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review 2016-01-14 00:00
Wolf Smitten Full Series Boxed Set
Wolf Smitten Full Series Boxed Set - Pho... Wolf Smitten Full Series Boxed Set - Phoenix Johnson,Gina Kincade I read these books as separate installments and am so glad they're all together for your pleasure.

Book 1: I have to admit I hate installments and prefer to read the entire story in one go as they leave me hanging.
Derek is not your typical wolf and his back story was briefly touched on. Krissy is an independent woman and the two meet on the roof on their apartment block. It was love at first sight, or perhaps lust seeing as she was naked.
Krissy's ex shows up and drama unfolds pretty much ending this story and leaving you hanging until the next installment, lucky me I have it waiting to read and continue. The story was easy to read and well written and the characters are developing as the story unfolds.

Book 2: This is the second installment and I recommend that you read the first before you start.
This one picked up the pace more with the introduction of Derek's manipulating ex arriving from England causing a bit of chaos. There was also Krissy finding out that she has a certain ability. More details about how Derek became a wolf and a possibility of being cured but with consequences.
The writing was fast and smooth and book 3 awaits me.

Book 3:
I liked this installment the best, probably as things were wrapped up and I wasn't left hanging.
It was a sweet love story between the alpha Vet who has wolf genes and his alpha girl Krissy who also got bitten and became wolfie too.
There was that teaser of we can become normal again but...big but as side effects could be fatal. So the decision was probably easy in the end with Krissy herself becoming less than human.
The story turned out to be different from others of this genre that I've read, quite unique and I did enjoy that. The characters were real in their unreal way, I could relate and connect with their emotions.
I liked that the author gave an incite into their future in her epilogue.
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review 2015-12-02 00:00
The Wolf in the Neighborhood (Wolf Smitten, #1)
The Wolf in the Neighborhood (Wolf Smitten, #1) - Phoenix Johnson First installment, I have to admit I hate installments and prefer to read the entire story in one go as they leave me hanging.
Derek is not your typical wolf and his back story was briefly touched on. Krissy is an independent woman and the two meet on the roof on their apartment block. It was love at first sight, or perhaps lust seeing as she was naked.
Krissy's ex shows up and drama unfolds pretty much ending this story and leaving you hanging until the next installment, lucky me I have it waiting to read and continue. The story was easy to read and well written and the characters are developing as the story unfolds.
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text 2015-07-06 04:28
Random Library Cookbooks
They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World - Nate Padavick
The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods - Erin Gleeson
The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch - Sara Conrique,Graham I. Haynes
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook - Thug Kitchen, LLC
Smitten with Squash - Amanda Paa

One of the nice things about living alone is that I can try out a lot of different things in the kitchen, and I have only my own tastes to worry about. I can make things as spicy as I want, try my hand at new ingredients and techniques before subjecting other people to them. Of course, I'm not really a chef, so I rely on cookbooks and the invaluable knowledge provided in them to get me through my cooking experiments. There are so many cookbooks available out there, though, it can be overwhelming. That's why I often avail myself of the wide variety of books available at the library. If the pages have food signs, that's a sign it's a good one, right? 

 

Some of the cookbooks available at Minneapolis Central Library.

 

Here are a few I've checked out.

 

 
They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World - Nate Padavick  

 

Derived from a blog that "draws" artists from all over the world, They Draw and Cook is a colorful compendium of illustrated favorite recipes submitted to the website. Simple recipes for the most part, the kind of comfort food that is hearty and quick to make, it is great way to experience some of the diverse, everyday cuisine of the world. Including a mix of vegetarian, meat, and desserts, there should be something to suit any palate. I tried recipes from Spain, Russia, and the U.S. However, while the varied art styles used by each artist to illustrate the procedures and ingredients are fun, on occasion they can be a little difficult to follow. This is particularly hard in the case of different methods of measuring that may be hard to convert, on the cuff, to whatever standards you follow. Still, experimenting with recipes can be its own fun.

 

 

The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods - Erin Gleeson  


The Forest Feast is definitely a beautiful book, with colorful, vivid photographs (as befits a professional photographer), with a lot of fun, simple vegetarian recipes that take advantage of the fresh produce of seasons. The recipes themselves are presented in a fun way, with photographs of the required ingredients spread out and ready to use. On the other hand, the recipes themselves are, for the most part, pretty simplistic and common sense- nothing you have not seen before in tons of other vegetarian cookbooks- on occasion, it’s just slapping together a couple of store bought items, like an ice cream float using beer (don’t forget to put nuts on top). Pretty nice ideas for a last minute dinner party and great for a library checkout just for the pretty pictures if nothing else.

 

 

The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch - Sara Conrique,Graham I. Haynes 

 

I’m not really a stoner, nor am I strictly a vegan. I more what it’s trendy to call a “flexitarian,” but much of what I cook is vegan, so I decided to check out this cute book with its simple recipes to see if there was anything work making in here. There are some interesting and innovative recipes here, generally dumbed down a bit to be useful to those who may be a little stoned while they’re jonesin’ for some grub but it actually uses a lot of packaged, premade food, generally of the sort you pick up at Trader Joes. Also, I felt that some of the recipes were a little vague in their ingredients list (being represented by pictures, for the most part). Still, it is a pretty adorable presentation and some of the recipes were good comfort food, such as the Peanut Stew and the Swedish Neatballs. 

 

 

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook - Thug Kitchen, LLC  

 

This is a bit of a problematic one- I started out following the blog and being amused by it’s comical profanity, the incongruous nature of vegan cooking from "the streets," and the pretty tasty recipes (in particular, the roasted chickpea and broccoli burrito). , Perhaps it was easier to pretend that maybe it was created by a multicultural group of chefs, but after it was published it became known that it was the product of a couple of lily white yuppie types. Hmmm. "Digital Blackface" may be an accurate charge here.

 

I guess they needed a schtick to differentiate Thug Kitchen from all those other irreverent vegan cookbooks out there, and maybe up it’s “macho” quotient a bit to pull in some dietary fence sitters, but what may have been less of an issue for a blog is a little more difficult in a published book, I feel. While it may be a rather minor point for a tough talking cookbook to be accused of racism, it does seem a little hard to defend. I mean, you can argue that "thug" does not automatically mean "Black," but in an American context, what is the connotation? 

 

I don’t know if would have been better to have called it the “tough guy” kitchen, but the racial appropriation angle is unavoidable here, no matter how good the food. On that front, I do like the recipes. 

 

 

Smitten with Squash - Amanda Paa  


One from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Northern Plate series, I really enjoyed this cookbook and will definitely be picking it up. I have always enjoyed squash, and Amanda Paa pulls together a lot of great vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes for this great, oft ignored piece of produce. This is a great companion for the Twin Cities' many awesome farmers markets, for any time of year, summer squash and autumnal butternuts alike, so that you can always have a use for whatever's available. Now, I'll need to check out Northern Plate's rhubarb title! 

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review 2015-05-30 00:00
Smitten (SSU Boys Book 2)
Smitten (SSU Boys Book 2) - Maris Black 4.5 Stars

That was just tasty...and honestly perhaps my favorite of the series.  Less heartbreak than book 1...a little bit of angst but honestly not much...a little drama yes, but overall just yummy goodness.

I have to say...I am a sucker for a love at first sight story so this series just affects me in all the right ways. And throw in a supportive mother and I am a freaking mess.



“Well, honey, he’s been smitten with you since the first time he laid eyes on you. It was obvious to everyone but the two of you.”
“But not obvious from the very start—”
“Yes, baby. From the first time I watched the two of you together at dinner, I knew. Both of you were so cute, trying to pretend you couldn’t care less whether the other one was even in the room or not. It was all Avery and I could do to keep a straight face.”




***

"You can’t deny emotions, son. And just because some people don’t believe in love at first sight doesn’t mean it’s not real, at least on some level. It’s got to start somewhere, right? And maybe it turns out to be true love, maybe it’s only a hot flash in the pan. But if you put the brakes on, it won’t turn out to be anything.”



One of the highlights of this book is the culmination of all characters, from Book 1 and 2 at the end and a fantastic set up for Book 3. So excited for Liam and Blake's story.





Another great BR with Momo!


Status Updates:

5% done with Smitten: So apparently the object of Dan's affection is not the hot professor with glasses...damn.
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6%
He reaches out to smudge the icing on my cheek with his index finger, then puts it into his mouth. The sight of his lips wrapped sinfully around his finger, moving subtly as he sucks the icing off, does something to my insides.
DAMN!!!!

28%
I guess my brain is so jangled from the sight of him that I forget who the fuck I even am, because when I open my mouth, some epically stupid shit comes out.
“Damn, that’s hot,” I breathe. “We can go ahead and bag that up.”
"You think?” Dan asks without missing a beat. He turns his back to me, cocking a hip out and looking at me over his shoulder. At the same time he bites his bottom lip and hooks a thumb in the belt loop of the already low- slung cargo pants, deliberately pulling them down enough to show me a little bit of bare ass. Then he turns and walks back to the dressing room like he has no idea he’s just caused a wet spot in my boxers.

Uuuuuuuhhhhhh

30%
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This fantastic line deserved the gif. :)

50%
Morris...
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Frank...
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...I don't believe you've met my friend.

64%
"Tell me I'm yours," he whispers, as if reading my thoughts.
"Yes, yes...mine."


65%
"You can’t deny emotions, son. And just because some people don’t believe in love at first sight doesn’t mean it’s not real, at least on some level. It’s got to start somewhere, right? And maybe it turns out to be true love, maybe it’s only a hot flash in the pan. But if you put the brakes on, it won’t turn out to be anything.”
Gotta love a book with a kick ass mom. ❤️

89%
“He gave you everything— his heart. Don’t you see that? You’ve got a car, and didn’t Avery say that bracelet means love or something?”
“Yeah, but those are just things. I don’t know how to explain it, but those things don’t mean anything to me. I know what they’re supposed to mean, but they just don’t. Nothing means anything but him, and now that he’s not here, nothing feels real anymore.”
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review 2015-05-30 00:00
Smitten (SSU Boys Book 2)
Smitten (SSU Boys Book 2) - Maris Black 4.5 Stars

That was just tasty...and honestly perhaps my favorite of the series.  Less heartbreak than book 1...a little bit of angst but honestly not much...a little drama yes, but overall just yummy goodness.

I have to say...I am a sucker for a love at first sight story so this series just affects me in all the right ways. And throw in a supportive mother and I am a freaking mess.



“Well, honey, he’s been smitten with you since the first time he laid eyes on you. It was obvious to everyone but the two of you.”
“But not obvious from the very start—”
“Yes, baby. From the first time I watched the two of you together at dinner, I knew. Both of you were so cute, trying to pretend you couldn’t care less whether the other one was even in the room or not. It was all Avery and I could do to keep a straight face.”




***

"You can’t deny emotions, son. And just because some people don’t believe in love at first sight doesn’t mean it’s not real, at least on some level. It’s got to start somewhere, right? And maybe it turns out to be true love, maybe it’s only a hot flash in the pan. But if you put the brakes on, it won’t turn out to be anything.”



One of the highlights of this book is the culmination of all characters, from Book 1 and 2 at the end and a fantastic set up for Book 3. So excited for Liam and Blake's story.





Another great BR with Momo!


Status Updates:

5% done with Smitten: So apparently the object of Dan's affection is not the hot professor with glasses...damn.
image

6%
He reaches out to smudge the icing on my cheek with his index finger, then puts it into his mouth. The sight of his lips wrapped sinfully around his finger, moving subtly as he sucks the icing off, does something to my insides.
DAMN!!!!

28%
I guess my brain is so jangled from the sight of him that I forget who the fuck I even am, because when I open my mouth, some epically stupid shit comes out.
“Damn, that’s hot,” I breathe. “We can go ahead and bag that up.”
"You think?” Dan asks without missing a beat. He turns his back to me, cocking a hip out and looking at me over his shoulder. At the same time he bites his bottom lip and hooks a thumb in the belt loop of the already low- slung cargo pants, deliberately pulling them down enough to show me a little bit of bare ass. Then he turns and walks back to the dressing room like he has no idea he’s just caused a wet spot in my boxers.

Uuuuuuuhhhhhh

30%
image
This fantastic line deserved the gif. :)

50%
Morris...
image
Frank...
image
...I don't believe you've met my friend.

64%
"Tell me I'm yours," he whispers, as if reading my thoughts.
"Yes, yes...mine."


65%
"You can’t deny emotions, son. And just because some people don’t believe in love at first sight doesn’t mean it’s not real, at least on some level. It’s got to start somewhere, right? And maybe it turns out to be true love, maybe it’s only a hot flash in the pan. But if you put the brakes on, it won’t turn out to be anything.”
Gotta love a book with a kick ass mom. ❤️

89%
“He gave you everything— his heart. Don’t you see that? You’ve got a car, and didn’t Avery say that bracelet means love or something?”
“Yeah, but those are just things. I don’t know how to explain it, but those things don’t mean anything to me. I know what they’re supposed to mean, but they just don’t. Nothing means anything but him, and now that he’s not here, nothing feels real anymore.”
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