Seven Secrets of Happiness
Allison Hewitt Is Trapped
Where Would I Be Without You?
Time of My Life
The Last Song
The Secret of Joy
To the Moon and Back
A Walk to Remember
Dear John
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You--At Work And In Life
Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness
Will You Be There?
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Snow Hill
Angels and Demons
The Da Vinci Code

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Perfect People by Peter James

Introduction: This was originally picked up by my hubby in a public library. I was by then looking for inspirational books as I miss reading such topics. At first I didn't give this book a second look (because my dear husband have a habit of picking up a book and end up not reading it anyway. But really, he tries - at least for the first 10 pages (or less). Lol. But one day, I was intrigued to read the summary, and so from then on, I held on to the book like I was glued to it or something.

John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.

Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.

At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.

They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it's too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant and already something is badly wrong . .

My Opinion: I like the concept of this story, to me its very ambitious and futuristic. The story is very intriguing, and I guess that is what kept me from simply giving up during the times when I just cannot grasp the characters anymore. I don't get how a scientist can actually get drunk and reveal a secret that they have spent so much money upon. I don't get how as a mother who knew from the start that your kids will be special - find it hard to accept this fact. And I still find it so overwhelming to believe that 3 year olds can be so bloody independent, not to mention creepy. 
But overall, this book gives me something more - am emotional ride towards the end, not to mention a totally unexpected ending. I honestly didn't expect the conclusion of this novel. And that's a really good thing. 
I recommend this book to those who love reading about science-based fiction, specifically altering genetics. I could say, it'll take patience to get through this book - but somehow its worth a read.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Sentimental Traitor by Michael Dobbs

Introduction: I had always been drawn to stories that not only depicts real life situations, but also something that is about crime-solving and deceit and characters outsmarting each other. I think this book didn't fail to give a very mind-blowing opening and each turn of events just kept getting interesting.

A missile tears a passenger plane from the skies over London. Everyone on board is killed, including thirty-seven exceptional children. As terror turns to international chaos, can the government survive?
Who would have killed them? And why? 

When Harry Jones starts searching for answers, he stumbles into the middle of a plot that stretches from Russia to the Islamic revolution in Egypt, from the shores of the Caspian Sea to an ancient church in rural Wiltshire.

Yet every lead he pursues finds its way back to the secret corners of Brussels and a British woman named Patricia Vaine.

She and Harry are doomed to fight their battle to the death. Their own lives, and the future of an entire continent, are at stake in what develops into the greatest political power game since the end of the Second World War.

For this is a plot not just to take over one country but the whole of Europe.
And in this deadly game, the victors will claim total victory – unless Harry Jones can stop them…
My Opinion: Once I started reading this book I just cannot put it down. I want to know what will happen next and it has kept me wanting to keep turning the page so I can find out how it will end. This book has given me a good ride with its element of suspense and shocking turn of event.
The characters are very alive, with their own set of strengths and flaws. They represent real life people - people who are after power; people who wants to manipulate situations or other people.

The story is very nicely told in each page. Although to be honest, I find the ending a bit unappealing. But maybe its just me. 

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