Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bookworm Award

Bella Foxx at Bella is reading tagged me with this gorgeous award, my very first award. Thank you very much Bella :)
It's a meme too so here goes.Here's how it works: Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following there.
The book nearest to me is Thread Of Fear by Laura Griffin.. I haven't read the book yet but it's right there in front of me waiting to be read. Might start it in January though!
Here's a passage starting line 5 from page 56:
"Sounds good," Jack said, making eye contact with Lucy. "Where's Dolores?"
"Working. They all are." Lucy turned to Fiona, addressing her for the first time. "I assume you want to do this in private?"
"That's usually best."
Now, I have to tag five blogging friends.
1. Diamondgirl at Readers Delight
4. Bunnitaz at Worh Reading It?
5. RandiLyn at Randi Romance Reader

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Date Published: 1991

My Rating : 4 stars

896 pages

One of the best romance stories I've read in years. It reminds me of A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.

The beautiful love story of Jamie and Claire :)

It starts with a 27 year old nurse called Claire Beauchamp in the year 1945, childless but happily married to Frank Randall and living a quiet life in post war Scotland.

One day she goes investigating a plant she sees in a stone circle, when she suddenly gets pulled in and finds herself in the year of the Lord 1743 about two hundred years prior her time.

She encounters Frank's six-time great grandfather Jonathan Randall otherwise known as Jack Black. Then gets kidnapped or rescued by Dougal McKenzie's men where she meets the young Jamie a wounded lad of 23, being a nurse she helps him and they take her to their lands.

Meeting the chieftain of the McKenzie's, Colum McKenzie she is assigned as the physician of the clan.

A lot of events happen, and we meet so many people but the main thing is Clair somehow marries young Jamie and a passion ignites like no other. This is where the story really starts.

Such a love story that is so filled with innocence and passion that has to touch you to the core.

Being a wanted man, her Jamie flees for his life and Clair trying to rescue him, after he rescued her a number of times.

A very heart warming story that grips you till the end, at times I just couldn't put the book down, I'm sure to continue in this series because I can't wait to know what happens next.

I strongly recommend this book, although I gave in 4 out of 5 stars. Why I did that? Well that is because there were a couple of times that I was annoyed in some events or beliefs that I didn't care for but that is entirely personal other than that is was flawless.

Did I mention it was such a love story?! Oh, I did!! It also had a sense of humor, well Jamie's in particular and Claire. I caught myself smiling and shaking my head a number of times ;)

The best of the book is the last part, the events are fast and the details are just so graphical you just need to know what happens and FAST!

Other Reviews:
Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza
Smash @ Great Books and Fresh Coffee
Jess @ Barney's Book Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

4 Stars

Heard it as an audio book on my Ipod..

I think it would have been better to read it since I enjoy reading more than listening.. I might even read it literally very soon.Nice childrens tale of an adventure at sea!!

This is the third book in the series that I read and it was fun.

While Edmund and Lucy are staying with their cousin Eustace, Peter is getting reading for enterace exams for the University amd Susan is travelling through America with their parents.

One day they go though an adventure with their cousin Eustace on board the Dawn Treader, after being drawn through a painting on the wall of the ship.. They meet King Caspian and pass by different islands with exciting creatures.

Although Eustace was a bit of a mean kid in the beginning he get's to mellow out as the story enfolds!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

Date Published : 2004

310 pages

4 stars

Three different cases happen in different times.. A little girl just disappears leaving guilt and grief behind, A woman goes mad and does the unthinkable, and a young woman gets brutally killed.From all these cases, relatives seek a private detective Mr. Brodie to help each in a different way.

The disappearing girl's family want to know what happened to her. The mad woman's sister is looking for her niece and the murdered girls's father wants to know her killer.

The story entwines together in a very nice way, the chapters go around the characters in a way that makes you understand all three stories together. VERY CLEVER!

I liked all that but the ending was quite not what I expected, although some things were expected but the ending was just too fast and not complete to me.. I expected more since it's supposed to be 3 cases. But overall it was a very good book. That's why I gave it a 4 out of 5.

This was the first book I read by her, I was impressed with the style of keeping up with the 3 stories, and it was not hard to get into each one.

What happened was I went "Waaaaaah!!" when I discovered that it's finished I kept turning the pages thinking maybe there is a page I forgot or skipped.. then I was LOL at myself!!! So it kinda took me by surprise :)

BTW This is one of the books that I won with the gift certificate from Amazon given to me by PBT..

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Complete Poems of Sarah Orne Jewett by Sarah Orne Jewett

2 Stars
I can't believe I finished a poetry book!! If it wasn't for LIO* and the monthly tag for November in PBT** I would never have considered it.

Well, I'm glad the book is done and over with, can't say I liked it but I did like a few poems..

"Two Mornings", "In a Christmas Letter", "Sheltered", "The Spendthrift Doll" & "The Little Doll That Lied".

That is why I gave it the 2 stars for those handful of poems.
** PBT = Play Book Tag

2nd Chance by James Patterson

Date Published: 2002
400 pages
#2 from the Women's Murder Club series.

5 Stars

When a little black girl gets murdered in a massacre, Lindsey Boxer is assigned to the case. Before they solve the case, more hits happen, some fatal..

The madman they are after seems ruthless and very dangerous.. Are his targets randomly picked or is there a pattern?

She teams up with her Women's Murder Club girlfriends who together try to catch the killer.

Action packed thriller, that keeps you turning pages just to know who the killer is.. I loved it!

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Year Published: 1990

My Rating: 5 Stars

175 pages

(Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1)

Aurora Teagarden is a librarian who is interested in real murders that occurred in the past, she formed a club with some of the residents of Lawrenceton who are equally interested.

They meet every month to discuss one of the cases in detail.

On one of thier meetings a fellow member gets brutally murdered and then a series of murders follow. Everyone suspects everyone while the killer is having his fun.

I enjoyed Aurora and her personality, it's the first book in the Teagarden Mystery series and I'm sure to continue reading them. A fun and fast read..

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Year Published: 2001

My Rating:5 Stars

292 pages

This is the first book in the Southern Vampires series "Sookie Stackhouse"

I've heard so much about this book being recommended so I thought I would give it a try, and now I'm hooked!!

It's a story about the "gifted" waitress Sookie that befriends a Vampire, in a world where vampires are acknowledged legally and are living among humans trying to "mainstream" that is to blend in with them.

She encounters some adventures, some deaths and a lot of fun..
It was a fast fun read that put a smile on my face, well actually made me grin like an idiot in a room full of people.. I loved it and will be continueing the series as soon as I can.

I highly recommend this book :)

It was made into a series "True Blood" and true it's based on the story, it is bit different but good all the same!

Other Reviews:
Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm
Alaine @ Queen Of Happy Endings

Love-Slave To The Sheikh by Miranda Lee

If you like predictable so-called romance with some bondage, kinky slave stuff and woman domination you might like this book. I surely did NOT..
I regard it the first WTF of 2008 for me. Although I finished the book because it was short and I wanted to see if it gets any better, I can't say I recommend it and I'm surely not gonna read for this author either, unless she has a recommended book from someone I trust.. otherwise there are so many authors who I love to read for.. total waste of time for me !!

The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson

This was the first book I read for James Patterson and it got me hooked.
I didn't know it was part of a series and definitely not the 9th book in it either or I would have started with the first. But the sypnosis of the story intrigued me and hooked me and now i'm a FAN!! It grips you from the first page..!!

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • Where There is Evil by Sandra Brown
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  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block
  • Time to Murder and Create by Lawrence Block
  • Drop Dead Sexy by Elisa Adams

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