Jessica's Book Thoughts

I read books from a mix of genres. My favorites are dark fantasy, paranormal anything, Sci fi, horror, and fantasy. I have a thing for reading encyclopedias, I know it's sort of weird. When I find something interesting (meaning really gross, funny, unbelievable) I lost about it. I have an amazing family.

The Red-Stained Wings by Elizabeth Bear

The Red-Stained Wings - Elizabeth Bear

I read this, and two other novels, while travelling out of state to set up funeral arrangements for my father in law. I needed a distraction, this did just that. For that I give much thanks to the author, Elizabeth Bear.


This definitely is much faster paced than the first book. My only complaint about the first was that it felt a bit sluggish, but despite that it was also a great read. While this book could be read without reading the first in series, I don't recommend doing so. Certain aspects would be misses.


Bear is great at character building. They are among some of the most memorable I have read about. I much so have loved reading about Gage in this series. He was once a man, now part automaton. His scenes in this book were very engrossing.


There were questions from the first book which were answered in this, but this book also left questions and loose ends. I am impatiently waiting for the third book for those answers. I am curious to see if I am correct about a few things.


Thank you Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for being allowed to read an arc edition of this book.

Alpha & Omega series (books.0.5 to 3) by Patricia Briggs

Alpha & Omega - Patricia Briggs Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs Fair Game - Patricia Briggs

This is set in the same world as there Mercy books, but features a different main couple. I like this series, but not as much as Mercy's books. I think the characters are not as complex as in the other series. Also seems to not be as much humor. Will still continue but am taking a break from this world before starting the new Mercy book. 

Mercy Thompson series (books 1-10) by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called - Patricia Briggs Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs Iron Kissed  - Patricia Briggs Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs River Marked - Patricia Briggs Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs Night Broken - Patricia Briggs Fire Touched (A Mercy Thompson Novel) - Patricia Briggs Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

I started this series quite a while ago and tossed it aside because I just couldn't get into it. This time I listened to it in audiobook format and loved it so much I listened to them in sequence. I enjoyed every moment of it. 



In a Badger Way (Honey Badger Chronicles book 2) by Shelly Laurenston

In a Badger Way (Honey Badger Chronicles #2) - Shelly Laurenston

I really love this author. I haven't read a book by her that wasn't good. I love how her books make me laugh. I especially like her characters, each and every one of them are crazy hilarious in their own unique way. There shifter breed greatly influences how their human side acts.


This one features a giant panda bear, Shen, and a honey badger/tiger hybrid, Jenny.


Jenny is a genius, this helps to contribute to her being very socially awkward. She has super anxiety, especially confronted with bears in anyway, but not pandas. She can't control her freakishly large, extremely strong animal form. Her sisters keep her close in order to stop her from destroying the world and try to shelter her from everything acting as a buffer between her and real life. Shen is an extremely patient man. He loves bamboo, has a lot of friends, and is typically levelheaded no matter what situation he finds himself in. He somehow finds himself in the position of being Jenny's protector.


At first I didn't like the idea of the the two of them being a match. I really wanted Jenny to end up with one of the bears that terrified in the begining of the book. I am happy to say that by the middle of the book I was rooting for Shen.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light romance that will have them laughing out loud. I do recommend tat you start from the beginning where thus world that the books is set in began, The Magnus Pack series, but starting with the first book in the Pride series works almost as well.


Electronic review copy provided by Netgalley for an honest review.


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Down to Oath

Down to Oath - Tyrolin Puxty

I liked this, especially the oddball main character, Codi. She lives in a world where everything is cookie cutter, no differences amongst the people, nothing exciting... then there is some excitement in the form of a child in a childless village. Codi learns there is more out there, and she has the power of choice, BIG choice.

I wish this were a bit longer. There was so much that could have been expanded, if done right this could be a great story.


Book provided by Netgalley.

The Pigman

The Pigman - Paul Zindel

This was okay. I liked how it began with a prank phone call being the starting point of what could have been a great friendship between two teens and an older man. They man was at a desperate time in his life, the teens took advantage of this. I really think the teens in this were not great kids at all. 


My daughter read this with me, it was for a school project. She liked it and found it sort of fun to read about how teens lives who lived not too long ago were so much different than what hers is.

Free at Tor

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

this is free at Tor until September 22 for US and UK.

Women Heroes of World War II

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue - Kathryn J. Atwood

I have always disliked that women are not as remembered as much as men who did the same thing as them in history. I do understand that women were not as empowered as they are today, but I also know that there had to be some awesome ladies who do awesome things. This book is abou those women during he Second World War.


I enjoyed reading this and sharing it my children. My son was really impressed by how amazing some of the women featured were and how important some of their accomplishes were. For my daughter this gave her a sort of I can do everything you can do, only better for a few days, secretly I like this, but it was slightly annoying for a few days. 


Highly recommended. Would be a great addition to any library. 

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett

I just love this author. I was excited to see a new series by him, it did not disappoint. The worlds he creates are so easy to get lost in.


When I read the first book in a fantasy series I usually begin to crave more action as there is so much focus on world building, this is especially so with a book thelat is introducing a complex magic system as this one did. I did not have that problem with this book and felt it was evenly balanced. In this we get a city with industrialized magic.

I love the way the author builds his characters with layers. One minute you love them, the next not so much.


So much anticipating the second book.


Review copy provided by Netgalley.


Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

I did not much care for this book the first time I read it. I have come to the conclusion that I may have been temporarily crazy at time of said reading, this time around I really liked it. Not a five star read, but a solid four. This time around I sdid the audio version. At times the way that Bones’s (the dude) were read I felt it was a bit off, kinda made me giggle at times. I admit though that I prefer when an audiobook has a gal reading the gal parts and a guy reading the guy ones. I love when there is a full cast the best, but can’t seem to remember what book I listened to that had that going on. Book two will be read.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:


Obsidian and I have decided on the categories for this year's game of Halloween Bingo! The category reveals will begin tomorrow, to allow everyone to have ample time for book planning, purchasing, lending, obtaining, begging, borrowing and all other forms of bookish acquisition!


I will be revealing them 5 categories per day until all 31 have been announced. There are some carryover categories from last year, although many of them have been tweaked a bit. There are some new categories for this year - some of which I am pretty excited about and hope you will be, too!


Remember, all of the books for Halloween bingo need to fit into one of four general categories: horror, mystery, supernatural or suspense. Within those four general genres, there is lots of room for variation, and within each of the categories there is lots of room for imagination! If you can come up with a justification, you can read the book!


Remember, Halloween Bingo is intended to be full of bookish fun. It isn't a job. It isn't homework. The prize is the satisfaction of sticking your sticker over the category.


Once I reveal all of the categories, I will open a thread for card requests. Each person will receive an INDIVIDUAL card. If you didn't play last year, and you have questions, you can check out this thread in the bingo group, which will explain the rules. You can also find answers to the questions that players asked last year!

The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Warrior - Gena Showalter

I for one am glad that Gillian didn’t end up with William. I didn’t like them together. She is too good for him, he needs a girl who is going to fight him the whole way through. I do very much anticipate his book though.

I really like Puck. I really like Gillian. Without him she would never have had the chance to accomplish all she did in Amaranthia. She grew up, and was able to do so that it was all hers.

I just love this world, one of my favorite series. There were quite a few more characters added in this meaning future leads for books. I dig it.


The Wild Inside

The Wild Inside - Jamey Bradbury

This started out decent, I was interested in what was going on and what was to come. After reading the end of the book though, I still don’t have the answers to either.

A major problem was that I had an ARC copy and there were no quotations marks for dialogue. I was so lost, I even wrote them in with ink, then realized after adding them I still had no idea who was saying what. I skipped pages hoping it got better, but I just couldn’t get past all of that and threw in the towel at about forty pages i, tthen skimmed a bit, and finally just the last chapter. Love the cover though.

I may later check an ebook sample out to see if the finished product seems better.


NOPE! Still no quotation marks. Editing needed. If it is some sort of unique reason for the punctuation errors, NOT COOL! 

Endless Knight - Kresley Cole

So glad the next book is available. I knew this is where the book was headed, so exactly what I needed right now. Who will she pick I the end? It’s a hard choice, I dunno. NEXT BOOK....

Poison Princess

Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

This was... AWESOME! On to the next! Love how dark it is, love the desperate world it’s set in. Ugh... why did I keep putting these off so long. I have read one of the other books, liked it, but after reading this is feel it will be just as great.

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