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.

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.  

Swing Into Spring Swap!

Reblogged from Grimlock ♥ Vision:

 

It's here! The next swap is here!

 

If you've been eyeing our group, waiting to participate, now is the time! We're celebrating all things Spring in this book box swap, and I'm really excited about it!

 

(If you couldn't already tell by all the exclamation points.)

 

More info here.

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 182 pages.

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

Lots going on with Mark and L... lots. Mark feels as if his head may explode, I can completely understand why he feels that way.

Free Story and a Cheap Audiobook

Reblogged from Lornographic Material:

 

For the next five days, you can grab the Kindle edition of "Margins" for free, and then get the audiobook from Audible for $1.99.

 

 

 

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This...

 

Beautiful. Took my youngest to see Lake Erie. We are only an hour from it, but never get there. So windy, nice temperature though.

The Unyielding

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

This was great. I was so upset when Laurenston stopped writing more novels for her Pride series. Well, I am over it and am happy that she is spending her time on these now. I rated the first two books in this series high, but this one far surpassed.

 

The main characters in these books are Skuld's warriors, a crazy bunch of women who were rescued from the afterlife. We also see other character who are warriors for various other Norse gods: Odin's Ravens, Thor's Giant Killers, and more. In this book we get shifters added to the mix too. I have to wonder if at some point the Pride series will somehow tie into this series, one can obsess hope.

 

In my opinion this is one of the best paranormal romance series out, as good as books by Cole, Ward, and all the other major PNR authors. Reminds me of a Lords of the Underwolrd/Immortals After Dark love child. 

 

If you love PNR, definitely put this at the very top of your TBR. 

 

Review copy provided through Netgalley. 

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