Canary, a straight-up crime fiction, is a departure from the high-octane, thrill-a-minute tales I've come to expect from D.S. Not that I'm complainingCanary, a straight-up crime fiction, is a departure from the high-octane, thrill-a-minute tales I've come to expect from D.S. Not that I'm complaining. Especially with That Ending! I have a wicked case of the chills because of it. Please let there be a sequel. *crosses fingers*...more
The Conscious Cook is a fabulous cookbook for vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores who are wanting to make a change, or just simply want to wow thThe Conscious Cook is a fabulous cookbook for vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores who are wanting to make a change, or just simply want to wow their herbivore friends.
I have been a lifelong vegetarian, but within the past 2 months, I have been easing my way into veganism. Why? Well, it all started about 6 months ago when I discovered that rennet (taken from the stomach lining of calves) is found in most cheeses. And from that day forward, our love affair came to an abrupt end. Unfortunately, cheese has been a staple in my life, as is so true with many vegetarians. But I digress.
The only other vegan cookbook that I’ve come across worth its weight in gold seems to be Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet and The Imus Ranch . Sadly, I am not a fan of most of the recipes within said cookbooks. So when I heard about chef Tal Ronnen and The Conscious Cook touting vegan gourmet recipes, this budding chef had to check this book out, posthaste.
The recipes within are not only beautifully presented, but incorporate fabulous, scrumptious ingredients. Many of the recipes use Gardein “chicken”. (By the by, it’s to die for. I made a horseradish-laden “chicken” salad and it was ah-may-zing.) FYI: I could only find this brand at Whole Foods. The only thing to watch out for is MSG. It does contain some. Good news - It is GMO (genetically modified) free, unlike many of the soy products out there. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really into altering my DNA anytime soon.
I have made a few recipes, tweaked a few, and they have all turned out scrumdiddlyumptious.
Whoever you cook for, using the recipes within, you are guaranteed to knock their socks off. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, I would highly recommend The Conscious Cook. ...more
The Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off becauThe Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off because life seems to get in the way of you and a book. The book in question has been every one thus far belonging to the Dresden Files. I can't put them down; so it should come to no surprise that that's what happened with Death Masks. I love books where demons run amuck so naturally I enjoyed the angels vs demons searching and battling for the Shroud of Turin story line along with Harry's bittersweet reunion with Susan. On a side note: Kudos to Jim Butcher. He sure can write some hot, sexy scenes, even if they are short. Jim Butcher does a fabulous job of thoroughly immersing his readers into the world of Harry Dresden. From his descriptions to the characters, to the magic cast, the dialogue, you feel like you're there, connected to his stories and the characters. ...more
Epically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't eveEpically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't even begin to describe it. ...more
The sequel is even better than the first. Now how often does that happen? Heart-wrenching, exciting, suspenseful, painful are some of the choice adjecThe sequel is even better than the first. Now how often does that happen? Heart-wrenching, exciting, suspenseful, painful are some of the choice adjectives best used to describe my experience while reading this book.
I can't wait to read the final installment in this amazing trilogy. ...more
Amazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myselfAmazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myself I had errands to run, things to do, a life to be lived, I'll just finish the current chapter . . . said chapter would end with a cliffhanger of epic proportions. So what was a girl to do? Keep reading of course. And so went my thought process with each turn of the page. Catching Fire won out, it trumped everything going on in my life until I was finished with the novel. It left me salivating for the final book in the series. ...more
So true to life with today's culture, as far as conformity goes, being a slave to THE MAN, wiling way precious hours in a cubicle, keeping up with thoSo true to life with today's culture, as far as conformity goes, being a slave to THE MAN, wiling way precious hours in a cubicle, keeping up with those damn Joneses. Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman is a great read, albeit way too short for even a short story. ...more
Angel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in comAngel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in common? They are all lustworthy, over-the-top sexy vampires. That’s what I love - sexy-as-hell, smoldering, make-me-weak-in-the-knees, dangerous, I-could-rip-your-throat-out-at-any-moment-but-let's-make-sweet-sweet-love-instead vampires. And then we have the vampires more like the übervamps from BTVS. They kind of vamps that are hella nasty, have been beat with the ugly stick, and basically evoke a sitting-in-a-corner-sucking-your-thumb-whilst-rocking-to-and-fro type reaction at their mere presence. My friends, The Strain trilogy is comprised of the latter. Add in tentacles that shoot out of the vamps' mouths and there you have it.
In the past, I have shied away from these types of monsters. Not really even enjoying movies featuring them. Why? Well, I think I’ve gone over that. And also, I've been obsessed with the smoldering kind of vampires since the age of five. The lusting came later, but still. My favorite vampires were always human looking. With all that said, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Strain books, homely vampires aside. I particularly enjoyed The Fall, more so than The Strain, because nonvirus vampires fight alongside humans to rid the world of the un-pure vampires. The ones who’ve fallen prey to a virus. Not true vampires. It was this aspect that made for an even more action-y read.
Speaking of action, it starts from the beginning and doesn’t let up. Kelly is hellbent on turning her son Zack. Eph is hellbent on protecting his son from Kelly. Setrakian’s history is revealed. I must say, I enjoyed the flashbacks. Learning more about this man of mystery. Readers are introduced to a book that uncovers the history of The Ancients (true vampires). All factions are seeking out this tome. Add in a few more interesting characters and there you have it.
To sum up, The Fall was unputdownable from the start. ...more
I’m happy to report that a week ago Monday, I crawled out from under the rock I had been living under. The bait: Fever books. Who knew they existed? YI’m happy to report that a week ago Monday, I crawled out from under the rock I had been living under. The bait: Fever books. Who knew they existed? You don’t hear much news or hype when living under a rock. Anyway, I started reading this series a week ago, days after the release of Shadowfever. And folks, the rest is history. . . .
So basically there are three types of books for me: The ones that were good, held my attention, but towards the end I was like okay, let’s wrap this baby up. I like you and all, we’ve had a lot of fun while it lasted, but I probably won’t be re-reading you. It’s totally me, not you; no worries, I’ll speak kindly of you to my friends; tell others nice things about you; we’re totally good. And then there are those hot messes where you scratch your head pondering how, why, WTF?, was this seriously published? But then, along comes those Precious Gems, that seem few in number, where I have to batten down my stripy socks for fear of them being blown off into the aethers. Because they are that epically amazing! Shadowfever, my friends, along with the rest of the Fever books, was just that. Epically amazing. Faults few and far between.
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Precious Gem deets and what makes them so, according to moi: I knew I was holding a precious gem in Shadowfever when I didn’t want the story to end (ditto for all the Fever books). And I was over the moon upon discovering how thick and hefty this book was, coming in at a whopping 594 pages. While reading, I would get giddy when I would peek at the top to see that I still had 300 plus pages left. I took my time reading every single word, breathing in the juiciness. I was so engrossed in Mac’s world of post-wall Dublin, the characters, everything. And who am I kidding, Jericho held most of my attention. His scenes were beyond titillating. Anyway, getting back on track *fanning myself*, I felt like I was a part of the story in all its three dimensional glory. I was invested with these characters. I laughed, I shed a single tear or two at the end, I would shake my head in exasperation because Mac was leaving yet again without giving the heads up to Jericho, I gasped, basically experiencing the whole gamut of emotions. And then, as what always happens when finishing a Precious Gem, I felt saddened, lost, and no other book interested me. For a time, I was basically doing a mean impersonation of the sad Charlie Brown walk.
Shadowfever had a healthy dose of romance, action, humor, edge of your seat thrills, wonderful characterization. (And mad props go to MKK for her ability to write sizzling sexy time scenes.) This is what UF should be, IMHO. I’m so sick of the UF with the zippy one-liners and the superficial characters and stories. Over it! I loved all the characters in Shadowfever, the location, the fae lore, the inter-dimensional travel. The mystery. I loved it all, if you can’t tell. So what are you waiting for? Go read Shadowfever like yesterday!!!