Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: Doubt

Doubt (Among Us, #1)
Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Doubt through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The story of Doubt (Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy) revolves around an extremely intelligent young man named Harry Doubt whose mother Bina disappeared while she was working for a non-profit called GN or Global Network. Harry's father, Aaron Doub, an employee of GN, died years earlier.

Harry is a genius and a very skilled programmer. He had developed a game called "Truth Seekers" when he was a very young boy and had even managed to get Google to buy the game from him. However, he had also created a much better version of the game which he plays along with many others.

When his mother goes missing, Harry decides to put some of the best "Truth Seekers" together in an attempt to find answers. And his search for answers have allowed him to come in contact with other young people who have had a parent go missing. Among his "team" of experts is Cristal, a very talented "Truth Seeker". But, aside from being young geniuses, the people in Harry's elite team also have very special skills and talents.

Doubt is a story that can be classified as a paranormal sci-fi mystery thriller. It is about Harry and his group of extremely intelligent and talented "Truth Seekers" trying to find answers to how their parents disappeared and why.

The story of Doubt is rather clipped. It is like the author is merely spewing out sentences. There is no smooth flow -- it is like one sentence after another "telling" the reader what is going on. It makes me feel like I am reading the work of someone who is either being rushed or has decided to clip out a lot of the meatier parts of the story.

The characters are not so well developed. The story is somewhat strange. At first it all appears like some major scientific cover-up. Then all of a sudden we have characters with extra special powers like reading minds or causing earthquakes, then there are supernatural creatures who are trying to save their world from humans. Everything would have been fine if the story and the flow were smoother and more developed; but they are not.

Doubt, for me, could have been so much better. I hope the sequel will be a whole lot better.

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My Favorite Things: Q is for Queso

Queso is the Spanish word for cheese and cheese is one of my favorite things. 

I have to admit that I have not tried most of the varieties of cheeses. However, I am quite fond of the types of cheeses that I have managed to try so far. 

Queso de bola
Queso de bola (Photo credit: inakihuarte)

At home, I make paneer whenever I feel like having some homemade cottage cheese (that and when we have more milk in the fridge than we can hope to use). Paneer is a queso that is so easy to make and we tend to have some in the fridge for when we feel like having some in our viand or sabzi. Paneer also works well with rice. 

paneer, cubed
paneer, cubed (Photo credit: chotda)

Cheddar is a queso that has always been a favorite as it makes for yummy sandwiches. Plus they are great pill-hiders for our canine babies when they are not well and need some medicines -- they are unable to resist the temptation that cheddar offers. 

Mascarpone is delightful in tiramisu and I make some once in a while. Mozzarella is great for pizzas and pastas and there is always some in our fridge. As much as I wish I could make some, mozzarella is something I have yet to try to make at home. 

Mozzarella cheese
Mozzarella cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While I was in the Phillipines, cooking cheese like Velveeta was readily available. But here in India, I have to make do with cheddar when a recipe calls for cooking cheese. I also miss the iconic Queso de Bola which was always a main feature on dinner tables during Noche Buena at Chirstmas in the Philippines. 

Plain and simple, queso is among my favorite yummy things. ;)
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