Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healey

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4
Suggested Ages: 8+
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Release Date: May 1, 2012

Description: Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.   Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as "Prince Charming." But all of this is about to change...

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely delightful, one of my favorite middle school reads in the past year
  • Laugh out loud funny
  • Something for readers of all ages
  • Strong female characters & nothing sterotypical
  • Fabulous character development
  • Has a Shrek, Hoodwinked, How to Train Your Dragon feel to it
  • I was laughing so hard that Jake actually asked if he could read it when I was done
  • Awesome cover
  • Love that Briar Rose is a nasty piece of work - some of her dialogue is priceless
  • Cannot wait to see the finished product to see the rest of the artwork that will be included - only drawback about getting ARC copies - but think it will be awesome based on artwork included in ARC
  • Nice moral, life lessons included in a non shmaltzy in your face way which kids, and old bags like me adore
  • Unusual plot twists that keep you on your toes and you have no idea what is going to happen next - again not at all sterotypical
  • Looking forward to future books in this series - next one I believe is scheduled for 2013
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some repetition might have been a tighter story with a wee bit editing
  • People were staring at me on the bus because I was reading a kids book and laughing hysterically
  • Almost impossible to only pick three quotes for my quotes section
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Instead of simply frying the man where he stood, Zaubera offered to let him go in exchange for his young daughter.  The peasant was surprisingly quick to agree to this (he was  not a very good dad), and that was how Zaubera ended up with Rapunzel."

"We all know somebody who's a bit eccentric - the girl who talks to herself, maybe, or the boy who eats the erasers of his pencils like they're gumdrops. They could be wonderful people, but thanks to their quirky behavior, they don't have the easiest time making friends."

"On still another road, a green-haired man wobbled by on peppermint-stick stilts; a fiery-plumed bird of paradise perched on his shoulder. But he's not in this story, so don't pay any attention to him."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for both intended audience of middle school kids and for adults - Teachers and Librarians this would be a good read a loud book that you could do over a semester/term
  • Jake is begging me to hurry up and finish so he can read
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review & Jake will be reviewing as well as soon as he is caught up on his school work

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Arranged
by Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-211539-3
Release Date: May 15, 2012 (US Release Date)
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Description: Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can't seem to get it right.

After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she's engaged, Anne can't help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn't a dating service; it's an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company's success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn't it work for her?

A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all


The Good Stuff
  • Chicklit + - It has all the usual marks of chick lit, quirky characters, goofy twists and turns, but it also has intelligence, warmth and dry humour
  • I love  her writing style and will now purchase anything she writes
  • She's Canadian and doesn't depress the crap out of me (yes I know get over it - you go to school in this country and you will know what I mean - feckin Margaret Laurence)
  • Her characters are quirky but believeable
  • Love Anne's family and how her and her brother were named (dude I'm Canadian I'm all about the Anne of Green Gables love)
  • Enjoyed the relationship between Anne and her brother Gil and the scenes where Anne interacts with her sister in law and nieces are delighful, sweet and real
  • Love the banter scenes between Anne and William and Anne and Sarah - many of them made me laugh my ass off
  • Laughed at the reference to Amber Sheppard from her previous novel Spin
  • Anne is such a delightfully damaged character whom I sorta wished was real because we would be totally be best buds
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Do you have any idea how hard it was to only choose 3 quotes for the following section
  • Damn you the story was so fun and engrossing that I didn't want to put the book down and I have stuff to do you know I'm a mom and not to mention I am trying to get organized to move to Calgary in a couple of months
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She smiles. "If someone figured out a way to bottle woman-been-wronged, they'd make a fortune."
"What I really need is a product that can cure a broken heart."
"I think it's called alcohol."

"Have you ever noticed how no story that begins 'I read his emails' ever finishes with 'I was completely wrong; he wasn't cheating on me?"

"I want to have kids. And not alone, in the sperm-bank supermom way."

"I need a strong drink and a cigarette, but it's no longer acceptable for journalists to drink or smoke on the job. I'm pretty sure productivity has gone done 50 percent since the policy was implemented, but I guess that's not the point."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for curling up on the couch or at the beach with
  • If you like your chick lit with a dose of intelligence and warmth, this would be perfect for you
5 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review

In My Mailbox

For Review
Thanks Penguin and HarperCollins
Thanks Scholastic
Razorbill Signing

Thanks Jenn for getting these signed for me!!!
Random House YA Blogger Event
Thanks Random House For Incredible Event (3 books are signed by authors)
Won
Thanks Klout
Thanks Pampers.ca
Book of Awesome Event

Thanks Penguin and Jenn for an Awesome event!
Got to hang with my "son" Liam and bud Jenn

Me, Captain Awesome and Jenn
Miscellaneous
Thanks Colleen - Made me LMAO!
Bolton Public Library Monster Book Sale

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Thirteen by Susie Moloney

The Thirteen
by Susie Moloney
RWilliam Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-211766-3
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Description: Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing, and the crime rate is practically nonexistent.

Paula Wittmore hasn't been back to Haven Woods since she left as a disgraced teenager. Now she's returning to care for her suddenly ailing mother, and she's bringing her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She's also bringing, unknowingly, the last chance for her mother's closest frenemies . . . twelve women bound together by a powerful secret that requires the sacrifice of a thirteenth.

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely loved the dogs in this one, they had so much personality
  • Very dark and suspenseful
  • Fabulous character development for Marla, a character that could easily have been a caricature
  • Quite a few on the edge of your seat moments
  • Some nice humour added in just the right spots, made me want to pick up other books by the author for this alone
  • Fabulous cover - that chick really gives you the creeps!
  • Satisfying ending
  • Rowan and Paula were likeable characters, would have rather had the story only told from their point of view - think it would have been a far tighter story that way
  • The description from Goodreads really says it all ""Desperate Housewives" meets "The Witches of Eastwick"
    The Not So Good Stuff
  • Think that author has a hate on for cats LOL!
  • A little too much animal and child nastiness for me personally - I'm a wee bit sensitive when children or animals are tortured
  • Jumps around a little and I was very confused at times about what was going on -- now this could also be because I am exhausted from lack of sleep and stress - so take this comment with a grain of salt
  • Way too many character point of views
  • Its uneven and I was very frustrated with how stupid some of the characters were in terms of their actions - really you didn't notice that no one else was in the hospital and than did nothing about it when you did find out
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She stared at Glory sprawled on the grass, her mouth open in horror, then looked at the doll in her hand. It was covered in blood to the knees. Murder-Weapon Barbie."

"It was big news and it got around fast; even in those days before Twitter and Facebook, everyone seemed to know."

"There were really so many: shoes, lunch out, slow and quiet lovemaking in the morning, a glass of wine when you were cooking, fresh laundry, a laugh -
A person didn't need much. Not really. She wished she'd known that sooner."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Those looking for a fun, spooky story with witches
  • Good beach read
3.5 Dewey's


I received this from William Morrow  in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Neil Pasricha reveals his #1 awesome thing and Some contest links

Neil Pasricha of 1000 Awesome Things (the blog) and the #1 bestselling Awesome books is revealing his #1 Awesome Thing on Thursday, April 19!


He’ll be officially unveiling it offline the day before at an Indigo event at the John/Richmond street location Wednesday April 18, 7pm, free  http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/storeevents/

There's als a Twitter Chat with Neil at 7PM EST TONIGHT using the hashtag #CelebrateAwesome.  Neil will be answering questions, and asking for guesses about his #1 Awesome Thing
Penguin is hosting a twitter contest

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Penguin is also hosting a  -- wait for it -- Awesome Contest

Penguin is hosting a twitter contest
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics by Loretta Lynn

by Loretta Lynn
Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-307-59489-1
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Description: One of the most beloved country music stars of all time gives us the first collection of her lyrics and, in her own words, tells the stories that inspired her most popular songs, such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'," and, of course, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."

Loretta Lynn's rags-to-riches story--from her hardscrabble childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, through her marriage to Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn when she was thirteen, to her dramatic rise to the top of the charts--has resonated with countless fans throughout her more than fifty-year career. Now, the anecdotes she shares here give us deeper insight into her life, her collaborations, her influences, and how she pushed the boundaries of country music by discussing issues important to working-class women, even when they were considered taboo. Readers will also get a rare look at the singer's handwritten lyrics and at personal photographs from her childhood, of her family, and of her performing life. Honky Tonk Girl: A Life in Lyrics is one more way for Lynn's fans--those who already love her and those who soon will--to know the heart and mind of this remarkable woman.

The Good Stuff
  • Always had a soft spot for Loretta Lynn (Though to be honest I am always shocked that she doesn't look like Sissy Spacek LOL!) , even-though I am not a fan of country music.  My parents took me and my cousin when we were like 10 to see Coal Miners Daughter and I have been interested in her ever since.
  • Charming and self effacing look into the inspiration behind her songs
  • Unique idea 
  • Pictures are a lovely bonus
  • Classy foreword by Elvis Costello
  • Quite funny at times, which I won't lie I was surprised by
  • Touching and painfully honest - some of the lyrics and the inspiration behind them will move you to tears
  • Lyrics to Dear Uncle Sam are touching and beautiful and enjoyed the story behind Fist City
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Would have liked a story about every song
  • Makes me want to go find a copy of Coal Miners Daughter and I won't lie was singing that damn song out loud every-time I picked up the book and kids looked at me all strange
  • Stories are often repetitive
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I put my whole hear and soul and body into my writing. I write about how feel and what I am. I guess I never need to go to a psychiatrist -'cause I get everything out in my lyrics."

"Poor Dolittle couldn't get away with nothin'. If he did anything, I would write a song about it and world would know."

"But I am loyal ... and as long as they do a good job and do right by me, I stay."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for the Loretta Lynn fan obviously
  • Those who are fans of Country Music will find much to enjoy in it as well
3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Mom and Me Mondays: One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

One Dog and His Boy
by Eva Ibbotson
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-35196-6
Suggested Ages: 9-12
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Description: Eva Ibbotson's final masterpiece, a tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be together.

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . . . From the renowned Eva Ibbotson comes her final novel, a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart, stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog.


Jake's Review:  It was a cute story but kinda boring and sad at times. I liked all of the dogs and wish my mom would get us one (mom's note: you have a cat and we have a one pet limit dude)  Hal's parents are jerks and make me think that my  mom and dad aren't all that bad.  There were some funny parts that I liked.  I think it would be a good book for kids a little younger than me though, as I figured out things pretty quickly.
Jake's Rating: 7/10

Mom's Review:  A delightfully sweet, yet somewhat old fashioned little story.  I can see why some older kids might be put off by the style of story, but I agree with Jake that a younger reader would especially enjoy. Obviously dog loving kids are going to love this quirky adventure story. This would be a good tale for a classroom read and discussion and I will be passing on my copy to Jake's school.  There are good messages throughout the story such as  money not being able to buy everything, the importance of friendship and that dogs are a truly awesome creatures. I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters laced throughout this charming tale, I found the parents to be almost cartoonish and not enough character development was put into them, but that is my only real complaint.
Mom's Rating: 8/10

We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines

Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats and the worlds they came from
by Richard Davenport-Hines
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-187684-4
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Description: Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—one hundred years of infamy.  Of the 2,240 people aboard the ship, 1,517 perished either by drowning or by freezing to death in the frigid North Atlantic waters. What followed the disaster was tantamount to a worldwide outpouring of grief: In New York, Paris, London, and other major cities, people lined the streets and crowded around the offices of the White Star Line, the Titanic’s shipping company, to inquire for news of their loved ones and for details about the lives of some of the famous people of their time. 

While many accounts of the Titanic’s voyage focus on the technical or mechanical aspects of why the ship sank, Voyagers of the Titanic follows the stories of the men, women, and children whose lives intersected on the vessel’s fateful last day, covering the full range of first, second, and third class­—from plutocrats and captains of industry to cobblers and tailors looking for a better life in America.

Richard Davenport-Hines delves into the fascinating lives of those who ate, drank, reveled, dreamed, and died aboard the mythic ship: from John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest person on board, whose comportment that night was subject to speculation and gossip for years after the event, to Archibald Butt, the much-beloved military aide to Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, who died helping others into the Titanic’s few lifeboats. With magnificent prose, Voyagers of the Titanic also brings to life the untold stories of the ship’s middle and third classes—clergymen, teachers, hoteliers, engineers, shopkeepers, counter-jumpers, and clerks—each of whom had a story that not only illuminates the fascinating ship but also the times in which it sailed. In addition, Davenport-Hines explores the fascinating politics behind the Titanic’s creation, which involved larger-than-life figures such as J. P. Morgan, the ship’s owner, and Lord Pirrie, the ship’s builder.

The Good Stuff
  • Thoroughly well researched, amazed on how much research was put into this
  • Incredibly detailed
  • Gives you a fascinating look into the period of time when the tragedy occurred and especially dealing with class separation
  • Loved the little back stories he mentions about the passengers - gives you more insight into the time
  • Really liked how the book was organized into stories based on what class the passengers were on or what their responsibilities were (shipbuilders, first class, second class, third class, sailors - you get the idea)
  • Learned some things I never knew before about the tragedy - and let me tell you that is huge considering all I have read on the Titanic
  • Fascinating to learn about those who were supposed to be on the boat but through a twist of fate never boarded
  • Great photos (would have liked more, but hey just picky)
  • Quite a few mentions of Canada and Canadians 
  • Impressive Index 
  • Good account of what happened as boat was sinking and rescue mission afterwards 
  • Tons of amazing stories about the bravery of women during the tragedy
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Because of the detail and mentions of so many passengers it can be a tad confusing
  • Again because of the attention to detail and mentions of all the passengers it can be quite dry and not very engrossing - its one that you want to read over a long period of time
  • Some of the mentions of derogatory names for different nationalities, although very true of the time, can be quite offensive
  • Since I am a Titanic junkie and have read so much about the tragedy I was often frustrated at some of his references to facts a little off -- for example there are quite a few varying theories on how Ismay got off the boat and author only uses one theory and states it as fact without mentioning other scenarios (Hope that makes sense, had a hard time putting it into words)
  • Didn't need to see the picture of the corpse of one of the victims (in their defense the picture isn't too close up but its still creepy)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Joseph Conrad had posted the manuscript of his story "Karain" to his new York admirer John Quinn, one of those American collectors who rifled Europe for rarities to hoard in their private troves. "Karain" was lost in the sinking."

"Morgan ranked himself with the pharaohs and popes, the ruling houses of Medici, Hapsburg, and Bonaparte, the princes and dukes whose collections he dismembered and acquired."

"Millet wrote in a letter posted at Queenstown. "Looking over the list I only find three or four people I know but there are .... a number of obnoxious, ostentatious American women, the scourge of any place they infest, and worse on shipboard than anywhere. Many of them carry tiny dogs, and lead husbands around like pet lambs. I tell you the American women is a buster. She should be put in a harem and kept there."

"It had steamed westward as if it were invulnerable, plunging too fast into an ice zone to stop when an iceberg hove in view. There had been a woeful inadequacy of lifeboats, there had been a shambles loading them, and the crewmen who were put in charge of them often proved blundering or weak nerved, The ship's last hours had been a climax of deadly folly."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • I would say strictly for the Titanic buff, but that is just my opinion
3.75 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

Drop Dead Healthy
by A.J. Jacobs
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9907-4
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Description: New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” A.J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind—from his brain to his fingertips to his abs.


Having lifted his spirit in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He doesn’t just want to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater.

The task was massive. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep—all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife.

This latest book bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture’s assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality

The Good Stuff
  • I think this is my favorite non-fiction books this year
  • Author is self deprecating and you know I adore that in a writer
  • Truly fascinating, unique and positively hilarious
  • Touched by his obvious love for his wife and children and the appreciation he has for them putting up with all his shenanigans 
  • I need to read all the rest of his books now
  • Has a "Super Size Me" feel to it
  • He is a master at transitioning from one topic to the next - very impressive!
  • Classy and tactful
  • I have never laughed this hard while reading a non-fiction book before & I have read ALOT of hilarious non-fiction
  • Enjoyed the comments from his wife about some of the things he did -- she sounds like a fabulous woman
  • Best idea ever for motivating someone to stop doing something - don't want to spoil it for you but page 231 in my ARC 
  • The bit about Coco Chanel will make you laugh
  • Inspired me to make some changes in my life
The Not So Good Stuff
  • If he was my husband I would have killed him by now with all the crazy stuff he does
  • When I read about the Dr who actually performs surgery to change the sounds of your farts - I laughed so hard the cat jumped off my lap and left nasty scratch marks on me -- A.J. you owe me some polysporin
  • Now have sudden urge for dried mango's
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I want to be around to teach the importance of having compassion and why the original Willy Wonka is superior to the remake."

"If done properly, with enough protein and B12 supplements, it's certainly better than the Standard American Diet. (Then again, eating nothing but asbestos sandwiches is probably better than the Standard American Diet.)

"His quotes are both hilarious and inspiring: "Fifteen minutes to warm up? Does a lion warm up when he's hungry? 'Uh-oh, here comes an antelope. Better warm up.' No! He just goes out there and eats the sucker." I printed that out and put it on my wall next to the passage about Carl Sagan."

"Though in the case of my children, the rate is much higher.  It's amazing how a strip of sticky plastic will make my kids' pain vanish. Lucas will be howling about a stepped-on finger, but as soon as the SpongeBob Band-Aid touches his pinkie,  he is all smiles. My sons are so convinced of the magical healing powers of Band-Aids, they think they can solve almost any problem. A couple of years ago, when our Sony TV blew a fuse, Jasper stuck a Band-Aid on the screen hoping to revive it."

What I learned
  • About who created the graham cracker and why he created it (No I am not telling you - go buy the book - or go to your local library and pick up a copy - and while you are there tell the Library workers how wonderful they are -- and maybe bring them some chocolate)
  • Tons of other fascinating facts about health and diet that sorta scared me at times
  • About Blueberries - trust me that was interesting
Who Should/Shouldn't Buy
  • Yup this one is a highly recommended read for everyone 
  • This will be a Christmas purchase for the brother in laws -- all FOUR of them
5 Dewey's

I received book from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review 

CONTEST and Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl: Chef Jeff Reviews

Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes
by Sophie Dahl
Ten Speed Press (Random  House)
ISBN: 978-1-60774-178-7
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Description: A stylish and charming cookbook from a rising food star that interweaves personal anecdotes about food and the good life with 100 simple and appealing seasonal recipes.


Bestselling author Sophie Dahl offers up 100 wholesome recipes for health-minded home cooks who yearn for a bit of indulgence in her gorgeous second cookbook. Favoring natural sweeteners, minimal meat, and abundant produce, these dishes satisfy yet never feel ascetic. Recipes ranging from Roasted Pumpkin with Sautéed Greens and Toasted Cumin Dressing to Rhubarb Rice Pudding are organized seasonally, and the book finishes with a full chapter of luscious desserts. But the recipes are only part of the story--Sophie’s food-filled memories and musings on the good life make this a book to treasure for its writerly charms as much as for its advice in the kitchen.

Very Fond of Food will enchant the eye with evocative photography and whimsical drawings; inspire the mind with witty recollections on family, travel, and romance; and captivate the palate with recipes that comfort body and soul. Sophie Dahl invites you into a delightful world where every meal is a story, and there’s always an excuse for cake

The Good Stuff
  • Very Unique in terms of layout and recipes
  • Pictures are rustic and attractive 
  • Interesting and quirky to read
  • She's nice to look at 
  • Most of the recipes are very healthy with fresh natural ingredients
  • Some very unusual but tasty combinations
  • reminds me of some of the foods my English relatives enjoy
  • Wife says the index is good (nerd)

The Not So Good Stuff
  • recipe fonts and colours are hard to read and book doesn't stay open very well which makes ACTUALLY making the recipes very challenging
  • Not a lot of recipes that our family could enjoy together
  • Very few quick easy recipes - many take a lot of ingredients that we don't have on hand and involve a lot of steps
  • Really didn't like how the recipes were set up
Favorite Recipes
  • Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and a Cucumber and dill salad 
  • Coconut and Crab Rice with Lime and Cilantro (This one was easy and quick to make)
  • Ceviche with Shrimp and Avocado

Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Lots of vegetarian recipes so it would appeal to those who are vegan
  • Better for the more intermediate cook with a sophisticated palate
  • Not for my wife - as many of the recipes involve way too much prep which she really isn't good at 
  • Those who enjoy and can afford the organic lifestyle would enjoy
3 Dewey's


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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-545-28413-4
Suggested Ages:
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Description: THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats
 
The Good Stuff
  • A truly remarkable and epic adventure story
  • Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down - it is just one of those amazing books that readers of all ages will enjoy
  • Most of the Characters are realistic and intriguing - no one dimensional characters in this
  • One of my favorite protagonists to date. I wanted to adopt Sage I loved him so much. He's a smart ass and would totally fit in with my boys and husband
  • The author is a gifted storyteller which to me is far more exceptional than a so called "good writer". She takes you into a world and makes you believe that it is real and that you are part of it -- that is talent my friends
  • I was talking so excitedly about it to Jake, that he actually asked if he could read it -- makes me a happy mommy when he does that 
  • Some good smart alecy humour 
  • Lots of danger, intrigue, red herrings and so much more -- sort of Game of Thrones without the gratuitous nudity and violence (and so far no dragons)
  • You know what I am not doing this book justice, go out and buy it - trust me you will enjoy
The Not So Good Stuff
  • It was so engrossing I didn't want to put it down - and hello I am a Mom, I got stuff to do - ok, whose kidding who -- totally ignored the house work so I could finish the book and let Jesse watch 3 episodes of Caillou so I could keep reading (yes I am a bad mommy)
  • These trilogies are killing me -- I have to wait so long in between books and I'm old, the memory isn't what it used to be -- that and I am impatient
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Errol's gentle manners were not reflected in his bathing assistance. It surprised me how much dirt came of the second time. While he busied himself with a brush on the bottom of my feet, I looked at my fingernails. "I don't remember them ever being this color," I said then yanked my feet away. "That tickles. Are you finished yet? I don't like having a man help me with my bath."
Errol grinned. "Shall I have a women sent in?"
I laughed and told Errol I wouldn't need anyone's help for my future baths. "Obviously, Master Connor has a different standard of clean than the orphanage did. Now that I know you want the entire body washed, I'll make the necessary adjustments."

"I made a face and thrust my sword at him, but he parried it. "Not bad," Mott said. "But be bolder. Prince Jaron was known for that."
"Sounds like he's dead. So whatever boldness was with a sword, it obviously didn't save him."

"Don't give up, Sage, and don't give in to him. Please. A lot of us are watching you, and we need to see it's possible to win."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • FYI Nieces and Nephews I am getting you all a copy for Christmas
  • Perfect for both young and old readers (10 + as there is some violence but not overly graphic)
  • Male and Female readers will enjoy equally
5 Dewey's


I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review - thanks Nikole, this one was truly spectacular

My Fair Succubi by Jill Myles

Been packing up the house since we are moving and much to my dismay found a couple of books that I have read and not reviewed (I purchased these ones so not on my priority for posting) so over the next couple of weeks I will post the reviews for these. They will only be mini ones, as it has been quite a while since I read them and I don't usually take notes if I wasn't required to review

My Fair Succubi (Succubus Diaries #3)
by Jill Myles
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8819-4
Buy From Indigo
Warning: naughty stuff, so if that offends do not read

Description: IT SUCKS TO BE HER.


Living as a succubus has a bit of a learning curve, but with sexy fallen angel Noah to scratch her sensual Itch, Jackie Brighton is finally starting to feel ahead of the game. She almost doesn’t miss her gorgeous vampire master Zane—or his sinful, teasing mouth. She’s trying to convince herself of that, anyway.

But Jackie’s past mistakes catch up with her, spinning her life out of control once more. Just as her friend Remy’s inner demon comes out to play, Noah and Jackie are arrested by the angelic Serim Council. When Jackie seizes the chance to escape, she falls right into Zane’s waiting arms. As she’s pulled into a game of cat and mouse between vampires and angels, she finds she must also choose between the two men in her life. Can she decide between Noah and Zane, or will she lose everything she’s ever wanted? Because there’s more at stake than just her heart. . . .

Mini Book Review: I love Jill Myles, her books always make me laugh my ass off and blush at the same time.  This installment is just as fabulous as the other two books in the series. The best part is that Noah isn't in this one as much, I find him far too controlling and he doesn't seem to accept Jackie as she is.  I also really enjoyed the fact that Remy was in this one a lot as I find her to be a fascinating character, who gets some fabulous dialogue.  As usual the dialogue is hilarious, the sex scenes are very hot and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. I highly recommend you pick up this series.  Oh yeah, and Jackie really starts to grow on you. She really annoyed the hell out of me in the first book because she was always so whiny. She is still a little bit too whiny for my tastes (seriously you are upset that you have two hot guys wanting to get it on with you and you are exceptionally beautiful -- I wish I had your problems) but she is definitely developing into a more mature character who is learning to accept her "curse".


4 Dewey's

I purchased this at Indigo and don't HAVE to review I just love Jill and want you all to buy her books too

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2)
Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-66854-5
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: April 10, 2012

Description: Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is--a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

The Good Stuff
  •  Kelley is a truly gifted storyteller - she sucks you in from the first very paragraph and has you wanting more at the end
  • Maya is a truly enchanting realistic character. She has flaws, but she grows and tries her best
  • Fabulous dialogue and dry humour
  • So much character development goes into each and every character - all very distinct
  • Plenty of twists and turn & OMG moments
  • I love the dog & whenever he is put in peril I am at the edge of my seat going no please don't hurt him
  • The author really understands what it is to be young
  • The world she has created is so fascinating
  • She gives you a summary of the first book in the series for those new to the series without boring those who have read it
  • Love that its set in B.C.  - yes we Canadians love that shit -- we have issues about being ignored
  • The relationships between the friends on the run is honest and realistic
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Missed the parents in this one - they were cool and involved parents - that is so rare in YA books (Yes I am bitter LOL!)
  • How long do I have to wait till next book - damn, this sucks reading these books so in advance of actually publication date (No not complaining - pls send me next ARC LOL!)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And if there are teenagers who actually respond to adults shouting at them, I've never met one."

 "Yes, you are. We just need to get this done, then you can have a breakdown. I'll join you."

"Yes, ma'am." He leaned down toward my ear. " I like when you order me around. It's really hot."

"Right." A soft, choked laugh. "Kind of ruins the dramatic effect if I'm storming off in the wrong direction, doesn't i."

"You were saved by a girl.  Horrible, isn't it?"
He slid out and looked down at my bare legs. "Not just a girl, but a half naked one. Not that's hot. If I'm still unconscious, don't wake me, okay?"


Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Like most of Kelley's books, you could read this and not be lost from not having read the first book in the series -- but do yourself a favor and get the first boo
  • Fabulous for both the teen and adult reader
 5 Dewey's


I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox

For Review
Thanks Simon and Schuster
Thanks HarperCollins (Vikki)

Won
From DisneyRewards
From Airmiles
Thanks YMBC

Book Signings
Kelley Armstrong - Yorkdale
Thanks Terri - From Nicholas Sparks at Yorkdale (I didn't attend)

Borrowed
Thanks Tasha!!
 Purchased
Indigo Yorkdale (Thanks for suggestion about "Bringing up Bebe" Cammy)
From Ebay (iNetvideo)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart (Curse Workers #3)
by Holly Black
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0346-8
Suggested Ages: 14+ (prudish parents - there is some naughty stuff)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love


The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous ending to the trilogy (at least I think its a trilogy) as it leaves things open if she wants to write more, but will satisfy you if she doesn't
  • Cassel is a very intriguing and likeable character and actually very life like
  • Fantastic secondary characters - though would have liked more of Cassel's grandfather and Sam
  • Very fast paced and plenty of twists and turns that keep you wondering who is conning who
  • Actually my favorite of the series
  • Wonderful humour and snappy dialogue
  • Black is a excellent storyteller who has created an unusual world with a bit of an X men vibe thrown in
  • Interesting observations on human nature, prejudice, forgiveness, nature of evil, right and wrong, etc
  • Male protagonist that is written by a women but not so over the top emo like most YA males,  -- really liked Cassel and would be proud to have him as a son.
  • sex is handled tastefully
  • One thing that really impressed me is that she has worked some character development into Cassel's family. In the first book they were pretty much a caricature - now they have been fleshed out and you can understand them a lot better
  • Can we please have a book about the grandpa -- I love him -- oooh how about a prequel
The Not So Good Stuff
  • the cover on my arc is blah -- hopefully the cover on the final product is nicer
  • A wee bit confusing at times as she jumps around a little 
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" Barron's a sociopath. They're very convincing. Especially if you're one of those girls who thinks she can fix a boy."

"Over the last few months I got every last thing I ever wanted - and then I threw it all away. Everything I thought I could never have was offered up on a silver platter- the girl, the power, a job at the right hand of, Zacharov, the most formidable man I know.  It wouldn't have been that hard to work for him. It probably would have been fun. And if I didn't care who I hurt, it would still be all mine."

 "That's family for you. Can't live with them; can't murder them. Unless Barron rats me out to Yulikova. Then I really might."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • If you haven't read the rest of the series I wouldn't recommend you read this without reading them 
  • Adults and YA will both enjoy (although most of the adults are douche bags)
4.25 Dewey's


I received from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mom and Me Mondays: 8821/2 Amazing Answers to your Questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

882 1/2 Amazing Answers to your Questions about the Titanic
by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
Scholastic Inc
ISBN: 978-0-439-04296-8
Suggested Ages: 8+

Buy From Indigo

Description: Did a mummy’s curse cause the Titanic to sink? Why was the Titanic carrying dragon’s blood? Is it true that there was a murderer on the ship? Can you smell icebergs before you see them?

Here is the one book with all the answers to your questions about the Titanic! Here, too, is the complete, heart-stopping story of the legendary ship—from its building, maiden voyage and tragic sinking, to its high-tech discovery and exploration on the ocean floor. Special features include the making of James Cameron’s movie Titanic, a true-or-false quiz, and the real-life stories of the young people who sailed on the fateful voyage. Illustrated with dozens of paintings, diagrams, and rare photographs.



Jake's Review:  Seriously mom -- another one -- you know you have a problem right? Yes, I will give it a fair chance and pretend that my mom isn't weird.  Ok this book is easy to read and there are lots of pictures to keep me turning the pages. This would be a really good book to learn the facts about the Titanic, and how and why it sank. I think it would be a good book for Teachers and Librarians and its not even boring. It's neat to see the pictures of what the ship looks like underwater now & sorta creepy. It's really sad that so many kids died - especially when a bunch of rich guys didn't (Shhh don't tell mom -- she will go on and on about that Ismay dude)   Just so you all know my Mom sings that Titanic song all the time and she has Titanic ice cube trays.

Jake's Rating: 7/10

Mom's Review:  Nice kid eh? Ok he really does have a point  - damn I hate it when kids are right.  I hereby declare that I no longer will make my kid read books about the Titanic & if I do - I owe him huge.  Also this book is going on MY shelf and not his.  I loved this book - but really did you think I wouldn't.  It's full of all sorts of facts and figures about everything Titanic related.  It is very colourful with lots of pictures, diagrams, etc that will keep even the more reluctant reader interested. I even learned a few new things, for instance I didn't know the Titanic was 882 1/2 feet long (you get the title now don't ya?)  It is a good introduction to the Titanic disaster and would be a very useful tool for both Teachers and Librarians (and a nice addiction to fellow Titanic freaks bookshelves) The Index is pretty detailed and the glossary and recommended reading section are extremely helpful for the intended audience. And yes I will probably go to see Titanic in 3D on April 14th because as my son said I'm weird.

Mom's Rating: 10/10

We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis: Chef Jeff Reviews

Weeknights with Giada
by Giada De Laurentiis
Clarkson Potter Publishers (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-307-45102-6
Buy From Indigo
Cooking Skill: Beginner to Intermediate Cooks


Description: Giada De Laurentiis is one of America’s most-loved culinary stars, adored for her Food Network hit shows and her New York Times bestselling cookbooks alike, both of which feature her fresh, flavorful Italian recipes. For the first time, Giada tackles weeknight cooking, sharing her favorite tips and go-to dishes—all in her vibrant signature style—to get a delicious meal on the table in a flash.

After a full day, Giada, like most parents, wants nothing more than to sit down for a home-cooked dinner with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade. Weeknights with Giada rises to the challenge, delivering soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and meat and fish dishes that come together quickly as stand-alone main courses—most in half an hour or less: Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup, a hearty soul-warming one-pot dish, cooks in under twenty minutes; Lemony White Bean, Tuna, and Arugula Salad is a great meal that’s quickly assembled from pantry and fridge essentials; Spicy Linguini with Clams and Mussels is a fifteen-minute-or-less spectacular pasta; and you can’t beat Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Pepper and Caper Salsa, which are also ready in just fifteen minutes. From inventive breakfast-for-dinner dishes and meatless Monday vegetarian recipes—both weekly traditions in Giada’s house—to picnic sandwiches and hearty salad recipes for reinventing leftovers, Weeknights with Giada reveals every secret in her repertoire. Even the desserts are quick to mix and bake, should a craving—or a last-minute school bake sale—strike.

Here is Giada at her most inventive—and at her most laid-back. Flavor, freshness, and fun take center stage while cooking times, pots dirtied, and stress are kept to a minimum. With gorgeous color photographs and intimate home snapshots of Giada and her family, Weeknights with Giada is a welcome handbook of fantastic recipes and surefire Monday-to-Friday strategies for every home cook



The Good Stuff
  • The recipes are simple to make and use ingredients that most families have on hand
  • Not a lot of ingredients in each recipe 
  • We enjoyed the pesto pizza with friends and found the fresh toppings a very pleasant change from the usual pepperoni and cheese we always eat because of the kids
  • Jen and I thoroughly enjoyed the Asparagus Soup (The herbed goat cheese you make to add to the soup makes the soup taste heavenly!) but getting our 10 yr old to eat it was an exercise in frustration. He LOVES asparagus but he turned his nose down when we turned it into soup and refused to try it.  This ticked us off so much we made him eat some of it and 45 minutes later he had consumed maybe a 1/4 cup (FYI - we are usually you have to at least give it a chance and have one bite kinda parents but he had been so bloody frustrating all day we lost it)
  • This is such a fantastic cookbook for busy weekday nights so you can serve your family something healthier than getting take out
  • My wife who really doesn't enjoy cooking, like I do, enjoyed using this cookbook as it didn't stress her out with recipes that have hundreds of steps or involve too much prep (Jen's note: I made it sound nicer than what he wrote down - even good for lazy, impatient cooks like my wife)
  • Wife really liked making the cookies - not to mention eating them 
  • Nice variety of types of recipes - a little bit of everything
  • The Introduction was interesting and it was nice to read that she had a hard time getting her child to eat
  • Pictures make the food look mouthwatering (and see next comment) but wife wishes there were more pictures of the recipes and less of her and her family
  • Men will enjoy the picture of her breasts
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • Many of the recipes did not appeal to our sons which made it frustrating to find something the whole family would like
Favorite Recipes

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese - Pg 27
Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza - Pg 65
Crispy Chicken with rosemary-lemon Salt - Pg 127
Peanut Butter Cookies with Blackberry Jam - Pg 215
Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies - Pg 224


Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Perfect for busy parents - well ones that don't have as picky kids as miine
  • Good for both the beginner and intermediate cook
  • Going to be buying this one for a couple people this Christmas

5 Dewey's (Plus 1 for her breasts from Chef Jeff)

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Pictures of Recipes


Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies
Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese
Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This review deals with Erotica - If this offends you do not read and if you are a FAMILY MEMBER - please do not read - I would like you all to keep me in your minds as sweet and virginal. Now for the rest of you, read on. Thanks for the recommendation Captain Awesome, this book led to hundreds of fascinating conversations.


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
by E.L. James
The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (Random House)
ISBN: 9781612130293
Suggested Ages: 19+ (Classified under Erotica)
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: April 3, 2012

Description: When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?


The Good Stuff
  •  Some very naughty steamy sex scenes that made me blush at times (although have read just as hot in Laurell K Hamilton and her books are not classified as Erotica)
  • Author does a fantastic job of writing the scenes with sexual tension  at the beginning of the story 
  • Have a sudden urge to ride elevators with hot men and maybe get lucky (Husband - of course I would never do that -- well unless it was Daniel Craig or Nathan Fillion & yes if that happens you can have Scarlett Johannsen and that icky Jessica Alba)
  • Christian gives her books as a gift -- hell why does that not  happen to me - who needs sparkly jewellery and flowers - all  you need is a good book to get in my pants LOL!
  • There were some fun humorous moments that made me laugh out loud (The emails back and forth between them were hilarious at times)
  • I think the author  has some potential and would benefit from an experienced editor and just more writing
  • A not bad introduction to erotica for the beginner.  I had an English professor who introduced me to much better written stuff than this though (sorry don't like saying that, but I have to be honest) and also showed me some interesting things at Northbound Leather (I thought I was worldly back than and he enjoyed shocking me LOL!)
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Outside of the bedroom, Christian is a creepy controlling stalker -- lets be straight about this. What they do in the privacy of their bedroom is ok -- but when you want to control what she eats and who she hangs with -- that is sick and you need help
  • Ana wants to change him and that is not good for a relationship
  • It portrays BDSM as being sick and wrong - and though it is not my thing (although I somewhat understand as after giving birth without drugs, when the pain stopped it felt good LOL!) that probably isn't a good message to send
  • The writing needs work, it is very choppy and jumps around a lot
  • This should not be classified as erotica 
  • Seriously her first time was that good -- yeah come on I don't believe it -- have never heard from one women that losing her virginity was that pleasurable (yeah Dave I totally faked it I didn't want to hurt your feelings, you were so sweet and tried so hard)
  • I wanted to smack Ana (and not in that kinky sort of way) for being such a pansy. You obviously enjoyed it, why whine about it all the time 
  • Christian needs some serious therapy for being emotionally closed off and controlling OUTSIDE the bedroom (Yup cannot get over that -- really telling someone what they can and cannot eat and when they should eat that is sick sick sick!)
  • Brought back some painful moments of me at the same age and the stupid shit I did for the man I was attracted to 
  • Eww the scene with her period - ick ick ick -- really people we don't need to read about characters bodily functions!
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Men aren't really complicated, Ana, honey. They are very simple, literal creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they've said - when really it's obvious. If I were you, I'd take  him literally. That might help."

"You see, Ana, men think that anything that comes out of a women's mouth is a problem to be solved. Not some vague idea that we'd like to kick around and talk about for a while and then forget. Men prefer action."
 
"I may have neglected to mention Christian's stalker tendencies to my mom."



What I Learned
  •  When I originally balked at the idea that there was a submissive/dominant contract -- I was informed by author Leah Braemel that that is actually true of serious players in the BDSM population - thanks Leah!
  • I soooo never could be a submissive. I don't like to be out of control in ANY situation - hence why I don't do drugs or get drunk (Well except for those couple of times right sweetheart & one day I will forgive you for letting me fall down in those snowbanks with my mini skirt)
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for prudes!
  • If you are new to reading Erotica this would be a good start, but there are far better and steamier out there 
  • For long time fans of Erotica, you might just want to skip this one
2.75 Dewey's

I borrowed this from Jenn 
 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In My Mailbox

Won
From Klout (stuff smells yummy!)
E book Purchases
Recommended by Cammy
 


  Borrowed

Thanks Tasha - I will get it back to you one day LOL!