Review: Science of Parenthood

Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting SituationsScience of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This hilarious book combines (slightly altered) well known scientific facts with extremely accurate anecdotes that all parents can relate to.

I recommend this book, with its quirky stories and cute graphics to all parents, grandparents and caregivers; I guarantee it’ll make you chuckle.

Review: The 20/20 Diet

The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into RealityThe 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality by Phillip C. McGraw
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t quite know why I thought I may like this book, even though I’m not a fan of Dr. Phil.

Nothing special about this book. Same old ‘eat healthy, exercise’ routine. I honestly think diets are a waste of time. Right mind set, determination and healthy eating and exercise are all you need. Not the carb diets, not the juice fast diets, and not even Dr. Phil’s 20 ‘good’ foods diet.

Just plain old eating right, and keeping fit.

Review: While You Were Gone

While You Were GoneWhile You Were Gone by Kate Moretti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While You Were Gone is a breathtakingly stunning account of a young woman’s struggle with the pressures of a broken family, a failing career, and a new relationship.

Karen has let her love of music distract her from the turmoil of her home life for her whole life. Now she’s passed over for a position she was ‘made for’ and an accident leaves her unable to even play for months.

A new relationship helps rebuild, but will it do more bad than good?

The elegant writing, heartfelt connections, and vibrant emotions make this book one that I will remember for quite some time.

While I suggest reading Thought I Knew You, as I will be doing, it is in no way required to understand this novela.

Review: The Anxiety Survival Guide

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and PanicThe Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic by Jennifer Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wish a book as easy to read as this, with as much information regarding anxiety existed when I was in school.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book besides that anyone, regardless of age, is dealing with anxiety they need to read this book.

Review: DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2015

DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2015DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2015 by DC Comics
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This guide to DC comics is perfect. I started getting into graphic novels and comics a few years ago, but it is so hard to know where to look.

At least for all new readers this is a perfect start, as for more experienced, I can’t say but I’m sure it would be appreciated.

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Review: Because of Sydney

Because of SydneyBecause of Sydney by T.A. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mason, a self-made millionaire, is always looking for a new project and always gets what he wants. Until he meets Sydney. A business reporter who, despite her attraction to Mason, must make her deadline–digging up what ever she can on the work Mason is doing on the island.

The chemistry is clear between the two and is written in such a realistic way that it does not come across as fake or cheesy–a common problem among Chick Lit and Romance novels. The pair are navigating unknown territory for them both and hitting the ‘normal’ speed bumps of an accelerated relationship, along with some ethic and moral issues related to their work.

I adored this book, I loved the relationship between Mason and Sydney and their supporting characters–his Nephew and future niece-in-law. I have a slight personal issue with how controlling Mason came off at some points and I detested the way he always said ‘girl’. Those two little things just get under my skin and are the only things holding me back from a five star review.

I’m going to be picking up Grey’s story, as well I am sure there will be another novel–about Sydney’s sister, or at least one in which we find out about them.

Review: An Introduction to 3D Printing

An Introduction to 3D PrintingAn Introduction to 3D Printing by Victoria Zukas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this I had very little knowledge of 3D printing, I now know more than I’ll probably ever need to know. The subject was well explained and not overly difficult to understand the concepts.

While the technology is amazing, I personally don’t find the subject that entertaining. Regardless the book was well done and anyone interested in 3D technology should give it a read.

Review: The Undying

The Undying (The Undying, #1)The Undying by Ethan Reid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. Ethan Reid’s description of the ‘moribund’– zombie-like creatures–and the unique plot make me wish this book was organized just a little bit better.

First off, we learn that only two characters survive–in the prologue! No. I want to feel the sadness for the characters that are lost-while it happens in the book, not before I’ve read the book.

Secondly, the flashbacks are a little misplaced, I felt that they disturbed the action too often.

Lastly, what the heck is with the baby!? I mean I get that the baby helps Jeanie get through the pain, and ultimately survive, but really? Lactation without a pregnancy or medicine is super rare and highly unlikely, and she kills the baby–but don’t worry she revives him.

I don’t know, this book shows real potential, but there are so many issues that I have with the characters, and the layout that I can’t really love it.

But, I loved the cover.

Review: Cinderella Had it Easy

Cinderella Had it EasyCinderella Had it Easy by Jennifer Conner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I was going to really enjoy this, I was expecting a retelling of Cinderella. What I got was an extremely short, very rushed book about four grown women acting like teenagers. Now, don’t get me wrong, women (and men) of all ages can feel the pressure of societies body standards, but honestly it felt extremely childish.

Despite the length, I would have enjoyed it a heck of a lot more if there was more of an explanation, IE the ‘magic locket’ took away their insecurities and gave them self confidence. I also found the relationship between Cami and Lance overly rushed in some aspects, but then I enjoyed their History connection.

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Review: A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1)

A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1)A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a stereotypical romance. I’ve read so many romances that end up reading almost the exact same. It lacked originality, but with that being said, it was adorable, there are some super-sweet moments, and it was well written.

This is a great quick read because it flows so well, a must read for romance fans.