This book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD fo...moreThis book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD for his website, which, at the time of reading it, did not have all of the features that he touted. Once these features were up, you have to pay $175 to access them. I also had a problem with how Dr Hyman was trying to get people to self-diagnose and self-medicate, which I think are very dangerous prospects as a physician. It is one thing to make people aware of a situation, and completely another to tell people to take several supplements without really knowing what their specific issues are.
I do agree that we need to get away from sugars and white flour as a nation. I think it would help to cure what ails us. With the ever-rising rates of obesity in America, and with type 2 Diabetes being diagnosed at an alarming rate, to include children as young as 8 years old, I feel it is important to get the information out to the public and to have a vanguard that will help reverse this problem. Unfortunately, I do not seeing it happen at a rate that will be beneficial. We need more people talking about this devastating epidemic of 'diabesity' and the evils of highly processed foods.
Don't get me wrong. I think that there is good information in this book, but I also think that it could have been presented in a better way. I hope that America wakes up and stops its love affair with white flour and high fructose corn syrup. I think that we, as a nation, need to become more aware of our food and where it comes from and that medicine needs to start treating the cause of disease, not just putting more drugs in our bodies to find symptoms of what is truly wrong with us.
Once again, I did feel that this book could have been shorten by several pages (simply removing all of the plugs for his website alone would do that!) and it would have been more impactful to this reader, as I started to get annoyed by all of the references to website capabilities that were not easily accessible. I also felt it irresponsible of the publisher to allow a book to have so many quizzes and remedies and not state (again and again) that it is best to have a medical professional run tests and then prescribe courses of action instead of wholesale 'take these supplements and feel better'.
I remember Lily recounting this story in the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and how she said that didn’t compare to what she remembered as a child...moreI remember Lily recounting this story in the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and how she said that didn’t compare to what she remembered as a child. However, as an adult, I quite enjoyed this story and am saddened that I didn’t know about this little gem until now. I would have loved to had read it as a kid and even more so, to read it to our children when they were younger. I definitely know what I am gifting when our girls have kids!
As mentioned, this is a little gem of a book. Claudia is feeling over-used and under appreciated at home as the eldest child and a girl. She’s tired of doing dishes all of the time and wants adventure in her life…as well as make her parents appreciate her more. Claudia is one who does not like messes or anything unplanned, so she decides to run away to New York City, specifically to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park. She also decides that her brother, the next oldest, is the one who will be her companion. Lucky she chose James, as he was a load of money!
It’s a cute story that is highly improbable but a ton of fun. Claudia and James arrange a system of staying nights in the museum and going out in to the city during the day for food, when they are not a part of a “school group” in the museum and enjoying blending in. these two youngsters pulled off quite a shenanigan! However, there is a new statue in the museum, and there is quite a mystery that surrounds it. This, more than anything, preoccupies Claudia, and she must solve the mystery of The Angel.
It was fun to read about the year of 1967b in New York City – the year I was born. It was also fun to watch these two young children hiding away, and trying to be more than what they are! I would highly recommend it to anyone, but most especially if you have young children, to read this book to them. I think it would be fascinating to watch young children hear this story. I found that I looked forward to getting back to this story. It is written as a letter to a lawyer (it took me a few times at the mention of ‘Saxonberg’ to get that one). It also has a little bit of mystery and a bit of a twist at the end. A fun book and worthy of the awards that it has won. If you have young people in your life, this would be a great book to give. (less)
Dreaming of Mr. Darcy is the story of Kay Ashton who inherited a sizeable amount of money and bought an old bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis, home of J...moreDreaming of Mr. Darcy is the story of Kay Ashton who inherited a sizeable amount of money and bought an old bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis, home of Jane Austen’s Cobb and Persuasion. Now, all she needs is Captain Wentworth to walk in the door. Which happens shortly after room renovations are done, as the movie of Persuasion is being filmed in front of Wentworth House, Kay’s new venture in the world of bed and breakfast. In walks Oli Wade Owens, the newest Captain Wentworth, and his fellow actors, due to a catastrophe at the B&B they were staying in, they needed a new place to stay. Winks and smiles quickly turned Kay’s head in the direction of Oli, as she was immediately startstruck. But what about the compassionate screenwriter and producer Adam Craig? Since he is so shy, he would be a great partner to the equally quiet and shy Anne Elliot, played by actress Gemma Reilly; or so Kay Ashton thinks and tries to put forward.
This next addition of Austen Addicts has two Jane Austen novels rolled in to one: Persuasion that is being filmed, and Emma that is being played out, with Kay as Emma, trying to matchmake, and not really seeing what is going on around her.
I loved how Kay was able to buy a run-down bed and breakfast and still had adequate funds to completely renovate the place (said with tongue-in-cheek). It was almost too whimisical in the way that it happened. There was no, “Let’s borrow some money, and keep my inheritance to pay the bills until the inn was successful.” It reminded me a bit of Molly’s Millions, in which a young lady came into a large amount of money and drove around England giving away money, and not thinking very straight. This story was unlike the first in Austen Addicts: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, which I adored! And which was very humourous…this current one was not. Kay was a bit adolescent in her daydreams which would take her away from reality all too often.
My favorite characters were Gemma, Nana Craig and even Adam. I really wanted to keep smacking Kay, but I guess that is how one feels while reading Jane Austen’s Emma. I also wanted Adam to be a little more forthright and stop the insanity of Kay misunderstanding him. She did have her ‘ah-ha’ moment at the end, but only after Frank Churchill left her behind with no explanation.
I wanted to see more of Gemma and how things ended up working out for her. I know that she was not supposed to be a big character, but, once again, after A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, I expected to see how her story wrapped up as well.
It was a fun read, and it truly made me want to go to Lyme Regis (which I didn’t have a chance the first time I was in England…) and experience that seaside town. But I felt that this story was done hastily and could have been wrapped up a little better. Some of the characters were larger than life (Oli and Beth) and others you wished would have grown a bit more of a spine. But it was nice to visit the world of Jane Austen, if briefly. (less)
While I liked the premise of this book, I really didn’t get a sense that the author did anything to make these types of situations better for girls wh...moreWhile I liked the premise of this book, I really didn’t get a sense that the author did anything to make these types of situations better for girls who might be reading this story. Many of the girls were flawed to begin with, and stayed that way. There are issues of being an individual that causes one girl to be seen as the ugliest of her class, and she isn’t applauded for maintaining her individuality. You have another girl who has a serious eating disorder, and no help coming to the rescue as she slips further in to her disease. You see another girl who is a hit, and it does go to her head and changes who she is. These are just a few of the cases in this story. It tried to be too much, and wasn’t enough for any of the girls.
The characters seemed true to their nature, to a point. Each girl got her own chapter, so that you can see a snapshot of her life one day at a time, but you didn’t get the full day, and the chapters were too short to get too much in to details. Salient points were brought forth, but it was difficult to identify with any one character, since this book focused on EIGHT different girls. I think out of all of the characters, the only one who truly took charge of her life was Danielle. Out of all of the girls, she was the one who seemed to rise above (after a brief dip). All of the others had issues so deep it was hard to see if they would ever pull out of the nose-dive the list thrust upon them (or continued because of the list).
The author did do a good job at writing eight different points of view and you got a sense that each girl was a bit different. But I think she bit off more than she could chew. It was fast-paced, and I did find myself grabbing the book when I had a spare moment. But it failed to deliver, in my opinion, it failed to start fixing the problems that unfortunately too many of our girls face in school. This book should have given hope to girls who have found themselves in similar positions – not left them out in the cold, still struggling and having no direction. It would have been nice for this book to actually help girls, not show indifference to their issues.
The premise of this book was fascinating and I really wanted to read it. I was finally able to get it from the library, and found myself a bit disappo...moreThe premise of this book was fascinating and I really wanted to read it. I was finally able to get it from the library, and found myself a bit disappointed. It is interesting how the author tried to tie in Jane Eyre, but it never seemed to fit. There is a fairy prince locked in a clockwork body, an evil sorcerer who wants to destroy the prince in order to continue(? start?) a war with the fairies, and a girl outside of her homeland that is trying to get by.
I liked the character of Nimira who was from a different land. There isn't enough of a history or a description of her to really understand why so many people had a prejudice against her. She is a strong character who is trying to figure out how to get what she wants, and to help those she loves. However, I never really identified with any of the characters. Though, I did like the character of Annalise and would have loved to see more of her character.
I liked the way the author had the automaton communicate with Nimira. That was ingenious. I understand that this is a young adult book, but that doesn't mean it has to be 'dumbed-down.' Young adults these days are pretty savvy and would understand a little more political intrigue. The ending seemed a bit rushed and could have gone into more detail, I thought. Tell more about the fairy wars and the hopes of the future.
It was a good, quick read. For those who want a light story, this is perfect. I have to admit, I kept waiting for something to happen with the fairies that were trapped in the glass dome - as the title is 'Magic Under Glass.' I thought that would have been a trigger in the story. While I did enjoy this young fantasy, I am not anticipating that I will be getting the sequel to this story.(less)
Revolution is a fascinating story of a troubled girl from modern day who falls into the past of the French Revolution. It is a story of Andi who spend...moreRevolution is a fascinating story of a troubled girl from modern day who falls into the past of the French Revolution. It is a story of Andi who spends a winter break in Paris, researching a musician and trying to create a thesis about musical DNA. It is also the story of Alexandrine from 1795 who was trying to make a difference in a young boy’s life, a young boy known as the Dauphin. Music ties these two girls together. Yet one girl died trying to make a difference in a life, the other is healed through her actions and begins to use her talent to help others.
This book had great potential. It is about the journey of Chantel Hobbs who lost over 200 pounds, and is now a fitness coach, and a marathon runner. I...moreThis book had great potential. It is about the journey of Chantel Hobbs who lost over 200 pounds, and is now a fitness coach, and a marathon runner. I am glad that she had the stick-to-it-ness to lose the weight and keep it off. I was hoping, though, for so much more from her book.
The main concept of this book is the 'Brain Change' and the 'Five Decisions.' The first half of the book keeps mentioning these two concepts, but the delivery of the concepts fell short. There could have been so much more on these two concepts and walk the reader through making the 'brain change' to go through a lifestyle change. The 'Five Decisions' could have had leading questions to help the reader make their own Five Decisions. Also, not being religious, I find it difficult listening to someone who makes a promise to God and keeps that, but didn't keep a promise to herself when she tried weight loss in the past. I believe in myself, and I have the power to change! That is what she could have stressed!
Basic premise... start small...commit to exercise before trying to change the way you eat. Then, change the way you eat and know that these are lifestyles changes. Also, I am not a large person, just someone who wants to shed 30 pounds... but most, if not all, of the exercises in this book are based on a Balance Ball. I don't know how difficult that would be for someone of larger stature.
Exercise and portion control/food control are key to weight loss. It was uninspiring in helping me to 'Never Say Diet.' It was also shocking to learn at the back of the book that she had had plastic surgery for not only loose skin, but breast augmentation. I am glad that she accomplished so much and has helped people personally, but the book does not have that personal touch!(less)
The short of the review: I was unimpressed with a story that was written in the present tense by an...moreThis book was reviewed on Musings of a Book Lover.
The short of the review: I was unimpressed with a story that was written in the present tense by an author who supposedly has been to London, and did not capture the feel of that great city, portraying two teenagers that were forgettable as soon as the cover was closed. It was difficult to see when they did fall in love.(less)
I love sassy Evie and how she deals with 'vamps' - my kind of paranormal book!
Evie, or Evelyn, has spent most of her life living in a center for the c...moreI love sassy Evie and how she deals with 'vamps' - my kind of paranormal book!
Evie, or Evelyn, has spent most of her life living in a center for the containment of paranormals, or the IPCA. Her best friend is a mermaid, and she is routinely sent out to ‘bag and tag’ various paranormals that are threatening society. Faeries transport her to where she needs to go, and werewolves provide protection, just in case her pink taser fails to take down a vampire. Evie wonders what it’s like to be a normal teenager. More than anything, she wants to be like the kids in Easton Heights – a tv show about teenagers in high school… all Evie wants is a locker!
No one knows why Evie is different, but she is a very important asset to the Internationl Paranormal Containment Agency in that she can see through ‘glamours.’ A glamour is a paranormal’s ability to appear like everyone else; Evie has the ‘joy’ of seeing through these and she is usually disgusted by what she sees. She is frequently sent out to identify various paranormals so they can be tagged and neutered, and the encounters she has can be rather amusing. (Love the scene with Steve the vampire!)
Scarlet is the second in the Lunar Chronicles series of four books. Scarlet is the main character in this book, but Cinder is ever-present in almost a...moreScarlet is the second in the Lunar Chronicles series of four books. Scarlet is the main character in this book, but Cinder is ever-present in almost alternating chapters. Scarlet Benoit is a young lady who lives with her grandmother in the French countryside, and helps out on her grandmother’s farm. When Scarlet comes home to find her grandmother gone, but her id chip left behind, Scarlet knows that something is wrong. Even though the police don’t take her grandmother’s disappearance seriously, Scarlet wants answers and she is willing to do just about anything to get those answers. That includes trusting Wolf, a street fighter, who says he can help.
While this is going on, Cinder is trying to break out of prison before the Lunar Queen Levana can take her back to the moon to execute her. Cinder is still trying to deal with the knowledge she recently learned from Dr. Erland. As she tries to escape, she finds herself teamed up with another prisoner, who may not have all of his wires connected.
While the world building in this story was worlds away better than that of Cinder (my only problem with that story), and the action non-stop, I found myself a bit disconnected from this sequel to Cinder. I was so taken with Cinder and the relationship between herself and Prince Kai. I loved the tension and felt like the characters were real. In Scarlet, however, I wasn’t that attached to the characters. To be honest, by favorite character was Iko, Cinder’s old droid. Iko had the same sense of humor and witty comments. Cinder was also good in this one as well, but it was more action and less interaction. That was all this book was about…action.
review coming soon - I kept wanting to get back to reading this, but it wasn't one of my favorites. There was a loop or two thrown at you, so that was...morereview coming soon - I kept wanting to get back to reading this, but it wasn't one of my favorites. There was a loop or two thrown at you, so that was a point in its favor.(less)
Even though it took me a while to finish listening to this book, I really enjoyed the story. It was very well-paced, the characters were quite believa...moreEven though it took me a while to finish listening to this book, I really enjoyed the story. It was very well-paced, the characters were quite believable and each one of them different (why is that so difficult for some writers?), and it ended well.
The book alternates some of the chapters between present day and the past. The focus is on the friendship of Olivia and Allison, how they were in school together, and them re-connecting at their twenty year high school reunion. Roles were reversed but the friendship was there after re-discovering it. I loved Allison's struggle with her weight - many of the things she said seemed to hit home with this reader.
I also enjoyed the reader of the story. She did a wonderful job of portraying the voice of each character, so you knew who was speaking when.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book about friendship, as it is very well-written. I look forward to reading other books by Beth Harbison.(less)
While it was fun to visit Pemberley, I was a bit disappointed with this story.
This story was well-written, with a bit of wit, but I felt cheated on s...moreWhile it was fun to visit Pemberley, I was a bit disappointed with this story.
This story was well-written, with a bit of wit, but I felt cheated on several levels. The most important level is that of the mystery. I felt that the mystery was not very well-played, especially considering that a venerate mystery writer wrote this story. Was it simply because her publisher wanted to jump on the Austen wagon to the stars, hoping to get readers from across the two very different genres? The second was the opening of the story and the piecemeal effect of the writing. The first six percent of the book was a complete rehash of Pride and Prejudice. There were other parts that it felt as if Ms James was trying to give the reader a load of information about Jane Austen works, without skillfully working it in to the story.
What I did love about the book was the language. I had learned a great many new words reading this novel, and I do appreciate a writer that uses words that are uncommon. Ms James does write well – if not know how to spin a mystery well. This reader fell for many of the descriptions of the people in the story.
I had expected more of a mystery, not a book about a trial of a man which I could care less if he hanged for a crime that he may have or may not have committed.
This was an interesting book that looks more at what is keeping you fat - it deals with visualization, getting to the root of the cause of your weight...moreThis was an interesting book that looks more at what is keeping you fat - it deals with visualization, getting to the root of the cause of your weight gain/problems, and fixing them through a series of various mental exercises, to include visualization, the SMART mode (getting into an alpha wave state), forgiving, and moving forward.
I also like how the author talks about better portion control, but more importantly, better eating styles. Turn to organic foods, eat less red meat and more salad (as a matter of fact, make everything a salad), and be more mindful of why you are eating.
However, I felt that this book did not apply to me, as I do not (think that I) have an issue with food. Since the book has been written, the concept has become more robust - with a website where you can spend hundreds of dollars for videos and visualization cd's. It has helped hundreds of people, but with any diet, it is that adage that what works for one does not necessarily work for another. If you have real issues with food, and do not eat a very proper diet, then this may be very useful.(less)
I picked this up as an audio book from the library to listen to while doing a lot of driving over the summer. I am very glad that I did. This book was...moreI picked this up as an audio book from the library to listen to while doing a lot of driving over the summer. I am very glad that I did. This book was fun, thought-provoking and well-written. June Parker is completing a list of 20 things before the 25th birthday of a young woman that was killed in a car accident that they were both in. This story was heart warming as well as heart breaking. I was completely drawn in to the story and it really makes you think about 'The Next Thins on My List'. I actually have my own list of things I would like to do (The 101 Project) and it inspired me to do one I never thought that I would do.
I would recommend this story to anyone who wants a book that is a little deeper than most. It is an older story (written in 2007) but well-worth it. Pick up this book, and do something that is on your List!(less)