[470]: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Little, Brown and Company |Hardcover, 320 pages | October 6th, 2014 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


This is one of the few series that I religiously follow every year. Even though the focal plot and conflict gets resolved with each instalment, the end always paves the way for the next one.

I love reading about teens with extraordinary powers. And while the Angel siblings are no way near in the league of say,  Super Friends, their genetically enhanced intelligence, strengths, and prowesses come pretty close.

Grandma’s last will and testament.

Soon after they dropped anchor in Paris, Jacob informed them that the fate and fortune of the Angel family rests on the siblings’ ability to stay out of trouble. It turns out that Grandma actually only loathed their parents, who incidentally inherited the sum total of $100 from the Angel matriarch.  The Angel siblings, however, are set to inherit a vast fortune provided that they can behave themselves. Which, I have to say,  would require a Herculean effort. Because wherever the Angel siblings are, trouble surely follows.

Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

The second book to the series ended with a taste of a reunion between Tandy and James, the boyfriend who disappeared without a trace. Well, I’m sorry to say that the third book only made me wish that I’ve never heard of that name ever again. After they spent a quasi romantic day/night worthy of Paris, he more or less made like a banana and split. To be honest, I’m surprise that I’m not a raging mess at the moment. Considering James just earned himself a spot on my sh*t list, I’m a little shocked that I’m writing out this review in a relatively calm manner.  The funny thing is, I’m not even saddened by how it all went down. Which only shows exactly how much I’m vested in this two-second relationship.

Same sh*t, different pile.

Much have been said about Uncle Peter and how he is worthy of the Douchebag of the Century title. In this book, though he’s relatively absent, we can still smell his stink from all the way across the pond. Actually, he’s taken on a different face of evil. Without getting too much into it, it seems that Peter has always been in the Rampart’s pockets (James’ father’s company). And the experimentation extended to other kids besides the Angels siblings. Only this time, the pills had fatal consequences.

The mystery surrounding Katharine Angel has always been in the periphery of Tandy Angel’s missions in life. This book will finally answer some of the questions, including an introduction to the only person who saw her right up until the “accident” that took her life.

Uncle Jacob, their self-appointed guardian, continues to provide them with all the paternal connection and interaction their father never did bestow upon them. Though there was one instance where I thought he went out of character for the sake of unnecessary plot conflict.

 Don’t go changin’ just to please me.

I don’t even care about that James situation. Sure I was bitter for like, one second. But honestly? I love this series so much, I couldn’t give a hooping funt that it’s severely lacking in the romance department. There are definitely a lot more to love about this, least of all is how Tandy is able to compartmentalize her feelings and thoughts. She’s probably the most rational teen I know – fictional or otherwise.

 

 

 

  • I love how much you like this series even though there are aspects of it that you really don’t like as well. I think the series sounds promising but I have yet to read any James Patterson books, and I really need to try the Maximum Ride series, or at least so people say 😛

  • One of my 2015 reading goals is exploring works of authors I’ve never read before. Like James Patterson. I always see his books in a bargain bookstore that I frequently visit but I never thought about picking his books. So this post reminded me to add him in my mental TBR.

    • Ohhh yes! You must get out of your comfort zone from time to time. This one is YA anyway, so not that far removed from your usual reads. I hope you’ll enjoy, Joy. 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Seems like you love this series even though characters make it to your sh*t list! Fun review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I love the way you write reviews. <3 Thank you for sharing about this book Joy 😀 It looks pretty interesting, but not for me ;p Ack. And not much romance? Hmph. Not for me at all, lol. But I'm glad you still enjoyed it lots even without the romance 😀 it is good for a book to be awesome with just the plot too. <3

  • Oh yes I saw this one around but in the end I didn’t see a lot of reviews about it so I”m glad to see you had a good time about it. Plus now I’m curious to discover Tandy if she is like that. thanks for the review!

    • The funny thing is, I like that I seem to be the only one reading this series. Lol!

  • Christy

    Aww, I want to see you rage. lol. I’ve only read a couple books by him … the one where the kids are part bird or something. Anyway, maybe I should try more of his work.

    • Hahhaha! I think that after my discussion post about me being a big ol’ meanie, I’ve mellowed down quite a lot. So this is me being mature. :p

  • Okay, this is the Confessions series,not the Angel series? One of my kids used to be a big fan of Angels but I swear that was about five or six years ago. Have not had great luck with his YA but I do love his Alex Cross adult books!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • I was confused too! I thought these and the Angels series are related, but I can’t find any evidence that they are!

  • Hmm, this isn’t something that would normally appeal to me but heard a lot about patterson

    • Definitely a different YA altogether. 😀

  • I’ve only read his YA witches & wizard series and hated it. It felt like it was written by college students taking creative writing. After that I never tried anything of his again.

    • Oh hahahahah! That’s a good assessment of that series (I haven’t read them). Must. Stay. Away.

  • Well, James sounds like a piece of work. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about him. I used to devour James Patterson’s adult books in the past. I haven’t had the chance to pick one up in a long time (ever since I discovered YA).
    I’m glad this was a good read for you, Joy! Lovely review! 🙂

    • Trust me, you wouldn’t want to meet this guy. He ain’t worth your time. Lol.

  • I don’t normally go in for this type of YA novel but I do have a few volumes from the series that came unexpectedly last year I think. I might have to check to see if one is the first and give it a try. I know you’re hard to please and if you’re still with it , it must speak well to the writing.

    • I can’t explain it. I’m just a huge fan of this series! I don’t know if it’ll be your thang, though. But hey, it’ll be interesting to see your thoughts on this series. 🙂

  • I’m a strong advocate for YA books without romance. Most of them make for a much more engaging and well written read, without the soppy tropes to fall back on. I’ve had to skim a little as I haven’t read this series, I haven’t heard much about it at all. But have added book one to my TBR list. This’ll be my first Patterson novel actually and super excited to grab a copy. Looking forward to seeing how you find his adult releases and how they compare to his YA series.

    Lovely review Joy <3

    • Right? No one’s really going cray over this series, but I kinda like that it seems like I’m the only one reading them. Lol. Selfish much?

  • I think it’s wonderful that you’ve been with this series throughout it’s entirety. I haven’t been that way since like Harry Potter. The great thing about a good series that people enjoy is that we can overlook it’s flaws and still appreciate it 🙂

    • I agree. In some cases, the things that will typically annoy me in a book holds no weight because I tend to focus on the other elements. 🙂

  • Love this review Joy! Even though I usually like some romance in my books I can totally see why it didn’t bother you in the slightest that there wasn’t much in this book, it sounds like this story has so much more to offer without it anyway! I must start this series soon! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jas. This one is a breath of fresh air. Aside from the absent parents syndrome, this series is really ways away from your typical YA. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy these books when you get the chance to read them. 🙂

  • I had no idea you liked this series so much, now I definitely want to try it!

    • Oh I do, Ali. This is one of those I’d love the book no matter what. Lol.

  • I read this last week! I, unfortunately, was quite disappointed with this instalment although I really enjoyed the previous two. I really didn’t feel James and Tandy’s relationship so I didn’t really care when he left her, although I did feel sorry for her as I do like her character.

    Great review! 🙂

    • I must admit that it wasn’t the strongest book in the series, but I enjoyed it – James, none withstanding. I didn’t care for the romance as well so I wasn’t broken up by what happened.

  • I’ve been wanting to read smth by J. Patterson for a long time, but somehow, with all these new books and arcs, it slips my mind. Everyone seems to love his work. Glad that the 2nd book of the series was good for you, Joy!

    • Thanks, hun. 🙂 I think I’m going to venture onto his adult boos next.

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I love your enthusiasm for this author! I still need to read An Angel Experiment (not sure if that was the actual title lol) which I bought AGES back. It’s been sitting on my shelves, taunting me.

    Nice review, Joy! <33

    • That’s what I initially thought! But apparently, their two different series altogether.