Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4)

So, this book gets a bit darker and more violent. The government organization, Daedalous, that deals with the aliens at Area 51, is majorly into torture and killing with no mercy in order to get what they want. Which makes things for Katy and Daemon rather unpleasant when they wind up there. Once again there is lots of action, romance, alien mojo, humans with superpowers and a huge cliffhanger at the end. Great book. On to read the last one.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Opal (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
More action, romance, drama and plot twists ending in a huge cliffhanger. Katy is awesome and Blake is horrid and Daemon is romantic. I can't write a longer review because I have to read the next book now.

The DASH Diet Younger You: Shed 20 Years--and Pounds--in Just 10 Weeks by Marla Heller

The DASH Diet Younger You by Marla Heller
This book explains the Dash Diet which has been around for many years and claims to have a brand new Dash Diet anti-aging program. The diet is one of the only diets proven to improve health and help with weight loss and is a very healthy diet. Despite the claims of new research and new food choices to benefit anti-aging, I see very little new information in this book. The author claims that new research shows that having healthy gut microbes will reverse the aging process and that her new plan can promote a healthy gut leading to weight loss, healthier skin and a longer life and more.
While this plan is excellent, and I do highly recommend it, I don't think it is new or remarkable. I think it is being marketed that way because that is what people tend to want. The concept behind this diet plan is to eat a whole foods plant based diet and get a proper amount of exercise. The diet is healthy and should be very beneficial to everyone. I think that by now, most people should have heard that if we stop eating processed foods and eat real foods, mostly plants, we will be healthier. The problem is that it is much easier and more convenient to eat processed foods. I was hoping that the "Younger You Meal Plans" would be helpful, but they are not very practical. The serving sizes of the recipes range from 4 to 8 servings and the weekly plans don't allow for leftovers or using up the rest of the ingredients if you chose to cut a recipe in half of quarter it.
Despite that and despite the fact that I think the anti-aging claims are over the top, and the 10 weeks time period is rather random and just put in to get people interested, there are many things that I like about this book and this plan. The diet is well balanced and healthy and the foods included are not outrageously expensive or hard to find. Sugar is discouraged and probiotic foods are encouraged. Juicing is discouraged and so are dietary supplements.
I think that the whole book could be summed up by saying eat healthy whole foods, mostly organic if possible and exercise. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I recommend it.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Beautiful and heartbreakingly sad. At age 27, with her whole life ahead of her, Daisy has learned that her cancer has returned. Aggressively. How should you live your life when you know there is not much left of it? We may think we know, but it probably wouldn't work that way. As she struggles with her own mortality, Daisy decides she should find a new wife for her husband Jack, so he won't be alone after she dies. There is humor mixed with the sadness weaving a story that I could not put down. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Onyx (Lux, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ok, so, read it in a day. Romance, intrigue, aliens, humans with super powers, plot twists, betrayals. I have the next two books on hold so far. Fantastic second book in the series.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
It is not just the story, but its telling that makes this book so wonderful. The beautiful flow of the words and the pictures that they paint set you right into the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky in 1985 with Kevin and his grandfather and Buzzy. After witnessing the tragic death of his younger brother, 14 year old Kevin and his mother have gone to stay with her father to be healed by the earth, the very mountains that are being destroyed by the mountain top removal mining process. Longing for "A world without the weight of judgment, the sting of reproach, the crush of blame.", in his fourteenth summer, Kevin finds peace despite the horror in the mountains. This story is just beautifully written and it is hard to believe that this is the author's first book. I look forward to reading future book by this author. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and it was an advance copy so the quote I included may or may not be the same in the book.

Monday, January 12, 2015

This is No Ordinary Joy: How the Courage of Survivors Transformed My Life by Sarah Symons, Nicole Evans

This is No Ordinary Joy by Sarah Symons
For over ten years, Sarah has run charities that help women and children who are survivors of human trafficking and slavery in third world countries. Her current group, Made by Survivors, has schools and shelters that offer education and employment skills and help the survivors to start their own businesses. Sarah describes the horrific conditions in India, Thailand and other third world countries where human trafficking, slavery and abuse of women and children is a normal and accepted part of life. She describes the courage of the survivors and the joy that she receives from helping them to gain a safer environment, education and employment. her work and that of others is very important and should be supported. Sarah also tells about events and struggles in her business and personal life.
In the US, we were horrified and outraged to learn that Ariel Castro held three women hostage in his home and abused them for ten years, but most people do not realize and do nothing about the millions of women and children who are enslaved, trafficked and abused on a daily basis throughout the world. I hope that this book brings more attention to these issues and draws more support for human rights groups.