What a lovely cookbook! The stories are interesting and the recipes look delicious. I can't wait to try them out. There's lots of mouth watering photoWhat a lovely cookbook! The stories are interesting and the recipes look delicious. I can't wait to try them out. There's lots of mouth watering photos, so don't read this book if you are hungry.
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An informative book on how to achieve weight loss. For the most part, it looks to be a reasonabl*I won this book in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. *
An informative book on how to achieve weight loss. For the most part, it looks to be a reasonable diet. My only concern is the focus on a lot of organic foods which could be expensive and difficult to find in some markets. The exercise section is quite well done and as I mentioned in a status update, I would probably look amazing if I had the time to do all of those exercises daily. I did like that the book included recipes to try out as well. Personally, I do enjoy the foods that the book recommends so now I just have to stick with the plan. Darn you, real life!...more
Hmmm. This was a so-so read for me, about 2.0 - 2.5 stars.
I found the pacing a little slow and the focus was on fancy parties and pretty dresses and aHmmm. This was a so-so read for me, about 2.0 - 2.5 stars.
I found the pacing a little slow and the focus was on fancy parties and pretty dresses and a privileged crowd in New York City. The story revolves around Wren, a talented 15 year old artist and her first love Nolan. Wren is surrounded by her friends, affectionately known as the Turtles - Charlie, Regan, Farah, and Vati. Nothing much happens. They get dressed up to go to a party, they go to school, and that's about it.
I guess this book would appeal to young adult readers more than older readers who enjoy young adult books. These kids are going through their "firsts" in life: first boyfriend, first sexual experience, first betrayal, etc.
I did have some issues with Wren and how quickly she gave up her dreams because her boyfriend did not want her to go away. I also was disturbed by 15 year old Farah's relationship with a much older guy - to me that screams statutory rape.
I think my favorite character in this book was 10 year old Dinah, Wren's younger sister and cooking pro.
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OK, here's the thing: I didn't love this book, nor did I hate it. I'm a bit ambivalent at this point. I had a few problems with the plot and even moreOK, here's the thing: I didn't love this book, nor did I hate it. I'm a bit ambivalent at this point. I had a few problems with the plot and even more problems with the villain.
You see, a bunch of people go on an Eco-tour of Mexico. All's fun until our central character Eve makes a discovery. Then we are reading a book that is very similar to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, only it takes place in an isolated part of the Mexican rain forest.
The villain - he is ruthless and relentless and still fighting a jihad even though his best bud Osama is no longer of this world.
The writing was OK and the last third of this book was where the pacing picked up and I was actually rooting for Eve to get away.
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How could I ask for more? I kept picturing Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy when I thought of Dr. Sean O'Neil, orthopedic surgeon aA perfect summer read!
How could I ask for more? I kept picturing Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy when I thought of Dr. Sean O'Neil, orthopedic surgeon and resident heart breaker. Sean is not good at relationships. His job is way more important than anything else in his life. And he likes it that way. Until he meets Elise Bonnet, the charming French cook who works at his family's lodge in Vermont. Elise doesn't do relationships either, but she is attracted to Sean. The feeling is mutual, however the two don't really know it. Loved the buildup to romance in this one - it's one of those wonderful feel good novels.
I think that what made this book so enjoyable was the writing. I had never read anything by this author before but now she is definitely on my favorites list. It also helped that I've been to the area described by the book - it is the perfect place to fall in love.
The story did not only revolve around our main characters. The supporting characters - the O'Neil clan and their various partners were wonderful to be around. I loved crotchety Walter the patriarch of his family, as well as Sean's twin brother Jackson and his other brother Tyler. I enjoyed the family dynamics in the book as well.
All in all, a nice, light romance, perfect for summer reading by the pool.
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Update 12/25/14 This book was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite contemporary romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
This was a niceUpdate 12/25/14 This book was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite contemporary romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
This was a nice, enjoyable summer read. I liked the slow buildup to romance. The main characters Gabe and Bay were a likable couple, and I felt myself rooting for them throughout the book. The story is set in Afghanistan where Navy SEAL Gabe Griffin is stationed. His team has recently lost a member and Baylee Ann Thorne joins the team as part of Operation Shadow Warriors. At first, the members of the SEAL team are hesitant to accept a woman on their team and they are quite vocal about it. Gabe stands up for Bay. Bay is an interesting character - she is full of compassion and well suited to her job as medic. In fact, she completed the grueling Army 18 Delta combat medic training. Bay is also an accomplished sniper, learning how to shoot squirrel with her dad in the mountains.
I think that what I liked best about this book was that the main couple did not jump into bed with each other right away. (Not a good idea when you have to work together in combat situations). They took the time to get to know each other. I liked how they were both attuned to each other's needs. It was nicely done.
The background of Afghanistan and the challenges of living, working, and being a soldier in that part of the world was portrayed well. There were some very hairy moments for our couple. The author also showed the difficulties that the civilians had to endure as well.
Overall, a nice read, well suited to the 4th of July weekend.
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Update 12/25/14My Last Kiss was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
SoUpdate 12/25/14My Last Kiss was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
So I am wavering between 4 and 5 stars for this excellent debut novel by author Bethany Neal. This is a cross between a ghost story and a murder mystery with a young adult slant. It is a powerful story told from the point of view of the main character Cassidy who at 17 died. The circumstances around her death are iffy: the police think it was a suicide. Cassidy comes back as a ghost and follows her circle of friends to try to remember what happened the night she died. Poor Cassidy can't remember how she ended up dead and who was around her. The only person able to see Cassidy's ghost was her boyfriend Ethan.
"This being-a-ghost thing sucks. If I don't figure out things soon, I'm converting to poltergeist."
The cast of characters (and suspects) is large and it was kind of fun trying to piece together the clues as to who killed Cassidy. I was joking with another reviewer that we needed a large whiteboard complete with photos of each character and a timeline in order to keep all the information straight. Keep in mind, the story is told from Cassidy's point of view and her friends seem to be hiding things.
"It seems everyone I know holds captive some piece of my past. I want them, no matter how much they'll hurt. They're mine and I deserve to hold them."
My Last Kiss was an intriguing book full of neat twists and turns. It was a lot of fun to read and I'd recommend it to people looking for a young adult mystery.
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Having struggled with weight issues for all of my life, I am always open to finding some sort of eating plan that would work with me and not feel likeHaving struggled with weight issues for all of my life, I am always open to finding some sort of eating plan that would work with me and not feel like a diet. Sadly, The Virgin Diet is not for me. There are far too many exclusions of foods that I enjoy and I can't see myself sticking to such a diet. Sure, you could lose a lot of weight following this diet. Who wouldn't? Seriously, if you cut out dairy, soy, eggs, bread, corn, sugar, sugar substitutes - yes you will lose weight. Would you be happy? I don't know.
The other issue addressed in this book is gluten - this is a gluten-free diet and a lot of the claims made by this diet rest on the assumption that gluten is bad for you. Not true. Yes, there are people that can not tolerate gluten, apparently they are only a small percentage of the population.
So my verdict is - I'll pass on this diet and continue eating the fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.
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If you have not yet had a chance to read this series, the first book is called The Lies of Locke Lamora. Read itWon a copy from the publisher. Signed!
If you have not yet had a chance to read this series, the first book is called The Lies of Locke Lamora. Read it. You'll be glad that you did.
The Republic of Thieves is the third book in Scott Lynch's well named Gentleman Bastard series. It is a fantastic read and the world is intricately built, with no detail spared. The story centers around two men - Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen who are literally the best con men I've ever encountered anywhere. These guys are brilliant.
Seriously, while you are awaiting that next GRRM book, you can be reading this series. Oh, the audio books are excellent, so if you have a long road trip planned, grab a copy of the audio book.