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

Book Reviews: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Hey All!

So…I’m super super excited to be reading the Harry Potter series! My parents, as much as I love them, were very very strict. Their strong Christianity beliefs didn’t allow them to have dealings in magic, paranormal or spell type theories. That’s the way they took it at least. I, however, grew to love these stories and had to hide when I wanted to read them. (Definitely a stubborn and determined child.) I was barred from reading anything Harry Potter or any other magical nonsense like that.

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As an adult, I can read whatever I want! Whoop Whoop! So of course when I remembered that I’d been gifted the Harry Potter series by an old friend, I was ecstatic! I’ve read the first three Harry Potter books. My complete thought was that I can read the books and then watch the movies as I go along. I’ve watched the first two and haven’t yet watched the third. It’s been a great adventure!

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I was actually quite surprised at home much I enjoy the stories. Have you ever thought of how different your imagination is when you’re a child as opposed to when all thoughts of magic have left you? Have you noticed that when you get older the belief that things like talking books, floating tables and brooms that fly dwindles? I was scared that I wouldn’t love the books as much because I’m such…an adult! Sounds silly but when you really think about it you’ll see it’s true.

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I definitely would recommend these books. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young child or an adult looking to get your imagination back you will enjoy these books! I loved the movies too! The story line greatly with the books. They did such a great job! I can’t wait to finish the series and read the rest of the stories!

 

Good Readdance,

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

Taking A Break From Social Media

So I’ve discovered that the hardest thing to do is find time between work, school, luxury and hobbies. It’s hard because now there are so many other things taking up our time and mind. I’ve seen so many studies, and I wont go into the gory details, about how much time we, as humans, spend on our phones. It doesn’t only include phones though! Many people like to lift their noses and say “Well, I don’t spend all day on my phone!” or “I put my phone down during dinner.” It’s not just that. There are TV’s, Mac/laptops, tablets, IPads and now even watches that take away from our quality time with each other.

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I am no different. I spend a lot of my time surfing the internet, trudging through Facebook or taking selfies for my Instagram or Snapchat accounts (those to be listed below!). After seeing a post, that was completely ridiculous, on FB I actually sat and thought about the time that I spend using these medias. Then, after spending a few days reading a book because I was so distracted, I decided to take a break. I need to get more reading done, so I can get more reviews done! Yay (aren’t you excited!?)!! I want to watch more movies and tv shows. I want to take longer walks without checking my phone as soon as I get home to see if anyone liked a status. I also want to find my center and start doing yoga more. I definitely used to do it a lot but have seriously been slacking on that front!

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From 4/24/2017 until 5/24/2017 I am doing, what I call, the Break Free From Media experiment (#BreakFreeFromMedia or #BFFM!). You may wonder why it’s an experiment or why it seems like a big deal but it truly is for me! After moving to my area just over a year ago I still feel like I haven’t completely incorporated myself into the “scene”. Using social media is definitely a way I bridge that gap.

I will only be using this site (as it’s my review blog and not what I would call social media…weird I know) and my professional Instagram page (which is obviously for professional purposes only). You guys should make this move with me!! Would you take a break from your social media? Or do you believe you can’t live without it? Let me know what you think!

Jade

P.S. My anniversary with my guys is coming up soon…boy am I excited!

Links are also on the side of the screen ūüôā

Instagram– JadeElyzabethJ

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Just A Dedicated Reader

Sometimes I find that life takes a toll on me. My soul and heart feel downtrodden and I can’t climb out of the rut I’m in. It’s a never ending cycle of unexpected experiences, good or bad, that fill your existence with doubt, fear and excitement. While to some this is welcoming and new. It’s like with everyday that goes by you could be opening a new door to a fork in the road. To others it’s terrifying, like you never know when to hold on or when to let go. You never know if this is it; if this will be the day that every moment of planning, every night of staying up late or every sacrifice you made will begin circling the drain.

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So….I do what any respectable woman would do and I climb down further, deep deep down, using my hands as claws and hooks to push me further into a book. I pull out some dusty novel that I enjoyed years ago, one that’s been pushed back and scrunched up and curl up to cry. Fortunately, though, this can happen at any time, for any reason. It doesn’t always start as something bad.

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Sometimes, I have a long day…good…but long day in school, work, out paying bills or shopping for groceries. I just want to lay in bed, not do anything¬† and read a good story. I don’t want to toot my own horn and say that I’m a fast reader or anything…I would just say that I’m a dedicated reader. As soon as I find something that I really love, from the first few pages, I sit down and stay rooted to the story. The edge of the bed, the toilet, cooking asparagus, running out to the car, checking the mail; anywhere is a good place to continue reading a book. I’ve, on many occasion, had to stop myself from walking into a pole, a person, into a hole or even a wall because I was too busy reading.

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Now, yes, people like to hide the fact that they are avid readers (for some reason that is beyond me) but there are a lot of good reasons why we read. The following is a list of pros we get out of reading that I gleaned from a website that I cited at the bottom. I was looking for some of the pros just on my own and figured I’d share with my fellow readers. To go further in-depth check out that link!

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  1. Mental Stimulation
  2. Stress Reduction
  3. Knowledge
  4. Vocabulary Expansion (one of my favs!)
  5. Memory Improvement
  6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
  7. Improved Focus and Concentration
  8. Better Writing Skills (another one of my favs!)
  9. Tranquility (umm…yes!)
  10. Free Entertainment (My fav!!)

Good Readance!

Jade Elyzabeth

 

cited:

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10 Benefits; Why You Should Read Everyday

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

Book Review: About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Hey,

You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have¬†been¬†reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with¬†A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go.¬†Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me¬†transfixed. Every time a new¬†story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.

I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!).¬† I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.

Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main¬†male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was¬†decommissioned. It was just that¬†it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny¬†regarding a series about¬†‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was¬†true.

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By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.

I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive.¬†Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!

Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. ūüôā

Happy Readdance!

Jade

http://www.amazon.com/About-Vampire-Argeneau-Novel/dp/0062316028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451169101&sr=1-1&keywords=ABOUT+A+VAMPIRE

 

Interviews: Seth Meyers and Rolling Stone with Stephen King On Writing

Hi,

So, I’ve been thinking long and hard about the next book that I’m going to write. It’s not that I’ve been having a hard time with motivation but I just have been a little insecure about my writing. I’d been thinking if I can really even pull off this book that is completely out of my genre. I’m basically going from strictly romance (and the works) to thriller. I thought, why not go check out interviews of your favorite writers and see if you get some insight. I instantly thought Stephen King first. When I was in private school many, many years ago I went through this long horror phase and read nothing else. Some writers I easily forgot after reading them but Stephen King, Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clarke were three that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Yes, now that I think about it I will be rereading some of their books and writing reviews on them. It only seems fair now that I tell you they were favorites that I go back and share my opinions of them. Now or from then.

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Anyway, so I just googled interviews with Stephen King. I initially just looked up interviews with Stephen King and google added the little ‘YouTube’ tidbit on the end which I guess I didn’t mind. I stumbled across the video interview with Seth Meyers and was instantly taken away. Outside of King being one of the best writers he also has an alluring personality. I could honestly hear him speak on anything; religion, books, art, politics and I believe I would still be taken away. I am impressed, not that my opinion of him matters, in his straight-at-you way of answering questions, sharing parts of his life some keep secret, thoughts about God and his reasons for writing.

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There is a portion in the interview where Andy Greene, the reporter, asks King about his daily writing habits and I had to get a screenshot of it (from my phone of course, sorry so blurry) and share it with you. This is definitely my dream of writing. It’s where I’d want to be, how my day would go; of course in my own way. I’d love to have it as a career, to wake up and know that writing is on my main agenda. That other full time jobs and random ‘must do’ responsibilities won’t get in the way as they do now. I spend most of my time working more than one job trying to keep myself afloat or pay for things just to have them and it cuts into my writing tremendously. I actually am surprised that I was able to finish Coalesce while I was at KU for Architecture. It also blows my mind that I had any time at all to finish Hunter over the last year. In the interview, King goes into the struggles of drinking, drugs and family life. He talks on being poor, on becoming rich and his thoughts on those who live higher than him. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury.11887967_10153535879463948_3265007605171142786_n

I had, before, questioned if I had that sort of drive to make it happen. I questioned if I was as taken away by writing as I am by my ability to write. Then I read something that inspires me, I watch an adapted from novel film or read an interview by a Great and I think…I do. I correct myself in thinking that it might just be the fear of failure, one that King touches on in the interview, that might actually be holding me back. It’s like a thorn in my side and in my thumb and neither seem to be going anywhere any time soon. But maybe that’s what separates all these Greats from me. They have pushed through their writing insecurities, they’ve made their lives as writers and they are sitting on the other side of my dream waving me over. It’s all together luminous in thought.

So, I just thought I would share my thoughts on one of my favorite writers with you guys. I’ve included the links to both the video interview with Seth Meyers and the article written by Andy Greene. Tell me what you guys think of Stephen King or any of your favorite authors! Have you read any really great interviews lately you would like to share?

P.S. I hadn’t realized until my guy told me to read an interview, just for the sake of the creativity and genius of the article, how beautifully these interviews are actually written. The description of Stephen King’s writing office, the simply placed Maine town in the article along with the actual flow of the questioning was genius on part of Andy Greene. I commend him for his writing genius also!

Interview by The Rolling Stones of Stephen King on Writing