Monday, March 10, 2014

Run To Ground: Review

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Run To Ground
Author: D.P. Lyle
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Pages: 384

Summary:

What would you do if someone brutally murdered your only child, served only months in jail because of a technicality, and continually taunted, even threatened, you from behind bars? Could you hide your growing rage from family and friends? Could you gun the killer down as he left prison? Could you change your ID and leave behind your entire life - family, friends, jobs, house -and just disappear? Could Tim and Martha Foster do this? Forensic evidence and criminal behavior expert Dub Walker, along with best friend and homicide investigator T-Tommy Tortelli and ex-wife and TV reporter Claire McBride, employ all their skills to track down the Fosters. But the murder of Walter Whitiker is not as simple as it seems. Tim and Martha are not the only ones who want Walt dead. Someone has twisted the evidence to keep the hot light of suspicion on the Fosters. Will the real killer please step forward? Sorry, Dub, you're going to have to work hard to solve this one. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This was a book that I really enjoyed. I had a hard time putting it down because I just had to know what happened next and I felt for the characters so much. The author kept you in suspense and kept you guessing through all of the twists and turns. It wasn't always predictable like a lot of mystery/thrillers out there so I was really happy about that. I like to be surprised. Run To Ground was definitely a page-turner.

I loved the Fosters. They are such great people who were put in a situation where they had to make a hard decision. This decision was against their morals and everything they believed in and would forever change their lives. If I were in their situation I would have probably done the same thing and I'm sure plenty of parents would. As a parent I can't even imagine what they went through so I really could relate to how angry and heart broken they were.

You can tell the author really knew a lot or did a lot of research to write this book. I highly recommend this one. Check it out!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived in Norway: Review

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If You Were Me and Lived in Norway
Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 30

Summary:

Join Carole P. Roman on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere and learn about Norway- The Land Of the Midnight Sun. In this exciting series, children are able to read about the many things we share in this great, big world of ours. If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway describes many things that make that country unique and fun. Readers will be able to learn about the capital, common names, a beloved holiday, as well as favorite food and other fun facts. This book is an excellent introduction for those beginners who want to learn about the many thrilling places and great people who share our planet. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This book teaches children what life would be like if they lived in Norway. They will learn the capital, what continent they would live on, what their name might be, and what they would call their parents. They will also learn about currency, how to say "You're welcome.", where they would go on vacation, what kinds of things they would do for fun, what they would eat, and so much more.

My kids and I have read many books in this series and are loving them. It is such a great way to teach your children about other cultures and how others may live differently or the same as them. We are looking forward to the next one!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Juice Lady's Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue: Review

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The Juice Lady's Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
Author: Cherie Calbom
Publisher: Siloam 
Pages: 144

Summary:

Don’t let stress ruin your health.
Fight back with these all-natural juice remedies.

You don’t have to suffer with the effects of stress and exhaustion. By simply adding more raw food to your diet, you increase your intake of essential nutrients and decrease the harmful effects of stress and adrenal fatigue on your body.

With recipes and recommendations for healing teas, juices, and smoothies, this quick-reference guide helps you naturally repair, rejuvenate, and reclaim your health. You also get valuable tips on stopping stress and adrenal fatigue at the source, including:

·          The connection between chronic stress and adrenal fatigue
·          Practical ways to lower your stress levels
·          Nine common symptoms of adrenal fatigue
·          Seven steps you can take to combat stress eating, and more! (Goodreads)


My Thoughts:

This was a very interesting read. It gave you a ton of tips and recipes for juicing and healthy eating. It also taught you which foods you should buy organic, what kinds of food or ingredients you should avoid, what different foods do for your body and it also talks about adrenal fatigue, symptoms and how you can go about fixing it. The author's story in the beginning was touching, emotional, and inspiring.

I can't even list all the information in this book but I learned a lot from it. This is a book that everyone should check out to start living a happier and healthier life with more energy. Now I just need to get a juicer so I can try out some of the recipes.

Do you juice? If so, what are your favorite things to juice? Share your recipes!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Lucky Phoo: Review

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Lucky Phoo
Author: Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Publisher: Imajin Books
Pages: 182

Summary:

LUCKY PHOO by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

When luck and the magic of friendship combine, anything is possible…

Seventh graders Caylie Jiang-Kahn, Lauren Blindell and Sabrina Robinson are making a movie about their friendship when a dirty stray dog shows up and ruins the day. In frustration, Lauren mutters, “Oh phooey,” which leads to the girls naming the dog “Phoo.”

When Phoo is caught and taken to the animal shelter, the girls agree to foster him until he can be adopted. They immediately notice something strange. Every time the dog is around, lucky things seem to happen. The moment he’s gone, the luck disappears.

What happens when they all need the dog’s magic at the same time? It’s up to Caylie, Lauren and Sabrina to decide once and for all: Is Phoo truly a lucky dog? (Goodreads)


My Thoughts:

Sabrina, Caylie, and Lauren were making a movie about their friendship when a dirty dog comes along and ruins their shoot for the day. Little did they know that when Phoo, as they named him, was around he seemed to bring luck with him.

When Phoo ends up at the animal shelter the girls agree to take turns fostering him. When they realize that he's a lucky dog they all start demanding more time with him. Will this situation bring them closer together or tear their friendship apart?

This was a cute little story that I'm sure kids will love. Kids will be able to relate to the girls and the problems they have whether it be crushes, mean kids at school, pressure form their parents, or a difficult home life. These problems make it all the more realistic. My 4th grader is reading this book at the moment so I'm excited to hear his thoughts on it, especially since the main characters are girls. I think tween girls would like this book the best.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Once a Witch: Review

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Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: Witch #1
Pages: 292

Summary:

Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search - and the stranger - will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Tamsin was supposed to be the most powerful witch in her family, according to her grandmother's prophecy, but her magical Talents never appeared. She spent her life feeling like an outcast in her family because they could all do great things with their magic and had their own special Talents, but she didn't.

A mysterious man comes to the bookstore, mistaking her for her Talented sister, and ask her to locate a missing item. He claims that this missing item is a precious family heirloom but little does she know, it is so much more. This request sends Tamsin on a mission to prove herself that will forever change her life. She learns things about herself and her family that were meant to stay secret.

Anything that has to do with witches, I'm in. I love reading about them and have been fascinated with witches for as long as I can remember. So when a book like this comes along I have to get my hands on it.

Tamsin is enjoyable because she's smart and not afraid to do what she wants or thinks is best. She's rebellious and has a "perfect" older sister. She's the black sheep of the family so you just want to root for her. You get to see the mystery unravel and the secrets be revealed right along with her so it keeps you reading. This one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

Have you read this? What are your thoughts?

*I purchased this book with my own money.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The New Crown: Review

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The New Crown
Author: Jason Sandberg
Publisher: Jason Sandberg eBooks
Pages: 29

Summary:

Julietta the Carpenter can build almost anything using wood, metal or fabric. Her skills are put to the test when she runs afoul of her corrupt King. This new fairy tale introduces a resourceful heroine to the boys and girls of today. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

King Plunder was a mean king who took whatever he wanted. The only reason that the people of Platavia obeyed him was because they were frightened of him. There were so many laws that the people couldn't remember them all.

Julietta the Carpenter could build anything. And when she created a fancy hat for a customer the king became very angry because the hat was grander and taller than his crown. This was against his rules. He had Julietta arrested and locked away, but she had an idea that could free her and save the town from this horrible king. Will she be able to save the day or will she forever be a prisoner?

This was a very cute story with great illustrations. My four year old daughter was a huge fan of it. She really liked Julietta and thought she was very smart and brave. We are looking forward to more from this author in the future.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Review

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Pages: 423

Summary:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts:

I should have reviewed this book a long time ago right after I read it so that it was more fresh in my mind. I'll try anyway. I do remember that I enjoyed it. This is another book with a bunch of mixed reviews.

Elisa has been chosen to bear the Godstone in her navel. She doesn't know why she was the chosen one and doesn't understand how she will ever live up to her destiny. When she turns 16 she is married to a very important and handsome king, but he wants to keep the marriage a secret for now. Elisa is hunted for her Godstone. The enemies want that power for themselves and they are willing to kill for it. Will she be able to fulfill the prophecy or will she die like so many of the chosen before her?

I really liked that Elisa wasn't the typical beautiful, dainty princess. She was overweight and had a love for food, but she was also very intelligent. I'm not totally sure why she had such a relationship with food as that was never explained unless that's just the way she was. Another thing I liked was that this wasn't really a love story. It was more of a story of transformation. You really get to watch Elisa grow into a strong, confident, capable, and determined woman who was ready to battle.

All of the characters were great and they were all different and had their own personalities. The cover is beautiful and the title of the book is nice although I can't really figure out what the title has to do with the story itself. I may be totally missing something but I just don't get it.

I did like this book and I will be getting around to the second one some time. Have any of you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts?

*I purchased this book myself.

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