July Books Round-Up

My relationship with reading has been on and off since the latter half of last year and I can come up of a thousand reasons/excuses as to why, so I wouldn’t even dare and waste time for that. But July has been different, maybe that was because I was just bored to death or I was just drowning in an ocean of stress – both, actually – that I had seek refuge and escape thru the world of reading and as usual it didn’t fail to provide me those. I have contemplated of sharing my thoughts about the books just like I always did but I wasn’t really feeling it at the time, so I didn’t stress about it and just kept on reading.

So here are the books I’ve read for the month of July:

The Enchantress by Michael Scott
– This has been a long time coming. This is the last book in the author’s series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I love this series so much, it made me a fan of reading. Yep. That happened. If you like adventure, fantasy, magic and mythology with a lot of disgusting and creepy looking creatures – at least, in my imagination- and if you don’t mind reading a six book series, read this.

Find Her by Lisa Gardner
– I was definitely on my element when I read this. Mystery, thriller, suspense … screams me. My favorite genre. I remember this has toyed with my mind. If you’re like me, who just loves thriller, give this a try.

Undercover by Danielle Steel
– I absolutely enjoyed this book. The first part may have been a little slow for me but it definitely made up on the latter half. If you know me, you’ll know romance and action is a pretty famous combo for me.

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
– Honestly, I have a torn heart for this. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It has a little bit of romance and a little bit of mystery but the climax I think is what killed it for me. The twist in the end, I found it a bit lacking. I think it’s still a decent and entertaining read.

After You by Jojo Moyes
– I have to say that I was a little hesitant to read this after the heart-wrenching, soul-breaking mess I had experienced when I read Me Before You. I even hadn’t watch the movie yet, I guess I just don’t want to go through it again. But of course with so much curiosity eating me up, I gave in and I didn’t regret. I don’t want to spoil anything if you hadn’t read it. Just read it.

Zero Excuses: Hot to live a Beautiful Life and be Cool as F*ck by Gabriel Machuret
– This has been the greatest book I’ve read so far this year. One of the books that I’d very much want to have the physical copy  of. It’s a light read, it’s practical, it’s funny, it’s true. This book made me feel so guilty about a lot of things. From start to finish, if not all then a big chunk of it strongly resonated to me. So relatable.

Six books for a month is already plenty right? But I thought I have read more than that. I hope I can read more this coming month.

Bone Cold by Erica Spindler

n38560Surprise surprise! Another Erica Spindler book! Huh! I told you I’m obsessed with her novels. I actually find it hard to resist the urge and the temptation of reading her every book one after another. That’s how much I love her and her writings.

Bone Cold is another spectacular and thrilling read right from the beginning up to the end of course and confusing as well, in a good way. It started out with a girl named Harlow Anastasia Grail being kidnapped at thirteen together with her six-year old friend, Timmy Price. She watched him being smothered and killed by the kidnapper right before her own eyes then he went after her and severed her right pinkie finger. Harlow then found an opportunity and managed to escape and had become Anna North, a thriller novelist who resided in New Orleans. But after twenty-three years of hiding and protecting herself, she had again lived her nightmare when she received a series of letter from a disturbed young girl who claimed to be her fan, a closed friend disappeared and there were also a series of ladies being killed. She then realized that maybe these events may have something to do with her past.

This is another can’t-put-down, page turner book of hers. Seriously, time passed by quickly when I read this. One of the reason why I love Erica Spindler’s books is that she has the ability to capture the reader’s attention and interest right from the very first paragraph of her novel. It just simply gets you right from the very beginning slowly hooking you and spoiling you until you can’t get enough. She really can deliver creep and thrill right into your bones. She really knows her stuff.

Bone Cold reminded me of why Erica Spindler have been my standard when it comes to crime thriller novels. I was reminded why I love her and her works. Bone Cold kept me guessing as to who the culprit was all throughout the book. I love how the author portrayed or should I say ‘played’ Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), that was one of the unexpected things that happened in the book and where my ‘confusion in a good way’ heightened. I also love how the author presented the plot and the numerous twists and turns in the story that were pretty surprising and I did not see coming at all.

Here’s a quote a like from the book: “Life was about taking chances, facing the good … and the bad. It was about birth and death and everything in between.” Nice, right?

Would I recommend this book? Of course I do, why wouldn’t I? it’s a great book that have given me a pleasurable read.

Read it.

All Fall Down by Erica Spindler

245340When it comes to crime, mystery, thriller books, Erica Spindler’s Dead Run is my basis or standard to determine my thoughts and reaction to another book of the same genre. Yes, that’s how obsessed I am with her and Dead Run specifically. And when I liked someone that much, I may or may not be stalking about their works. I like to research about their list of works and read more of it so here I am about to share my thoughts about another book of hers.

All Fall Down revolves around the story of triplet sisters and touches stories/issues about abuse, cheating, revenge and don’t forget … a serial killer on the loose. Melanie May, is a small town cop who is very determined to go big in her chosen profession even though it means risking her career to convince a great and a very experienced FBI profiler, Connor Sparks, that the series of men dying is no coincidence at all. Driven by her certainty, curiosity and the profile of the suspect described by Connor, she delved into the case until she uncovered and came face-to-face with the horrible truth.

This is another cant-put-down book of Erica Spindler. This book manipulated my thinking big time, it made me guessing all throughout the story. Just when I thought I figured it out only to be confronted in the story that nope, not really. My brain have become kind of ambivalent while reading this, I have come back and forth in my guesses as to who the culprit is which something that really captivated me and held my curiosity until the end which I conclude that the author did a great job of convincing the reader that adds up to the thrill and suspense in the story. Though I feel like the ending is kind of so out of the blue and though it isn’t as chilling and terrifying as the Dead Run, it still is a great and enjoyable read that is hard to put down. A recommended read.

Erica Spindler doesn’t disappoint, so I must say, expect more of her works to be reviewed here.

The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner

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BACK-COVER TEASER:

HOW TO STOP A KILLER

What do you do  when a killer targets the people you love the most? When he knows how to make them vulnerable? When he knows the same about you?

These are the questions that haunt the FBI Special Agent Pierce Quincy. The police say his daughter’s death was an accident. Quincy will risk everything to learn the truth — and there’s only one person willing to help. Ex-cop Rainie Connor had once been paired professionally — and personally — with the brilliant FBI profiler. H helped her through the darkest days of her life. Now it’s time for Rainie to return the favor.

As the clock ticks down to one unspeakably intimate act of violence, the only way Rainie can unmask this killer is to step directly into murderous path. She will be . . . the next accident.

REVIEW:

This is the third book in the FBI Profiler series written by Lisa Gardner. This is another recommended book to read. I find this as a fast-paced story that is hard to put down and will keep you up all night. The twist and turns in this book will keep you want to turn every page while guessing who the culprit is until the end. The described violence in here are indeed gruesome that I even noticed my face twitch making the expression of disgust and shock. One thing that interest me in this story is the killer’s skill in always having a step ahead from the main characters and I also like the way how the killer kind of played with them. To be honest, I have made a few guesses as to who the killer will be but in the end it turned out that it was someone whom I have thought of but just wasn’t convinced that much that he could be the guy. I’m satisfied in this book in general. The Next Accident gave me an enjoyable read and highly recommended.