Monday, September 24, 2012

[Books] The Burning Bush by Kenya Wright

Started on: September 16, 2012
Finished on: September 24, 2012
Synopsis
After Dante Bottelli’s slaughter of Vamp-owned Mixbreeds, Lanore and Zulu execute a well-planned attack that hits Dante where it hurts the most—his pockets. But their attack triggers a chain of unfortunate events, and allows Detective Rivera to blackmail Lanore.

Rivera forces Lanore to investigate his case, the Burning Bush Murders. Someone's been tying girls to bushes and setting them on fire. Lanore must find the killer, or Rivera goes public with his information.

Meanwhile, Dante won't take his defeat without a fight. He counterattacks and the Santeria habitat, as well as Lanore’s and Zulu’s lives, are changed forever.

Review
(This review contains spoilers!) 


The Burning Bush is the second edition to the Habitat series. It is about a new world where humans forced supernaturals to live in cages cities. This book continues the story of what happens to the protagonist Lanore Vesta. Lanore is a mixie that has a sight for equality between mixies and purebloods. With blowing up the vamp blood factory and a habbie detective that is blackmailing her solve the murder cases for him running after her, Lanore has a lot on her plate.

I read the first book and I loved it. The ending made me what to come back for more. I was lucky enough to finish the first book so close to the release date of the second.

I personally found The Burning Bush vastly intriguing and absorbing, plus it was an easy read. The enjoyed the plot much more than the first book, I’m guessing because I’ve grown to know more about the characters and I’ve grown attached to them in ways that I can’t explain.

Cassie was introduced into the book as Zulu’s sister. I absolutely adored her and she admired Lanore, which I thought was cute but kind of annoying. I grew attached to her throughout the book. I admit tears were shed when her death arrived.

As for the conclusion of the book, I only thought they would have a huge fight with the antagonist Dante, and he would die in the ending. But what actually happened was unanticipated, and undeniably unexpected, I was so shocked that my jaw fell open and stayed open until the last page. More tears were shed during the undetermined death of the hot and sexy Were-cheetah MeShack. The book ended with such a huge cliffhanger that will absolutely make you come back crawling for more.

The Burning Bush is marvelous second edition to the Habitat series. I will definitely recommend this to everyone I know who enjoys reading paranormal books. I am positively looking forward to the third edition. I do hope it comes out soon! 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Food Review Archive

Food Review Archive

I have sorted the reviews of the restaurants I've been to in alphabetical order.

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[Books] Keeping Score ~ A Guide to Love & Relationships by Marc Brackett

Started on: September 16, 2012
Finished on: September 17, 2012

Synopsis
It's a relationship book even a man can understand.

Keeping Score provides a relationship evaluation quiz followed by a common sense guide for relationship improvement, all with a humorous twist. You can determine if your relationship has the qualities it takes for a successful marriage and lasting love affair. If you're single- read this book to see how well your potential life partner measures up. If you're married- read this book to reduce conflict and increase your happiness.

Take control and shape your union into a relationship that will stand the trials of life and go the distance.

Review
Keeping Score is a self help book about relationships, how to deal with them and what to expect from both sides of the relationships. Whether you're in a relationship or not, this book will help you prepare for what will come in the future of your relationship or your future relationships.

This is my second Self-help relationship book I've read, and there wasn't much difference between the two. Keeping Score is interesting because it give you insight in what a relationship will probably be like in 4 years or 10 years.

I personally took the quiz that was in the beginning of the book, even though I'm not in a relationship. I took it and answered it in a way that shows how and what I want my ideal partner to be like and how we are with each other. The results came out with a score of 89. Which is great. I know that this quiz is only for those who are in relationships because of the questions given, but I can say that if I were in a relationship, the results would be accurate, because it all makes sense to me.

This book appeals to both women and men. It doesn't matter if they're single or in a relationship. Even though Keeping Score revolves around a short quiz at the beginning of the book to evaluate ones relationship, it still gives advice to single ladies and gents about what to expect and what to do in a relationship, how to think, and how to deal with things.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

[Fashion] My Autumn Fav

Hello all!! 

Since autumn is just around the corner in some countries,
I come baring my Autumn favorite! 



Dress: H&M
Cardigan: Bershka
Boots: Forever21

These are the things that I've been dying to wear since I bought them...
Well, it's just my dress that I've been dying to wear. I bought this dress earlier this year and it was about $15 because it was on sale that time. I haven't found the proper opportunity to wear it since. Until now that is.

The cardigan, my sister bought for me that was about $23, it was a tad bit expensive but it's worth it. I've been hunting around for a proper cardigan for ages!

My boots, I bought a year ago. They were about $26 and I've been wearing them since I bought them, because they look awesome!

So this is my autumn favorite for this autumn!

[Fashion] Fashion's Night Out (FNO) Tee

Hello readers!!

I got my FNO tee in the mail a week ago and
I know I'm like 2 weeks late but whatever. 

Here it is - 


Size: Medium 
Price: $25.00
Store: Saks Fifth Avenue 

I was so excited when I the mail man came! I literally ran down the stairs screaming "Mail! Mail! Mail! FNO tee is here!!" 

I actually bought 3 - for me, and my two sisters.

I went crazy for two days looking at online stores searching for this, because they were all sold out, EVERYWHERE!
I then finally found it in the Saks Fifth Avenue website! It was a bit expensive because I was buying 3 and because of shipping but it's worth it. 

Another great thing about this tee is that 40% of what I payed for goes to the New York City AID fund! 

Unfortunately, I don't think you cant get these anymore, because it's a limited edition and because Fashion's Night Out is over.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

[Books] Shifted Perspective by J. Bridger

Started on: September 10, 2012
Finished on: September 14, 2012


Synopsis
Caleb Byrne is a bright high school senior who has enough to deal with between college choices, taking care of his single dad, and dealing with his headstrong girlfriend Joanna and an eccentric set of cousins in California. He was managing to get by until the day he woke up a Cocker Spaniel. Even if it only happens monthly and is more embarrassing than painful, the so-called ability is something that he's anxious to be rid of.

He didn't realize his transformations would drag him into a hidden society of canine and lupine shape shifters as well as a family legacy he hates. To make matters worse, after moving to Los Angeles to learn more about his heritage from his Aunt Moira and his cousin Kalista, Caleb now struggles through life-and-death matters. He keeps angering the werewolves in charge of the shifter world, especially Kalista's boyfriend Peter, the Southern California alpha's son, who also happens to be grade-A sociopath. Worse, Caleb's floundering to keep his secret from Joanna.

While his family offers him some support, they may not be enough as Caleb realizes that the rules in shifter society---number one is supposed to be don't kill humans---are not so ironclad. Some werewolf out there is leaving a blood-soaked trail across the Midwest and it might just be with the alpha's blessing...

Review
Shifters Perspective is what the title says. It is a story of a newly late shifted shifter who shifts into a cute little curry Cocker Spaniel. Caleb is 18 and is considered a runt to his shifters family because he shifted late. It is a fictional book that basically speaks about Were-dogs and how Caleb deals with his new life as a shifter.

When I first saw read the synopsis of this book, I didn't know what to expect. It was different and to be honest I kind of giggled when read it, because I didn't really know what to think about a were-dog or shifters.

I personally found Shifters Perspective to be an average book about a boy who discovers that he is more than a normal human. I didn't get overly excited nor overly disappointed. It was an easy read plut it being interesting made it much more of an easy read.

Shifters Perspective is an easy read that will keep you curious of what's going to happen next. I recommend this to those YA readers out there and to those who love reading about crime and mysteries.

Friday, September 14, 2012

[Blog Tour] For Keeps by Aaron Paul Lazar

 Book 3 of A Sam Moore mystery : For Keeps


Synopsis
In the third Sam Moore mystery, Sam’s old girlfriend shows up dead in a local hotel, inciting suspicions about his involvement. The coroner, a former med school colleague whose husband is about to desert her, reveals that she had a crush on Sam in school. When she turns up dead the next day in her own morgue, Sam is once again in the hot seat. A member of Sam’s own family is brutally murdered, and he is locked in a psych ward until he reconnects with his talisman, the green marble. His plan: to change time, and bring his loved one back to life.

Teaser
From Chapter 2 of For Keeps

            In ten minutes, the room cleared. One of the techs nodded to Lou on the way out. “She’s all yours, Doc. Let us know if you need anything.”
            “Thanks.” Lou shot him a grim smile and motioned for Sam to follow her to the nightstand.
            “Look at this.” She flipped through the white pages using the eraser end of a yellow pencil. “There. There it is. The book was opened to this page when they found her.”
            Sam stared at the circled entry. “Are you sure she did this?”
            Lou shook her head. “No. But it’s pretty damned likely.”
            The name and address circled shouted at him. Dr. Samuel J. and Rachel S. Moore. 5125 Maple Beach Road. East Goodland, New York.
            Sam stared at the phone book, then glanced around the room. It was tidy, as if the occupant had just arrived. The suitcase lay unpacked and opened on a stand near the television. “Am I a suspect?”
            “Hell, no. I just want to see if you knew her. I didn’t exactly broadcast the information to the police.” She gestured to the phone book. “I wanted to show you first. I’m not sure if they picked up on it.”
            “Thanks, Lou.” The last thing he needed was to be part of a murder investigation. He thought back to last night. He didn’t even have a good alibi—Rachel had fallen asleep early, and he’d read until he’d drifted off.
He leaned over and looked at the books on the nightstand. Standard fare. The newest Dean Koontz novel and a women’s magazine.
            “According to the detective, the ID she gave at the front desk comes up bogus in the system, and her purse is missing. If she carried one, that is. No wallet, no identifying papers.” Lou’s voice softened. “You ready to see if you recognize her?”
            Sam squared his shoulders and nodded, feeling less confident than he sounded. “Sure. But what makes you think I’ll know her? Maybe she was just looking for a local doctor.”
            They walked toward the bathroom. “Maybe.” Lou led the way. She crouched beside the victim and carefully rolled her onto her back. “But take a look anyway.”



Authors Bio:

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases.



Monday, September 10, 2012

[Books] E-Learning 101 by Dr. Liz Hardy

Started on: September 7, 2012
Finished on: September 9, 2012

Synopsis
E-learning 101 is an e-book that will cheer you on, while it shows you the ropes.
It’s just like having your own personal e-learning coach.

This e-learning resource can do three things for you.

1. Save you time – by quickly explaining how everything works (it’s much faster than guessing on your own).

2. Stop you worrying – by replacing your fears with action and progress.

3. Make you more confident – by giving you step-by-step strategies for dealing with the tricky parts.

E-learning 101 can help you if you’re:

• Somewhere between slightly nervous, and frankly terrified
• Frustrated with having to guess about what to do next
• Too busy to wade through enormous books about online learning
• Keen to make progress on your course right now.

In 6 short lessons, you’ll find the solutions to your biggest e-learning questions.
And you’ll discover that e-learning’s really not as tough as it looks.

Review
E-learning 101 is a self help book that will allow you to understand how e-learning works.

I've read multiple self-help book throughout the years and I found them all very helpful. Most of them had a great impact in my life. And I found this one; E-learning 101, another helpful self-help book because it was an easy read, and it is a book that tells you straight up, "It's okay to do e-learning" and "there is nothing to be afraid of!" but it's not only with e-learning, it's with the internet in general. With meeting new people online and meeting up with them in person.

E-learning 101 speaks about how it will be like when you do e-learning yourself. It explains how your life could be like, and it shows you ways in fitting e-learning into your daily schedule. It tells you how to deal with deadlines and procrastination.

The dogs make a great addition to the book. It signifies what the author is trying to portray, it's something that makes you smile while you're in the serious zone.

All in all, E-learning 101 is a very informative book, suitable for adults and young adults who have an interest in doing e-learning in the future. It's an easy read, and very straight forward. Plus the dogs make it fun to read!



Saturday, September 8, 2012

[Food] Dome, World's Finest Coffees

Good Day Readers!! 
I had dinner at Dome last night and decided to review it! xD
Location: Juffair, Bahrain
Price range: 10-15BD

Dome Café is a café and restaurant that serves all kind of food like Burgers and Pasta. they have a wide variety of food on the menu which is great. 

 Whole Experience

We were greeted at the door, which is a good. We chose where to sit. I always liked a restaurant that's big and cosy and Domes environment did give out a cosy vibe. 

We took a while to decide but we eventually did and in the end we all decided to have these. 

6 Dishes for 4 people. 

We were worried that we won't be able to finish our food but in the end we did. xD 
The dishes we all had were:

Food
Penne Bolognese
Omelete with Bacon bits
Caesar Salad 
French Toast 
Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta 

Drinks
Vanilla Shake 
Iced Mocha
Water 
English Breakfast tea

The Food Experience
It took quite a while for them to deliver our food. 
We received our drinks at first, and I had the Iced Mocha


It is something that you had to mix together to get all the flavor blended. The whipped cream on top tasted delish. The drink took quite a few more stirs to actually blend well. Once blended, it produced a taste of strong coffee topped with cream, which it was. It is no different from other Iced Mocha drinks i've tried. 

My cousin and I were sharing the french toast while she had her Salad and I my Creamy Chicken Penne. 



The French Toast was absolutely delicious. It is topped with boiled blue berries and cranberries sauce and Crème fraîche. The only thing I didn't like were the berries. I think they should stay fresh. The berries lost their delicious taste once it touches heat. But the crème fraîche and the toast tasted delish. I adored it.

My Creamy Penne Chicken Pasta was topped with mushrooms and tomatoes. It was not as creamy as I thought it would be. The baby tomatoes in the dish made it twice as delicious. But I think with a little bit more cream would do the trick to making it perfect. 

Lets Conclude
We wanted to catch a waiter or waitress to get our bill but every time my cousin tried to catch them they either couldn't hear her or would just ignore. Eventually we go their attention and got our bill. Spent about 27BD for all the 6 dishes plus drinks. 

My entire experience at Dome Cafe Restaurant was moderate. The service was average, nothing much to complain about. And the food was delicious with a little needed tweaks here and there. 

I would recommend Dome Cafe Restaurant to anyone who enjoys a cosy mid-lighted environment and delicious food plus an all day breakfast. 



Friday, September 7, 2012

[Fashion] Preppy Everyday Look

Good day my lovely readers, 
I come baring photos!!

I have with me photos I took a few days ago. 

It is a Preppy Everyday Look that anyone can try out. 
To me, anything with a blazer looks preppy. 



With this outfit, I have my old skirt that I got second hand with some tights underneath and I pared it with a pink v-neck shirt and topped that with my Forever 21 blazer and a bird necklace also from Forever 21