July 2011 Archive

Dragons Among Us

by C. L. Kraemer

Published August 2nd 2010 by Rogue Phoenix Press

ASIN: B003Z0D2SY

From Goodreads: In a world full of anomalies such as the platypus and self reproducing Komodo dragon, is the human race willing to accept that dragons may be real? Sapien Draconi-human-dragon shape shifters-all over the world face this dilemma every day. The question has become life and death as their species is plagued with unexpected and unwanted shifting in the most unlikely of places. The Ancient Ones-full-blooded dragons-can offer advice, but few seem to put forward workable solutions to the problem. The fate of the shape shifters hangs in the balance, and an answer must be found before the Homo Sapiens find, dissect, and hunt Sapien Draconi to extinction.

This novel is very well written. It’s funny and the words flow and are very easy and fun to read. The whole concept of the novel, the shape-shifting dragons, is a unique twist on classic fantasy. I really enjoyed reading about the challenges these kind of creatures would go through, especially ones that didn’t know they had the ability to shift. There were lots of characters in this story that I really found myself caring about. The only problem I found was that there were so many different stories going on that I had trouble keeping track sometimes. All of them were very entertaining and fun to read, it just became hard to keep up with the number of characters and story lines that were happening simultaneously. At the end of the novel, they did all seem to tie together, but not everything seemed resolved to me. I can say I enjoyed all of the stories though, and would definitely read the next one. I would recommend this to any fantasy lover. It is also set in modern day, so these dragons have the availability of the internet to keep in communication with each other. I thought this added a fun aspect to a fantasy novel, especially one involving dragons, that you don’t normally see. I would definitely recommend this book, with only the warning that it can become confusing with all of the different story lines. 🙂

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Doctor’s Delight

by Angela Verdenius

Published May 11th 2011 by Angela Verdenius

ASIN: B0050I6Y1Q

From Goodreads: What does a 35 year old, plus-sized virgin do when she decides to lose her virginity and experience just one night of being desirable? She lets herself get talked into hiring a male escort. Unfortunately, mistaken identity lands her in the bed of a hunky doctor, and now things are spiralling out of control!

This book was very well written. I enjoyed the author’s style of writing and the dialogue. (I also enjoyed the Australian part of the dialogue.) The beginning of the story got me very interested right away. I did, however, have some trouble with the plot toward the middle of the story. I wasn’t sure what exactly was keeping the hero and heroine apart. But overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to any spice romance lover, or to anyone looking for an easy, light read. This book is great for someone with insecurities about their appearance, whether it be weight or anything else. Everyone wants to be loved and this book gives confidence to the idea that that is possible for anyone. This books is inspiring and empowering as well as entertaining. There were a lot of scenes that were very funny and it is definitely a story that will make you continue to turn the pages and follow Cherry on her journey to find love. 🙂

Cupcakes:

CUPCAKES!

So… I think it was two Christmases ago that I received Martha Stewart’s cupcake book. Ever since then I have been determined to make all of the recipes in it. Well, at least all of the ones before the decorating section, because she’s crazy and that part is just wayyy too difficult. I haven’t gotten very far… life gets in the way. But I am really motivated right now and hope I can bake more frequently. On the fourth of July I made the Blueberries-and-cream ones.

I couldn’t put the whipped cream on all of them because then it would go bad. Yes, I made FRESH whipped cream. Yum. They were delicious.

Okay so yes, they were a success. Actually, all of them have been so far. Here are the others I’ve made (going in order backwards) :

 

Banana-Pecan:


 

Tiramisu:

 

Malted Milk:

 

Devil’s Food:

(So there was shaved chocolate on top when I served them to people, I just didn’t take pictures of that.)

 

Rhubarb:

 

Red Velvet:

 

Coconut:


 

Yellow Buttermilk:

 

Carrot Cake:

 

Chocolate Chip:


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Right of Champions

by: Stephen Benson

Pages: 464

Published: 2010 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1597052299

From Goodreads: This is a tale of kings and queens, princesses and dramatic sword battles. Can Prince Garrick rescue Mahlee before she is forced to marry the insane Prince Luthar? Will her father, noble King Steen and his armies be forced to attack the evil Iron Kingdom? Garrick, with his twin swords, is desperate to avert all out war, but it is a wise and surprising decision by Princess Mahlee that allows him to prove himself as her Champion.

This is a very well written story. It is very easy to read and flows very quickly. The characters make you want to pay attention to them. Even from the very beginning of the book Garrick and Mahlee have a connection that I could feel. I immediately knew that I was on their side and wanted their love to triumph. There were also a few other romantic relationships throughout the story that surprised me but that I very thoroughly enjoyed. There were also characters that I would start of disliking but grew to love by the end of the story. It’s not very often that a book has so many characters that win me over like that, normally it’s just the main characters. The action was well-written and when it occurred it wasn’t so long that I found myself becoming bored with it and it wasn’t so quick that I was unsatisfied. I was completely engaged and I found the pages flying by quicker than I thought they were. I definitely enjoyed this book. Anyone with a weakness for knights and medieval days should pick this book up. 🙂

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