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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-12 22:17
Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller
Cats Like Cream - Renee Miller

Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a successful employee at a real estate agency, Elwin strives to help people find their dream homes - but as it turns out, they get more than what they bargained for. With strategically installed cameras, he's able to watch the new residents settle in and, oftentimes, witness them at their most private of moments. But he can't touch, no matter how much he wishes to, as touching only leads to bad, and bloody, things.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I decided to read something shorter than my usual, as my mood craved a story more direct and to the point; you know, with less time to invest in but without sacrificing that valuable punch. I’m therefore glad I picked up this one, as despite my personal distaste of the cover, the tale within was incredibly unsettling. I always find it considerably more disturbing when the monster isn’t supernatural in origin, but very much human. The mere thought of just how much a person’s mind can figuratively short circuit, to the point where they consistently justify their depraved behaviour, well, it’s downright scary, but also deeply fascinating on some level.

This is the second time I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of reading about trichophagia, which is essentially the compulsive disorder of eating hair. Certainly not for the squeamish, as even with having a strong stomach it nearly had me gagging. Miller was able to portray Elwin in such a way that depicted him a victim to some inner demon that craved gratification. The blame for his misdoings was thus placed upon this evil entity, with little to no responsibility falling upon Elwin himself. With intimate knowledge of his troubled thoughts, some more relatable than others, I couldn't help but appreciate the work put into his psyche. However, even though I consider myself an empathetic individual, I found him to be a vile beast of a human being with little to no redeeming qualities.

Being approximately fifty pages long, the pace didn't loiter. It was difficult for me to tear myself away for this very reason, as the situation just kept getting increasingly more thrilling. When that ending finally arrived, it was hard to accept that it was over.

In conclusion: I very much enjoyed this venture into the life of a serial killer. A quick but satisfying read, and one I won't soon forget.

Notable Scene:

The beast clawed at the underside of his lungs. Elwin told it to be patient. It roared in reply.

© Red Lace 2018


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review 2018-07-27 04:09
Review of "Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder" (Dana Sweet #1) by Ann S. MarieĀ 
Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder - Marie Ferrarella

A downloaded freebie I thought might find me a new series and be a light, quick, frothy little cozy mystery.  At time of writing this review, the kindle edition was still free.


Which it was.  Very sweet.  Yes, very, very, very sweet.  Even when our sweet heroine thought she found the killer and confronted she would tell them how much she understood them yet was "disappointed" in them.


It was a decent read with enough to keep me turning the pages -- but overall I think too sweet for me. I'm not the biggest mystery fan so someone more into cozy mysteries might have a different opinion.


I also did not get a sense of the small town Canadian setting other than it said she moved from NYC to a small Canadian town (residents would say things like "honey child" where the town sounded more like deep south USA).


For a freebie, no atrocious lack of editing or anything bad enough to spoil the read.  But some bits struck me as odd:


 Where customers could get of warm treat served with sweet words of encouragement—


Because since for her ex, Ramone, ditched her,...


Attention to detail had always Dana’s thing.


...spiced sauce wafting from in the oven.


A softy purring escaped the lips of her cuddly little friend. 


Mike appeared to have snapped out of his trans.


And when I told him who I was. He laughed.


And as for Troy blocking Evan away from her. He was simply trying to keep nefarious Evan off her back.

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review 2018-07-08 14:11
Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Mo Willems
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is an adorable book about sharing. While I don't think children should always be required to share treats with their friends, I like the progression of the book and the points Gerald makes (Piggie loves ice cream, Piggie will like this flavor, what if Piggie is sad right now- this will cheer her up). A great way to show kids how easy it is to think of one's friends and how one's actions make friends feel.

As always, cute illustrations will lots of fun facial expressions and word bubbles. 

While the twist was a bit predictable, it was still enjoyable.

Great read.
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review 2018-05-26 19:17
In A Cream Packard - Edward Hackemer


This is #1 in the Throckmorton Family series. I had initially read #6Sangria Sunsets gifted by the author, and he sent the series for me to read. So, from the onset, I was familiar (to some extent) with a few of the characters, or those mentioned in passing.
This book centers on Alexander "Alex" Throckmorton, son of Nick and Nora Throckmorton. His mother has died, leaving her estate to him, and he must travel up to Wisconsin to handle the legal matters from the home he has made in Florida. On the drive up his car dies and he buys a brand new Packard Patrician 400, and meets a waitress Annie who he falls instantly in love with. The attraction is not one-sided, and a whirlwind romance ensues. They end up getting married a week later, and make the drive back to Florida along the famous "Hillbilly Highway", U.S. RT. 23, from Michigan to Florida. The book is set in 1954, before the modern highway infrastructure existed, so there was much passing through towns to get to a final destination. 
On the way to their new home, the newlyweds make a couple of detours to investigate some mysterious things inherited from Alex's mother found in a safe deposit box regarding his father, who was reported killed in the line of duty overseas after WWII. In some ways, the answers they discover lead to even more questions. They also encounter small town crooked cops and judicial system, wrongly spending time in jail. I liked this first installment in the Throckmorton series and getting to know Alex and Annie.... I look forward to continuing the journey in #2. 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

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text 2018-02-20 04:35
Keep Skin Nourished and Healthy with High-Quality Skin Care Products

As time has gone by, more people have become aware of the issues surrounding the synthetic chemicals in many beauty care products. Ironically, these ingredients can end up doing the exact opposite of what they are meant to do. When people apply them to their skin, they can cause irritation, redness and blemishes.

Thankfully, some modern brands have recognized the need to address these issues. Today, it is easy for people to find glycerin soap and other skin care products that emphasize natural ingredients. These products can keep skin soft, healthy and looking good.

Here are a few examples of high-quality skin care products on the market today:

• Soaps: Consumers can find soap made from vegetable glycerin, which is a natural humectant. It helps the skin retain moisture nutrients from its surface to its deep layers.

• Foot Creams: When a person walks around or is just on their feet all day, it can wreak havoc upon their poor feet. Not only can the soles and balls of their feet start burning and aching, the skin on their heels can start cracking due to shoes rubbing against it. Happily, people can now find a foot cream that restores their feet by using natural ingredients like ginger, wintergreen and vitamin E.

• Body Wash: People can also find shower lathers and body washes that make skin clean, soft and healthy. Some products have a blend of high-quality ingredients like aloe vera, ProVitamin B5, plant extracts and natural oils, which helps keep skin from drying out.

• Face Creams: Most if not all people want glowing, healthy-looking skin. This is especially true when it comes to their faces. After all, the face is what people present to others every single day. This is why brands develop and offer face creams that soften and moisturize skin. Ingredients like rosewater and evening primrose oil clarify and soothe skin while other natural extracts and antioxidants keep it healthy.

• Lip Balms: Of course, the lips are an important part of people’s faces. No one likes having (or seeing) chapped or cracked lips, which is where a natural lip balm can come in handy. People can find lip balms made with natural ingredients like beeswax, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter, all of which help keep lips soft and smooth all day.

Camille Beckman offers these and other excellent personal care products through its online store and a variety of retailers. Headquartered in Eagle, Idaho, the company’s team constantly works to deepen their knowledge of herbs and other natural ingredients to provide customers with top-quality products for their skin care regimens.

About Camille Beckman

Camille Beckman is a leading personal care brand. Its products include body creams, Vitamin E lotion, glycerin soap, foot creams and much more.

For additional information, visit Camillebeckman.com

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