Saturday, August 23, 2014

flavaboom, NYC


My wife and I passed this place after having dinner and decided to try it out. I have not really had frozen yogurt before and they had eight or ten flavors that you can mix. You could even request a sample if you wanted to. We didn’t, but did see people come in request a sample, try and leave without buying anything (and it was more than one person)! Anyway, the real treat was the large selection of toppings you can put on your yogurt. I one of them was marshmallows like you get in Luck Charms. That had us sold. Now, if we only put less yogurt in the cup; we’d have more room for toppings. But enough was enough, and they sell it by the pound. When you go up to the counter, they put it on a scale, weigh and charge you that way. Okay, makes it a little expensive but it was worth the treat. The place was clean, the cashiers attentive, so I can complain,. They even had sitting areas so that you can enjoy your yogurt inside. I would certainly go again.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hawaiian Sun Pancake Mix Assortment

Hawaiian Sun Pancake Mix Assortment 6-ounce (Pack of 3)

I purchased the three flavors of Hawaiian Sun Pancake Mix because I like to try new things and love all things Polynesian. First, these mixes are easy to use because all you have to do is add water and nothing else.

The first one we tried was the Pineapple Coconut and as soon as I opened the package I could smell the exotic fruits. And after cooking them, the flavor didn’t disappoint. Pineapple and Coconut go well together and certainly in these pancakes.

Next we tried the Lilikoi Passion Fruit. It was sweet and fruity but nothing out of the ordinary. Lastly, the Chocolate Macadamia Nut pancakes were up (not all in the same day). It had more of a chalky chocolate taste and the macadamia nut flavor was lost. Of course, there are no nuts since it is all in powder form.

All in all, they were different, but I have had other fruit and chocolate pancake mixes I liked better. But I will purchases the pineapple coconut one again.

Disclosure: I purchased these items to eat and decided to review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady Mysteries Book 16)

My thoughts
Liza Machett cleans out her mother’s home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts when she finds money hidden everywhere. All she remembers that they were poor growing up. Soon, the house is burned to the ground, her landlord is murdered and she is on the run to her brother is Bisbee, Arizona. But in Bisbee, the Sheriff, Joanna Brady is dealing with the death of a local who was found at the bottom of a hole. When Liza reaches Bisbee, Joanna hands her hands filled with more than the Sheriff’s department can handle.

This story is riveting filled with enough suspense to keep me guessing. And situations that move quickly and efficiently that I didn’t want to put the book down. I though the characters were well developed and the mystery of the money satisfactory. It is an enjoyable summer read.

Book Description
Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona’s Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It’s up to Joanna to find out.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sundance: A Novel by David Fuller

Sundance: A Novel

My thoughts
Most everyone knows that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a shootout in Boliva. But what if Sundance escaped? This is the premise of this novel. Harry Longbaugh (aka Sundance) was not killed in South America and under an assumed name was in prison for twelve years. After being released he searches for his wife Etta Place who is no longer at the boarding house, nor waiting for him any longer. He gets approached by a kid who knows who he is and wants a shootout. This naïve boy is killed and Sundance is on the run again. This time to NYC to search for Emma.

But the world is a different place now and Sundance is out of place in the hustle and bustle of the turn of the century city.

I thought this fictional account was portrayed with such attention to detail that I almost believed it could be true. What imagination the author has to build quite a fascinating work of fiction. II found it to be truly remarkable.

Book Description
Legend has it that bank robber Harry Longbaugh and his partner Robert Parker were killed in a shootout in Bolivia. That was the supposed end of the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy.

Sundance tells a different story. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Longbaugh is very much alive, though serving in a Wyoming prison under an alias.

When he is released in 1913, Longbaugh reenters a changed world. Horses are being replaced by automobiles. Gas lamps are giving way to electric lights. Workers fight for safety, and women for the vote. What hasn’t changed are Longbaugh’s ingenuity, his deadly aim, and his love for his wife, Etta Place.

It’s been two years since Etta stopped visiting him, and, determined to find her; Longbaugh follows her trail to New York City. Confounded by the city’s immensity, energy, chaos, and crowds, he learns that his wife was very different from the woman he thought he knew. Longbaugh finds himself in a tense game of cat and mouse, racing against time before the legend of the Sundance Kid catches up to destroy him.

By turns suspenseful, rollicking, and poignant, Sundance is the story of a man dogged by his own past, seeking his true place in this new world.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through librarything.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The City by Dean Koontz

The City: A Novel

My thoughts
This is the story of Jonah Kirk, A child prodigy growing up in 1960’s Chicago. It is a time of turmoil and Jonah’s father has left the family. He befriends a neighbor (an older Japanese man) after he is threatened by a new neighbor, a woman upstairs who he has seen in his dreams. Jonah’s dreams may be foreshadowing terrible events that may soon affect their lives.

Jonah is the narrator of the tale, some forty plus years later. This is not a supernatural story, nor a real mystery or suspense story. It is a slow moving story of a young boy coming of age, of friendship and meaningful relationships. Koontz has created a cast of believable characters one which is the city itself. A very well developed story but not one you would expect from this author. Still enjoyable though.

Book Description
A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.
His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.
His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.
And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through netgalley.com. I received no compensation for my thought
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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

The Flip

My thoughts
Julie and Brad Evans are newlyweds and flip houses to make a buck. They acquire an old Victorian mansion that needs lots of work. Brad wants to flip it and Julie wants to turn it into a Bed & Breakfast. Little do they know that it is haunted by two ghosts.

But this is not a horror story; nor is it gory. It is more of a character relationship story; that of Brad and Julie and that of the two spirits. I enjoyed the back story of the spirits and why they are haunting the house and the secrets that it holds. I found it interesting and entertaining; better than some other ghost stories out there.

Book Description
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals its past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner

Phantom Instinct

My thoughts
Harper Flynn is bartending at a crowded club when shots ring out, her boyfriend gets shot and the place is torched. She sees a sheriff’s deputy but then the floor collapses and all is mayhem. One year later she is trying to get her life back in order, the investigation is closed when the two gunmen died in the fire that consumed the club. Only problem is that Harper and the deputy Aiden Garrison are the only two who believe there was a third gunman and he is still out there. They decide to work together to solve the mystery of this third person.

This fast paced, action packed mystery unravels into a story that has twists that had me guessing and was exciting until the end. The characters were believed and Harper is not only a strong female protagonist but a survivor. I felt for Aiden and his Fergoli syndrome that was scary at times. Meg Gardiner knows how to write a riveting novel.

Book Description
When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the cross fire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.

A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.

Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.

As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks

Disclosure: I received this book for review through netgalley.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Meteor Men by Jeff Parker

Meteor Men

This graphic novel will be released October 15, 2014

My thoughts
In this graphic novel, meteors bring more than space rocks. Alden, a teenager is watching a meteor shower on his family farm when one crashes into his property. Inquisitive, he encounters an alien and soon the government and the whole world gets involved. It is the classic tale of humans fearing the unknown. This reads like a story from the fifties or sixties and not in a bad way. I enjoyed the story and the illustrations enhanced it. The twist at the end makes one think. This can be enjoyed by young and mature readers alike.

Book Description
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more--the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them.

How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? From writer Jeff Parker (AQUAMAN, HULK) and artist Sandy Jarrell (BATMAN 66) comes this story of adolescence, friendship, and hard decisions.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through netgallery.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crest BE Toothpaste

Crest Be Dynamic, Adventurous, Inspired Toothpaste Kit--Lime Spearmint Zest, Mint Chocolate Trek, Vanilla Mint Spark

I had the opportunity to try the new Crest BE toothpastes through Bzzagent. There are three flavors. They are BE Adventurous – Mint Chocolate Trek, BE Dynamic – Lime Spearmint Zest and BE Inspired – Vanilla Mint Spark. I was not sure what to think of these flavors but was excited the most be the lime Spearmint one, so I will leave that one for last.

My least favorite is the Mint Chocolate Trek. I love chocolate, not crazy about mint and thought these would taste like my wife’s favorite Thin Mints. You can certainly smell the chocolate and a hint of mint when you screw off the top. It has a soapy minty chocolate taste with, but when you brush your teeth it is like brushing with an Andes mint. If you ever had one of these chocolate mints, you know what I am talking about. Great after dinner mint but not as a toothpaste flavor. I give it a fair rating.

Next up is the Vanilla Mint Spark. I’m not a vanilla fan; it’s too plain for me but the mint adds something to this one. You certainly smell the mint when opening it and taste it too. But it isn’t much different than any other minty toothpaste out there. I give it an average rating.

I saved what I thought was the best new taste – the lime spearmint. Lime seems to be an up and coming flavor and paired with the subtle spearmint gives it a bit of a difference than your usual toothpaste. The spearmint is the dominant small, but you certainly taste both when brushing your teeth. This one I would buy and use on a regular basis, so I give it a very good rating.

Crest’s toothpaste all come with fluoride and are good for your teeth; it’s just some of the flvors wouldn’t make me want to brush my teeth more.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rocky & Bullwinkle by Mark Evanier

Rocky & Bullwinkle #1

This graphic novel will be released on October 7, 2014

My thoughts
A flashback to childhood – Rocky and Bullwinkle are back. This graphic novel contains four stories involving the popular squirrel and moose. Boris and Natasha are still trying to get the duo. There are also mini stories involving Dudley Do-Right. There are a lot of current pop references and the artwork is very good in capturing the characters in what I remember. I may have grown up but reading these new stories was a nostalgic trip back to a fun time.

Book Description
They're finally here! Welcome Bullwinkle the Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel back to comics in these four great tales, "The Psychic Sidekick," "The Washed-Up Wizard," "First Moose on the Moon," and "The Burger Monster." Plus, four back-up stories featuring everybody's favorite mountie, Dudley Do-Right.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through netgalley.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


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