Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review: I Kissed A Zombie and I Liked It

Book Details:
I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It

Author: Adam Selzer
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Book Description:
 Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

My Review: Actually, I didn't like it!

God! this book was sooo bad, or maybe I am too old for this vampire, zombie paranomal book craze (that is a sad thought, but I liked Twilight fine...). The book is based in a post-Twilight world where vampires and zombies and other paranormal beings have 'come out of the closet' so to speak and roam freely amongst humans. Not surprisingly they are also the object of teen fantasy and obsession. It is almost a satirical take on Twilight, but falls short of actual satire and humor.

The book centers around Ali, one of the most irritating girls I have read about. She assumes a snobbish air and goes on and on about her great taste in music (running to '50s blues and jazz) and how the new-age music is shit (reminds me of my mom and her obsession with the Indian singer Mukesh) and hew girls liking vamps are also dumb.. blah blah blah. To top it off someone made her the official music critic for the high school newspaper. As we read through Ali's snide comments about music, zombies, vamps, girls, etc. we get very annoyed and just as we are about to fling the book away, she gets attracted to a Zombie, Doug, (I actually felt mean enough to say.. how the mighty have fallen). Of course she does not realize that he is a zombie unless asked to a paranormal party by one of the 'dumb girls' (she thinks he is sick and has the goth look by makeup!! DUH!). She, then crazy in her love for her zombie boyfriend even considers converting herself... well, the book ends as predictably as a Bollywood movie, with Doug sacrificing his existence for her.

I rate it a 1/5 for the absolute blah factor. I realise I am not the ideal age group to read this, but the plot was so thin that any self respecting teen or pre-teen will also reject this one. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I read this as part of my 100+ books a year and the 100 e-boks a year challenge.

Rating: 1/5 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: The Charlemagne Pursuit

Book Details:
The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone, #4)

Author: Steve Berry
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Book Description: As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him; His father was on a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father who died on the same submarine that Malone's father captained. The sisters know something Malone doesn't. Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938.

Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in the language of heaven, inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination.

As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father's death and the distinct possibility of his own.

My Review: Well, the description kinda says it all.. that is exactly how the book goes. (note to self: read description before starting the book) Anyways, the entire Cotton Malone series was moving towards Cotton's quest for finding out what happened to his father. This book is all about that. It was standard Steve Berry fare, very old sites, very obvious clues and women after Cotton, first to get laid and then to kill him, (Cotton... there is a pattern here.. maybe you should think about it).

Well, however predictable Steve Berry's books are, the research which goes behind them is awesome and the plot is superb. The whole concept of an ancient civilization is given with  scientific backing and makes you think that this must really be true. I like reading about ancient mysteries, so I quite enjoyed the book. Have any of you read any Steve Berry book before? Tell me your opinions.

Rating: 3/5

Review: Anyone But You

Book Details:
Anyone But You

Author: Jennifer Cruise
Publisher: Harlequin

Book Description: For Nina Askew, turning forty means freedom--from the ex-husband, freedom from their stuffy suburban home, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed--a puppy. A bouncy, adorable puppy.

Instead she gets…Fred.

Overweight, middle-aged, a bit smelly and obviously depressed, Fred is light-years from perky. But he does manage to put Nina in the path of Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger-by-a-decade neighbor.

Alex seems perfect--he's a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor--but the age gap convinces Nina that anyone but Alex would be better relationship material. But with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it's the young, dog-loving doc she wants to sit and stay!

My Review:
Well, its a Harlequin romance... by definition they are sweet, breezy and light. This book lived up to its expectation and was a quick read. I wanted to read something sweet after reading Steve Berry's Carlemagne Pursuit and before starting with In Spite of the Gods (that's the next one!). So, I decided to read Jenny Cruise's first novel. Alex was really sweet, but kinda dense for a doc and Nina was a 40 year old with a huge age complex! but in the end.. its happily ever after with lots of sizzle.

I would recommend this for a Sunday afternoon when you just want to read something nice.

If any of you have read this book, let me know your thoughts.

Rating 3/5

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: The Black Lyon

The Black Lyon (Montgomery #1)The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was one of the most boring books I have read. It was so bad that I had to abandon it. Normally, I really like Jude Deveraux books, but this was a disaster. It just kept going on and on. I should have known it was going to be dumb when the name of the key protagonist were  Lyon and Lyonene! with such names, I felt that the moment they met each other, they should have realised that they were meant to be together. Alas, that was not to be so, they predictibly fight, enter into ego issues and fall prey to silly insecurities. It was tedious. I kept wishing it would get over after this "twist" but no.. there was always a few hundred pages remaining. I finally gave up halfway when she gets convinced (again) that he does not love her..

I would not recommend this to anyone! I give it 1/5

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Books, Life n More: Why You Should Stay away from Indiaplaza!!!!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: Kiss an Angel

Book Details:

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: Avon

Book Description: Wedding Day

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who's nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net... risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.
My Review: 
I absolutely loved this one! It reminded me of Enid Blyton's Circus series and of the times when I dreamt of running away to join the circus! Daisy is an absolute darling and is cute and fierce at the same time. Alexi is the alpha male who can't help falling in love with her. It was a sweet old-fashioned romance, the kind we read in M&Bs from the 80s and early 90s, but I really really liked it.
Like all of SEP's books, this one was filled with LOL moments and great drama :). I would reccommend this to anyone wanting a light spot of romance.

Rating: 4/5