Archive | December 28, 2013

Blood Unleashed. Book 3 of the Blood Stone series. Tracy Cooper-Posey

Blood Unleashed (Blood Stone)

 

Blood Unleashed. Book 3 of the Blood Stone series. Tracy Cooper-Posey
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I’ve read several of Tracy’s novels now, and they share a common theme of paranormal and m/m/f ménage. Its done in a sensual, seductive way though, and not the tacky, cringing, stomach churning ways too many authors write scenes like these. It takes a special talent to gradually get the reader so involved with the characters that they feel real, and when things go wrong you want to cry for them, hoping for something to go right. Tracy’s people too usually start out with some kind of dislike or suspicion of the one they’ll eventually partner with. Its clever stuff how she makes all that so believable.
Anyway, that’s general substance I’ve found from her books that I’ve read overall but this one – and this series – is pretty complex. Thankfully there’s a compendium of who’s who and how they fit in the story, which is useful because by now there’s a pretty complex cast, and I did need to refer back a time or two. The plot began fairly simply in book one, expanded in book two and by now has become deeply solid, with the romances and side plots all slowly solidifying into the main story. I really enjoyed the way its all come together, and in fact as I’ve learned more its made the earlier books clearer. Now I’ve all three and know the story, at some point I’ll re read them all. I like to do that with series, reading back to back while each still fresh in my mind brings out another side to them, and I really enjoy that. Complex novels like this also have so much that could be missed on first reading, when you’re still coming to grips with the story that’s unfolding, and second readings bring out those sections.
As always a cracking story, with all the scenes from earlier novels coming into play alongside the romance between Marcus, Illaria and Rick. That’s some hot and steamy sections, and they work well with each person bringing out facets of the other two that’s needed. Its a kind of trust thing too – they all have the skills needed to prevent the disaster threatened, but they need to learn to trust and work together, and the romances have engendered that.
Each of these novels is quite long, some solid reading in them, this one is a huge 436 pages for £3.14, so a real bargain. Though the romance part could be read as a standalone I wouldn’t recommend it, the overall plot spans all three novels and they are best read in order.
Stars: five – definitely a keeper series. .
ARC supplied via Netgalley

21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.

 

21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
quite an apt post christmas book!!
Like so many people I’m always conscious of my weight and especially my tummy 😦 Now I’m a wheelchair user that’s even more noticeable, so this book had me hooked just from the title! I’m reading it on kindle though – I love my kindle but have learned that some books such as this one are simply better in traditional format, where its easier to flick through and browse for what interests you.
Its packed with useful information on many common ailments – those where we’re not always ill, but where the effects of diet make us feel below par. Of course there’s practical tips too for those who have problems such as arthritis, diabetes, irritable bowel, indigestion, all the illnesses that can be helped by a proper diet. Our portions have increased vastly over the years from what we actually need to eat, and add to that the way we eat so much processed food its no wonder our stomach and health is so often suffering.
I found it really interesting reading. I like to think I’m quite aware of food and the healthy eating we need and yet…there were issues that hadn’t occurred to m,e and were good to know. The recipes were practical and easy to follow even for a Brit reader – I love the US way of weighing using cups – though a stick of butter…. ? that needs looking up, likewise some foods: arugula, scallions, cilantro – google is my friend for telling what the UK name is 🙂 Added to that there are some simple, easy to follow exercises that can be fitted into everyday life. Again some like the walking/standing ones are out for me, but the sitting/lying ones I’ll certainly try. After Xmas of course!! Jan always signals my resolve to get more healthy and maybe this year with the help of this book I’ll actually do it!
All in all this is a really useful book for people looking to make the best of their bodies, to help them run at maximum efficiency and to make us not only look slimmer but to be slimmer.
Stars: five. Excellent all round book, though buy the traditional format rather than ebook for easiest research .

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