Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vampire Academy Book 1 and 2 - Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway, a dhampir (part human and part vampire), is Lissa Dragomir's (a Moroi princess) best friend and guardian. After discovering a potential danger to Lissa's life, Rose decides to take Lissa away from the St. Vladimir's Academy to take her out of harm's way.

After spending nearly two years with the humans, they're forcibly taken back by the Academy's guardians. Back at the Academy, Lissa can't help but once again feel the dark and unknown powers that threaten to shatter the calm and safe cocoon that she's built for herself over the last couple of years.

With boys left and right trailing after both girls, and teachers and guardians surveying their every move, lest they make escape from the Academy again, Rose vows to do everything to keep Lissa safe - for she knows she's the only one who can do so.

Plot: 4.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 4/5
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I refuse to give a summary of the second book, Frostbite, since well... that would be spoiling you for what's to come. :)

I gotta say, the books covers are quite ugly. They definitely could have done better. Especially when readers are likely to base the book's content on it. I guess the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover", very much applies here. Because yes, it's super exciting - full of plot twists and turns so unexpected that you can't help but want to turn to the next page to read what happens next. You want a mystery/thriller? A story perfected down to the tiniest details that you'll marvel at the author's imagination? A bit of romance on the side as well? Then, Vampire Academy's a great pick!

P.S. There's a third book already (entitled Shadow Kiss), which, hopefully, I'll be able to read within the next few days.

And a little character spoiler which I can't resist giving out:

Christian is sooooooo cute!!!! I might just start replacing my OME (Oh my Edward) with an OMC. :p

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 4/5

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Great and Teribble Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1) - Libba Bray

When Gemma Doyle turns 16, tragedy befalls her family. She's then sent from India to London, a place she's always longed for. But what greets her at Spence Academy isn't at all what she'd expected. Here, girls are trained to become proper ladies; the ultimate goal of which to become the perfect wives for their husbands. However, Gemma's independent streak and unladylike ways prevent her from fitting right in the Academy.

That's not where Gemma's problems end, though. She clashes with a group of the most powerful girls in school, which always guarantees to make any newcomer's life a hardship. And if that's not enough, she's bothered by terrible visions... of the future? As Gemma tries to figure out the changes happening to her, a mysterious boy appears, telling her to shut out these visions, or else, suffer the consequences.

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Sounds really mysterious, huh? Yeah, it really is. This is actually one of the books that kept me up late during these past few days. From the first few pages, I was struck with the author's refreshing way of writing. Humorous without sacrificing the seriousness of the plot. Even if mystery's not your cup of tea, the book's witty lines are sure to hold your interest. Plus, it's a mystery not involving vampires. So that's something new. Not that I don't like vampire young adult books, because I do. haha.

And I love Gemma! I can totally relate to her, not with the visions, but with her not-so-ladylike attitude and her desire to not be the center of attention. Though there were instances in the novel where I wanted to hate her, I found that I can't. She's just likable that way, I guess. Or maybe that's just me.

Conclusion? Certified good read! Definitely guaranteed to get you hooked. (Though that's not much of a statement as a lot of books get me hooked. LOL.)

I just got myself copies of the remaining books in the trilogy, Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing, so watch out for that!

P.S. Don't you just love the book cover? I do!

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 3.5/5

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Evernight - Claudia Gray

Bianca is devastated when her parents decide to move out of their current home and teach at the Evernight Academy, where she's to become a student. She hates the academy's eerie atmosphere, as well as the students, who all seem to be perfect and, quite scary, actually.

Then she meets Lucas, a fellow student at Evernight, who seems so very different from the others, with whom she feels a connection with. But both of them have their own secrets, which can very well end whatever they have together, and possibly make their being together impossible.

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I first heard about this book from the TCP forum, where everyone (well, not everyone) was raving about it. Thus, everytime I went inside a bookstore, I would perseveringly look for it, despite the store's sometimes un-alphabetical ordering of the books. And yes! After a month or so of searching for it, 4 copies appeared on one of the stores I frequent.

Enough of that. haha. I guess you'd only like Evernight if you like these mystery/teen love story reads. If you think it's a waste of time, then don't read it. As for me, well, I did like it since I am one of those people. Okay, then. One of those TWILIGHT people. :p I couldn't help but fall for Lucas. I really like dark, brooding, and gorgeous (and let's not forget fictional) men! I can't really say that Bianca's one of my favorite heroines, (she doesn't have that much of a big, I-am-the-center-of-this-story kind of presence) though she's not all that bad.

I hate comparing novels (I just think each one is different and should stand on its own), so I won't! :)

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And yeah, I saw a copy of Evernight's seqel, Stargazer a couple of days ago. Hardbound. So of course, I didn't get to buy it. It costs 615 or 645 pesos! Aaaah! When will they release the paperback version?!

Waaaaah.

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 3/5

Saturday, May 23, 2009

2nd Chance - James Patterson

This is the second installment (as the title implies) of the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jill come back to expose yet another serial killer in San Francisco. As the killing spree goes on, the pattern of the killer's targets become evident. But Lieutenant (yes, you read it right) Lindsay Boxer thinks it's something more. And as the killer continues to leave more clues, the stronger she believes her hunch to be true.

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I've just finished reading this book so I went ahead and wrote this before I forget what I have to say about it. So, what about 2nd Chance? Well, I liked the first book, 1st to Die, more. The previous book was able to squeeze out more chills and squeals from me. But that's to be expected. The second book rarely does better that the first one, right? Plus, there's the novelty factor. Still, it's a good read. I mean, it's written by James Patterson! You can't possibly go wrong with that! (I'm biased, I know!) But seriously, the man's a genius! Once you think you have him figured out, he just goes ahead and completely turns the story around. I'm loving him more and more. :)

With that, I'm off to search for the next book! If you live in the Philippines, do tell me if and where you've seen a copy of James Patterson's 3rd Degree!

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 3/5

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

The protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, belongs to a family of relatively average financial status. If you've read other books set in 19th century England, you'll know that at that time, all mothers' ultimate goal was to marry off their daughters. And that's exactly how her mother is.

A very wealthy gentleman named Charles Bingley moves into their neighborhood and throws a sort of acquaintance party (him being new to the place and all). Jane, Elizabeth's sister, soon catches the attention of Mr. Bingley to the dismay of his long time friend, Mr. Darcy. Lizzie, thinking of him as someone standing between her sister and Mr. Bingley, develops a dislike for Mr. Darcy and let's just say, she's not exactly afraid to show it either. However, what Lizzie doesn't know is that. . . Mr. Darcy is secretly falling for her!

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You've probably guessed from the username I use that I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen. And this book is what started it all. It's her most popular book, and as some would say, the greatest. For me, it's definitely one of her top 3 best books. Yep, it isn't my favorite among her works. Why? You'll find out when I write about it. :) Nevertheless, it not being my favorite doesn't mean that it falls short of its reputation. If you've never read anything by Jane Austen before, I suggest you try this one out first. You'll definitely love its heroine Lizzie Bennet, who's the epitome of all things you'd admire in a woman: loyal, independent, and fierce. Really just the complete opposite of the very common damsel-in-distress types! As for Mr. Darcy? All I can say is *Ohmygosh, he's my dream guy!*

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This one's been adapted into the big screen lots of times, the most recent one starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Though it's less that what I expected, I guess it did okay in getting across the general feel of the book. Plus, Matthew Macfadyen fits perfectly with how I imagined Mr. Darcy to be!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

1st to Die - James Patterson

My first review. :)

The story revolves around Lindsay Boxer, a homicide detective for the San Francisco Police Department. A serial killer's out murdering newlyweds and well, it's up to our heroine to solve the crime. As the story goes on, she recruits three of her friends (Claire, Cindy, and Jill) to help her, hence, forming the Women's Murder Club.

Since I really loved Patterson's Maximum Ride, I said to myself, "Why not try one of his other books?" So I did. And yes! I loved it! It's full of twists, so much so that it'll keep you guessing all throughout reading it. Seriously, I skipped lunch just to finish this one! :p

Patterson's style of keeping the chapters short and packed helped in keeping the story fast-paced and lessening the 'boredom' factor (if any) that a book can tend to have. The subplots also went well with the story, and enhanced its appeal with the readers (at least for me).

This is the first book in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, and coincidentally, the first thriller novel I've read. And boy, was that a great first! :p

BTW, the Women's Murder Club apparently is being adapted into a TV series. Anyone seen it yet? I do hope it lives up to (even just a fraction of) the book.

P.S. Go pick up a copy, NOW!

Plot: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 4/5

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Books and Me

Hmm. How should I start? :p

I consider myself as a somewhat book addict. Why? Simply because some books are able to inspire that sort of I-can't-eat-till-I-finish-this-feeling in me while others just feel... bah. I don't think I have to explain that one. Heehee.

The book reviews here (though still nonexistent) will be on the ones I've read and can either be something that I loved or... not.

I don't claim to be an expert on criticizing an author's literary style so what you'll get here is just my honest opinion on the book which I hope can help you guys find some amazing reads.

Also, comments are love so do leave one (or several), okay? :)
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