as a surprise that I was bored and couldn’t tell why that is. I’ve enjoyed The Amber Room and The Third Secret; I think they’re among the best thrillers I’ve read so I was really excited to start a new adventure from Steve. The Templar Legacy started off good but as the pages flew by, the momentum got lost amidst long explanations about the historical side of the story, I mean, it's okay to teach us about these facts but if it's too long, it gets really annoying. It feels like the story is going nowhere and I easily get frustrated when this happens. Steve is a great writer, there's no doubt about that, but he could have culled anything that wasn't necessary from these two books. 

Same with The Paris Vendetta, it started with a bang, a big one, but then, when it seems like everything is falling into place, the flow of the story spiraled out of control and I feel like so many historical inputs wasn't actually helpful to make the story more entertaining. I think I’ll be reading a stand-alone novel next time I purchase a Steve Berry title, the Cotton Malone series doesn’t seem to work for me. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mini Reviews: The Manny, Prey and Milk and Honey

The Manny by Holly Peterson 
The title of this book first caught my attention. The Manny? What does it mean? I later found out that it was the male version of the usual nanny. Right there and then I knew that I would like this book. The Manny was hilarious and I love the lead character, Jamie Whitfield. She kind of reminds me of Carrie of Sex and the City, she’s a married woman and have kids and living on a posh house with her husband. Now, here’s the dilemma, she works almost non-stop and her husband works more than her and they leave the kids to a nanny, but Dylan, her nine-year-old son, needs a father figure and a nanny can’t possibly give him the attention he needs, like shoot some hoops, watch basketball and other stuff that a son and a father would do. It’s funny to me that this kind of problem has a perfect solution, I know, I can’t believe a Manny really exist! These kinds of people really disappoint me; they’d rather hire a Manny than make quality time with their kids. This kind of situation really happens to rich people and for me it’s a sad thing. Overall, the book for me was a page-turner, there are some lessons that you can take away from this book. 

 Prey by Michael Crichton 
An awesome read! This is my first take on a Michael Crichton novel and boy it was a blast! The premise of this book is a bit on the nanotechnology side, small particles that makes a swarm like bees, but in this case, they’re like micro robots that escaped a secured facility in the Nevada desert. These micro robots seemed to evolve in each passing day they’re out in the environment and looks like it can adapt to its surroundings. It is lethal and will do everything to survive. Michael writes with precision like a doctor in an operating table, he describes his characters with strong conviction and as a reader I was captivated with all of them. There was suspense, a bit of a family drama thrown in for good measure and the reality that technology someday could truly be on our disadvantage and we should be vigilant about that. Prey was a thriller a minute ride! Enjoyed it immensely!

 Milk and Honey by Faye Kellerman 
It’s been a while since my last Faye Kellerman novel. I started reading the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novels when I was still in college and I really enjoyed every single one of them. Faye Kellerman is a superb writer and she incorporates the family aspects to each of her novels which I really like, you tend to see that these characters aren’t all about solving crimes and catching murderers, they also have a family to support them and I think that’s really important. Milk and Honey has two major plotlines, Milk represents the toddler that Peter Decker saw all alone in the dark, and the toddler was covered in what seemed to be blood. Decker was appalled by this and immediately started an investigation that leads him to a honey bee farm, hence Honey on the title. The story was okay. It’s Kellerman’s style to mislead the readers into thinking that they know who did the killings but actually they really have no idea until the very end. Loved this one and I highly recommend for you to check it out.

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