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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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Do you know what this means? I can haul more books! 

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Book #70: The Surgeon

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He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him “The Surgeon.” Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly identical crime: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands—and savors—the secret fears of every woman he kills.

Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publisher: Ballantine Books (2001)
Pages: 350
Series: Rizzoli & Isles, #1

Move over Martina Cole and Mary Higgins Clarke! Tess Gerritsen is here and I wished I had only found her sooner. Anyways, better late than never as they say. My sister bought this book for my birthday and I was excited to immediately start reading, although I was reading other material at the time.

If you love medical thrillers, or you simply love a good old thriller just for reading sake, The Surgeon is a worthy page turner and it will rope you in. This, I promise you.

From the beginning of the Prologue – ‘Today they will find her body’to the closing of it – ‘Today they will know we are back’ – had me intrigued. Who are we?  The book was impossible to put down and I moaned every time I had to put it down to get work done or to study for an exam. I don’t read enough fantastic med thrillers – save Robin Cook – but this one was beyond fantastic. I was there when the author took us through the cold mind of a serial killer. I was there in the operating rooms, when Dr. Catherine Cordell felt scared and when Detective Jane Rizzoli finally met the killer face to face.

The Surgeon is the first in the Rizzoli and Isles series, but only Rizzoli is introduced in this book, so I guess I’ll meet Isle in the second book. Although Detective Rizzoli is the main protagonist, sometimes it felt as if Moore was the main focus. At first, the Boston detectives are unwilling partners, as Rizzoli wants the case to be all hers. She wants to prove that she can be one of the boys. It does not help that her family heavily favors her brother over her. So this case was personal to her in every way. Dr. Catherine Cordell is a member of an emergency team. She left Savannah two years ago after surviving a rather brutal attack, in which she fought and killed her attacker.

But did she?

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Dr. Cordell’s nightmares become a reality when recent murders similar to the ones that happened in Savannah begins to happen in Boston, which is supposed to have been a safe haven for her. Moore and Rizzoli dismissed that a copycat killer could be committing the recent crimes because the details of the original murders were kept out of the press and the original killer was killed by Cordell. The detectives now have no choice but to bring the doctor in the middle of their investigation. From there, things start to heat up.

Dr. Catherine Cordell is insecure. A survivor, but still a living, breathing victim as she is the trophy that the killer wants to attain. She is the most prized asset. She lives in a shell, often masking her facade because she does not want anyone to pity her. She is beautiful though, and Moore cannot ignore her beauty compared to the plainness that is Rizzoli, who was beginning to harbor a little crush on Moore. Although Moore is a widower, having lost his wife Mary to cancer, he is like the average man when it comes to a beautiful woman. At least that’s what the plain Rizzoli thinks. However, Moore sees not only a beautiful woman, but a strong-willed woman who has lived through so much and is still standing. They eventually marry in the end.

I love Rizzoli because she is ‘what you see is what you get’ and she doesn’t wear loads of makeup. She just needs to love herself instead of feeling sorry for herself when it comes to the beauty department.

The book was well written, the characters well thought out and they were amazing! I won’t hesitate to read more books from Tess Gerritsen. What I won’t do is watch the TV series though. I love how Rizzoli is well written and sometimes the actress does not give the character enough justice. In short, TV ruins everything. If I watch the show before I read the book, then I won’t read the book. If I read the book, then I won’t watch the show. I make rare exceptions (‘The Help’). Well done, Gerritsen! Well done!

I strongly recommend this book for medical thriller lovers or simply thriller lovers. As I end here, I already have another book waiting for me to turn its pages and to get lost in its world.




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