Thursday, April 07, 2016

New Favorite

I don't go out to buy coffee too often.  I received a Starbucks giftcard for my birthday so I thought I would stop there this morning on the way to work.  Well the line was long but gave me a chance to think about what I wanted.  I got an Oprah Chai Tea Latte with a shot of espresso.  I drink that I've come to know as a Dirty Chai and the Starbucks employees with laugh at and tell you that it's just a Chai with a shot.  LOL  So that's what I got this morning.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

My Thoughts

I tend to write mostly book reviews, which is fine but I realized I really don't write about much else.  As much I love reading there is a new passion in my life.  Zumba!
I became a Certified Instructor in December 2015.  I began teaching at LA Fitness twice a week in January.  It is great fun and I enjoy it more than I thought I would.  I love coming up with fun choreography.  Just another passion I wanted to share.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: Almost Midnight - C.C. Hunter

Almost Midnight - C.C. Hunter
Almost Midnight (Shadow Falls: After Dark, #3.5)
Novella Collection

Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities in the normal world.

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in vampires...until she became one.  Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today?  And what led him to Della Tsang?  An for Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she's struggled with, but when an opportunity to test her powers takes her to Paris, she'll have to prove that she's a witch to be reckoned with and belongs at Shadow Falls.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I had previously read the first story.  I loved seeing how Chase became a vampire.  And what he was like as a human.  We had heard his story in Della's After Dark Series but it was nice to see things from his point of view.  Also learning more about Miranda and her family.  Seeing Miranda as more than a witch that can't control her powers.  Also Fredericka, the were we met in Kylie's Series.  We see her background and see another side of her.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: Pawn - Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice.  She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked--surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances.  As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous.  She will be adored.  And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch.  She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in.  Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose--and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Kitty was a little whiny at times and I found her annoying.  But overall I liked the story.  Although Kitty loves Benjy, it really wasn't much of a love story.  The story was more about the society and how people are treated unfairly.  Those with high marks get the privileged life and those with lower marks get crappy jobs.  The marks are based on intelligence and how well they do on a test.  But it really isn't fair because those born into high marks are destined to get high marks.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Book Review: Why Not Me? - Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me?
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I enjoyed her first book and I think I enjoyed this one even more.  I loved hearing about her time as a writer on The Office and how she started out in her own show.  As well as what it's like in Hollywood and how other celebrities act.  Even though she didn't specifically name some people.  My favorite part of the book was her pictures of what a typical day is like for her.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Book Review: The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid.  Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he's tracked down by a man he's never met--a man his mother claimed was dangerous.  The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true.  The gods of Asgard are preparing for war.  Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday.  To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die...

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I loved learning about Norse Mythology, which is not something I really knew much about.  I love how Rick Riordan can make it so interesting and then make the world of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse Mythology work in the same world.  Magnus is a very likable character as well as his friends that help him out.  The gods interferences are not always welcomed but they always have a purpose.  I can't wait to continue this series!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review: Sugar - Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar Legowski-Garcia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen.  Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months.  Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something.  But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery story, walking down the street, at school.  Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home--cooking, shopping, and, well, eating.  A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan - his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on his birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body.  As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Poor Sugar and poor Even.  Both come from dysfunctional and abusive families.  Sugar's Mama is verbally abusive and it explains why Sugar would turn to food for comfort.  Her brother Skunk is physically and verbally abusive.  Even lives with a father that resents him and treats him like crap.  I loved seeing how Sugar realizes throughout the book that she is beautiful and she doesn't have to take any of the abuse her family or herself has given her.  I really liked the ending.  I would love to see a follow up book to see all the things Sugar has accomplished.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Review: Unforgiven - Lauren Kate

Unforgiven (Fallen, #5)
High School can be hell.

Cam knows what it's like to be haunted.  He's spent more time in Hell than any angel should.  And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can't stop loving, is serving out punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matter to him to love him again.  If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together.  But if he fails...there's a special place in Hell just for him.


3/5 stars (liked it)
Finally we learn more about Cam and his past.  Also poor Lilith having to live through Hell for all of eternity because of her love for Cam.  I thought it was somewhat predictable but I loved the ending anyways.