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.

As if...

As if there hasn't been enough yuck going on in my life lately... as if. I went to the dentist and had a root canal yesterday. I have had two prior, all stemming from a car accident and fractures in me teeth and roots a few years ago. Root canals usually don't hurt too bad. This one hurt, and hurt, and hurt. Hurt so bad that I set up another appointment with my dentist. A different dentist saw me and is pretty sure my nerve may have been damaged from getting the shots to numb. Get this though: it can take up to SIX, yes SIX, months to heal. My tongue is numb and I have a feeling similar to that of when you REALLY bang your funny bone, like hard, radiating on my tongue, in my ear, and it feels like my tongue has hair. Brushing my teeth sucks, bad. 

 

 

 

 

The Blacksmith Queen by G. A. Aikw

The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga #1) - G.A. Aiken

Let me start by saying that I love the authors writing. I have kept myself up to date with all her series and eagerly wait for new work by her to released. I am very happy that she has started a new series, though I must admit I would have rather had another installment to one of her already ongoing other series.

 

I very much enjoyed this. As with all her books the ladies of this are kick ass and take charge. They never rely on a man to come and save them.

 

In this the main character sets out to protect her sister, and unexpectedly gets a target painted on her own back. She learns she must fight for her future.

 

Laurenston/Aiken always adds A LOT of humor to her novels. This one made laugh a lot, out loud and embarrassingly, might I add.

 

I was a bit nervous when I discovered the male love interest was a centaur. My mind immediately went to thinking about how the hell were the sex scenes going to be? What am I about to read? I shouldn't have worried, the centaur can change to full human in appearance.

 

I will definitely continue this series.

 

Netgalley provided arc copy. I did not promise a favorable review and formed my opinion on this book of my own reading experience.

I am BACK!! And what has kept me away for so long...

So, my life has been somewhat difficult in the past year, about a year, maybe longer. My father got very sick, needed my care almost all my time when I wasn't at work. My husband took care of the hours while I was working. COOD.

 

My father in law also got very sick. Also, like my father, COPD. He lived out of state, but we were trying to set him up in an assisted living facility near us that would accept his Medicaid for the medical part of his cost to live there. We had finally secured him a nice studio like apartment in an assisted living only 5 minutes from my home. Sadly, he passed away two days before he was supposed to move up here and into his new place. It was rough unexpected and his move had already taken a chunk out of his finances and ours also. 

 

Immediately after the cremation it was time for me to buy out my father for the home I live in. We had already put A SUBSTANTIAL amount towards this in land contract and shared ownership. We were seven days from signing when the basement wall came in during a flood in the area. It was labelled a state of disaster in the area. We are not in flood area so it was very unexpected. We reworked the purchase agreement and had just gotten approval for him to go ahead with the repairs prior to.purchase when he too passed away, this was about eight weeks after my father in law's death. Again, there was no money to do a funeral because all of our money and my father's money were wrapped up in the sale of the sale of the home. Intent to proceed payments, title company costs due to issues with the deed and my mother be previously deceased also, and the unexpected repair to property that was never finished due to being unable to finish the payments needed for the work. The reimbursement from them for what had already been paid had to go into his estate and the state of Ohio does not allow funeral expenses to come out of deceased persons account immediately after death, not even soon after death. Not even reimbursement for paying for the costs are able to be done in ant sort of manner. Funeral homes won't do the services without 50% upfront. Rough time.

 

His death destroyed me emotionally and also made it to where I now have to live in a home that "should be okay" and "will probably not fall in" before the purchase can now be finalized. There are so many variables that from day to day with the house that could make it to where I lose a shit ton of money if the state will not agree to the cost of the newly needed repairs be deducted from the purchase price. There was an issue with the basement that was going to cost about $3600.00 but now it is $24,000.00. It is a mess, a big mess.

 

It was a lot to digest the fact that I am now, at 36 years of age, the oldest member of my immediate family. My children have not a single grandparent at age 16 and 11. My 17 year old sister is technically a homeless orphan as far as the state is concerned. When my father died, so did any of my ability to take care of her medical needs, her social security checks stopped when he died. She has no guardian. 

 

About four to five months ago I lost most of my vision in one of my eyes. I was terrified it was macular degeneration. My mother had it. I was devastated. I couldn't read. The one thing I did to escape when I needed a short vacation from reality was gone. Everytime I had an appointment to get my eye looked at my dad would end up in hospital, or he would just be unable to be left alone long enough for me to go. It would be a bad day for him. I did finally get in to get it looked at, thankfully it is a broken brood vessel in the back of my eyeball. A big one. It is taking forever to heal, but slowly I am getting sight back in the eye. I can now see colors through a big blurry spot instead of there just being a big shadowy area. I couldn't see any part of my open hand at anything further than foot away from my face. It sucked.

 

I did discover, recently, that I love audiobooks. I knew I enjoyed listening to them in the car. Before I would listen to them occasionally, now it is daily. I am adapting. I seriously don't know if I will enjoy reading a physical book like I used to do anymore once I can see again. I might be wrong, but I really love audiobooks. I can get so much done and still enjoy a book. 

 

Now that things are coming back together I plan on being on here much more often. I hope that most of my friends I used to enjoy chatting with are still active.

 

Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning Faefever - Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning Iced - Karen Marie Moning Feversong (Fever Series) - Karen Marie Moning, Jim Frangione, Amanda Leigh Cobb High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

I read the first few books a while back, like when they were first released, they were just meh then. I figured I would give it another shot. Great decision. I tried the audio editions of the books, spectacular decision. I found a few new narrators to enjoy, newer to enjoying audiobooks, and a new favorite books series.

 

Everytime there was a new narrator for one of these books I would cringe when I first heard their voices. I was worried it would ruin the story for me. It didn't, I enjoyed each of their reading styles, some more than others, but an all around positive experience. I must say I find that I hard time adjusting to new narrators when they switch mid series, like I get lost in the different pronunciations, reading speeds. I didn't have that with these. I must say that at first I did not like the first narrator's southern accent much in the beginning of the first book, but she grew on me.

 

I love the world these books are set in. There is so much to read about. So many awesome and fantastical elements to the story. The way the world works is nothing short of being one of the most interesting concepts I have read within the genre, urban fantasy. This isn't a place I would want to live in, but it sure is one I love to read about.

 

I used to not enjoy books about the Fae, but after reading these books and also the A Court if Thorns and Roses books I have very much changed my opinion. I now seek out books with them as a major part of the story. 

 

I read some of her Highlander books a while ago, thinking I may give then another read soon, while these books are still fresh in my mind. 

 

Does anyone know if any other series that follows the same characters and storyline throughout the series that has Fae characters? Preferably as the main, or one of the main focusses. I have read these, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and tried Merry Gentry books. I got bored with the Gentry books, has anyone read them? And do they get better after the first three installments?

Reading progress update: I've read 350 out of 722 pages.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

Reading this slowly because I just know I am going to hate when there is no third book available. I like this alot and have been at this for about eight months limiting just how much I allow myself move forward in the story.

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.

 

Free on Audible in US today!

 

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Ruin-Audiobook/B07BC2VDH3?ref=a_lib_c4_libItem_0_B07BC2VDH3&pf_rd_p=ae76b2bb-e63d-4a67-b357-dab3dee05ca1&pf_rd_r=XWRS7CVJEX2P859VHZ58&

 

You you do not need an active account to buy.

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. 

 

https://www.tor.com/2018/09/18/download-a-free-ebook-of-all-the-birds-in-the-sky-by-charlie-jane-anders-before-sept-22-2018/

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.

Currently reading

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Progress: 350/722pages
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Progress: 40/453pages
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Progress: 30/448pages
Blood Fury by J.R. Ward
Progress: 200/432pages
This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
The Song of Mavin Manyshaped by Sheri S. Tepper
Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin
Progress: 80/592pages
The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh