Monday, 21 November 2016

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) - Molly Harper (book review)

There is nothing wrong with rereading your favorite books for a million times :P this series is one of the most funny vampire and shifter stories I have read in a long time.

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

My Thoughts
Okay where shall I start with this book review? I can start off with I am loving it and have read it so many times now. the story itself is maybe not the most unique one and you can find a lot of similar  things in other books BUT say one book that dont have similarities with others?!?!

So Jane, omg I love Jane, she is funny and brilliant and I love her attitude and sarcasm and everything about her. She made the whole vampire life look funny and maybe not as appealing as you may thing it is, specially the struggle with keeping your family and friends close, but I cant understand why she wants her family close! ;)

I laugh so much when I read this because of how Jane is, and well it is hard not to like the other characters to.

Mom & Me & Mom - Maya Angelou (book review)

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights

My Thoughts
I find it hard to judge this book because on one hand it is an interesting book showing the life of a black woman during the 90's and the love between a mother and daughter. On the other hand, the book don't have depth and there is no clear story-line. it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. As a reader there is so many question we never get an answer too, because the book is, more or less, just bits and pieces.

I Read this book in one sitting and this was not hard because the book has a very light tone and is a easy read. You follow the story without getting to emotionally involved. I would like to read more or Maya Angelou's work because I have heard so much about it so I will give it a try but this book is just there in the middle.

The problem is that it didn't leave me with anything. I don't think this is a book you will remember very much of after reading it and putting it back in the bookshelf.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (book review)

woho, another book review today? I am surprised I have had the time and energy to upload more :)

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

My Thoughts
This book, I dont have worked for it.This is a book that you really must read, no matter how disturbing and how bad you are feeling. This is life, this is truth, we can't close our eyes anymore and stop reading because it is disturbing.

I have always been very aware of how difficult it is for women around the world and that we are seen as lesser beings in many countries. We have all felt sexism in one way or another but most of us have learned how to deal with it. This book helps you to build yourself up and also how we are individual can help, both where we live and in other countries. the book also open the eyes when it comes to how help works and that it isn't as easy as we may think.

If I were to decide, this is a book everyone should read, it should be mandatory to read and discuss this subjects. We need to change ourselves and how we see and raise our children boys and girls, to be better persons than we are so they can help the world and raise even better humans when they grow older.

I am still going around, thinking about what I read in this book and trying to change things a little bit every day. Because I feel for the people in the book and people who has live like this or worse. We do need to open our eyes and hearts and change and help out.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - Entertainment, Blizzard (Book review)

Continuing the road down the World of Warcraft heaven? Well you have to and I think this will be the last World of Warcraft review this year, cannot simply justify to buy any book at the moment! but next year and hopefully for christmas :)

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

This beautiful hardcover features twenty-five full-page paintings by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee, as well as a cosmology chart, half a dozen maps charting changes through time, and other line art illustrations by Joseph Lacroix, and marks the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe; from the distant past to the modern era.

My Thoughts
I finally have read this book which I must say is very internering. It is not a book or novel but more of a dictionary that describe the happening from the beginning until where the movie is to take place, when the dark portal opens. This is short-ish descriptions over the biggest events that formed the continent and the races we today see in the movie Warcraft, in the novels and games on the market. This is not deep lore but more a light version to get an insight of what has going on. I like that even if a lot of it was already known to me. A person who is new to the world will have more use of this book than I did but I still did enjoy it.

I think it is good that Blizzard now put out this chronicle series and explain the lore and not just what fans has put together. Really informative and I like that it is written in shorter parts and that it is kept short and simple. If you want to know more there is plenty of novels and games to read and play. This is just giving a brief overlook on the subject.

I have already pre-ordered part two and hope it will be equally god as this one.

World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook Monroe-Cassel, Chelsea (cookbook review)

This will be the first time I do a review of a cookbook but I had to for some different reason. One it is the OFFICIAL WORLD OF WARCRAFT COOKBOOK. secondly, it is the OFFICIAL WORLD OF WARCRAFT COOKBOOK! got it? ;)

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a delicious compendium of recipes inspired by the hit online game from Blizzard Entertainment.

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the Alliance alike, this authorized cookbook teaches apprentice chefs how to conjure up a menu of food and drink from across the realm of Azeroth.

Featuring food pairings for each dish, ideas for creating your own Azerothian feasts, and tips on adapting meals to specific diets, this otherworldly culinary guide offers something for everyone. The aromatic Spiced Blossom Soup is perfect for plant-loving druids, and orcs will go berserk for the fall-off-the-bone Beer-Basted Boar Ribs. With alternatives to the more obscure ingredients—just in case you don’t have Chimaerok Chops lying around—this comprehensive cookbook will ensure that you have no trouble staying Well Fed.

Each chapter features dishes at a variety of skill levels for a total of more than one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for food and brews, including:

• Ancient Pandaren Spices
• Fel Eggs and Ham
• Mulgore Spice Bread
• Dragonbreath Chili
• Graccu’s Homemade Meat Pie
• Bloodberry Tart
• Greatfather’s Winter Ale

Whether you’re cooking for two or revitalizing your raid group for a late-night dungeon run, World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook brings the flavors of Azeroth to life like never before.

My Thoughts

So I couldn't help myself when I saw that World of Warcraft was making a cookbook. I bought it and well it looks pretty and plenty of the recipes are recognisable from the book. however some have had their name changed due to the ingrediens and this made me a bit upset. If it is a WoW cookbook, keep it a WoW cookbook and dont make stuff up on the way. Why? We who buy it know this stuff from the game.

So is this a good cookbook? well if you like "normal" recipes that are made into looking and sounding like WoW then yes. some recipes where awesome and others where just strange. If you are new to cooking, dont bother. This book is not for you.

So why do I only give it 2 start (well I am 2 ,5 start actually)?
1, The recipes are for Americans, which means it is measured in cups and all temperatures in F. I can understand the cup things but it wouldn't be too much troubles speaking to the whole world by also adding C in temperatures.

2. INGREDIENS. Once again, Americans. I live in Europe, and I cant get my hands on a lot of the stuff that is supposed to be used, some I have never heard off and I love cooking. I can get my hand on some things but then I wouldn't have any money for bills that month. So if you live outside of US/Canada, you will find that you will have a hard time finding what you need. Most of the time I did use other things so I have no idea how the original would taste.

3. Measurements are not correct. I learned this pretty quickly, and thank good I am used to think while cooking because the measurements are way off in this one. Sometimes to much and sometimes to little.

I love World of Warcraft even if cooking is boring there. I love cooking IRL but I cant see myself using this book that much because there is nothing new and it has more flaws than I hoped. Maybe Nomi would burn slightly less food if he had access to this book. To bad I cant send him mine.

Going Toe to Mistletoe (Sapphire Falls) - Rachelle Ayala (book review)

New week with new book reviews, promo tours and stuff. I hope you are as excited as I am. So time for the first review of the week.  This is a short one, but sometimes there isn't much to say about a book. Some of my reviews are long and some are short, a short doesn't mean they are bad, just I didn't know what to say or had anything particular to say about the read.

Dumped, broke, and jobless, Candi Myers visits her sister in Sapphire Falls to help with her upcoming Christmas wedding.

It’s love at first sight for Troy Caine when he spots Candi nabbing mistletoe her first night in town. Catching her should be a slam-dunk for the hometown hero who gives advice to the lovelorn.

Unfortunately, Candi is not looking to be burned again. Will a town filled with mistletoe, busybody matchmakers, and festive Christmas fun bring Candi and Troy’s lonely hearts together?

My Thoughts
this is a really nice romantic christmas book that has everything you want it to have. This one also have an amazing story and is very well written. I enjoyed the characters and how they are developed and how well they fit the story and helps the story grow.

a must read christmas story

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Going Haywire (A Sapphire Falls Kindle World Novella) - Rachelle Ayala (book review)

I have forgotten to upload my book reviews here. Life is so hectic at the moment. Christmas, and going home to Sweden for Christmas as stuff. and of course work and work and work.

Giving up sugar right before Halloween. Brilliant.

Going on vacation with an ex. Not so bright.

Honey and her ex-husband, Max, travel to Sapphire Falls to give their two young children the perfect Halloween treat. Max wants Honey back, and he’s counting on the magic of Sapphire Falls to seduce her into a second chance.

Honey is leery of Max and his tricks, but when he woos her with a Halloween romance complete with bonfires, hayrides, parties, and paintball, Honey warms to the idea of a new beginning.

Unfortunately, there's something off about Max that Honey can't put her finger on. When their vacation goes haywire, Honey must decide whether the treat of true love is worth all the terrible tricks life can play.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed hating the main character in this story. She was just pure annoyance and acted like a spoiled brat and nothing was her fault, and she is a mother of two. I was new to Sapphire Falls and that made it a little bit harder to understand parts of what was going on, characters around and so on, but I still enjoyed reading the book.

The story is very well written and that is something I like.

Monday, 14 November 2016

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Iverson Headlee (Promo Tour)

by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee

Bad Boys for Hire: Nick (Bad Boys for Hire #3) (book review)

So time to post another book review. I have to update all my reviews to goodreads and amazon too and of course work so everything takes some time :P

This Christmas, paraplegic Carol Cassidy is caught between the naughty and the nice: a hired Santa and a disabled firefighter.

Carol was an avid mountain climber until an accident left her in a wheelchair. Love is the last thing on her mind when she hires Nick to play Santa. Shocked at the sensations he elicits, she resists him and decides to date a good guy.

Nick is drawn to Carol like a magnet to iron, and he sets out to prove that bad boys who hire themselves out can be good boys, too—especially in bed.

Carol discovers she’s not dead to passion, but when Nick’s dirty laundry is aired, she regrets choosing the naughty over the nice. Will the spirit of Christmas teach her that sometimes, a huge lump of coal can turn into the brightest diamond of love?

My thoughts
I liked this book but it was not as appealing as I had hoped for and I think it is because there was so much going on and that I couldnt keep up with all the twists and turns and had to go back and reread some chapters.

Overall it is a good book, and it is a very long book with a great story. it is not a book with a small problem during christmas and then in a heartbeat things will fix itself. this is something I liked and the lenght of the book is needed to tell the story.

very well written book over all.

An Improper Situation - Sydney Jane Baily (book review)

I am really far behind when it comes to uploading my book reviews to this page. Shame on me, but life has been hectic but I have to get it done so it dont get to be to much and well, I will be gone between 18 of December until January 3 so :P

First we start with a historical romance book

With her chestnut hair and striking green eyes, Charlotte should be the catch of Spring City, Colorado. But she wears her independence like an impenetrable suit of armor and cloaks her identity behind her famed writing nom de plume of Charles Sanborn. She's a 24-year-old confirmed spinster who won't risk heartbreak, until a handsome stranger awakens her yearning both for companionship and for indulgent pleasure.

Boston lawyer Reed Malloy has a solemn mission--to deliver two orphaned children to their Colorado cousin. He's not prepared for Charlotte being utterly innocent and yet irresistibly beguiling, or for her brewing resentment and flat-out refusal to raise her kin. It will take some firsthand persuasion if he is to complete his legal duty and, perhaps, resolve more tantalizing issues.

When Charlotte forsakes everything familiar--and two thousand miles of America's heartland no longer separate her from Reed--unforeseen influences conspire to keep them apart. The high society of the Boston Brahmins welcomes her . . . while concealed malice abounds. With the intrusion of sinister forces and scorned women--and with passions ablaze--Reed and Charlotte find themselves in a very Improper Situation.

My Thoughts
I don't know I couldn't really get into this book no matter how much I tried. The heroin is quite funny and I liked her as a character in the beginning but then she gets more dull. Her hero wasn't really hero for me and I couldn't really grasp him and feel for him. and the kids, well I didn't really like that the kids was there even if it helped Charlotte to open up. The children where a distraction and I can't imagine children acting like they did, not today and not in a historical fiction. The more Charlotte got involved with the children and the more she got romantically involved, the more dull she became. In the beginning she refused to live a life that was expected of a woman and I like the rebel Charlotte and that she wanted to break the bonds, and then she just switched and went into the mould.

It took me forever to read this book and I normally like historical romance book. I don't know why I didn't get into this one, I just didn't and got bored very quickly. The writing is overall good but the language was questionable from time to time. It never got that historical feeling into it, more than how they dressed, talked and the surroundings. The language was to modern and they spoke to modern.

So this is a 2/5 star book for me.