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.

Reading progress update: I've read 53%.

A Demon Bound - Debra Dunbar

It’s well crafted, and powerful. The main color of the hex is white, which is the energy that powers it. The white is huge. When I touched it, that’s all I could see. It practically blinded me. The power behind this is just immense. There are other colors, too. Blue to reinforce the protection, black to bind the hex together as a whole, and a set of reddish purple angel wings like an artist’s signature.

 

i like this.

Requiem for the Wolf

Requiem for the Wolf (Tales from the Tiarna Beo Book 1) - Tara Saunders
This has a dark feel to it. There are some pretty graphic scenes, but it's not nasty gruesome. I like that in a book, a lot.

The gadhar attacked again, slashing the loose skin on the wolf's neck with dagger-sharp claws. Bragg lunged, his knife finding flesh this time scoring a short line of red along the wolf's haunch.

This is pretty unique from other books that sit in the same genre/type, also good. The writing is good, very heavy on content. By that I mean there is a lot packed in and it is very detailed. My favorite scene was in the beginning where the main character is at a market of sorts and he meets up with a bad guy Lupe who he had been tracking. 

The writing is good. There are no plot holes that stood out. Not many, if any, typos. I would have liked to see more descriptive summary concerning the setting. They were described, and I got a good idea, but it seemed to lack the beautiful wording that a lot of fantasy books have.

All in all a good read. I hope to see more from this author and really am impressed. I didn't know own what to expect as I have never read anything from her prior to this. I look forward to reading her work as she builder her skills as a writer.

Review ebook provided from Netgalley.

 

 
 

Open When...

Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits - Karen Salmansohn

I like this idea, and I do feel it inspires people the way it is supposed, but it feels too simplistic. I have a real problem with the recommended price of U.S. $14.99/Can. $19.99. No way is this worth that. It reminds me of something you could grab at a dollar store.

 

The idea is to open the envelope shaped pages to reveal an inspirational "letter." It contains only 12 of these. I seriously went through the entire thing in less than five minutes. The design would be an awesome chilren book. My son was very amused by this thjng, but the content isn't very child appropriate. It contains the word "idiot" and "pissed off."

 

I will say that this did inspire me to copy the design and use it as an art project in class today.

 

This is definitely a card shop book.

 

1 1/2 stars because I like the colors.

 

KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author of more than 25 books with more than 1 million copies sold. She has worked as an image consultant for MTV, Nickelodeon, Oxygen Media, and L'Oreal; has been featured on the Today show, The View, CNN, Fox News, and Real Time with Bill Maher; and has written for Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, Positively Positive, and Huffington Post. She has been covered by the New York Times, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, and the New Yorker.

 

Amazon US $10.52, too much still

Geometric Adult Coloring Journal

Geometric Adult Coloring Journal: Stress-Relieving Designs and Activities - Andy Paciorek

This is pretty neat. It is more then just a coloring book. Every other page is an activity of some sorts. The are dot to dot, color by number, traditional coloring, design your own, and more. On the iposite page is a prompt about writing thoughtful list, instructions on how to complete the opposite. There are four sections for the seasons. It is a bit smaller than a traditional coloring book. I like that it has an elastic band for holding it together, these help to stop books such as this from flapping open and getting crinkles.

I do feel it important to point out that some of these designs are very detailed and I belive some people with optical issues would find the content hard to complete.

This would make a great gift.

Sterling by Danika Dark

Sterling - Dannika Dark

I really liked Dark's Seven series. I am a couple books behind, but plan on remedying that soon. This book came in a bundle with the next three installments for just over five bucks, decent price, and so far it is worth the purchase.

 

This series is centered around a newly made female mage. There is a love triangle, or rather a love square going on. There is some rather graphic torture scenes that some may find offensive, but these parts are essential to the story and really made me despise the bad guys and root for the good. The characters are really well written, I feel this is where Dark is the strongest. She has a knack for really keeping a character consistent but complex at the same time. 

 

I will continue with this series soon. 

 

Shadow's Seduction

Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark) (Volume 17) - Kresley Cole

Shadows Claim, the first Dacians novel is my favorite in this series. I love the ability that these Dacians have. Mostly being able to turn to mist.

 

I love Cole's writing and the worlds she writes about. I was a bit worried after Sweet Ruin that this series was taking a turn I didn't like. I do wish we had seen more of our favorite characters, but this is only a novella.

 

A lot of people have issues with this being a m/m. I admit I really wanted a sweet Dacian vampire princess for Cas, but a prince worked. The are good together and the prince really tamed the demon. 

 

As far as story progression goes, this is a cliffhanger! Uhg... really? At least the next comes out soon.

 

In a nutshell: not my fave but not horrid.

Novice

The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 
He can summon demons. But can he win a war?Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . ., When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he must travel to the Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueng training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius for help. As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. Summoner is the first in a trilogy featuring Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This wasn't a perfect read, but it was fun.

 

Most people put this in the young adult catagory. I feel most middle graders would handle this well.

 

To me it is obvious that this author was greatly infuenced by a lit of other popular novels of this genre, but that does not by any means make this any less of great read. I think this is great blend of everything previous done right, but with an original flare all its own. I found the way the demons worked to be especially interesting.

 

I love that this started on watt pad and really turned Inot something great that got the recognition it deserved.  

Oui Oui, Gigi! (free)

Oui Oui, Gigi! (Nuggies Book 4) - Jeff Minich, Renan Garcia

Ages 4-8

 

This is free as of the time of this review. If you have a child in the recommended age group I really think they would enjoy this.

 

Not only is this a cute story of two dogs lost in Paris, but the author was very creative about making this educational. Children will learn French words with their pronunciation and meaning, about famous and important buildings around the city, and more. The illustrations are very nice. I think an example is the best way to describe them:

 

 

Free on Amazon US

Notice: Free Download for The Way of Kings

Reblogged from Jennifer's Books:
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

To my fantasy reading friends, Tor.com is offering a free download of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings on March 23 & 24. This is the first book in his Stormlight Archives series - the third book, Oathbringer, is scheduled for release November 14!

 

Grab the free download here!

 

And enjoy!

 

 

Yay!

I sent my Samsung tab s tablet to the by mail doc. I never expected that it was fixable, damn thing screwed up horribly and pretty much told me to eff-off! Got it back, it works perfectly. The only thing I notice is that when the frame work went back together didn't line up on one side. Taking it to a local repair shop n they are going to slide it back for free! Yay!

 

Thing is I now have three tablets... no four. Galaxy tab a, tab s, tab 4, and kindle. Huh, I feel like a tablet ho!

Please Read - Signal Boost for Fellow Reviewer Frank Errington

Reblogged from Lornographic Material:

Hello peeps. If you spend any time in the horror community, you might have run across a reviewer by the name of Frank Errington. He’s simply an all-around good dude in an all-around crappy situation. He needs a kidney. Currently he’s looking for a live donor. I asked him if I could boost the signal with my blog and he said sure, so below you will find an image of Frank and a phone number. You can call Frank direct and he’ll give you info on how to find out if you’d be a suitable donor. I tried, but the transplant people told me my prediabetes automatically disqualified me. Maybe you can help.

 

Take care of each other,

 

E.

 

Please Read - Signal Boost for Fellow Reviewer Frank Errington

Reblogged from Alexandra's Adventures in Books:

Hello peeps. If you spend any time in the horror community, you might have run across a reviewer by the name of Frank Errington. He’s simply an all-around good dude in an all-around crappy situation. He needs a kidney. Currently he’s looking for a live donor. I asked him if I could boost the signal with my blog and he said sure, so below you will find an image of Frank and a phone number. You can call Frank direct and he’ll give you info on how to find out if you’d be a suitable donor. I tried, but the transplant people told me my prediabetes automatically disqualified me. Maybe you can help.

 

Take care of each other,

 

E.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 368 pages.

The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

Why the heck did it take me so long to read this? I really am enjoying this. Big thanks to Bookstooge for the idea on how to plan readinget! If not for that post I a, not sure I would ever have read this.

 

On the side note. I counted how many books I have purchased through Amazon, Google Play, I books, Feedbooks, and other sites that I have not read... too large. Over 150. I don't even want to think about how much money it is that I spent on those books that I will never eventually read... shit, I thought about it. I will post my list soon, in sections. I am organizing my list into series right now. 

Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 368 pages.

The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

I am really enjoying this.

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Stone Guardian - Danielle Monsch

This book has a really great opening get that really grabbed my attention. Twenty some years before this book is set the world we know colides with a magical realm. The prologue tells what happens when it first began. Almost made me a bit teary.

 

Pluses so far:

 

Lots of different types of beings.

Awesome world 

Great writing

 

Negatives:

 

None as of yet.

Freebie Finding: Sacrificed to the Dragon

Sacrificed to the Dragon (Stonefire Dragons) (Volume 1) - Jessie Donovan

This one is hard to rate. There is nothing wrong with it. There aren't any, or many (nothing stood out) typos or mistakes, it's a decent story, it's in a genre I love, DRAGONS, good length, etc. It just wasn't wonderful. I feel the writing was simplistic. This author could totally rock a young adult, middle grade, and possibly even new adult novel. I feel like some simple word substitution would make a humongous difference.

 

In a nut she'll this is anot note resting story written with proper grammar, but could use some tweaking. I did enjoy this.  

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