Book Review: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Hey guys! So I have a weird review to write today. I was not really a fan of this novel. In my honest opinion, I would not recommend it for anyone to read. This is the first novel of the Shadow series and I believe the newest Christine Feehan novel.

I’m not sure if the reason I disliked the novel was because I just went through a victim and domestic abuse class or something else but it seems pretty logical. I spent almost the entire novel cringing at how often the relationship reminded me of Stockholm Syndrome, verbal abuse and uncontrollable behavior. Stefano spent most of the book threatening to chase her down if she tried to leave, threatening to tear anyone’s head off should they dare to look at her for too long or having his family members chase her around.

Hey, I understand that she was scared and that she needed to be protected but gosh…like, can a girl breathe? At one point, he even told her that she could feel free to speak her mind but it wouldn’t matter because he’d do what he wanted. I also understand that since the Fifty Shades of Grey women came out of the woodworks, “romance” authors are starting to make their alpha men even more controlling and strong willed. They have to feed into the fantasies of the women who want to be dominated, told what to do and forced to stay.

I am not one of these women.

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The actual story plot seems to have a very great foundation. It does seem like it has a lot going on, though. It’s as if someone took a jumble of ideas, narrowed them down to…100 bullet points and crammed them into one novel. I like the idea of shadow riding and using the tubes but…I’m not sure, its something about it that’s just…too much.

If you’ve read this novel, please let me know how you felt. Did you get the same vibes I did or were you completely taken away by the novel?

Tell me, tell me!!!

Jade

Long Little While

You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.

Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.

I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.

I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!

 

Jade

Book Review: Loves Music, Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Hi!

So I am beyond excited to do a review on this novel! When I was in private school I found myself as a definite outcast amongst the other students. You might say that it was because I didn’t come from a rich family like many of the others and that i just didn’t relate to them in anyway. The honest answer is just that I was very shy back then. I didn’t really know a lot of people and wasn’t very good at making friends.

You might’ve guessed, I spent most of my childhood with my nose stuck in chapter books. The majority of the books I read were romance novels. I  was caught up in the whirlwind of what it meant to be in love, the tug and war of the relationships and how the heart comes together. Then it was like the flood gates of everything amazing opened and rained down on me. I came across a novel by Agatha Christie and my heart swelled. All things mysterious, intriguing and thriller flowed out. I was referred to read Mary Higgins Clark by a teacher and I was skeptical. Agatha was the only step I’d taken to broadening my horizons and I balked at the idea.

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I fell in love with her style of writing. I had no idea what I was in store for. A few days ago I found one of her novels in a thrift store and I instantly knew I had to buy it! The story was one of my favorite in all of the books and genres I’ve ever read. The entire time I was on the edge of my seat. I literally jumped up, screamed and did a little dance when the killer was revealed. It was a really great story!

It was basically like reliving my childhood, curling up and unable to put the book down. I was angry, at one point, that the other characters in the story weren’t paying attention. I screamed “pay attention” at least ten times! To my hearts content, there was even a romantic storyline at play!

You have got to read this novel!

Good Readdance!

Jade

Book Review: Renegade by J.A. Sounders

Hey all! I’ve been away for a while so I figured I’d come back and do all the reviews for the books I’ve been reading over these last few months. I was looking through the Orlando paper and I saw that it has really great  suggestions for fun things to do in Orlando. Most of the events are very low priced but alot of them are totally free!! Anyway, so I found out that there was a Book Convention going on at the library and I just HAD to check it out!

Once there, I walked around and talked with a few of the authors that were there. Most of them I hadn’t heard of. I was just leaving when I walked past J.A. Sounder’s table. I had been by earlier in the day when the writers hadn’t arrived yet and was instantly drawn to her cover. Brandished on the table was a note saying “Free novel…just come say hi!” and OF COURSE that was a hook, line AND sinker! So I stopped by, quite oddly I might add, and she said hello. She was super nice and I introduced myself.

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She gave me a book for free just as the sign said! After signing it, she gave a big smile and I knew it’d be the first one I’d read out of all the books I’d bought that day! I saw in the cover that this was the first book she’d written and instantly I was worried. I wasn’t sure what to expect and for some reason wasn’t feeling like being all that adventurous! Boy, was I in for a great surprise!

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Now, on for the review. I absolutely loved the novel! It was crazy, it was filled with gore, it was filled with blood and fighting! As most people know, I am a sucker for romance! It had a great romance plot, one that I was on board with the entire time! I loved this new world that the author formed! The beauty of it just made me want to go there, not to get killed of course but to be under the ocean and watch the fish swim by. I wanted to go through Evie’s garden and take the tube from one sector to another. The story is very well crafted and thought out. It was filled with mystery, intrigue and true eye-opening surprise. It took me less than a few days to read this novel because I did NOT want to put it down at all. I was hooked from the first chapter!

 

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It seems like the further I got into the book I kept wondering why no one has snatched this novel up yet. It has everything that you’d want to see before you. I mean come on people!!! After all of these other novels turned major motion pictures!? Why has no one made a movie out of this story yet? Where is the screen play? Where is the great following? If I’m so excited about this YA  novel that so should you be! Ugh…it actually seems weird to me how much I loved it. I can’t wait until I get the second sequel. I believe it’s called Revelations? I’ll have to check it out. I can’t wait to see what is next for Evie!

Thank you J.A. Sounders for catching my eye and thank you for being a great writer! I definitely look forward to the next book and sharing a review of that one as well! Below you can find a link to her page, a few links to where you can buy the book.

Have you already read this book? Let me know what you thought, if you enjoyed it and how you felt! I would love to know!

Jade Elyzabeth

P.S. Stick around, I have more reviews coming up soon!

 

 

J.A. Sounders’ Author page:

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Where Can You Buy It?:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BMLPDK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

or

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renegade-ja-souders/1109152281?ean=9780765332486

 

Book Reviews Coming Soon

Hey!

I have read a few books but the last two that I finished that I will be doing reviews on within the next few days are below! I am also rereading the entire His Dark Materials collection by Philip Pullman, I read it when I was in highschool and can’t wait to start it again. It will most likely take a while as there are three larger books, I might break them up and do a review for each novel.

Lynsay Sands: About A Vampire and Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman

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I look forward to writing these reviews and I hope you enjoy them!

Jade

The Tough Decision

It’s not that I’m a completely poor person, it’s that I’m not rich. My love for books is often halted by the fact that I have so many other things to pay for. I guess I just really thought about it yesterday when I was at Books A Million and I had to pick between two very exciting novels. I had the first novel of the Paige Tyler’s series that I already did a review on (Her Lone Wolf) and another novel by Patricia Briggs called Moon Called (which I haven’t read) to choose from.

I enlisted the help of my guy and one of his friends. Of course they just looked at the covers and decided the one with the woman on it with boobs was a better decision; should have known! I decided to pick the one that I haven’t read any of the books in the series. I’m a couple of pages into it, along with the other two novels I’m reading, and it’s turning out to be a pretty good story so far.

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I guess I made the right decision in choosing it but we will see. Next check I’ll be getting the other story for sure!!

Jade

P.S. Books A Million link is below!! Check it out or find one near you! It’s so awesome! Almost…almost as good as Barnes and Nobles

P.S.S. I’m always up for book donations!

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Book Review: Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Hey all!

Ok, so it’s not really happy news that I’ve come to share with you. I actually am doing a review on this book even though I did NOT read it. I know, I know! You guys are like WHAT!? I will admit that I thought twice about doing the review but since I already had it in my queue for books to read and review I thought why not.

I actually got this book on loaner from another reader at work and I thought it was going to be great. Outside of the last few Twilight books, I am actually an avid vampire-story reader. I love the new ideas that people come up with, the spins and twists and i love the seriousness in which they sell their plots.Sexiest-Vampire-Alive

This book had none of that. I began to read it and immediately from page one I thought it was horrible. I couldn’t take the awkward way the book portrayed some B-rated surfer movie meets Interview With A Vampire meets Clueless plot. Everything said was a “dude” or a “omigosh” or “…falls on the floor with head in hands” I just couldn’t take it. I did try and stick it out and read more of the novel but I was so out of touch with the characters from page one that I refused to read further. If I had been at home or in the comfort of an inclosed space (and if it weren’t a borrowed novel) i would have thrown it across the room as I am known to do with books disliked.

I was actually surprised also because I have read at least one or two other Kerrelyn Sparks novels and I for sure thought she was going to give me some semblance of a decent novel. I was surprised that this turned out to be a hippie soap opera for hot vampires.

So there you have it. I read the book but not in it’s entirety and this is my complete opinion of the novel. I guess now would be the perfect time to say I would NOT recommend this novel, not to anyone. However, I do know that someone will most likely go and read it just because I disliked it and that is fine also, good for them! I hope you like it!

Jade

Sexiest Vampire Alive on Amazon

First Book Review by Another Reader

Hey guys!

I appreciate the participation I am getting for the book review idea! The first book review that I received was from Romance Novels for the Beach! Please, Please, Please, go read the review! Comment what you think of the review or of the book itself (if you’ve read it)!

I also included a link to our contributors book blog below! I loved this review and encourage you to go on her page and check out the many others that she has! AND I DO MEAN MANY (MAN, THAT READER HAS MASSIVE INVENTORY)!!!!

Thanks for the review donation and I look forward to many more from others in the future!

https://romance4thebeach.wordpress.com/

Sherrilyn Kenyon, A New To ME Author

Hey!

So yesterday I was given a book on loan by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s called Burn of Fury. If anyone has read it please feel free to give me your thoughts on it! I am definitely going to read the novel and write a book review after it. I can’t wait to start it! I would love to hear what you guys think!

Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Jade

Blog Under Great Construction

Hi All!

So, after doing some extensive research and soul searching I decided to make some changes to the blog. I had some great ideas at first but then after spending some time away I wanted to change all that! I really hope you don’t mind.

As you know, I love to read! I have been reading novel since I was a small child. I’ve always wanted to do something with writing and reading. Now that I’ve started in this avenue of my life I’ve been so happy. Only, it’s hard to keep with the formatting that I’ve been doing. Now, I’m not going to change the reviews or the posts that I’ve already made. I feel it’s important that you guys see my initial regurgitation of  thought. However…I hope you like the new plan!

First, I’m going to get rid of the “Current Read” posts. I figured it will help me stay more focused and lessen the pressure in my mind to finish the book as quickly as inhumanly possible.

Second, I’m going to get rid of the “Initial Review” posts. I know that it’s always great to know what someone thought of a novel from the beginning. Honestly, I should be able to do this in the final review! I also believe it will help with the progression of the review itself as you read! So…goodbye “Initial Review” posts!

Third, I’m going to get rid of the review system that I set up. What I’ve found in the reviews that I’ve already done is that it’s hard to stay in the system when I have mixed views on a novel. Just because if I disliked a book in the beginning and might have given it a lower score and then liked it alot in the end it’s hard for me to really decide which one that gets. So…fly away reviewing system!

I do want to keep the random facts about me and in between posts though! I want you to know my voice, know where I’m coming from when I’m sharing an opinion and all together have a broader experience as a subscriber!

I really hope you enjoy the changes and would appreciate if you like, comment or subscribe to my blog! It will help me greatly and I love to read so I will definitely take in your suggestions!

Jade