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 post about it. I have 3 kids; Myles 6, Kenzie 11,  & Jill 13 (really my youngest sister who one day just moved in with me). I have been married to my husband, Bub, for 11 years, but we have been together for 16 years. Wow, I just realize we have been together half of my life. I am 32. I am an LPN at an MRDD community. The community has a small library where I volunteer about 8 hours a week.

Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston

And it comes out March 27, 2018. It looks like it is a spin-off to her Pride series, one of my favorite series. So excited. Want it now!

City of Miracles

City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett

This is the final book to what has been a great trilogy. The world building is some of the best I have ever read, but the characters are what make this series truly amazing. Each book takes us a few years further into the future than the previous, and stars a different protagonist.


In this the author took me by surprise from the very beginning of this book and really hit my emotions. I expected it from the book blurb, but I was hoping it was some sort of wonky slide of hand where the author makes you believe something was going to happen, but then something changes. 


This one is as good as the previous books, but in a different way. It is an amazing closing to what will always be one of my favorite fantasy series ever read. 


Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. His sixth novel, City of Blades, is in stores now.

He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.


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I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.

Three Dark Crowns ( a review i thought i wrote a while back)

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

I read this a while ago, I thought I had reviewed it. I even remember writing the review. I had this as an arc, maybe it was when booklikes was not being user friendly.


This is young adult fantasy. It has some pretty dark themes. You have three sisters, triplets, each a potential queen. In order to determine which will rule there is a battle of skills. Each sister has a gift: elemantal, poisoner, naturalist. The girls are raised separate from each other and are strictly trained at their skill. Some sisters are excelling, others not so much.


This is told from tyre different POVs, it can get a bit confusing at times. This does start a bit slow and the first half is tedious at times. You basically get three indroductions, one for each sister. The second half gets much better. We a have a love triangle of sorts, but this not a sappy one by any means. In the end there is a big twist revealed, I had a suspicion as to it happening a few chapters in, but it took me by surprise regardless.


I found myself rooting for the underdog and feel that by the end of the book she stands a decent chance. I will continue this series, mostly because I want to see if the author will give us a Happily ever after, or let this finish darkly. The writing is average at first but it does get better.


A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

A Hidden Fire - Elizabeth   Hunter

This was a good read far surpassed my expectations. I like how Hunter created her vampires. Not entirely unique but very well thought out and their history is nicely added to the story bit by bit. I really like how she kept it sexy but not smutty. The two main characters are good together, I do wish B was a tad bit older, but it still worked.

The Arrival

The Arrival - Shaun Tan

This is a very emotional story told entirely through illustrations. I absolutely love this book. I have looked at it probably a thousand times and every time I flip through it find something new, more story, overlooked graphics.

Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Wicked Bite - Rebecca Zanetti

This is such a great paranormal romance series. I haven't read all the other books in this series and I don't feel as if this I was completely lost, but I probably would have enjoyed this even more if I had read the previous installments. 


I love how Zanetti writes her characters. So many other books in this genre have cookie cutter characters with no depth. Not in this. We see flaws, uniqueness, layers, and more. The two main characters really fit together well and make a great couple. 


I do feel the mystery part of this was a bit predictable, but it didn't make me enjoy this any less. There is quite a bit of steam, but it doesn't get too cheesy or gagtastic. 


This is a great paranormal romance and fans on the genre should really read this series. I do recommend starting with her Dark Protector books first as this is a spin-off series. 


Book provided by Netgalley.

Accidental Sire by Molly Harper

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

I love this series. It is paranormal romance fluff. There is a lot of snarky humor, great consistently written characters, and a small town setting that so much reminds me of the town I live in.

Untouchable Darkness - Rachel Van Dyken

Not special, not bad either. Well, that about sums it up.

Which Fantasy to Pick?

The Shadow Of What Was Lost - James Islington The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson Johannes Cabal the Necromancer - Jonathan L. Howard The Magicians - Lev Grossman The White Rabbit Chronicles: Alice in ZombielandThrough the Zombie GlassThe Queen of Zombie Hearts - Gena Showalter The Wheel of Time: Boxed Set #1 - Robert Jordan The Malazan Empire - Steven Erikson The Night Watch Collection: Books 1-3 of the Night Watch Series (Night Watch, Day Watch, and Twilight Watch) - Sergei Lukyanenko His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

I want to read a great fantasy series. I like it when there are lots of mythical characters/creatures. I like it where the main characters are not normal human type. I do like Tolkien, but I want something a bit grittier. I uses to read a lot of fantasy book, but lately have found myself zipping through para romance. I have recently not been enjoying them as I uses to though. 


I have most of those above in complete, or near complete series. I also have King's Dark Tower books, most of Brooks' Shanara books, a lot of Robin Hobb, and Sanderson. Most of what I have I have not read past the first book and do not remember much of what they we're about.



Any suggestions would be appreciated. I don't mind if it is something I don't have, I will get it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 592 pages.

Ice Forged - Gail Z. Martin

Not sure if this is for me. I like fantasy a lot, but I like it with more action and fast pace. Better pick up pace soon book!

I am so in the mood to verbally rip people apart today... but I am trying to be nice...

It's not working... and I tried really hard. I even bit the inside of my cheek til I almost bled.


My neighbor jumped down my throat today when she was visiting. I was getting my mail from the mailbox and out comes a flyer supporting democrats in some way, I haven't even read it yet. She's a republican, and not the informed type. Her opinion is made solely on abortion, becuz that isnwhat her cult type ofmchurch tells her to. She is a welfare recipient, not knocking her for that. I myself when younger and after just having my first child was receiving medicaid and a small amount of food stamps.  I remember when growing up she refused to remove her daughter from LD classes in school because she would lose her free check she got from the government for her daughter being labels as developmentally disabled. She just doesn't get it. Everyday this women takes her daughter (36) to some hospital or another for a shot of narcotics and that bill is paid for by medicaid that her daughter fraudulently receives because she lies about her and her husband relationship status. No one in their entire house of 6 adults and two juveniles works, but they receive more income every month than my husband and make in a month. There is over $2000 a month in foodstamps alone in that house, and they still go to every food pantry at any chancemagailable. They even sign up at these pantries and get food for three separate families, not one household. I just don't understand why so many people sway their political views based on abortion alone without doing more research.


I kinda ripped her a new ass when she said that I think that because I work for a living that I think I should vote democratic and continue to allow people to kill their babies. I can not wrap me head around how someone who is 65 years old has such an uninformed strong opinion. Just to make this clear, I label dont myself democratic or republican, I do tend to be more democratic in my views, but I dont normally go tearing into people for their political views. I just have never seen a home have so many stupid people in one spot. Seriously though, these are the most ignorant people I have ever encountered on my life. That was mean, but I gotta vent, and it is truly hard to live next to them.


About a week ago the lady stopped over and was super offended by the cover of a book I had on the table. I admit it was a bit erotic, but she seriously said she would pray for my forgiveness at church on sunday for my indulging in such porn. Huh? Her daughter lives in the basement with her husband and their female lover and her child. Figure that one out. I walked outback one night and they were having a bonfire. I witnessed the older woman's daughters rubbing their naked beasts against each others while the one's husband paid them to do it with marijuana. I complained to her about this and her response was to cry and ignore until I stopped talking about it. There is seriously some weird sit over there. It is so irritating to me that she of all people acts as if my family and I are Satan spawn. 


I am seriously having a difficult time not going outside and raising hell... after all being Satan spawn it should be pretty easy to do.

From the Cradle by Michelle Knight

From the Cradle (The Submissive Heart Book 3) - Michelle Knight

So, I finished this a while ago. Several weeks ago. I couldn't figure out where to start the review.




So far, so good. Book 1, "The Companion," tackled the underlying dynamics of a BDSM relationship. Book 2, "The Reluctant Leader, " took on the censorship and legal issues and introduced the dominant side of the D/s dynamic. Now, book 3 takes you through another aspect of BDSM relationships that never crosses many people's minds.


It seems that whenever people talking about the subject of BDSM relationships, they somehow forget that the little woed, "relationship," is part of the sentence.


In the first book we were introduced to Mark and Susan (later known also as simply "L," the name given to her by her master). Mark had a scarred past and Susan needed someone to help guide her towards building a life where she would grow as a person she was com for table being. Together they entered in a BDSM relationship. The first book was focused on their budding love aND partnership . This book we get their "happily ever after," a look at what happens when their relationship buds into more than bargained for when they began their lives together.


I did not foresee any of the events in this book happening to Mark and L. I did enjoy the ride though. I never once thought of what it would be like for a couple who had a BDSM relationship to juggle the same curveballs that traditional couples experience. 


After reading this I see so many similarities between what people consider to be normal relationships and that of a couple practising a BDSM lifestyle. When it comes to the topic of BDSM people's minds automatically think of violent, leather dressed men beating their females until they experience earth moving painful orgasms. That's not what you get with this book. What you get is a couple being a bit more honest with themselves about where they stand I their relationship and embracing their roles.


What was all his dominance actually worth in a sphere where he didn't have any authority? How could he control anything when it wasn't his hands on the steering wheel?


I completely understand why erotic BDSM literature is popular. In people's minds it is an adventure on the wildside. Those books give people wrong impressions though, and sometimes bad ideas and stereotypes. I like that the author of this, Michelle Knight, wrote a realistic story. I have found this entire series to be very eye opening on the subject. This is very well written and obviously well researched and told from personal life experiences. Compared to the first two books this feels to be written with more emotion included in the story. Knight skills as a writer have really grown. This is not erotic fiction but is definitely intended for adults.


Harables: Short Stories 2

Harables: Short Stories 2 (Volume 2) - Haidji

Thw author of this collection of stories has a knack for making you really feel her words rather than just read them. Her writing is very artistic and unique. I love to read her writing when I want something thought provoking and emotional. She uses not only the words, but also the puncuation, placement, and spacing to make her statement. The first time I read something written by Haidji  I was reluctant to proceed much further than the first sentence,  but soon realized that the style and what I assumed were mistakes were actually intentional.  Very lovely.


In this we get 15 stories. If you read and enjoyed the first Harables you are sure to like this. Yes this is a book of short stories, but it will definitely appeal to those who enjoy poetic writing. 

Yellow Owl Workshop'so Make it Yours by Christine Schmidt

Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff - Christine Schmidt

While I like the designs and crafts focused on in this book. I feel some entries are just the same as others with different fabric or different print. Same basic idea used over and over. Some sections are very simple, like using stamps... and a lot of these selections use stamps. 


The directions are easy to follow. The picures are colorful and attractive. It is a pretty hefty book at about 192 pages and the pages themselves are made of a sturdy paper with a pink color making it easy on the eyes (I have found recently that bright white with black lettering really strains my eyes).


For someone who is a beginner at wanting to learn how to create hand stamped pattern printed fabric this may be useful, but I feel there are better selections out there. All in all I see this as possibly being useful to someone, but never would I pay the stamped on the back price of US $22.00/$29.00 CAN. The Kindle version as of now is listed at $15.99, too much. 


I wouldn't say I dislike this, but I have a difficult time seeing how to justly the purchase price for the content. 


about the author:


CHRISTINE SCHMIDT is an artist and the founder of Yellow Owl Workshop, a San Francisco–based paper goods company known for its sophisticated yet playful aesthetic. She is also the author of the bestselling Print Workshop and Yellow Owl’s Little Prints. Yellow Owl Workshop products are available in stores and worldwide at




Review copy provided free of charge through Blogging for Books.

Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Promise - Gena Showalter

I loved this. The Lord's of the Underworld is within my top five favorite paranormal romance series. This series definitely has dark undertones. What I like the best is that you could take out all the smutty sex and still have a great story, that cant be said about too many paranormal romance series.


In this we have Cameo kepper of the demon misery and Lazarus. They are a great fit for one another, especially considering her voice does not effect him as it does others. For most the moment they hear her speak they experience an uncontrollable feeling of misery causing some to resort to even suicide. Their story takes them on a journey of vengeance. Along the way they have many hurdles to cross.


I love Showalter's writing. She can really bring a scene to life. Her characters are badass and have some wicked cool powers, but also aread very blemished. I love how I laugh when  reading these. Now I just need to find something to fill my time until the next installment releases.  

Blood Tide by CJ Matthew

Blood Tide - C.J. Matthew, Dori Harrell

I love all things paranormal. When I saw this was a book centered around dolphin shifters I was all for this. This is a paranormal romance featuring a dolphin shifter and a human male. This is book is definitely intended for adults.


This is really unique. I like the originality, the characters, and the plot. I do feel the execution of it all fell a bit flat.


This is a story of forbidden romance. Sy is a female dolphin shifter making her first shift into human form and joining SBW (Save Blue Water organization) in hopes of locating her BFF who is an SBW agent who has gone missing . SBW is a group of dolphin shifters charged with keeping their breed secret and safe, at all costs. As soon as Sy steps foot on land her journey is chaos. A human male, Noah, comes to her rescue. Noah is an ex military MA  who has a lot of emotional scarring. Sparks fly between the two of them, but their relationship is not an acceptable union due to dolphins being forbidden to reveal themselves to human, or to have romantic involvement with them.


I really feel that the storyline is interesting, but the way it was executed could have been better. The history of the dolphin shifters should have been explained more in depth. Their were parts of the story that made this feel too fluff. I wish the paranormal elements of this had been stronger. It felt like a romantic suspense with just a bit of paranormal. Parts of this dragged on a bit too long making it difficult to bounce back into the action when those times came. The action scenes were among the best parts of this book.


All in all I think this is a decent beginning to a series. I would read the next book in hopes that the author will add more depth. I liked the authors humor and think that it may be the only reason I would continue.


I received a review copy of this book through Reading Alley.



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