Sunday, January 31, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter @BookSparks @SlaughterKarin

Genre: Women’s fiction 

About Pretty Girls:  More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.” 

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the term "investigoogling" in 2006.

COP TOWN is available in paperback NOW!

PRETTY GIRLS, arrived July 2, 2015 in the UK and September 29, 2015 in the US.

With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

PRETTY GIRLS to your shelf! 



I had received a physical copy of this book for review but there are times that I will buy the audio version instead and listen. This was one of those times. I think listening to this book made it much more real to me. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, twisty, haunting, terrifying and riveting...I could not stop listening even though I was very uncomfortable!!!! It was s mix of emotions for sure!!! It will pull you into a dark and scary world and keep you reading or listening long into the night. I even dreamt about it. I never quite knew what to expect and felt stressed (in a good way) the whole time I was listening. It is quite a wild ride and a book I will not soon forget!!!



Thursday, January 28, 2016

#MMBBR #Review BULLETPROOF THE COOKBOOK by Dave Asprey @bulletproofexec

In The Bulletproof Diet, Dave Asprey turned conventional diet wisdom on its head, outlining the plan responsible for his 100-pound weight loss, which he came to by "biohacking" his body and optimizing every aspect of his health. The unconventional plan urges you to skip breakfast, stop counting calories, eat high levels of healthy saturated fat, work out less, sleep better, and add smart supplements. In doing so, Dave says you'll gain energy, build lean muscle, and watch the pounds melt off―just as he and so many others have.
Bulletproof: The Cookbook picks up where the diet plan leaves off, arming you with 125 recipes to stay Bulletproof for life and never get bored. Famous for his butter-laden Bulletproof Coffee, Dave packs the book with the delicious, filling meals he uses to maintain his weight loss and sustain his boundless energy. Once you get your hands on these mouthwatering recipes, you’ll be hungry for more―and this book is just what you’ll reach for. The Bulletproof lifestyle is your blueprint to a supercharged life.

This cookbook really did meet and probably went above and beyond what I expected out of it. I suffer from a mild case of Crohn's and finding food that is not upsetting can be hard when I am flaring.  Bulletproof, I have come to find out is a sort of movement, way of thinking, way of life for many.  My hubby is hooked on Bulletproof coffee, so when I had the chance to try out the cookbook I jumped at the chance!  I cannot say I share my hubby's infinity for the coffee, but I trust his judgement. So far I've tried the Perfect Parchment-Baked Salmon, the Swiss Chard with Fennel Salt and the Broccoli and Leek Soup!  They were all HUGE hits!  I have two sons (ages 9 and 7)  who are very adventurous eaters and my hubby is happy with whatever I whip up.  So it was fun to introduce new foods and watch them get excited by it.  I cannot wait to dive into more recipes and break up the weekly menu of the old stand-bys with new and fun meals. 4 stars  


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The heartfelt and hilarious, international bestselling debut about having it all without losing your mind.

Sophie Whelan is the kind of woman who prides herself on doing it all. In a single day, she can host a vegan-friendly and lactose-free dinner for ten, thwart a PTA president intent on forcing her to volunteer, and outwit her hostile ‘assistant’ in order to get her work done on time.

With her fortieth birthday looming, and her carefully coordinated existence beginning to come apart at the seams, Sophie begins feeling like she needs more from her life—and especially from her husband, Jesse.

The last thing Sophie needs is a new complication in her life. But when an opportunity from her past suddenly reappears, Sophie is forced to confront the choices she’s made and decide if her chaotic life is really a dream come true—or the biggest mistake she’s ever made…

Set against the dazzling backdrop of Golden Age Hollywood, novelist Anne Girard tells the enchanting story of Jean Harlow, one of the most iconic stars in the history of film 

It's the Roaring Twenties and seventeen-year-old Harlean Carpenter McGrew has run off to Beverly Hills. She's chasing a dream—to escape her small, Midwestern life and see her name in lights. 

In California, Harlean has everything a girl could want—a rich husband, glamorous parties, socialite friends—except an outlet for her talent. But everything changes when a dare pushes her to embrace her true ambition—to be an actress on the silver screen. With her timeless beauty and striking shade of platinum-blond hair, Harlean becomes Jean Harlow. And as she's thrust into the limelight, Jean learns that this new world of opportunity comes with its own set of burdens. Torn between her family and her passion to perform, Jean is forced to confront the difficult truth—that fame comes at a price, if only she's willing to pay it. 

Amid a glittering cast of ingenues and Hollywood titans—Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Laurel and Hardy, Howard Hughes—Platinum Doll introduces us to the star who would shine brighter than them all.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler @the100MileMan

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head-and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan- and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company-and ended up marrying her.

His life is about being bold and risky. And it's brought him plenty of rewards.

So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!

Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.

Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring,Living with a SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.


Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur, married to an entrepreneur, and is on a continuous journey of self improvement.  Itzler let’s us into his life for the one month he brought a complete stranger into his home to help him become an improved ultra distance runner.  Throughout the journey, Itzler provides us insight into his success and failures as an entrepreneur so you can understand how a complete stranger ends up in his home.

Itzler became fascinated by SEAL at a 24 hr endurance running event.  This self supported event required individuals and teams to bring along their own gear and nutrition to sustain them for the 24 hours.  Itzler ran the event with five of his close friends and enough gear to support a small village.  SEAL immediately catches his eye as he does not fit the ultra endurance demographic, has several bottles of water, a box of saltine crackers, and is running the event solo.

Intrigued by SEAL’s performance, Itzler reaches out and SEAL agrees to live with Itzler for one month.  However, there is a catch.  Itzler must do everything SEAL says. Everything from multiple daily running sessions in the freezing conditions to burpee test in between conference calls..  Itzler’s journey has laugh out loud moments, his perspective of the world is enlighten, and we still only know SEAL as this mysterious figure who embraces the perceived impossible.  4 stars

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#MMBBR Books in the Classroom with Yvonne The Wacky World of Silly Willy Winston an Ordinary Pet with Extraordinary Adventures By: Donna M. Maguire

The Wacky World of Silly Willy Winston an Ordinary Pet with Extraordinary Adventures
By: Donna M. Maguire

This first book of Silly Willy Winston introduces readers to an adorable Basset Hound. His long ears, short legs, and big paws will steal every reader’s heart. While reading this book, you get a preview for each of his upcoming adventures. Although it is not required for readers to read this book before reading any of the other Silly Willy Winston adventures. I’m excited to introduce this lovable character to my second grade readers. 3.5 stars

Silly Willy Winston in the Adventures of Super Snout Have NO Fear
By: Donna M. Maguire

Silly Willy Winston, better know as Super Snout in this book, helps four children over come their fears. Sally is afraid of the dark, Mark is scared of thunder and lightning, Katie is scared to try something new, and John is scared of heights. Super Snout explains in “kid friendly” terms how to overcome your fears. This book is great for parents and teachers to read as a springboard for discussion about issues real to young children.  Finally Maguire sprinkles in a bit of informational reading when explaining about thunder and lighting. I definitely will be sharing that information with my students when we study weather this year. 4 stars

The Adventures of Silly Willy Winston as Explorer Snout in a Tale of Two Deserts
By: Donna M. Maguire

A wonderful combination of fiction and informational text! Explorer Snout takes Livi on an adventure to learn about deserts, especially the Mojava and the Gobi deserts. This book is packed with facts about deserts (rainfall, temperature, animals, safety, etc.) and text features (headings, map, captions, etc.). Although the book is fiction I will positively be sharing it with my second graders as a way to learn about a desert biome. 4 stars

Silly Willy Winston in the Adventures of Inspector Snout: The Case of the Missing Tadpole
By: Donna M. Maguire

I LOVE this book! The blend of informational text in a fiction story is incredible. The premise for the book is Inspector Snout teaching Billy about metamorphosis. The book begins with Billy thinking his tadpole is missing but Inspector Snout explains to him that it is not missing just changing a bit. It is easy for young readers to understand a complex science cycle with the simple text and colorful, detailed illustrations. The diagrams showing the life cycle of tadpoles and honeybees are remarkable and educational.

Maguire continues to teach young readers that many other animals go through metamorphosis, such as, salamanders, honeybees, caterpillars, dragonflies, crustaceans and jellyfish. Another unique feature is that tricky science terms are followed with the pronunciation spelling.

I can’t wait to use this book to teach insect metamorphosis. Then expand to other animals that go through metamorphosis. 5 stars

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