Wednesday, May 22, 2019

REVIEW: Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

Marked by Sarah Fine
My Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Cacia and her family are Ferrys. Not only is that their last name, but it's also their part-time occupation. ;) When someone passes on, the Ferrys are responsible for transporting them from the the in-between to their final destination, whether that be Heaven or Hell. The Ferrys have their nemesis—the Kere—who are the reapers. They are the ones that mark people for Death—not of their own accord, but via an order that comes from above, namely the Fates who weave the fabric of life. All this works as it should... most of the time.

Eli Margolis and his sister Galena arrive in future Boston from the barren wasteland of Pittsburgh. Galena has been offered a very prestigious research position at Harvard University, working on the cure to all infectious diseases. But her research could put a huge dent in the profits of the Ferrys and the Kere, a rogue Ker is determined to put a stop to it!

The author built a very unique world here, unlike any other fantasy/paranormal books I've come across. It definitely falls into the paranormal romance genre however, so there were some intimate scenes that seemed a bit forced and out of place. One can ignore that as they delve into the fascinating world the author has created here. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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Friday, April 05, 2019

REVIEW: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆
"In this best selling business fable, The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home."

I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the beginning stuff I already knew—and for the most part, already practice—in my own life and (hopefully) my business dealings as well. But even throughout this part that was a bit of a review, the surrounding story was highly engaging and entertaining, allowing me to better retain some of the "rules of the bus".

Some of the later rules—a little over halfway through—progressed into newer territory for me. I enjoyed expanding my brain, and was really drawn in to the way the story was told. Maybe it's because I listened to it in audiobook, I don't know, but Jon Gordon was really good with the different voices of the various characters. I had such a vivid image of Joy in my head as a big, beautiful black woman with a smile from ear to ear every time he read her lines!

I'd definitely recommend this for leaders and business builders who want to motivate and encourage their team.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

REVIEW: Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

Season of the Witch
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

What a ride! Gabriel Blackstone is a thief and dealer in information. But he's also a Remote Viewer (RV)—able to see through the eyes of another person—a pretty freaky skill if you ask me! And according to the prologue, a real skill—though a bit more watered down than depicted here. An old flame of Gabriel's calls on him to help him find her missing stepson. At first he declines to help, but just a little taste of seeing through Robert Whittington's eyes and he's hooked.

I'm sorry I waited so long to read this one. I actually read two of her other works first, but I guess you could say I saved the best for last! This was a thrilling, wild ride, and I highly recommend it to others interested not only in mystery, but also the esoteric.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

REVIEW: The Dark Victorian: Bones (Volume 2) by Elizabeth Watasin

My Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The second installment in the Dark Victorian series finds Secret Commission agents Art and Jim Dastard, a reanimated artificial ghost and animated skull respectively, on the hunt for a black market doctor removing the bones and organs from particular individuals and transplanting them into others. Known as the Bone Stealer, this doctor of highly questionable morals is literally taking from the poor and giving to the rich, those wealthy enough to afford his services.

This was a highly entertaining read, which I finished back in 2015, but for some reason never completed a review for. For that reason, I can't really comment more specifically beyond the original blurb I wrote above. However, I do recall liking it just as much, if not more so than Risen, the first in the series.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

REVIEW: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face
My Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

I know a lot of people that loved this book, but it didn't contain any earth-shattering revelations for me. Sure, it was fun and quirky, and I like her writing style, but for me personally, it wasn't as "self-helping" as I'd have hoped.

Still, it gives a lot of good advice—with plenty of entertaining storytelling—that will probably help a lot of people feel better about themselves and possibly even give some direction to their lives. For me, I probably need the more advanced version of these concepts. LOL :D

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

REVIEW: Vitality: The Young Living Lifestyle by Jen O'Sullivan

Vitality: The Young Living Lifestyle
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Jen O'Sullivan is a great resource for all things essential oils, and her Vitality book is no exception. Not only will you learn a great deal about using essential oils for health and wellness, but you'll also learn how to fully embrace an oil-infused lifestyle.

Aromatic, topical, and internal use are all covered—and yes, it's totally safe to ingest certain oils in moderate amounts—as are the abundance of essential oil infused cleaning, personal care, and supplement products that Young Living offers. By the time you've finished reading, you'll have all the tools you need to eliminate those nasty toxins and endocrine disruptors from your home, and get your wellness back on the right track.

I'd love to be your guide on your oily wellness journey, so please reach out to me personally when you're ready to embark and I'll help you get started. :) You can also visit me at MadlyDivineEssentials.com for more oily information.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

REVIEW: Return To Life Through Contrology by Joseph H. Pilates

My Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Return to Life was written by Joseph Pilates back in 1945 when he was 60 years old. Contrology, as he called it back then, became the basis for our modern day Pilates. Many of the principles introduced then have been brought forward into how we practice today, while others were slightly changed, refined, or modernized as we learned more about the various systems of the body.

The style of writing immediately struck me as old fashioned as it was originally written in 1945. While oftentimes a bit wordy in trying to get his point across, the writing was still typical of it's time, whereas today we focus on employing as few words as possible to get our point across. Unfortunately, it sometimes got a bit tedious in the reading, waiting for him to get to the point with all the comparisons and examples, and often taking 500 words to say something that today we could easily get across in 100. But then again, seeing as exercise and fitness was not a common subject of the time, perhaps these people needed it hammered into their head in such a way!

Joseph continually emphasized proper breathing technique, and breathing through the exercises—though we've refined that a bit more today to incorporate what we call 360 degree breathing. Balance is another key concept in his work—balanced muscles, balanced body, balanced mind—and was essential to bring to life your otherwise dormant muscles for optimal balance, health, and better brain functioning. He touches on improved blood circulation and talks about brushing with a stiff brush in the shower, what we refer to today as dry brushing or lymph node brushing. Definitely a pioneer of his time.

A few things that have evolved from his original exercises have more to do with specifics of how they're performed. For example, in many of the exercise descriptions, he says to flatten your spine to the floor, whereas today we often work in a neutral spine for some of these same poses. In addition, when legs are extended, he advises to lock your knees. Perhaps the meaning was different back then, but in today's terminology, locking your knees often leads to hyperextension in many people so we don't really use that term anymore.

Going forward, I'd like to see more men practicing Pilates. It certainly appears that Joseph focused more on men in his original design. Of the men practicing today, at least they seem to understand some of the main principles behind Joseph's work and it's value in overall wellness. As a Pilates Instructor, I hope to help spread that word far and wide, and prove that Pilates is not just for women.

Joseph Pilates was indeed a pioneer of his time, and were he alive today, I'm sure he'd be extremely happy at how his work has progressed while still remaining true to his original vision.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

REVIEW: Lucy Libido Says... There's an Oil for That: A Girlfriend's Guide to Using Essential Oils Between the Sheets by Lucy Libido

My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Awesome awesome awesome!! I picked up this book before I even knew Lucy would be offering her hilariously amusing online Facebook class again. I learned so much about the right oils to use in the bedroom for libido and hormones—how to not stuff a dry turkey, and how to keep his soldier standing at attention! ;)

If you need a little more bow chicka wow wow in your life, then get yourself this book and some Young Living essential oils pronto! (contact me if you need an oil hook-up.) The recipes section is detailed and precise, and you'll be a maven mixer in no time—from Inner Thigh Potions to Love Button Lubes, Soldier Serum to Perky Pellets, this book lays it all out for you. You can thank me later! :*