Ghost of a Chance (Chintz ‘n China, Book 1) Yasmine Galenorn (my book ) I have no Idea where I got this from . I was thinking cozy tea shop mystery. Well, Not really. too much paranormal stuff for that . I actually liked that part and I found the mystery logical , if a little out of left field. However – 1) a tea shop owner that drinks mostly celestial seasoning commercial herbal infusions – really? and 2) the boyfriend is creepy, demanding, whiny, and a controller. He is a Nice Guy with everything bad that those capital letters infer. Kick him to the curb.
Gooseberry Bluff Community college (KS) part 2. moved up a notch in action, I feel like I know Joy (protagonist) better – and it left me hanging – so I cursed the author.
The Celtic Witch by Debra Geary (KB) I read a review of the series a few days ago -and they used the word unrealistic. I thought it was a funny word – because well, it is about witches. It has magic and spells. But then she said the family was ‘too perfect’ which I thought was interesting. These books are romances, but not just a couple, but a romance about finding you place in this world. Finding your family – your home. And it is lovely how people sit around and trying to understand what they need to do to improve the relationships they have with people
Breed of innocence (breed Chronicles #1) Lanie Jordan (kb) supernatural page turner–16 yr old girl is asked to join a demon hunter academy, by the director. She is good and seems to have some extra qualities – like fast healing and a good memory…What is she not being told?
Etiquette & Espionage Gail Carriage (LB) So much fun . really good read Steam punk – finishing school and spies review here
Gooseberry Bluff Community College part 3 – yes impatiently waiting for part 4…..
I’ll call it 5 books – so 15 for the year
Belle by Cameron Dokey a retelling of beauty and the beast. Very good , but not anything different
Hacking Timbuktuu by Stephen Davis Really good. hacking , treasure hunt and my new video obsession , parkour. I did a review here.
and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. funny , horror, coming of age story . excellent. I should probably do a review of this one for the teen website , too. It even mentioned my favorite bad movie from the Sci Fi channel, Mansquito
I have spent a lot of time stewing about this story. Love and Consequences was the story of life in gang. It was supposed to be a memoir. Reviewers loved it. It just wasn’t a memoir. In fact, the author lied so much ,that I’m not sure I believe her now. And did the editor catch her while fact checking? No,the author’s sister turned her in. So the editor(s) didn’t do their job. And the author doesn’t know the definition of fiction. To quote the article “Ms. Seltzer, 33, who is known as Peggy, admitted that the personal story she told in the book was entirely fabricated. She insisted, though, that many of the details in the book were based on the experiences of close friends she had met over the years while working to reduce gang violence in Los Angeles.“That sounds like fiction to me. Bah.
There is good news in the book world. Foreword Magazine , an magazine that honors the independent press, has announced their finalist For Book of the year. In the category of humor, Allyson Beatrice , the author of Will the Vampire People Please leave the Lobby? True Adventures in Cult Fandom , has been nominated. This is a book I highly recommend if you have ever been even vaguely involved in a fandom. If you loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer , it is even better. It is a great way to explain to other people why you consider those invisible people in your computer your friends. Allyson is also a funny writer. Plus, these stories are true. I was around for some of them.
I started watching Ellie Krieger on the food network. She is a nutritionist and the first thing I noticed is that she cooks following good eating guidelines. Lot of veggies, whole grains, fruits and lean meat. Plus she uses the portion sizes that are often recommended, such as 4 ounces of meat per person. However, when I tried the recipes on her show, that is when I became a really big fan Her recipes are fantastic, very flavorful, and healthy. I love food – and my worst food habit is that if food is boring – I go look for more food. Not a problem with her recipes.
So a couple of days ago I picked up her book small changes, big results. This is not a recipe book , but ‘an action plan for a better life’. I’m going to start by saying that her basic ideas, not earth shattering. You have heard them all before. However, she breaks things down into small steps over twelve weeks. She discusses food and exercise , and also addresses stress. Her plan of making small changes over 12 weeks is quite doable, and she even has ideas of what to do if you get sick or otherwise have setbacks. Her approach isn’t all or nothing . I’m not sure I’ll follow her plan – but I think it might inspire my own plan.
She has two other books The Foods You Crave and Healthy Cooking Secrets that look like cookbooks. I am looking forward to finding them .
I picked this book up because it is 1) bright yellow 2) taller and narrower that average 3) and a great title, Bad Monkeys ( by Matt Ruff). The first page pretty much hooked me. We meet Jane Charlotte who has been arrested for murder and claims to be part of a secret government organization called – Bad Monkeys. They find evil people, and kill them.The writing is vaguely reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut in the treatment of the mundane as surreal. From the beginning, you are never quite sure what is true and who is speaking the truth and the last few pages have so many twist and turns that I had to reread them to keep the story straight. An engaging, surreal romp.