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review 2019-01-05 10:15
An Atlas of Natural Beauty
An Atlas of Natural: Beauty Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty - Victoire de Taillac,Ramdane Touhami

I bought this because of 1. the cover, and 2. I'm always on the lookout for ways to use the things I grow.

 

I'd never heard of the Officine Universelle Buly, and hadn't a clue it was a shop until I received the book.  The writing style fits; there's a very strong marketing vibe to the phrasing.  But I thoroughly enjoyed all the information contained in it.  It's mostly a list of different natural ingredients that can be used as beauty regimens, though there are a few first-aid type recipes here too.  Each has a little segment on its history, mythology and cultivation/harvesting, as well as tips on how to get the most out of the ingredient.

 

Beauty regimens are not necessarily my jam, as I'm a low maintenance kind of girl (read: lazy), but nevertheless there were a lot of useful finds, including one that might help MT manage his painful flareups of rheumatism.

 

A beautifully constructed and laid out book that will serve as an interesting reference when I'm in need of a solution that can come out of my garden.

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review 2018-12-28 01:12
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid - Dylan Thuras
The information inside this non-fiction children’s book was very interesting and it made me want to pack my bags and hop on an airplane. I would love to go see the Capuchin Catacombs in Italy and Ho Thuy Tien Water Park in Vietnam, they both sound like great destinations. The book provides just enough information to intrigue my interest in each of the destinations as I travel around the globe. This was such a fun and educational read.
 
Each two-page spread features a region where two unique, places are highlighted. With 50 regions, you get 100 different places to explore that are described in a few paragraphs. There is Kolmanskop, The Odyssey Shipwreck and Skeleton Lake, just to name a few, there is bound to be a destination for everyone. I was intrigued with all these unique places around the globe. With a terrific index and glossary, it’s easy to find what you are looking for.
 
This book is filled with 50 different destinations across the globe. Since this is a children’s book, I can’t see children using this to plan a trip unless they live close to the destination that they chose. So, the “100 extraordinary places to visit” that was written on the front of the cover was hard to believe for this children’s book. I also was disappointed in the illustrations. After all the work the author did to find such great locations, I would have thought the illustrations would have been more life-like. They would have added more to the excitement of the destination than the illustrations that did make its way to the book’s pages.
 
This book provided entertaining and fun information that I really enjoyed but the illustrations were a disappointment for me. I think older children will enjoy reading about these destinations, as will adults but to plan a trip, children will have to “dream” while adults might actually be able to pack their bags. It’s a book worth looking into.

 

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review 2018-11-22 18:00
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's kind of immensely hard to write an honest review when you have no idea what you have just read and what most of the book was really about, but it's nonetheless a noble thing to do, because there's no doubt in my mind that the author of this book has really brought a literature jewel to life with his brilliant writting and with his brilliant set of fictional characters. Got to say that this book confused me to a very large extent, but also made me read further and further until I reached full comprehension of certain delicate things, and I am guessing that's what makes this amazing book and all the stories and fictional characters within it, unigue to the today's world of literature.

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review 2018-09-16 19:13
Zach By Lilly Atlas
Zach (Hell's Handlers MC Book 1) Lilly Atlas - Lilly Atlas
Zach By Lilly Atlas is the first book in her new Hell's Handlers MC series. This book is awesome, or at least :I thought. I listened to this book all in one day non stop. By the end of chapter one I was in love with all of the character. I really loved the narration. The Narrators are Noah Michael Levine and  Erin DeWard. I loved how when there was a conversation between the male and female characters were done by both narrators. The book is filled with bad words, hot bikers, a troubled past and some steamy sex scenes. This was also my first book by Lily Atlas but will not be my last. I am also waiting to see what book to has to offer.
 
Toni is a small town Tennessee girl living in Chicago. She ran from her parents and her past. When her parents are killed in an accident it is up to only child Toni to go home and tend to their affairs. She must decide what to do with their restaurant and home.
 
Zach is the sexy biker next door. He is the Enforcer for the Hell's Handlers' MC. Zach has never wanted to be tied down to a an Old lady so when he sees how Fine Toni has grown up to be he decided a 6 week affair is just the ticket.
 
Toni fights Zach at every move even though she makes her hot just by breathing. When her past comes back to haunt her Zach is who she turns to. If they can make this out alive can Zach convince her to not only stay in Tennessee but to be his Old Lady.
 
 
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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review 2018-05-31 15:57
Book Review for Zach by Lilly Atlas
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Zach
Series: Hell's Handlers MC Book 1
Author: Lilly Atlas
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
5 stars



 
 
Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.
 
The last thing anyone would call Zach is dull. As Enforcer for the Hell's Handlers MC, he embodies the outlaw lifestyle. When Toni moves in next door, Zach can't resist the possibility of a quick, hot, fling. But he soon discovers she's not the easy conquest he's used to.
 
While Zach works to convince Toni she belongs in his bed, a tenuous relationship with a local gang disintegrates and threatens his MC family. Zach's world is turned upside down when he's unable to keep the danger from touching his club.
 
As Toni fights to resist Zach's pull, her own peace is shattered by demons from her past. With enemies both old and new barreling down, she throws out her rules and turns to Zach for aid. Soon, she finds herself firmly entrenched in Zach's dangerous world.
 
Is it possible for her to curb her desires, or is she doomed to repeat the mistakes of her past?
 
None of it will matter if Zach can't keep their enemies at bay.


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I  am really loving this series and Zach and Toni's story was quite a enjoyable read.
 
For me Toni made this story as that girl was a piece of work as she made me laugh through the entire story and I just love that.
 
Toni was my favorite character she just was a lot of fun and a spitfire,feisty,strong minded and I love how she always spoke her mind and never seemed to back down from anything.
 
Toni made some bad choices in her past but , now she is a changed women but, the bad girl still lurks below the surface wanting to surface and feel the fire yet again. Toni is resilient and tough as nails and she not going down without a fight.This is what I loved about her the most.I love Toni from the onset of the story as underneath the rough exterior their lies a very loving and caring women with the heart of gold and protective of those she loves.I really admired her for the changes she made to her life and how she tried very hard to move on from her past in a positive way.
 
I loved Zach as well with his flirty personality and his sense of humor. Zach was a lot of fun and a Hottie to boot!
 
I loved the cast of characters overall they were really fun and enjoyable.
 
I really loved the story as Toni and Zach were perfect for each other they had amazing chemistry and both chasing ghosts of their pasts making them have common ground.The romance part of the story super sweet with the cat and mouse game they played between them as it made them really slow things down and really get to know one another which made their interactions fun and flirty and  had us smiling and chuckling more that once.
 
The plot was suspenseful and easy flowing and a nice easy enjoyable read to pass the time and I really loved it and read it one sitting.
 
Sense discovering MC romance and loving it Lily's books have made it into our list of favorite MC authors.
 
Recommended read to all!
 
5 stars from us
 
 

 
 
 
Tennessee 2008
 
It was finally fucking over.
Or maybe it was just beginning.
Either way, years, years of busting his ass, taking shit, and being treated like a worthless maggot were finished.
The vote was unanimous.
He was finally a brother.
Well, he was ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the way in. They couldn’t just vote him in and chuck him the patch he’d been salivating over for the past two years. No, they had to throw him one last challenge, and a bitch of a test it was.
A branding. The Hell’s Handlers Motorcycle Club emblem. On the left forearm. It was as important as the patches on the leather cut each brother wore. So important, if a man was tatted on his left forearm he couldn’t even prospect. No, the emblem had to be seared into clean skin, so anyone and everyone would know who belonged to the motorcycle club.
And if being branded wasn’t bad enough, there were rules that went along with the barbaric ceremony.
Every brother had to be in attendance. Heckling, ribbing, waiting to see just how much the new member wanted to be a part of the life. Waiting for them to crack.
No screaming.
No tears.
No passing out.
A grunt of pain was allowed, but beyond that, any outward show of weakness would null and void the unanimous vote to end the prospecting period and make him a fully-patched member of the Hell’s Handlers MC.
He wouldn’t make a peep. They could cut his fucking arm off and beat him with it and Zach still wouldn’t utter a sound. That patch was his, and the only way he’d give it up was if some lucky motherfucker managed to pry it from his cold, dead hands. Even then, he’d haunt the bastard and wear the thing as a spirit.
A shrill whistle cut through the raucous laughter and drunken male partying around a huge bonfire. The fire was necessary because the night air was barely butting up against forty degrees. And, of course, the guys made him stand around shirtless while he waited for his fate.
Usually, the sound of fucking made up much of the party’s noise, but not tonight. This was just for the men, brothers in all but blood. At least this early part of the night. After Zach got his patch, they’d bring in the club pussy and he’d have his pick of the litter. One, two, hell even three women if he wanted. He’d earned it, watching brother after brother partake in the sweet privilege that was not bestowed on prospects. Club pussy was for patched members only.
And now he was one.
His dick twitched in his pants but died the moment his president spoke. “Okay, fuckers, listen up.”
All around him, his soon to be new brothers lowered their drinks and gave their leader, Copper, their full attention. At twenty-nine, Copper was young to be in the role of club president, and since he’d been at it for almost four years, he was officially the youngest leader in the club’s near fifty-year history.
“We’re just minutes away from welcoming another brother into the club. Shit, Zach’s been one of the best prospects we’ve ever had. Tough as fuckin’ nails, pulls more than his own weight, never runs his mouth, loyal.” A puff of steam drifted from Copper’s mouth as he spoke to the group.
The prez wasn’t one to be fucked with. A good few inches over six feet, with a beard the color of a dirty penny, and plenty of hair to match, he was mean as a starving pit-bull. But Copper had the respect of every man in the club. Not just because he held the title of president, but because he’d earned it, dragging the club from the brink of disaster and making it a thriving brotherhood once again.
Zach blew on his hands, trying to infuse some warmth into the frozen digits. Damn, it was colder than a witch’s titty and standing around shirtless for the past half hour hadn’t helped anything.
“Just one more test of this asshole’s strength before he gets to be one of us. Ready, boys?” Copper waved Zach over to the mountain of wood crackling and spitting sparks. Sticking out of the bonfire, a long branding iron roasted away, just waiting to scorch some of Zach’s skin.
Shouts of encouragement and a few hecklers betting on how much of a pussy he was and what octave his scream would hit reached him as he made his way to the fire and his waiting president. Careful to keep his expression neutral, Zach drew up next to his prez and paused. Wasn’t that the whole point? Act like he wasn’t scared. Wasn’t about to shit his pants in anticipation of what would probably be the worst physical pain he’d ever experienced.
Fuckin’ Copper’s facial hair split and his teeth gleamed in the flickering fire. Prez lived for this bull. And if he didn’t, he sure acted like he did with that shitty grin of anticipation. “Anything you want to say first?”
Zach shook his head while he bounced on the balls of his feet, hitting his pecs as hard as he could. Maybe if he could get some pain going somewhere else, the burn of the iron wouldn’t be so bad.
“Won’t work,” Copper said, as though reading his mind. “Tried the same thing when I was in your spot. Ain’t nothing gonna make this shit any better.” He bent and retrieved a bottle from next to his foot. Zach had no idea what was in it, moonshine probably. “You know the drill. Bottle in your left hand. Ten seconds to drink as much as you can. Hold your arm out straight. I’ll mark ya. No dropping the bottle. No spilling. No screaming. No puking. Stay on your feet for two whole minutes. Then you’re a fuckin’ brother.”
Zach nodded. His chest rose and fell in a rapid rhythm as his breathing increased and the blood raced through his veins. After blowing out a breath, he grabbed the bottle and brought it to his lips, tilting his head back and opening his throat as much as he could.
Some of the nastiest hooch he’d ever tasted flooded his mouth and streamed down his throat, burning a path to his stomach. Fitting really, since he was about to be burned all to a crisp anyway. Somewhere in the distance, he could hear his soon to be brothers whooping like a horde of wild baboons, but he managed to drown out most of the noise. All but the sound of Copper counting down from ten.
“Three…two…one…arm!”
Zach tore the bottle from his lips and extended his arm. Unable to look away, he stared in fascinated horror as the glowing end of the iron made contact with the thin skin of his forearm. There was a fraction of a second where his eyes registered the flesh-to-iron connection, but the pain hadn’t yet reached his brain.
And then it did.
All-consuming, searing pain like he’d never experienced fired through his nerve endings. Though the spot being branded was no bigger than a silver dollar, agony seemed to encompass his entire being until he couldn’t recognize where it originated from. Then there was the audible singe accompanied by the stench of melting flesh. He wasn’t expecting that.
Blinding pain was a phrase he’d heard before, but in that moment, he lived it. Darkness clouded his vision, and he slammed his knees back, determined not to succumb to the blissful oblivion that hovered just out of reach.
All around him, men screamed and hollered, but he couldn’t make out their cries over the rushing in his ears. Nostrils flaring with each forceful inhalation and exhalation, he mashed his teeth together, probably pulverizing the enamel, as he fought to remain conscious.
Then, the nausea hit. Instead of helping to lessen the pain, the damn moonshine sloshed in his gut and started a trip back up his esophagus, just as disgusting the second time around.
His eyes locked with Copper’s. The grinning bastard was definitely enjoying it. All the more motivation to remain standing, quiet, and avoid vomiting the moonshine all over.
Copper pulled the iron away and tossed it to the ground, but it did nothing to diminish the agony. After what seemed like an eternity, Copper pulled his gaze away and checked his watch. Seconds ticked by slower than the thickest motor oil dripping from an engine. Finally, he looked at Zach again and this time his smile was genuine, welcoming. “Two minutes, brother.”
Brother. Sweeter fucking words had never been spoken.
Copper grabbed him by the elbow and lifted his throbbing arm. The pain was still there, but now the rush of excitement at achieving his two-year long goal overrode the worst of it. That, and the moonshine was kicking in.
With a loud cry of triumph, Copper held up Zach’s branded arm. “Say hello to your newest brother, men.” Cheers rose up all around.
Zach swayed on his feet as pain and nausea still warred for victory over his consciousness.
Copper whistled, reigning in the crazy. “He’s now to be shown the same respect any other brother receives. He’s going to make a damn fine addition to the club.”
Zach’s chest constricted as pride surged.
“Proud of you, brother,” Copper said, for Zach’s ears only. “You were one hell of a prospect, and you’ll be one hell of an addition to the club.”
“Thanks, Prez.”
Raising his voice again, Copper turned to the rowdy crowd. “Now someone get Zach a beer and some pussy. The man’s waited long enough.”
They wouldn’t be giving him any pain medication for the burn, but losing his dick in a club girl should take care of the last of the discomfort.
Brothers converged on him from all angles, slapping his back and welcoming him. Not only would the moment be burned into his skin forever, but it was seared into his brain as well.
Best night of his life.
He was in.
Now it was time to set his sights on an executive position.
Enforcer would do quite nicely.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lilly Atlas is a contemporary romance author, proud Navy wife, and mother of two spunky girls. By day she works as a physical therapist for a hospital in Virginia. Lilly is an avid romance reader, and expects her Kindle to beg for mercy every time she downloads a new eBook. Thankfully, it hasn’t happened yet, and she can often be found absorbed in a good book.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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