This is one of those books that I wish half stars were implemented on Goodreads. A Demon and His Witch didn't deserve 4 stars, but it also wasn't medi...moreThis is one of those books that I wish half stars were implemented on Goodreads. A Demon and His Witch didn't deserve 4 stars, but it also wasn't mediocre enough to warrant a 3 star rating.
Pros: - Fast paced, funny and quite imaginative. I loved Lucifer! - The dialogue between the characters was easy to follow and very, very humorous. Following the banter between the two love birds (and especially with Lucifer) had me laughing more often than not. - Great ending, talk about an unexpected twist!
Cons: - I felt that it was simply far too short! - The characters fall in love way too fast and the action scenes ended in less than a paragraph. I expected a kickass revenge scene and ended up with a half-assed "Eh, romance is more important than plot" vibe.
I started practicing yoga as a new year resolution to better myself and to beat my lingering depression. Within a month, the practice greatly improved...moreI started practicing yoga as a new year resolution to better myself and to beat my lingering depression. Within a month, the practice greatly improved my depression, stamina and self-esteem. After five months, yoga fused itself into my life to the point where I can no longer see myself without it.
That being said, I wanted to learn more about the origins of yoga without the religious aspects attached to the practice. I wanted scientific journals, research and to learn about scientists who made it their mission to study yoga. I wanted to dive deeper into the human body and discover how this practice can better oneself, but also educate myself with the hidden dangers that yogi's try desperately to hide.
I picked up The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards at my local library, the book itself was surrounded by countless religious books and different versions of "Yoga for Beginners." Skeptic, I turned to the first page and began reading, and before I knew it, an hour had passed before I could bring myself to stop.
This book answered everything I wanted to know, and surprised me with information and questions that had me thinking about the positives and the negatives of an art that we have yet to scratch the surface of.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the scientific side of yoga, an honest take on a world shrouded with untruths. (less)
For those who enjoy romantic classics and often wish that it was socially acceptable to go into further...moreI won a copy of this book through First Reads.
For those who enjoy romantic classics and often wish that it was socially acceptable to go into further detail, this book will certainly please you. I.J Miller kept the spirit of the book alive and gently wove her touches along its pages, blending both modern and classic elements without going overboard. The language was kept true to the period, something that often breaks a novel for me no matter how engaging the plot and characters may be.
I only have one negative, and it’s really something of personal preference. I found the erotic scenes occurring far too much between chapters which made it rather bland in some areas. I would have loved to have more of the story with dabs of erotica here and there. (less)
I rather not give this book a rating seeing as how I didn't come anywhere near the ending. That being said, the book had many flaws within the first c...moreI rather not give this book a rating seeing as how I didn't come anywhere near the ending. That being said, the book had many flaws within the first couple of pages that I simply couldn't overlook.
- Time Period: I'm still not sure what time period Lord of Snow and Shadows took place in. The author kept mentioning horses, castles, oil paintings, medieval armor and tunics, but turn the page and suddenly there's a fichu, a faucet, a working sink and a rifle. Suddenly I'm trying to imagine 5th - 15th century Fantasy slapped with 18th century technology.
- Boring and immature protagonist: Nothing like starting a book by introducing a hormonal young man painting a pretty young woman. I couldn't connect with the protagonist, and having to read through his whining and random outbursts by the sea, it soon became a huge negative.
Basically, I simply could not connect with the story. While some may enjoy the unusual plot, I was having trouble simply trying to put everything together.(less)