Archive for April, 2012

2012 Summer Blockbuster

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2012 summer blockbuster line-up preview

May 4th, 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers
May 11th, 2012 Dark Shadows
May 18th, 2012 Battleship
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The Dictator
May 25th, 2012 Men In Black 3
June 1st, 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman
June 8th, 2012 Madagascar 3
Prometheus
June 15th, 2012 Rock of Ages
June 22nd, 2012 Brave
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
June 29th, 2012 G.I. Joe: Retaliation moved to March 29, 2013
Magic Mike
July 3rd, 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man
July 13th, 2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 20th, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises aka Batman 3
August 3rd, 2012 The Bourne Legacy
Total Recall
August 17th, 2012 The Expendables 2
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Vanish by Sophie Jordan

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This is my first book I borrow from Austin public library in Kindle version. I love the idea on being able to borrow books electronically but the availability of the books is pretty limited. I originally thought I don’t have to wait in line for a book anymore. It’s e-book for goodness sake. It’s not like I can hold the book physically. Boy, was I wrong.

That’s my venting for the day. Back to the book review.

vanishGoodreads Summary

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

My Review

First of all, great job on the cover.

To me, Vanish is a fluff piece. I was doing stop-and-go reading for at least ten times and finally decided to finish the book because the book is due back to the library. LOL. The series can continue without this book. It did however answer one of my question from Firelight. How in the world can two person meet twice coincidentally? Will’s family moved to Chaparral because of the sighting of a draki (Jacinda’s mom, Zara) years ago. Zara wanted to relive old days and that’s the reason she moved Jacinda and Tamra there.

Finally, Tamra manifested (or hit puberty). She is a shader, one of the unique form of draki, basically she can erase human’s memory. When they move back to the pride, Tamra thought Cassian would give her a chance now that she can manifest. Even though Tamra and Jacinda are twins, Cassian could not fall in love with Tamra not that he didn’t give it a try.

Why do authors like to write love triangle keep going back and forth? It’s getting a bit old. Jacinda needs to make up her own damn mind. Although I am always team Will but I couldn’t not feel for Cassian for the way he scarifice for Jacinda. I don’t foresee any happily-ever-after ending for the three of them. I am still feeling neutral to either Team Will or Team Cassian.

The story dragged for two-fifths of the book and finally Will showed up. Jacinda planned to run away with Will but was exposed by Miram. Both of them was caught by the hunters during Jacinda’s escape. Will caught up with the hunters and was able to rescue Jacinda during one of the driving break. Not much action there. The plot continues with Jacinda went back to the pride to tell them about Miram. Severin threatened to clip her wings and banished Zara. Cassian stepped in by promising to bond with Jacinda to avoid wing clipping.

The book ended with the cliffhanger. Jacinda persuaded Tamra to leave with her to rescue Miram and reunite with their mother. Cassian joined in with the rescue because Miram is his sister.

I am definitely not buying this book as part of my collection as I don’t believe I will do reread on it. I would however will read the next book “Hidden”.

My Rating: 2.5-3 out of 5 stars

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The Selection by Keira Cass

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the_selectionGoodreads Summary

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Review

I bought three 20% off iTunes $100 gift card and thought I put it to good use in iBooks store. The Selection was my first book purchase. Look at the beautiful cover/dress. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but I just could not help it. The Selection is the top popular book for the month of April and I want to see for myself what is the hype about it.

Mash-up between “The Bachelor” and “Hunger Game” with a little hint of Cinderella would be a suitable summary for The Selection. Thirty five girls raced to the top to be the wife of a prince. Don’t expect any new idea from this book and it’s full of cliche.

The USA we all known no longer exists after World War III and World War IV. A new world “Illéa” was created with caste system in place. America Singer, the protagonist, was from Five was in love with a boy, Aspen from Six. Due to his pride and cowardice, he pushed America away. With heart broken, America headed to the Selection. She didn’t prepare to befriended the prince, Maxon and ended to be one of the Elite. She was split between Aspen and Maxon but eventually I can tell that she was beginning to see the opportunity she was given to make a change to the world and her love life seems minuscule compared to the challenges the country will be facing with all the rebels attack.

If I have to pick a team, I am definitely on team Maxon. He knew what he wanted and intrigued by America since the beginning even though America has nothing to offer with her status of Six. The initial interactions between America and Prince Maxon were funny. She yelled at him the first night she was there. She kicked him in the groin when she thought Maxon was trying to kiss her.

I have a bone to pick with this book. Who would leave a huge cliffhanger at the end with no promise of the next book? This is supposed to be a trilogy? It became a big turn off for me personally. As I was reading through the news about this book, I came upon that this book would be made into a TV series. Seriously?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

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I started a few books, six actually but I can’t get myself in any of the books I’m currently reading. I just wanted a quick and fun read and The Marriage Bargain fits the bill. I knew the story line would be pretty predictable when I started the book and I wasn’t disappointed. Boy-girl get into a marriage contract, boy-girl fall in love with each other, a climax of conflict to separate them apart and the finale with both of them realizing they should be together.

the_marriage_bargainGoodreads Summary

A marriage in name only…

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans…

My Review

First of all, it was the cover which attracted me to this book. Who can resist such a exotic cover?

I just wished that I read this book before Fifty Shades Trilogy because I would enjoy this book way more that I should have. There were a lot of similarities, however, I loved Alexa stronger, selfless character more than Ana.

The Marriage Bargain brought tons of sexual frustration between Nick and Alexa. The only way Alexa would only accept the deal was that both of them practice celibacy. The dialogue between Alexa and Nick was funny and brilliant taking stabs at each other while they get to know each other.

Memorable scene from the book? Alexa was trying to hide dogs she rescued downstairs in Nick’s place by tricking him to stay upstairs the entire night. I was reading so fast trying to see how the little secret was going to unfold. I was laughing out loud picturing the next scenes. Nick got woken up middle of the night, grabbed a baseball bat expecting a burglar and he was in for a big mystery of heavy breathing/panting and scratching. Nick was mad demanding Alexa to take the dogs back but stopped when he realized Alexa was half-naked. They were finally getting it on but abruptly interrupted by the police arrival.

My Rating: 3-3.5 out of 5 stars

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