Captain Jack West, Jr. is back with his mismatched crew members. This book starts off right where The Six Sacred Stones ends, where Captain West is fa...moreCaptain Jack West, Jr. is back with his mismatched crew members. This book starts off right where The Six Sacred Stones ends, where Captain West is falling to his death. But surely the hero cannot die. Captain West stays alive and continue his mission to save the world from the Dark Sun, from the power-hungry nations, and from his very own father.
This time, the challenges are more dangerous, more risky. Captain West has to race against time (as always) in order to save the entire human civilization from being wiped off the face of the earth. But along the way, he has to fight his father and half-brother. Captain West's team got separated as they continue on their assigned mission.
This book is more intense than the first two books, Seven Deadly Wonders and The Six Sacred Stones. The actions are more dizzying than ever. And being the final book in the Captain Jack West series, death is unavoidable. The deaths are mostly gruesome, that made me go "Shit!" at times. Captain West loses one of his best friends, and one of the key characters in the series.
To sum it all up, Five Greatest Warriors is one action-packed book that will keep you at the edge of your seat all the time. This is the best book out of the three books in the series. Kudos to you, Mr. Reilly. (less)
You've got to love J.K. Rowling. I think she is a genius, that Rowling woman. The final book, and yet she still manage to mesmerize us with the advent...moreYou've got to love J.K. Rowling. I think she is a genius, that Rowling woman. The final book, and yet she still manage to mesmerize us with the adventure of a young wizard.
I've got to hand it to Rowling for having the guts to "kill" off several characters, even the key ones like Dumbledore and Snape. Who would've thought that Snape is not actually who we thought he is? And who would've thought that there's actually a more human side to Snape? I certainly did not expect that. And his death and his memories (as shown to Harry through Pensieve) actually brought tears to my eyes.
The death of several lovable characters in their fight against the Dark Lord also makes my eyes misty. We might question why do they have to die, but I see this as a need to make it more believable. After all, every war has its own casualties, sacrifices, blood must be spilled.
I was holding my breath towards the end of the book. Such is the impact of the book to me. And if it can do that, it's a damn well good story. But alas, all good things must come to an end. This will be the book that I will remember for a long time. With this, we part, Harry Potter.
Eh, wait. The final installment of the movie is yet to come out. And with that, I shall bid you goodbye. I had the time of my life, by the way.(less)
Aku kira novel Invasi adalah satu percubaan berani untuk mengangkat genre sains fiksyen di antara lambakan novel jiwang di pasaran tempatan. Berani. D...moreAku kira novel Invasi adalah satu percubaan berani untuk mengangkat genre sains fiksyen di antara lambakan novel jiwang di pasaran tempatan. Berani. Dan kerana keberanian itu, aku salute Raja Faisal dan warga Fixi.
Aku bukan seorang peminat genre sains fiksyen. Aku berjiwa jiwang, cenderung kepada cerita cinta, cerita romantika; kontemporari atau historical. Tapi entah kenapa hati tergerak jugak nak baca Invasi. Setakat ini, masih belum ada novel Fixi yang aku mampu tolak. Janji ada, aku baca.
Invasi. Invasion. Tengok kulit buku pun dah tahu cerita tentang makhluk asing. Selalunya kisah makhluk asing ni wujud nun di Amarika sana saja. Tak taulah kenapa makhluk asing ni suka sangat gi kat Amarika. Mungkin dia tahu di sana ada geng-geng Avengers, ada Spiderman, ada Superman, ada Batman dan segala macam Man. Mungkin alien nak test power di sana. Kat Malaysia cuma ada Cicakman dan Kluangman. Sobs.
Berbalik kepada novel ni, apa yang paling aku suka sebenarnya ialah kerana ia berlaku di Kualalala Lumpur. Setiap babak yang terjadi di lokasi-lokasi yang disebutkan, dapat aku bayangkan dengan jelas. Gila syok. Macam tengok movie dalam kepala otak sendiri. Kadang-kadang boleh tenggelam dalam dunia ciptaan Raja Faisal ni. Rasa macam aku adalah sebahagian daripada Bayani dan geng berani matinya.
Cuba korang bayangkan, kalau KL ditakluk alien. Cuba bayangkan. Takleh? Haaa... cuba baca novel ni tengok.
There are those books that can just do without mindless, unnecessary details. And then there are those books which those mindless details is necessary...moreThere are those books that can just do without mindless, unnecessary details. And then there are those books which those mindless details is necessary and essential to the plot. And I think, this book falls in the latter category.
The mindless details is what makes the story happens.It's necessary to let the readers know about Henry and Clare. It's necessary to remind the readers again and again that Henry is not as normal as we like him to be. And those mindless details enable the readers to relate what the two main characters are going through.
Out all of the movies adapted from books, the movie version of this book is the most decent one, I think. It stays true to the book at most part. And just like the movie, it's filled with moments. Moments you can't even decide if you like them or not, but it stays in your mind nevertheless.(less)
The thing about Ahern's writings that I like the most is that she managed to write emotional stories without being sappy. The Gift itself is not an ex...moreThe thing about Ahern's writings that I like the most is that she managed to write emotional stories without being sappy. The Gift itself is not an exception.
I did not have any expectation when I started reading this novel. I just read. And found myself immersed in the story. I found myself being enchanted with the words and the characters. Oh yes, Ahern is one crafty writer, slowly pulling you in into her story.
What I love most about The Gift is the totally unexpected ending. Albeit tragic, there is no other way to end the story perfectly. Ahern is teaching her readers a very important lesson here so pay attention.
Satisfying. That is all I can say as I read the last words of Key of Valor. And yet another journey has come to an end.
In this final installment of th...moreSatisfying. That is all I can say as I read the last words of Key of Valor. And yet another journey has come to an end.
In this final installment of the Key trilogy, it is more about the romance between Zoe and Bradley. It is more about how Zoe needs the courage to take the next step for her and her son, to love again, just like when she was a 16-year old. I don't have any complain, anyway. The flow of the story is just right and it's a joy to read about Zoe, Brad and Zoe's son, Simon.
And in this last book, Indulgence, the shop the three main female characters first started in book number one, comes to live. And the final battle is done just right, if I may say so. All in all, I love the series, I love the characters. Yet another winner from Nora Roberts (you'll be seeing this words often from me, if concerning Roberts' works).(less)
This novel, to be honest, surprised me. I didn't expect much from it. I mean, c'mon, another vampire-werewolf love story? A sounding "Meh!" rang in my...moreThis novel, to be honest, surprised me. I didn't expect much from it. I mean, c'mon, another vampire-werewolf love story? A sounding "Meh!" rang in my head. But still...
I'm just glad I gave it a chance. Not one sparkling vampire in sight. What a relief! And finally, the main female is the werewolf. Definitely not a cliche. Underworld, with a romantic twist.
There is something about My Sister's Keeper that tugged at the string of the heart. The string of my heart, at least. The story of a family going thro...moreThere is something about My Sister's Keeper that tugged at the string of the heart. The string of my heart, at least. The story of a family going through challenges, with one daughter who is very sick, one son creating problems to gain attention and in the midst of the chaos, one daughter decides to sue the parents for the rights of her own body.
Anna Fitzgerald is seeking medical emancipation from the court so that she doesn't have to donate one kidney to her sister who's dying from leukemia. One look, you would've thought that Anna is being selfish, spoilt even, for suing her parents. But pages after pages, we're forced to reconsider, to rethink, to put ourselves in Anna's shoes.
Anna is born to the world for one reason and one reason only. To save her sister from dying. She is what you called a designer baby, whose genetics has been decided by her parents, Sara and Brian, so that she can be a perfect donor match for her sister, Kate. Every time Kate goes for a surgery, Anna will have to go, too. Either her blood or bone marrow will be withdrawn from her to cure Kate.
At 13, though, Anna decided that enough is enough. She seeks the helps of Campbell Alexander, a successful lawyer to litigate her parents for medical emancipation. But everything is not what it seems. On the surface, at least. Anna's motivation to sue her parents remains a mystery until at the very end of the book. Which will shocked you.
One thing that drawn me to the story is the mystery of Campbell Alexander. He takes his dog, aptly named Judge, everywhere he goes. Even to the court. When asked, Campbell will say that Judge is a service dog, to which everyone else will reply "But you're not blind". Campbell gives so many creative answers. Either he has a steel lung (Judge will keep him away from anything magnetic), or he has SARS (Judge will tally the number of people he infected), or he is color-blind (Judge will tell him when it is safe to cross the road). I laughed at every answers.
My Sister's Keeper is a story with depth and emotion. There's the drama, the conflict, the light moment, the humor and of course, the love story. I found myself siding with Anna halfway through the book. I root for her, and hope that she will keep her kidney.
But then, comes the ending. A heart-wrenching one. One that got me crying. Well... if it could make me shed my tears, it is definitely a bloody good book.(less)
There's nothing sweeter than a childhood-sweetheart love story. And who better to write them if not Roberts herself? But you do not expect the normal...moreThere's nothing sweeter than a childhood-sweetheart love story. And who better to write them if not Roberts herself? But you do not expect the normal boy-meets-girl kinda story from this great author. No, you don't. You will expect drama, suspense, mystery, romance and those things that made a great novel.
Sets in Black Hills, South Dakota, The Black Hills tells the story of childhood sweetheart, Lil and Cooper. Lil is the country girl who has the fondness for the wilds. Her dream is to build a safe haven for wild animals, a refuge. While Cooper is the Yankee-loving city boy who is forever trying to get his father's approval and attention, but ended up living with his grandparents' affection.
They met, fell in love and they went their separate ways. Lil's heart was broken into pieces. And she works hard to realize her dream of building a refuge. But someone is bend to destroy whatever she builds with her blood, tears and sweat. Even if it means to kill. Lil's life is threatened.
And that is when Cooper steps in. He has to protect Lil, with his own life if needed be. He loved her back then, when they were young and foolish. He loves her even more now. But before he could declare his undying love, he needs to proof himself to the world. He needs to show that he, too, could be someone. And he needs to convince Lil that this time, he's not going anywhere.
I just love the way Roberts tell her story. Rich with details, I feel like I was a part of the story right at the beginning. I understand Lil's pain, I understand Coop's reservation. It's so believable. And I'm simply in awe with the relationship Lil has with her animals, especially with a cougar affectionately known as Baby.
Her name is Susie. Last name Salmon, like the fish. She is fourteen. And she is telling us a story. The only thing is, she's dead. Yep, she's dead. Sh...moreHer name is Susie. Last name Salmon, like the fish. She is fourteen. And she is telling us a story. The only thing is, she's dead. Yep, she's dead. She's telling her story from the Heaven.
From some of the reviews I've read, some people shed tears reading this book. Maybe I'm not too sensitive because I could not find a reason to cry, even after I finished reading. Just that I found the story to be kinda disturbing. And different.
I felt a bit impatient towards the end of the book. And there's a bit of "Ghost" (as in the movie) going on. It's disturbing, really. If reading a story from the point of view of a dead person is not disturbing enough, I don't know what is.
That being said, I think The Lovely Bones is a lovely read. If you want something different.(less)
The book starts off slow. Too slow at times for my preference but nevertheless, I enjoyed this book. I even shed few tears towards the end of the book...moreThe book starts off slow. Too slow at times for my preference but nevertheless, I enjoyed this book. I even shed few tears towards the end of the book.
The Judge's Daughter tells the story of Helen Spencer, the daughter of Judge Zachary Spencer, whose life intertwined with Agnes Makepeace. There's Helen's story and there's Agnes' story. And there's the judge. Mean, power hungry, dictating, the judge is feared and despised by all the people he met, most of all his daughter. The judges has secrets. Secrets that could alter the lives of some people. And secrets that, in the end resulted in his own death.
There are some fascinating characters as well. There's Pop/Fred Grimshaw, Agnes' lively grandfather; Lucy and Mags, Agnes' best friends and few others.
I'd say that The Judge's Daughter is not my usual fare but I certainly found the book to be interesting.(less)