Cook Book Review: Quick-Fix Southern

Title: Quick Fix Southern Author: Rebecca Lang Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Pub Date: 03/08/2011 How I received the Book: ARC Review from Publisher Rating: 2/5 Stars Blurb: In Quick-Fix Southern, Rebecca Lang, cookbook author and contributing editor for Southern Living magazine, promises homemade hospitality—Southern style—in 30 minutes or less. Lang dishes up 115 recipes grouped in 10 themes ranging from Rise and Shine breakfasts to Sipping on the Screened Porch beverages, Girls’ Night In party pleasers, and Southern Sweets desserts. In addition to photography, the book features cooking and preparation time for the effortless recipes. The ultimate goal of Quick-Fix Southern is to present novice and experienced cooks with authentic homemade dishes reflective of New South cuisine that are delicious, fast, and easy to prepare. From Three Cheese Grits, Peach Yogurt Parfait, and Spiked Lemonade and Lime Mint Juleps to Fried Green Tomatoes and Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits, Benne Seed Sugar Cookies, and Lazy Girl Berry Cobbler, the delectable flavor combinations offered up inside Quick-Fix Southern transition to any setting. So, whether you’re cooking up a side for a church potluck or preparing a main course for Sunday dinner or a Sunday spent at a sporting tailgate, Quick-Fix Southern promises to be your go-to guide for every occasion. Review: I don’t usually review cook books, it’s hard to know how to evaluate them. However, I love food, I like to cook and I love food with lots of flavor. I now live in Atlanta after years in New York and I love good Southern Cooking. I think the dishes from the South have a good base. The Collard...

Book Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)Author: Cassandra ClarePublisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)How I got the Book: I bought It Summary: Magic is dangerous, but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by, and torn between, two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . ....

Book review: Feed

This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people’s brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment–even on trips to Mars and the moon–and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy. I’d just finished reading the hunger games trilogy and was looking for something else to suit my fancy. I googled and found Feed. ReviewFeed is one of those books that will stay with you for years if not a lifetime. It will make you question who you are, what you believe in and where our Country and our world is going. It is a powerful book that every one should read. The GoodThe ultimate best part of Feed is the world this story takes place. A future America where the majority of the population is “plugged in”, no pun intended. The world is presented to you through the eyes of a 17 year old boy and you only get bits and pieces at a time. You have to read through to at least the middle of the book to really get an idea of what is going on. The world the story takes place seems eerily similar to the world we live in now but with a hypothetical “if we continue like this” kind of scenario. It really jolted me and made me think. Feed made me look at myself, and my habits and how I want my daughter to see...

Book Review: Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

Publisher: Grand Central PublishingGenre: Paranormal Romance How I got the book: I bought the bookSummary: HER TOUCH IS DEADLYAs the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIEDHalf-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own. The GoodWhat can I say, it’s Larissa Ione. You know you are going to get a gritty, intense, emotional, life and death rough love story. That is exactly what Sin Undone is. This is book number 5 in the Demonica Series and follows Sin or Sinead through her journey with Con (Connell). Sin and Con are thrust together because of a worldwide epidemic.Together they may be able to find a cure but first they have to get over being enemies. After reading the first 4 books, I was happy to jump back into the world of otherworldly creatures Ms. Ione has created. From all the different demons, ware-people (is that a word?), vampires and combinations...

Book Review: Chance Encounters By Mia Jae

Cross Posted at Dark Diva Reviews Chance Encounters by Mia Jae Chance Encounters by Mia JaePublisher: Resplendence PublishingGenre: erotic, contemporary, ménage, M/F/M, M/F/F Review Copy received from Publisher Summary: Seven short, erotic stories to wet your appetite, packaged in one collection. Whether the couples meet on a glance, make a split second decision or take a chance to be together, the encounters change their lives, for a minute, or for a lifetime. You’ll find a plumber who gets into more than a little hot water, a housewife tangled up in a cyber relationship, a cowboy trio attempting to brand a bartender for their very own, and a woman experimenting with a same-sex relationship. Then, there is naughty Rose, who dances naked in front of her bedroom window, a chance sexual encounter in a taxi that turns the tables, and a woman who finds herself doing exactly what she thinks she shouldn’t and liking it. Bonus story! A collaborative story by bestselling erotica authors Tia Fanning and Mia Jae.KayAnna’s Review:I am new to short stories and I think Chance Encounters was a nice start. The seven stories feature different people in different stages of their lives who have chance encounters of the sexual kind. The author did a good job of mixing up the couples featured. The stories swung from one type of person to someone totally different. The only cohesiveness in the story is that they had some sort of sex. The different stories were soft on character development, which may be because the stories were short. The first story, Don’t Tempt Me, was a sweet story about a...

Book Review: Shadow Prowler By Alexey Pehov

Title: Shawdow ProwlerAuthor: Alexey PehovGenre: Sci-Fi, Fantansy, Epic FantasyRating: 3.75 out of 5 StarsWhy I Read Shadow Prowler: It sounded exciting.Means of Possession: ARC received from Publisher BlurbAfter centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring. An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom. Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them. Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an Elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort, and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world…and by the king’s court jester (who may be more than he seems…or less). The Good Shadow Prowler is an epic fantasy trilogy written in first person detailing a professional thief, Shadow Harold’s reluctant acceptance and beginning trek to save his Country from an evil that promises to annihilate humans existence on earth. whew! That is the book in a nutshell. Shawdow Prolwer is action packed from beginning to end. It takes place in a time and period similar to The Lord of the Rings. I got a real “Middle Earth” type of feeling. It was northern as it was cold more than it wasn’t. There is...