contemporary · drama · mystery · worst reads

One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Summary from Goodreads:
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

Comments:

I was so happy to reach the final page of the story. I thought it would never end. I hate giving up on books with hopes that the story would miraculously saved itself from my distaste. One Moment though failed to deliver.

The beginning was exciting; it’s just another fine day for Maggie and her friends till she gave in to a dare. Joey, her “supportive” boyfriend accompanied her up the trail to jump from the cliff. Suddenly, there was a shift in the air, shouting, and Maggie doesn’t remember a thing. What really happened that resulted to Joey’s death? I realized that what kept me going for the most part are the answers. I bet without the air of mystery, this book will be dead. Even though the answers were already revealed, I can’t believe how it dragged on and on and on.

Part of the book dealt with issues on fidelity in relationships. I just can’t believe how these group of kids, professing to be the closest of friends, have big secrets that true friends shouldn’t have tolerated or even made in the first place. I don’t think they understood what friendship was about. Again, an irritating part of the book concerns Maggie, who despite being so slow and annoying, was again the love interest of the boys. Sounds familiar?

And the ending? Uggh, don’t even get me started on that. It goes something like this.. “Yeah my boyfriend just died, and then Adam professed his love. So I’m moving on because I realized it is Adam whom I truly love. Yay, happily ever after for me.”

My Rating:

crime · mystery · thriller

Now You See Me (2013)

Where: the plane to Atlanta, Georgia
With: just by myself, while seatmates are sleeping
Date of Viewing: well, that depends which timezone…

Genre: crime, mystery, thriller
Personal Blahs:
I am a totally unimaginative person so I am amazed on magic tricks and sleight of hand. I’m not really drawn to such amusement but my dad believes magic is an art. I feel that movies that run on themes such as this plays a risk because they would either come up with a very plot with twists and turns or make something really unique. Movies with magic tend to get boring because sometimes it could be repetitive. I find the movie okay, because of the unique tricks up on their sleeve, such as the bank robbery. However, it is true that all magic tricks have their solutions. But I think knowing all the solutions just take away from the wonder it can bring. I was wondering the whole time who the perpetrator was but it did not really give me the wow factor when everything was revealed. Enjoyable, though.

J. Daniel Atlas: The more you look, the less you see.

My Rating: ★★★★

Book · crime · mystery

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

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

Comments:
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: ★★★

action · crime · Movie · mystery

Salt (2010)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 02, 2012

Genre: action, crime, mystery
Two Cents:
As expected of action spy movies, this flick is unrealistic. Being “trained” young, Jolie who is supposedly a CIA turns about to be a Russian spy as well. There were a lot of stunts and action scenes, which I found entertaining, though it obviously would show that Jolie would handle them all. I just had to comment on the disguise she made. C’mon, she’s a trained agent all she did was dyed her hair black? The plot was okay, a bit predictable maybe, but it was enough to keep me going. This is one of ’em, “the-good-guys-turn-out-to-be-the-bad-guys type of movie. I badly want to speak Russian! The language is cool, and so are their names. There were a lot of errors noted, but I must say I enjoyed watching.

My Rating: ★★★★

action · Movie · mystery · thriller

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Where: my old, trusty laptop
With: my panda bears and other stuffed toys and my baby Summer
Date of Viewing: January 26, 2010

Genre: action, mystery, thriller
Plot Summary:
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
– taken from IMDB

My Rating: ★★★★★