Monday, March 30, 2015

The Loss: The Originals #2 by Julie Plec

Series: The Originals #2
336 p.
Publisher: HQN books
Published: 3/31/15
Source: From publisher for review
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power.
But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain the result will be a bloodbath.
My thoughts:
This is a continuation of the previous book taking place about 40 years later. Old grudges surface and this becomes the crux of their problems... along with Klaus, of course. In the last book I thought that Klaus was a bit too optimistic for his character. However, in this book, the optimism has turned into something more selfish and narcissistic. Yep, the Klaus we know is in full form.

My only complaint is slight. This time it feels as if Elijah is more like Klaus in this book. He has always been the one to be able to think of others even if his blinders are huge for the family. He seemed a bit more self centered in this one. Not too badly but just not his sweet vampire self who can rip out your throat for looking at his family wrong. Okay, bad example, but fans of the show may know what I'm talking about. It was a minor thing however.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed myself a bit more with this book and found myself easily seeing this as a flashback episode of the Originals. I recommend it to those who are fans of the show.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Challenges Progress: Audiobook and Library

I've entered a couple of challenges this year. I've done pretty good progress on my audio challenge and I'm slightly behind on my library challenge. 

Here is my progress:
Hot Listens/2015 Audiobook Challenge
6/15 audiobooks

Since I have been tracking my progress on Goodreads as well as here, thought I'd give a short screencap to show my progress. Just click on the pic below to see a bigger pic.

I'm doing better than I thought I would! YaY! 
My library books almost look exactly like the one above since I can combine them and I've been doing a lot of audios from Hoopla (which is also technically from my library).

Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
5/24 library books

Just a little more behind than I intended but still on my way to my goal!
How are you doing on you challenges?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Product Review: #XOVoxBox from Influenster

I was picked for another Influenster product box for review. This one was much nicer to me and wasn't heavily perfumed. YES! I was so happy about that. So here is my review of the box that I got for free:

Pic from Adore Me
So before the box came, I got a coupon to try a free bra and panty set from Adore Me for review. I had looked at other reviews and I found a couple that said to go up a cup size when ordering. I did so by ordering up a band size (for those that aren't aware, when you go up a band size but stay the same cup size, you actually go up a cup size). It fit so I do recommend going up that cup size. You would probably be okay with the same band width b/c the brand I use I often go down a size. I also sized up a panty size and it worked for me too. Some designs I will do that because I have an ass and they don't make some women's clothing with that in mind. If you don't then I think you'll be fine with your regular size. ;) 

They do have cute sets and I think that the quality is okay. It doesn't
feel high end, but it doesn't feel cheap either. It pretty much looks like it is worth the price of $39.95 so you do get your money's worth. I also liked the selection and thought the sets were cute and sexy. For those who are bigger than what most places like this offer, they go up to a G cup size for a few of their selections and are still stylish. 

If you would like to try it I have a link to use. You get your first set for $24.95! Just click HERE (my affiliate link) to go to Adore Me. For the VIP membership you do have to decline a month you don't want a product or you will be charged $39.95 to be used on a future purchase. You do get reminders and so far it has been no problem declining. You also get the 6th set free and special sales. There is another program that is pay as you go. You don't have to decline each month but you don't get the sales. Both programs have free unlimited exchanges and shipping.

The box came and I got Tide with Febreeze and the John Frieda collection for Beach Blonde. Well, I cannot use either but if the Tide with Febreeze comes in an unscented version I would use that one easily. I use unscented Tide and wouldn't mind the Febreeze since it tends to take other smells out. Also, with the John Frieda collection brunettes can use this one too! I can't since I am so sensitive to shampoos and other hair care products. If I could use it  I would use the sea salt spray to give my fine hair some texture. However, I know someone who will enjoy this small collection.

What was ironic about the collection is the Colgate products. I was about to buy a new toothbrush. Now I have something that will help me smile brighter. Probably a good thing since I do drink coffee. :) So far it works well and I do like the toothbrush.

The product I really loved was the SkinFix product. Not only is this needed in the cold weather we have been getting but it is scent free and it is gentle to my hands. I wish more companies would follow their example and at least make things scent free! I love that it is designed also for those that have eczema and dermatitis. I'm very sensitive to various products and I was cautious about it. For those that are sensitive or allergic it does contain beeswax, calendula, and chamomile which are a few ingredients you might need to be aware. You can get this product at Target.

I also got a Land's End coupon for $25 off a $100 purchase but sadly it isn't in the budget for now. You can also get this same bonus! All you have to do is put VOXLOVE for the promo code and spend at least $100.

This was an interesting mix for my voxbox. I think my favorite product was the Adore Me products. They do have some cute things there.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb

224 p.
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published: 2/17/15
Source: Free from Blogging for Books for review
This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.

To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That's exactly what a postage stamp garden does. Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables--for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.

When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.
My thoughts:
 I actually come from a background of farmers. My mother loves to garden and she has started these small gardens on her own. It is with her in mind I got this book for review.

When I looked at the book I loved how the small gardens were set up. I also liked the recommended companion plants to help deter pests. This seemed like a wonderful gardening book to me but it still had to pass the mom test. So, I set it in front of her and she quickly devoured it. Her favorite parts were the plant suggestions listed in the book. She now has her eye on several plants she wants for her garden. She also enjoyed the parts of the book with the companion plants. While I think it would take more time with her not wanting to plant in rows (a farmer thing... LOL) I think this will end up giving her more options. Both of us highly recommend this book for first time gardeners as well as seasoned farmers looking for a personal garden. We give it 4 1/2 stars.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


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