Monday, May 22, 2017

Wrapped Up In You by Carole Matthews

Synopsis :

Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure!

Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right . . . but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide - and fully fledged Maasai Warrior - Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?



I was quite tempted to DNF this.

I just don't know what to think of it.  The cover of the book was pleasant enough. Extremely attractive, in my opinion and so I was expecting a rather equally attractive story in Wrapped in You.

It wasn't that it's bad, It is actually quite cute but too romantic that it became unbelievable? I dont know. Perhaps the romantic in my is jaded but I wasn't really keen on the plot and storyline.

And a warrior who doesn't really eat and sleep and drink milk?  I wonder if the author really researched thoroughly?  I somehow don't really get that from the book.

I still don't know what to think of this.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

Synopsis :

Sharla Cody is only five, but has already lived a troubled life -- only to find herself dumped on an elderly neighbor's doorstep when her mother takes off for the summer. Although Sharla is not the angelic child Addy Shadd had pictured when she agreed to look after her, the two soon forge a deep bond. 

To Addy's surprise, Sharla's presence brings back memories of her own childhood in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s. She reminisces about her family, her first love, and the painful experience that drove her away from home. 

Brilliantly structured -- and achingly lyrical, this is a story about the redeeming power of love and memory, and about two unlikely people who transform each other's lives forever.


This book is quite a dark horse.  I wasn't expecting to like it but liked it I did.  

The story alternates between Addy of young and Addy of current time.  However, the way the author alternates the story is very smooth and the flow was almost perfect.  While I was engrossed with the Addy of the past, I was intrigued by Addy of now. And the ending...a Hallmark ending for sure and make you sheds 

A most enjoyable book.   

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Bourne Sanction (Robert Ludlum's) by Eric Van Lustbader


Synopsis :

Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation where every move might be his last.
Specter tells him that a former student and son of his old friend was killed by Muslim extremists known as the Eastern Brotherhood. Their leader is a man named Semian Icoupov, and he must be stopped because his next terrorist target is believed to be right here in America.
While Jason is busy pursuing Icoupov in Russia, he's become a target himself. Inside CI, a battle is brewing for control over the agency. In order to show the incompetence of its current director, two Pentagon operatives plan to accomplish what CI never could--hunt Bourne down and destroy him.
I have  disappeared for quite a while, haven't I?  While, I have been faithful in my reading, the consistency is not really there as I have a lot of other stuff to do as well.  So, am trying my very best to get into the mode again....

Anyway, The Bourne Sanction....am not really a fan of the Bourne Series, whether books or movies.  I have watched a couple of the movies but the story wasn't appealing to me. Such, I have never read any of the titles in this Series whether written by Robert Ludlum or Eric Van Lustbader.

The Borne Sanction, although is number six in the series is my introduction to this series.  Surprising, it was a rather nice read.  It's both thrilling and the pace of the book is quite well paced.

Even though I have not read any of the other titles, it wasn't difficult to understand the storyflow. Basically, it can just be a stand alone story on it's own.

I read it because I bought this from a friend and I want to get my moneys worth although I wasn't very keen on it.  Anyway, it was quite worth what I paid for it.  However,  with the number of other titles that I have and that I have interest in as well as a number of non reading activities that need my attention,  this series would certainly not take priority.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Camel Club by Daivd Baldacci

Synopsis :

Existing at the fringes of Washington D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man know as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions. Their efforts bear little fruit --- until the group witnesses a shocking murder ... and become embroiled in an astounding, far reaching conspiracy.

Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one of the most chilling spectacles ever to take place on American soil --- an event that may trigger the ultimate war between two different worlds. And all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes.

After ready The Collector by David Baldacci recently, I was most excited to get hold of another title that features the same group of most interesting 'misfits'. This, in fact, is the first book of the series and it was good as it introduces and brought depth to some of the characters that wasn't really in the focus in The Collector which was book number 2.

The Camel Club is very different from The Collector. The thrill here is more espionage in nature.  There's an investigation on a murder but that was just a small part in the overall storyline.

Overall, I still like The Collector better but The Camel Club is a close favourite and I am looking into exploring other titles by David Baldacci which features these characters.  Can't wait to look for the other titles.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Synopsis :

The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. 

On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

Hello...it's been quite a while.  I also do not know what I have been doing recently as I have not been reading much and have not being doing much of anything lately.

Anyway, I just finished a couple of books with The White Tiger being one of them.  Am normally apprehensive with any books that won prizes as they tend to be heavy in many ways, and with social messages embedded in the  storyline that at times I didn't really enjoy the story as I was too concern over what the moral message would be.

In this story, I think the message is quite clear.  The author wants to challenged  his readers into being a White Tiger, a rare species, doing something different, swimming against the current i.e. an entrepreneur in his opinion.  Otherwise, you will just become a chicken in a coop, even with situation around you are strangling you, you will would conform and not escape.  Like a chicken in a coop, knowing that it would end up in the fate of the chopping board,  it makes noise but still doesn't escape.

Generally, readers would get it that he is referring primarily to the society in India but I guess it's a metaphor that be applied to almost anything in life.

The White Tiger is my 'traffic light book'...i.e. I read it in the car when caught in traffic   It's only the last quarter of the book that I read it at a go as surprising, it was pretty interesting and I wanted to see how the ending would be.  In this respect, it actually doesn't really matters.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Collectors by David Baldacci


Synopsis :

In Washington, D.C, where power is everything and too few have too much of it, four highly eccentric men with mysterious pasts call themselves the Camel Club. Their mission: find out what's really going on behind the closed doors of America's leaders.

The assassination of the U.S. Speaker of the House has shaken the nation. And the outrageous iconoclasts of the Camel Club have found a chilling connection with another death: the demise of the director of the Library of Congress's rare books room, whose body has been found in a locked vault where seemingly nothing could have harmed him.

A man who calls himself Oliver Stone is the groups unofficial leader. Staying one step ahead of his violent past and headquartered in a caretaker's cottage in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Stone, drawing on his vast experience and acute deductive powers, discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies one classified secret at a time. When Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, struts onto the scene in high-heeled boots, the Camel Club gets a sexy new edge. And they'll need it, because the two murders are hurtling them into a world of high-stakes espionage that threatens to bring America to its knees.


This is currently my favourite title by David Baldacci.  I super love it so much better even than The Forgotten which I read last month and which I declared my favourite title...well that was then and this is now! 


This is so far the only title by this author that I read it cover to cover within a week as it was that exciting. The style wasn't really the style of David Baldacci which I am familiar with. This is very much a combination of espionage thriller and something Sidney Sheldon or John Grisham would write.  The character, Oliver Stone reminded me so much of Ethan Hunt or Jason Bourne wheras Annabelle Conroy reminded me of Tracy Whitney, so with such strong resemblance of such strong characters, the book is pretty amazing.

I found out after I read that this is the 2nd book that features a group known as The Camel Club.  I got myself book #1 already from the library and you can be sure the review of that would be up pretty much very soon.  All in all, there currently 5 titles which David Badalcci features The Camel Club.

So back to my question,  is this title actually written by David?



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Once Upon A Blind Date by Wendy Markham

Synopsis :

Maggie is best buddies with Dominic. Charlie is best friends with Julie. Through the magic of the Internet, they set up their pals on the most romantic blind date ever. Naturally, Maggie and Charlie tag along for moral support-what are best friends for? 

Yet when the two matchmakers meet, their concerns for their charges take a backseat. As Maggie looks at Charlie, she thinks she feels the earth move. Laying his eyes on his fellow Cupid, all Charlie can think about is kissing her delectable mouth. Shes involved with someone. 

Hes Manhattans most committed bachelor. What will it take for a pair of modern matchmakers to realize this simple truth: that when it comes to finding a soul mate, true love can be found when you least expect it?

One glance at the title and cover, you would know that this is a chic lite through and through. However, for a chic lite, Once Upon a Blind Date wasn't really that cliche and perhaps due to the light and cheerful writing of the author, it wasn't boring as well.   Predictable, yes, very much so!

For those romantic at heart, you would love the theme of opposite attracts as the two of them couldn't be more different.  However, the difference was not the focus of the storyline but more their effort to matchmake someone not so interested to be matchmade.

For those relaxing brainless time that I need one and off, I recommend Once Upon A Blind Date.