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

Monday, August 31, 2015

{Book Review} Mad World, (Broken World #3) by Kate L. Mary

Mad World, (Broken World #3)
by Kate L. Mary
Publisher: self
Release: January 3rd 2015
Genre: Fiction-New Adult: Horror, zombies, apocalypse
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

***Warning: Contains spoilers for Broken World and Shattered World.

Mad World is the third book in the Broken World series, which follows a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…

Vivian didn’t think things could get any worse than losing Emily, and getting to the shelter should have been their salvation. But once again their hopes were shattered when they discovered things weren’t safe as promised, forcing them to head into Vegas in search of supplies.

Vivian

But now she and Hadley find themselves in a situation more threatening than even the dead walking the Earth. Kidnapped by armed men and taken deep into Vegas, they’re cut-off from anyone who cares about them and thrust into a world so sick and twisted it can only be described as madness. Knowing that Axl has no idea where they are and little hope of finding them, Vivian and Hadley must team up with one of the very men who abducted them if they have any hope of escaping their new nightmare.


Axl

Watching Vivian get thrown into the back of a van almost tears him apart, but he’s determined to find her no matter what it takes. With the growing tension between him and Angus, Axl finds himself wondering if the price will be his relationship with his brother. Putting both old and new wounds aside, Axl and Angus must infiltrate the group holding Vivian and Hadley, and make their escape through a zombie-ridden Vegas.

But the men in charge of Vegas aren’t the type to easily forget, and the group soon discovers that getting the girls out alive very well could mean the end for them all…

Review:  I did and didn't enjoyed this segment of the Broken World series. Vivian and Hadley are kidnapped, and held by some rather nasty men in Vegas. The story sucked me in and kept me reading wanting to know what would happen to the girls. In this book we also get a look at what's going on from Axl's point of view, which opens a whole new way of looking at things.
Axl's and Vivian's relationship grows quite a bit in this book, as Axl realizes how much Viv really means to him. I did find what they do at the end kind of stupid, while I get why they do it, it was stupid.
Over all another hit for Ms Mary.




Saturday, August 29, 2015

{Release} The Survivalistas - Book 3.5 Ava Now Available!

Ava stayed behind to help her father keep the nuclear power plant running when her mother and brothers fled to the Adirondack community set up by The Rev. Now the plant is melting down and Ava is charged with getting important documents to The Rev. But even the best laid plans can have hiccups. Ava lands miles from the designated point and must find a way to get to her destination.

Note this story takes place in the middle of Book 3 Piper and Ava's story will continue in along with Piper and Mica.

Download your copy of The Survivalistas- Book 3.5 Ava from Smashwords.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

{Book Review} Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22) by Patricia Cornwell

Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22)
by Patricia Cornwell
Publisher: William Morrow
Release: June 30th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is about to head to Miami for a vacation when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their home. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Then she learns there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school teacher was shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet no one heard or saw a thing.

Soon more victims surface. The shots seem impossible to achieve, yet they are so perfect they cause death in an instant. There is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First it was New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast. There she comes face to face with shocking news that implicates her niece, Lucy—Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.

Review: I have to admit I've only read like one other of Ms Cornwell's books and it was quite a while ago. I was a little disappointed with it, at that, given Ms Cornwell's reputation.
The beginning was a bit slow to start, I had a hard time staying interested through the first few chapters. It did pick up but I still wasn't able to get into the story. I found the characters flat and I wasn't able to connect with them. I wanted to like Kay, yet just couldn't. Actually the only character I liked was Marino, because he didn't feel one dimensional.
I felt the story had potential and I did like Ms Cornwell writing style. I think if I had picked another book to start the series on I may have been hooked, but this one just didn't tickle my fancy. 



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.