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Books #105-#107: pretty disappointing reads

I’m reading a lot lately and loving it! Reading through my TBR is a workout in itself and it feels good watching the pile go down. I have a list of books that I’m itching to get, but for now, I am exercising self-control… until I read at least 15 books from my TBR! 😄

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Book #105: Mary Mary by James Patterson

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In this installment, we see Alex Cross’s personal life gets shaken up by his ex, Christine who wants full custody of little Alex. Throw in a pushy journalist in the mix who has no respect for Cross in the name of a story and we have chaos. James Truscott was super annoying. I did not feel remorse for him when he got killed.

A serial killer is on the loose in Hollywood and he/she is killing big shots and sending letters of the crimes to LA Times reporter, Arnold Griner. The killer’s emails were fascinating!

It also shows Alex as a flawed character. He is still hung up on Christine, going with Jamilla who cheated on him because let’s face it, long distance relationships are hard to commit to, so he took Kayla out after remembering how much he liked her since childhood. I don’t like Kayla though. I’m fed up with Cross and his bad luck with relationships, but it works just fine for him given his career. It just doesn’t have to take center stage all the time because it takes away from the story.

This is not really JP’s best work. The story was not well developed, but it was still fast paced and easy to read. I like Nana Mama, but I couldn’t stand her caretaking whining in this story.

This story brought to mind an episode of Criminal Minds call ‘Somebody’s Watching’. And once again, Tom Cruise was mentioned. This is like the 6th or so book I’ve seen TC’s name. A total of 16 victims were murdered in this story. Yes, I counted. I was kind of curious. I liked reading from the killer’s perspective and I agree with this overall:

Isn’t that what one is supposed to do at the movies? Escape? Get away from it all? Except that most movies are so dismal these days – dismally dumb or dismally dreary. 

Random thought: I think Idris Elba would’ve been the perfect Alex Cross. Overall, I give this story a 3/5.

Book #106: Wide Sargasso Sea

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I did not finish this book. I quit on page 60.

I also dislike stories with animal cruelty even if they call for it. I loathed the scene where the parrot (Coco) was burned to death in front of everyone for the sake of the stupid superstition on how it is bad luck to see a parrot burn.

The story bored me to tears. With all the great recommendations about it being written before its time, I’d think Wide Sargasso Sea was a thrilling classic. Overpraised rubbish in my opinion and not a masterpiece. It is one of the worst books I’ve ever laid hands on. I won’t call it literature and I feel sorry for some of the students who had to endure this book for their literature class. The majority said it was bad, but I just had to see for myself.

Much ado about nothing. 

Book #107: A Circle of Wives

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This was supposed to have been a spellbinding psychological thriller of marital deception, revenge, and murder. 

I honestly thought that it was one of those storylines where all 3 wives show up at the polygamist’s funeral, confused, angry and wanting answers, but it wasn’t so.

From the time I read that Deborah (the first & oldest wife) already knew about the other two wives, I should’ve closed the book and move on to another one. In fact, Deborah orchestrated the marriages for Dr. John. She was an accomplice to bigamy. John happened to crave love and that’s why he started to look for it on the outside.

I went looking for wife #4 shortly after and found her as a fiancée.

Back to the story: Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room. At first, he appears to be the victim of a heart attack, but his death is soon ruled as a murder. Enter rookie Detective Samantha Adams who gets the pleasure of solving this crime. She was unbelievable as a character and I didn’t feel any true Detective vibes coming from her. 

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The story did not live up to its full promised potential. How could this be a psychological thriller? In this day of technology, how in the world could the wives not suspect a thing about their so-call beloved husband? Hello, Google! There just wasn’t any credibility and I am left baffled as to why this author is a bestseller and why she has all those gloating reviews on Amazon.

My final verdict is 1/5. Everything about this story and the highly unlikable characters screamed DULL!

 

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Book #104: Private India: City on Fire

When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world’s most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. Now, in this teeming metropolis of over thirteen million people where the guilty have everywhere to hide, Santosh goes on the hunt for one elusive killer. A killer who is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals. 

As the Private team races to find a link that will lead them to the next victim, an unseen menace threatens to destroy the agency from within -and plunge the city into chaos. With countless lives hanging in the balance, Santosh must confront the demons of his past . . . before Private India meets an explosive end.

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Someday I will be even more celebrated and they will worship me like a deity.

This story is a collaboration between the world’s bestselling author and a man who can hold his very own in the literary world, Mr. Ashwin Sanghi. However, I can tell that this book was not written by JP as I can’t find any trace of his DNA in the story. I’ll give his involvement 40% given that he worked on character development.

The good? I felt as if I was transported to Mumbai. I felt the people, the pulsing of the street and the eclectic atmosphere that only Sanghi can take credit for. And I love Santosh Wagh.

The bad? Jack Morgan (I’ve never warmed up to this character) and the violence on Private’s end. Also, everything felt jam-packed into one book. Some could’ve been left over for a sequel.

Private India is headed by Santosh Wagh, a brilliant PI with a murky past. He is aided by the beautiful Nisha Gandhe, ex-cop turned PI, Mubeen the medical expert and the macho techie, Hari.

The first ten chapters or so were boring and depressing, but flawed characters were introduced. At times, I felt as if I was reading a history book about India, the goddess Durga and the Thugees.

What we have on our hand is a killer targeting women. 9 in particular as this killer is killing in the 9 stages of the goddess mother Durga. Each victim is garroted with a yellow scarf and left with tokens that represent the goddess during the 9 stages. Sanghi took us around town in Mumbai introducing us to exotic places like the Parsi Tower of Silence in Malabar Hill. Trust me, the Tower of Silence is terrifying!

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via Google Images. One cannot see the place unless you’re a Parsi.

Overall, the book was a page-turner (I put my work on hold just to finish this book) with many twists and turns, you may or may not see coming.

I was left disappointed by the ending but it left the premises open for more Santosh Wagh so yes, Patterson and Sanghi, bring it!

Despite falling in love with Santosh Wagh, almost every ‘Private’ story is the same when the lead character is called into question: they’re dealing with a death of a loved one (in this case, Santosh’s son and wife) and they’re enemies with the friend they once were good with (in this case, Rupesh). I had tied in Rupesh and Santogh’s unfortunate story in the early stages of the story as a love triangle. Almost everyone in this story was up to something or living double lives and I loved how every character was tied together in this murderer’s spree.

Some reviewers had trouble reading this book because of the strange names. It’s India. You don’t see names such as Tom, Garth or James getting tossed around often. I often associate India with the exotic and the names suited each character well. The names were easy for me to remember and I had no trouble pronouncing the names at all.

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3/5. Before the big reveal, I had put all of the pieces together. Nice try, though, Ashwin.

SANTOSH

Santosh was my absolute favorite! He is the Chief of the Indian’s Private firm and he is still battling with many problems. He has an encyclopedic memory and is a history nut who can recite stats at any time. Fascinating! I’m always on the look-out for characters as such. He’s India’s very own Dr. Spencer Reid and I love that he was flawed.

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DIALOGUE

“Your bodies are ready,” announced the police surgeon, opening the door to the refrigerator chamber, like a baker announcing a fresh batch of bread from the oven. (page 45) The writing was well done and I like this baking metaphor. 

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1/5 … call me whatever you like, but since the story focuses on Mr. Santosh Wagh, an Indian detective should’ve been on the cover.

OPENING:

THEY EXPLODED DURING rush hour.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffeelove coffee… because James Patterson didn’t write this novel and I still can’t stand Jack Morgan. I picked up this book despite my lack of love for Jack Morgan because my love for India has no boundaries. 💙

 

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Book #103: Mistress

Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs. In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

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Murder can be made to look like suicide, and suicide can be made to look like murder.

I want to trade lives with James Patterson. I can write all the stories I want without a thought for the loyal readers and stamp my name on my friends’ books as a collaboration although I know their story sucks.

This is not James Patterson’s writing nor is it in his style and this story was dull, slow, and boring. The movie trivia drove me up a wall. The narrator of the story is a creepy reporter dude with a trust fund who works at the White House and runs his own internet-based newspaper. His name is Ben and he has a messed up childhood. If the author/s wanted me to think that just because Ben was obsessive over Diana Marie Hotchkiss she was as straight as a pin, they got the wrong reader. Diana was as transparent as glass when I first met her. 

I didn’t care for half of the movies mentioned in the story. I heard about many of them, but never went looking for them and I don’t intend to start now. I never cared for Seinfeld either. 

The title is somewhat misleading. Almost every page is a movie or president of the USA trivia. Tom Cruise was the most mentioned actor and I think the author is in love with TC and his favorite movie is Mission: Impossible.

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As if I can blame him! 😆

The ending was abrupt. I was disappointed with this book and how the story was all over the place. Plus, all the characters were morons in their own way. Every single one of them. Ben Casper has got to be one of the irritating characters I’ve ever come across!

DIALOGUE

The story is set in the first person, Ben’s, but inside his mind was more annoying rather than fascinating. I wished one of the thugs had shot him dead when they had the chance to.

Page 90: Wouldn’t it be cool if you could play theme music when you’re walking around doing things? Especially during dramatic moments. I think it would inspire people.

Yes, because then my theme song would be that of Mission: Impossible.

Page 188: Inside the main office, the colors are patriotic. Even the Iowa state flag, standing alongside the Stars and Stripes, fits in with the color scheme, though truth be told the Iowa state flag resembles the French flag more than it does the American flag.

COVER

Fair. 3/5

OPENING:

Let’s see what she has in her medicine cabinet. I mean, as long as I’m here.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffee

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Book Haul part trois (and predictions)

Here I go again buying books, but I have no shame, so eh! I’ll just add them to my ever-growing pile and whine about not having time to read all of them. 

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I’m kidding! I’ll eventually get to all of them and besides, this small book haul might just be my last haul of the year.

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Okay! Okay! This is definitely not the last book haul of the year, but it’ll be for the while being. Nevertheless, I got new books (most of them for my birthday) and you know what that means! Happy dance time!

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Let’s get to the books!

Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser

I don’t trust British writers when it comes to writing about French history (I’ve had some bias run-ins over the years and had to abandon the book), but I’ll give this woman the benefit of the doubt. I got this book because I’ll read anything on the greatest European monarch who ever lived. I think this might be a 4/5 stars read for it looks really good.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been wanting to read this book since last year because I simply love Indian stories! This story has many mixed reviews, but I’ll be going into it neutral for the simple fact that it’s YA. Rishi sounds like a dream, though. I’ll say 3/5.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

I am in love with the cover! Inside contains some drawings and graffiti although I don’t find all of them pretty. I got this book because I wanted to read up on more deaf characters given that I have one of my own. Given that this is a YA, I’ll say a 2-3/5. I really hope I can be proved wrong, though and it’ll be at least a 4 in the end, but I’m not holding my breath because it can easily be a 1. 

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

I saw the cover, fell in love, read the synopsis and fell in love even more because it revolves around the Palace of Versailles when King Louis XVI was King. Then I was disappointed when I realized that it’s actually a series and I dislike series unless it’s Alex Cross. In order for me to buy Shatter the sequel, this book must be a 4/5.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

  

Earlier this year, I thought about doing a Classic Challenge and I just had to get my all-time favorite. This is the first time that I’ve received a stained book from Amazon, but I forgive them for the vinegar stain. It’s been a while since I’ve read this book. When I read it a couple of times back in primary school, it was a five every single time. But I’m not the same reader anymore so I’ll settle for 4/5.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Bruce Wayne as a teen? Count me in! However, to set the record straight, I could care less about Batman. I just like the fact that Brucie is a wealthy techie freak and he doesn’t need superpowers to be a superhero. Someone once said that wealthy characters are boring, but I have super awesome wealthy characters who aren’t boring and Brucie also proves that theory wrong. This YA is no Clark Kent, but I’ll say 3/5.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

I’ve always wanted to read material by Kasie West and when I saw this overhyped book at my favorite bookstore, I knew that this was the chance to read her. This is a summer read and the synopsis sounds really good. It also looks like a cute story so I’ll say 3/5.

The Christmas Mystery by James Patterson

The trilogy of Monsieur Luc Moncrief is finally complete! I can now read these book shots in one sitting! Base on the back cover, I’ll say this is a 4/5 read! I hope James Patterson can prove me right because I’m not a big fan of the book shot series, but I couldn’t pass up this French detective. I hope he can have his own full-length novel series at some point… assuming that he’s good!

Hidden Order by Brad Thor

I got this book on sale for only $15. Now compare that price to the original price of $78.70! This is the first time I’ve come across this author, but the story sounds good and I look forward to reading it at some point this year. I’ll say this is a 3/5 rating.

And that’s a wrap for now. Whenever I read these books, I’ll come back to the so-call predictions and see if I was right. By the way, did any of you guys happen to read books from this haul? How was your reading experience like?

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Book #102: Private Vegas

Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds–especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It’s the perfect location for Lester Olsen’s lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides–and then he teaches them how to kill.

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before. Private Vegas brings James Patterson’s Private series to a sensational new level.

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This review is going to be short.

I dislike this story. I dislike Justine and I still dislike Jack Morgan. Justine was used as a prop. She did nothing for me. Gozan and Khezir were replicas of JP’s earlier nasty creatures – the vampire brothers in Violets Are Blue. I also dislike when Khezir suddenly became Khezzy out of the blue. Jack Morgan is an extremely boring individual and I wished he had died in one of those car bombings.

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This book was terrible and JP needs to stop putting his name on books he doesn’t care to write anymore. Disjointed, jumpy plots, no proper story. Probably the worst book I’ve read in a long while. I’m glad I did not spend money on this trash. Even the title is misleading. It’s about time JP and co. close down Private. It just isn’t working.

COVER

3/5

OPENING:

LORI KIMBALL HAD three rules for the death race home.

VERDICT:

love coffee

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Book #101: Violets are Blue

Detective Alex Cross must confront his most terrifying nemesis ever – and his own deepest fears – in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.

Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.

Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld of secret clubs and role-players, a world full of poseurs and play actors – and someone demented enough to have crossed the line from dark ritual to real blood. At the same time, a lethal super-criminal from Cross’s past known as the Mastermind is stalking him, taunting him, and threatening everything he holds dear. Cross has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. In a shocking conclusion, Alex Cross must survive a deadly confrontation – only to discover at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

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“If you hunt for the vampire, the vampire will hunt for you,”

This was my very first James Patterson book AKA the book that started my love for JP before he started to hire ghostwriters to write his neverending material. This was the book that I dumped other authors for on that fateful cold evening in the library.

Violets Are Blue is the first time where Alex Cross takes a backseat to killer vampires (or are they?). I admit that I rooted for Michael and William up until their deaths because at that time I was into vampires (I blamed Lestat at the time) and this book was like, the best thing ever when I discovered it. I felt the same way when I reread it for the 2nd time after all these years.

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Yes. Yes, it does! 😄

I think JP has mad love for Tom Cruise. I’ve seen the actor’s name popped up in many of his novels including this one (most of the time, it revolves around TC’s megawatt-too-shiny-for-us-normal-people smile). I also recall JP saying that he visited TC twice and there was that one time, TC made him tea. What? The nice actor was out of servants to do his bidding on that day? 

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The beautiful blond brothers – William and Michael – lived up to expectations as the chase continues from Roses Are Red. And if you read Roses Are Red, the end told us who the Mastermind was, but we didn’t know why he became the Mastermind and he is still harassing Alex as he set out to unravel a new murder mystery.

In this dark conclusion, victims are appearing to be killed by creatures rather than people. It is hard for Cross at first to believe in vampires (or are they?), but once he finds out there is a cult in several states, he is determined to find the killers and put them away for good. 

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Alex and the team are sent on a wild goose chase. They eventually follow some false leads, head to New Orleans and ends up in Santa Cruz, the Vampire City.

At one point, Alex is bitten by a crazy so-call vampire (or is it?) and he made a boo-boo in not getting the bite checked. Shows how much the job is first place in his life, heart, and soul, and it is quite frankly unhealthy.

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James Patterson literally has to be 2-4 or more persons when he writes (well, don’t all writers?). He is Alex Cross and the psychopaths and he balances so well between their worlds. This book also opened my eyes that this story is more than just a story for in reality, people do actually practice vampirism. Look up Marcus Wesson if you’re still in doubt. 

COVER

Not a bad cover. 3/5.

OPENING:

Nothing ever starts where we think it does. So of course, this doesn’t begin with the vicious and cowardly murder of an FBI agent and good friend named Betsey Cavalierre. I only thought that it did. My mistake, and a really big and painful one.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffeelove coffeelove coffee

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Book #100: Roses Are Red

In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building — and then killing the bank employees and their families if those instructions are not followed to the letter.

Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, certain that this is no ordinary bank robber at work — the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a personal crisis at home, but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime.

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The sun looked like a lemon drop melting in bright blue skies.

My 100th review!

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Shall we dance?

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No? Okay, on to the review!

I don’t normally reread books and the books that I claim to love usually just sit on my shelf, but this is the second time that I read this book (10 years later or so). It was a beautiful trip down memory lane, but I was able to look at it with fresher (and harsher) eyes than my young teenage self.

In this story, Alex Cross’s girlfriend Christine leaves him after going through a traumatic experience. On top of it, a psychopath calling himself the Mastermind is after Cross. The man never gets any rest. It’s always one thing after the other! The Mastermind is an evil genius. He pulls off bank robberies taking the bank employee’s families as hostages.

In the love department, Cross is trying to win back Christine, but at the same time,  he meets and falls for Senior Agent, Betsey.

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The stupidest part was Cross going ‘undercover’ at the mental institution when it was already established that the Mastermind KNEW HIS FACE! He went in there with no disguise expecting to nab a crazy man. Idiotic move.

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The title has nothing to do with red roses and should’ve been called The Mastermind. The man is a brutal killer and he won’t hesitate to strike you where it hurts. He is undoubtedly one of Patterson’s best and craziest villain that gave Cross a run for his money.

Oh, this is the first part of the Mastermind series with a killer ending. Part two is titled Violets Are Blue and I’m off to read it now.

COVER

Eh, it didn’t particularly wow me; 3/5.

OPENING:

BRIANNE PARKER didn’t look like a bank robber or a murderer – her pleasantly plump baby face fooled everyone. But she knew that she was ready to kill if she had to this morning. She would find out for sure at ten minutes past eight.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffeelove coffee

Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Share your world for week of April 09th

Back again for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge!

Been anywhere recently for the first time?

Yes, I’ve been to Mayaro recently. The drive was long, but it was worth it. I’ll talk about it at some point. 

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List three favorite book characters.

YES! We’re doing this! Alex Cross from the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. d’Artagnan was the first fictional character I’ve come to love from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. 

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I think this is an English adaptation of The Three Musketeers. I haven’t and don’t intend to see it, but you tell her, d’Artagnan!

And I adore John Grisham’s Jack Brigance from A Time to Kill and Sycamore RowYou know I have a soft spot for lawyers. 💙

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink: hot or cold?

Coconut water and coffee, baby! 

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

God’s Word. I’ve been learning and discovering new and exciting things every time I open the Bible. I also appreciate the importance of cross-referencing.

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Book #99: The Thomas Berryman Number

It starts with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.

The winner of the Edgar® Award for Best First Novel, THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER marked the debut of acclaimed and bestselling author James Patterson. No other novelist writing today has created more enduring fictional characters, including legendary Alex Cross from the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years.

I went back to where it all started for the world’s biggest and best-selling author: 1976. James Patterson was a relatively new author when he debuted with The Thomas Berryman Number.

I felt disconnected from the story. I read it like I normally would read a JP book, but I felt as if I had wandered into a rambling reporter’s world and his musings and I didn’t like it at all for it skipped around a lot. There’s never any suspense, the plot made no sense and the ending was lame. I had issues keeping up with several characters. 

The story had its moments, but it was too excruciating and complex to follow sometimes. It was too slow and a letdown. 

Bottom line: it was not JP’s best work and it shouldn’t even be in print in this reading age. Regardless of what some reading enthusiasts may say, JP’s writing matured and developed over time, but I had a hard time calling this book a thriller so I settled for mystery for that’s what it feels more like.

THE CHARACTERS

No one was memorable. They were all boring.

COVER

The cover is gold! The fonts and colors collaborate nicely! It’s a 5/5.

OPENING:

CLAUDE, TEXAS, 1962

THE YEAR HE and Ben Toy left Claude, Texas – 1962 – Thomas Berryman had been in the habit of wearing black cowboy boots with distinctive red stars on the ankles. He’d also been stuffing four twenty-dollar bills in each boot sole. By mid-July the money had begun to shred and smell like feet.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffee

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Books #93-#98 (and unhaul)

So many books so little time, but I am making progress! Just a little heads up: this post might be a little lengthy for I have some pages to mercilessly drag.

Book #93: Catwoman the Junior Novel by Jasmine Jones

Anyone remember that Halle Berry as Catwoman movie? Well, this book was based on that movie in 2004 targeting the 8-12 year age group so when I saw this on the Logos II, I bought it for it was cheap. It’s only 139 pages so I read it in one sitting, but I won’t recommend this book for the young ones. The Lord’s Name is taken in vain far too many times and the idea of children reading about taking things that don’t belong to them is not good (she stole jewelry and a motorcycle). 

Patience was dense and this book was depressing and pretty trashy and a waste of trees. Patience was so nice and when she became Catwoman, she was evil and psychotic. The storyline here is that it’s better to be bad than good and no children shouldn’t be reading this garbage. 

She’s a villain so don’t make a hero out of her and try to justify her creepy evil actions.

Looking back, I can’t believe that I even liked the movie when it first came out and watched it a few times. I give this book no steaming coffee, ripped it to shreds and put it in the trash.

Book #94: Message In the Flames by Steven Torres

I talked about this book in an early book haul. I had gotten it on sale and I was excited to read the story because I love Puerto Rico and their Spanish happens to be my type of Spanish! Their accent is just the hottest of the Spanish lot and they call themselves Boricuas. Está nítido! 

I apologize for getting carried away, but I love Porto Rico.

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I wish I could’ve gotten into this book, but it was too slow and I found the story boring. I’ll be giving this book away.

Book #95: Love Him to Death by Tanya Landman

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This is another book that I’ve spoken of in an early haul this year. My youngest sister read it before me for she enjoys a good old mystery and YA when done properly and she kept urging me to read the book while I was reading something else.

I finally got around to it, but I already knew who the murderer was thanks to my sister who didn’t want to keep it to herself. The book is 120 pages long so I read it in one sitting. However, I must say that I didn’t like it. No monsieur, not my cup of French vanilla coffee. Some of the deaths were too gruesome for a children’s book. You see why I read a variety of books? Have to warn the parents. 😉

Anyways, apart from almost putting me to sleep, there was one typo on page 57. My final verdict is 2/5 and I most likely won’t read any more books from this series.

Book #96: The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

I remember singing this author’s praises last year when I reviewed The Surgeon and actually liken her to James Patterson. Well, I take that back after reading this garbage. 

I dislike that the author keeps linking Isles personally to the victims and suspects in a sort of creepy way. Also, the story was super predictable from the beginning and the plot was unbelievable. I believe that the author is getting bored of her star protagonists and doesn’t know what to do with them anymore.

There’s this scene where Isles goes back by herself to the house of the Mephisto Club and I thought that this was absolutely stupid of her. And I’m sorry, but you cannot know the Son of Sam and other things relating to such and not know what the eye of Horus is. Nope. Not buying it.

This is the last book that I’m ever going to read from this author. I’m happy that this book was given to me so I didn’t have to spend money on it. It’s unrateable and unreadable and it’s going to meet the same fate as Catwoman.

Book #97: His First Wife by Grace Octavia

This book was okay despite the fact I did not like the formatting game. Could’ve been tighter. 

The characters weren’t so likable, though. No one gets my sympathy when it comes to breaking up a marriage no matter how shaky it is. I disliked Coreen so much that I wanted to reach into the book and punch her living daylights out. 

It was also hard for me to feel sorry for Kerry when her so-call best friend and friend’s husband knew all about “the other woman”. Kerry was selfish and spoiled at times and it felt like she didn’t have a clue on how to be a wife (someone get her a manual!). I get that she comes from old money, but she was a crybaby. Then there was this:

“Flowers?” I recoiled. “I thought that he was off in Paris living it up in love with some French white woman.” (Page 287)

Why couldn’t she be black? I assure you, Madame Author, that black French women do exist and they’re quite beautiful as the white French woman, so again, why couldn’t the woman in question be black? 

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Have you not heard of the lovely Noémie Lenoir? Why follow every other author and stereotype everything? Write the same thing just to be on the safe side? Why not be a little risky sometimes?

Anyway, moving on. There was a mistake on page 163: the email in question was supposed to send to Jamison from Coreen and not the other way around. I won’t be reading the other books in this series and for the final rating, I give this book a 2/5.

Book #98: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Where do I begin? Where do I begin?

I know this word is a pretty strong and offensive word, but I HATED LARA JEAN! There, I said it. I love the Korean-American representation, but Lara is not a protagonist to root for. She’s supposed to be sixteen, but she acts more like eleven. And she was whiny and ditzy.

This book does not have any likable characters save for the girls’ father and Peter. Peter Kavinsky must be the first obnoxious boy I liked, so congrats Peter, must be the surname.

And what’s up with YA novels and tons of food? In almost every chapter a character is cooking or eating. Major turn off for I thought I was reading a culinary textbook. 

The chapters are short, but not as engaging as James Patterson’s short chapters and I thought the book was too long and chatty. On page 49, there is an explanation as to why people at school didn’t know that two girls were cousins because they looked nothing alike. Is there a universal rule somewhere that states all cousins must look alike for it was implied. I’m glad I look nothing like my cousins.

I’m glad that this horrible book is going out of my life. It read like a Taylor Swift music video. 2/5. Better shake this off with another book.

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