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Theodore Boone : The Accused

Author: John Grisham
Date finished reading: December 20, 2013

This book kinda made me happy because apparently, Theo was not the hero of the day. Rather, he is the prime suspect for the stolen goods of a computer store. I feel that Theo owe it a lot to his brilliant uncle, Ike Boone, who did a lot better for finding the culprit/s than his parents. Theo sometimes put me on the edge because he brags about knowing the law when he thinks he can get away with the small things just because his parents are lawyers. I often remind myself though that he is just an eight-grade kid. About to read the next installment, The Activist.

My Rating: ★★★★

Book · crime · mystery

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Author: John Grisham
Date finished reading: February 10, 2012

I love John Grisham books and the first installment of the Theodore Boone series was well received in our home. I am rather disappointed with this book because I could have hoped for a better plot. There also was no definite ending – seems like a third book is coming! I’ll surely read the next installment but I just saying that this particular book isn’t so John Grisham-y, if you know what I mean.

My Rating: ★★★

Book · tagalog

Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan

Author: Bob Ong
Date finished reading: March 03, 2011

Masyado akong nacurious kaya tinapos ko na agad ang pagbabasa. Nung una ayoko muna sana kasi naisip ko na babasahin ko nalang in case bumyahe ako papuntang internship. Pero wala eh, natapos ko na rin! Haha.

Nakakacurious pero wala talagang clear na ending. Medyo scary siya, lalo na nung dinedescribe yung mga imahen. Naalala ko kasi yung panaginip ko dati tungkol sa Mama Mary na rebulto.

Anyway, gusto ko siya kasi realistic. Buhay studyante kasi, pero napapaisip din ako dun sa religion ni Mama Susan. May existing kaya na ganun talaga? Kung meron man, hindi na ako magugulat, marami din namang weird na practices eh. Hindi super amazing yung story, but it is a page turner. Okay naman for 150pesos.
– taken from my review tumblr

My Rating: ★★★★

Book · fantasy · romance

Breaking Dawn

Author: Stephanie Meyer
Date finished reading: February 16, 2010

Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories–Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights–with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling–a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long feud between werewolves and vampires–resolve pretty quickly, apparently so that Meyer could focus on Bella’s latest opportunity for self-sacrifice: giving her life for someone she loves even more than Edward. How close she comes to actually making that sacrifice is questionable, which is a big shift from the earlier books. Even though you knew Bella would make it through somehow, the threats to her life, and to her relationship with Edward, had previously always felt real. It’s as if Meyer was afraid of hurting her characters too much, which is unfortunate, because the pain Bella suffered at losing Edward in New Moon, and the pain Jacob suffered at losing Bella again and again, are the fire and the heart that drive the whole series. Diehard fans will stick with Bella, Edward, and Jacob for as many twists and turns as possible, but after most of the characters get what they want with little sacrifice, some readers may have a harder time caring what happens next. (Ages 12 and up) –Heidi Broadhead
– taken from Amazon Reviews

My Rating: ★★★★

Book · religion

Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites

Author: Chris Heimerdinger
Date finished reading: February 15, 2010

Tennis Shoes Among The Nephites” is a wonderful book. It starts off talking about a kid named Jim Hawkins that is a church boy but doesn’t like to go to church. But then there is the other character named Garth Plimpton. He, on the other hand, is totally opposite of Jim. Jim is just a kid with a bad attitude. What’s more, is that he enjoys having a bad attitude – about everything – especially about church. But Garth Plimpton is a fanatic of church. He’s spent so much time studying that scriptures and thick books that he can not carry on a normal conversation with the other kids. That’s why he is considered a nerd.
Through an unusual chain of events though, these two opposites become fast friends. It all began when Garth told Jim the simple truth:
“They really existed once, you know.”
“Who?” Jim asked.
“Nephites,” Garth replied. “Every character in the Book of Mormon ate, slept, died, and was buried.”
That statement, taken for granted before, would soon echo deeply into the two boys’ minds – because they were on the trail of a chilling secret. At the root of this secret was a faded Indian legend that old men told to children to make their eyes grow big. As Garth and Jim put the pieces of the puzzle together, they accidentally stumble upon a mysterious passageway, hurling them into another world – an Ancient American world.
As Garth and Jim are hurled into this weird world, Jim’s little sister, who came along and got thrown into the Ancient world, gets taken away by the Lamanites. So they have to save her while other bad and scary things happen like when some guys said that they would kill the captain of the Nephites, Captain Moroni.
This book was very enjoyable and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was hard to put down at times but wasn’t the best book I have ever read. If I were to rate this book out of 5 stars, I would rate it a definite 4.
– taken from Amazon Reviews

My Rating: ★★★★

action · Book · drama · romance


Author: Stephanie Meyer
Date finished reading: December 25, 2009


In this third installment of the Twilight Series written by Stephenie Meyer, Bella Swan finds herself torn between a vampire and a werewolf. Once again Bella is in danger, and it is up to Edward and Jacob to save her. With the battle between vampires and werewolves, Bella soon must choose between the love of her life and a close friendship. In the midst of the battle, Bella deals with becoming an adult, graduating high school, and impending maturity. Can she really make the decision to become immortal?

Fans of fantasy and the young adult genre will enjoy this series, and I do suggest starting with the first book and continuing through to this third one. Though a reader should be able to understand this third book alone, to get the full effect, they should follow through the series.

I liked the growth of Bella’s character in this novel. She finally moves away from making selfish decisions without thought of others’ feelings. The writing style and vocabulary of this third book is greatly improved from the last two. I enjoyed the writing in this book much more than the previous books.

Yet the plot of this one irked me. Although there is less downtime in this one (the first halves of the first two books dragged on endlessly), and more action comparatively, it seems like less actually happens. I didn’t particularly like where some characters went in this book, the decisions and actions made. I don’t want to give away important plot points, but some of it was inconceivable to me. I didn’t always believe the emotions and actions of the characters stayed true to the characters themselves.

Moving on to something else – I wasn’t in love with this series, though I did want to read the books to know the story. It interested me enough to want to know what would happen next, but I’m ready to move on.

I think fans of YA novels, and fans of vampire/werewolf mythologies will enjoy this novel (and the other two in the series). Some of the aspects of each “monster” are unique and interesting. At the same time, Meyer presents the story in a very real way, so that people who aren’t readily excited to read fantasy can enjoy the series, too.

Although I didn’t particularly love this series, I did race to finish it. It’s worth a read, really. I just won’t be re-reading it anytime soon.
from Tonia Jordan

My Rating: ★★★★