Monday, July 14, 2014

Reviews of books

My short reviews. I had read a lot of books during this pregnancy. Even I was quite amazed. Last pregnancy I was only resolved to finish the Fire and Ice series ( well ... what is now on store lah..). 

This pregnancy, I felt constantly the need to read. And Candy Crush. So these are some of the books I had read. There are some I had read but not yet reviewed, because there are currently 3 ongoing books I am reading! Two I left off because it gets a bit boring and another a bit of a downer. I can't read too much downer books. I think there are many more books I read but can't remember I had read it. Will update that soon. Also there are a few other books I reread. Those I won't review. Malas.

Black SundayBlack Sunday by Thomas Harris
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

About: Basically about a terrorist plot to kill thousands of people during the superbowl. I think.

Review: It was ok in the beginning, then it patters off . The characters are boring, not delved enough into even those with the deep psychological damage. His motive never really makes sense to me. Have a very slow buildup and the climax is like 5 10 pages long? I can barely read the end.

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 About: July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth.

Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.

Review: I quite like it. The book while very thick, moves fast and though I do think some scenes are a bit unnecessary but it is ok.  I like the current and past characters. Though at time I do feel frustrated at Alais naivete and the husband. She can be annoying and her husband even more. I like the mystery being setup but not really impressed with the 'supernatural' elements of it. I think it could be more. However this is a good introduction to her books and look forward to read more of her works.

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

Review: The Bridgerton family is my favorite book series by Julia Quinn, though the best have to be The Duke and I. All the subsequent Bridgerton series, went a bit downhill after a few I think... but nice to read that the only 2 I haven't read yet (Anthony and Benedict stories) is very enjoyable and the chemistry between the two seems right.

The plot is just as you would predict from reading the synopsis, though the reason to 'not want to fall in love with wife' feels crazy for a supposed sensible Anthony. The reasoning just do not match. But I guess an obstacle is imminent and this is the best she could come up with?

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the StreetsA Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.

Review: This book is a simple story about how a cat turn a man life around. I am bonkers about my cats, I think my cats are the best. However reading about Bob, this is a very special cat. I can never get my cat to a walk, ( maybe I haven't tried hard enough) but my cat also would not keep still on a busy street.

I like the story. James story is about a man who lost his way in life and found purpose through adopting Bob ( or Bob adopt James. Many pet owners would say,it is the animals that adopt us). It can be a bit repetitive and the truly ugly bits are never shown, but it is a good clean story which I devour quickly.

A heartwarming book with simple writing to sum it up. Hence the 4 stars. I was never bored by Bob.

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise CatThe World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About: Continuation from the book before this.

Review: Again Bob and James adventure begin anew. Actually not begin anew. It just continue. Like how life really is.

This time I thought it would be not as good. But it was ok. I am hooked well enough. It deals more with James health struggle and how Bob was there for him. ( well seems like it ).

The book continue to be an enjoyable simple read. I would suggest this read on a lazy day with your cat nearby.

Bob really seems like a super cat. No wonder James really do not want to let him go, he is a one in a billion cat. They are both lucky to have each other. I wish them both the best.

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