A Long Day Coming

Hey!

I’m sorry it’s taking so long to read this novel. I’m so busy, things, moving to a new city, packing my clothes, and trying to find a new job (and sleep) have been in the way. I am reading on though! Hopefully the next novel that I read will be much, much shorter than this one.

Love and Reading,

Jade

As I Read Along

Hey Hey!

I’ve been very diligent in my reading. I read in between jobs, on breaks and even on lunch. I’m 152 pages into Killing Floor, a novel that as it turns out is 536 pages. I don’t want to rush reading this novel, it’s so good but I am reading continuously. I will upload more posts (related and non) for you as I go along.

I’ve uploaded a photo of the book and my book mark! I look forward to providing you with my initial review! However, that won’t come until I’m at least halfway finished!

Tootles!

Jade

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Eating and One-Hand-Reading

Hello!

So, I will admit that I am guilty of sleep reading. I often find myself so immersed in a novel that I can’t put it down. This, of course, is common amongst us humans. However, I find myself forcing my eyes open when it’s 4am and I appear to have ten pages left. I’m sure this is just a mirage though because I’m sure it wouldn’t take me another two hours to finish those pages. I read, read, read, and then my eyes water, then they burn, itch and well with tears. Fortunately, I retain most of what I’ve read and in the morning I wake up, exhausted, and continue.

I almost did it last night, reading this Jack Reacher novel. I was almost on the edge of sleepiness and holding my eyelids back with sewing thread. I survived though, I feel asleep at a decent hour but I’m still tired. (I was late for work anyway, due to a slight flood in my apartment but…nevertheless)

I moved on to break and lunch time. It’s some point just after 11:18 and I’m pouring two bags of chips out to mix onto a napkin (unhealthy I know!). After a quick jolt of happiness I snatch the novel from my purse and begin my one-hand-reading that I’ve become such an expert at. I never quite knew how strong your hand muscles and fingers were until I began one-hand-reading. (I’ve also become quite an expert at turning the page with that same hand as well!) I often forget to eat and more often than not, I remember to read. Doing them both is just killing two birds with one stone…not that I kill birds or anything.

I work at an Asian Diner on my off times from my full time job and it’s easy, become very easy to read and eat. I’ve given up on grabbing chopsticks and have demoted myself to left hand book and right hand fork. Everyone looks at me funny but…Lee Child is a genius. Not to give any spoilers away but he’s probably one of the best authors I’ve read in a long while…a long while!

Anyway, back to work I go and later, it’s back to one-hand-reading for me.

Jade

Novelists, Authors, Writers, Short Storytellers (?!) and others that Inspire me!

Hey!

I realized, after doing more research, that I love a lot of authors. I’ve decided that instead of adding to the previous list, I’ll just make a new post! As I go along (and remember more) I’ll add to this list, but here you have it so far!

Lynsay Sands

Lee Child

Julie Garwood

James Patterson

Lora Leigh

Nicholas Sparks

Jayne Anne Krents

Meg Cabot

Susan Mallory

Sarah Dessen

Stephen King

Philip Pullman

John Grisham

Agatha Christie

Mary Higgins Clark

Nora Roberts

Alexandra Ivy

Caris Roane (new found love!)

Tina Wainscott (Jaime Rush)

Nicky Charles

Emily Dickinson

Have you read and liked or disliked any of these authors? What were your thoughts!? Let me know!

Jade

Food For Thought: Introductions, Setups and Prologues

Hey,

One of the things that I admit that I do when I read novels is skip the introduction (or prologue). I’m not saying that I don’t read it but just…most of the time not in the beginning. I just believe in jumping straight into the book. I don’t want a setup of ‘history’ for the novel. I want to read the synopsis and say “Hmm…I’d love to read this!” and then open to Chapter 1 and begin.

Often times I will go back and read the introduction (or prologue) after I’ve read the book or if I feel as if I’m missing something. This kind of counts me out sometimes because books that I’m very interested in might have prologues and I’m just like “AARRGGHHH!!!” and read it anyway. That said, Killing Floor by Lee Child (review book 2) has an introduction and no, I have not read it yet. I will, when I finish the novel. I did read the first sentence and it looks as if it’s just a missive from author to reader. No biggie. Don’t fault me for this, it’s just the way I work!

I just thought I’d share some thoughts with you so you guys don’t get bored waiting for me to finish a novel. That’s what this section is for! I’m a fast reader but I’d like to be able to take some time to form a great opinion and be able to write it as clear and concise as I can for you. That being said, I’ll at least do one book every week or two, depending on my schedule. I AM currently in the middle of my move to Florida and I only have four weeks left before I’m officially no longer in Kansas City but I’m sure I’ll be able to keep up the pace.

All in all, I hate introductions, prologues or any kind of preparation an author might give you in the beginning of the book. Just get to it! I’ll have to remember that though! I’ve written a few prologues and I always think to myself “Why not just make it Chapter 1?” So yes, if you ever read anything I’ve written feel free to wonder if that first Chapter had ever been a prologue.

Happy Reading

Jade

Current Read: Killing Floor!

Hi guys,

As i muddle further into this book reviewing thing, I realize it’s not as fun or as easy as it seems. Deciding which book to read is hard! Being in a bookstore is definitely like being a kid in a candy store! I am looking forward to reading a new book and gaining new experience.

I decided to do a new book that was outside of my genre! I don’t usually change things but I don’t mind trying something new! I’m actually not sure which genre this book falls into and i’m not going to look it up. Tomorrow I’ll jump head first right in!

Since most people have probably seen the Jack Reacher movie that came out in 2012 I’m going to do one of the novels. If you haven’t see it please do! It’s a very good movie! I’m reading the first novel (as it shows on the cover below!!). It’s called Killing Floor and I bought it today at Barnes and Nobles! It was almost the first book that I picked up (more like the third) but once I saw it I immediately knew I want to read it!

Inference:

The book tells a tale of Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman, who arrives in Georgia. He gets arrested for murder and is definitely innocent, well, at least this time. Can he prove he didn’t kill anyone? I don’t know! I’ll read and find out!

Happy Reading

Jade

Lee Child's Killing Floor
Lee Child’s Killing Floor

Final Review: In Bed with a Highlander

In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

I have finished! I must say, some of my opinions of the book have changed. There is quite a twist that I didn’t expect that definitely gave me pause. A good pause that was needed. The novel ends with a lighter tone, more of a happy light hearted scene. The pages leading up to it however made it very hard to put the book down while at work. I didn’t know what the author would do and anticipation set in. Of course, I had my own solution to the protagonists’ issues but one over throw of a throne, kidnapping of a pregnant wife, long trek across the highlands and dagger to the belly later and I was definitely mistaken.

“…slowly poisoned me over time so it would appear as if I sickened and died of natural causes.”

The story has a more subtle sense of a comedic relief. Some parts that I definitely laughed out loud on might not have been as funny as I read them (lol!). My awkward sense of humor mixed with the main character females’ ability to drive everyone crazy really set a soft tone to the story.

“I’d battle the fires of hell to bring you home, lass. Now let’s ride on.”

I must say, in the end I will most likely look up the second novel of the series. There’s an excerpt of the next book in the back and I read it. If it is anything like this one I am looking forward to searching it out!

I do, usually, like it when I have a hard to figuring out what’s going to happen right off the top but this book gave a whole new meaning to plot twist. Of course this may just be due to my biasness from the first review but I definitely hadn’t expected just twenty pages later things would change.

I still agree that the book should have given more description but in the last few chapters you receive plenty. The wounds from an errant arrow, effects of deadly poison and the scaling of a wall are but a few of the descriptive occurrences of the characters.

‘His face was grim and growing blurry by the minute. “You’ve been poisoned.”’

In saying this, I don’t believe the book was consistent. I wasn’t griped from the beginning, hooked and relieved at the end. I was bored, interested and then exuberated. I’m not sure if that is good or bad or if I exactly like it. I could go on and on about this but you might just be ready for the rating. So, due to this, I give In Bed with a Highlander a 6/8!

Happy Reading

Jade

Citation

Banks, Maya. In Bed with a Highlander. New York: Ballantine Books, 2011. Print.

Review System!!

Hello,

Since I have just finished my first novel review (which I will upload later), I thought it might be best to come up with a system. I’ve assigned numbers to ratings and have provided them below!

Each novel I review will get a rating! I’m pretty excited about this! Once I’ve completed a review and rating for a novel feel free to tell me what you thought and you’re own rating of the novel!

Happy Reading!

Jade

8 Stars to a Book Review

  1. Hated
  2. Strongly Disliked
  3. Mildly Disliked
  4. Neither Here nor there
  5. It was bearable
  6. Strongly liked
  7. Absolutely Loved
  8. Bestseller!

Food for Thought

Hiya!

One of the things I definitely look forward to in a book in unpredictability. Many times I find that I am unsurprised, disinterested and bored while reading. You could say that I might try a genre change but instead I strive to look for more engaging books. I understand that finding an original romantic story plot without venturing into the paranormal is hard but please, try?

I had hoped that I could be one of the many authors that really inspires others to write but time will surely tell. Here are a list of authors that inspire me, drive me to do better or just write a great story:

Lynsay Sands

Julie Garwood

James Patterson

Lora Leigh

Nicholas Sparks

Jayne Anne Krents

Meg Cabot

Susan Mallory

Sarah Dessen

Stephen King

Philip Pullman

John Grisham

Agatha Christie

Mary Higgins Clark

Nora Roberts

Alexandra Ivy

Caris Roane (new found love!)

Tina Wainscott (Jaime Rush)

This was all that I could think of off the top of my head but once I gather together more brain food I’ll add more!!

Jade

Initial Review: In Bed with a Highlander

Hi!

So, I’d forgotten exactly what it felt like to write a book review. I’d been so long stuck in my world of reading that actually writing what I thought of something hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind. So, I am 181 pages into In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. I’ll just do an initial brief review.

I must say that I am pleasantly impressed. Reading this I’m sure you’ll see I have more cons than pros but I do like the book. I’ve always been fond of Maya Banks and with this novel she doesn’t disappoint. The flow of her novel is consistent, the descriptions minimal and the dialogue is pleasant. I will say that I am not overly impressed by this novel. I would think that her being one of the authors that I actually like to read would help the situation a little more, but it didn’t. One of the things that I like about the book is that the accented dialogue doesn’t take away from reading the story. I’ve always found it overly distracting and immensely irritating when authors write in an extensive accent. I’ve read when authors would write in pronunciations and I admit it is interesting and possibly romantic for the first chapter. This is definitely a pro for Banks.

It’s not really a con but I just don’t think the story has enough punch to it. I wasn’t as drawn in as I thought I would be when reading the first chapter. Granted, every novel isn’t going to hit you with the first line but I definitely expected a little more from this author. I’d mentioned earlier that the descriptions were minimal, and they were, but I think a little more risk could have been taken. I hear often from readers that they don’t want to spend two or three pages describing…a tree but we aren’t talking about a tree here. Historicals are written in a time before our own. Just simply describing the actions of highland warriors, in all their handsome glory, isn’t enough for me. I would have liked to read a little more of how dilapidated Ewan McCabe’s keep is. We definitely spend more time in the characters’ heads than we do in the actual setting.

This is sort of a contradiction but I do like that we know how our characters are feeling. Initially it seems like we are really getting to know them; what they think, what they feel, how they feel. I just wonder if it’s just too much. I also must say that the story line is a little old. Not that it doesn’t have its own twists and turns but being a regular romance reader I’ve seen this so many times. I just wanted something a little different.

Everyone knows the twist on the warrior out for revenge, the woman who needs saving. The warrior has a hardened heart and the woman is a spit-fire, slip of a “lass” that obeys no one. He kidnaps, rescues, or wins her and either forces, convinces, or is “decreed” to marry her. She’s angry and resistant, he’s convincing with his “loving” and she eventually turns his heart warm and fuzzy. It’s Stockholm syndrome at its finest! Not that I wouldn’t read this story line expecting something different each time (insane, obviously) but I haven’t!

You never know, my opinion of the book might change as I get closer to the end. I hope it gets better! I would hate to start off on an iffy review.

Jade