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Book #64: Confessions: The Paris Mysteries

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The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world’s bestselling mystery writer!

After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 7, 2013)
Chapters: 69
Pages: 293
Series: Confessions (#3)

Tandy finally reunites with her so-call lost love James Rampling (I can’t get over how pompous the surname is!), but not everything is fine and dandy.  Tandy stupidly gave James her virginity without thinking. I mean, come on, she’s the protagonist and only 16! Sixteen! 

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When she wakes up the next morning, alone in the rundown Paris hotel and realizes that James left her, I shouted, ‘HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE USED, YOU STUPID GIRL!’ Okay, I may not have shouted that, but I can’t get over how much I dislike Tandy, so yeah, she deserved it. Serves her right for behaving like an adult. 

Oh! Did I say they were reunited in Paris? *Hits head* So, the “lovers” reunited in the City of Lights. The Angels learned more about Gram Hilda (the grandma who left their father with only $100 to his name in her will because she despised Maud) and how she left them a house, which eventually burned down in the end.

I did not like the stereotype here:

“Tandy, you wouldn’t like it here. I’d even say you’d be miserable. You’d have to wear black all the time and diet constantly like all Parisian women do. And have you seen the young French men? Messy. Scruffy. And they smoke. All of them.”

Come on! Not EVERY Frenchman are messy, scruffy and smokes and not every Frenchwomen diet constantly. I dislike seeing stereotypes as these from American writers.

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Again, no hatred lost for Tandy and this book shouldn’t have been called The Paris Mysteries. The authors should have titled it Obsessing Over James. I can’t seem to invest my emotions in this terrible series. This book in the series was the worst yet because there was no mystery to solve! It was just Tandy bemoaning the fact that James left her and when she finally goes back to the States, she goes to see him only to find out that her best friend C.P. is actually in a relationship with him. 

The best part about working in a library is the fact that I get to read books in order to recommend them to students and staff members. I wouldn’t recommend this series at all, but I know everyone has different taste. Case in point: A staff member and student borrowed this series and upon returning, I asked them if they enjoyed it, and they said yes. Another student thought the series was too slow to follow and gave up on it. 

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VERDICT:

2

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Book #63: Confessions: The Private School Murders

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In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.

Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren’t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents’ deaths. Now, while she’s working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend’s homicide, she’s driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree.

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy’s own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn’t listening to her…and Tandy can’t ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 6, 2014)
Chapters: 87
Pages: 372
Series: Confessions (#2)

I devoured this book rather quickly. I have a confession: I still don’t like the series to an extent, but this book was all right.

Tandy is back and she’s tackling three cases:

^ exotic animals loose in the Dakota. Whodunit?

^ private school girls are being murdered. Why?

^ who really killed Michael Angel’s pregnant girlfriend?

In this second book, Tandy also gains back her memory of her first love, James Rampling, who happens to be the son of the Angels’ enemy #1, Royal Rampling (I really like the surname! It’s proper British and the annoying name suits the man quite right).

When Jacob Pearlman was introduced as the kids’ new guardian, it was love at first read.

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At one point in the story, Tandy’s friend C.P. kept bugging her about a ‘super-sexy purple-prose page-turner’ that was sweeping the planet by storm. I was actually thinking that the authors were referring to Fifty Shades (heyy, throwing shade eh?) even when C.P. called it awful.

What I didn’t like was the fact that when Tandy started solving the cases, she solved them one right after the other. It was pretty much annoying for it was rushed. The authors neglected to mention why Gary killed those private school girls. Because of this, I had to take away a steaming coffee cup. I also took away the steaming coffee because of the romance. I mean, the girl is 16, yes, I know she’s going to fall in love, but the brainwashing and kidnapping was a little too much and I dislike the fact that they were close to being intimate. Like, calm down! There’s enough time for that later when you’re older.

I CAN’T

Although it was better than the first book, I still didn’t enjoy the characters (save Hugo and Jacob).

Oh, and Tandy, don’t call me your friend. We’re not friends.

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VERDICT:

2Another reason why this gets two steaming coffee cups was the fact that the title was misleading. It was not about private school murders, but more about Tandy looking for James. I started to speed read after the first 20 or so chapters. Very unrealistic.

Now, on to the next book.

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Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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Book #58: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Tandy Angel is a whip-smart teenager, a magnificently wealthy heiress who was possibly the last person to see her parents alive. Is she also a murderer?

Harrison Angel is her artistic twin brother and a concert pianist but was always a disappointment to their parents. Is he also a murderer?

Hugo Angel is their ten-year-old sibling, a little boy with uncanny strength … and their parents pushed him as hard as the rest of them. Is he also a murderer?

Matthew Angel is their famous older brother, an all-American football star who has more than one very good reason to hate his parents. Is he also a murderer?

From the creator of the Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard series comes a brilliant teen heroine on a mission to bring her parents’ killer to justice, even if it means uncovering her family’s darkest secrets – and confessing some of her own.

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
Chapters: 87
Pages: 372
Series: Confessions (#1)

I don’t like author collaborations, but I do like James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. They’re my favorite author collaboration at the moment. I am also a sucker for unique characters, but it was hard to like Tandy Angel. I really tried to like her to the very end, but it was all in vain.

When their parents are found murdered, the cops are called and everyone inside the secured apartment becomes a suspect. That’s when Tandy decides to play detective and solve the murder.

The way Tandy referred to the parents by name throughout, one can immediately tell of the loveless, cold and emotionless childhood the Angel children had endured. Captain Caputo said it right, “As far as I can tell, Angel is a pretty ironic name for this family.” I couldn’t stand him when he called Tandy all sorts of names except her given one. It made me laugh at first, but then it just got plain annoying.

At one point, Tandy was certain that no Angel kid would try to kill their parents, yet she still doubted her brothers.

The Angel family was a contradiction itself. I kind of liked the 10-year-old super strong freak, Hugo. The parents were cruel and detached. They don’t punish like normal loving parents. They give their kids the ‘Big Chop’.

I need a break from reading this series. I don’t think I can stand Tandy Angel so soon although I’ll love to read the other two books and get it over with. I guess I didn’t like the Incredibles, oh, I mean, the Angels because they were too superhuman and devoid of emotions that supposed to make them human.It’s as if this family was created in a lab … oh, wait!

If you like science and emotionless heroines despite the fact she was not responsible for being doped up, then this book is for you.

Lately, almost every JP’s star characters – EXCEPT Alex Cross – are lovers of themselves and narcissistic idiots and yes, young Tandy falls in this category too.

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I am unfulfilled with this book. I did not like the mad scientist dad and I did not like the children with supernatural powers. It irked me. Maybe I need to read the other part in the series to erm, like, the Angel clan a little bit more. We’ll see.

I guess next up is for her to prove Matthew innocent of murdering of his so-call girlfriend.

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QUOTABLES:

As you might expect by now, the press was at its obnoxious worst. I hated them. They wanted interviews. They wanted drama. They wanted news. (Chapter 84; Page 352)

Yep, currently sums up the media. 

VERDICT:

3

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