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10th Anniversary

The tenth book in the Women’s Murder Club series

by James Patterson

 

For every secret

Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

For every lie

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life–a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

There’s a different way to die

Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever.

Sidney Sheldon

Kate Blackwell is one of the richest women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich, her mother the daughter of a crooked Afrikaaner merchant. On her ninetieth birthday ghosts haunt Kate’s thoughts.

Sheldon is my mother’s favorite author. I haven’t really read him until there was no book to read but his. Now I know why my mother loves him. This is the first book that I have read. I love Katherine’s character, she’s tough and scheming. She manipulated everyone’s life around her for her convenience, this cost her son.

This is a saga of a millionaire family across five generations starting from South Africa when a penniless Scot immigrant Jamie Blackwell try to find his luck to make the beginning of a huge fortune in the diamond business, to his daughter Kate in her 90s distressed in finding a successor to run the business empire she built.

The whole book is filled with almost every human passion and emotion you can think of: greed, fear, jealousy, love, sex and death. It is a one great story and the plot progresses at very fast pace. The characters are memorable and are unique in their own ways. The twist and turns are jaw-dropping that you couldn’t help but to turn page after page. I am sure you could not put the book down. So, if you don’t have the time, don’t start reading it!

 

Current Read: A Hopeless Romantic

by Harriet Evans

This is the warm and enchanting new novel from the author of “Going Home”. Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it – even she acknowledges it. What’s wrong with seeing the world through rose-tinted spectacles, even if she is about to turn thirty and aware it’s the one thing that consistently gets her into trouble? But even Laura is forced to accept that having an affair with someone else’s boyfriend, full of passion and danger as it is, becomes sordid after a while. And when Dan doesn’t leave Amy, but instead leaves her, her world falls apart. She swears off men, and particularly off foolish romantic fantasies of any kind. Desperately unhappy and heartbroken, she flees to Norfok and a family holiday. There, she meets prickly but kind Nick, a gardener at the local stately home. Despite her vow, she finds herself thawing a little – at least to be friends with him. Until she discovers that he, too, has lied to her – Nick is the Marquis, not the gardener, and offers all her romantic fantasies on a plate. But Laura is having none of it – neither the foolish dreams (she’s just a nice middle-class girl, after all) nor men’s deceptions of her. Can Nick melt her frozen heart and revive the hopeless romantic?

Not the Marrying Kind by Hailey North

Sixteen years ago, world-famous artist Harriet P. Smith was the nerdiest girl at Doolittle High School, and Jake Porter was the new boy in town. Charismatic, handsome, and instantly popular, Jake was way out of her league. Harriet was shocked when he asked her to the graduation dance . . . and devastated when he left town for good the next morning.

Only his father’s remarriage could bring Jake, now a hot shot L.A. music exec, back to small-town Arkansas. His only consolation is the stunning woman with the mysterious green eyes he meets at a local bar. He’s got no idea he was a part of one of the best nights of her life—or that he’s about to fall for her as hard as she once did for him. Jake’s never been the marrying kind, but another night with Harriet might make him change his mind.

To Desire a Wicked Duke

(The sixth book in the Courtship Wars series)

by Nicole Jordan


Two years after losing her beloved fiancé to war, Tess Blanchard feels ready to chance love again. Thus she’s aghast when a threatening scandal forces her to wed her longtime nemesis, Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham. The impossibly arrogant, irresistibly seductive nobleman is the last man Tess could ever imagine loving. Making matters worse, she discovers secrets in Rotham’s wicked past that send her fleeing London for his remote castle in Cornwall.

Having long desired Tess, Ian is exasperated that the ton thinks he’s driven his reluctant new bride from their marriage bed and follows hard on her heels. Naturally, their spirited rivalry leads to glorious, pleasure-filled nights – complicated by a mysterious ghost who haunts Ian’s castle and Tess’s vexing insistence that he play matchmaker to her friends. But can blazing desire between two warring hearts turn into wedded bliss and timeless love?

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

by Kody Keplinger

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

A Book Review: Delirium (Lauren Oliver)

Favourite Quotes:

  • The most dangerous sickness are those that makes us believe we are well – The Book of Shhh
  • The deadliest of all deadly things. It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
  • Sometimes I feel like if you watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you –sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its title. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live…
  • That love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself. Human beings, in their natural state, are unpredictable, erratic and unhappy. It is only once their animal instincts are controlled that they can be responsible, dependable and content. – The Book of Shhh

I have waited for this book for months since I read his first book, Before I Fall.

The book centred on the disease called amor deliria nervosa. The setting is in Portland, a whole dull different Portland where everyone who is cured seemed to be numb from any emotion.Lena, protagonist of the story grew up with her aunt wants nothing but to be cured and be free from the disease that she believed to have caused her mother suicide.

The citizens of Portland are subjected to an evaluation, get cured and get married to whoever the government wants and then live a normal life. They have a rule called segregation where boys and girls go into exclusive schools until they reach the university. Their lives are being controlled by the government and made them believed it is for their own good.

Lena lived a very normal life not until she met Alex.  Alex is part of the Invalids that lives in the Wilds. She grew up thinking that people like Alex are not safe. Then she contacted the ‘disease’ and everything she believed, everything she wanted in life changed.

I think amor deliria nervosa is love. Love really makes you sick, psychologically and physically. It makes you eat less, sleep less and restless. Maybe that is why people is Portland preferred their people without emotions because they can be more useful.

The book Delirium is one of the best fiction stories I have read that deals mostly with Psychology. Lauren Oliver made a very distinct description of the two places that you could feel you are walking through the streets of Portland or the road that has been bombed during the blitz. Quotes found at the beginning of the chapters are also entertaining, all those nursery rhymes and proverbs from the Book of Shhh.

I have two favourite scenarios from the book — the first one when Gracie, a child who never speaks shouted at the top of her voice and shocked the people around her to allow Lena’s escape. The second one is Lena’s final escape. It is so heart-breaking that my heart really ached at the end of the story. It was no happy ending for Alex and Lena yet you felt satisfy at the end of the book because you can really feel the love that Alex had for her. The way that he saved her and sacrificed himself in the hands of the authorities makes you want to sigh and wished your boyfriend can do the same.

Yes, this book is worth reading. If this is not better than Before I Fall, it is as good as it.

Two realizations upon reading this book:

1.       Love is not or never a disease. It is never an infection, although is communicable.

2.       Lauren Oliver is my new favourite author.