Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gold Diggers by Tasmina Perry

Synopsis from

Glamour, intrigue, lust and betrayal merge as New York billionaire Adam Gold moves to London. 

He’s sexy, single and about to come face to face with The Gold Diggers: 

Karin the jet-setting swimsuit entrepreneur, 

Erin the naive country girl who snares the job as Adam’s PA, 

Molly, a fading eighties supermodel with an expensive drug habit 

and Summer, her beautiful daughter. 

Who will succeed where so many other have failed – and what will they do to get him? From Monte Carlo to Lake Como, St Moritz to St Barts, Gold Diggers takes us on a heady journey through a world of sex, murder and betrayal

My Comments 

This is the first time am reading books for this author. Got it cheap from the Big Bad Wolf Sale. At first I not sure whether to but this book or not as it was very thick. Did not have the confidence it finish it. But seeing that it was only RM8, I bought it anyway.

What I like about this book is that the writing style is similar to Louise Bagshawe and Judith Michael. It's something like Chick-lit and yet the book have a bit of "meat" for me to chew on.

Most of the characters in the book have very shallow view of life with exception of Erin and Summer.

It was fun to read the spats between Molly and Karin. Molly being portray as very shallow, money minded and would not hesitate to"pimp" out her daughter if it benefited her. But I pitied her. It seems that she is always the second best in everything. All her evil scheme back-fired against her. It was hilarious.

What I don't like about this edition is that it have poor proof reading. Spotted several spelling errors.

Ones have to be very careful when reading the ending as it's link to what happen in the beginning of the book.

Overall, I rate it 4 stars out of 5 stars. This is my kind of drug.


Friday, September 07, 2012

Death Of A Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1) by by Qiu Xiaolong


Inspector Chen Cao is an unusual character. He does not only investigate but also a poet and a translator of American and English mystery novels.

When the naked corpse of a woman was found in a canal, Inspector Chen was assigned to investigate the case. It turn complicated when it was discovered that it was the body of a "National Model Worker". On the surfaces, she seems to lead a model citizen life.

Inspector Chen got in trouble with different sections of the Communist Party when he start to unravel the mysterious death. Some section of the Party wants him off the case by all means. Whether it's by bribery or by darkening his reputation.

Would Inspector Chen be able to dodge the bullets and solve the case?

My comments:

I bought this book two years ago at the Big Bad Wolf Sale Preview 2010. I was lucky that year to have won a Pass to the Preview.

Many of you know that am a fan for books from Asian Authors. Hence, I did not hesitated to pick up this book despite its being 464 pages thick.

I must say, I enjoyed reading this very much as it's something "fresh"  compared to the usual sad stories or political stories that emerge from China.

What I love about the character, Inspector Chen, is that he is the underdog in the story. He is hindered from his investigation every turn he made and yet he did not give up. Instead he used the round about way to get to the bottom of the case.

What I dislike about the story is that the author spent too much time in describing Inspector Chen's personal life which I found a bit tedious. But am guessing the author is just laying the foundation for the subsequent instalment of Inspector Chen's series.

 am giving this book 4 stars out of 5 stars. It's good. It could have been excellent if the page count could have been reduced by editing some part about Inspector Chen personal life.


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Love You More : The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter By Jennifer Grant

Synopsis by

Following the invisible thread of connection between people who are seemingly intended to become family, journalist Jennifer Grant shares the deeply personal, often humorous story of adopting a fifteen-month-old girl from Guatemala when she was already the mother of three very young children.
Her family's journey is captured in stories that will encourage not only adoptive families but those who are curious about adoption or whose lives have been indirectly touched by it. Love You More explores universal themes such as parenthood, marriage, miscarriage, infertility, connection, destiny, true self, failure and stumbling, and redemption.
Sections include:
A Whisper
The Waiting
Learning to Know
In Love You More, Jennifer describes the way she feels God has brought her family together and completed it with the adoption of her daughter.
 My Comments:
This book I about Jennifer's life and experience that lead her to adopting a child from Guatemala altho0ugh she is already a mother of three.
What I liked about this book is that it's not procedure orientated. It's more "memoir" like. Readers are given a picture of what Jennifer's and her family life was liked before the adoption and what prompted her to think about adoption. It's really good to know that she did not preach to the readers why they must adopt kids. She just placed the facts upfront and let the readers decide for themselves. As she had mentioned several times, adoption is not for everyone.
 What I don't like about this book is that it's lack of family photos. As people said a million times before, a photo is worth a million words. It would have been good if they published some photos too.
Overall I rate this book 4 stars out of 5 star. It's not that informative on adoption procedure but it certainly helps readers to understand better what they have to expect when they adopt a child. It's not enough that the future parents wants to adopt just for the sake of charity, but they really have to have enough love for the child. To treat the child as if it's their biological child.
I would like to thank the publisher, Thomas Nelson for sending me this book to review. All opinion stated herein are solely mine.


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