Sunday, 9 December 2007

Testing Kate

By: Whitney Gaskel
Ratings: 8/10

Writer takes us to University days (or in the States, they call it college), whereby Kate meets 5 friends in her law class. Lexi- beautiful and flirtatious, Jen- married and settled (or so it seems), Dana- youngest, smartest, quietest and the first to tremble after final results from first year was out, Addison- cute and crazy and finally, Nick- gorgeous, goes for anything walking and in skirts. He is also her neighbour, who suddenly finds himself attracted to her. Problem is, Kate has a fiance'. Who is secured, stable, handsome, and a doctor.

Kate has other problem. One of her professor is out to fail her. Simply because she was late and was not prepared for his first class...

This "college" story reminds me a whole lot about my university days. Who is dating whom, who is married, who is shagging whom and who likes to flash their bits off when their drunk.

Its not funny "har har" type, but its smooth flowing, easy read and some part of it puts a smile to my face as writer managed to take me back to my university days effortlessly.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Queen Of Babble

By: Meg Cabot

Fresh out of the Univ. of Michigan with a B.A. in history of fashion, Lizzie Nichols sets off across the pond to spend the summer with British boyfriend Andrew, whom she barely knows. When Lizzie learns that Andrew isn't the man she imagined, she changes direction and heads for France, where her best friend Shari is working at Château Mirac in the Dordogne wine country. En route, she meets Jean-Luc de Villiers, a French-American hottie whose father owns the château, and who would be so easy to fall in love with if he weren't already taken. Lizzie discovers sixteenth-century wineries, kir royals and vintage Givenchy dresses stored in the attic, while matching wits with Jean-Luc's ambitious girlfriend. Although blunt dialogue about oral sex adds a titillating edge, the book is sweet to the core.

From publishers

Ratings: 5/5

Memoirs are made of this

By: Swan Adamson

Very similar to "Devil Wears Prada". The writer is typical wicked and very hilarious novel brought me to the world of journalism, badly behaved girl who is funny and sometimes heroic. :)

She not only did fantastical work for her Sex column writer boss, she even made a name for herself by keeping the biggest secrets in journalism and revealing it at the most perfect timing.

But it took me too long to finish it, therefore this is one book I read while waiting for my doctor's appointment.

Ratings: 3/5

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

PD James – Unnatural Causes

A particularly gruesome murder starts a chain of events that leads to every character being brought under the spotlight in brutal detail. P. D. James dispassionately takes each character apart to show us their darkest thoughts and what drives them. She strikes a balance by making the characters full to the brim with emotions, desires and thoughts. She keeps us guessing at every turn as to the ‘who’. I dare anyone to state that they knew the ‘how’ before the author reveals it in her book. 

Monday, 24 September 2007

Salem Falls- Jodi Picoult

Jack St. Bride was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school - until a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own history…

There's Karma, love, life, what-if's in this book, which made me want to buy all Jodi Picoult books.

There's a reason why your life is a sudden downhill, you basically have to look back at what you may have done to others....

This book is pure Karma...

Monday, 10 September 2007

The Kept Women- Susan Donavan

Ratings: 5/10

A women left by her husband, he turned out to be gay when she was pregnant with her last baby. She ends up with 3 kids without a husband. Working 12 hours shifts to support her family, she ends up singing a contract with the governor to be. Paid by him to become his "Fiance'" until the next election.

Trouble is: he is a womaniser, he has a horrible mother, his ex girlfriends all want to be his wife.

The book shares with us how she overcome those problems, and how she ends up falling in love...

Monday, 20 August 2007

Confession of an Old Boy-Kam Raslan

It took me the weekend to finish this "Dato Hamid's Adventures". Brilliant, funny, somewhat slapstick, has a tint of British Humor. I love it.

He started out with stories from the past, times when he was in Uni. At a young age, how he met and lost friends, "the wife" never left out in any of the stories. He ended it as a successful politician in the millennium age. There was love, crime/murder, sex, band, lust- all in one book.

My personal ratings: 10/10

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Infernal Affair by Jane Heller

This book is quite funny. Its quite far out as well. Husband left her for some other women, someone younger, prettier, blonder...etc etc. So one night, she was depressed, drunk and slightly mad. She asked for help from God. (or she thought it was God).
Then things got better for her. She did better in work (the week before, she nearly lost her job), she lost her husband, she was getting fatter etc etc. But after that speech she made to God, she woke up with a blonder hair, bigger tits, shapely body, and a dog! (Dog called Pete whom she thought was lost).

She thought she was doing well, as she met such a handsome bloke, sold the most expensive house to him (so no bye bye to work) and she scored a date with the handsome and rich bloke. The downside, she has bad breath.

So, the first night with him, after dinner, in his bedroom, she found out the worse of his traits. He has a tail. As in a tail attached to his bum.
And then she also found out that he is a Darksider. Darksider men have tails, and Darksider women have bad breath.

So shes a darksider...

The rest- well, you have just got to read it! Its well funny!

Ratings - 7/10

Monday, 16 July 2007

Shanghai Baby

SHANGHAI BABY by Wei Hui is a bit like those painted wooden Russian dolls, one fitting inside the other until you come to the final core doll, a tiny replica of the big one. A story within a story, a novel within a novel. Is Shanghai Baby Wei Hui? Is the character of Coco her double? I felt like I was reading a made up tale, or was it a true story told within a made up tale? I cant tell...

It's a book of out front eroticism—hot, but shallow—immature emotions and true depth of feeling.

"My name is Nikki but my friends all call me Coco after Coco Chanel, a French lady who lived to be almost ninety. She is my idol, after Henry Miller. Every morning when I open my eyes I wonder what I can do to make myself famous. It's become my ambition, almost my raison d'être, to burst upon the city like fireworks. This has a lot to do with the fact that I live in Shanghai. A mystical fog envelops the city, mixed with continual rumors and an air of superiority...this hint of smugness affects me: I both love and hate it. "

Coco is a writer. Like Wei Hui. And, like Wei Hui, Coco has published stories using the same titles—Shriek Of The Butterfly, Virgin In The Water, Desire Pistol—as Wei Hui. And real life Wei Hui has even published a story called Crazy Like Wei Hui. Coco is a party girl, an addicted shopper, an urbane lover and poetic girlfriend. Throughout the book she is writing a novel and I could never be sure if I was seeing Wei Hui in the mirror Coco looked into, or if what I was reading was all Coco fiction: "I've always believed that writing is like sorcery. Like me, my heroine did not want to lead an ordinary life. She is ambitious, has two men and lives an emotional roller coaster...Like me, she was afraid that when she went to hell there would be no films to watch, no comfortable pajamas to wear, no heavenly sounds of records to be heard--just suffocating boredom."

It doesn't matter if it's Coco's story or Wei Hui's. I was taken to Shanghai and the backdrop of that old, cosmopolitan city, with its long history of foreign influence, keeps the story in place. I travel the streets with Coco, meet her friends—Madonna, Spider, Ah Dick, Flying Apple and company, and we meet her lovers: The impotent painter, Tian Tian and the sexually charged German, Mark, a rich businessman with whom Coco shares a carnality that sautés the pages. Ouch.

Coco only glances at world problems. Or at the plight of Chinese peasants—-no where to be seen in Shanghai, except for the take-out Chinese delivery boy (Coco eats either junk food, take-out or fancy restaurant fare paid for by someone else.) Her private angst consumes her. In Tian Tian she has found her soul mate. A lovely almost feminine man, he is supported by his mother, an expatriate living in Spain, who, according to Tian Tian's grandmother, is responsible for the murder of Tian Tian's father. Tian Tian is haunted by his absentee mother, he is fragile and too vulnerable for the world. It is no surprise that he succumbs to the lure of drugs; he's tailor made for opiates. But it is Tian Tian who encourages Coco to write her novel, and they are blissful together when he paints and she writes. Alas, there is that impotency issue. "My brain was a screen covered in dust, and my darling and I were the world's most hopeless leading couple." What can one do with deep love minus deep sex?

Coco tells me about her problems, her life, her what if's and her why's. It's a pronouncement, abd I got used to them. And to the fast-paced lyricism that shines here and there throughout. I love Wei Hui's book, with its unashamed female-ness and free thought.
And I closed the book with one thougt- I wonder if Coco's book as good as Wei Hui's?
And now Im curious. I must try and get Wei Hui's other books...

Brilliant read... Love it.

Rating: 10/10- the best book for me yet.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

The Givenchy Code

Same sort of story line like the Davinci Code, same sort of plot, someone being hunt by someone else, except it is more of a game with loads of clothes, shoes and handbag brands where the plot is concerned. I could actually put the book down, I didn't get lost in some translation of the codes, as it was somewhat straight forward.
I was actually reading it in parallel with some other book- Shanghai Baby, which I found more interesting.

Back to the Givenchy Code.

The girl was chosen to be a target by some sicko who invented the game over the Internet. Along the way, she met her protector and obviously her killer. Also she found out the guy that gave her the red Givenchy shoes that was supposedly killed in the game has something to do with the plot. He is also her ex boyfriend.

So there, the plot is not all that thick, but it was an easy read for me.

Ratings: 5 out of 10

Sunday, 10 June 2007

The Guy Not Taken

Jennifer Weiner's first few short stories when she started writing. One of the best stories she wrote was when a women happily married with a kid wanted to check what her ex boyfriend and his soon to be wife will get for their wedding. She actually went online to check the wedding list, and one thing led to another. She deleted the bride to be name and put her own. Woke up being married to her ex. Totally new house, no baby and he ex was sleeping next to her, on his bed, in his house.

Her short story book started with the youngest character and ended with an old lady being hold hostage by two teenage sisters, one was pregnant. Most of the stories are based on 2 sisters, just like the made famous by Cameran Diaz "In Her Shoes"

I was a bit lost the first 3 stories, as I actually thought they were interlinked, and then realised they were actually short stories... Doh'

Ratings: 6/10

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Daddy's Girls

Its about four glamorous daughters of Lord Oswald Balcon, money, murder and relationships. From Fendi handbags to Ivy League educations, they live in a world of designer labels and unrestricted opulence; their father's money and aristocratic status, coupled with their dazzling good looks, bought them every opportunity and advantage. They are beautiful, blond, and barely thirty, and the world is their luxury playground.

Elsdet: Venetia, the sophisticated interior designer, has booming professional success but is desperate for a child and an escape from a loveless marriage. Second: Camilla, the rising political star, is too brilliant and ambitious for any of her unworthy lovers to handle. Sweet yet savvy third sister: Cate is living out her ultimate dream, launching her own magazine, with an all-too-handsome business partner. The baby of the family, Serena, is one of the country's most beautiful actresses, reaching international stardom, but being a party-girl is bringing more scandal than success.

They are the darlings of the London paparazzi, but when Daddy turns up dead, the shadow of suspicion falls on his four daughters. A jealous tyrant, Daddy has tried to bring his daughters down all their lives. These four women -- at the top of their careers in show business, publishing, interior design, and politics -- must face an awful accusation, and each other, as they try to discover the truth that lies beneath the glossy surface of their lives. The facade of the Balcon family hides a web of deceit and betrayal, in which a thirty-year-old secret lurks, threatening to destroy them all.

The book did not give me the anticipation I expected, it did not peak at the moments desired. I'd give this book: 5/10.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Baby Proof- Emily Griffin

What happens when a couple breaks a promise?

They got married with a pact. They both don't want children. The agreement was comfortable for a long time. Until their travel partner/best couple friends changed their minds and got pregnant.
Things started to become more obvious. He now wants a child. She still doesn't want any children and is strongly against his decision.
They got a divorce. It was quick and she thought it was painless.
She met someone and thought he met someone too.
She then realise that the new person she was with is not someone she is in love with.

Typical love story, but with one point in mind. The whole topic was about babies and how not to have them.
How relationship can change so quickly, and it simply shows how we now days are so quick to move on.

Interesting read, took me only 2 days to finish, as I could not put the book down.

For One More Day-Mitch Albom

He thought he was a failure. He grew up following his dad's advice and ignoring his mum's distress. He was a good student in school, his mom was proud. His dad left one night. His mom had to work as a cleaner to bring her 2 kids up. He never saw his dad, until one day his dad then interfered, came back into his life, wanted him to be a famous football player. He left college thinking he can be rich by playing football. All is well, until he was left injured. That was his last game.
His dad left him soon after that.

His mom's birthday- his dad called. He thought it was to wish his mom a "Happy Birthday". His dad actually wanted to tell him to play football for an opening game of the league. It was called "Old Timers Game".
He searched for excuses. He found one. He said he had to attend a meeting. His customer wants him to fly down right that very night.
That was the last time he saw his mom. His mom died of heart attack the next morning.

He had a perfect wife. One who cared for him for whatever he was. But, his depression and love for alcohol pushed his wife and little girl away. He did not attend his girls wedding, he wasn't even invited, actually.

He drove one night, with no sleep and plenty of alcohol in his body. He crashed into the divider, and he floated out of his body.

He was dying. He went home. And it was like he never left. His mom greeted him and they chatted, ate and went for a walk.
He then understood, he got a day for with his mom. To be with her, to apologise and to have her in his life, for one more day.....

Monday, 5 March 2007

Currently Reading

Ratings: 5/5

Those who love the Shopaholic series will love this one. Even though she is slightly more irritating in this one, but writer excelled in showing emotions from a pregnant women. The paranoia, the emotional turmoils and the love for nothing but their baby. Except, for Becky, it is still love for shopping. She did not give up the heals, still uses HUGE Marc Jacobs "IT" bag that can hurt back bone and not forgetting tights to make her thigh look slimmer and smaller.

This book makes you want to strangle her and hug her at the same time.

till next book!