Rejtő Jenő – The 14-carat Roadster

Hi all!

As promised, I’m back with Rejtő Jenő’s “The 14-carat Roadster” (“A tizennégy karátos autó”) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. I admit, I have heard from a lot of people that it is a great book and it even got on the list of the 100 best Hungarian books that are totally worth reading, but still, when I checked what it was about, I wasn’t at all impressed. And I only started reading it because it was on my to-read list (due to the previously mentioned best books list) and, frankly, I didn’t have anything else to read on the train 😀

But like I said, I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed it, even from page one. It’s got a great style that makes it perfect for when you are looking for a light read. It kind of reminded me of Agatha Christie’s books, only instead of mystery and puzzles, we have funny characters and wild adventures 🙂

The story presents the adventures of one Gorcsev Iván, a young man who has a very interesting way of being, doing things at an impulse, without thinking of the consequences. He falls in love with Anette Laboux, the daughter of a minister and somehow gets involved in the greatly complicated story of the Alfa-Romeo with parts made out of 14 carat gold.

The story is filled with twists and turns as the car gets stolen, then retrieved, then stolen again, and of course there is the thing with how Gorcsev joined the army, but sent his secretary instead with the promise that they will change places, but something always comes up and the secretary is left to make the lives of the generals miserable 😀

The book is a real page turner, because it never gets boring not having the time to get boring. One thing happens after the other, and these things along with the characters are hilarious 😀

I would definitely recommend this book and I think in the end it was the perfect choice after “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. If you would like to read it online, you can find the English version here: The 14-carat Roadster, and the Hungarian version (if anyone is interested) here: A Tizennégy karátos autó.

That’s all for now, and next time I’ll be talking about something a little more edgy: Marquis de Sade’s “The 120 Days of Sodom”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂

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Meg Cabot – Missing You (1-800-Where-R-You #5)

Hi all!

I’m back with the last book of the 1-800-Where-R-You series, “Missing You”, and I have to say that I was really surprised when I started reading it, because it is a bit different than the previous ones. It’s more serious, more real and, frankly, this was the first time I could actually identify with Jess.

I guess, in the end, it turned out that this is actually my favorite of the series, but not because of the plot. If I had to choose based on the plot, it would still be the third. What I liked about this one is that is taps a little more into psychology and even more into the problems of young people, mainly the question “What do I want to do with my life?”. But, of course, the story also involves some crime fighting, to which Jess is already used to. But let’s start at the beginning 🙂

The story takes place a few years later, and it seems everything has changed. Jess and Ruth are 19 and in college in New York, with Mike and Skip crashing on their couch for the summer. And it turns out, a lot has happened in the last years. Jess had helped the U.S. government in the war in Afghanistan, something she returned from broken. Not only had she lost her power, but she wasn’t quite the same either. And this had somehow lead to her and Rob breaking up and her moving to the big city.

But now, a year later, Rob shows up and asks her to find his sister. And as Jess discovers her power has not left her after all, she finds herself on a new case, this time dealing with an amateur pornographer interested in underaged girls.

But as she goes home to “do justice”, she feels weird being in the small town again, with so many things that have changed. And Jess knows that being home again means she will have to face Rob and finally talk about what happened between them.

The story is interesting not only because of the non-violent and quite clever way Jess handles the criminal, but also because we have a chance to really glance into her mind and soul, and maybe identify with her, as she seems as lost as anyone could be at that age. And sometimes it’s good to know there’s someone out there (even if she’s fictional) who doesn’t quite know what she’ll do with her life, and seeing that everything turns out the way it is supposed to can indeed give the rest of us some hope 🙂

Anyway, this was a good book, I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. If you’d like to read it online, you can find it here: Missing You.

That’s all for now, next time I will be talking about Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂

Meg Cabot – Sanctuary (1-800-Where-R-You #4)

Hi all!

I finished reading “Sanctuary” last night, but I was too sleepy to review it then, so I will do it now 😀

When I was told by my BFF, who has already read these books a couple of years ago, that you can read them really fast, I said okay, but even she was a bit amazed by my speed 😀 Anyway, this is always a good thing, I think, if you can read a book quickly, because it not only means that it’s interesting, but also you don’t take a lot of time with it. This, mainly the last part, is important, because I have a lot of books on my to-read list that I can’t wait to read. Like the one I’m reviewing after I finish this series. I’m not going to reveal the title yet, let that be a surprise 😉

Anyway, the forth book of this series was actually pretty interesting. Maybe even more interesting than the third one. But that one’s still my favorite up ’till now 😛

The story starts out at Thanksgiving, when the Mastriani family gets an unexpected visit from their new next door neighbor, Mr. Thompson. It turns out his son has gone missing. But as Jess is returning home from Rob’s, where she’s sneaked out to a second Thanksgiving dinner, she finds Nate Thompson, but he is clearly not in the best of conditions: he is dead in a cornfield, with a strange symbol carved into his chest.

This, of course, sends Jess, along with Rob, on a new adventure to find the murderers and as the synagogue is the criminals’ new target, along with another missing child, they find out that this may not be your average serial killer, but something a little more extreme.

Jess and Rob head for battle against the violent militia group, helped by Chick and the other bikers, but will it be enough to stop them? Maybe now’s the time to reconsider the FBI’s offer…

I liked this book because it had mystery, it had romance and even a little Hell breaking loose 😀

I would recommend it, especially if you’ve read the first 3 books, than don’t stop here 😉

If you would like to read it online, you can find it here: Sanctuary.

Well, that’s all for now, next time I’ll be presenting the last book of the series, “Missing You”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂

Meg Cabot – Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You #2)

Hi all!

I’m back with book 2 of the 1-800-Where-R-You series, “Code Name Cassandra”, and, just like with the first one, I managed to finish it in only 2 days. I liked it better, though, than the first one, but it’s almost always like this with series. I guess the first books are a kind of warm up for what comes next. But even so, I wasn’t all that crazy about this one either. But I already explained why that is in my previous post 🙂

The book continues the story of Jess Mastriani, who finds a job as a counselor at the Wawasee camp, organized for children who are gifted musicians.

She is not recognized at first as the famous Lightning Girl, but she can’t hide it for long. Still, she tries to sustain her story that her power went away, but when a desperate father shows up seeking her help, she feels the need to give a hand. But not before she investigates the case herself. This, of course, leads only to trouble.

And let’s not forget that the FBI is constantly monitoring Jess (who has the code name Cassandra, as you could guess from the title 😛 ), who has not only a handful of children to look after, but also gets closer to the guy of her dreams, Rob. And that’s a lot to handle for a 16 year old. Oh, and did I mention the raging murderer who is after her? 😛

So yeah, the story is interesting and I would recommend it. If you would like to read it online, you can find it here: Code Name Cassandra.

I guess that’s all for now, next time I’ll be talking about the third book: “Safe House”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂

Meg Cabot – When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You #1)

Hi all!

I’m finally feeling back on track after the weeks of reading nothing and I feel highly ambitious about reading as many books I can get my hands on 🙂

After I’ve started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, because it is part of a series and I usually read series books one after the other, so I won’t forget what’s going on and stuff. But I finished the first one really fast, in about two days, and I guess it’ll be the same with the rest because it’s the type of book you can get through very fast.

It falls in the category of teen fiction, and I guess that’s why I didn’t like it all that much. I’m not saying it was bad. I found it interesting and I did kind of like it, but I felt like something was missing. I guess this is the sort of book that when you’re at that age (around 16-17), you find it great, but I’m not a teen anymore (sadly 😛 ) and so I guess I’ve kind of grown out of it. But of course, this is only my opinion 😀

Anyway, as you can probably see on the cover picture, it wasn’t originally published under the name Meg Cabot, but Jenny Carroll.

The book presents the story of Jessica Mastriani, a 16 year old girl, who gets hit by lightning and thus receives an amazing gift: she becomes psychic. This new ability helps her to find missing children, and she shares her knowledge through a hot-line dedicated just for this: 1-800-Where-R-You.

She soon becomes a sort of national hero and the government starts to have interest in her. For the sake of her family, she accepts to go to Crane Military Base for tests, but things start to get complicated as she hears that the case of one of the children she’s found didn’t turn out for the best.

The story, as I said, is interesting and if you’re looking for something you can go through quick and easy, then this is the book for you 🙂

If you want to read it online, you can do it here: When Lightning Strikes. You can also download it from there if you prefer to read it offline.

So, that’s all for now and next time I’ll be talking about book 2 of the series: “Code Name Cassandra”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂