Category: Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Unicorn Food: Beautiful, Vibrant, Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast


Title: Unicorn Food: Beautiful, Vibrant, Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast
Author: Kat Odell
Genre: Food & Drink>Cookbooks
My Rating:

Book Description:


magically colorful dishes and drinks that are as bewitchingly beautiful as they are incredibly tasty and nutritious. Now, Kat Odell—a food journalist, author (the just-published Day Drinking), and entrepreneur who started selling her popular unicorn nut milks in 2015—celebrates the unicorn food movement with a rainbow of 75 recipes.
The recipes are vegan. The ingredients are all-natural and super-nutritious, from fresh fruits and vegetables to superfoods like flax, coconut oil, spirulina, chia, and bee pollen. And the offerings are exactly the kinds of hyper-colorful, super-fun dishes that healthy-forward eaters love, including gently flavored nut milks, grain bowls loaded with vegetables, probiotic breakfast custards, toasts with slathers and spreads. This is health food as never seen before, filled with joy, and words can’t do the colors, the (all-natural) sprinkles, the whimsical decorative touches justice—the deep glowing yellow of a Frozen Turmeric Lassi, the greens of Soba Noodles with Arugula and Arugula Pesto, the intense oranges and purples of Sweet and Sour Radish Tacos, the tie-dye rainbow effect of Veggie Summer Sunset Rolls with Pineapple Kimchi, and the pastels of Chamomile Milk Tea Pudding with Fennel and Pistachios and Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream Sticks.
Filled with dazzling full-color photographs, published in a package as special as the dishes themselves, Unicorn Food is a cookbook of real beauty, in the look, in the recipes, in the spirit of the food itself.

My Review

I loved looking through this book at all the colorful food. The recipes where interesting. Some things I hadn’t thought about to use and it had my mind spinning as to where I might be able to use them in my every day food.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass


Title: Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass
Author: Jess Baker
Genre: Autobiography, Feminism, Non-fiction
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Book Description:


By the author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and a heroine of the body image movement, an intimate, gutsy memoir about being a fat woman
Jes Baker burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types–a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives.
Building on the manifesta power of Things, this memoir goes deeply into Jes’s inner life, from growing up a fat girl to dating while fat. With material that will have readers laughing and crying along with Jes’s experience, this new book is a natural fit with her irreverent, open-book style.
A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it’s also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes’s biting voice as the guide.

My Review

I was hoping to find something that would make me laugh or make me say ‘Hey I know EXACTLY what that is like’ – something other then bored. Didn’t happen. Being a fellow fat chick I was hoping so much for that all.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Improper Cross Stitch


Title: Improper Cross Stitch
Author: Haley Pierson-Cox
Genre: Arts & Crafts, Non-ficton
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Book Description:

Sometimes it’s good to be a little..improper. Profane, funny, and smart, Haley Pierson-Cox’s THE IMPROPER CROSS STITCH invites the modern crafter to bring personality and humor to their cross stitch projects. From a fully designed “Damn it feels good to be a crafter” to the beautiful Art Deco inspired “fuck,” Haley’s patterns are fresh, lively and just what the crafter ordered.

In this book, she’ll introduce readers to the joys of stitching the naughty, the profane, the irreverent, and the just plain awesome. First, she starts with a basic lesson in cross-stitch technique, no previous experience required. Then, once readers know your way around an embroidery hoop and a skein of floss, the books moves on to the designs―35 in total, ranging from hip, to nerdy, to ironically domestic―where Haley encourages crafters to embrace their inner snark with gleeful abandon.

Her easy to follow instructions and colorful designs can make a cross stitcher out of anyone. In all her years of crafting, Haley’s learned many things, but this simple fact remains one of the most important: There is absolutely nothing in this world quite so satisfying as enshrining something deeply inappropriate within the delicate stitches of a cross-stitch sampler. It’s truly one of life’s great delights!

My Review

I NEED THIS BOOK!!! This is my kind of cross stitching! This book really makes me want to go buy some supplies and abandon all my crocheting & knitting projects & make some of these. Especially the cat lady one. What I have seen of this book so far and what there wasn’t to see (it’s a 30 page preview for me) I can’t wait to spend the money on a hard cover book. I NEED it to be hardcover so I can carry it with me & my new obsession of cross stitching. This books is fabulous. It has to be to make me want to add a new hobby – well pick up one I haven’t done in over 20 years.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Touch Of Ice (Dawn of Dragons #1)


Title: Touch Of Ice (Dawn of Dragons #1)
Author: Mary Auclair
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy
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Book Description:

When Endora is faced with her daughter’s terminal illness, she takes the only chance she’s got. She braves the potential risks and signs a mating contract with the Delradon Draekon Lords, intent on using the payment to buy the aliens’ cure to save her daughter’s life.

Lord Aldric Darragon rules over his land with an iron fist until one day the only woman who is genetically compatible with him agrees to his offer of mating. As his all-consuming passion for Endora explodes, an ancient threat looms heavy over humans and Delradons alike. With the lives of everyone he cares about hanging in the balance, Aldric has to fight the demons of his past if he wants to defeat the enemies of the present.

Publisher’s Note: This gripping sci-fi alien romance has it all: dragons, passion and tension. It also contains explicit themes and is intended for adults only.

My Review

This book appealed to me because Sci-Fi, dragons, etc – they typical for me. I liked the book. I like how the author writes. However the only thing I can really say is she seemed to write it in preparation for a Sci-Fi movie and/or show. Which in my opinion it would be a very good movie and/or show. I just don’t like when things are written for that purpose and usually refrain reading such books. Maybe I feel this way because of Endorra’s actions. I get why she was like that but really? I really wanted to slap her A LOT. I doubt I’ll read this series farther if Endorra is part of the main story line. I refuse to fall for another series where the female lead is a hypocritical idiot. Despite how Endorra is I like how the world was described. I love Aldric. If Endorra isn’t part of the main story line going forward I will read more.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.