This one looks more like me, again a tad amero-centric with some of the ingredients, these look doable and interesting, again, I'm avoiding doing a lot of baking as I'd eat it all and I need to fix my weight and diet before making myself treats like these.This is more a family orientated book with the kind of treats you could hand out at a kids party or posh up a bit and hand around at a dinner party. Beautifully pictured, even if some of the pictures aren't with the recipes, this is a more homely recipe book than the Flying Apron's book, and while it does contain some vegan and milk-free recipes, it does use dairy occasionally.
The first time Amy Goodnight meets Ben whose family owns att the property around her aunt's ranch, she's in her underwear trying to cope with something else that has gone wrong. The two of them fall into a love/hate relationship. He has issues with her family and their strangeness and she'd like to find someone who can accept that sometimes her family just are that strange. When an old grave is discovered, she has to bring some long-dormant skills to bear, however this opens a can of worms and things just keep getting stranger.I liked this one, Amy is very much the conciliator and one who keeps the truth from being too known. The family witchcrafting is mostly secret and kept that way by disbelief. I liked how it was handled. The relationship was well handled as well but there were times that I wasn't sure where the two were going with it all.Entertaining, light read. Interesting world building. Would like to read more set in this world.
Well laid-out, probably worth buying if you want to get into working with Tunisian Crochet, minor quibbles about illustrations being on following pages without clear labelling, but overall this is one of the best books on the topic that I have come across so far.Will be reviewing it for my knitting blog.
Percy has to venture into the mythical Labyrinth to quest for more information about what's going on with Chronos and what his plans are, and they're not good. Camp Half-blood is in danger and the half-bloods are going to have to take sides soon in a battle of epic proportions.Enjoyable stuff, curious to know what's going to happen next with the characters and the situation.and what's going to happen to Percy and all his friends.
This wasn't as strong as the first story. It was still a good read but just didn't hit my sweet spot as well as the first.Jaron is king, he's still a minor and the regents are determined to rule the country in their own way and possibly remove him from the equation permanently, however Jaron is determined to discover the truth about his family's death, and the pirates look like a good start. He decides to infiltrate the pirates in order to reduce their power and force some things to come to a head. His friends are determined to help him, whether he wants them to or not.Fun story and Jaron is an interesting character with a lot of morals and a strong sense of purpose, he's not a shrinking violet and would probably have been a perfect spymaster rather than king, but he really needs to learn to delegate and trust people.
It was entertaining and kept me reading I'm still left with a slight feeling that there was something lacking in the romance of the two characters, the romance of them creating a long-term relationship rather than slight attraction and casual sex. This series is quite readable but the vampires don't really come across as that old, that knowledgeable about the world and how it works, that experienced.Don't get me wrong, it did keep me well up past my proper bedtime and I really did get a longing to go back to Amsterdam but somehow the characters didn't come alive for me and I wasn't rooting for them.Inez Urso (who, contrary to the US cover has curly hair she keeps bemoaning) is Portugese living in London, working for the Argeneau family in their business and is good at her job, she doesn't know about the Argeneau secret, but she is loyal to the company, so when the director rings her at 5am and asks her to meet his cousin in the airport and to grease the wheels for him in his quest to find the family matriarch, she does just that, without thinking and without breakfast or a shower. She misses Thomas Argeneau at the airport because her boss forgot to mention that she would be there. It turns out that there's more to them than just work, she's attracted and he suspects that they're lifemates, but will she be able to embrace the life?Yeah, it's pretty predictable, but, as I said, very readable.
I can understand why some people really liked it but it left me ambivalent and rather glad I read it in full sunshine on a summer's day. Frank Culdhane is a deeply unpleasant teen who runs wild on a scottish island, whose father harbours secrets and brother has just run away from a psychiatric institution. Throughout the story you have phone calls from Eric as he makes he way home, deeply disturbed phone calls. And confessions of Frank of what he did during his life, including murdering three people. He also goes for binges of drinking with a dwarf friend. I am left deeply ambivalent about this story. The three stars more reflect the fact that I read this almost like a train wreck, each page making me more and more creeped out by the character. The skill to make me that creeped out is probably more a 4 or 5 star skill of the writer and I do want to explore more of his works, I just never want to go back to this book, I found most of the characters deeply unpleasant and found it like watching a horror movie, I was extremely glad it was all over when it was.I did read this because of his recent death, I realised that I hadn't read any of his books and was wondering what resonated so deeply with people. This book has etched itself in my brain but he hasn't leapt to the top of my favourite authors, I think I will have to try some others.
I liked the first book in this series but this one just left me feeling very meh about it. Lena is somewhere between light and dark and trying to find her place in the caster world and Ethan is still trying to find a place in her world. Even if she keeps pushing him away. He finds out more about his mother and her past and about his place in the world of casters and mortals.I'm left not really caring much after finishing this book, about anybody involved, except maybe Amma, and Link, and no real urge to read the rest of the series, I may return to it some other time but right now, nope. Eventually I may come back to see what happens to Link.
Background on some of the gods, information about some of the characters and three short stories that add some dimension to Percy as a character and creates links between him and his fellow half-bloods. Interesting, full of humour like the series and while not important to the plot, important to knowing more about the characters. Useful refresher to the series.
I did want to like this one, but somehow it just didn't hit my sweet spots.Fiona MacDonald is a keeper, one of a group of humans who ensure that the supernatural creatures who share this world with the humans police themselves and keep under the radar. Jagger DeFarge is a policeman, a detective and also a vampire. When the second young woman is found drained of blood in a cemetary, the fingers start pointing at vampires, but neither Jagger or Fiona are happy with the accusations and are convinced that there's something else going on.He really should have just arrested Fiona and got a vampire leader to lock her up in a cell I'm sure they have for containing vampires (she can use some of their powers), so that he could get on with the investigation without her introusions. She kept getting in the way of his work, liking her is not a reason not to stop her from making a mess of the investigation.Readable but the heroine displayed a little too much too stupid to live traits.