Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Wicked Charms

Lizzie Tucker and her partner Diesel have been given powers to help them find the Stone of Avarice. Lizzie, however, would just be happy to not have the power and to just be normal.

In the local museum the mummified remains of Collier "Peg Leg" Dazzle have been discovered along with the fact that he was murdered. At one time this bootlegger had a pirate's treasure and then he hid it somewhere in New England. Included in this treasure is the Stone of Avarice. As with any good pirate's treasure, this one has a treasure map which can only be read with de-coder coin, a Spanish coin that is in bits. Diesel and Lizzie have to find the 8 bits, and then decipher the map. They are not the only ones looking though. There is Wulf, Diesel's cousin, who seems to be greedy and desires the treasure and Lizzie.

This fast-action book will keep the reader on the edge of their seats to see what trouble awaits the treasure hunters. Along the way there are henchmen, monkeys, a man who thinks he is a dog and much more.

I loved this book and I thank NetGalley for letting me have it in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review: Unbound

Wow! This is a fantastic book. From the first sentence the author, J.B. Simmons, draws the reader into this futuristic world.

Set in 2066, this book is set around Elijah Goldsmith. He is a high school senior, Jewish, and dreams of being a part of the international Security Agency, as a spy.

While in training, Elijah meets Naomi, a Christian. The adventure begins from here, with a nightmare that Elijah has about a dragon and the destruction of At. Peter's Basilica.

Wonderful read!

I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Cookbook review: Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady

Seven Spoons, by Tara O'Brady, first attracted my attention with the figs on the cover. Then when I saw the subtitle, My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day, I knew this was a cookbook I would enjoy.

The recipes in this book are easy to follow and calls for easy to find ingredients, which do not cost an arm and leg to purchase. Within this book is a recipe for a Berried Breakfast Batter-Style Cobbler, Avocado Toast, Halloumi in Chermoula and Za'atar Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Salad.

Tara O'Brady is the blogger behind Seven Spoons, plus she writes for Uppercase magazine and other publications. She comes from Indian ancestors and she is married to an Irishman. They both enjoy cooking with spices and savory foods.

For anyone that would enjoy trying foods from a variety of backgrounds, I would highly recommend this book.

I was given this book by Blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Children's book review: The Magic Straw Hat

MagicStrawHat_Cover2smallerThe Magic Straw Hat, by Karen Jonice Bricker, is an enchanting children's book about a special hat that seems to bring magic wherever it travels.

The hat belonged to Catie's great-grandmother from Ireland. Along the miles and miles that it traveled the hat helped many, including Catie's neighbor.

This would make a wonderful story to tell to any youngster to help fill them with wonder and joy. It came from memories of the author, Karen Jonice Bricker, and generations of storytellers.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cookbook review: Blue Ribbon Canning

I have been canning food for all of my married life, 36 years. I can see that this book, Blue Ribbon Canning, by Linda S. Amendt, could be the go to resource for anyone that is either interested in canning or has been doing it for years.

Amendt leads the reader through the equipment needed, the different types of canning, and actual recipes for all types of preserving food.

This book includes bright, colorful pictures that draws the reader into the book. There was also biographies of some people that can and preserve the food. And there are tip boxes on pages to help make the experience the best possible.

Great book. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Book Review: Rooted in Design

Rooted in Design by Rooted in Design,  by Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give, is the book for the person who has space in their homes that could use some WOW!

Heibel has a gardening column and has made appearances on the morning news shows. De Give has appeared on radio shows and has had several publication where she has expressed her gardening expertise.

These two have put together a wonderful book, complete with photos, that helps the consumer think outside the box when it comes to decorating with plants. They have included ideas for walls, ledges, floors, hanging from the air, tabletop, terrariums and plants to use in the kitchen. In the back is an index of the plants they suggest along with a guide to help them flourish.

I feel like this is a complete guide for anyone and I would recommend it to friends and family.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.