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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book #Reviews: Finished Reading 8 Books—Again?

Some people may think that I’m on a book reading marathon because of the number of books I read. That’s an interesting thought, but no, I’m not. It’s just that I am so addicted to books. Bring me to a library or a bookstore, or send me books with a bouquet of roses and I would love you forever. Hehehe… Well, actually, this addiction ranks next to writing and coffee.

To the authors of these books I’ve read and have written reviews for, I hope that these reviews would help spread the word for your work. I often say this part: I cherish every book, but I hope that you’re quite aware that there would be some that would be among my favorites and some that may not sit that well with my reading preference.

Here are some of the books I’ve read:

This is the second book. I didn’t receive the first one.

The tale started off with the fox searching for remaining relics and—quite unexpectedly—have come to learn of some disturbing news that he wasn't sure his human friends, Katie and Perry, would've been prepared to hear. The hint of adventure starts there.

I like it because it is nicely written. But I find the long statements, carrying the thoughts of the fox, to be a bit tiring. The actual dialogue started at a later page, but was quickly followed by the long string of thoughts again.

Note: I've received this book from a giveaway for early reviewers and have written my honest opinion about it.

Delightful, colorful and carries a valuable lesson that most parents would like their kids to learn on their own.

Note: I've received this book for free and have written my honest opinion about it.

At first I thought this book was going to be filled with gory scenes that most stories of this genre had. I'm glad I was mistaken.

I really enjoyed reading it. I like it because it has a great sense of mystery, a touch of adventure, paranormal stuff and factual research all rolled into one novel. While there were a few rough spots, the novel—as a whole—proved to be a splendid read and kept me highly entertained. A good page-turner!

Note: I received this book from the author and have written my honest opinion about it. This short book review for this novel has initially been posted on Shelfari and on a virtual book retailer.

Written from a man's perspective, I find myself smiling as I am taken into the deep recesses of a male's mind – showing me what he wants, what he fears, and what he totally detests in his life.

The tale has this honest feel to it and there were some parts that made me laugh out loud. It’s a crazy tale for adults and its zaniness (that has its obvious hold on reality) will keep you stuck in the tale. Best for those who would—as the author suggested—would have a broad perspective on things and not be deterred by the use of rough male language spoken by the character who’s obviously bitter about his life.

However, I had to move out from the tale from time to time because I find its tone of pessimism to be a bit suffocating.

Note: I've received this book for free and have written my honest opinion about it.

I love this book! I'm glad that this was one of the books I’ve garnered from a giveaway.

Just reading its first paragraph piqued my interest and prodded me to continue. I like it so much because it is fast-paced, poignantly written, and the characters are well-formed.

One thing that I would like to see more, though, is a heightened pace of drama and action during the main character's fights to make me feel those particular scenes more. Other than that, I really like the book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Note: I've received this book from a giveaway and have written my honest opinion about it.


The first two chapters can be confusing, but it led to a very interesting adventure. It would’ve been better if the change of perspective began per chapter so as to lessen the confusion on whose point of view is actually running the story within a particular chapter.

While there were a few errors, this book offered an exciting story that's best for middle graders and those who like venturing into a beautiful, magical world.

Note: I've received this book for free and have written my honest opinion about it.

I’m sure that teens and tweens would love this book. It’s an action-packed tale that readers at this particular age would go for. The factual information of Egypt and its artifacts was also a delight to learn about. 

I just hope that the bulk of information of its mystery was discovered by the kids instead of the other characters merely informing them of these things at the beginning and at the climax of the book. But as I’ve said, this is a delightful read for teens and tweens, and I enjoyed reading it.

Note: I’ve received this for free and have written my honest opinion about it.

There were subtle touches on previous novels that had hit worldwide popularity: The problem of unexplainable headaches reminded me of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. A sister and the presence of land mines brought back images from The Hunger Games. There was even a scene in the book that reminded me of Peeta Mellark telling Katniss Everdeen to run to safety even though it was presented in a slightly different manner.

It would’ve been nicer to see a totally different tale.

Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable read with a good, brisk pace. I particularly like how the main characters’ thoughts were told on a per chapter basis – showing me two different perspectives that added a good touch to the tale.

Note: I’ve received this book from a giveaway and have written my honest opinion about it.

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