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text 2019-09-13 07:10
Blog Tour - In Over Her Head


Check out my stop on the In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2) blog tour!

In Over Head Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2)
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Clean Reads Publishing


Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her. Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head? 

Book One:
Can Dreams Come True? (The Cecily Taylor Series #1)


Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

Book Depository: https://bit.ly/2ZuKQun

“Good luck at the photo shoot tomorrow,” he said. “You’ll be great.”
I stared out the window on the ride back to the hotel taking in all the sites. As I walked into the hotel I felt a new air of confidence. Instead of just reading about someone going out with a pop star to some fabulous rooftop hotel restaurant and being in the big city, I was living it. This was my life and not some YA book heroine’s. Tomorrow I was off on a modeling shoot. I was living a dream and proving how I was ready for a big life. This was my destiny. I could do this.
My alarm went off and at the same time an alarm went off in my brain saying, no, I could not do this. What was I thinking? Me, model? That’s where people take photos of you for the sole purpose of other people looking at them, which encouraged judgement and evil comments. People don’t just keep those comments to themselves anymore. Oh no, they grab their phone or laptop or whatever device helps them spew out unhelpful and cruel comments on people’s appearances online for all the world to see.
My stomach felt like spewing all over the nice hotel sheets I was wrapped in.  Why did I ever think I was up for this? Those strangers online would destroy me within seconds. Girls like Harlow who were born with an undeniable beauty could do stuff like this and even then, I had seen strangers criticize her online when she posted selfies.
Being anxious always made all my senses go nuts. I ate two slices of toast and then my stomach did a weird flipping thing. Oh no, not today. Looking over at the clock I realized it was almost time for us to leave. Come on, stomach. You’re fine. Just relax and…nope, time to hit the bathroom. Why can’t I just be a big girl and go to this stupid shoot which most girls would kill to do without my stomach freaking out?
About the Author:
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Best Friends…Forever won the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient.
Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton. 
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review 2019-03-26 18:58
Zwei Generationen
Fünf Tage im Mai - Elisabeth R. Hager Fünf Tage im Mai - Elisabeth R. Hager

Illy, die eigentlich Leonore heißt, war schon immer anders. Sie ist ein Wildfang mit einem scharfen Verstand. Auch ihr Urgroßvater Korbinian Hofer, den sie liebevoll Tat'ka nennt, ist ein ungewöhnlicher Mensch. Der Mann im Greisenalter ist der letzte Fassbinder Tirols und der Älteste in seinem Dorf. Obwohl die beiden viele Jahre trennen und sie ein ungleiches Gespann sind, verbringen sie gerne ihre Zeit miteinander. Wenn Illy an ihren freien Nachmittagen bei ihm in der Werkstatt sitzt, erzählt er ihr Geschichten und erklärt ihr sein Handwerk. Die Urenkelin teilt mit ihm wiederum ihre Geheimnisse. Doch eines Tages muss Illy erkennen, dass sie eine Entscheidung mit weitreichenden Konsequenzen treffen muss…

„Fünf Tage im Mai“ ist ein berührender Roman von Elisabeth R. Hager.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus fünf Kapiteln. Jedes ist einem Tag im Mai zugeordnet, aber in unterschiedlichen Jahren: 1986, 1996, 1998 und 2004. Dazwischen gibt es Zeitsprünge. Erzählt wird in der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Illy. Dieser Aufbau gefällt mir gut.

Der Schreibstil ist locker, flüssig und anschaulich. Er ist geprägt von einem warmherzigen Blick auf den Urgroßvater. Gestört hat mich, dass so viel Dialekt im Text eingebaut ist. Der Einstieg in die Geschichte fiel mir jedoch leicht.

Uropa und Urenkelin stehen im Mittelpunkt des Romans. Mit seiner eigenwilligen, aber liebevollen Art ist mir Tat'ka schnell ans Herz gewachsen. Auch Illy war mir schon nach wenigen Seiten sympathisch. Ihre Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt wird sehr gut deutlich. Beide Charaktere wirken absolut authentisch.  

Die Geschichte setzt weniger auf Spannung als auf ruhige Töne. Dennoch ist der Roman nicht langweilig, was nicht nur der eher geringen Seitenzahl geschuldet ist. Mich konnte die Geschichte durchaus emotional berühren, denn es geht um Themen, die viele ansprechen: Liebe, das Erwachsenwerden, Freundschaft, Verlust und einiges mehr.

Das Cover wirkt sehr modern und gleichzeitig nostalgisch. Das gefällt mir gut. Inhaltlich erschließt es sich mir leider nicht. Allerdings ist der Titel des Romans umso passender gewählt.

Mein Fazit:
„Fünf Tage im Mai“ von Elisabeth R. Hager ist eine anrührende Lektüre, die mir unterhaltsame Lesestunden beschert hat.

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review 2018-10-18 17:08
Ten Drugs by Thomas Hager
Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine - Thomas Hager

TITLE:   Ten Drugs:  How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine

AUTHOR:  Thomas Hager




FORMAT:  ARC ebook


ISBN-13: 978-1-4197-3440-3


NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.




"Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher’s genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. 

​Beginning with opium, the “joy plant,” which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book.





Ten Drugs is an entertaining, yet informative look at a number of drugs that have shaped medical history and today's world.  This isn't a scholarly history of the pharmaceutical industry, but rather a collection of chapters about a variety of drugs that have shaped medical history.  This book is a nicely written (and fascinating) introduction to the history of drug discovery and medicine, as well as providing information on how the pharmaceutical industry evolved and functions.  Each chapter deals with a specific group of drugs and are bound together by common themes such as drug evolution, growth of the pharmaceutical industry, changing public attitudes and changes in medical practices and laws.  Chapters are devoted to the following topics:  opium; smallpox and vaccinations; chloral hydrate (the first totally synthetic drug and original date rape drug); herion, opiates and addiction; the not so "magic bullet" antibiotics; antipsychotics; lifestyle drugs, viagra, and birthcontrol; opioids; statins; and monoclonal antibodies.  The book concludes with a look at the future of drugs, with personalized and digitized medicine.

Hager states that this book is aimed at people who know a little about drugs and want to learn more.  In this regard, Hager has succeeded in writing a book that is (in my opinion) accessible, entertaining, informative and interesting, to the general public. I particularly appreciated the author's (mostly) objective and clear writing style.




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review 2017-08-29 06:06
Blooming Murder (Iris House Mystery, #1)
Blooming Murder - Jean Hager

I recently had the chance to buy some like-new paperbacks of vintage 80's / 90's cozy mysteries, and this was one of them.  I'd read this series back in '94 when it first came out and although I remember not loving it, it stuck with me, and I wanted to see how it held up 20-odd years later.


Here's the weird thing - I remembered exactly who had done it, and why, including the plot twist, as soon as I started to read the book.  I rarely remember character names 5 minutes after I put a book down but all these characters came flooding back immediately, along with the plot in its entirety.  


So, I don't know if this book suffered from age or my unusually clear memory of it, so I'll just say this: I remember thinking it was mediocre when I read it the first time, and I thought it was mediocre this time.


I have one more of this series that was part of my vintage haul; perhaps it'll be better, or my memory worse, and I'll enjoy the nostalgia trip more.

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text 2017-07-13 19:00
Nonfiction Science Book Club: My Suggestions
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug - Thomas Hager
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness - Sy Montgomery
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben
Adventures in Human Being (Wellcome) - Gavin Francis
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work - Kat Arney

Just my two cents :). I´m really looking forward to be reading some more non-fiction.

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