I had to laugh at myself as I struggled between whether I labeled this book fiction or non-fiction. Sadly, I spend more time planning for the zombie aI had to laugh at myself as I struggled between whether I labeled this book fiction or non-fiction. Sadly, I spend more time planning for the zombie apocalypse than I do my own retirement.
This was a great read with tons of information that was fairly new to me. For example, I did not know that George Romero's zombies were inspired by vampires in Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend". Definitely news to me! Most of the information contained on surviving the Z-apocalypse could be useful in most survival scenarios after a major catastrophe but what I found especially interesting was the almost "real feel" to the book when the author had different "experts" weigh in on the zombie's physical and mental makeup and how it could affect your chances of survival, as well as the not often mentioned but still deadly effects of such things as the common cold and infection, PTSD, and other psychological torments one could find themselves facing should the undead ever decide to join the ranks of the living.
The chances of the zombie apocalypse might be slim to none, but in the event that "you're wrong and I'm right" - this is definitely one book you'd want to have packed in your emergency kit (which, btw, will do you absolutely no good should you have it at home and the dead start rising while you're stuck in a cubicle on the other side of town)....more
I love how this book is set up to be read in 21 days. Each day is simple to read and the concepts one learns to master success and inner peace are soI love how this book is set up to be read in 21 days. Each day is simple to read and the concepts one learns to master success and inner peace are so remarkably profound in their simplicity. Some examples are: "Be Attached to Nothing", "There Are No Justified Resentments", and "Trust the Spiritual Source". This little gem of a book is filled with lots of anecdotes we've heard before such as positive thinking and doing unto others and I love the straight forward approach in which the information is given by Dr. Dyer.
My first read by this author but definitely not my last! ...more
Wow! I read this book in one day and all I can say is...wow! Definitely a keeper and definitely one I would highly recommend to all. The author conveyWow! I read this book in one day and all I can say is...wow! Definitely a keeper and definitely one I would highly recommend to all. The author conveys her point in a very simple manner that brings a strong message: "You deserve the love you desire and when you're not receiving it - it's okay to walk away." However, she doesn't just focus on the short-comings of the other partner but challenges the reader to view their own personal issues with self-esteem and guilt.
Combining stories that are easy to relate to with good old-fashioned common sense, "Deal Breakers" is definitely in the top 5 of my Relationship books. ...more
I really enjoyed this collection of zombie comics. Most of the stories really delivered with maybe one or two that could be classified as "meh". VarioI really enjoyed this collection of zombie comics. Most of the stories really delivered with maybe one or two that could be classified as "meh". Various takes on the zombie tale ranging from zombies in space to zombie myths and legends to tales told from the zombies point of view.
A great addition to my zombie collection that did not disappoint....more
Quick read that contains some helpful dating advice. Most of it is stuff you've heard and/or read before but the author presents it in a very straightQuick read that contains some helpful dating advice. Most of it is stuff you've heard and/or read before but the author presents it in a very straight-forward, "real" manner.
I'm so Team Peeta it's ridiculous right now! I am truly in love with "the boy with the bread". *le sigh
The Hunger GI'm going to see the movie tonight!
I'm so Team Peeta it's ridiculous right now! I am truly in love with "the boy with the bread". *le sigh
The Hunger Games reminds me of a cross between "Lord of the Flies", "The Running Man" and "The Long Walk" by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King). In fact, when I first learned the premise of this novel, "The Long Walk" came immediately to mind. 24 adolescents are placed in an Arena to fight til the death. Why? For "Big Brother's" amusement I'm guessing. It's sickening and sad and the emotions I experienced while reading it were all over the place.
I'm going to watch the trailer a couple-few times and then prepare to watch the movie tonight. I can't wait to see if the movie features the mocking-jays and muttations! AAAHHH!!!
UPDATE AFTER VIEWING MOVIE:
Okay, so the movie was clearly made for those who had read the book(s) because if you had not - you'd probably be lost. With that said, having read the book I found the movie lacking. It was...choppy and it seemed like a lot of the major key points of the whole plot were not shown (ie nature of the muttations, meaning of mocking-jays, etc). Even the romance between Katniss and Peeta was down played tremendously which was like whaaat? since that was the whole premise behind their winning The Hunger Games. Uuuggh!
If I had seen the movie before I read the book, it's safe to say I would NOT have read the book. Word of advice: Read the book BEFORE viewing the movie and then, wait for the movie to come out on dvd. smh...more
I like to think of myself as a hard-to-please critic when it comes to my reviews of romance books. For a book in this particular genre to receive a 5-I like to think of myself as a hard-to-please critic when it comes to my reviews of romance books. For a book in this particular genre to receive a 5-star rating from me, it has to be more than just good. It has to be over-the-top, brought-tears-to-my-eyes, oh-no-she-didn’t, laugh-out-loud, and you-gotta-love-him GOOD! Hooked by Polly Iyer met all of these qualifications and more! I don’t like to compare authors, and, to be honest, Polly Iyer can stand on her own as a very talented author, but for the sake of comparison, Hooked reminded me of a Jackie Collins novel--a much classier Jackie Collins novel with a dynamic plot and engaging characters where not only do you get the inside scoop on what the hero and heroine are thinking but you’re treated to all the inner workings of the other characters involved. I loved it, especially the characters!
Inexperienced or virgin heroines are a bit of a bore to me and rather redundant in most romances. I am all for the lady who knows her way around a bedroom and who wears her sexuality with confidence. Tawny Dell fits the criteria on both counts. This reformed high-priced call girl does not disappoint. I liked her. Simple as that. Then, Lincoln Walsh, Linc, was a great hero. Not quite alpha but definitely not a beta. He was the perfect mix of arrogant bastard and thoughtful gentleman. I adored him.
But the focus of this novel was not based on or around the romance. I repeat, it was not based on or around the romance between these two characters. Actually the romance placed a backseat to the plot of the story which involved a murdered working girl, a perverted brothel owner, his scheming wife, and a mob boss with morals. I was so caught up in each of these characters and the roles that they played that I wasn’t disappointed when the story shifted away from Tawny and Linc. I would have liked to have read more on their physical relationship, but I can’t even complain there because, in all honesty, the book ended perfectly.
Reading more like a suspense/thriller with romantic elements, Hooked by Polly Iyer is definitely going on my keeper shelf! I’ve already recommended it to my two reading buddies. And this is before I even finished reading it! Highly recommended, this is a MUST-READ for romance and thrill-seeking readers alike. (Originally reviewed for Risque Reviews)
Slightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I waSlightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I was able to read this 64-page e-book in a matter of hours. And it wasn't until I was nearing the end of the book that I noticed the spanking theme. Clearly, I'm not the most observant of people.
Ken Charles is a great author with the ability to change the "voice" of his stories. Most of the stories were enough to keep me reading. I even found myself chuckling a time or two. Out of the fourteen tales presented, I felt 3 could have been omitted (Bedraken Justice, 3 Black Cats and Cane, Bell, and Candle), 4 were okay (The Card, A Matter of Conscience, Creme of the Crop, and Undercover), 6 were quite enjoyable (How Betty Sue Billington Became Senior Class President, Sinful One, The Naughty Maid, This Just In, Feeling No Pain, and A Royal Birth which was predictable but cute). By far, the star in this short story collection was Psyche and MetaPhysic --absolute genius. The story's execution was brilliant! All in all, I would recommend this title to anyone looking to pass the time with a quick read. ("Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews")
I enjoyed Trust In Me much more than Keep Me Safe. Skye Warren is a great writer and I look forward to reading many more titles by her. Yes, this bookI enjoyed Trust In Me much more than Keep Me Safe. Skye Warren is a great writer and I look forward to reading many more titles by her. Yes, this book is dark - VERY dark! - but there is a realistic feel to it. I would describe this book as more of a thriller than erotica though. Whereas Keep Me Safe seemed to focus on the over-the-top sex scene, Trust In Me focuses moreso on the brutality of Mia's life and the conditions any woman might find herself in when at the mercy of sex slave traders. Tyler was a good hero but the strength of the story comes primarily from Mia who endures much to free a cargo of women who have recently been acquired for the purpose of human trafficking.
Very intriguing story that I would recommend to those who enjoy thrillers with a bit of edge to them. Be warned though, the humiliation and abuse Mia endures at the hands of Carlos is very extreme!...more
**spoiler alert** I was really surprised and initially pleased to find out there was a sub-genre in romance called "non-consensual". I was first intro**spoiler alert** I was really surprised and initially pleased to find out there was a sub-genre in romance called "non-consensual". I was first introduced to romance in the 80s and the popular theme then was "forced seduction". Not a very popular theme now but I have no problem with it and I read what I choose.
This story was very well-written. Very. The beginning was like wow! I felt for the woman but then when it was revealed that the guy was actually an FBI agent undercover and he had to force himself on her in order to keep her from being gang-raped and also so his cover wouldn't be blown - it made it "easier" to read, if that makes sense.
Then as I continued to read - well, I had recommended it to my best friend and I actually stopped reading long enough to call her and apologize for the recommendation because it just got BRUTAL! She was thoroughly disgusted and I...well, I won't shy away from reading another Skye Warren novel but this novella was NOT what I expected! Again, BRUTAL.
However, the writing was great and for that I actually bumped it up a star....more
This book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept thinkThis book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept thinking "How did this get published?"
It started out pretty good - I really liked the focus being on a Creole family and the relationship between the lighter-skinned mother and her darker-skinned daughter. I was even okay with it when the daughter decided to be a stripper as a way to "rebel", I guess. And when Thierry recognized her and got angry instead of turned on - I was like - Okay now, this might be interesting.
And then I was through.
First of all, Thierry's habit of calling Angelique "sugar" every other sentence annoyed the heck out of me! Sugar? Really? Is that even sexy anymore? Was it ever?!
And the sex scenes...uuuggh! Every time Thierry found his release it was the most intense release ever! Okay, so what about the fifty-eleven times he released before?
And then the grammatical errors were too numerous to ignore. Really.
The writing was a bit amateurish to me at times and at other times it was downright ridiculous. I kid you not.
Example: It stood out proud, red, and furious with pearly drops of fluid escaping from its one eye.
Oh! Oh! And let's not overlook Angelique "cooing" while in the throes of love-making.
Yeah, so this didn't really do it for me. At least not enough for me to want to read any other books in this series. ...more
I so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn'I so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn't figure out if her name should be pronounced Jilly-ann or Gilly-ann. I stuck with Jilly-ann and pressed on. Lennon because although different - it isn't a name I would place in the grown and sexy category of names. Anywho...
I've typically stayed away from interracial romances because it's 2012 and let's be real - it's not that big of a taboo so when most authors go on about how "wrong" it is for the couple to be together, it just irks me. However, Lena Matthews pulled this off wonderfully. Primarily by having the heroine share feelings that I identified with. Although Gillian found men outside of her race attractive, she couldn't see them as serious prospectives for a relationship and her reasons...well, she didn't really have any reasons. Works for me. I loved Gillian's best friend, Minta! She was very well-written and her character was sassy and funny and definitely someone I could see myself being best friends with.
Lennon. Mmmm...Mmmmm...Mmmmm. WHERE ARE MEN LIKE THIS AT?! SERIOUSLY!!! Do they really only exist between the pages of fiction?! Uuuuggh! He was everything I want in a man: uber-sexy (I imagined him as a Gabriel Aubry in way of looks), dominating, possessive, and sexually aggressive! And his dirty talk....LE SWOOOON!!! The sex scenes were sooo hot!!! *fanning self wildly I smiled and squirmed my way through the entire book!
I hope there author chooses to make this a series because I would love to read more about Lennon's friends and even Minta!
I was pretty sure this book would be given a 5-star rating but find myself wavering between a 3-star or 4-star rating instead. The book started out grI was pretty sure this book would be given a 5-star rating but find myself wavering between a 3-star or 4-star rating instead. The book started out great! I absolutely LOVED the premise of a man working in a brothel that catered to women. Quite unique and rather believable. Grace was a likeable enough character and Alex was swoon-worthy from start. The scene where they meet one another for the first time - Hilarious!
However, the longer the story went on I found myself rushing to get to the end because I grew tired of the constanst "angst" the two felt concerning their relationship - especially Alex. Yes, I understood he felt trapped but one minute he seeks escape to be with Grace and then the next he feels that she deserves better than a whore so he turns her away. It was all rather tiresome after awhile.
I would like to read more about Gideon however. I was quite intrigued by the "warrior" whore....more