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Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz (The Gatekeepers #1)

May 30, 2010 3 comments

Matthew Freeman or Matt as they call him is a problem child. His parents died in a car accident and he never believe that it is just an accident. One night, Matt and his friend robbed a warehouse and got arrested by the police. Since he is too young to be in a jail, the court decided to just give him a sanction by the means of LEAF project. This is the project wherein somebody will adopt him and he needs to do all the chores he is being given. Mrs. Derevill, his new foster parent is a strange woman. She acts so weird. Matt knew there’s something wrong in the place where he is now and decided to investigate what is really happening around him, until he found one thing that will change his life forever, he’s going to die…

I have this book sitting on my shelf for a while, until last week, I pick it up and started to turn the page. I am expecting something on this book because the reviews its getting is quite impressive, and the book didn’t disappoint me. Horowitz made the book believable even though it’s in a supernatural category. I also expect that the ending will be a cliffhanger, and boy! I was right! It made me want to read the next book in the series, but my self-control is stronger than the urge I felt. I really need a breaker after reading a book that’s a part of a series, I want to keep myself as excited as possible. I am planning to read the second book two weeks from now, and I hope Horowitz kept the excitement the “Raven’s Gate” have.

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk

I’m a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I admit it! I have a collection of most of his books sitting in my shelf.

Since I’m a loyal customer of Powerbooks, they are texting me of the new books arrived in their store and asking me if I wanted to make a reservation of the titles they’ve texted.

Last week, I received a text messageĀ  from them and here’s the message:

“We are happy to inform you that Tell-all by Chuck Palahniuk is now available in hardcover.

Please call us to reserve a copy under your name”

What did I do? Of course I call them to make a reservation of the book…

Anyway, Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk is now available in the Philippines in Hardcover… Yeeeeeppppiiii!!!!

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The story was set after the catastrophe. The Man and The Boy fight for their lives by finding for food, shelter and clothes to warm them. This is the world wherein your money can’t buy anything or to say: “The survival of the fittest” in literal way. The protagonists just continue their “walk” to find a place where there is a life, they are hoping to find it and live there, but there was none, what they are finding is far from what they are looking.

There are some incidents in the story where they lost their foods, clothes and almost everything because somebody will take it from them or robbed them. The question is: What life awaits them in their world? Will they become the “bad guys” who eat other human due to starvation? Shall they still fight for their lives or just give up and die?

It will be answered as the story goes…

Review:

The writing style is different from the books I’ve read; no punctuations, no long conversations and the book is not divided into chapters. For the readers who will read the book for the first time will get confused on the story because the author didn’t narrate what really happened and what’s the reason beyond the catastrophe.

I didn’t appreciate the book when I started reading it, though as the story goes, it came deeper and deeper in me and it turned out to be one of my favorite books. I had fun reading the book, though the story is heart-breaking. It made me cry in the end. It made me realize something that I’m nonchalant of: The love of your father/parents for you is unconditional, he/they will give everything for you to survive even though it involves pain and sufferings.

By the way, the movie adaptation of the book is also great. Just wait for my review for the movie.

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The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

Plot:

“Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she’s dead; he saw her bloody corpse, shot in the head at point-blank range. The police tell him they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it in the trunk of his car. Nick is confused, grief-stricken — and completely innocent.

At 9 p.m. on July 28, a gray-haired gentleman visits Nick in the police interrogation room and asks him a simple question: “If you could get out of here, if you could save her, would you?” He hands Nick a golden talisman that allows Nick to go back in time, one hour at a time, for a total of twelve hours. With each hour that Nick travels back, he finds more clues to the identity of Julia’s real killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past may have unexpected repercussions in the future.

In his race against time to save the woman he loves most in the world, Nick will find that friends become enemies,old loyalties are tested, and Julia’s murder is part of a larger scheme that has its roots in greed and vengeance.

Nick has the ability to save Julia, the chance to put his own world in balance, but he is venturing down a precarious route. If he hasn’t set things right by the thirteenth hour, his desperate attempts to save Julia’s life may lead to a far greater catastrophe than he could have ever imagined.”

Thoughts:

I’ll put this book in my re-read shelf, the characters are so engaging and the situations are so intense that made me sit on the edge of my chair.

The way Richard Doetsch wrote the book is simply amazing, I know that he’s not the first one who uses this kind of writing, but the other authors may have the tendency of spoiling the story and the suspense factor is being spoiled because sometimes they gave away all the answers in one blow. The difference of this book is that Richard didn’t let me stop thinking and guessing for the answers, he will let the readers to devour the book until the end and suddenly telling them that their guesses are wrong.

The big question is, can Nick defy time to save the people he loves from death?

This is what I’m looking for in a mystery/suspense/thriller books and I’m looking forward to reading his other books sometime.

Take Note: There will be a lot of deaths in the book…

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