Book #14: Is America She Gone?

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Its an awesome feeling to be a writer. It’s an even better feeling when your work gets published for the public to read. However, some books are not meant to see the daylight… especially if they’re not well written or in dire need of editing. I support local authors, but most of their stories are bland. And if they can’t handle honest criticism, then writing is not for them.

I call it as I see it.

Is America She Gone? was recommended to me. I held back from ordering the book because I felt as if I was going to waste money on it just by reading the blurb. The book was eventually loan to me and I regret reading it. I wish I could have taken my reading time back and use it for another book!

The protagonist was a bore and utterly … there is not a nice word I want to use for Sandra, so I’ll leave it … and I wanted to reach into the book and hurt her. I don’t like happily ever afters because I am not one of those readers who seek a perfect fairy tale ending, but man, this book was depressing! Plus:

> Too MANY typos.

> Could have gone through an editor. And if that is call editing, then render me speechless. Some rewriting would have been nice too.

> Too descriptive. I don’t want to know how to care for old people in that overexposed way. Felt like an insult.

> Sentence construction. Sometimes when a character is talking, there is no pause to show what action is taking place and it caused me to get lost within the interior monolog.

I get what the story is supposed to be about, but I feel as if it could have gone through a tweaking process. Like I said, I support local authors and what not, but I am not one of those overly enthusiastic, bias people who go around suggesting/promoting books just because it’s local. My love for books comes first. It’ll be unfair to even give this book a high rating.

I am sorry I read it and I don’t think I want to read anything else from this author. Depression does not look good on me.





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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler

Book #13: Run Baby Run

“A life motivated by hate and fear has no room for anyone but self.”

Meet Nicky Cruz. He was born in Puerto Rico under the shadow of witchcraft. When he was sent to New York to live with an older brother, Cruz was introduced to a whole new world. NY was crawling with thousands of gangs and it was only a matter of time before he joined one. He joined the Mau Maus and later he became president of the gang.

Cruz’s hatred of life started when his mother called him the ‘son of Satan’. He was different (and difficult) and she did not know how to deal with him. This is where I blame the parents’ upbringing. I don’t care how difficult a child is, you don’t give up on them. As a parent, you continue to love them and pray for them. 

Cruz was running until he found Jesus.

Anyway, one day a preacher meets the Mau Maus and Nicky attends one of the services after persuasion from one of his fellow members. After coming to several services, a change starts happening within Nicky and he leaves his gang committing to live for the Lord.

One thing I did not like about this book is Cruz talking at length about a lot of stories instead of concentrating on a few. He was all over the place with his stories.

His conversion was more believable and I enjoyed reading about his transformation.

What always seem to grate on my nerves is the fact that when one is writing a memoir, they recall little events from their memory, but how can they remember everything crystal clear and word for word – the conversations, a specific time period – if it was not written in a journal/diary? I don’t like embellishments.





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Is America She Gone? by Beverley-Ann Scott (This review would be posted real soon given that I mentioned the book in an earlier post)

Book #12: Cross My Heart

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Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Hachette Book Group (November 25th, 2013)
Pages: 407

Series: Alex Cross #21


Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart – nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife, Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, giving him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, a genius set on proving that he is the greatest criminal mind of all, and he uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. But if he even tries, they will die.

CROSS MY HEART is the most devastating and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career. Is this the end of Alex Cross?




James Patterson has this skill that almost every writer wish they possessed: he breathes life into characters that we easily attach ourselves to emotionally. I feel as I am part of this Cross family. 

Cross My Heart kept me at the edge of my seat with every twist and turn. It was deeply engrossing and entertaining and I couldn’t put it down. It was intense! It was thrilling.

Alex Cross loves his family: his 91-year-old Regina Cross Hope aka Nana Mama (his grandmother), his wife Brianna Stone (she is also a detective with the DC Metro Police) and his beautiful children, Ali, Jannie and Damon Cross. He would protect them at all cost, yet, he feels like a failure when a madman tears his beloved family apart and keeps them away from him. This madman is obsessed with proving Alex wrong and he vows to make Alex suffer.

The Cross family did not see this one coming. 

Normally, Alex would be a step or two ahead of his adversary, but not in this story. The criminal is the one in control; the one pulling the strings. This enemy was like no other that Alex has ever faced.

I need a breather after this one.

Some readers were complaining about this book being a rip-off because they didn’t get the ending they deserved. This is a full book and the cliffhanger was excellent. If you’re looking for an abrupt happy ending, go read a fairy tale. 



Can I give it lots of coffee?


I don’t recommend books, but this one is too good to pass up for JP fans or for nail-biting suspense loving fans. 


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Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz

Book #11: The Pied Piper

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Author: Ridley Pearson
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing (January 15th, 2004)
Pages: 511

Series: Boldt & Matthews #5


A wave of babynappings has terrified parents from San Diego to Portland. And when the Pied Piper–named for the penny flute he leaves in the cribs of his victims–claims his first Seattle infant, the investigation draws in homicide detective Lou Boldt. Assigned temporarily to Intelligence so he can spend more time with his kids while his wife is hospitalized for chemotherapy, Boldt’s role is to keep the FBI out of the Seattle Police Department’s way.

But FBI special agent Gary Flemming is a tough adversary–so tough it almost seems as if he’s intentionally sabotaging the SPD’s investigation. Then the Pied Piper snatches Boldt’s own daughter, promising that unless Boldt throws both the Feds and the SPD off his trail he’ll never see his child again. Caught between his professional obligations and his fear for Sarah’s life, Boldt launches his own private manhunt with the help of John La Moia, his replacement in homicide, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews, his closest friend in the department.

They form a sub rosa task force under the noses of the Feds and the SPD, and soon discover how the Piper has managed to stay a step ahead of the police, elude capture, and find his small victims. The chase moves from Seattle to Portland to New Orleans, culminating in a thrilling denouement in the daffodil fields of Washington’s Skagit Valley.



This book is the first I’ve read in the Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series and it was a page turner. It was thought provoking and riveting and in short, the author delivered.

However, sometimes the book felt like it was never-ending when all I wanted was to get to the end and close it. I was mildly irritated with Boldt and I skipped a few pages. Some chapters and scenes were unnecessary. Take the sex scenes between Hill and that idiot LaMoia for example. I think there were 5 but I grew rather irritated at those two early on and skipped the sexy scenes. We know they’re shacking up at the fancy hotels. There was no need to include a sex scene. One or two sex scenes would have done the intended objective, although I think sex scenes ruin stories. 

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The ending was kind of lame too. Boldt, well, I was mad at him for taking matters into his own hands. While reading his predicament, I couldn’t help but compare him with Alex Cross in the time of dread.

He certainly ain’t no Alex Cross!

I enjoyed the story about a serial kidnapper being dubbed the Pied Piper because of the tin whistle he leaves behind at the scene and it reminded me of something out of Criminal Minds but I won’t be reading another Boldt/Matthews book anytime soon.

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Freighters and ferries, their white wakes behind them like wedding veils, called out in deep-throated cries. A jet rocked its wings on final approach, its wheels like tiny talons reaching for the ground.

– chapter 47; page 307





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Cross My Heart by James Patterson

Book #10: Blackout

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Author: Annie Solomon
Publisher: Warner Forever (April 01st, 2006)
Pages: 354


A month ago Margo Scott was a book dealer with family and friends. Now, suddenly, she can’t remember the last four weeks of her life, everyone close to her has disappeared, and she’s the prime suspect in a murder. When an intruder attacks, she responds with lightning-quick moves she has no memory of ever learning. Undercover agent Jake Wise has her in his sights and can’t decide if this mysterious woman is an assassin or a pawn. Is he tempted to protect her because she’s innocent or because he’s falling for her?

Thrust together, these two loners realize that trusting each other is their only hope of survival. Because the good guys and the bad guys have one thing in common. They all want Margo Scott dead—the sooner, the better.



*cracks fingers* Here we go!

When Margo Scott wakes up with a month worth of memory wiped from her psyche, she immediately tries to remember what events led to her catatonic state but most importantly, who was she? Was she an innocent bookseller as her bookstore proclaims her to be? Was she some rogue agent her weapons of mass destruction hidden away at her apartment says that she was? Or was she a cold-blooded murderer as the police and FBI claimed that she was?

Jake Wise is an undercover agent ordered to watch Margo by Frank Temple, but when Frank is found murdered, he immediately suspects Margo as evidence seems to point to her. At first, he disbelieves her about her sudden bout of amnesia. He felt that she was a murdering ruthless con woman and wanted revenge on Frank’s behalf.

They eventually became allies as they set about to discover the truth walking into a web of lies, betrayal, and deceit together.

Jake Wise’s jokes were sometimes lame and I did not like him that much.

Margo Scott was great but sometimes I just wanted to slap her for no apparent reason.

As for the person behind Margo’s situation, I figured it out before the end and was tempted to turn to the last page to be proven right.

I won’t call this novel a Romantic Suspense. There is no romance between Jake and Margo. They didn’t share an emotional connection and the sexual tension felt a little force between them. They just used each other for meaningless sex.


She looked very Marseilles today. A clingy shirt in black-and-white stripes with a boat neck that showed off her shoulders. She’d wound a red scarf around her throat, and a black beret perched at a jaunty angle on her spiky white hair.

– Chapter 26; Page 127





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The Pied Piper by Ridley Pearson


Book #9: Private Lives

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Author: Tasmina Perry
Publisher: Headline Review (August 04th, 2011)
Pages: 613 
(Including an excerpt from Perfect Strangers)
Chapters: 71


Anna Kennedy loves her career. A young associate with a top media law firm, she’s the lawyer to the stars, hiding their sins from the hungry media. When Anna fails to prevent a damaging story being printed about heart-throb movie star Sam Charles she finds herself fighting to save not only his reputation, but also her own. But Anna is about to uncover a scandal more explosive than even Sam’s infidelities. A party girl is already dead and those responsible are prepared to silence anyone who stands in their way. Not least a pretty young lawyer who knows too much…



I honestly don’t know what to make of this book. It was a good story, but not a page turner. Some typos and name changes (where Andrew suddenly became Andy) turned me off.

I love thick books, but sometimes authors overwrite which can make the book unenjoyable. I eventually skimmed through some chapters.

I was warned not to read the book because many people did not like the ending, but I like to be the judge. The ending was not bad and it ended the way I wanted it to. I guess readers wanted to find out what happened to Larry and his cheating wife (wasn’t it obvious?) and Sam and Jessica (I didn’t care for these two).

That being said, I don’t know if I’ll read another book from this author.





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Blackout by Annie Solomon

Thursday Ten: Books that were disappointing


Base on the book reviews that I am currently doing weekly, you can tell that I am open to many genres. Yet, while some books appeal to me, some simply do not. I try to always come to the last page of a book, but there are simply some books that I can’t quite finish no matter what.

Today, I bring you 10 boring/disappointing books I had the displeasure of reading (some may/may not appear in later reviews). Most of them I did not finish. I do not make apologies to anyone feeling offended because my opinions are not yours.

1. Room by Emma Donaghue

Waterfall the milk… I know this book is from a child’s perspective (a five-year-old at that), but it insulted my intelligence. I was greatly annoyed and had to put this book down. Had the book been told from Ma’s perspective, then it would’ve been a heart-wrenching tale. I mean, Ma’s been kidnapped, raped, held captive, whatever, but there is no sense of that hence no emotion. I almost threw this book at the wall. Almost. It didn’t belong to me and I was happy to return it.

2. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

Wickedly boring.

3. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

*Rolls eyes* Wickedly boring! Had I known I was going to be duped, I would’ve run away screaming when this book was recommended to me.

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4. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

An immature novel masquerading as literature. Adults should stop writing about children in disgusting ways because it’s squirmy and uncomfortable to read most of the time. I don’t want to read about 14-year-olds having sex or thinking about climaxing on some car hood.

I would have liked to light this book on fire, but alas! It did not belong to me.

5. Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates

I couldn’t get into this one. I tried twice, but it was a no go. It was a pain to read, sentences were left incomplete, too repetitive, and it irritated me to no end. I didn’t even care about the narrator or the dead mom.

6. Paris Match by Stuart Woods

The cover is beautiful and that’s where I stop.

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7. Is America She Gone? by Beverley-Ann Scott

It could’ve been much better. I’ll explain this book in a solo post.

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8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

*YAWNS* I usually love Grisham’s legal thrillers, but I couldn’t get into this one. The heroine was a complete bore and… *YAWNS* I had to put this drivel down otherwise I would’ve thrown myself in front of a coal truck.

9. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes


10. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I don’t care how hyped or in she is, this author is on my “do not read” list. Do you see the razor blade on the cover? It would be nice to use it to slash up this book to tiny pieces. It is depressing. It makes you want to abandon smiling and scorn love. Here is another adult writing disturbing scenes involving children. I hated this book. It was extremely boring and disgusting.