In a post-apocalyptic future, the world has been partially destroyed in World War III and the “green bombs”. Hope is one of the survivors of the war....moreIn a post-apocalyptic future, the world has been partially destroyed in World War III and the “green bombs”. Hope is one of the survivors of the war. Her town, White Rock, is surrounded by the "bomb's breath"- air that has been chemically changed so that it kills people. Because of the war, most of technology has disappeared. This leads the people of White Rock to put a heavy emphasis on inventions, and Hope always fails miserably at the yearly contests. She feels her failures disappoint her adoptive parents, especially since she is always taking reckless chances, like jumping through the bomb's breath area for fun. When the town is attacked by bandits who want White Rocks antibiotics and injure Hope's father, she knows she has to use her daredevil skills to save him. She and her friend Aaren set off to a neighboring town to get the guards but have to contend with a blizzard as well as Aaren's young sister Brenna, who runs away to join them. It's hard going, but Hope perseveres and ends up realizing that even though she can't invent things, she can contribute to her community.
Peggy Eddleman has created a unique world full of rich details and believable situations. I love that the main character is a girl, one who isn’t afraid to take chances and show that she can contribute even if she is “different”. A definite recommend for all middle grade and older – will appeal to teens and adults as well. Nicely done. (less)
Living with a gluten intolerant husband has been a challenge at times. Especially when that husband is Italian and loves his food. But Roben Ryberg's...moreLiving with a gluten intolerant husband has been a challenge at times. Especially when that husband is Italian and loves his food. But Roben Ryberg's books have been a blessing and this one is no different.
She starts the book out by explaining to the reader how they need to have a GF clean kitchen, including cleaning the crumbs out of a toaster - or going with an entirely new GF toaster - and yes, folks, sometimes that is an absolute necessity.
Like most cookbooks, she starts off with appetizers - including the amazing Black Bean and Fresh Corn Salsa, or the Onion Rings, and even multiple types of spring rolls. Then there are entrees, soups, breads, desserts... and everything is so good. I especially like the Microwave Applesauce Muffins and the Linguini with Creamy Shrimp Sauce. And who doesn't love Snickerdoodles?
Okay, enough or I'll get hungrier than I am. The photos were very well done and captioned so you knew exactly what each one was. There was an index that was actually useful and several pages of tips and where to get things you'll need.
Overall, this was one of the better GF books I've seen in a while and know it will get heavy use in my kitchen.
Note: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for a review. (less)
Moosewood Restaurant is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new cookbook. I've been a fan of the Moosewood cookbooks for decades. My original one...moreMoosewood Restaurant is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new cookbook. I've been a fan of the Moosewood cookbooks for decades. My original one is getting a little dogeared so it's nice to see what's new (though I will always have my old one!). One thing I love about these books - and they tell you this in the beginning - is that the measurements don't have to be followed to the letter. If you chop up an onion and it's a little more or less than what the recipe calls for, use it anyway. Can't have something? Then don't use it (unless it's a major basis of the recipe!).
This book starts out with an introduction to the Moosewood history - how they started, grew, and combined the talents of many people to create their menus and meals. They were green before it was cool to be green. The recipes in this book, like all their books, are vegetarian or vegan in nature. They advocate using local produce where possible, organic, and healthy. They also incorporate a lot of ethnic foods, including African, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, and more.
Even die-hard meat fans will find something to like in this cookbook. A definite must have for the vegetarian/vegan lovers, and a heartily recommended addition to all kitchens.(less)
I loved this book. It was deep and evocative and fascinating - and, I'll admit, a little confusing. But the story was so good that the confusion is a...moreI loved this book. It was deep and evocative and fascinating - and, I'll admit, a little confusing. But the story was so good that the confusion is a non-issue. If you're a Gaiman fan, you have got to pick this one up. If you're not... pick it up anyway.
This is a story that starts about a man, but is mostly about him as a 7 year old and what happens to him. It is about his friend Lettie who is a little girl, and yet not. She is a super-being who is as old as time, though she also has a mother and a grandmother who are even older. It is about death and life and monsters. It is about confronting our fears. It is about the past, and the present, and the future all rolled into one.
It is about a little boy who learns that there are more things in this earth than can ever be thought about.
If you read Cinder, the first in this series, you have to read Scarlet. It takes up where Cinder left off, but with new characters. Yes,...moreWow. Just wow.
If you read Cinder, the first in this series, you have to read Scarlet. It takes up where Cinder left off, but with new characters. Yes, we meet up with Cinder, but later on, after other things have happened.
Though I wasn't totally enamored of the first book, I did enjoy it and this one took that much further. The twist on traditional fairy tales only adds to the unique flavor of the story.
In this one, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother has gone missing. It's been several weeks and the police have written the case off. When Scarlet digs into her grandmother's disappearance, she finds out some things that were kept hidden from her, like the danger she's in for her own life. A street fighter named Wolf helps her out, though she's not sure if she should trust him or not. Things get really heavy when they meet up with Cinder. And Prince Kai has some "heavy" duties to take care of too.
There's action, angst, adventure, treachery, murder, and some sweet moments - all of which combine into a decent dystopian story. A definite must if you read Cinder. Note: if you didn't, I don't think I'd start with this one. While it's a good story, you'll understand much more of the background having read Cinder first. (less)
This is a cute book for ages 6-9 that has been heartily endorsed by my eight year old grandson, Dante. He gave it a definite thumbs up, especially for...moreThis is a cute book for ages 6-9 that has been heartily endorsed by my eight year old grandson, Dante. He gave it a definite thumbs up, especially for kids who like to invent things.
In this story, Charlie is the main character. He loves to invent things. Unfortunately, sometimes his inventions get him into trouble, like when he flies his rocket airplane and ends up crushing one friend's garden and destroying another friend's bug collection. Then he makes a mess in the lunchroom and things go from bad to worse. The lunch lady tells him he can't invent for a whole week, and it's invention week at the program. Everything turns out right in the end as Charlie makes up for his misdeeds and becomes everyone's favorite inventor.
Okay, as an editor, reviewer and wordsmith, I may be a tad biased, but still, I love this book. Anyone who has anything to do with wr...moreI love this book!
Okay, as an editor, reviewer and wordsmith, I may be a tad biased, but still, I love this book. Anyone who has anything to do with writing should have this book on their reference shelf – but read it first. Don’t let this one gather dust.
The author takes 101 common words or phrases and discusses the correct way to use them. She does so with wit, examples, unimpeachable references and quotes from books, movies and television shows. For example: Kudos – this is a singular word meaning praise or glory and should not be used as a plural. There is no word kudo. Or you can find out the difference between bring and take or lie and lay and more. Like her website, Grammar Girl, the explanations are clear, easy to understand and witty.
If you have interest at all in word usage, definitely pick this one up. Kudos to you, Grammar Girl, for a great reference work.
I've read several Tarot books that all talk about the symbolism of the decks, individual cards and decks, spreads and more. This is the first one that...moreI've read several Tarot books that all talk about the symbolism of the decks, individual cards and decks, spreads and more. This is the first one that explains in easy to understand language what to do with the decks.
Rather than being geared to a specific deck, this is a general book that explains what you can do with a deck - any deck. One of the things they say is "every symbol can really mean anything at all." - which surprised me. The other books I've read were all very detailed into what the symbols in each deck meant, but the authors here say that the cards can carry a range of meaning - that it all depends on the context of the reading. Which makes sense to me.
They go through exercises that help you to learn bridging (connecting visual symbols on the cards so theymake sense in the context of the reading), pinpointing (finding the center of the card so as to fine-tune bridging) and more, including how to hold a dialog or conversation with your cards.
The book goes through instuctions on how to ask questions correctly (noting that different decks have different "voices") and how to do readings for individuals, groups, parties, relationships and more. There are games you can play with the decks and chaptes on self-discovery through Tarot (especially with lucid dreaming).
Finally, they detail twelve different spreads and how to read them and follow that with an extensive glossary and suggest places online where you can find more information.
Honestly, this was one of the best books I've seen on Tarot. Though it is mostly aimed at beginners, I believe more experienced users will also get use from it. I will most definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in learning more about Tarot.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing this free download in exchange for a fair review.(less)
First of all, thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC for me to review. Second...I absolutely loved this book!
The story is basically a Sherlock Ho...moreFirst of all, thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC for me to review. Second...I absolutely loved this book!
The story is basically a Sherlock Holmes tale for a younger demographic and aimed more at the girl side of things. While told in a classic mystery style, the main character, Dora, is a young woman. Though it takes place in Victorian London, Dora defies society's norms to help a fellow detective catch murderer. The style of the Holmes novels is kept throughout the story. Secret Letters keeps a slower pace than what most YA's are accustomed to, but it is definitely not lacking in suspense. Though I did have some of the clues worked out by the time I got to the big reveal, there were still a few surprises.
Both Dora and her friend, fellow detective Peter Cartwright, have secrets of their own they are desperate to keep while ferreting out others. Though Dora is ultimately on the trail to help her cousin out of a tight spot, what she does uncover is far wider than mere blackmail.
If you like mysteries—especially ones like Sherlock Holmes--you should pick up a copy of Secret Letters. I also noted that there were enough threads left dangling to hope that this is but the first in a series. I look forward to others should that come to pass. Most definitely recommended.(less)
SANDRA BROWN, LEE CHILD, SHERRILYN KENYON, HEATHER GRAHAM, ALLISON BRENNAN - these are some of the authors contributing to this wonderful anthology. T...moreSANDRA BROWN, LEE CHILD, SHERRILYN KENYON, HEATHER GRAHAM, ALLISON BRENNAN - these are some of the authors contributing to this wonderful anthology. They are twenty-nine stories of kidnapping, suspense, theft, hostages, murder, and more. But each one is centered on a love story. Each one is different but all are short, quick reads that will keep you turning the pages.
I'm not going to go into individual stories here. Suffice it to say that they are all written by some of romantic suspense's finest and are definitely worth a look.
If you like short, quick reads that will have you holding your breath, then letting it out in a sigh of relief, definitely pick this one up. You won't be disapppointed. It's a great read and sure to keep you entertained.