The Time Traveller's Wife

Written by Audrey Niffenegger Published Year 2003

This book is one of the reasons why I keep on reading. I love the feeling of getting worked up about a story; rejoicing over their triumphs or crying for their hopelessnes. Henry and Clares passion for each other is just contagious.

You'll read about them making bad choices, cheating and being cruel. Their out of the ordinary love story is as real as it gets.

Hush, Hush

About The Book:
Written by Becca Fitzpatrick Published Year 2009
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I believe I have a short attention span but it looks like I've also developed selective amnesia. I've finished Hush, Hush just a week ago but when I try to remember the story for this review I keep mixing it up with Alyson Noel's Evermore. Let's see if I have this right; mysterious and possibly dangerous sexy boy/man/supernatural being; avengeful ex-lover of the said boy/man/supernatural being; somewhat absentee guardians/parents; kind of a loner/outcast heroine; uncontained attraction between the two main characters. It's like a tested formula for 'young adult' urban fantasy which is fine I guess because it obiously works for some. For me though when a story loses it's novelty I lose interest, ofcourse there's more to this book than those I've mentioned. I'm just generalising because those little details are lost on me.

Parnassus on Wheels

About The Book:
Written by Christopher Morley Published Year 1917
Helen McGill is contended on keeping house for her brother in their England farm. But the arriveal of quirky 'professor' Mr. Roger Mifflin gave her a chance to travel with a book mobile in tow.

"When you sell a man abook you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glu— you sell him a whole new life. Life and friendship and humour and sheeps at sea night— there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by— just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation—yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stunted minds—and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what makes it worth while— I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It's a new field, but by the bones of Whitman it's worth while. That's what this country needs— more books!"
I've read because it a prequel to The Haunted Bookshop which I'll be reading one of these days. As a book lover I love reading about other people's obsession over books. I like that I can relate to alot of their sentiments and romantic notions. I love to read about the characters favorite books and use them as reference. Parnassus on Wheels is a very short lovely read.

Shrinking Violet + Giveaway

About The Book:About The Book:
Written by Danielle Joseph Published Year 2009
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare.

Tagged it as books I should have read when I was in highschool, this is a very familiar setting as it is realistic. Tere's character is easily relatable being the too shy girl who practically avoids any social interaction and calling attention on herself. She thinks nothing could be more horrifying when they were assigned a project in which public speaking is involved but it has served it's part well as she had gained a friend through it. I also think it served it's purpose on promoting a love for reading and highlighting Helen Keller's life. Life at home is not as cookie-cutter, having a step father whom she does not feel close to and dealing with her overcritical mother. Though her relationship with her mother is often laced with humor there is underlying of tension between them. Slowly with the help of her alter-ego Sweet T she'll get to shed her 'mask', realize her true capabilities and eventually have an understanding with her mother.
It can be a bit predictable but with Daniel's pseudo music scene and characterization of radio station personalities it can be a very fun and entertaining read, as a bonus she'll get to be at the dance with a probable prince charming. No one loves a happy ending more than me so if you guys want to read Tere's story, you can sign up HERE.


Wild Roses

About The Book:
Written by Deb Caletti Published Year 2005
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully. And he's getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid.
Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain, but this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.
In the end, only one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred.

Maybe we consider a piece of work to be genius in part because it goes places we cannot go. Maybe it is not so much that the genius are nuts, but that there is something in the nuts that is genius. That ability to get to not just the seed of emotion, but to the place that exists even before the seed is there. Maybe they live amid the raw materials of feeling before feeling becomes organized; maybe they work with the base elements, like the cosmos in formation. There seems, anyway, an ability to get to truth, the purest emotion, if you can see through the barbed wire of chaos that surrounds it. Maybe that's what we respond to in those works of genius -- our own inability to be that emotionally unbound. An envy for the letting go the tether and seeing what is beyond the frontier, the barrier of self protection. Maybe the genius is only a letting go, in a way that most of us would be too frightened to. But maybe, too, the genius is just some wacky consolation prize for the pain of living out of this world.
I picked this one up without even reading the synopsis because I rarely see any Deb Caletti's book in paperback and this would be the first of her books I'll be reading. At first I thought the plot was abit odd but after a few chapters I started getting into it; I love those little facts about world renowed artists/writers and the twist about Dino's life. Cassie's narration was witty and honest but too jaded for a teenager in my opinion. Maybe because this is not a typical young adult book about boys, highshool or teen insecurities, even the romance was just a fraction on the joys of falling in love for the first time. I'm okay with that I just find the synopsis a little misleading because if Ian played a big part on the changes that happened to Cassie, his character should have been more defined especially in the matter of choosing between his responsibility to his family and what he wants in life. Much of the story is really about Dino and how his antics affects Cassie's life and on top of it Cassie has to deal with her parent's divorce. Cassie's voice is very mature and quite unlikely for a teen.

The Lost Symbol

About The Book:
Written by Dan Brown Series Robert Langdon Published Year 2009
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

For someone who loves conspiracy theories which I do, this will be a hit. I don't care much for the writing or quite understand some readers contempt for Brown's writing style, I think it is shared by most of writers in the genre -- ie James Rollins and Steve Berry. It might also be true that I would not have read it with a sense of urgency if not for the author's popularity but I did enjoy reading it. I would have liked it better without the CIA in the backdrop like with the first two books. Mal'akh's character was as delusional but maybe a more sinister villain than the Camerlengo and the Albino. I love reading about the Freemasonry Conspiracies and Noetic Science in the book and I really liked reading the series, Robert Langdon's character is somewhat familiar now that almost everyone I know watched the movie franchise (not me though!) so atleast it gives us something to talk about.

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