Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond ERed Rising.
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond Earth), where humans are inhabiting every planet and social classes are identified by color. On the bottom of the pyramid are the reds. Though by current 2014 standards, red haired women are hot. On top of the chains are the golds (or as I like to call them, the blondes. And I am sure that redheads are hotter than the blondes. The reds are toiling in the center of Mars for the betterment of the future generation. So that Mars will be ready for people on earth. However, as Eo, Darrow's wife, discovers trees and grass above the surface, their beliefs are shattered as they realize that Mars' surface has been inhabited by humans for generations.
Eo and Darrow are to be executed upon discovering the truth, but Darrow is saved by rebels and is then turned into a gold to infiltrate the system and take it down from within.
The book is good, however, it must come with a disclaimer that it is the first book in a trilogy which is not finished yet. Book 2 comes out in 2015, so good luck waiting! :o...more
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as RichardI love the dramatized version of Neverwhere!
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as Richard Mayhew pretty clearly. And I've loved Natalie Dormer from the Tudors, so this dramatization just put a whole new level on audiobook listening.
Utterly transfixing and beguiling, I highly recommend this audiobook to all fellow audiobook listeners. Short book (only 3 hours and 48 minutes).
Richard Mayhew, has a full time job, and is engaged. One night, as he and and his fiance are roaming the streets of London, he sees a girl in need and on that spot, he decides to help her.
The girl he saves is Door. Guess why? Because she can open doors. Even if there really isn't a door. She exposes him to London below. And from then on, Richard Mayhew stops to exist on London above. His coworkers do not know him and his fiancee has no idea who he is. He tries to look for Door and then he enters London below.
What is London below? For one thing, it's magical and more beautiful than London above.
As Richard goes on a quest to help Door to get his identity back, he gains more than what he could ever fathom....more
Funny but not recommended for my non-tagalog speaking friends.
The Morning Rush Top 10 is basically a list of a variety of topics ranging from weird,Funny but not recommended for my non-tagalog speaking friends.
The Morning Rush Top 10 is basically a list of a variety of topics ranging from weird, funny, serious and mundane; then listing down the top 10 answers.
Please do not continue if you are not over 18 years of age.
My favorites are:
Things you've said after a break up - eight inches of sausage isn't worth buying the whole pig
Funny friend quotes - my friend once told me: "I'm single by choice. Their choice."
Funny gay quotes - let's get one thing straight, I'm not.
Shameful quotes - "I love you" has eight letters. So does "bullshit". -why does a couple hold hands at their wedding? It's a formality: just like two boxers, shaking hands before the fight begins.
Things you can say to your dog but not your wife - if you behave, I'll let you chew on this big bone
Unforgettable things your father has said to you - I always have the last word in an argument: 'yes, dear'
Things you don't want to hear in a bedtime story - fairy godmother warned Cinderella to be home by midnight, because her vajayjay would turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Cinderella said: "it's all good, my date us Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater." -Dopey stood right in front of naked Snow White and said: "gee, your hair smells terrific."
Funniest text From your parents - my mom thought 'LOL' meant 'lots of love'. So one day, I get a text from her: "grandma just died. LOL."
The book has so much more in it. It has 205 pages. Some are just hilarious, the others serious. The illustrations are cute to boot too....more
Catherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. ItCatherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. It kept me swooning, however, it didn't make me want to grab the next book right away. However, amazon had a deal, and I already had Catherine Bybee under my radar, so I went and bought the other two books in the series. I picked up the second book, Not Quite Mine, and I was so delighted that I ended up giving it four stars.
With the third book, Not Quite Enough at my disposal, it was no wonder that I decided to read it as soon as I finished with the second book.
And I have to admit, I was disappointed.
But Catherine Bybee has turned this disappointment around as soon as I got passed the middle part.
Monica Mann is a nurse. She is introduced in the first book as the best friend of the heroine. Now, she gets her spotlight. She is member of a team of nurses that help in disasters. An earthquake hits Jamaica that leaves the country in devastation, so she goes to Jamaica to help out.
Monica is particularly good at segregating cases. People from all over are rushing to their hospital because of lack of doctors from other places. So the doctors decide to send her over to a clinic to help (since even people who don't need a doctor are rushing off to their hospital, thus it has become overly crowded). She goes to the clinic and helps out. Trent Fairchild, the pilot, who has been helping them out, has offered his house to Monica for her to have access to his amenities and his bed (for sleep of course).
Of course this is a romance book, so they're attracted to each other. They hit it off, without them expecting more from each other. Trent brings Monica to a secluded part of Jamaica which has not been destroyed by the tsunami. They make most of their time together, but there's an aftershock of the earthquake which causes the cave they are in to topple over. They are trapped which only each other, and a bag with meager supplies to survive with until rescue comes.
So, why was I disappointed? There was a scene inside Trent's house, where they were fine and then suddenly, something changed. And I couldn't figure out what. Probably they realized they were deeply attracted to each other that it became awkward? But what salvaged the book was them being trapped in the cave. Here, I have felt them genuinely connect with each other.
Solid four stars for Not Quite Enough by Ms Catherine Bybee.
Katie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the oneKatie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the one thing she really wants. A viable uterus. Katie had a miscarriage, which damaged her uterus for good.
The experience had changed her. She had matured, but she does not correct others about their view about her. She decides to help her brother with the designing of his new chain of hotels. She gets a job as an interior designer.
At her brother's wedding, a baby is left in her room's door. With the baby comes a letter and adoption papers with Katie as the mother. She falls in love with Savannah (the baby) and hires a private investigator to find out who left her the baby.
Dean Prescott is the best man of her brother. Dean and Jack have been best friends for so long, but Dean and Katie have always had a thing for each other. They had been together once, and that did not end well. Dean tries to win Katie back, but Katie has to juggle her job and keeping Savannah secret from everyone.
Not Quite Mine is enjoyable and had strong potential for a five star read. However, the ending, on who Savannah's mother was, was actually not believable. But I guess love can know no bounds, especially if the love we are talking about is on paper.
But yes, love can be sweeter the second time around....more
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie SullivanBella Andre did it again.
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie Sullivan's story, because I honestly saw a bit of myself in her when she was talked about in previous books. And when I say a bit, I really mean a bit. Because I am sort of like Sophie, except, without the killer body, without the money, and without whatever that counts.
Sophie has been in love with Jake McCann since forever. Jake was her older brother's friend and she thought he didn't see her the way she wanted him to see her. But he did. Jake saw Sophie being hands off since she is sister of his best friends.
But there has to be a point where enough pretending is enough. Sophie has had enough and is off to seduce Jake if she has to.
I have enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to read the next book.
*Also, for kindle owners, the Sullivan series is available for lending.
The introduction itself was enough to draw out a couple of laughs from me. Bossypants starts strong enough for me to keep going.
Tina Fey is an engaginThe introduction itself was enough to draw out a couple of laughs from me. Bossypants starts strong enough for me to keep going.
Tina Fey is an engaging narrator. Her narration exudes her natural humor. I have not seen SNL or 30 Rock but I have seen a couple of her movies to know that she is funny when she wants to be. Her humor comes out naturally.
However, the book is not all laughs. There are parts when the pace does slow down, don't worry, it picks up pace in a while. We get a look in Tina's personal life, hardships in her career and even how she got her scar (which I never noticed).
*Tina makes a couple of references to a pdf book, so make sure you have a downloaded copy for easy reference....more
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it forWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." ...more
It's been a while since I literally LOL'ed because of a book. There are only three authors that made me literally want to drop on the floor and just rIt's been a while since I literally LOL'ed because of a book. There are only three authors that made me literally want to drop on the floor and just roll laughing: Sophie Kinsella, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and a new addition, Alice Clayton. And Alice Clayton did a spectacular job of making me laugh from the start to the middle.
But let me put emphasis on the "middle" in my previous statement. Wallbanger starts out strong. It was a pageturner and I was blazing through the pages. Til the middle that is.
I felt like this book could have ended up sooner but I was still dangling trying to finish the book. Also, with the title Wallbanger, I expected it to be steamier.
Characters, Caroline and Simon are both likeable, and soon enough, I was routing for their love story. And they got it. Even the minor characters are also fun! Mimi, Sophia, Ryan and Neil are so adorable.
Despite my complaints towards the end, Alice Clayton made it up. Finish was strong. Clive was one helluva character. Nice to get insights in a cat's brain. I call thee, "the feeder" and the "tall one".
Marriage by Christmas is a hilarious holiday read that knocked my reindeer socks off.
Anna and Tom are about to get married. It's Anna's dream ChristmaMarriage by Christmas is a hilarious holiday read that knocked my reindeer socks off.
Anna and Tom are about to get married. It's Anna's dream Christmas wedding. Her holiday themed Christmas gown just needs final fitting. The reindeers and the sleds have been sorted out. Everything is in place. But a couple of days before the wedding, Tom is acting distant, so Anna asks Liv, her best friend, to follow Tom. They end up at a pizza place, where Tom is meeting up an attorney. Why? Apparently, Tom is already married to an exotic dancer. There is only one way they could get married on time. It's if Tom's wife, Charisma Jones, signs the annulment papers. But Tom has no idea where Charisma might be. She has no facebook, no twitter.
Anna confronts Tom, that he has to go to New York to look for Charisma, but Tom thinks it's ridiculous and they should just postpone the wedding, and give the private investigator a couple of weeks before they could say that Charisma is missing, and the annulment could take place. But Anna is adamant that they get married on Christmas, so she gets on the first plane out to New York to find Tom's wife.
On the plane ride, Anna is seated beside Miles, someone she dated before, but didn't end well. Miles had ordered a kiwi cocktail for her, which put Anna into anaphylactic shock. Anna did not end up calling Miles back.
The trip changes Anna. Her list making skills forgotten. She knows that the search for Charisma Jones is a wild goose chase but still tries.
Can there be a Christmas miracle for Anna and Tom?
- Despite me enjoying the novel, I did not like Anna and Tom. The selling characters in this book is actually Miles and Liv. I felt Anna was complaining all through out the novel, while Tom seemed shallow and ball-less, until the final chapter of the book. But I still recommend this novel. It's fun and perfect for the holidays. ...more
A Time To Kill is actually a book outside my comfort zone. I usually pick up dystopian or romance fiction and A Time To Kill is neither. Also, it's myA Time To Kill is actually a book outside my comfort zone. I usually pick up dystopian or romance fiction and A Time To Kill is neither. Also, it's my first read or rather listen from John Grisham, and it was a wonderful initiation.
A Time To Kill is fast paced in plot. Enjoyable and exciting with couple of laugh out loud moments but mostly drama. Thought invoking and morally challenging, A Time To Kill was a fantastic listen that it has been adapted into a movie with big shot Hollywood stars (Samuel Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock).
Michael Beck is BEST narrator I've ever heard on an audiobook (but please note, I've only heard five). The other narrators could be irritating robotic voices, whereas Michael Beck is actually good.. The shift of characters is obvious by changing accents and voices and makes it easier for the listener to follow.
A 10-year old black girl is raped by two dopeheads, who are definitely menaces to society. The girl is left in critical condition. The girl's father, Carl Lee Hailey, decides to take justice in his own hands and blows the two dopeheads' heads off with an M16. He is brought to jail, and employs Jake Brigance, a young but brilliant lawyer, to defend him. Jake accepts the criminal case for $10,000 but Carl Lee Hailey only had $900. The rest will be paid in installment after Carl Lee gets out. But will $900 be worth all the trouble?...more