4 out of 5 stars!
Believe it or not, this is my first James Patterson book. I know he’s been around forever, I know he’s been in many airport stores/shops for a long time and probably still is. I’ve always known him to be “airport reads”, which I don’t think I thought that to exactly be a bad label, it was more the fact that I gravitated more to something magical or made obvious to be exciting or scary. I’m always one to be careful on what I spend my money on, no matter how cheap either, and so I never had much interest in his books.
Only recently, within the last year or two, I have noticed he’s done children’s books. Thought immediately attracted my attention because I love the magic and adventure in children’s fantasy books. But his seem more on the humorous side, which attracted me even more. My kid loves reading the books that he does because they are silly and make him laugh. And I love that that turns him on to reading. So when I first noticed his children’s books I was like, “Well, then. He must be a pretty swell dude.” One day, at the airman’s attic (props to those who know what that is, and I’m sorry for those who don’t because I don’t really want to get into that), but I found this book there and figured I’d give it a try. So now, here’s my review:
This story is about a couple of American killers who murder for the sake of art, takes a Polaroid of their work, and sends it to police departments and such along with a postcard. This takes place in Europe, but an American police detective takes it upon himself to stay a part of the investigation BECAUSE….. wait for it……
his adult daughter and daughter’s husband were victims.
From there you probably get the gist of how the whole story goes. The murders were gruesome and the action was fair. On a hype-ness level it was ok. Not bad for my first James Patterson. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t love it. If you’re familiar with my reviews then you know this isn’t my go-to genre, but a decent read indeed.
Getchoself a copy if you’re someone who loves a bit of murder. Or gift it to someone this Christmas 🙂
Happy holidays, you wonderful book nerds. Post a list of your favorite holiday reads in the comments!
5 out of 5
A BEAUTIFUL memoir.
Since childhood, a young girl struggles in life due to her parents’ lack of taking on parental responsibilities, though not without love. A non-traditional love of a parent.
Her family moves a lot and she and her siblings would often fend for themselves in terms of food, warmth, and even bringing in money. The children always try to be understanding and considerate of what their parents are going through or may be feeling, so they would take it upon themselves to sort of handle and take care of the family; Of each other.
The girl takes you through her ups, downs, and aspirations. You get an understanding of everyone’s roles and relationships. You would like to think it’s a bad situation, and it is, but then you think “At least they have love”, but it still doesn’t justify a lot.
The whole thing is just bizarre and an unimaginable way of allowing\letting\making your kids live. But in the end it all worked out. It wasn’t the cheesy “Disney-ending” I would want for myself if it were my life, but it was satisfying enough.
2 out of 5
While this one was intriguing, it was hard to stay intrigued throughout the descriptive scenes. I know there was a certain mood and time Stephen was trying to convey, but I felt like I was trying to trudge through it to get to the exciting parts. Felt like fillers.
This story starts off with an author who gets in a car wreck and is “rescued” by who you later learn (but not too much later) is a crazy woman. She is supposedly his biggest fan and has a big issue with the way one of his series had ended. Basically, she demands an ending that the book’s character deserves. His legs are all messed up from the accident, so he can’t just escape, though he tries to while his captor goes out on errand runs.
There are some parts that do get my heart racing, the same way as if I were watching it as a movie, but I do have a hard time reading through slow parts. I need constant action or curiosities (that move the story along) to keep me captivated.
I was going to give this a 3 instead of a 2, but I have to admit that I didn’t even finish it. I did, however, read more than half the book. So, at least I tried.
I do hear great things about the movie, though. I have never seen it.
5 out of 5
Mitch Albom is one of my most favorite authors. His books are so real, in a sense of real life hardships, dreams, love and friendships, experiences, etc.. His stories really speak to my soul, gay as that may sound, but do you know what i mean? I might have already said this in a previous Mitch Albom book review, but after reading a book of his it leaves me with a feeling of light-heartedness and love and awe in my heart. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto was such a BEAUTIFUL story from beginning to end. At least halfway through i was already telling friends to read it. Especially the ones who love music.
This book is about Frankie and his life told by Music, the very thing every human is born with, whether or not it comes out strong throughout our lives. Music states that we are all born with music in our soul, only some of us keep it alive and some of us let it go. The metaphors used to describe all this is very poetic. Its very attractive and fitting.
So his life is told and explained by Music, but also by his colleagues from different times of his life; People who have great love and respect for him as a friend, fan, coworker, or acquaintance. The way saw it in my head was like a type of docu-series. Something like that. He was a lost baby, a struggling boy, and a man with so much experience, so much passion, and so much love. Ugh!
The end had me unsatisfied in the sense that it messed with my heart and I was wishing that I could go straight to the characters and intervene. I’m not saying it was a bad ending, just that it left me wanting to cry for an important and undiscovered truth will FOREVER be unknown!!
But read it anyway. Its still beautiful.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS!
End of Watch is the third book to the Hodge’s trilogy. Unlike the second book, Finder’s Keepers, the story continues with the Mercedes killer in the first book, Mr. Mercedes. In this book, the story of the Mercedes killer comes to an end and fills me with content, sadness, and solace.
I gave the first two books 5 stars and this 3 because it is sort of slow. While just about every part of the book was relevant, funny, sad, messed up, or interesting, it was just a different pace than I was expecting.
It begins with the killer being in a coma. He is coming out of his coma and eludes any court trials for his crimes in the first book by faking coma. After roughly a year or so goes by he slowly realizes that he has mind control power. Eventually, it evolves into using that power through an old video game where while people are playing they become hypnotized and allows the killer to slip into their mind to commit suicide.
Though that is the synopsis of it, the story also includes the close friendship between Kermit, Holly, and Jerome. It is my most favorite thing about these books. Their relationships only grow stronger, closer, and more awesome! The ending… (oh, my heart…). They are friendship goals.
To the very end.
Good morning! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!
First of all, two words: STEPHEN KING.
Now then… it starts off intriguing. It instantly began with trying to get you to think and hope that what was going on went a different direction (at least I was). Oh, but it took a turn for the worst, lol, because of course.
Anyway, beyond that nerve wracking beginning, it was a steady pace of story lines and curiosity. I wouldn’t say it got boring, but I was just waiting for the crazy parts. But worry not, because crazy it got.
This story is different from the first. They don’t go hand-in-hand (if that would be the correct term…), but they do connect. If someone were to have started with Finder’s Keepers first rather than Mr. Mercedes (like I almost did, not knowing it was a trilogy at the time) then I don’t think any confusion would have been made. BUT it is better reading the first one first so that you understand the characters when they reminisce.
The very end makes me think that the next book will go back to the First Book character’s story. And I must say I am VERY excited to get to it. I believe it’s called End Of Watch. I’ve got to get it SOOOOON!
Currently reading Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley. A story that includes depression, suicide, and love. I am almost halfway through.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
This was a great start to the trilogy. 1. Mr. Mercedes 2. Finder’s Keepers 3. End of Watch.
This first one is about a retired detective trying to find a murderer. Detective Hodges was very good at what he did, but he never was able to catch a murderer who crashed a Mercedes into people who were just overnighting in a job fair line outside of a building years before he retired. This Mr. Mercedes man has some serious issues. He sends a letter to the retired detective writing how much he enjoyed it; How he was curious to see how it would make him feel; And how happy it made him to know that he killed a mother and her baby together. So, he’s got more work to do still.
Mr. Mercedes is a very sick mind, though he is your typical blends-into-society type of psycho. I finished this book some time last week so if I’m remembering correctly it ends on a decent note.
But this is just the beginning. I’m eager to read more!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STEPHEN KING STORY? I plan on reading a bunch of his books this year and want to read the best ones.
NEW AND UNDISCOVERED AUTHORS!! I plan on reading a bunch from them, too. At the moment, I am reading Darkest Light by Ashley Earley. So if you have any suggestions for me on that feel free to list it in the comments!
Happy reading, bookworms.