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:

Splash: Jessica Souders

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

 

AWAITING TO BUY BOOKS

Ok…so yes. I’m addicted. It’s nothing like any drug that you’ve ever had or any drink you’ve ever tasted. It’s something you can feel and grasp and shake in your hands. The smell of the old flutters my heart and the new gives me the giggles. You can purely see in my face how excited I get each time a favorite author comes out on the shelves and I just “stumble” upon them.

I am addicted to books! I’m addicted to reading them, writing them, holding them and I even love it when I see other people reading. I guess that would mean a book review blog would be the perfect place to shout about my love and spread it to others! While walking through Walmart the other day I came across Runaway Vampire, the new Argeneau novel by Lynsay Sands. I, unforunately, wasn’t in a place where I could buy it but I will definitely be adding it to my collection of novels by the end of next week.

I wish that I could show you the large  piles of books and large reusable bags of books that i have. I have a very large walk in closet and due to me not having a bookshelf, I cant really “walk in”. Back home, in my two bedroom apartment, I had two very large bookshelves that I used. When I moved to Florida I bagged everything I owned, put it in my car and drove like crazy. Sadly, my compact car couldn’t handle the bookshelves and I was forced to leave them behind.

I love buying new books. I used to go by this weird philosophy that I was going to read every book that I own. Aparently I never took into consideration that I buy books faster than I read them. I used to leave Barnes and Nobles with four to five books and sometimes more depending on the sale. Now, as I dive deeper into buying books from thrift stores, Targets, garage sales and more; there’s just no way I can keep up. Nevermind the amount of books that have been donated to me because coworkers or friends of friends have found out how much I love reading. (btw…if you ever want to get rid of books, I am willing to take them, whatever they are).

 

You could even say that….I’m addicted.

Jade

My Last Finished Novel!

To All!

I actually don’t know if I’d told anyone this but outside of being a reader i am also a writer. No, I am not some big accomplished author or anything like that but i do write novels. I write romance with an emphasis of many other genres. I don’t really have one set genre that I like to incorporate into my romance, I sort of just go with the flow of that idea.

The last book I finished is actually the first book in a six book series called The Dark Warriors. It’s called Hunter and has actually taken a year for me to write it. It’s taken so long because life sort of…just got in the way. I started the novel after doing extensive research and brainstorming last year, around February 2014. The first novel is called Hunter. At that time I had started a blog called The Yellow Book Project. I decided that instead of writing it to myself, I would upload the book in a series of posts. I guess I mainly decided to do it because I wanted others to see my thought process as the book progressed.

Readers could see my mess ups and mistakes, they could see where I decided to change the direction of the novel or areas that I put more emphasis and focus. I also made posts between that weren’t of the novel. Just sort of updates on my thoughts or on what was going on in my life or excuses (yes excuses) for not uploading the next portion or writers block.

For me, I think it was more of a journey that I took on. During the course of writing this book, I got into a car accident that totaled my last car (I was not at fault!!), I got a new car, I got a part time job out of boredom, I moved from the Midwest to Florida, I moved into a new apartment with roommates, I even discovered a new writers niche! So much happened and so much has changed. I like to believe that I became a better writer over that time but the evidence as to whether that is true is in the posts.

Anyway, I figured I’d share that tidbit with you guys! I finished Hunter in April and began querying. I had initially thought about started the second book in the series, Vectio, but thought better of it. Writing the first book was a commitment and while I’m not afraid of those, I don’t think i’ve matured into the writer that I want to be for this series, just yet. I was reading this interview that really touched my heart a few months ago. The author had said that sometimes it’s not the right time to write a particular book and you need to be able to see when that time is. That’s how I feel about the series. I’m not as focused, interested or immersed into this series as I was in the beginning. I am definitely still going to write it but I don’t want to half ass a series that I know is great just because I’ve already finished one novel. So…in other words, The Dark Warriors series will come to past; I’m just not ready to write it.

I’ve inserted the URL to the blog below! The posts are numbered! Feel free to read however much of it you want and comment! I would definitely appreciate the support, advice or anyone’s thoughts on the story.

http://theyellowbookproject.blogspot.com/

Jade

Plethora of Reviews!

Heya,

For the last few weeks I’ve been slacking. In this since I mean, I’ve been reading a lot of books and haven’t been doing the reviews on them. I know, I know, crappy move on my part and now you hate me. Well, that’s all ok. I’ve kind of been having a sort of writers block and then I read Second Nature by Nora Roberts. It really put some things into perspective for me. Her MCM (Main Character Male) is a writer of Horror and Suspense novels. His name is Hunter Brown and he really made me feel like…I wasn’t a writer. In the novel, on being a writer, he says:

On being afraid to “dry up”- “Success is a deity that’s never satisfied. Every time I face that first blank page, I wonder how I’ll ever get through the beginning, middle or end.” When asked ‘How do you?’ he said “I tell the story. It’s as simple and miserably complex as that.

On comment of an unfinished manuscript he states, “If you put your mind to it, you’d have that manuscript finished within a month…the story is your only obligation.”

“Writing, though many disagree, is work.”

On writer’s block- “Writer’s block? There’s no such thing. You push the wall out of the way by working through it. If you don’t believe in something, refuse to believe it exists, it doesn’t, not for you.”

“Every writer believes in what he writes. There’d be no purpose in it otherwise.”

“Telling a story’s an art, writing’s a craft.”

Ok, even though your probably not as in love with this character as I am but there is one thing that Made me fall head over heels. Not too long ago a friend (and roommate) of mine asked me why I wrote. He was trying to give me some motivation and ended up stumping me. I really had no answer. I told him, “I write because I was born to write. Ever since I was younger I’ve been a writer. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. I just have to write. It’s in my blood, mind, it’s apart of my soul.” In the novel Hunter Brown tells the reporter (MCF) that he was born a writer. In not so exact words, that he was born with the art and made it his choice to craft it. He basically summed up my life.

Anyway! Now that I’m not on my tangent anymore, I’ll tell you the reason for this post! So, due to my inability to write I decided to take a self vacation. One away from everything and from…myself. I’ve spent the last four days with a host from airbnb.com in Cape Coral. It’s on of the most amazing experiences I’ve had thus far. I’ve read, seen beaches, been on an island for the first time, collected some really great shells and been to some really great places. I won’t mention too much how I’m currently sick (worst timing) because it hasn’t inhibited me that much. Since I feel more ‘in the flow’ and ‘in line with oneself’ I figured i’d take all the books i’ve read and upload their reviews.

So…in other words, to sum it all up, look for a plethora of reviews coming soon!

Good Readance,

Jade Elyzabeth

My Movement to Florida from Missouri!

Heyya!

I finally completed my move to Florida from Missouri! I arrived, after a two day journey, yesterday on Monday. We stopped off in Chattanooga, Tennessee so that we wouldn’t have to drive the 18 hours straight. It was pretty fun! My friend is traveling with me, thank God, and it’s been a blast. We are chilling at my new apartment for a few days before taking a trip down to Miami Beach! This will be the first time I’ve ever been to a real beach! I’m beyond excited!

I’d always dreamed that I’d move to a bigger city, something different. I was finally presented with the opportunity and ran with it. I’m currently looking for jobs in my area but i transferred one of my positions to Florida so i’m not extremely pressed right now. I am looking for administrative/assistant, human resources, copywriting or content writing positions. I’m so happy with this decision I’ve made! We shall see how things turn out!

I will admit that I completed my last novel (Match Me If You Can) to review before I’d even left Missouri. I just hadn’t had time to really upload a final review. Which I will do ASAP!

Looking forward to seeing what Orlando has to offer!

Happy Travels!

Jade Jemison