Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Description

Lucas Corso is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named after a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer.

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Pre-reading: Having greatly enjoyed The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, I was interested to see how another author can relate Dumas' works to another novel.

Post-reading: While I did learn a lot about Dumas, I wasn't too keen on the book's plot.

Before I read this book, I didn't know anything at all about Alexandre Dumas. Sure, I loved his books, but that ended there. I was definitely surprised when I read that he had worked with a lot of collaborators and published so much more books than I had originally thought. This book gives an insight on how Dumas lived and how the people viewed him. If you've read a single Dumas book, liked it, and would like to know more about Dumas, you may want to pick this book up.

However, the plot wasn't that satisfying for me. It felt like the author wanted so many things, which resulted to an incoherent storyline. Strewn about the pages were several unnecessary details (for me, at least). For a mystery book, it was lacking in the 'thrill' department. However, I still went through the pages quickly enough as I wanted to know how the story ended.

It's a good book for learning more about Dumas and revisiting his other books. But if you're up for a good mystery read, um, hmm. But that's just me. :)

Plot: 2.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 2/5

Monday, March 8, 2010

I'm back! (I hope. :p)

Hi everyone! It's been ages since I've written a review, I know. But with my busy schedule lately, it's just hard to come up with one. [I'll be graduating from college this semester so I really need focus on my studies]. Don't worry, though. I'll definitely keep on blogging. In fact, you can expect a new book review one of these days.

Speaking of reviews, I just want to let you all know that I'll start posting reviews of non-YA books as well. I started this blog as a general fiction book blog, but lately, I've been enjoying reading young adult books so much that I haven't been able to blog about anything else. :p (But I still love YA! :D)

Hope you all understand, and I hope you'll still keep on visiting! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Giveaways (from the book blogging community)!

Steph Su of Steph Su Reads is giving away lots of great, great titles! :) As of today, there will be 5 winners! Contest ends on February 28. :)

Reggie of The Undercover Book Lover is having a birthday bash in the form of - you know it - a contest! She's giving away 12 books (What?!)! Enter now! This will end on March 10.

I Heart Monster has a giveaway for The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (I really want to read this!). Contest ends on February 28.

Win an ARC of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan from Steph Bowe's Hey! Teenager of the Year! Contest also ends on February 28.

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Ok, I really need to post a new review soon!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

International Book Tours!

Hi everyone! Have you heard of the International Book Tours? You haven't???? It's this awesome project that Reggie and her sister (The Bookologist)created. Basically, it aims to give a chance to international book bloggers to review ARCs and books which can be hard to find locally. AWESOME, right?! I'm definitely signing up! (Though that may have to wait till I finish some academic requirements)

If you want to know more about it, click here. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Over the Top! Award

Hi guys! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post new reviews... I've been so busy with schoolwork lately. :( But here I have the Over the Top! award (yay!) which was passed on to me by Tarie of Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind (w/c is a wonderful blog, by the way, you should definitely check it out!).

The rules for the award:

1. Thank and post URL to the blog that gave the award.
2. Pass the award along to six brilliantly over the top blogs - blogs you love!
3. Copy and paste this quiz . . . Change the answers (one-word answers only).

1. Where is your cell phone? nearby
2. Your hair? wavy
3. Your mother? home
4. Your father? home
5. Your favorite food? donuts
6. Your dream last night? er... :p
7. Your favorite drink? coffee!
8. Your dream/goal? happiness :)
9. What room are you in? dorm
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? cats
12. Where do you want to be in six years? uh...
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? sporty
15. Muffins? gimme!
16. Wish list item? books!
17. Where did you grow up? Manila
18. Last thing you did? wrote
19. What are you wearing? clothes (Ya did say one word answers, right?)
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? none
22. Friends? yay!
23. Your life? busy
24. Your mood? okay
25. Missing someone? yep
26. Vehicle? none
27. Something you’re not wearing? jewelry
28. Your favorite store? FullyBooked (haha. needed to squeeze it into a single word!)
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend? lots
33. One place that you go to over and over? school
34. One person who emails you regularly? professor
35. Favorite place to eat? home

Now, I'd like to pass this on to:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review Archives

A
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

B
Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) by Richelle Mead
Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2) by Alyson Noel
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

C
Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2) by Ally Carter

D

E
Evermore (The Immortals, #1) by Alyson Noel
Evernight (Evernight, #1) by Claudia Gray

F
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead

G
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

H
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

J

M
Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

O
Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

R
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2) by Libba Bray
Reign or Shine (Demon Princess, #1) by Michelle Rowen

S
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) by Richelle Mead
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

T
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

U
Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld

V
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead
The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

W
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr


1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #2) by James Patterson
2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, #2) by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren. :)

This week, I didn't buy anything (Yay! I'm learning to control myself. :p)

But I did get this from the mail (won from a contest):



Fallen by Lauren Kate

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

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I've read mixed reviews about this one, so I'm not sure if I should read it right away. If you've read it, please do tell me what you thought of it (comment). :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols


Description

Cute, available, and one cabin over....
Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends — including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori's always been one of the guys.
But while Lori and the "baby" brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can't deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean's been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.
But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she's girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girl friend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard...

****

Pre-reading: I had a great time reading Jennifer Echols' The Ex-Games so I knew I was in for another fun ride with this book.

Post-reading: For such a short and (relatively) cheap book, it provided big-time entertainment. It reinforced my determination to read every Jennifer Echols book that I could get my hands on!

(minor spoilers ahead)

If you've just finished reading a book with a major cliffhanger ending and you'd like to put your anxiety over the sequel away for the moment, I'd advise you to try romantic comedies. Better yet, read The Boys Next Door.

The Boys Next Door tells the classic tale of a guy secretly crushing on his best friend, who unfortunately, is into the somebody else. In this case, with the guy's brother. Yes, the overall plot may be predictable, but this type of love story (for me) never fails. Echols' writing adds a fresh and fun twist to the story that's sure to keep the readers, especially love story fans, giggling over the cute and romantic scenes.

Lori, Adam, and Sean are not some larger than life characters. They're ordinary people with normal feelings and reactions, which the readers can definitely relate to. The story was narrated solely from Lori's POV, which is somewhat frustrating as I really wanted to take a glimpse of the story from Adam's perspective. Nevertheless, the delivery of the plot was still superb.

I noticed that only a few of my friends from Goodreads have read this book, so I'm giving a shout-out to everyone who enjoys romantic comedies to try The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols! I'm sure you won't regret it. :)

If you haven't heard about it yet, a sequel is coming up!

... to be released around August. Can't wait! :)

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

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Contests Found! :)

The Undercover Book Lover (Not Really) is giving away Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver! Plus, lots of SWAG!!!! It ends on January 30 and is open internationally. :)

The Bookologist is giving away some AWESOME 2010 books! You can win 3 books among the pile:
  • Firespell by Chloe Neill (PB)
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (ARC)
  • The Mark by Jen Nadol (ARC)
  • The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (ARC)
  • The Good Girl's Guide To Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray (ARC)
  • Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap (ARC)
  • The Line by Terri Hall (ARC)
  • A Match Made In High School by Kristin Walker (ARC)
  • Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials (ARC)
It ends on January 31.

The Bookette is having a 150 followers contest - you can win an ARC of Ondine: The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna. It sounds like a great book! :) Contest ends on January 23.

Only Sexy Books allowed is having its first contest - for a copy of Something Like Fate by Susanne Colasanti. The contest ends on January 27.

Princess Bookie is having a New Year contest where you can choose from 4 upcoming books! Contest ends on January 26. :)

That's it! Thanks so much to these wonderful bloggers for hosting these amazing giveaways! :)


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giveaway from the Misfit Salon

What you can win:


It ends on January 22. You can enter here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

In My Mailbox (12)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. :)

I haven't done an IMM post in a long time. I've acquired a lot of books since then so I'm only going to feature those that I got this week. :)

All bought. :)

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...






Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas (Georgia Nicolson #3) by Louise Rennison

Georgia Nicolson is now the girlfriend of the Sex God (aka Robbie), and things are wonderful. Except her loony parents are dragging her off to Och Aye land (aka Scotland), and the Sex God's band's chance at a record contract has left her something of a "pop widow."
Then up rears temptation in the form of old flame Dave the Laugh. Is Georgia about to become a shameless vixen?










Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive.



Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Murder, mayhem and magic...

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.
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