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

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.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Update

So I felt I should post a quick update for everybody. I have been recently trying to do far to much and my reviews have suffered. Also I got a promotion at work. My supervisor retired, so I was put into her position. This meant I got a newbie, who I have to train. The whole thing has been super stressful and frustrating. I haven't been able to listen to books at work like I used to, so I'm not getting as many done as I was. Lately when I get home the last thing I want to do is work on reviews.
So I ended up taking this weekend off to work on all the stuff I've been putting off. If I have a book you've sent me to review I will get it done, if I haven't already scheduled it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

{Book Tour} The Last Witness by Jerry Amernic

The Last Witness
by Jerry Amernic
Genre: Historical Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: October 29th 2014
Number of Pages: 334
ISBN: 9780990421658

Synopsis:
The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.

Purchase Links:
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Author Bio:
Jerry Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature writer for magazines, teacher of journalism, and media consultant. His first book 'Victims: The Orphans of Justice' was a true story about a former police officer whose eldest daughter was murdered and who became a leading advocate for crime victims. This resulted in Jerry’s column about the justice system for The Toronto Sun. More recently Jerry co-authored 'Duty - The Life of a Cop' with Julian Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and now a member of the Canadian Cabinet. In fiction, Jerry’s first novel 'Gift of the Bambino' was praised by The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., The Globe and Mail in Canada, and others. His latest novel is the historical thriller 'The Last Witness'. Just released is the biblical-historical thriller 'Qumran'.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

{Book Review} Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn Publications, Deborah Blake

Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
by Llewellyn Publications, Deborah Blake
Publisher:Llewellyn Publications
Release:May 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- N/A: Wicca
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 Midsummer, 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 really love this series. Like the others this is full of information, only about the Midsummer sabbat. Packed with educational information, rituals, crafts and so much more. Introducing readers to the myths and lore of Midsummer. While mainly introductory in level this is a fun read for those who have been involved in the craft for years. Offering ways for urban and rural folks to celebrate. From those who like simple things to others who enjoy going all out there is a ritual, spell or invocation in this book. The fresh and yummy sounding recipes could be used for anytime during the summer, offering a taste of the sabbat to your BBQ.
Overall a great educational book for anyone interested in the pagan religion.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

{Book Review} The Belly Burn Plan: Six Weeks to a Lean, Fit & Healthy Body by Traci D. Mitchell

The Belly Burn Plan: Six Weeks to a Lean, Fit & Healthy Body
by Traci D. Mitchell
Publisher: Harlequin
Release:March 31st 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Diet & Exercise
How I got it: NetGalley

Muffin tops, love handles and pot bellies have finally met their match.

The Belly Burn Plan will help you shed belly fat fast and for good in just three steps:

Eat Right for Your Body Type: Discover the best foods for your metabolism to lose weight naturally.

Get Moving: Shorter, targeted, high-intensity interval training workouts tailored to your fitness level help improve glucose metabolism and fat burning.

Stress Less, Sleep More: Make the lifestyle changes that will have a lasting impression on your body and overall health.

Linked to heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, belly fat isn't just unsightly, it can be dangerous to your health. You have the power to not only change the way you look, but also how you feel. The Belly Burn Plan kicks off with an effective 3-Day Cleanse and includes sixty-five quick and easy recipes that will blow your taste buds away while shrinking your waistline. Prepare to say goodbye to belly fat and hello to a lean, healthy body.

Review: While this is a program, it's also a way of life. Well the book teaches you a way of life. Broken down to fit any body type, the program should work for anyone trying to lose weight.
The book offers a ton of useful information to not only those looking to lose weight, but also those just trying to get fit. Sections of the book talk about your bodies chemistry, hormones and how fat is used in the body and produced.
Blowing away some fitness myths the book explains why you might not be losing weight even though you're doing everything right. Packed full of recipes and exercise program, the book offers a six week program to start turning your life around. Downside is if you don't stick with it after six weeks it'll only be a fad diet and do nothing long term.


Monday, April 27, 2015

{Book Review} Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes by Dina Cheney

Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes
by Dina Cheney
Publisher: Taunton Press
Release:March 4th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Cook-book
How I got it: NetGalley

The secret to fast and easy meals cooked from scratch is hiding in plain sight in your kitchen. The microwave oven is not just for reheating leftovers and making popcorn anymore. With pantry ingredients, a mug and a microwave, you can create a meal in minutes that rivals those cooked in the oven or on the stovetop. Mug MEALS! is the perfect solution for new cooks, busy families, singles, college students, teens, seniors or anyone who just wants a hot meal without all the cleanup.

Make a meal for anytime of day. Breakfast options include Lox and Bagel Strata, Double Berry French Toast; for lunch try Moroccan Pumpkin and Chickpea Stew, White Bean Gratin with Olives and Lemon or Double Carrot Soup. Dinner entrees include Chinese Chicken with Noodles and Black Bean Sauce, Classic Shepherd's Pie and Lasagna; dessert selections feature Mango Coconut Crumble, Molten Chocolate Cake with Truffle Filling, Peach and Cornbread Stuffing and more.

Review: As a working mom sometime I don't have time for a good meal, I end up grabbing some premade thingy from the freezer and then on to helping with homework or whatever needs my attention. Most nights I don't even get dinner with the family. The breakfasts are wonderful too, for when I don't have much time before work.
The fact that most meals in this book take only a few minutes to make is great. I love that I can have a real meal in no time when I get home after working 10 hours. I was super excited to see the shepherds pie recipe, as I'm the only one in my house that likes it, now I can make a serving just for me.
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to using many of these recipes.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{Book Review} Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire
by Sally Ann Melia
Publisher:Dickson House
Released:May 17th 2015
Genre: Fiction-YA: Sci Fi, thriller
How I got it:Received a copy from the author

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

Review: This was a good book.
I've only recently started getting into Science Fiction and this was one of my first young adult book. I enjoyed the story, the plot moved along at a good pace with just the right amount of action. I thought the world building was well done and imaginative. The characters were likeable and interacted well. My only complaint was that it ended abruptly and with a huge cliffhanger.
Over all I liked and enjoyed the book.