2018 Weekly Updates · contemporary · crime · fiction · March 2018 · mystery · thriller

Weekly Update: March 19-24, 2018

Week 2 of my weekly updates! I’ve accomplished a lot, reading-wise, this March. Thanks to all the Goodreads challenges I’ve joined. I hope to be able to keep this up. 

Have Read

03/21Goodbye, Vitamin

Author: Rachel Khong
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Summary from Goodreads:

Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits – in the absence of a cure – of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.

My Rating:   

03/23 6th Target

Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women’s Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies–but the kidnappers aren’t demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she’d face–with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

My Rating: 

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03/25 All the Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

My Rating: Image result for 2 stars
Currently Reading

 Joyland by Stephen King – Wow, after another week, I’m still reading this one. I’m not even halfway through! 

 7th Heaven by James Patterson – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this book would be as brilliant as the one before.

 Next Book to Read: This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book Suggestions

  • The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (re-read)
  • Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

I have a task in one of my challenges that I’m still having a hard time deciding.

Read a book with a backside on the cover (butt, bum, ass… You get the picture. May include other body parts, may be clad) OR a book with a five-letter title.

Any thoughts?
action · sci-fi · thriller

Lucy (2014)

Summary from IMDB:
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Comments:

Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?

Started out brilliant, but it’s “awesomeness” gradually diminished for me. The concept, the characters – especially Scarlett Johansson – started off strong. I was just in awe of the scenes and what was happening. However, towards the middle, I can’t help but question, “How can a movie like this end?” True enough, the ending didn’t satisfy. I wish they could have done a lot more. I did like the scientific side of the story. People have been telling that some of the trivia were erroneous, so I wish they could corrected it that viewers won’t see it as common knowledge.

PS. Scarlett was hot though, as usual. 🙂
PPS. First time to watch at Trinoma! 🙂

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: ★★★★

adventure · Book · crime · thriller · Uncategorized

Theodore Boone : The Accused

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

Comments:
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: ★★★★

adventure · sci-fi · thriller

The Hunger Games (2012)

Where: at Mendoza residence
With: Ate Carol and Daniel
Date of Viewing: October 2013

Genre: adventure, sci-fi, thriller
Plot Summary:
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
– taken from imdb.com

Two Cents:
This is the first movie I watched after mission! I’m glad it was. I remember waiting for this movie only to find out I would be entering the MTC a week before its release. Although it wasn’t perfectly like the book (which I really, really understand), it was a good advertisement for the books because you could tell it is part of a series. Katniss’ character was full of angst, like how she should be. Peeta wasn’t really the handsome guy I was expecting him to be, but the storyline made up for that. This made me all hyped up for the coming Catching Fire movie.

My Rating: ★★★★★

horror · Movie · sci-fi · thriller

Daybreakers (2009)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 07, 2012

Genre: sci-fi, horror, thriller
Personal Blahs:
WARNING: Do not eat while watching this movie. An alternate world where blood drinkers are normal, and humans are hunted – scary isn’t it? Being a vampire defies nature, and when there are no more blood to spill, the population would be wiped out. But not all vampires are to be feared; rarely, one who insists on saving the humans appear, as shown in the movie. The hematologist wanted to find a cure that would be the alternative to drinking human blood, but found out a better discovery. The plot was alright, but excitement is a rare commodity.

My Rating: ★★★☆

drama · fantasy · Movie · thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 06, 2012

Genre: fantasy, drama, thriller
Personal Blahs:
The story is about a girl who was raped and murdered, finding herself caught in the “in-between” because she still isn’t ready to move on and accept her fate. I know this movie is based on a book of the same title; however, knowing how movies go, it probably deviated from the written word. Now I want to read the book . I’d say I love the movie from a family person perspective because it focused on how far a father would go for his child, despite the time lapse since the Suzie went missing. Lindsay too, was a brave sister who put herself in danger just to find out the truth. But what can I say about the ending? LAME! Her unfinished business was the boy? Oh c’mon! How about your family who did everything in their power to bring your death to justice? Kids..

My Rating: ★★★☆