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Legend of the Jade Dragon by Yasmine Galenorn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was tough to score but I am going to give it a solid 4 stars. Was the story perfect? Well, it was pretty good and while parts were predictable it was still a lot of fun.  Legend of the Jade Dragon is book 2 of the Chintz ‘n China series, and with that said I really recommend you read the first book in the series before jumping into this one. This book does reference the events of the first book in the series, so please do yourself a favor and read that one first.

The book starts off with her attempting to do a tarot reading for a man named Daniel but only getting an ominous reading. She decides to not to tell him what the cards say. The man decides to pay her anyway and takes his money out of his pocket and something falls out without him noticing it.  As he begins walking across the street Emerald notices that he dropped a little Jade Dragon statue and she attempts to get his attention. He turns to look at her and then gets killed by a speeding truck. Before he dies he is able to say  “please….dragon….don’t….keep” or something along those lines….needless to say the cops tell her to hold onto the dragon and that is where the fun begins.

Her store gets robbed, a drunk man attacks her, her house gets robbed, other places get robbed, her son gets a serious cut, and the list goes on and on. Yet, she doesn’t make the connection that everything started to go wrong once she got the little jade dragon. Fast forward a bit and with the help of her one friend she is able to find out that the dragon is extremely old and cursed. I don’t want to give too much away but after this point is when the story really takes off.

*Slight spoilers ahead*

  • The magic element was wonderful. There are no wands when it comes to this series. The magic is more of a part of Emerald and not something that requires magic spells. Does she use her intuition and did she try to break a hex with magic? Yes, but there was no caldron or magic potions involved.
  • Emerald is just such a good mom. She puts her kids first and is the single mom that you really would like to get to know. She is kind but takes no crap.
  • The pieces of the story just fall together in a way that is logical and not rushed (except for the portion about her boyfriend Andrew).
  • While the person who was robbing everyone was SUPER obvious, the twist behind it was very enjoyable.


  • As I said above it was little too obvious who was the one stealing from Emerald and others in town, but still I enjoyed the story.


The book was very enjoyable and I will definitely read the next one in the series. Hopefully the next book wont go into as much detail able Emerald’s clothing choices. This book was not as good as the first one in the series, but was still a very good read. I also look forward to seeing what happens between her and Joe now that she is finally done with the jerk Andrew.

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Book 20 Introduction: Inferno

So, I really needed a nice pallet cleanser after reading Beautiful Creatures. That book was a very boring read and I really wanted to read something that would most likely be good. I have read Angels and Demons as well as the Davinci code before so I know that this book has potential. Can’t wait to get started!


Author: Dan Brown   Pages: 461

Synopsis from Amazon:
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.

Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.


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Book 19 Introduction: Peril in the Old Country

I am really excited about my next reading selection! I actually got this book for free in exchange for an honest review! That is so exciting for me and I will be taking reviewing this book very seriously! So let me get the introduction of this book out of the way so that I can start reading! Continue reading “Book 19 Introduction: Peril in the Old Country”

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Book 18 Introduction: Beautiful Creatures

For my next reading selection I have selected the book Beautiful Creatures. I’m actually reading this because my husband said that they were going to discuss the movie based on this book on his favorite podcast and he wanted me to read the book so that he can find out how different the book was from the movie. Continue reading “Book 18 Introduction: Beautiful Creatures”