Required Reading: February

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Who’s feeling the love, love, love this month? 😉

But first… I finished 3 out of my 4 required reading last month!

  1. Mercy by Rebecca Lim – 4/5 stars
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 4/5 stars
  3. Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan – 5/5 stars!
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – erm. I have two copies, one bridged and unabridged version. After watching the movie, I’m scared to start reading it. Oh, my eyes! They were so battered and puffy aftter watching Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. *sniffs* I will try again this month. Be brave, I say!

February Theme: ROMANCE

  1. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez – 2/5 stars
  2. Sweetheart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #2) by Chelsea Cain – currently on page 63, and it is just as good as the the first book so far! Oh, I know this is about a female serial killer, but at least it has “heart” in its title 🙂 still covered by my theme! (Ha, I know I’m making up the connection. Bear with me, please.)
  3. Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward – looking foward to reading about the brothers again! Now, it’s Butch’s and Marissa’s turn.
  4. You Don’t Have to Say You Love me by Sarra Manning – been sitting on my shelf for almost two years now. time to crack it open! I love the blurb, hope it will be a swoony read!
  5. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor – saving this for last. I’ve read some reviews that this one’s heartbreakingly sad. I’m excite to see Akiva again, but sadness? heartache? No. Please, Laini Taylor, no.

More and more people are joining Tina’s Required Reading posts (yay!), so I won’t list them all down here. Just head on over Tina‘s page, and visit their links on her comments section. 😉

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Okay, then.

Do you have a date this weekend? how about the next? Tell me about it! I love hearing love stories (and what-nots) of other people. *winks* Whether with a special someone, with girlfriends, with your kid, or with your big family, it doesn’t matter. Because when I talk about love, I mean love in every form. 😀

Spread the love, people!

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Book Review: Odd Thomas #3: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

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Genre: General Fiction > Mystery & Suspense > Thriller

(Odd Thomas #3)

Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill
the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn,
his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of
the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature.

St. Bartholomew’s Abbey sits in majestic solitude amid the wild peaks of California’s high Sierra, a haven for children otherwise abandoned, and a sanctuary for those seeking insight. Odd Thomas has come here to learn to live fully again, and among the eccentric monks, their other guests, and the nuns and young students of the attached convent school, he has begun to find his way. The silent spirits of the dead who visited him in his earlier life are mercifully absent, save for the bell-ringing Brother Constantine and Odd’s steady companion, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

But trouble has a way of finding Odd Thomas, and it slinks back onto his path in the form of the sinister bodachs he has met previously, the black shades who herald death and disaster, and who come late one December night to hover above the abbey’s most precious charges. For Odd is about to face an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered, as he embarks on a journey of mystery, wonder, and sheer suspense that surpasses all that has come before.

Book 1: Odd Thomas review     Book 2: Forever Odd review

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…for the love of all things terrifying..! I cannot believe I waited three months to pick Odd Thomas again and read his story about his stay at St. Bartholomew’s. But I’m so giddy! I read Brother Odd late at night, and how I relished Koontz’ unbelievable talent to scare me out of my wits (well, what’s remained of them, anyway). This is my favorite Odd Thomas installment so far. 😀

Odd chose to exile himself into seclusion at the monastery. What started out as a quest to find peace after such troubled months turned out to be the most hair-raising encounter with both the supernatural and unnatural in Odd’s already strange life.

For such a gloomy character, Odd is hilarious. His bizarre conversations with the Russian are the highlights for me. It looked harmless, but Odd is actually already fishing out information from the suspicious guest of St. Bartholomew’s. 😀

Usually when I read a Dean Koontz book, I tell myself that there are rational explanations on the otherwise surreal experiences by his main characters. Odd is no different. I felt the horror and the impossiblity of the things Odd faced here, but Odd constantly berated himself (and me, too) that it is less than supernatural than unnatural to him. Whatever that means – but I get it.

Brother Odd is dreadfully amazing. The unnerving feeling I get from reading Odd Thomas adventures is not evident on my gleeful state despite being frightened to new heights, but it’s there. I just ignore it and revel instead in Koontz’ twisted tales.

It would take months for me to pick up the next book, Odd Hours. Just.. let me breathe normally for a while.

#7 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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BROTHER ODD by Dean Koontz

Hardbound, 364 pages

Published Novemember 28th 2006 by Bantam Books

4.5/5 stars