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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

When a strange man breaks into Maureen’s home she does the most logical thing and bops him over the head with a religious statue.

That makes a bit of a mess so she calls her ganster son Jimmy to clean it up. Thus starts the wheels on this book.
Everyone gets involved, either by choice or chance.

Ryan, a fifteen year old drug dealer and his abusive, alcoholic father Tony.
Georgie, the prostitute that lived with the dead guy. She finds herself hiding out in a cult, pregnant and still missing the guy. She can’t stop asking those questions though..
The nosey next-door neighbor who loves to stir the pot. And take advantage of any man or boy when she gets the chance.

I was totally sucked in by the writing and language. I even expected my husband to speak with an Irish brogue at one point when I was knee deep in the book. So my verdict came up with extremely readable for the nosey in us…

But I did feel like at times it drug out and made me want to paint the kitchen.

3 stars.

Booksource: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for review.

Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World by Camilla d’Errico

Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World

I readily admit to loving these adult coloring books. Sometimes you get a winner and sometimes not with them. I liked this one.
Let’s see why.
I haven’t ever really gotten on the whole Manga thing because I’m totally boring and it takes too much energy lately for me to decide what pants to wear.
But this is cute.
There is a melting Queen or King. I can’t figure out which but it is my favorite.
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One of those pages that must be a rule that is included of a food collage. (Thank the goodness of books that this one is not full of them!)
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Then I started really looking at these cute little pages…and my mind went there. (This could go as horror. Little creatures trying to get the girlies ice cream. Then they must have done something to her mind. Because now she has a tree head.
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Then she cries because the butterflies want to eat her brain.
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There must be some hungry critters..because now the birds want to eat her brains. I’m terrified of stupid birds so this one is pure horror.
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They took her soul.
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And then ended up having tentacle sex.
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I’m going to color the heck out of this book.

Booksource: Bloggingforbooks in exchange for review

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis


All I know is that one day all the maps became useless and we had to make our own. The old’uns called the day the Fall or the Reformation. Nana said some down in the far south called it the Rapture. Nana was a babe when it happened, said her momma called it the Big Damn Stupid. Set everything back to zero.

An event has happened that set the world back to a time with no technology. Mother Nature is boss and seven year old Elka learns the hard way when her Nana is ‘lost’ during a strong storm. Elka ends up in the woods alone and starving. She gets taken in by a reclusive man she calls Trapper. Trapper teaches Elka all he knows about hunting, trapping and survival. He makes sure she knows to stay away from any person that she might run across out in the woods.
He never lets her go with him on those late night wolf hunts though.

One day after Elka has lived with him for years she finds out that the man she calls Daddy is a serial killer. She takes off into the woods with just a knife to escape from him. Her parents had gone North when Elka was a baby to get rich from a gold rush. She heads toward North to find them.

Told in the first person the book is completely inside Elka’s head. You might think that sounds boring but this book is anything but that.

Along the way Elka picks up a shadow in the form of a wolf that shows up when she seems to need him the worst.
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She also falls for a man’s pretty face..
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She learns quickly to trust only herself.
Men got one hell of a weakness, and when it ain’t their arrogance, it’s the dangling bits.

She saves a woman from a bad fate and they tag up. Agreeing to try and keep each other alive.
Penelope didn’t have no fat on her, no reserves for her body to live off ‘tween meals. If that was the price for beauty and the desire a’ men, well hell, you can keep it. Alive and ugly is better than pretty and dead.

They are followed by a woman law officer that is determined to bring in Elka and Trapper (who is following Elka on her journey.)

Elka’s character is haunted by demons but you can see that she does what she needs in order to survive. She knows what she wants and goes about getting it.
Smell a’ bacon.
Ain’t nothing in this world like it. Salt-cured, sliced thick, line a’ juicy fat crisping up in the pan. Anyone what tells you they don’t like bacon is either stupid or lying. Either way that ain’t no one you can trust.

This book is extremely dark and sometimes mystical. (There is my warning for the readers that are going to yell about how gross it gets)..Crap I loved this book! 4.5 stars!

Monsters ain’t real ‘cept in kids’ imaginations, under the beds, in the closets. We live in a world a’ men and there ain’t no good come out of tellin’ them they monsters. Makes ’em think they ain’t done nothin’ wrong, that it’s their nature and they can’t do nothin’ to change that. Callin’ ’em a monster makes ’em somethin’ different from the rest of us, but they ain’t. They just men, flesh and bone and blood. Bad’uns, truth, but men all the same.
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(Booksource: I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley and Bloggingforbooks.)

Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice’s Adventures by Amily Shen

Wonderland by Amily Shen

More of an English version of the Alice story with Alice being portrayed with shorter hair..this coloring book is not horrible. The paper quality is very good and the drawings well done. I do wish that there were more images of the actual characters from the story instead of the mostly food images.
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Only one image of the Queen of Hearts in the whole book made me sad.

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Booksource: blogging for books in exchange for review.

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland–and How to Thwart Them by Michael McCaul

Failures of Imagination by Michael McCaul

For some reason I can’t resist these type books. I know they are going to end up scaring me. I know that they are usually going to tick me off. I still read them. I think people need to be educated, even those these books do seem to be a guideline of how to wipe the US off the map.
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This one is written by a Texan Republican who is a US representative, he also happens have served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. I expected great things from this book since he has those credentials. I didn’t really get them.
I did like some of this book as McCaul writes very well. He starts each scenario with a fictionalized story of the disaster in the making. These read like a terrorism thriller and I couldn’t read them fast enough, then he has the briefing for the disaster to the White House. These read kinda dry but I don’t work in the White House so what do I know? Then he explores if the scenario could happen and what we can do to prevent it.

That was a fail. There just wasn’t enough information for me as a reader to see any outlook other than the whole “we are screwed” thing.

Now the politics. I can see the wisdom of a Republican releasing this book in a big election year. He does employ some scare tactics on which presidential campaigns we should be rooting for and points out some of the failings of the current one under President Obama. But the thing is? I’m totally middle of the road on that stuff. I see points on both sides but then I try and figure out which side is going to screw me the least. Hopefully.
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No switching of the political fence for this reader happened. I already hated a couple of them before I read it. So boo-yah.
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So over-all I think that this book does serve a purpose, and it’s a important one even if you aren’t in the USA. Go out and educate yourself. I wish someone who was totally impartial on politics would have written this one though…and would have given a bit more of how to stop the crap from hitting the fan.

Booksource: Blogging for books in exchange for review

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen might be a hot mess. On publishing this cookbook she accidentally put her cell phone number in it and didn’t realize it until hundreds of calls later. She seems to know how to laugh things off and she is extremely likeable in this cookbook. I wasn’t a hundred percent sure who she was until I got this book but I’m on the liking her side of the fence. Shut up haters.

She takes her love of cooking and eating and even though she is hawt still manages to be someone you want to hang out with. One story she told about starting to put up food pics on Instagram and the guys just telling her to show more TITTAYYYY cracks me up.

Anyways the food…glorious food. Teigen admits to loving food and eating it. Sometimes your pajamas and Netflix with a big plate of carbs are just needed.

Looky at the pretty pictures too.
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Baked Cake oatmeal:
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Zucchini fries with Sriracha Dressing:
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And when you are feeling extra fancy: Frito Pie Bar…I’m totally eating this soon.
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Booksource: Blogging for books in exchange for review

Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Cats in Color by Won-Sun Jang

I’m in the middle ground on this book. The pages are thick and the paper is high quality. However, some of the drawings seem very simple for an adult coloring book.

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The beginning of the book is a cat giving you a short tour of Paris. He ends up in a bookstore, whici I loved.
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That’s only for a short part in the front. The rest of the book is random with some simple images to color and some more complex. There are also several pages of cat postage stamps to entertain yourself with.
I like some of the images in the book and the paper quality so I’m rounding up to a three star for the book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for review from Blogging for Books. Thank you!

The Time Garden by Daria Song

The Time Garden by Daria Song

One of my real life friends went to the doctor. She gets kinda ragey sometimes and the doctor told her that one of the new ways to relax was the new “adult coloring books.” She could channel some of her anxiety/rage/frustration with her husband into coloring. She has been posting pictures that she has colored on her facebook page and her husband is still alive. (the pages she has done are awesome)
I’m totally a lemming, so I’ve been looking at this book for awhile. I decided to go with the “jump on the bandwagon” thing and request this one.

Get this. This sucker is beautiful. Look at the pages.
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I’m totally going to color my little hateful heart out. Except for one thing, the boy child was with me when I opened this book. He thinks it is his! I may get ragey yet.
PS> This book got that full five stars because it made my book hating child fight me over a book. PURE WIN!

Booksource: I received a copy of this book in exchange for review from bloggingforbooks.

Lights Out, A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared and Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel

Lights Out by Ted Koppel

Nightline with Ted Koppel was a show that was on occasionally in my house when I was growing up. My family respected Ted Koppel, so I guess some of that was installed subconsciously in me. (So much stuff got inadvertently crammed into my small mind space-so stop the judging of me)
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He has since retired and decided on try his hat as an author. He takes on somewhat the fear of a cyber-attack on America’s electric/internet infrastructure. (I say somewhat-because I felt like he just glazed the surface)
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The book is broken down into three parts.
A Cyberattack: Where Koppel interviews some of the nations leading security people about the possibility and likely-hood of an attack.
In that aspect I think he comes away with not much info. Some people agree and some just shuffle his questions under the carpet.
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He does manage to scare the crap out of me. I read a bunch of these types books. Reasons being-I’m nosey as hell, I want to know all I can. Even if I never (please hope to never) experience anything of the sort. I read lots of different stuff so again, don’t go all judgey.
He managed to scare me because he explains how hard it would be to repair the grid after being hit. He explains how FEMA and other disaster relief areas would have to concentrate on bigger cities first.
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But that’s okay, the people in the cities are the ones that won’t be able to get out of elevators, the grocery stores will be looted…etc, etc…

A Nation Unprepared:
This is a small section of the book where Koppel explains that we pretty much need to kiss our arses goodbye.
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Surviving the Aftermath:
This part of the book was actually the one that gave me a bit of hope. Koppel goes out and interviews some preppers and some Mormons.
That sounds like an odd combination doesn’t it?
Koppel actually made this book very readable and relate-able because he doesn’t make fun of either group.
The preppers, He treats with respect. He does stress that not every person can afford to go to some of the extremes that some preppers do. He doesn’t recommend trying. To that extreme. He does recommend that you do be prepared for some type of disaster supplies at all times. You just never know.
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Then the Church of LDS, he treats this group with respect also. I didn’t realize that they stockpile supplies as part of their faith. They actually make it very reasonable to do so. The biggest thing I took away from this book was from this section also. When asked would they help people that turned up at their doors..the church members said yes. Even if they knew they would suffer.
That’s the frigging country I want to live in.
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In the end of reading this book. My feelings are some small fear of this happening, however, the feeling I get is that we should not. Fear can be a form of terrorism too. I believe in being aware and thinking what can happen. I believe in not being stupid and not having some self reliance skills at your personal inventory. But maybe because I’m older..I’m just not caving in to the fear.
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I will add that I’m pretty self reliant. I do and do admit that I think you should have some survival means in place. Don’t be completely caught unaware.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for review from Blogging for books.