Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel by: Peter Davidson

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Synopsis from the author:

When my grandson, Joel, got engaged I decided to jot down a few words of marital advice for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week (www.maritaladvicetomygrandsonjoel.com).  As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is. The name of the book is: MARITAL ADVICE TO MY GRANDSON, JOEL: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night.

Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy.

Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.

Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

My Review:

This is an adorable and hilarious read for anyone who is married or is about to get married or is living with their significant other.  It is a small book, at about 130 pages, but it is packed full of humorous advice.  I cracked up reading about the man who leaves his socks around the house, but really, why????

The only chapter that I skimmed through was the one on finances and stocks and bonds.  Maybe that’s why this is a gift for Peter’s grandson, so that he can know and handle that part of married life!

It touched my heart that a grandfather wanted to make sure his grandson was prepared for marriage and wrote this for him.  I am happy that he released it into the world for others to enjoy as well.

 

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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A Cookbook Review: Power Plates by: Gena Hamshaw

Power Plates

My Review:
For about a month or so, sometime in the last year or two, my daughter decided to go vegan.  My husband and I supported her decision as best we could and purchased vegan foods and cookbooks to learn how to cook for her.  We all enjoyed what we were eating but did miss meat.
This year, I have re-started Weight Watchers and have been looking for different recipes so that I am not eating the same grilled chicken every night.  I saw this cookbook on Blogging for Books and wanted to see if it would give me more ideas for meals.
The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes seem easy enough but the meals themselves are not appetizing to me.  I am not sold on this cookbook.  Now, I am not saying that for people who eat a Vegan diet, that this cookbook wouldn’t work for them, it very well may.  For me, I just wasn’t impressed.  Maybe I will try out a few recipes but then again, maybe not.
I gave this cookbook 2 crowns.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Let Me Lie by: Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie Publication date: March 13, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

MY REVIEW:
I have read and loved the other two books that Clare has written.  This book is no exception.  Clare has a way with telling her story that makes you feel as if you are right there.   I found myself holding my breathe at times.
What would you do if you found out that that the life you used to live was a lie?  What if you learned that your parents’ suicide wasn’t really a suicide after all?  What if by trying to determine what actually happened, you were threatened and your family’s lives were in danger?  Anna is struggling with the grief of losing both of her parents when she receives a card that makes her question everything she thought she knew.
Just like Clare’s other works, this book is full of twists and turns.  I really enjoyed reading it.
I gave it 5 crowns.
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Replica by: Lauren Oliver

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I debated back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to read this book.  It really isn’t something I normally gravitate towards.  I found it as an audiobook on Overdrive and now am OBSESSED!  What a cool story and a great way to tell it.  I loved the dual perspectives.  I know there are a few different ways of reading this book but the version of audio that I had only allowed me to listen to it straight through and not by alternating chapters.

This was such an original story with romance and mystery and adventure.  It was so well done and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Ellie, Engineer by: Jackson Pearce NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY

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Ellie, Engineer
Synopsis 
 

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

 

Praise for ELLIE, ENGINEER

“A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections.” ―School Library Journal

“Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal.” ―School Library Journal

“Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers

 will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of ELLIE, ENGINEER by Jackson Pearce.
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Unconditionally by: Erin Lyon Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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Unconditionally

Synopsis 
 

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon’s I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she’d never do – especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate’s embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job’s never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can’t shake her wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing vibe about him. And then there’s Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital “P,” and one guy who’s kind of stolen her heart even though she’s in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake.

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relate-able look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Erin Lyon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and then worked in broadcast television at the Sacramento ABC affiliate for 10 years before going to law school. She is now a practicing civil attorney and blames all of the people in her life for not trying to talk her out of the whole “becoming a lawyer” thing. After finishing law school, she completed her first novel and began working on the sequels. Erin lives in Northern California with her husband of nearly 20 years (the Saint), her two daughters (the Girls), her three rescue dogs (the Boys), and three cats, who, let’s be real, belong only to themselves. The Contract Killers is her debut novel.

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My Review:

This is the second book in the Contract Killers series.  I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first one when it was published and I am excited to be a part of this blog tour for its sequel.

The premise of these books is an interesting one.  Instead of marriage, couple sign 7 year contracts with the option to renew.  If a couple can not make it through the 7 years together, they have to go through a lawyer and possibly a court case for breach of contract.

Kate never thought she would go into signing law but here she is and she is doing well in the field.  Her own love life is a mess but that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to trying her cases.

This is a fun, fast, sexy read.  I really enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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– 2 Winners will receive a Set Copy of the Contract Killers Series (2 Books in Total) I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS and UNCONDITIONALLY by Erin Lyon.

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ENDS: February 2, 2018

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Long Black Veil by: Jennifer Finney Boylan

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