Saturday, June 30, 2012

#70: Florence - Ciye Cho

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Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.
Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.
  • Kindle: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Studio Amazepop (June 28, 2012)
  • ASIN: B008G07DWO
My Opinion:
What an adventure!
I feel like I have just taken the ride of my life through the most colorful world ever.
Florence and Rolan are my favorite characters, and I was so happy, though in a bittersweet way, of their outcomes. 
I admit, I got a little choked up at the end but held it together.
Really great story with fantastic writing. It keeps you going until the end.

5/5

Recommend? Yes!


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

June Monthly News

Welcome to the June edition of Monthly News!
BEA was in full action, and I attended via Armchair BEA. The posts are listed in this edition.
Had a Mount TBR Checkpoint post that I wrote a poem with the help of the book titles I have read.  That was a ton of fun to do and actually turned out alright.
I was also accepted to be a fashion blogger for Oasap! I'm pretty stoked about that. Be sure to watch for reviews. 




PAGE COUNT:
19091

PRODUCTS:


 Yearly Total: 69 Books, 15 Products, 1 Movie


 FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):


BOOK OF THE MONTH:
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2. With Willow Rose


CHARACTER INTERVIEWS:
1. With Shiloh Nahimana Ravenwolf from Moonlight Mayhem


Friday, June 29, 2012

#69: Soulless - Gail Carriger

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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • ISBN: 9780316056632
Author Bio:
 New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.
The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga version was released March 2012 and a manga of the second book is due out Winter 2012. She is currently writing young adult books set in the same universe ~ the Finishing School series (Feb. 5, 2013). Soon she will begin a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (for Fall 2013).

My Opinion:
Even though it was funny from the start, with Alexia and her sarcasm, I wasn't into it. I kept reading, and it did get a lot better. So much so I couldn't put it down.
The romance was more exciting for me than the suspense, but I enjoyed it as well. I think the relationship between Lord Maccon and Alexia is more intriguing because of the carnal desires that neither can seem to control, no matter how hard they both try. And believe me, they do try.
I am looking forward to the next book, and looking forward to continue reading about Alexia. I really enjoy a strong female character, and she fits the bill perfectly.

4/5

Recommend? Yes.


DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 81 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
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Skylan thought this over, then realized he already knew who was sailing this ship. The same god who had sailed the ghost ship on which he had sailed. He stood for a moment, saying a silent prayer, then climbed back down the rope to the Venjekar to explain his plan to his people.

Moonlight Mayhem - Sherry Soule Promo Stop (With Character Interview)



TITLE: Moonlight Mayhem (Book 2)
AUTHOR: Sherry Soule
PUBLISHER: Moonlight Publishing
ESTIMATED RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2012
PRICE: eBook $4.99 / Paperback $14.95
PAGE COUNT: 340 pages.
GENRE: Young Adult
SUB-GENRE: Paranormal / Romance
READING AGE: 14 years and older
TWITTER: @WriterSherry 

Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.
Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!
It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem.
When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that's not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.
But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…

 
Hi everyone, I’m Sherry Soule—waving from Castro Valley, California, where it gets pretty foggy even in the summer. And even with the fog burning off by afternoon, I’m chilling on my laptop and chatting on Twitter about my favorite books and movies.
Thank you for letting me hang out today as part of my epic Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour this summer. It’s a thrill to get to be a guest and meet all these awesome booklovers.
My tour has been so much fun and it is nice seeing the familiar names in the comment section of each guest post. For those of you who haven’t heard about my Moonlight Mayhem blog tour it’s not too late to join the fun!
To celebrate the release of author, Sherry Soule’s new paranormal, romance novel, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, we thought it might be entertaining if she did an interview with one of the the main characters from her recent release, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM. Sherry has decided to interview the heroine, Shiloh Ravenwolf.
If a snarky, kickass, and vibrant type of heroine, who can rival the darkest of evils, aided by her quirky fashion sense, appeals to your inner bad girl, then you'll love Shiloh. She's a unique teen witch.
If you’ve already read the novels, this interview should be amusing and insightful. If you haven’t read the series yet, hopefully the character interview will pique your interest. 

Please state your name:
Shiloh Nahimana Ravenwolf
Astrological sign: 
Leo
Age:
16
Height:
5’6”
Weight:
120, slim yet curvy
Hair /Eye Color:
Long hair, which is as black as a raven’s wing and bronze-colored eyes
Job:
High School student by day / Heritage Witch and Amateur Demon Hunter by night
Vehicle:
Used Black Jeep Wrangler
Dog/Cat:
Ah, do shades count? Okay, cool—then I have three little supernatural pitbulls named, Bakaz, Kasha, Zrekam, and Azeri.
Favorite food:
BBQ Chicken Pizza! Yum
Describe yourself in three words:
out-spoken, hopeless romantic, survivor
Wardrobe/Personal Style:
I have my own quirky style. I like to wear hoop earrings; several chunky bracelets, a cropped pink top that sits above my navel and shows off my sparkly bellyring; low-rise jeans, and to finish my unique look, I put on my favorite boots: patent leather hot pink Doc Martens. The boots are my security blanket. They remind me who I am: Shiloh Ravenwolf. Badass Witch. And if I was gonna kick ass and take names, I needed my boots.
Where do you live? Are any other people living with you? Who are they?
Whispering Pines, California with my dad, Jackson and my mother—Jillian.
What were three things you liked to do when you were younger?
My friends and I would sneak onto the Ravenhurst Manor estate (long before the Donovan family moved back to town) and dare each other to stand on the porch for five minutes. I won twice. Although, my gaze caught eerie shadows swooping menacingly within the shrubs and trees. Super freaky.
Favorite Pastime:
Love to shop (fashionista), enjoy gossiping with my friends, and reading romance novels. And, ah, kissing my hot BF, Trent. *major swoon*
What makes you happy?
Being with the supercute, and may I add—very buffed boyfriend, Trent Donovan
What is your greatest fear?
That I will succumb to the darkness residing inside me
What would you change about yourself if you could?
Uh, I would not blurt things out so much. Then I wouldn’t have to keep inserting my foot in my mouth. Feet taste nasty.
What is it that you have never told anyone?
Wow, tough question. About the demon blood tainting my humanity.
What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?
I lied about my gift of Sight. Only my Aunt Lauren And my mentor, Evans (he’s like my watcher.) know my secret.
If you could be an animal, what would it be?
Oh!—I’d like to be a raven and be able to fly!
Signature Move:
Power of telekinesis. Moderate kickboxing skills. Launch energy balls. Spell casting.
About the Author:
Sherry Soule is a writer blessed with a vivid imagination and lives in San Francisco, California. She writes supernatural tales of romance, magick, and demon slaying. Her debut novel, Beautifully Broken was published August 2011 and is nominated for best paranormal romance (Wizard and Witch 2011) by The Romance Reviews (TRR).

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Canada Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Freda's Voice stop on The Canada Day Blog Hop!

We're offering a funny book with a Canadian theme, which we think will be a light and amusing read for anyone who wins it, so good luck, eh?
How to Be a Canadian provides a hilarious insider's look at Canada, covering subjects as diverse as diet, dating rituals, sports, politics and social rules.
Sample topics include ‘Twelve Ways to Say You're Sorry,’ ‘Holidays and Hijinks,’ ‘How to Make Love Like a Canadian,’ and ‘Canadian Cuisine (and How to Avoid It).’
Loaded with wry advice and barbed commentary, their book will teach you everything you need to know about how to be a Canadian - whether you already are one or not. (Publisher Douglas & McIntyre’s product description)
More info: As a guidebook, How to Be a Canadian contains ‘a wealth of information gathered from fact-filled articles that the authors sort of remember reading somewhere,’ but frankly, the facts are really just there as a framework for a wicked sense of humor.
The jokes are sometimes juvenile: ‘There are 30,000,000 people in Canada - all of whom have, at some point, frozen their tongues to the side of a flagpole.’
Sometimes, they’re pointedly amusing: ‘Often, when the UN needs a cereal box translated, they call in the Canadians, who parachute out of stealth bombers clutching boxes of Capitaine Crounche.’
And they’re often fall-out-of-bed funny: ‘There is the assumption that Canada has only two seasons: Winter and Not Winter. In fact, Canada has no fewer than six distinct seasons: Tax; Hockey; More Hockey; Still More Hockey; Summer (also known as the July Long Weekend); and finally, Good God, Isn't the Hockey Season Over by Now?!’ (Amazon product description, reviewer listed as Marven Krug)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Always/Tampax Radiant

The new Radiant Collection from Tampax® and Always® provides women with one premium brand experience to meet all their feminine care needs. The full product line-up offers everything women need to help keep their period out of sight, including:
Tampax Radiant tampons — Feature the first-ever re-sealable wrapper for discreet, worry—free disposal and the new CleanGrip™ applicator for comfortable insertion.
Always Radiant Infinity pads — Feature a unique technology that conforms to each individual shape, delivering premium protection.
Always Radiant Incredibly Thin Liners — Our thinnest and most flexible protection, with flexible edges that fit any panty style.
Always Radiant Wipes-to-Go — Deliver an enhanced everyday freshness.

My Opinion: 
I'm a tampon girl, have been since the start, but every so often I wear a pad or pantyliners at the end of my cycle. Or if I'm not sure if I'm done... you ladies know what I'm talking about, the ghost period.... you think it's gone and a day later it comes back for a day. Pantyliners are the best resource for those times.
Let me talk about how I feel about each one.
The tampons, being my main thing I use, will be discussed first.
I am not sold. There, I said it. I actually preferred the cardboard applicator for one reason only, the plastic applicator is not very nice to your area when inserting. I found it poked me rather unpleasantly before I inserted. At least with a cardboard applicator it has cotton on the end to protect you from an uncomfortable poke. I did appreciate the size, and thought it looked cute for a tampon. The packaging was awesome, and I appreciated the resealable wrapper. No more wrapping in toilet paper and creating more waste.
The pads I am sold on!
They had a great new design with new flaps or wings that wrap better. It fits perfectly in your panties, as long as you wear full bottom ones. A thong won't work ladies. I also noticed these vent holes in the pad. But it didn't create a leak or mess of any kind. That was cool even if I am not quite sure why there are there. Loved the packaging and loved the pads!
The pantyliners are last and my favorite.
These pantyliners fit perfectly in my panties, and I have found that not all of them are shaped as good. But these ones are shaped to be a perfect fit. They also are very thin, but very absorbent. They are also a great new design in packaging and overall I am sticking to these from now on.
So in looking back, I love the pantyliners, like the pads and am not quite sold on the tampons. Overall a good new series of products though.

4/5

Recommend? Yes.

DISCLAIMER: I received products for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesday


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"Bollocks," said Lord Maccon upon seeing who stood before him. "Miss Tarabotti. What did I do to merit a visit from you first thing in the morning? I have not even had my second cup of tea yet."

Monday, June 25, 2012

#68: Summerland - Elin Hilderbrand (With Giveaway)

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A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt - but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.
As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents - secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (June 26, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780316099837
Author Bio:
 Elin Hilderbrand: novelist, mother of three, sports enthusiast, avid fan of Bruce Springsteen, Veuve Clicquot, and four-inch heels. She sits on the Board of Directors at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and Nantucket Little League. Her resting pulse is 65.

My Opinion:
This was a fantastic book from start to finish. I read it in a couple of hours, no, devoured it.
It is a tragic tale surrounding friends in high school, though through tragedy, you watch them grow. You also feel like you are a bit of a sleuth, as you read, you can't help but try to figure everything out and draw your own conclusions. My conclusions, by the way, were slightly off. I like that the book wasn't predictable, and made you wonder. That to me is great writing, to get the reader so actively involved in the story.
Honestly, I hated when it was finished. I really could have kept reading about these people.
I am definitely going to recommend this book to mystery fans and contemporary fiction fans!

5/5

Recommend? Yes.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

#67: Arcadia - Lauren Groff

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In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after.
Arcadia's inhabitants include Handy, a musician and the group's charismatic leader; Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah's only child, the book's protagonist, Bit, who is born soon after the commune is created.
While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. If he remains in love with the peaceful agrarian life in Arcadia and deeply attached to its residents--including Handy and Astrid's lithe and deeply troubled daughter, Helle--how can Bit become his own man? How will he make his way through life and the world outside of Arcadia where he must eventually live?
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (March 13, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9781401340872
Author Bio:
Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Her debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

My Opinion:
I didn't love the book.
I didn't dislike it either.
It just never ended up going anywhere for me.I loved the writing though. I found it very Shakespearian and that helped me finish the story.
The story itself feel flat for me though. Without the clever phrasing and writing style, my attention wouldn't have been kept. 
I'm sure others will disagree, and that's cool, but it just left that impression on me.

2.5/5

Recommend? No.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Get to Know Author Willow Rose (With Giveaway)

Howdy readers!!

Today we have special guest, author, Willow Rose. She is going to tell us about her book, Daughters of the Jaguar: Savage, and at the end is a giveaway open internationally!
How cool is that?!

First up, let's welcome Willow to Freda's Voice!
Hi Willow, and thanks for coming for a visit. Please tell us about yourself.

I write YA Paranormal Romance and fantasy. I am originally from Denmark but I now live on Florida’s Space Coast with my husband and two daughters. I am a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When I'm not writing or reading I enjoys watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Now tell us about your book.
In Savage we meet Christian who is a young man torn between the world of science and the world of magic. He has left his country of Denmark and is going to Florida to go to med school. He meets Aiyana who is a spirit-filled girl living in a completely different world than he is. Her family is descendants from the Timucua Indians that lived in Florida before the Spaniards came. They live in a world of magic, music and laughter and Christian feels so drawn to them.  At the same time he has a violent encounter with a savage beast in the swamps of Florida, an encounter that makes him doubt everything he has always believed. 

Who or what inspires your writing?
Anything and everything. People around me or people that I meet, my children, books I read, movies I watch, things that have happened in my own life or in someone else's.
The story in Savage is somewhat inspired by my husband's story. When he was only 19 he was sent to Florida by his parents to live with a very wealthy family. The year he spent there changed him and in many ways formed who he is today. 
The women in this book are inspired from my daughters. I have actually dedicated the book to them. To all of my daughters. I have two young ones of my own and one grown-up stepdaughter. They are all so full of innocent magic.
When did you know you would be a writer?  
I have always been a story-teller for as long as I can remember. I remember telling stories to my friends as a child in school and making them forget that they had to go out and play for recess. Even my teacher would listen in and he told me to keep it up and to write them down. I wrote several notebooks filled with stories that he read. He encouraged me a lot. I went on to become a journalist and wrote my first novel when I was 28. It was published by one of the big Danish publishing houses. 
 How long did it take you to write your first novel? 
Two years! It was a thriller in Danish that was published by one of the big publishing houses in Denmark where I lived at the time. I still love that book even though it met a lot of criticism. I learned a great deal from that experience. Among it that you cannot write books to please people. You have to write a story because you love that story and those characters and then take the beating you get. There will always be someone who doesn't like it. 
I have gotten a lot better since my first novel and now I receive better reviews. Savage has so far gotten awesome reviews that I am very proud of. Someone actually wrote that she was stunned, that I made her think about the message of the book. That's all you can ask for as a writer. That's what it is all about.
 What is the hardest part of writing for you?  
The promotion is probably the hardest part. I don't like having to be pushy and try to sell my product. I am not a salesperson, I really don't like it. But if you want to sell books and make a living of it you have to do that part as well. The rest I love. I adore becoming one with my manuscript. I love getting to know my characters better and creating this world of my own that the reader gets a peek into.
Do you have any writing rituals?  
I have a thing for James Blunt. I have to listen to his songs when I write. I don't listen to him when I'm not writing. It is a little weird. But there is something about the intensity of his songs that always makes me want to write. I love big emotions. In songs, in movies and especially in books.
 Have you written any thing else?
I have written three books in Danish that are published in Denmark, Norway and Germany under my maiden name. Furthermore I have written six books in English under the name Willow Rose. I am currently working on number seven - the sequel to Savage - and I am hoping to have it out in the fall.
 Any advice to aspiring writers?  
Write, write and then write some more. The more you write the better you get. And never listen to anyone who thinks you can't do it.
Who are your favorite Authors? 
 Anne Rice is my all-time favorite. I read anything she writes. And Isabel Allende as well.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most? 
"The Never-ending Story" by Michael Ende is the book that opened my imagination as a teenager.
 What are you currently reading?  
I am re-reading "The Vampire Lestat".
How do readers find out more about you?  

Twitter: @madamwillowrose
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 80 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
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A taste of Saucy Sally's Poppyseed Cake, the way Leif can swing Bit by the legs so the world spins deliriously past, the feel of running on the last crust of snow when the others fall through, that softness at the end of a branch that is the whisper of a bud. He adds to the list in his head.


#66: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love will stir up those delectable feelings and memories that certain aromas and tastes always bring. Readers will relish in the succulent and tasty stories on how love and food together played a flavorful part in life, leaving them with a divine aftertaste and a pungent yearning to read more.
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (November 22, 2011)
  • ISBN: 9781935096788
My Opinion:
If you have been reading my blog a while then you know how much I like the Chicken Soup series.  If you're new, let me tell you how much I love this series. A lot! I always reach for a book from this series when I am feeling my lowest. Yes, I have bad days like everyone else, and these stories always pick me up. It doesn't even have to be relevant to my situation, it's just nice hearing inspirational stories of strength, faith, love, respect and perseverance.
Food and Love didn't disappoint either. The best part is, the food lover in me got recipes! And you know I had to pick one to try. Tonight we tried the Cauliflower in Spicy Tomato Sauce.
MMM... 
It accompanied other things, but we'll focus on this dish from the book. 
It was an Indian flavor, which is my absolute favorite! It wasn't very hard to make at all, and it tasted delicious. My only criticism is to cook the veggies a tad longer than required in the book, but it's also per taste.
I think food lovers will enjoy the book for the recipes and the great stories that are all food related.
I definitely recommend!


5/5


My Review for CSFTS: Tougher Times, Tougher People
My Review for CSFTS: Count Your Blessings
My Review for CSFTS: True Love
My Review for CSFTS: A Book of Miracles
My Review for CSFTS: Nascar
My Review for CSFTS: Shaping the New You

Recommend? Yes.


DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday


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The first few days without Handy, the world feels off balance. He's not there for the weepers or the bad trips, for his daily, cheery wanders around each work unit to urge them on.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

#65: The Other Life - Susanne Winnacker

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The Other Life: who we were before the virus. How we'll never be again. It's been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry has seen daylight. When things went wrong up above, she was sealed off from the world in a bunker with her family. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage mutant killers. When her dad is snatched, Sherry joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all? The seeds of first love are sown amongst the death and destruction of a nightmare future in this incredible debut novel. Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, it's essential reading.
 
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Books (February 1, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9781409536086
Author Bio:
 Susanne Winnacker studied law and is currently doing her legal clerkship. As an offset to hours brooding over laws and their meaning, she spends every free minute in fantastical private worlds. The Other Life is Susanne's debut novel. She lives with her husband, a dog and four bunnies in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany. 

My Opinion:
I can't wait for February for book 2!
This was one of the coolest stories I have read in a while, and it's something I don't normally read about either. 
Could you imagine having to go underground while the earth above you changes for the worse? Could you imagine having to stay there for years?? Me either, but this story helps put that imagination on course. 
I just couldn't put it down either, and at bedtime it was a problem. Do I scare the crap out of myself and keep reading or take a break and pick up again tomorrow.... I'm glad I held on or I wouldn't have slept a lick!
Paranormal, zombie and dystopian fans will enjoy this book. 

5/5

Recommend? YES!!


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

#64: Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary

From characters like Darth Maul and Yoda, to places like Naboo and Dexter's Diner, to creatures like Jabba the Hutt and Ewoks, Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary chronicles every character, weapon, starship, droid, creature, and alien in the Star Wars universe.
The only comprehensive visual guide available — and now with a new, refreshed look — it features more than one thousand stills and digitally rendered pictures, making this the ultimate collector's item for every Star Wars fan.
 
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (September 25, 2006)
  • ISBN: 9780756622381
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 The above image is the correct and newer cover.
The affiliate link is an old cover.

My Opinion:
This book took me some time to go through, mostly because I was devouring every tiny detail in it. And there was a ton of detail to cover.
It is an epic look at all the films, from the real beginning, not the 80's version I originally knew of, with every part or detail you can think of.
Awesome shots from the movies accompany interesting facts that will have you turning each page only after you have read each description.
I actually learned some new things, and I was an avid fan, so that was a huge bonus in my reading adventure.
I have to say, I don't know if young kids age 7 would really "get" the information... there would be a lot of, "wow, cool" moments, but actually absorbing of the information, I doubt it. I would say this is geared for pubescent teens, probably mostly boys too, but they would get a kick out of the action and adventure in it, and still understand the information given.
A great book for adults too who are fans of the films. It's really cool to see it laid out from Anakin to Luke and their adventures they have, but in book. I think a lot of fans would appreciate the layout greatly.

 5/5

Recommend? Definitely, yes!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 79 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
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More rustling. This time in both neighboring aisles.
Maybe a group of wild boars.


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