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- Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)
on Feb. 19, 2012
When love does not know any boundaries we get to know it once we read this book. It is divided into four parts. In the beginning we read about the life of Maddie, her experiences loosing both of her parents in a young age-now in college trying to do her best with the help of her friend Cathy. She loves the outdoors and hiking in the mountains, until one christmas day where she decides to go backpacking alone through the mountains and gets surprised by a trekker with evil thoughts of hunting.The run begins between life and deaths, she gets so badly injured that she isn't able to reach for help on her own.First it was a little confusing and I couldn't understand why we need to relive the moments before Maddies abduction and afterwards her waking times in the caves of the Nin'hu.Then it made sense, to get a more wider picture of all characters within the story and how they were involved in all of it. Also would the story only be told in the view of Maddie, we wouldn't be able to get a glimpse of what life is like to be a true Vesturion.We wouldn't be able to understand how she got rescued by none other than the guardians of Vesturon, instead of some paranormal miracle, I first thought of. As life cannot become more complicated Maddie falls in love with one of them, Rayn and it doesn't seem that the love between them is one sided.
It's a taboo to transport a human to the planet Vesturon and it is highly punished.Rayn is awaiting his court trial on Vesturon while Maddie is going on with her life down on earth. After both of them have sworn their love to each other, will they be able to see each other, how many tests need to be succeeded so their life together can start.
That is some paranormal romance story between Madeleine aka Maddie Pearce and Rayn who happens to be a humanish acting alien, though differing in both psychological and physical abilities of normal human beings. He is from the planet Vesturon, and is one of the guardians who were stationed around the globe.
It is a lovely story with its ups and downs. I liked the story, though at some points of the story my attention was lowered. I cared more for Maddies part of the story then i cared for the other characters like Rayn and his brothers. I liked the way how the love philosophy of Vesturon is presented, that a shared love is a commitment that needs to be treated with respect like an official statement and is not treated as commonplace.It is one good novel for young adults to lay some foundation of how love should be treated.
I wanted more Maddie inside the story.
But that doesn't keep me away from the 2nd installment of the series,which i will follow up to read.
- Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2)
on Feb. 21, 2012
The adventures of Maddie Pearce in this young adult paranormal romance story continues. The 2nd installment has topped all of my expectations. My wishes concerning more Maddie input became true. Never leaving the story too much out of my sight, I enjoyed every bit of reading. This book was divided into four parts but I felt that each of these parts were necessary to define different developmental and emotional stages that Maddie found herself growing into. We read how Maddie and Rayns live go through ups and downs of a relationship which displays some of the true challenges that the couple have to face sometimes in life and not all can be viewed behind rosy glasses. From those tests Maddie also grows and matures into a young woman worthy of becoming the next first Lady to the great leader of Vesturon in the future. It seems afterall Mariah, her mother has been right all along - Maddie is destined for greatness. Up on Vesturon everything is so much new and while learning more about the Planet, Maddie learns more about herself. Who wouldn't be loving a high-tech planet with the most advanced households supplies in the world which makes life so much more easier and comfortable. You can count me in for the fun, definitely. For sure I didn’t see all of that coming and there is some surprise up ahead with Maddie's close College friend January, which I probably get the answer once the 3rd book of the series has been published. Won't be too long and I'll be catching up.
- Down Home Southern Cooking
on March 09, 2012
Way to go into the art of traditional southern american cooking culture. Easy to follow recipes with tips. The organization is plain not very structured as someone might know of a usual cookbook. Also it would have been nicer to put some pictures up from selected recipes, but then everybody is entitled to make it his own project of to do's.
- Growing Culinary Herbs In Containers - Healthy & Delicious!
on March 26, 2012
Great Ways of starting your own herb garden corner even in your kitchen or living area, no garden required. With useful tips how to plant or decorate with herbs in your home. I for sure see forward to a more natural odor fragrant in my home with no need for chemicals.For all who like to Go green!
- How To Go Vegan And Love It!
on March 26, 2012
Was searching for some meal plans with low fat and why not try some vegan recipes, though I am not vegan there are some recipes that should be a must for any kind of kitchen that also includes the vegan form.
I would have enjoyed it more if it was like a cookbook with some pictures of recipes attached.
- Snow White Gets Her Say
on March 29, 2012
It is unusual way of reading those stories that I loved reading as a kid, the original seems so familiar and traditional, while these versions show a more modernized way of telling the fairy tales. Some could see it as an active feminine roles. Not so much for kids telling bedtime stories, though.
- How To Find And Get A Job You Want...In Any Job Market!
on March 29, 2012
It was OK. Steps that help to prepare you when you are a bit low on self esteem and get all caught up by the anxiety on interviews, so this is actually a way to make this a little more easier for you finding your job you want. It makes it easier also for fresh employers who started a business so they know what the market is looking for and can take defined questionnaires for suitables. I would go for sure in that model and not in the way it is mostly done here, via contacts. No one sees another one's potential.
- Divine Intervention
on May 09, 2012
The story that is described in the novel of the true relationship between Philippa and Joao is fictional, through reading the ending of the story we get to know some true facts of this pair. Yet it is a good try to imagine how it might have occurred. A divine intervention indeed, where nobody knew how the outcome will end, while another had a foresight of a new and strong alliance between 2 countries Britain and Portugal. The author was skilled to bring us her side of the story nearer, and for me it ended just fine. An arranged marriage is never easy, both partners have to work out the problems and the misunderstandings. Sometimes our first impressions are not always guiding us righteously but due to the given commitment, the involved have to do their best to make it a prosperous and when one reaches high a successful one. More or less it is always the woman who carry the greater burden but this only shows how strong they are in the end. Woman like Philippa, wife, listener, adviser, parent had and have until now a great impact on world's history. A blessing to all woman in the world who try to make the life of their beloved ones a better one.
on June 18, 2012
The first thought that comes to my mind is "LOVE is in the air by John Paul Young. While writing these lines I am humming to the song. You might too, once you read this romantic story that revolves around Heather totally in love with Nick.
Most important characters that you meet along the way:
HEATHER: central person in the story. In her college days she gets injured in a car accident so badly that she remains in a coma state for a long time.
CREED: her childhood friend, whom she considers family. I think he is hopelessly in love with Heather.
NICK: the love interest of Heather.
Dr. WESTBROOK:he is in charge of Heather's clinical condition, meets her daily to check on the memories of her dreams and analyze fact from fantasy. Finds that she is able to communicate normal with minor memory deficiencies or what Heather believes to have happened for real.
The book is hold in 3 parts, though the book does only mention 2. Before and After concerning both the accident that was the cause to Heathers long term coma. The after part deals with the present 2 1/2 years later. Once Heather wakes up in the hospital. For my better understanding I thought the talking sessions about her dreams with Dr. Westbrook to be the third part, which are divided into chapters that mark the beginning of Heather's dreams of her first day in college, the romance between her and Nick to the end just before the accident. Jessica Roberts has a way of letting the reader feel the emotions described in the dream part, every detail of romantic moments is covered and it easy to go on and get into the mood for love.
It is amazing to what our brain does once we are unaware of its activity. Memory association, observation and reasoning skills all to create a dream world that seems so real, that I want to believe.
I didn't like that nothing is to be known yet about the cause of the accident, might as well wait and see if it will be revealed in the sequel to Reflection
To the end of the story Roberts gives us a glimpse to the sequel of this book by mentioning Dr. Westbrook saying:
" Sometimes after waking from a coma, the mind can continue to play tricks on you in the form of hallucinations; they’re referred to as ‘reactions’
We can only hope for the best that this love story finds its way back, so the dream can become reality.
- The Weeping Empress
on June 30, 2012
Being a Fan of Japanese fighting movies and recently also into action video games like call of duty made it for me easy to follow the action filled novel. I am rather got used to this form and I might as well see that this novel will make an excellent playstation or xbox game which I would want to play rather than read. This way it is more graphical. I imagine to play in the novels heroine character Chiyo who is taken by a supernatural force out of her modern natural environment and placed into another world, that has no particular background information until you read several chapters and even then I wasn't fully satisfied. Though the idea to implement the idea of Chiyo the heroine and empress to be of the vast land of Dashkalil. But for a game it might be alright. The description of the fighting scenes is immense, I didn't had any knowledge of samurai fighting at all, here you will get a glimpse of what it is like with some of its rules. This might as well be integrated very well into the game with different levels of expertise and ascension in degree and levels.
But this novel is not for everyone, even those that are into adventure fantasy with supernatural context. Accordingly for myself, one time reading is enough.
I like the fantasy stories more descriptive making the background information detailed, but am glad that I tried out something totally unfamiliar to my reading style.
As I said earlier I find this novel to be an excellent adventure action game in progress, that I would want to play eagerly but don't need to read.
- Beginnings, a YA Paranormal Romance (Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon)
on June 30, 2012
This is a short YA paranormal romance story involving Rowan the next future leader of Vesturon and Annalise his mate and later wife. The sequels were out before this story, either one falls in love with the place and morals of Vesturon or not. I did, though-totally from the beginning. I don't want to think of my life for the last 6 months without these romantic stories, thanks to A. M. Hargrove for bringing back the feeling of butterflies in the time of war.
- How to Bake: Chocolate
on June 30, 2012
Astounding what you can learn about chocolate cocoa beans here not to forget about the mouth watering sweet dishes offered . It is definitely something for my taste buds. I didn't like that each chapter of the book how to bake as this one is kept alone and needs to be downloaded separately.
- Exploring da Vinci’s Last Supper
on July 01, 2012
This is an interesting opportunity to experience and learn about the fine arts history of one popular and well known artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci. This short piece explains the details of the painting how it was made, surely taken by the biography of the painter and with her own words Catherine Jaime makes the historical interpretation more lively. I am sure teens can profit from this work in case they do an art project for the school on the same material.
- All I Want
on Dec. 26, 2012
One married couple after WW I in New Zealand picking up to make a life on a bare land as farmers. It works out so far but life brings out many hardships where Love alone, will not bring the peace back. A nice short story we can all take an example from.
- A Choice of Destiny
on Dec. 28, 2012
This is a short preview of a magical novel to be in progress. Sounds interesting to continue on. For me it has all the concept it needs to be made into a great fantasy urban story. It lacks a little in providing more fundamental insights into the spirit realm, how are kids chosen, why are they chosen. What is the purpose of the Spirit Realm. These are all points that can be included into the developing story. Keep up the good works-I am waiting to read more.
- The Girl, the Ghost, and the Prince
on Dec. 28, 2012
A short fairy tale story between Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty told in a new way. It is all about Love and its different faces to one another. Followed by a happy ending to the very end.
- Determinant, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 3)
on Dec. 30, 2012
This book is the third installment of the Vesturon Guardian Saga. I read the first and the second installment and was totally mesmerized by a series of events. This one follows the life of January St. Davis and her relationship later on with one of the Yarrister Clan members of Vesturon, Rykerian. The book is divided in several partitions so you might get a glance of thoughts from each January and Rykerian. It is well organized to the end and has some funny parts as well. Anyone who knows the other stories, will love this too - if not more. There is good and there is evil everywhere and the Guardians of Vesturon are the protectors of peace while others thrive to destroy it. Just to give a few hints to what you will miss: Breakout of a viral pandemic illness, Kidnapped out of space, extraterrestrial life forms, love story. In no ways we can see what lies ahead but it's worth while to fight for life than surrender to death, no matter how long,hard or excruciating painful the way. Read on and YOU will believe it yourself.
- Place of Peace
on Feb. 09, 2013
I didn't like the beginning of the story very much, but there is some truth in one's saying never to judge a workpiece beforehand by having read just a few pages. The story evolved into a really nice romantic story that I enjoyed reading from half the book on. It is based on an American novel held between at time of the post civil war in the south between Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Virginia Genny Romayne leaves her home-escaping from a marriage her father has chosen but she herself doesn't want to go through. In the note she left her parents writing she married another man and left with him. Arriving in Nashville she puts her status as a widow, so no one will ask any further questions. She gets employed as a secretary and nurse for the doctor in town, after a while both fall in love and marry. As in all relationships misunderstandings of crucial moments in life makes it painful for those who don't speak about it in a common sense and just try to punish others and getting punished themselves for this, is no solution. Got interested, I did. A little drama is always entertaining and it's worth the reading just to see how the story turns.