Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: The Coldest Winter Ever

The Coldest Winter Ever The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew me away. I need time for the review but if you are reading this, it’s because you have an interest in the book. Read it. If you think it doesn’t have anything for you, you aren’t black, you aren’t from the ghetto...keep reading it. Read it to the end. If nothing else it may give you understanding of another but, if you are smart enough to open yourself up to it, it can give you a lot more.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Two: 125 Easy, Perfectly-Portioned Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker and Multicooker

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Two: 125 Easy, Perfectly-Portioned Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker and Multicooker The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Two: 125 Easy, Perfectly-Portioned Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker and Multicooker by Erica Acevedo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be very helpful. I loved that it contains a variety of recipes and then goes a step further with tips. I am adjusting my cooking from a family of 8 to a family of 2 plus small dog. I have been using my Instant Pot frequently with recipes I know how to make. With the help from this book I have been able to prepare smaller meals that are very tasty.

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Review: Unwelcome Guests

Unwelcome Guests Unwelcome Guests by Anna Willett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I read by Anna Willet. I enjoyed it. I liked the way the author kept you guessing on who to trust. That was well done. There were a few parts that were unbelievable for me. This does not always bother me as I know fiction does not mean reality. However in this story, I felt that it did make a difference for me. I’m sorry I’m sounding so vague but I honestly hate giving away things. The story was interesting and made me wonder what I would have thought or done if it were me.
This story touches on sexual abuse but I thought it was well done. Things were explained but not graphically. I thought the author did a very good job giving details that left much of it up to your mind.

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Review: Blush of Love

Blush of Love Blush of Love by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was excited to read this story. I enjoy the author’s writing but this book was special for me because I’m a gamer. I really enjoyed the storyline. There were some minor things in the game world that I couldn’t picture. Because of that I actually would give this 41/2 stars. I rounded up because while I couldn’t picture the game world exactly as written, it did not take from the story. It was a personal issue that formed from my gaming experience. The romance between Safire and Matt, in the game world, was well done. I have experienced that. I have played with a boyfriend on several games. Closer to Safire and Matt’s story, I am now playing a game with a game boyfriend, (for those who don’t game, there is a difference between a boyfriend you game with and a game boyfriend). I thought their game relationship played out very well and it rang true. This was a fun book to read with a multiple genre blend..mostly romance and game themed, with a mystery and some drama involved. Something for almost everyone.
The book is a bit spicy at times. For those who like it spicy, it enhances the story. For those who don’t like the spice, you could skip over without losing the story.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: A Christmas Creek Carol

A Christmas Creek Carol A Christmas Creek Carol by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story. Christmas and Halloween are my favorite holidays. I enjoy holiday themed books and movies all year around. A Christmas Creek Carol was a perfect read on this hot summer day. As much as I enjoyed the Christmas aspect, the true story was Ebony’s story. I loved how Ebony realized the most important things in life are not physical things. Too often we get lost in being a success and having the perfect life. This story is the reminder that you can have everything; success, the ultimate home, the right accessories of the perfect life but if you don’t make time for the people you love you truly have nothing. A quick read that captures your imagination, it is perfect for a rainy spring afternoon, a sultry summer day when Christmas seems so far away, a chilly fall day or a needed moment of relaxation after Christmas shopping.

I was given an ARC by the author for review purposes.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: Lucky in Laguna

Lucky in Laguna Lucky in Laguna by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Reality show spotlight. I enjoyed this story. If you ever wanted to know how real these shows are, this is the story for you. I don’t want to go into the story so it will be enjoyable for you to read. I liked the characters. Loved the plot. This would make an awesome beach book, or rainy afternoon book. It is face paced, good for older teens and up.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Review: The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day The Seventh Day by A.E. Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was okay. Time flow was an issue for me. I would have like some consistency there. The heroine was another issue. She came out strong but became weaker and weaker. This, though, could have been done on purpose. The author might have been trying to show us how the mind alters thing in a crisis. If you don’t go in expecting The Hunger Games or The Walking Dead you will enjoy the book more. It was different enough to grab my attention. I will read the next one in the series.

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Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book on audible awhile back. I did not realize what I was missing. I love the artwork! I have not been a fan of graphic novels. I read comic books as a kid, of course. I loved them. But I always thought of them as a different category from books. I love watching a book unfold in my mind. Especially horror books. Nothing is more terrifying than what your mind conjures up. It knows exactly what your fears are. This graphic novel, though, comes mighty close. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Review: Gingerbread Dreams

Gingerbread Dreams by Anna J. Stewart My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was gifted a ebook copy of this book. It...