1 & 2 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

published Feb 37th, 2018; 544 pages

DNF @ 20%.

The takes place in an old time like setting, where Tess is the shame of her family for getting pregnant before marriage, and her sister must marry well to help out the family. At this point, Tess’s only option really is to join a nunnery. Continue reading “Mini Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman”

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.

1 & 2 stars · Dystopian · Young Adult

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

published Sept. 5th, 2017; 368 pages

Description from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

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4 stars · Nonfiction

Nonfiction: One Dish Vegan Cookbook

First of all, there are no pictures in this cookbook. At all. Not one besides the cover. That was a big disappointment right off the bat. That said, there are still some great recipes in here.

There are a number of sections: soups, salads, chili, stir fries, pastas (and sauce), and oven bakes. Most recipes are made in one pot, but in some cases the base (like rice or pasta) is made on the side.  Continue reading “Nonfiction: One Dish Vegan Cookbook”

4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid

Book 1: Published Nov 1st, 2016; 416 pages

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a creature trained from birth to be a guard and protector for her owner Sidonia. When Sidonia is summoned to the capital as a war prisoner, the family sets out to find a way to send Nemesis in her place. Continue reading “Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid”

3 stars · Young Adult

Mini Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Published Aug 29th, 2017; 352 pages; Historical-ish fiction

I think the biggest problem with this book for me was that the main character felt too flat. She didn’t grow much as a person, and she stayed focused on revenge all book. It was fresh and interesting to experience a gender fluid main character, but that’s not character development. There is way more to any person than what this character was.

The story was good, the writing and the pace were interesting, but I wish there had been more to the main character. 3 stars, and I wouldn’t personally recommend it if you’re not already psyched to read it.