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review 2017-01-22 21:16
So Simple With Such A Big Return
Power of Breath: The art of breathing well for harmony, happiness, and health - Swami Saradananda

4.5
Breathing is the basic function we can control. Breathing well can change your thinking, physical abilities and more. I loved the connection taught, between breath, body and mind. The yoga addition was a bonus I did not expect. I practiced several of the techniques daily and found and immediate change in my perception to the world around me. I didn't feel so on edge, so negative, I had a sense of calm acceptance that was good. I felt really good. I can't wait to see where I can go from here.
Easy simple techniques
Uncomplicated yoga
Small time investment

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC

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review 2017-01-20 04:07
The Art of Not Breathing
The Art of Not Breathing - Sarah Alexander

This is one of those YA books that makes me wish I was not a parent when I read it. I know, even as I react to events, that I am thinking like a completely annoying parent — ooh, that’s too dangerous, should she be doing that? — and not a young adult. So yes, I understand, I am reading books I probably shouldn’t read anymore, but sometimes I need to, in order to see what’s out there for my own writing, and to pretend I am previewing it for my daughters. That last part is a story I tell myself, as my daughters no longer value my opinion about their reading, and have in fact taken to believe that they have superior taste in books to me.

 

In any case, I am trying to be less wordy in these reviews, because really, who has the time to hit that “Show entire post” when you’re scrolling through the feed late at night? This book has everything a YA should — thrill-seeking teens, edgy romance, complex problems at home, and long-buried secrets — but I did feel that the myriad of serious problems presented here were explored in only a cursory manner. Alexander serves up a lot of angst, and, despite my mixed feelings about the book, she gave me some cringe-worthy moments realizing that I have teenage daughters who may someday want to date a bad-ass surfer boy.

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review 2017-01-19 17:36
Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country, #1) by Pamela Clare Review
Barely Breathing: A Colorado High Country Novel - Pamela Clare

Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the eccentric Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart apart and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends again—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.

 

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I am so excited about this new series by Pamela Clare! She is a great writer who mostly writes romantic suspense which is one of my least favorite subgenres. I am thrill that she is starting this indie series of contemporaries with acton thrown in.

 

What I really liked about this book is what I am sure I will really like about the series. The book was a love letter to Colorado mountains, search and rescue, and outdoor nature sports--in this case rock climbing. It is a feast of details and images and works perfectly to create a world in this small town you will want to visit and admiration for all the lifestyles, pastimes, and skills of the characters.

 

The cast of characters is great in terms of those I just know will have their own books.

The romance is a lovely second chance with high school sweethearts who have an intense attraction and love for each other paired with a playful sexuality (and they did have sex with others while apart thank god) which is super fun. The love story comes from them falling in love with fuller selves they both are now and seeing who they were then much more clearly.

 

The heroine's journey is a worth the reading in terms of understanding herself and her relationship to her home town.

 

I wasn't thrilled with the resolutions in terms of personal relationships between her father, her stepmother, her best friend, and her sisters. I thought these plot points should have been contended with more powerfully for a richer closing to this book.

 

But overall, good stuff!

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review 2016-11-27 16:26
Breathing Vapor (Cyborg Sizzle #2) by Cynthia Sax Review
Breathing Vapor (Cyborg Sizzle Book 2) - Cynthia Sax
Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.
 
 
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I am enjoying this series. The world building is good and I like the hero a lot. I like the heroine as well.

However, the is she evil question goes on way too long. She is not. The creator's daughter really wants to free the creations trope is an old one and a goodie. But the she is really evil despite all the good it is clear she is going is annoying.

This one goes really dark with a weapon of mass destruction but it is overall a good progression in the series.

 

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review 2016-07-20 09:12
Breathing Betrayal (Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham)
Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence Book 1) - Bellora Quinn,Sadie Rose Bermingham

2.5 stars

The prologue should be up my alley. A promise of a good mystery. Unfortunately, this ended up just a 'meh' read for me. The paranormal world-built wasn't clear enough somehow. Maybe it was my fault for not exactly remembering (or re-reading) the blurb but these days I want to read books without referring to blurb so it will like a blank sheet experience.

 

Anyway, I kept thinking it was a contemporary mystery until the MCs were talking about their 'gifts' and it kinda took me out of the story. I also kept thinking what the heck was Mari saying about being Weston's guinea pigs? I didn't understand the context and it just one thing that weirdly stood out.

The mystery was okay. But I was highly distracted (and then annoyed) with the long sex scenes as well, especially with one started early, around 1/4 of this book. At one point I was actually screaming inside my head, "focus on finding that missing man and stop thinking with your dick!"

I read the rest with a rather indifferent manner. Or maybe it was my bad reading mood that also contributed to this opinion. Probably will stay away from romance for few days, maybe looking at different genre altogether with minimum sexual content.

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