Review: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

Heartache and Other Natural ShocksHeartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Being a Torontonian may have influenced my choosing of this book a little more than I would like to admit. However there were other factors that drew me in as well; the shakespearean connection, the coming-of-age struggles, and brutal rivalry of teenage girls.

The beginning of the novel was a bit slower than I was expecting, but it still kept my interest enough to keep reading. Once the pace picked up a bit more I was completely drawn in. I loved so much about this book, the subtle historical references–just enough to give the time period, but not too in-your-face. The raw look inside underage drinking and drug use that is so honest it is perfect. The hard realization that not all families are perfect, and how utterly heartbreaking that can feel.

While there are some very minor things that kept this book from being an five star favourite for me, I absolutely adore this book and will be keeping an eye out for more of Glenda’s books.

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Review: 99 Essential Weight Loss Blogposts

99 Essential Weight Loss Blogs: So You Can Start, Stick to It, Keep It Off99 Essential Weight Loss Blogs: So You Can Start, Stick to It, Keep It Off by Kenneth Schwarz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I was originally going to rate this book a three out of five, because it is much the same as any other weight loss book. The general ideas are the same, but this book focus is on your mental state as you lose the weight. Which for most people may be the key to actually losing weight.

The reason I changed it, is because, without really realizing it, until I went to write this review (super long after I read it because I got sick) and realized that subconsciously I took in more than I thought I did.

I’ve been implementing many of these strategies (in slightly varied ways, that work better for me) into my routine over the past few weeks and I’ve noticed a difference already.

Review: Black Cipher Files Trilogy

Blowback (Black Cipher Files series Book 1)Betrayals (Black Cipher Files Romantic Suspense)Burned (Black Cipher Files #3)Burned by Lisa Hughey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before–review multiple books in the same review. I’m doing this for two reasons, the first is that I received the Black Cipher Files Trilogy as one ebook. The second is that it is all part of the same story, without NEEDING to be read as such.

The thing that I like about all three books (Blowback, Betrayals, and Burned) is that they all have their own plot, but added together they help make sence of the underlying plot.

All three couples are unique and well thought out, keeping the romance of the books on the steamy side. They all deal with high level government agencies and extremely sensitive information. Each couple’s story have their own quirks and I adored them all. Although Zeke and Sunshine (of Burned) are my favourite.