Monthly Archives: December 2014

Best Green Eats Ever by Katrine van Wyk

Best Green Eats Ever is a beautifully presented full color cookbook of over 75 recipes using green vegetables in creative ways. Most recipes have lavish full color photographs and each is easy to follow and modify. It’s clear this is … Continue reading

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Healing with Raw Foods by Jenny Ross

Healing with Raw Foods is a beautifully presented source book for those interested in eating healthier through uncooked foods. Although the book is broken down by different parts of the body to heal (e.g., brain, digestion, bones) at heart it … Continue reading

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Deadman Wonderland 8 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou

Deadman Wonderland 8 really brings on the action as once again Ganta must rise from the lowest of depths in order to survive and protect his friends. But we’re also given some interesting backgrounds and insights into several characters’ surprising … Continue reading

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Daomu by Colin Johnson, Kennedy Xu, Ken Chou

Daomu (“Tomb Robber”) is the graphic novel adaptation of one of China’s biggest selling novel series. Part Indiana Jones, Part Tomb Raider, and part Stephen King horror, the transition from series to illustrations is smooth though a bit wordy.  Lavish … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King 1 by Aya Kanno

Requiem For The Rose King does for the English Wars of the Roses what Rose of Versailles did for the French Revolution. Genders are murky, everyone is beautiful, and historical accuracy is easily jettisoned in favor of over-the-top drama. It’s … Continue reading

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World Trigger 5 by Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger 5 continues to defy expectations as author Ashihara cleverly puts Osamu in situations where he will unexpectedly excel, Yuma will underhandedly conquer, and Chika will surprise. Volume 5 does feel a bit like filler episodes, however, as our … Continue reading

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Surviving Middle School by Dave McGrail

Surviving Middle School is an engaging “choose your own adventure” type of book for young girls. In it, life lessons and consequences are explored through the choices girls make as they read the stories. I gave this to my 11 … Continue reading

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HIIT It! by Gina Harney

Hiit It! is a well thought out and easy to follow interval exercise program especially suitable for those who do not have a gym or current exercise plan (or are new to exercise programs). The information inside is timely, routines … Continue reading

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Curse Breaker Guild Assassin by Berley Kerr

Guild Assassin is a strange animal that is exceedingly difficult to review. A deadeningly passive story with a lot of action, part steampunk, detective noir, gothic, x-men, fantasy elements that strangely end up being mostly sci fi, and with a … Continue reading

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Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine

This is a wonderful, well written, friendly, and very informative guide to writing. Although ostensibly written for older kids (e.g., teens), there is so much great information in here as to be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in – … Continue reading

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The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson

The Adrenal Reset Diet takes a very different but also very intelligent stance on obesity: that processed foods, pollutants, and stress/pressures in life have caused our adrenal glands to kick into survival mode: their ‘switch’ is turned permanently toward converting … Continue reading

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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver continues right where the previous two books left; only a few months have passed since we were first introduced to Meg. The focus shifts a bit from Chewy Squeaky Toy Meg to concentrate more on the humans … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek 3 by Yaya Sakuragi

Hide and Seek is the third and final volume in this sweet and mature romance series. I’ve really enjoyed following the relationship of our two main characters: each is unique and distinct and don’t follow the cliches often found in … Continue reading

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The MD Factor Diet by Caroline J. Cederquist

The MD (Metabolism Dysfunction) Diet focuses on changing eating patterns to regulate glucose and ensure that food is turned into energy rather than fat. The book is beautifully presented with scientific information nicely and easily explained for the layman. This … Continue reading

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The HD Diet by Karen Gilbert

The HD Diet (hydrophilic diet) is simple: eat foods that absorb water and have high fiber, expand in your stomach (e.g., oatmeal, chia seeds), and thereby fill you up and create satiety. At the same time, avoid IF foods (infrequent … Continue reading

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Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia isn’t a terrible book by any means and there are going to be people who really like it. But it does feel very much like it is pandering to a specific young teen audience, bringing an … Continue reading

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Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph

Grow a little Fruit Tree is a very comprehensive and beautifully presented guide to pruning techniques for keeping trees under 6′ tall. This makes for better fruit that is easier to pick and adds fullness to a garden space. The … Continue reading

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Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart

I enjoyed Rebel Wing, the first in this series, and was looking forward to seeing the story continued in Storm Fall. Banghart’s writing is straightforward, easy to follow, and with strong characters. But the emphasis on the romances greatly derailed … Continue reading

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Red Rising, the first book in this series, had really impressed me with its pathos and refreshing take on Dystopian sci fi. Golden Son continues the story and even improves upon it by upping the game to a global scale … Continue reading

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Undercity by Catherine Asaro

Undercity is the start of a new series set in the Skolian Empire world of Asaro’s previous novels. Those new to her works will find an easy introduction to that world and fans of her work will enjoy the references … Continue reading

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