February 29, 2012

Book Review: Sundays at Tiffany's




Title: Sundays at Tiffany's
Author: James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Synopsis:

AN IMAGINARY FRIEND
Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him.

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE
Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone–a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael...

AND AN UNFORGETTABLE TWIST
This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.

Thoughts on the Book:
     The story is really a refreshing take on a love story. It was unique. There was a touch of magic. However, I just find the story kind of absurd and unbelievable.
     As I was reading the book, I sort of thought of Michael as a pedophile. It was clear even from the start that Michael is interested with Jane. He just didn't thought of it that way but in his subconscious, he likes her.
     What's so unbelievable was Michael becoming human. And the fact that nothing about his history was explained made me annoyed with the story. There's just a missing element to the story and I can't figure it out as of this moment.
     It could have been more beautiful if the story ended with Jane dying and Michael remaining as who he really was. (I'm not a sucker for a tragic ending but sometimes it's the only way to make a great ending for a story.)

Quotes from the Book:
"Love means you can never be apart."
"People always remember the worst day of their lives. It becomes part of them forever."
"When your own romantic life is falling apart, everyone else's looks fabulous." 
"Just because life is hard, and always ends in a bad way, doesn't mean that all stories have to, even if that's what they tell us in school and in the New York Times Book Review. In fact, it's a good thing that stories are as different as we are, one from another." 
Rating: 3/5

FANGIRLING 101: Korean Male Actor Pick #2



Lee Min Ho

Lee Min Ho (Hangul: 이민호, born June 22, 1987) is a South Korean actor who is best known for his leading role in 2009 as 'Gu Jun Pyo', the leader of the group of students known as F4, in the South Korean television series Boys Over Flowers. He started his career in small drama roles in 2006, but he came to prominence with his acting role in Boys Over Flowers. He has subsequently appeared in the 2010 romantic comedy drama Personal Taste and the 2011 action drama City Hunter.

TV Shows

City Hunter (SBS, 2011)
Personal Taste (MBC, 2010)
Boys Before Flowers (KBS2, 2009)
Get Up (MBC, 2008)
I’m Sam as Heo Mo Se (KBS2, 2007)
Mackerel Run (SBS, 2007)
Secret Campus (EBS, 2006)
Love Hymn (MBC, 2005)
Nonstop 5 (MBC, 2004)

Movies

Our School E.T (2008)
Public Enemy Returns (2008)
Humming (2007)
Arang (2006)
Ghost Lives (2004)
Repechage (1997)

***

With his Boy-Next-Door looks, who wouldn't love him? He's got beautiful eyes, nice eyebrows, a nose which is close to perfection, kissable lips, and long legs. I can't help but feel giddy every time I see him on TV.

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I first saw him on Boys Over Flowers. I've watched Meteor Garden and I'm a big fan of Jerry Yan so I was amazed to see someone who looks like him, only that he's look-a-like is more handsome than he is.



***

I wasn't able to watch Boys Over Flowers but I've watched City Hunter. He's a revelation in this series because he proved that he can also do action.




***

I adored him in Personal Taste. I love his character in that drama - such an adorable gentleman. He showed another side of his persona in this drama and proved that he can also do comedy.



***

I haven't heard of him in a while. I hope he'll come back on TV soon. I also want him to work with Moon Geun Young. (I am a big fan of MGY!!!)


February 27, 2012

FANGIRLING 101: Korean Male Actor Pick #1


Jang Geun Suk (Jang Keun Suk)

Jang Keun-Suk (장근석, romanization: Jang Geun Seok) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He is best known for playing the role of band leader Hwang Tae Kyung in the hit 2009 dramaYou're Beautiful, with Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa, Park Shin Hye and Kim Yoo Jin also known as Uee. His latest role was that of Kang Mu Gyul in the 2010 romantic comedy series Mary Stayed Out All Night, with Moon Geun Young.

TV Series

Love Rain (KBS2, 2012)
Mary Stayed Out All Night (KBS2, 2010)
You’re Beautiful (SBS, 2009)
Beethoven Virus (MBC, 2008)
Hong Gil Dong (KBS2, 2008)
Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006)
Alien Sam (2006) 
Lovers in Prague (SBS, 2005) 
Nonstop 4 (MBC, 2003)
Daemang (SBS, 2002) 
Orange (SBS, 2002)

Movies

You’re My Pet (2011)
Itaewon Murder Case / Itaewon Salinsageon (2009)
Members of the Funeral (2008)
Baby and Me (2008)
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do (2008)
Going Crazy Waiting (2007)
Happy Life (2007)
One Missed Call Final (2006)


He's my ultimate crush! I just love everything about him. He's so charming and witty. He sings and he can dance too. He seems to know everything. He's very talented! He speaks English and Nihongo fluently. He's a total package!
I saw him first in Marry Me, Marry while searching for Moon Geun Young's dramas. I've loved him since then.
I love his character in Marry Me, Marry where he played as Kang Moo Kyul.





I love his voice! He's like a pro and I'm glad he pursued his singing career.





And just so you know, this is one of my favorite scenes. When he sang Hello, Hello and professed his love for Wi Mae-Ri.


I love the jealousy scene too. It's was the time that he told everyone in the party that Mae-Ri was his girlfriend

Just so you know, he's currently filming a drama. I think it will be shown this March. It's called Love Rain. And I can't hide my excitement, because I'll be seeing him again. 



I wished he'll work with Moon Geun Young again because I'm such a fan of their tandem. They're my favorite couple. 

February 26, 2012

Book Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist





Title: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author: David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Synopsis:
     It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.
     This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.
     Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go. 

Thoughts on the Book:
     The story is cute. The story line is similar to Hollywood chick flicks I love watching. And just so you know, the novel was made into a movie. I embedded a trailer video in case you're curious about the movie as well.
     The entire story happened in a day and I don't know how Cohn and Levithan did this. I guess it's their way of showing that if you're really in love with a person, even a minute can be the longest moment of your life.
     NNIP shows how two individuals fell in love with each others at a span of a day. It shows their struggles with their past relationships and how it affected their perception in venturing to a new relationship again.
     The story is refreshing and it's another feel good novel from the authors of Dash and Lily's Truth or Dare. I guess this one is better than the latter.

Rating: 4/5

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door


Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis:
     Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 
     When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

Thoughts on the Book:
     I love this book as much as I love Anna and the French Kiss. The story is so cute and so is Cricket Bell. What Etienne St. CLair lacks, Cricket Bell has. 
     Cricket Bell is 6'4'' tall. Compared to Etienne, well he is taller. If there's one thing I don't like about him, it's his name. It gives me creeps. Who names their son Cricket?!
     If you ask me who I prefer, I'd still go for Etienne. I guess I like him more because he's confident and knows what his girlfriend wants. He seems to know what he's going to do next.
     The weird dress creations and wigs of Lola bothers me by the way. I mean, who wouldn't find her weird if she goes on walking in the neighborhood wearing a pink wig, an eccentric dress and a weird looking boots.
     What's good with Cricket is the way he accepts Lola even at her worst. He even encourages her to do things she loves. I loved the idea of him, doing Lola's hairdo for the prom. Any girl would loved that. I wonder if there's any guy out there who could do that. I'd love to have one.
     If you're looking for something sweet and funny, or if you want to feel good after reading a depressing novel, I'd recommend you to read this one. It's really cute!

Quotes from the Book:
"History books are filled with lies. Whoever wins the war tells the story."
"Life isn't about what you get, it's about what you do with what you get." 
"Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough." 
*** 
"How did you know? That she wasn't the one for him?"
 "They just didn't have that...natural magic. You know? It never seemed easy."
"Do you think things have to be easy? For it to work?"
"No. I mean, yes, but...sometimes there are...extenuating circumstances that prevent it from being easy. For a while, but then people overcome those....circumstances, and..." 
"So you believe in second chances?"
"Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes, if the person is right."
"If the person is...Lola?" 
"Only if the other person is Cricket." 
***

"You've built up this idea about me, this ideal, but I'm not that person. I'm not perfect. I am far from perfect. I'm not worth such a beautiful story."
"Lola. You are the story."
"But a story is just that. It isn't the truth." 
"I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else." 
Rating: 5/5

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - Book Review

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When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Book Review: My Sister's Keeper





Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult

Synopsis:
     Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now.
     Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?

Thoughts on the Book:
     Jodi Picoult did it once again!!! This book is one of a kind! This is the second Picoult novel I've read, next to House Rules, and I think this one is better.
     What I like most on Picoult's writing is her way of showing how each character feels and thinks. All her characters have their own spotlights. They have their own parts where they shine.
     I like how she introduced the APL disease (APL: Abbreviation for acute promyelocytic leukemia) through this book. It was very well-researched - from the symptoms, to the after effects and the possible solutions to the disease. It was well-discussed.
     I was amazed with how knowledgeable she was with the newest technology that has something to do with the stem cells. She's really good. It just shows how much effort she put in order to write a beautiful book like this.
     I love how she established the characters and how she connected their relationships.
     The book is really beautiful. It talks about family. It shows how the love of a family can be a great support in overcoming struggles we have in life.
     The ending was unexpected. I just got a glimpse of how the story might end when his father got an emergency call. It was so sad.

Quotes from the Book:
"When you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
"The bottom line is that we never fall for the people we're supposed to." 
"Why are terms of endearment always food? Honey, cookie, sugar, pumpkin. It's not like caring about someone is enough to actually sustain you." 
"Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it." 
"Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least." 
"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love than in spite of the fact that they're not."
 Rating: 5/5

Book Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares


Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Synopsis:
'I’ve left some clues for you. 
If you want them, turn the page. 
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.'

     Whilst browsing through his favourite book store, Dash comes across a red Moleskine notebook, and so begins the book of dares as Dash gets to know the girl behind the notebook. Lily places her red Moleskine notebook, waiting for the right guy to come along and find it and accept her dares. But is Dash the right guy? Will they just continually keep passing clues to places in New York City? And what will happen when they finally meet?

Thought on the Book:
     The story centers on two characters: Dash (short for Dashiel) and Lily. The story follows how Dash and Lily accomplish tasks they wrote on Lily's red moleskin notebook.
     I like the the idea of Lily's brother. He created a task and wrote it in her notebook and left it in the library. If I happen to encounter something like that, I wouldn't have a second thought on doing it.
     The story was good but it's not the type of novel which I would love to read again. I guess the story was little immature and my age doesn't belong to the age bracket the story is well-suited for.

Rating: 3/5

February 25, 2012

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks - Book Review


Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it's her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. 

Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years . . . and falling in love. Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret -- one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever. 

In A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life's bitter turns and incomparable sweetness. His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love.

February 24, 2012

Book Review: A Knight in Shining Armor


Title: A Knight In Shining Armor
Author: Jude Deveraux

Synopsis:
     Dougless Montgomery couldn't believe it. She had tried to be the very essence of the modern American woman -- competent yet sexy, financially independent yet ready to love and be loved. She had planned this holiday tour with special care, wanting everything to be perfect for Robert, the man she hoped one day to marry. Yet here she was, after a stupid quarrel, abandoned in a church in the midst of rural England. Abandoned, with no luggage, no money, no credit cards, while Robert drove off without so much as a backward glance. As Dougless lay upon a cold tombstone, crying in fury and frustration, she longed for a knight in shining armor to save her from this abysmal mess. Suddenly, as if in answer to her prayers, the most extraordinary man stood before her.... He was Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, who accodring to his tombstone had died in 1564. Tall, broad-shouldered, attired in gleaming silver and gold, he was magnificent. He stood in the dim light of the church, thunderstruck, drinking her in: her strange costume, the uncased hair that flowed to her shoulders, her long, lovely, BARE legs. He could scarce keep his wits about him, but of one thing he was certain -- she was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen. Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadowed reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect, fascinating, just as she was. Yet she could not imagine how strong were the chains that tied them to the past... or the grand adventure that lay before them....

Thoughts on the Book:
     I always have a fun time reading historical romance novels. I find it informative and I'm quite fascinated by the traditions back then that I feel like I'm time travelling to their time.
     A Knight in Shining Armor is so far, the best historical romance novel I've read. Jude Deveraux made a wonderful job incorporating the modern world with the Elizabethan era. I love the time travelling twist.
     The plot is very detailed. It was described thoroughly. All in all, it was well-researched. From the buildings, to how they regard their children, the equality of men and women, how even the most common diseases can cause death, how men and women marry who their parents choose, the fashion of their age, and how men and women wear their clothes.
     The time travelling pare was really good. I love how Deveraux shifts the time. I especially love it when Dougless went to the Elizabethan era.
     I find Nicholas funny. I can't help but laugh when he questioned how things work, especially the clothes which he wasn't accustomed wearing. (who would wear their pants without boxers or brief right?)
     Dougless is an adorable character. I find her cute, charming, and intelligent. I like how knowledgeable she is with the history. Knowing that she wasn't perfect and that she accepts her flaws just added spice to her character.
     Somehow, I knew how the story might end. And I guessed it right. Dougless met another man in an airplane and I think he's the reincarnation of Nicholas Stafford.
     I super love this books and I'm adding all the other Montgomery series to my to-read list

Rating: 5/5

Book Review: Linger


Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:
     Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
     At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.

Thoughts on the Book:
     This is where the Wolves of Mercy Falls series gets exciting. The story not only focuses on Grace and Same. Isabel shines in this book to and an addition to the cast, Cole St. Clair.
     Cole St. Clair, famous lead singer of a fast rising band called Narkotika, is Beck's newest recruit. He is a rebel son. He wants to run away from his life that's why he accepted Beck's offer. He didn't knew that upon his arrival in Mercy Falls, he is bound to face a more complicated life.
     Isabel on the other hand, still feels guilty about what happened to Jack. So in her spare time, she reads books on meningitis or any disease that may lead to the creation of an antidote for werewolves to become humans again.
     Sam and Grace are practically living together in Grace's house though her parents don't know. I wonder how Grace feels towards her parents. I mean, who wouldn't feel bad for having parents like that. They don't even check if their daughter is okay.
     San and Grace are a picture of a picture perfect couple. They knew what each other are thinking even without asking. Sam is the romantic type between the two. As usual, he still makes songs and poems for Grace. He returned to his job at the bookstore. He does all the things he never imagined to have still time to do though he still can't believe he's a human now. A human who will never be shifting into wolf again. Sometimes, he still think that he might shift.
     The twist happens on the middle of the book when Grace starts to feel that her headache is getting worse. She feels sick all the time. She ran away from home just to spend her remaining days with Sam.  And after how many days, she was rushed to the hospital and experiencing near-death situation.
     This is were Cole enters. I guess one of the reasons Beck recruited him is because he knew that he has a hidden talent. I guess, somehow, Beck wanted those werewolves who wants to shift to humans to get a cure. That's Cole's role. To find a cure.
     The ending was sad. Cole managed to prevent Grace from dying so he infected her with werewolf's Venom to help her shift to wolf.

Quotes from the Book:

In an equation that only she wolves
These X's and Y's by other names called
My way of dividing is desperately flawed
As I multiply days without her.

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One thousand ways to say good-bye
One thousand ways to cry
One thousand ways to hang your hat before, you go outside
I say good-bye good-bye
I shout it out so loud
Cause the next time that I find my voice I might not remember how

***

Folded in my arms you're a butterfly in reverse
Giving up your wings inheriting my curse
You're letting go of
me
you're letting go

Rating: 5/5  

February 10, 2012

Book Review: Lust


Title: Lust (The first book in the Seven Deadly Sins series)
Author: Robin Wasserman

Synopsis:
   
Alpha girl Harper is used to getting what she wants,and that means Adam,
Beth's all-American boytoy.
Blond, boring Beth, who Kane,
the charming playah, secretly wants too.
Miranda thinks Kane is out of her league,
but she wants him all the same.
And then there's the new girl.
Kaia. Who only wants trouble --
and he's definitely on his way.
Want to know more?

Thought on the Book:
     Honestly speaking, this is the most boring book in the series. And at some point, I thought I won't be able to finish the series, considering that this is the first book. However toward the end of this book, I found myself wondering what might happen next which made me read the whole series (except for the last book coz I can't seem to find a copy)
     Judging from the title of the book, I guess you'll have an insight on what the book is about. LUST or simply S-E-X. The characters involve here are highschoolers. The typical American teenagers. I hope that not all American teenagers are like this. Craving for sex. Hooking up on first date. Smoking weed. They're o wild! This kind of behavior is not acceptable in our country. But I guess, these are the common issues teenagers face nowadays. 
     I love Harper Grace here. Yes, she's a bitch with a capital B but she's real. She says what she really thinks. She speaks the truth even if it's gonna hurt you. But there's one thing I don't like about her. She hooks up with almost all the guys she dates.
     I don't like Beth Manning. She's too good to be true. She plays by the rules. She doesn't want to take risks and doesn't want to go out of her comfort zone. But I like he sticking to her principle.
     Kane Geary is a self-absorbed guy. He only likes himself. He loves the attention. He doesn't want commitment but I like how he sticks to his friends.
     Adam is a one-woman guy. He's so inlove with Beth Manning but at some point loses hope on their relationship. He may not want to admit it, but he thinks sex is a factor to make their relationship stronger. If she does trust him, then she should do it with him.
     Miranda Stevens is the wall flower girl. She is Harper's bestfriend. She is not noticed by others because their attention dart towards Harper. She isn't confident on how she looks. She's a smart-ass and she has a secret admiration of Kane Geary.
     Kaia Sellers is a city girl who was sent by her parents to Grace, California because they thought she should learn her lesson. She's a bitch like Harper. She's the goddess of flirts and she gets what she wants.
     If you want to read the Seven Deadly Sins series, you have to be patient with this book.

Rating: 3/5

Book Review: Shiver



Title: Shiver (The first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:

          For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. 
     Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Thoughts on the Book:
     The story is like Twilight without the vampires but I can say that this is better than Twilight. I tried to read Twilight but I stopped at the middle of the book. I just watched the movie.
     In Twilight, the author highlighted that werewolves have warm bodies throughout the year. In this book Stiefvater added a twist to it.  As usual, when a wolf bites a human, the human becomes a wolf only that they don't have the power to change into a wolf anytime they want.. They only shift into wolves when the temperature drops.
     On average, they have 20 years to change back and forth, into human and wolf. After that life span, it would be a miracle if they would still shift to humans.
     I love the characters especially SAM ROTH. Do I need to mention why? Well, if you survey girls about their ideal type, Sam belongs to that group. He's just so lovable. He loves poetry and appreciates art. He loves to compose songs. He loves reading. He's very intelligent. He's witty and humorous and he's gorgeously hot. He's so romantic. 
     Grace Brisbane on the other hand is your typical out of the world student. She's a very responsible daughter. She's intelligent too. She has two best friends, Rachel  and Olivia. She was once bitten by a wolf but miraculously, she haven't change. But since then, her hearing and smelling sense improved and even though she doesn't admit it, she know she's different from the normal people.
     Sam and Grace fit each other. They compliment each other. They're a perfect match.
     Overall, the story is more on romance and towards the end it becomes dramatic especially when Sam is about to change into a wolf. (which means it's his last year as a human and he'll forever be a wolf.)

Quotes from the Book:
My wolf was a cute guy and he was holding my hand. I could die happy.
*** 
I wasn't sure if I was charmed by his reluctance to share a bed with a girl or insulted that, apparently, I wasn't hot enough for him to charge the mattress like a hell.
***

          You're my change of skin
          My summer-winter-fall
          I spring to follow you
          This loss is beautiful

          Crashing into the trembling void
          Stretching my hand to you
          Losing myself to frigid regret
          Is this fragile love
          a way
          to say
          good-bye

***
Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture.
***

          I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl
          From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl
          I'd love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl
          But I'm never warm enough for my lovely summer girl
          It's summer when she smiles, I'm laughing like a child
          She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the curve of her hand
          I'd be happy with this summer if it's all we ever had. 

Rating: 5/5

February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Guardian


Title: The Guardian
Author: Nicholas Sparks

Synopsis: 
     Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died – a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire . . . The Guardian contains all the qualities readers expect from Nicholas Sparks. But here, he adds a new electrifying intensity – and page after page of riveting suspense. 

Thoughts on the Book:
     I must say that this novel is totally different from Spark's previous novels. With his romance genre couple with his tragic events trademark, he added a thriller spice to the story which made it more fascinating and addictive to read. This proves that Nicholas Sparks is not only good with romance stories, he can also pass as a suspense thriller writer.
     The novel was really good. It basically had all the elements needed to sustain the mix of emotions I as a reader felt. I felt the giddiness Julie felt when she fell in love with Mike. I felt the goosebumps when Julie got paranoid because of Richard. And I cried just as Julie did when Singer died. Kumpletos Recados as they say.
     I love everything about this novel. It's totally different. Imagine Nicholas Sparks collaborating with Mary Higgins Clark. That's what I felt when I read this book.

Quotes from the Book:
"Everyone - you included - is on her best behavior in the beginning of a relationship. Sometimes little quirks turn out to be big ones, and the big advantage that women have - sometimes the only advantage - is their intuition."
 *****
"So what about you? Your ever going to find someone special?"
"Who know."
"You will. If you look, that is. Sometimes they're right under your nose."
*****
"It was funny that you could know someone for years but still discover things you never noticed before." 
Rating: 5/5