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BOOK REVIEW: Shifter Bound


Title: Shifter Bound
Author: Leisl Leighton
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy
My Rating:

Book Description:


One pack, one coven, a destiny intertwined…

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch-kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand-new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Shifter-Witch Eloise O’Brien has betrayed her Coven and almost killed her brother to save the Were Pack she’d infiltrated as a spy. Now living with the Were she once feared and hated, she learns the truth of who she really is—the prophesied Nexus. A witch of unspeakable power, she must make a choice between the light and the dark, between Iain McShane, the Lone Wolf she is coming to love, and her once beloved brother and Coven who are now working for the Darkness.

My Review

Since I read Book 2 – Moon Bound – I have been wanting to read more about Eloise. How she deals with finding out she was more then she was raised to think of herself & to realize she was the mate of a lone wolf is what you would probably think a person would deal with IF they where open to such things. You can tell she wasn’t and she fought it until she was shown (by herself at that) she was this great witch & a shifter. How she fights to remain her own person and not let anyone have control over her magic again is heartbreaking.

Leisl Leighton is an awesome story teller. This whole series so far has me wanting to keep finding out more about other characters and read her other books.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.
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BOOK REVIEW: Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting


Title: Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting
Author: Laura Zukaite
Genre: arts & crafts, non-fiction
My Rating:

Book Description:


Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices.
Author Laura Zukaite was inspired in the creation of these shawls by the vibrant handicraft traditions she observed during her South American travels. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the patterns, which feature herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other eye-catching motifs in an array of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns. The diversity and abundance of designs guarantee that this book is one that knitters will turn to time and time again for an inspiring range of patterns.

My Review

I would not buy this book to keep on my shelves. That is because these are not my type of shawls to knit. With that aside the shawls are beautiful and if I did knit these types of shawls I would love this book. There is more then just knitting needing to be done as I saw tassels in a photo. I couldn’t read this book on my tablet on Adobe Reader but I could on my computer ONLY on Adobe Reader. I also tried to convert it to epub so I could read it on my tablet but no go it was terribly converted. I would have a better review then this had I been able to read this on my tablet as I save reading for bedtime. The technical difficulties isn’t the reason for the 4 star rating – it is because it’s not my type of shawls to knit.


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

BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Origami Boxes


Title: Amazing Origami Boxes
Author: Tomoko Fuse
Genre: arts & crafts, non-fiction
My Rating:

Book Description:


Simple but unique, an origami box represents the thoughts and feelings of its maker. Between the pleasure of paperfolding and the satisfaction of having a handmade item to use (or give!), the box forms a positive association for the maker (and between the giver and recipient). In this guide, origami master Tomoko Fuse presents 20 original designs for origami boxes — some simple, others more complex, all made from a single sheet of paper.
Beautiful, full-color photographs accompany step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a splendid variety of completely functional boxes. They range from conventional square and rectangular shapes to those in the form of a bird, a basket, a cat’s head, a flower, and other shapes. By varying the type of paper and color combinations, folders can create an endless variety of effects. Suitable for origami enthusiasts of all skill levels, this guide promises hours of creative joy.

My Review

This book is wonderful. It makes me want to travel a half an hour away to the only craft store that carries origami paper & buy some to try to make all these boxes. I have been fascinated by Origami since I was a child and my oldest son was fascinated by it as well when he was a child. This book would have been well used by either of us. I have already tried a few of the boxes using regular printer paper I cut into squares but they turned out horribly because I obviously cant fold paper well. This book will be good for anyone that is into paper crafts. It explains things well and the pictures are clear. The explaining of folds is really helpful.


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

BOOK REVIEW: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets


Title: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets
Author: Alisa Fleming
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Cooking
My Rating:

Book Description:


For millions of people, this one simple change–cutting out milk and other dairy products–has resolved most, if not all, of their adverse health symptoms and helps to reduce the risk of many common medical concerns, including allergies, skin conditions, and even cancer.

And it’s easier than you might think. Eat Dairy Free is the cookbook you’ve been craving to enjoy a dairy-free diet without special substitutes. Alisa Fleming, author of the bestselling dairy-free guide and cookbook Go Dairy Free, shares more than 100 recipes for satisfying yet nutritious dairy-free breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and healthier desserts that use regular ingredients.

Completely free of milk-based ingredients, including casein, whey, and lactose, these recipes are safe for those with milk allergies and other dairy-related health issues. And for those with further special diet needs, every recipe has fully tested gluten-free and egg-free options, and most have soy- and nut-free preparations, too.

Inside, discover delectable dishes such as:

Mushroom-Pesto Pizza Shake & Bake Buttermylk Chicken Peanut Power Protein Bars Chocolate Banana Split Muffins Southwestern Sunrise Tacos Mylk Chocolate Cupcakes Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes Strawberry Cheeseshakes Live well and eat dairy free!

My Review

When I saw this book offered up on netGalley.com I was hoping I would be able to review it. I am allergic to milk – and pretty much anything made out of milk. I always look for ways to make food I grew up on (I wasn’t allergic to milk/dairy when I was a child) but without milk.

I appreciate that she tells us how to tell the difference between coconut milk & coconut beverage. I have never really be able to figure this out. I had no idea there where pea milk or hemp milk – I have learned much already from this book and we are only a few pages in! There is even a recipe for a milk beverage! Looking through all the recipes – I see so many things I avoid because of my milk allergy I could now try. Yes I have looked at other milk free recipes – and I have made a lot of them. However there are things that need the milk – this book gives recipes that use milk beverage. For some reason reading this book has made me think of things I haven’t had in 20 years that I could probably eat again learning what I learned in this book. I plan on buying this book. I am excited to try some of these recipes of food I haven’t been able to eat in so long or have been wanting to try.

Yes I know this book was written for the dairy free life style people are doing. I had no choice in that life style.


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