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.

Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art

Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art - Lee Meredith



Paint-by-number meets the traditional coloring book in this brand new format that showcases pixelated images of cool and quirky nostalgia objects. Doodlers, artists, and puzzlers alike will enjoy this new take on coloring. With a focus on old favorites, pictures of things like cassette tapes, a rotary phone, and roller skates have been pixelated and rendered as numbered grids. To fill them in, users have options to vary the colors, just vary the shading, or even use different shapes or lines. Color Squared can relieve stress or challenge the mind, depending on the approach the reader chooses--but either way, it will keep the head and hands busy, and make for a fun trip down memory lane. 


My Thoughts:


Wow, this is really time consuming, but it does completely take your mind off of everything else. Think paint by numbers, but not wit h paint and offers the user a chance to be more creative. It is like numbered grid paper and you choose what to fill each with whatever you want. This kind of made me a bit crazy because I have a terrible time with choices and will not decide until I have thoroughly thought about every possible option. I sat there with an unused page in front of me for like four hours... Lmao.


About the Author:


Lee Meredith calls herself a maker of things, doer of stuff; with a background in art and photography, a career in knitting pattern design, and a later-in-life education in graphic design, she has undertaken countless projects in the worlds of craft, art, and design. She brings her love of color, puzzles, and experimentation into her creative work, known for designing knitwear with unusual construction and often with game-like twists on the process of knitting itself, and thinking outside the norm in all pursuits.


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Review copy provided by Blogging for Books.

Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Steel's Edge -  Ilona Andrews

I can't believe this is the end to this. I want more. I need to know what happens to the rest of the characters. I would like to see a young adult series features the juveniles in the series. Gonna miss Edge. Gonna miss these crazy ass characters. 


So I kinda felt this ended at a point in the series where I will always wonder how things turned out. Yes, we got the happily ever after, but I felt it was the condensed version. Need a novelette or something so I can figure out how Lark is. I really liked her character.

Fate's Edge

Fate's Edge -  Ilona Andrews

I really like this series. This one was a bit different than the previous two because there wasn't as much family fun as in the other two where we had a main character frequently in the story.

I did enjoy that the couple was very compatible and had similar interests. I liked having the kids in this one. Book 4 now.

Me Today...

I went on a rampage. I live by a house full of too much stupid, their stupid tried to leak past the property line. No one died, but they were scared. 

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (quick review)

Bayou Moon - Ilona Andrews

I love this. The Mar family reminds me so much of my husband's family from West Virginia, ha! I really like how tough Cerise is and William is great too. 


I have had this series on my tbr for some time. I kept putting it off. For some reason I had it in my head that I didn't care for the Andrews' writing. I was mistaken. Funny, suspenseful, and set in an interesting, magic filled world. Not a lot of sexy times, which a year or so ago I would have considered a drawback, but now I prefer. 

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

On the Edge - Ilona Andrews

I really enjoyed this paranormal romance. It had just the right amount of romance, adventure, action and a great array of characters. I loved reading about the different worlds and how they were sort of magic and non magic copies of each other with a kooky ass strip called The Edge between them. Really liked the lady lead, bat shit crazy and smart. 

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 352 pages.

Dark Wolf - Kate Douglas

I blushed. Hardcore erotica. Not in the mood for something like this at the moment, though if you like paranormal and very graphic sex that at times can be a bit harsh, this is a good pick. Not for the sexually timid reader. Is well written. 

Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fire - Deborah Cooke

I liked the first half of the book better than the second half. I liked the writing. I wasn't impressed with the characters. I felt the female protagonist really accepted her "fate" way too easily than what I thought she would based on how she had previously portrayed. The male protagonist I really liked, but at times his actions and dialogue felt flat. There wasn't as much sexual tension as I have grown to expect from books of the genre. The love didn't feel intense. There were a lot of cheesy one liner during battle scenes that made me feel like I was in the midst of one chronic eye-rolling fit.


I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed and will read book two hoping this book is just a fluke.

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Reblogged from David Gallaher:

In honor of New York Comic ConNoiseTrade invited me to curate a list of comics and sci-fi stories guaranteed to keep you in suspense! Featuring selections by Scott SnyderRafael Albuquerque,Samuel SattinMariah McCourtBlack MaskKodansha ComicsMatthew PetzKujaku Joe and more -- you have to check this out!

Fury of Fire

By Coreene Callahan Fury of Fire (Dragonfury Series #1) - Coreene Callahan

I liked this. Hope the bromance gets more page time in the next installments. 


Paranormal Romance with dragons, definitely has similarities to BDB.

House of Leaves

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

This sort of reminds of what my writing journal looks like. I start a story, then another, then continue, then add a box to add something witty I thought of.


At first glance this looks like a jumbled mess written by someone off their meds, but it's good. It takes a lot of concentration. Though, no matter how focused you were when you read it, I am sure you will find something new if you ever picked it back up for round two. Very consuming, a heavy read. 


Highly recommended,

Copy for honest review

Reblogged from Michelle's corner:

Well, for whomever might be listening, I can give a couple of people a copy of the audio book to, "Check Mate," in exchange for an honest review that I can use for the publisher's web site... and here... or wherever, really. I've got no clue as to whether it will make its way to Audible or somewhere.


If you've been following me for a while on here, I'd like to think that I've demonstrated that I appreciate constructive criticism (this IS my first audio book after all, there are going to be loads of problems that weren't caught) I'm not one of those authors who goes all daggers over bad reviews! - and I'm not sure how I put an audio book on here anyway... at least, not one that hasn't got an ISBN. Hmm... that's another issue to look into.


There's a reason for not getting het up over poor reviews... there's no point. If I've done a bad job, then I should hang my head; while deliberately bad reviews show themselves up, so there's no need for me to go all Thor's hammer :-D


There is one solid advantage to audio books, however... no one can pull me up on my spelling !!!

Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison

Storm's Heart - Thea Harrison

NOT AGAIN. I stinking did it again. I need to make it a rule that I at least rate every book read. This a I made to 60% before I realized I had done it again... unknown re-read.

This is the second book in the Elder Races series. We have Tiago and Niniane (aka Tricks). I like em both! Niniene has just inheritated the dark fae throne after years of keeping her identity hidden. Tiago had the hots for her in the first book, but didnt admit it to himself until he went to her rescue after someone made an attempt on her life. Sparks fly, then stupidity and denial raises its head and love is ignored for the good of a race, then amends are made, happily ever after! 

I like the writing, I like the story. On to book three.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

By Coreene Callahan Fury of Fire (Dragonfury Series #1) - Coreene Callahan

I see so many similarities between this and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but with Dragon shifters. Love Ward's series, hopefully this stays good. I can overlook that it is so similar. Please stay good!

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season - Elisabet der Nederlanden

This has some amazing pictures for each recipe. While flipping through the book I really wanted... Pie!?!? and cookies... but I have really been wanting a chocolate cream pie. Never got the pie, but did make some cookies using one of these recipes. Some of the best cookies I have ever eaten.


In this you will find almost every holiday cookie recipe you can think of. The directions are easy to follow, and from the ones I tested the ingredient measurements are spot on, as are the cook times and temps.


In the back there is a template for a gingerbread house. I really feel it will come in handy when Christmas comes around. Hopefully this years attempt will turn out and I won't end up at the store buying a prepaid kit and trying to pass it off as homemade. Also, this very much reminded me of something I would expect Martha Stewart to publish, that is a compliment because I consider that woman the queen of making the season festive and yummy.


ELISABET DER NEDERLANDEN is a passionate professional baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has worked as a food stylist and professional recipe developer/tester for commercial, advertising, and packaging projects. In addition, she has managed recipe testing and food styling for more than 30 cookbooks.


Amazon US


Ascension by Sable Grace

Ascension - Sable Grace

This book surprised me. I went into this fully expecting a DNF, but I LIKED it! I am pretty picky and have lately been having a very difficult time finishing books I start read. This one kept my attention and I read it is a single day.


In this We have an array of paranormal and mythical type characters: vamps, demons, demigods, witches, gods, and more. I found all the species so awesome and interesting to read about. The romance was one that built with time where trust had to be earned. The characters were unique and I really liked them. There were a few times in the beginning of the book where I had to glance back to refresh my memory of who was who, but that could have (most likely) just been my over abused brain.


Recommended to fans of Kenyon's Dark Hunters and other paranormal romance or urban fantasy with romance.

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