I will NOT be taking anymore review requests at this time, because I'm a bit overwhelmed and getting behind.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

{Review} Detox Before You're Expecting: A Cleansing Program to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy by Rea Frey

Detox Before You're Expecting: A Cleansing Program to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
by Rea Frey
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Release: February 10th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Health, Food, Recipes, pregnancy
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

THE FIRST EVER CLEANSE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO GET A WOMAN'S BODY TO AN IDEAL STATE FOR MOTHERHOOD
Being pregnant is an amazing experience, but before you conceive, you’ll want to do everything possible to minimize risk and maximize the well-being of mother and child. This book’s step-by-step detox will help you cleanse your system and reach optimal health for carrying a baby. Detox Before You’re Expecting provides:

•Gentle, whole-foods cleanse program
•Delicious, nutrient-packed recipes
•Natural, non-toxic product guide
•Fertility-boosting plan

Don’t wait! Your baby’s healthy beginning starts with you getting healthy first, even before you see the plus sign.

Review: I want to point out right now that I am not expecting or planning on getting preggers in the near future. I am a mom already to two bundles of energy and can't imagine having any more. That said, this book still offers a wealth of information to anyone who wishes to detox and get healthy.
Ms Frey has done her homework, when it comes to healthy eating and nutrition. Guiding you down a program that will make you feel better and refreshed (at least it did for me). Packed with delicious recipes that help cleanse your body of all of all the nasty buildup life throws at us. It even offers a product guide for foods that are non-toxic. As well as some baby food recipes for once the little one gets here.
Whether you're thinking about getting pregnant, are or just what to cleanse your body this is a great book to check out.


Monday, July 6, 2015

{Review} The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo

The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer
by Roseanne Montillo
Publisher: William Morrow
Released:March 17th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: True Crime
How I got it: Received a copy from publisher

In late nineteenth-century Boston, home to Herman Melville and Oliver Wendell Holmes, a serial killer preying on children is running loose in the city--a wilderness of ruin caused by the Great Fire of 1872--in this literary historical crime thriller reminiscent of The Devil in the White City.

In the early 1870s, local children begin disappearing from the working-class neighborhoods of Boston. Several return home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never come back.

With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer--fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy--is barely older than his victims. The criminal investigation that follows sparks a debate among the world's most revered medical minds, and will have a decades-long impact on the judicial system and medical consciousness.

The Wilderness of Ruin is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is a great American city divided by class--a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872. Roseanne Montillo brings Gilded Age Boston to glorious life--from the genteel cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the squalid, overcrowded tenements of Southie. Here, too, is the writer Herman Melville. Enthralled by the child killer's case, he enlists physician Oliver Wendell Holmes to help him understand how it might relate to his own mental instability.

With verve and historical detail, Roseanne Montillo explores this case that reverberated through all of Boston society in order to help us understand our modern hunger for the prurient and sensational.

The Wilderness of Ruin features more than a dozen black-and-white photographs.

Review:  While I enjoyed the book, it had way too much filler.
This book is about Jesse Pomeroy, America's youngest serial killer. He starts off luring small children away to secluded areas to maim and torture them. After a stint in a Juvenile facility he is released and goes back to living with his mother and brother. He also returns to luring small children to secluded areas, only this time he does more than hurt them. With the backdrop of 1800's Boston this offers a look at how those of the lower class lived during that time.
I felt Ms Montillo did a great job with the historical research in the book. Yet I found several chapters to be nothing but filler. I didn't see how the Great Fire or Herman Melville correlated with what Jesse did. Neither gave insight into Jesse's mind set, MO, or his characters. I felt that all the information was just un-needed and to be frank boring.
Over all I did enjoy the historical aspects, but wished it had focused on Jesse's story more and less on everything else.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

{Book Review} Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn Publications, Diana Rajchel

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
by Llewellyn Publications, Diana Rajchel
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: July 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Wiccan, Religion
How I got it: Netgalley

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch's year. A well-rounded introduction to Mabon, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

Review:
I have to admit that Mabon is my favorite Sabbat, because some years it actually falls on my birthday Which I think is pretty cool.
This mean I love learning more about the history and how to celebrate it. Of course this is the perfect book for that.
Mabon is a harvest festival celebrating the Autumnal Equinox.This is the day when the days begin to grow shorter and the nights longer. In some places n this day the day and night last for the same length of time.
As with the other books in this series Mabon gives us a bunch of information on rituals, decor, crafts, and recipes to honor this day. I really enjoyed reading and learning more about this Sabbat.


Friday, June 5, 2015

{Book Review} Haunted Plantations of the South by Richard Southall

Haunted Plantations of the South
by Richard Southall
Publisher:Llewellyn Publications
Released:June 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction-Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

When you hears the word "plantations," most people think of grand homes with pillars and sweeping staircases. These houses of grandeur were located all through the South in the days before the Civil War, and there are some that still resonate with the loveliness they had in their heyday. These majestic homes have a long history, and some of those who lived in these homes remain today. The ghosts of soldiers, slaves, and the elite family who lived in the plantation homes still wander the halls.

Richard Southall explores gorgeous plantation homes and those that are abandoned and in decay to present a colorful history of the ghosts that linger there.

Review: I liked the historical aspect of the book but felt it was a bit light on the ghosts.
I felt Mr Southall did a wonderful job with the research and how he told the plantation histories. I enjoyed learning about the different places and historical significance of each. While I enjoyed the historical information, I found the book a little light in the paranormal field. Some of the houses seemed to have very small amount of ghostly activity and places that had well documented hauntings seemed down played. For example the Myrtles Plantation, a very well documented haunted bed & breakfast, was kind of glossed over in my opinion. It seemed Mr Southall picked the most popular points and left out those not so well known such as the legend of the William Winter's Room. Which in my view would have made the book more interesting than just the same old, same old.
Overall the book was enjoyable and interesting from a historical standpoint.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

{Book Review} Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn Publications, Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
by Llewellyn Publications, Melanie Marquis
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: June 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Wiccan, religion, crafts, recipes,
How I got it: NetGalley

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch's year. A well-rounded introduction to Lughnasadh, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

Review:
This is an inbetween celebration, not quite summer but also not exactly fall. Lughnasdh takes place around the time those things you planted in the spring are reaching the time to start picking. Sort of the beginning of harvest festival.
If you've read the other books in this series skip the intro and jump right int the good stuff. I enjoyed learning the history of the celebration and how other religions have comparable festivals. Easy rituals with things found outside or around the house. I love the crafts and yummy sounding recipes.
Another wonderful addition to this series.


Monday, June 1, 2015

{Book Review} Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside

Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time
by Jackie Woodside
Publisher:Next Century Publishing
Released:March 18th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- adult: Self-Help
How I got it: Received a copy via author

Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don't have enough time to "get it all done." The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed "Energy Management" workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!
In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie's approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:
- Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.- How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.- The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life!- Why "to-do lists" are a set up for failure and what really works.- "The Three Strikes Rule" that will end procrastination for good!- How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!
Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!

Review:
As a working mom, I'm always trying to stretch another hour out of the day. Calming the Chaos turned the way I look at and manage time on it's head.
Working through this book has helped me understand managing myself and my energy not just time. Figuring out what is important and what can be thrown to the wayside. The book teaches you a new way of looking at what you are doing and what you want to do.
I found everything this book offers interesting and educational. If you are someone who is trying to "do it all" then you definately need to pick up this book.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{Book Review} Murder and Mayhem in Jefferson County by Cheri L. Farnsworth

Murder and Mayhem in Jefferson County
by Cheri L. Farnsworth
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Released: April 1st 2011 by
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: True Crime
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Jefferson County, located in New York's beautiful North Country, has a dark and violent past. During the long winter months, it was not the cold that was feared, but the killers. In 1828, Henry Evans committed a crime so brutal that the location in Brownsville is still called "Slaughter Hill." A real-life "Little Red Riding Hood," eleven-year-old Sarah Conklin met someone far worse than a wolf on her way home from school in 1875. And in 1908, Mary Farmer, a beautiful young mother hacked her neighbor to death and was sent to the electric chair. Author Cheri L. Farnsworth has compiled the stories of the most notorious criminal minds of Jefferson County's early history.

Review:
I find it amazing that I have lived in Jefferson County all my life and never heard of these stories. It's interesting to read about event that happened around where I live. With most of these case, I know and can imagine where they took place.
Ms Farnsworth did a great job researching the cases. It's actually pretty amazing the amount of information she found on the other cases. I enjoyed the way she told the stories, letting them unfold.
This was a wonderful book filled with history and true crime.