Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review of Metra City: Destiny's Kiss by Jaree Francis

Metra City: Destiny's Kiss

Paperback, First Edition, 225 pages
Up and coming writer Jaree Francis debuts with the fresh urban fiction novel Metra City: Destiny’s Kiss.
The tale focuses on a band of brothers who are being pulled apart as they embark on the road to their individual destiny. Reznor, Lando, Chase $, and Nimrod have been friends for many years, but things are changing.
Metra City is ridden with gang violence, drug trafficking, and poverty, yet some see a ray of light through all of the darkness. While some embrace wretched paths, others seek refuge.
This story is unique and introduces you to interesting characters such as the femme fatale Regalia, the ever prayerful Forever, a young & untamable vixen known simply as Tara, and also Chase’s children’s mother, Lara. Definitely worth the read and it is also absent of profanity.
Published March 20th 2010 by self-published

My thoughts:
I purchased this signed copy from the author.

First I will talk about the cover.  It is unique because it has a collage of pictures that remind the reader of certain parts of the book.  Most covers just have one picture, so that was the first thing about the book that makes it really stand out.

The author self-published this book.  I have heard a little about the writing process, and really think that it takes a lot of talent for someone to publish their own book.  

These characters are not people that I can relate to, but it makes for an interesting story thats for sure. I don't like Chase for some reasons that you will just have to read about.  He is good to his kids thought which is one thing I like about him. 

I like Reznor. He is so sweet to his sister. I also like his rap songs that he has written and hope he can make it big. That was disgusting when Nimrod made star suck on him after he just had his "meat in her anus". I don't really like Nimrod either. 

I like the humor too on page 114 "Yo, Rod. How can you be on a period when you got a piece of meat tucked up under your butt?" Chase $ asked". Page 23 was funny too when Chase said "Nah, I'm still twelve inches strong." and Lara told him "Twelve inches" Junior, you must be reading the wrong side of the ruler..." 

Regalia, I just can't believe that he had been insulted all her life for being darker than all of the other kids. Another book I read had the same issue in it. I don't know why people would make a big deal out of that. 

This is not a book that you can just sit down and whip through. It really gets you thinking and shows me another side that I know nothing about, the violence, the drugs, and gangs. Also, there is no profanity in this book. That is very rare too. 

There was just so much to this book that I will probably have to read it again.  It definitely begs for a sequel too.  There are some words in this book that seem like they may be mis-spelled or wrong, but it makes the book unique and that's how the book is meant to be.

I am friends with the author on Goodreads and he also has some other books that I need to read.  He definitely takes pride in his writing and does it well.  He takes the time to listen to what I have to say and explains anything that I had questions about.

I give this 5 out of 5 diamonds!


  1. Self publishing is hard and expensive. I'm glad that you read this one and are helping this author get his voice heard!!

  2. Posted a special thank you for the Santa gifts over at my blog :)
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