5 stars · Nonfiction

Nonfiction: Target 100 by Liz Josefsberg

published Dec 19th, 2017; 280 pages

This is technically a weight loss program book, but it doesn’t FEEL like one.

I LOVED this book and felt like it held so much value. I was a little skeptical at first. The author has worked with Weight Watchers and a lot of celebrities (and brings up their examples), so I thought I might be getting into a gimmicky diet book. Not at all. This book is not about dieting, or a certain way to it. This book is about forming habits and small lifestyle changes that will lead to a long-term, healthier you with multiple areas that lead to weight loss.

She focuses on 6 main areas of health: carbs, water, exercise, daily movement, sleep, and stress. Each section has tips, strategies, and a slow process to make every section and step feel doable, and sustainable over time. There’s also a great section for each on how it helps with weight loss.

The author clearly has a lot of professional and successful experience, and has put some great knowledge in this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle and/or lose weight.

5 stars · Nonfiction

Nonfiction: The Homemade Vegan Pantry

Wow. This book is so great for making your own non-dairy, non-meat, and/or non-egg staples.

I’ve used recipes for butter, mayo, ketchup, ice cream, and condensed milk so far. It also goes into how to make lots of different fake vegan “meats”, if you’re into that.

It is great for someone looking to make their own alternatives because they can’t find vegan versions in stores or want to have control over the ingredients and omit preservatives.

5 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Feyre and Tamlin have both changed so much after Under the Mountain, but they changed in very different ways. Feyre especially has gone through some severe changes. The deaths at her hands haunt and eat away at her. She has issues of claustrophobia from her time trapped in a prison cell. She can’t handle certain rooms or layouts that are too enclosed or don’t have enough exits. She’s also Fae now. She’s even stronger than she was before and has new abilities to test out. There are ways in which she still needs safety and protection, but she also needs to help and be useful where she can. This was always her disposition, since book one. Continue reading “Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas”

5 stars · Fantasy · graphic novel · Young Adult

Bonus Mini Review!: Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer

published: January 31st 2017 by Fiewel & Friends

pages: 240

genre: YA fantasy; graphic novel

series: Wires and Nerve #1 (and a continuation of the Lunar Chronicles)

I really loved this book (well, technically graphic novel)! Iko from the Lunar Chronicles is the main character in this series and is helping take care of wolf-hybrids that have gone rogue on Earth, but all of the favorite characters from before are present too. For those who have read the previous series, this takes place after Winter and before the short stories in Stars Above. It fills in some holes, has it’s own interesting plot, and gives some more details for the events those who’ve read Stars Above know are coming! Continue reading “Bonus Mini Review!: Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer”

5 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

published: March 14th, 2017 by HarperTeen

pages: 352

genre: YA fantasy; Beauty and the Beast retelling

Hunted was beautiful. It was breathtaking. If all books could make my heart soar the way this one did, I would be in heaven. This is very much the story of Beauty and the Beast. It contains all of the familiar elements, with some changes that I actually like better than the original. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I think that played a large role in my love for this book. If you’re not a fan of the original tale, you probably won’t like this one much better. Continue reading “Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner”

5 stars · Fantasy

Bonus Review!: Fall of the Dragon Prince by Dan Allen

Published: February 14th, 2017 by Jolly Fish Press

pages: 378

genre: fantasy

series: 1st book in the Lost Heirs Trilogy

This is Allen’s debut novel, and it is an excellent one. The world is easy to get into and the characters are well developed. There are multiple story arcs going on at the same time and they are well done and don’t compete with each other. I loved it. Continue reading “Bonus Review!: Fall of the Dragon Prince by Dan Allen”

5 stars · Dystopian · Fantasy · Young Adult

Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Published: February 14th, 2017 by Del Rey
pages: 368
genre: dystopian fantasy

This book has a very high chance of being my favorite book for all of 2017!¬†It was so amazing! I haven’t read a book this good in a long time. I absolutely loved it, from beginning to end. While it is the first in the series (it will be a trilogy), it didn’t read like a first book of more to come. By the end I could tell there would be a sequel, but the whole time I was reading the book I thought that it very well could be a standalone novel. The story was written that well. It felt complete in itself, yet left me so in love with the gray areas of the situation and intrigued by the characters that I will be highly anticipating its sequel. Continue reading “Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James”