From the Shadow


Romance - Paranormal
291 Pages
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Jessica has been writing since she was ten years old. She attended Willamette University with the intention of going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. But, as is the way with life, plans changed. Since 2002 she has worked in the medical field and absolutely loves the challenges and positive impact she can have on the lives of others. She loves the outdoors and considers herself blessed to call Oregon her home.

Following the birth of her second child, she committed herself to writing her first novel. Unfortunately for her, story ideas rarely present themselves one at a time and she often has two (if not three) manuscripts in progress at once. When she's not writing her own material, she enjoys reading a wide variety of books, many of them aloud to her husband and two children.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Can a lion fall in love with a lamb? Jessica Jesinghaus in her paranormal story, From the Shadow, would definitely respond yes to this question. Jacob is a creature who turns into a ruthless, merciless savage once hunger strikes. He ceased to be a human being a long time ago. He hides himself away from humans and comes out only to satiate his hunger. He hates killing and feeding off human blood and flesh, but that's what truly satisfies him. One day, when he was out on his quest for another unaware prey, he noticed a woman who was with a group of friends and yet her eyes reflected loneliness. In that moment, Jacob felt something triggered inside him that he hadn't felt in a long time. However, he had no time to waste on calculating his feelings so he brushed those emotions aside and began doing what he did best -- killing and feeding. Only, when he approached this woman, Lynn, with every intention of killing her, he found something in her eyes that he hadn't seen in anybody's eyes in a long time; unlike others, whose eyes reflected terror and hatred for him, Lynn's eyes showed care and compassion. Even the thought of hurting her made him shiver. She stirred the need for a companion in his heart and he could not understand what kind of life would be possible with her. Regardless of the obvious complications, his strong desire to be with her got the better of him. He ignored all the possible consequences of this unique companionship and decided to cherish his time with her. Little did he know that his past would sneak up on him with every intention of snatching away his chance at happiness one more time.

The author's writing is extremely spellbinding. Jacob's hatred for himself every time he had to kill a human being is palpable. I could feel his helplessness as soon as he felt hunger strike. He had hoped to die of hunger, but the curse of immortality would not allow him to do that as well. So, here he was forever bound to kill others and hate himself for doing so. There are graphic descriptions of various acts of dismembering bodies limb by limb and then devouring them. These scenes are sure to produce goosebumps. With the book being categorized in the paranormal genre, such scenes are definitely expected. Amidst all the terror and violence, the romance between Jacob and Lynn is refreshing and a welcome change of emotions. Although Jacob appeared like a savage in the beginning, his character transitioned to an innocent and helpless creature as soon as he met Lynn. Their love story is quite gripping with Lynn embracing every element of Jacob's personality and Jacob trying to protect Lynn from any harm he or anyone else might cause. As soon as I got comfortable with the romance, the author cleverly brought the plot back to the dominant genre (paranormal) of From the Shadow.

The story developed beautifully from serious to light to serious again, yet the darkness kept floating on the horizon throughout the reading and I, as a reader, was completely aware that the misery of the characters was not over yet. All the characters are thoughtfully written. I was able to make a connection with each one of them. There are many flashbacks as the characters narrate what happened in the past. These flashbacks were both necessary and intriguing. I could not wait for the characters to get the justice they deserved, which kept me glued to my seat until reaching the last line of the last chapter. The emotions of the characters were conveyed beautifully to me and that enhanced the overall experience. If one reads closely, From the Shadow tries to reinstate the concept of giving second chances, forgiving oneself, and keeping the faith. These are really desirable attributes to have and Ms. Jesinghaus has done an incredible job of communicating these to her readers. This is a flawless read to me and it kept me fascinated until the end. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy a gripping blend of romance and paranormal.

Stephen Fisher

From the Shadow by Jessica Jesinghaus is a brilliantly written paranormal romance that immediately drew me in with the entrance of the main character, Jacob. The beast needs to feed, and he does because he has to. It is his cursed fate and has been for two centuries. He has left his humanity behind long ago, and knows that although animals can give him sustenance, only humans can satisfy his ever growing hunger. Resigned to accepting his fate, he somehow manages to stray into the wilderness. When he happens upon five campers, he lies in wait. After feeding on the first four, he spies out the lone woman remaining. When she beckons him to sit with her until her friends return, he accepts. Unlike anyone else that he has hungered for, Lynn is different.

Ms. Jesinghaus does a remarkable job of describing the horror elements of this masterpiece. She describes how Jacob hungers for and preys on his victims. I was trying to guess at first if he was a werewolf, or vampire, and initially I thought Lynn was possibly blind. She welcomes him and asks if he will keep her company, and all I kept thinking was, "Is this woman nuts?" Things change when Jacob's first instinct was to feed on her, but for some reason he doesn't hunger for her. She wasn't like any other potential meal he had ever encountered. Then everything begins to become clear when she sees his memories, of how he was changed forever. When Jacob summons the Shadow, and asks to be released from his curse, Ulebheist concedes, but on his terms, and removes Jacob's immortality. Lynn then makes a bargain with the Shadow that changes everything. From the Shadow is a captivating read that is impossible to put down. Awesome characters and plot twists. I fell in love with everything that Jessica Jesinghaus vividly put into this remarkable book. Brava!

K.J. Simmill

From the Shadow is a paranormal romance by Jessica Jesinghaus. In desperation Jacob made a deal with darkness. His wife, Johanna, had been afflicted by a strange illness. It ate away at her, and whilst he knew it was somehow Liam's doing, he was powerless to prevent its course; the dark magic had already gone too deep. He begged God for aid, but when his pleas remained unanswered, he pledged himself to the shadow. He thought it would save her, but darkness is riddled with lies, and all was lost. Jacob became a monster, living in exile, devouring flesh and blood and forgetting everything it was to be human, until he met Lynn. She awoke something within him long forgotten, and her acceptance of him allowed him to be born anew. But Liam wasn't done with Jacob yet, not by a long shot. Liam continued to haunt Jacob, or perhaps it was something more; could it be, after all this time, that he still lived?

Damnation, redemption, love, and betrayal all come together to present an intriguing and original plot from Jessica Jesinghaus in her novel From the Shadow. You'll find yourself drawn into the characters' plights, shifting your opinion and perspective of them as you follow the story. This is definitely suitable for the older side of the young adult spectrum, given that some of the scenes may be disturbing or inappropriate for the younger side, but it is certainly diverse in that an adult audience will enjoy it. There are some unique ideas which Jessica Jesinghaus expresses in a clear and concise manner. The writing style has just the right level of descriptive prowess to conjure up scenes both familiar and haunting. This will certainly earn a place within the hearts of lovers of the genre, if for no other reason than the fresh ideas.