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 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.

DNF

Raziel - Kristina Douglas

i like the idea, but I feel their was so much missed potential so far. This starts out with the main character dying, which I think could have been the start to something great, had the story went in a different direction. I was listening to audiobooks and think the people reading were great. I then started reading the actual written book and realized that the only reason I was enjoying at all was because of their performances.  

 

on the next series in my trying to “find some good angel romance”quest I am determined to complete.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas

I liked this, but I was so hoping for more action. This is all about the feelings and how the group has progressed since the last book. 

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood) - J.R. Ward

This was so sweet. I am so impressed that being novella length it was able tell a complete and satisfying story. So emotional. Great addition to series. 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood) - J.R. Ward

Warden!! If this is even a Selena, my heart will turn to stone. Please, no broken hearted ending.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 453 pages.

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Giving up on this. Main girl character drives me to the point of insanity!

The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

I really enjoyed this. So great. 

 

I loved both main characters, especially Khamsin. She came from such a horrid life and no matter what life threw at her she found a way to keep going. The next book is about different protagonists, I am sure they will be great, but I would so love to see another book with these two as the focus. Maybe I will love the next two even more.

Don Quixote - Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

When I was young I thought this book was called A Donkey Named Oatie, LOL. My mother turned this book into a children's story starring said donkey. For that reason this book will always be special to me.

 

I have read the original version and like it too, but no where as much as Oatie's tale.

Any ideas?

i read a post where someone is looking for a book where a man finds a book that makes his thoughts/wishes come true. Bad things happen like he had a thought where he wishes his wife would die. It happens. Anyone got any ideas? It sounds like something I would like reading.

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

I like this series. I particularly like reading about how the others think about humans, “meat,” I find that very funny in a disturbing way.

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

It has been a while since I started reading this. Surprised how much has stayed with me. Able to pick up right where I left off.

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Hot and Badgered - Shelly Laurenston

Laurenston is one of my favorite authors. Whenever I am in need of a book that is guaranteed to slap a smile on my face I usually grab something written by her. Is this book a literary masterpiece? No, but it’s damn funny, full of interesting characters, and there is just enough paranormal to keep me interested.

 

This is a spin-off to the author’s Pride series. If you haven’t read those, please start there. 

 

Where Laurenston shines is how she writes her characters. They are ALL flawed. They have panic disorders, mommy/daddy issues, crazy families, etc., and they all are shifters. There animal side is very much a part of who they are. These aren’t characters that can turn into animals. If they are a bear shifter, they are also bearlike in human form: curious, love honey, don’t play well with other breeds. The honey badgers are scrappy, tend to want to take things that aren’t theirs, and they also love honey. The focus couple in this are a grizzly bear shifter and a honey badger/wolf hybrid. They are good together. The bear is very patient and is exactly what the hybrid needs considering her crazy family. Her two sisters are a big part of this book because her whole life has been focused on keeping them safe, mostly from their asshat of a father.

 

A lot of this story is set up for future stories. Normally have a hard time getting through a book like this, but not this one. Laurenston’s characters are so cool I enjoyed being introduced to each one of them, and there are quite a few. 

 

While led this is a romance book, there wasn’t a lot of focus on the couple. I was okay with that, but I do feel like I would have liked to see them interact more. More times where he was a hero for her, he did, but I wanted more of him crushing bad guys with his bear strength.

 

Really recommend this book, actually all books written by this author.

 

Digital ARC provided by Netgalley. Publication date: March 27, 2018

Reading progress update: I've read 91%.

Hot and Badgered - Shelly Laurenston

I love these characters. While this is a spin-off to Laurenston’s Pride series books, there are a lot of new characters being introduced, lots of weasels, badgers and bears... on my! I can’t help but wish that there was more focus on the main guy in the story. I think he is awesome, but feel like I barely know him. Now the MacKilligan sisters are awesome, love those freaks, and I love Britta too! Can’t wait to read some of the new characters stories when they come out. This is seriously making me want to reread the original series. You get hockey, roller derby, and more with a heaping dose of crazy shifters who have major self control issues.

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