3/3/15

Zombie Attack: Army of the Dead, By Devan Sagliani (Zombie Attack - book 2)

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Xander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas.

Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones. A hidden enemy within the military is hell bent on creating a secret weapon: genetically engineered super zombies! Friends and soldiers are pitted against each other, as one side races to spread the cure while the other battles to gain ultimate control over the fate of mankind. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the Undead L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams. in 2014 he launched the At Hell's Gates horror anthology series, which donates all proceeds to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help wounded soldiers and their families.

Devan is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. It's now a certified Amazon bestseller.

Visit him at his website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
This second book takes off a little while after the first book ends (and you do really have to read the first one to "get" the second one). So I would say, this is not a stand alone book.

Again, like the first - lots of action, lots of adventure. This one was just a tiny bit not as exciting for me as the first, but still a very good Zombie read that Zombie lovers will enjoy!
"Outside, it was kill or be killed."

"He's not going to eat my brother! Not while I'm still alive!"
I loved the characters as I continued to get to know them, and some I didn't really care for in the beginning I ended up liking much better in this book. I loved how the author developed all the gangs and cults, that's how I would have imagined it would be like if this were to really happen. Listen to me! LOL as if this would really happen! That's what I get for reading two Zombie books back to back, it starts to destroy your sense of what reality is!

Still a clean read, but graphic, so OK for teens.

Thanks again to Devan for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy from amazon - HERE

Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde, by Devan Sagliani (Zombie Attack - book 1)

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When 16 year old Xander's older brother Moto left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request - don't leave no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that one day zombies would gather into groups big enough to knock down walls and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde!

Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him. Along the way he'll have to fight for his life against other survivors, neo-Nazi's, outlaw bikers, gang bangers, cannibals, cult members, and a seemingly endless sea of flesh hungry zombies.

But Xander is far from alone. Traveling with him are Benji, a 12 year old comic book geek, and Felicity Jane, a childhood celebrity with wild mood swings. Will they make it together in one piece to the safe zone or will they become the next meal for a hungry horde of wild zombies?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the Undead L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams. in 2014 he launched the At Hell's Gates horror anthology series, which donates all proceeds to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help wounded soldiers and their families.

Devan is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. It's now a certified Amazon bestseller. 

MY THOUGHTS -
OK so I'm not a Zombie freak like some people are these days, but I do enjoy a good, fun, and well written Zombie book on occasion. But what I enjoy even more is "end of the world" type books- and this one qualifies for both of those! 
Even though there was a lot of Zombie brain sucking, flesh eating action, it felt more like an end-of-the-world book to me. Much of the book was about what was happening in the world while the zombies were overtaking. It was about survival, gangs, and yes... even love!

Great book for teens or adults. Its very clean - well except for the graphic zombie stuff, but ya gotta have that! There is a lot of action, you will not get bored with this one. It has a great cast of characters with very good character development. The only bad thing for me was - there were too many characters to keep track of (once again, I felt like I wanted to make a list). The main characters, however, were great!
"With one downward motion I cut him in half with my sward. His mouth and arms kept reaching up for me. The dead thing was so determined to feast on my flesh that it didn't even notice it had been sliced in half!"
"You never forget your first love. My brother tells me his was Foreigner. Says he fell in love when he heard the song Jukebox Hero on 45."
"What's a 45?"
"I don't know," I said. "Some kind of recording they used to listen to music, I think" LOL - great song tho!
Overall - A great read - especially for Zombie fans!

Thanks to Devan Sagliani for sending me an e-book copy for my honest review!

Get yours from Amazon - HERE

2/28/15

Its a Non-fiction Saturday! A 5 Star three-fer!


The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
by Karen Newcomb

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.

To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That's exactly what a postage stamp garden does. Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables--for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.

When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Karen Newcomb has contributed to and co-written eight gardening books with her late husband, Duane. She is a lifetime vegetable gardener,  garden blogger, and avid writer, and has been a writing teacher for more than twenty years. She lives in Rocklin, California.

MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely excellent! This book is great if you are an experienced gardener or a beginner. I am a gardener from way back and I still found it very helpful and useful. I was flagging pages right and left to copy to use for my own garden.
Even though the idea behind this book is for small gardens, you can totally use it for a large gardens too. I plan on having a huge garden this year and I will be using ideas from this book.
There are no pictures in this book, there are charts, lists and a few drawings (that's prob the only neg for me but not enough to affect the rating).
There is a lot of information in here! I would say this is a very complete veggie and herb gardening book. This just may be the perfect gardening book!

Thank you "Blogging For Books" for sending me this book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
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Make Ahead Bread
100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth 
Fresh Bread Every Day
By Donna Currie

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Two Steps to Breaking Bread. Make Ahead Bread de-mystifies the bread-baking process with simple recipes and easy-to-follow steps for fresh-from-the-oven bread. Plus there's an entire chapter devoted to baking ingredients and equipment.
Follow home baker Donna Currie's simple two-step process to baking delicious, fresh, yeast breads: Step One – mix and knead the dough, then let it rest for 1-2 days while you enjoy life  Step Two – bake.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Breads. Your home will smell amazing while you bake any of the 100 recipes in Make Ahead Bread, including all of these:
Loaf Breads – Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Loaf; Maple Sugar and Walnut Loaf Buns, Rolls, Breadsticks – Slider Buns; Cheesy Breadstick Twists Flatbreads – Chicago-style Pan Pizza; Semolina Focaccia Pastries – Breakfast Sausage Danish; Traditional Croissants, and more.

Now, you're never too busy to bake bread! Yeast bread isn't complicated to make, but because it needs time to rise, it’s not always easy to fit it into time available - that’s until now. Make Ahead Bread gives inexperienced bakers and busy home cooks the information you need to make flavorful, freshly baked bread on a schedule that works for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Donna Currie likes wacky kitchen gadgets almost as much as she loves baking bread. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry. Her first book, Make Ahead Bread is available on Amazon.

MY THOUGHTS -
Yes, this book is as good as it looks. I love making homemade breads, and I especially love eating them! As a matter of fact - I made bread last night, but it was from a box :-(
This book does make the whole process of bread making look easy. There are lots of gorgeous pictures to entice you. I love that there is such a good variety in here too - Yeast breads, sweet breads, rolls, sticky buns - lots of yummy choices!
If you have been wanting to give it a try, this is your chance. Its as easy as just following the instructions.
Thank you Netgalley and Taunton Press for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
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Coffee Gives Me Superpowers
An Illustrated Book about the 
Most Awesome Beverage on Earth
By Ryoko Iwata

5 +++++ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
or coffee lovers and those who love them, Coffee Gives Me Superpowers is a fun, graphic design-centered book focused on one of the world's most addictive and beloved substances--coffee.

If coffee is the foundation of your food pyramid, then this is your book. Inspired by Ryoko Iwata's popular Web site, I Love Coffee (en.ilovecoffee.jp), Coffee Gives Me Superpowers is overflowing with infographics and fun, interesting facts about the most awesome beverage on earth written by Ryoko, a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle. The book includes the most popular pieces on the site, such as "Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee," "10 Coffee Myths," "The 15 Most Caffeinated Cities in the U.S.," "The Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee (According to Science)," and "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Caffeine," plus 25 percent new, original material that is available only in this book. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Ryoko Iwata is a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle. When she's caffeinated, she creates and writes infographics, facts, quizzes, and other fun visual stuff about coffee, and sometimes sushi, on her Web site, I Love Coffee

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is freakin hilarious! This might just turn out to be one of my top books of the year. 
I know that I was missing something by reading the Netgalley version of this - no cute colorful pictures, but I still loved this book!
I might have to go and buy this one... and buy one for the daughter.
But this book is not just all fun and games, there is also tons of info about coffee that even I, a professed coffee-aholic, did not know.
If you are a coffee lover at all - you definitely need to get this book! This would make a great gift for the coffee lover on your list. 

Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy form Amazon - HERE

2/27/15

Friday Top Five!


This is the last one of the month, I will be choosing a winner by next week's top 5.
So make sure you play catch up and get your lists in! Remember you get an entry for every list you post.
See rules at top left of blog.

Next month is going to be all about music!!!!

Top 5 Least favorite colors  :-(
1. Gray, I hate gray actually!
2. Red, especially red clothes
3. Christmas or grass green, I like dark forest green and light sage green
4. Brown, I do like diff shades like mocha and tans
5. Orange, the only orange I like is very light like melon or neon

I am not even gonna show pictures, thats how much I dislike these colors!

What are yours???

2/25/15

The Feast - Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Virginia had experienced the power and direction of the five stones; now, she would need to use them again.

For entirely different reasons.

Keeping her marriage together was not the only thing on her mind. Having a child wasn't going to happen in the usual way, and Virginia was determined that adoption was the answer. If she did all of the right things, said all of the right words; if she remembered the five stones in her journey to get her child, God would surely have to answer her.

It wouldn't be too difficult.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
When I am not writing I'm reading. I am an avid reader of the scriptures and books of spiritual merit. I have been married 32 years and enjoy teaching and working with youth and children-including my own three girls, three grand-daughters and grandson.
A published writer since 1987, I have published books, newspaper and magazine articles for teens and adults.

MY THOUGHTS -
I listened to the audio version of this book which was fun! I think I did enjoy it more that way. 
This book was enjoyable enough, I just didn't love it nearly as much as the first one - 'Conquering Your Goliaths'. For some reason Virginia, the main character, was really annoying to me in this one and I don't remember her being like that at all in the first book. So that kinda ruined it for me right away. I liked all the other characters, I just found her to be way too whiny.
This is definitely a book that you can take something away from, it gives you food for thought. Their dilemma - desperately wanting a child and not being able to conceive,  is a common one that many people (women especially) would be able to relate to. In this story we are reminded to turn to God in even those desperate times of need, and when it seems like He's not there - He is! He listens and answers our prayers, just maybe not the way or time frame we are expecting.

Thank you Kathryn for sending me this audio for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

2/23/15

Lift the Flap Bible - Karen Williamson & Louise Anglicas

5+ Stars


ABOUT THE BOOK -
What's under the flaps? Find out in this collection of eight very simple Bible stories in a large cased board book format. Each story is told across a double-page spread and there are flaps on every page. Bright, quirky illustrations full of wit and color from Louise Anglicas are perfect for this engaging introduction to Bible stories.
Stories are: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, Boy with Loaves and Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR -
Karen Williamson worked as a London primary school teacher and publisher s editor before launching a successful career as a full-time writer. With three children of her own, she specializes in Bible stories for young readers.

Louise Anglicas holds a degree in Ceramics and Surface Design from Staffordshire University. Working as a designer, she was instrumental in securing the Harry Potter license for a local ceramic manufacturer! She applies her love of pattern and design to the world of children s illustration. 

MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely love this book. Maybe one of my favorite ones yet. The pictures are really adorable, bright and colorful with lots to look at! The text is nice and simple enough for very young minds. Does it tell the whole story? No, because very young children prob would get very bored with the whole story! But it does tell just enough for parents or grandparents to talk to them and explain the rest. This book is a good beginning to the Bible for the very young. They will be thrilled to hear the simple stories and look at the beautiful pictures and lift the flaps to see whats hidden underneath!
This is a good one!



Thank you Kregel for sending me this beautiful book (as always!).

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

2/20/15

Friday Top Five!


Check out the "rules" at the top left of the blog, if you must. But PLEASE remember to post your list here to this post!

An easy one -

Top 5 favorite colors -

1. Purple

2. Pink (haha didn't expect that pic, did ya??? but yes I love her!)


3. Turquoise


4. White (yes, I love white)



5. Light neon orange, but only in the summer




What are your favorite colors???