J.D. Stroube is an author, artist, and a full time psychology major. Her writing crosses many genre's, but most often gears towards fantasy and the paranormal.
During periods of writers block, she tends to create graphic art for her business, Dreamscape Covers. Her idea for the business began, when she was frequently told by other authors that graphic artists were "too expensive." Since then she has dedicated herself to helping struggling authors. J.D is determined to provide breathtaking graphic art that is affordable.
When she's not creating cover art for fellow authors, she is writing or editing one of her numerous novels or delving into psychology books!
J.D. is a Psychology major with a natural ability towards counseling. She intends to utilize her overwhelming need to know and understand things, to aid her in achieving her Doctorate degree. She then hopes to open her own practice to provide counseling for low income families and children.
on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Caged in Darkness is the first book in the Caged series by J.D Stroube.
For 9 years Savannah Cross was held captive in a cage witnessing terrible horrors and being treated cruelly all at the hands of her inordinately powerful parents. When a rare occasion arose for her to escape, she took the chance and headed to Meadow Falls witch Coven which she had previously heard of and was warmly accepted by Maye and Ash who quickly became her surrogate family.
Savannah descends from one of the most powerful lineages of witches and her parent’s became obsessed with dark magic and through human sacrifices managed to summon a demon, which they then locked in a bloodstone box. After their deaths, Savannah was tasked with retrieving items of importance and unknowingly tripped on the box and unleashed the demon. This is where all the action begins and Savannah along with her friends have to find a way to banish the demon before he wreaks havoc on the life Savannah has built for herself.
Savannah is due to come into her powers on her 16th birthday, it is then she will also choose her coven – Meadow Falls coven which she has always known as well as one which are trying to initiate her into their own, the Sacred Moon coven. Trying to ‘seduce’ her into the coven is Liam, the son of a high priestess and forced into the task of swaying her decision. I wasn’t a fan of Liam initially but he gradually grew on me.
Also vying for Savannah’s attention was Ash, who I adored! He has always cared for and protected Savannah since her arrival in Meadow Falls and taught her to trust – I thought he was a wonderful love interest for her, I was just shocked by his friendship with Isis and Griffin; the way they treated Savannah seemed to go against everything he believed in.
Savannah as a main heroine frustrated me on numerous occasions, she was emotionally unavailable which could be understood because of what she had been through but there were times when her actions went against everything I would have expected from her. She was indecisive about her love life and who she actually wanted to be with – it was all a bit back and forth for my liking. I did like the times she did show her strength and determination to try and sort out the demon problems – her take charge attitude in these circumstances was the heroine I enjoyed reading about.
Caged in Darkness was told from Savannah, Liam and Ash’s POV’s which I always enjoy, it gives us a greater glimpse into each of their inner thoughts and reasoning behind their actions.
I loved Savannah’s best friends Willow and Izzy & was saddened by what happened to Izzy; each of the secondary characters were fleshed out well. Maye and Ash were truly wonderful and treated Savannah with love and respect and never an outcast.
I was torn in my feelings of Caged in Darkness, I found it quite enjoyable but unfortunately there was something missing and I didn’t love it. The pacing at times was slow for me, but I did enjoy J.D Stroube’s writing and the plot certainly held my interest.
There were a number of editing problems which were easily overlooked and I was quite shocked by the twist at the end; I am keen to read the sequel Caged by Damnation to see how it all pans out.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Quit an original story. First you are drawn in by a girl who has lived a troubled life. Abused by her parents, you can't expect the girl to be normal. Luckily she has Maye and Ash to take care of her.
From the very beginning I liked Ash and hoped there would be something romantic between them. Which happens and then there is another boy thrown in the mix. Usually love triangles urk me, but after reading the end of this book, I'm not even sure what's happening anymore!
The end is something you don't really see coming, and it's not something that makes complete sense to me. In the next book I hope it's explained a little more. (I'm not going to say specifics because I don't want to give away spoilers.)
Overall, it's an interesting read with a huge twist at the end. Lets just say you might think you know what will happen at the end, but you don't. I would definitely like to get to know the characters more and there's another book, so I think that shouldn't be a problem!
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2011 :
I really liked this book. Cant wait for the next book.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Dec. 22, 2011 :
Very very good. I'm not a paranormal romance guy but after the first few pages I was hooked. A nice writing style along with a good story makes for a great read.
J.D., good luck in the future, I think you'll do well.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tona Cruz Dominguez
on Dec. 07, 2011 :
I really liked this book. There was so many different supernatural themes in this book that it could be enjoyed by all. Savannahs character was strong and vulnerable at the same time. I am excited for the next book
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Oct. 27, 2011 :
This was such a wonderful and refreshing read! I am SO excited for the next in the series!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I am not one to go out looking for paranormal romances. Although I have read a few and enjoyed them, my personal preferences are not in this genre. I also want to make clear that I am nearly 40 years old and am aware that young adult novels do not always connect well for me.
I had some issues with the book. Mostly they were at the personal preference end of the spectrum. I did note some grammatical issues outside of dialog. This was not an overwhelming issue for me, but it was noticed. I also found myself wishing for a broader range of wording; the same descriptive words came up too closely to each other for my taste. I would have liked to have seen about 30 more pages worth of writing (throughout) to flesh the story out a bit more. It often felt one dimensional. I felt as if things happened or things were accepted too easily. I really wanted to care about the characters. I longed for it, yet found myself too far removed from them.
But, I loved the twist at the end. Loved it. Brilliant! Also, I like the subtle and natural humor dispersed in the story.
Generally I give a book a "2" if I am unfulfilled by it and give it a "3" if I enjoyed it, yet do not desire to re-read it. Neither of these criteria really fit how I felt about the book. I was not satisfied with it, BUT have some curiosity as to what will happen in the next book. I ultimately decided to give it a "3".
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Sep. 09, 2011 :
I'm glad I finally found this book (since it wasn't available in paper form) and I really liked :)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 31, 2011 :
I just read Caged in Darkness and absolutely loved it!! Its such a refreshingly delicious story!! I could not put it down, Savannah has such a heart wrenching story and the characters in the book are Amazing!! You get magic, love, and awesome friendship. Read this book I promise you will not be dissapointed, I need more and October can not come fast enough!! Great Job J.D.!!
5 Massive Stars:))
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)