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 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 I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Pal Spike and Gumby

It's been a while but my pal Spike is back and he has a new friend, Gumby!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Oliver and the Seawigs

This book will be released on July 22, 2014 

My thoughts
Ten year old Oliver Crisp travels with his parents who are explorers. When they decide to explore some islands that sudden appear and then disappear themselves, Oliver takes it upon himself to search for them. He encounters and befriends a mermaid, albatross and many other fun and silly things.

This story will be a delight for those whom it is written for (7-10 year olds), but also enjoyable for the whole family. The artwork adds much to the book. It is not too cartoonish and supplements the story. The characters are a fun bunch. Very entertaining indeed!

Book Description
A lively step up from early chapter books, this seafaring romp is packed with hilarious art, lovable misfits, meddlesome monkeys, and tons of kid appeal.

When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Fourth of July Pullaway Cupcake Cake

These are the cupcakes we made for the Fourth of July. There are 30 pineapple cupcakes with coconut icing in the shape of an Aloha Shirt all in Red, White and Blue! Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield

The Missing Place

My thoughts
Two mothers from different areas of the country and from different walks of life end up in the North Dakota oil fields to search for their sons, who both have gone missing. With no help from the oil company or the police, they help one another to search for their sons.

Two strong female characters with a strong love for their sons makes this a worthwhile book. Not only is about the mystery of what become of their sons but the journey of what each woman learns about herself. It is a truthful view at what a mother would endure for her child.

Book Description
Set against the backdrop of North Dakota’s oil boom, two very different mothers form an uneasy alliance to find their missing sons in this heartrending and suspenseful novel from the Edgar Award–nominated author of Garden of Stones.

The booming North Dakota oil business is spawning “man camps,” shantytowns full of men hired to work on the rigs, in towns without enough housing to accommodate them. In such twilight spaces, it’s easy for a person to vanish. And when two young men in their first year on the job disappear without a trace, only their mothers believe there’s hope of finding them. Despite reassurances that the police are on the case, the two women think the oil company is covering up the disappearances—and maybe something more.

Colleen, used to her decorous life in a wealthy Massachusetts suburb, is determined to find her son. And hard-bitten Shay, from the wrong side of the California tracks, is the only person in town even willing to deal with her—because she’s on the same mission. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, these two unlikely partners question each other’s methods and motivations, but must work together against the town of strangers if they want any chance of finding their lost boys. But what they uncover could destroy them both...

Sure to please fans of Sandra Brown and Gillian Flynn, The Missing Place is a moving chronicle of survival, determination, and powerful bonds forged in the face of adversity.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through the vine program. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Colorful Cupcakes

Here are photos of the cupcakes my wife made this past weekend for a BBQ.  Later this week I will post a photo of the pull-away cupcake cake we made for the Fourth of July!  Enjoy.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stay Another Night by P.S. Meronek

Stay Another Night

My thoughts
This is the story of Coco Stevens and Sam Spielman. Coco is a stripper in the Gentlemen’s Club owned by Sam (who is a Don in the Mafia) and they embark on a love affair that changes their lives. Coco soon becomes famous as a model then actress. But Sam has a secret and it has to do with Coco’s past; something she is unaware of.

As the story evolves Coco grows from a young teenage stripper, to world famous model to one who tries to beat her lover in his game. Coco is a strong woman and I appreciate that but I still didn’t relate to her and she didn’t seem believable. The secret that is the motivation of the story plays out in the last few pages and was a big letdown. Although, well written, the story had interesting segments but then it suffered with a substandard finale.

Book Description
From the first time the underage stripper meets the dangerous Mafia boss during a raid on his infamous San Franciscan Gentlemen's Club, Coco Stevens is hypnotized by the young charismatic Don. Like a doomed moth drawn helplessly toward an enticing yet lethal flame, Sam Spielman also falls helplessly under her spell. The two could not be more different - and more alike - and more in love. Guided by Sam's clever mentoring, Coco begins her meteoric rise to the very pinnacle of the international fashion trade. She proves to be as wily and intelligent as she is beautiful as she swiftly adapts to the jet setting world of haute couture. She segues her supermodel status into a blossoming acting career, remaining glued to the fast track of a world of power and privilege. For the better part of a decade, Coco balances life on the edge of a deadly and enticing razor. It's a dangerous game with its own set of nasty rules. Although she plays it with a master's touch, Coco knows full well that one mistake could cost her everything. Then the unthinkable happens. From the exotic African svelte lands of Kenya to the breathtakingly beautiful sands of Barbados, Coco rides the golden bullet, hanging on for dear life until finally and inevitably, the gold begins to tarnish. In the end, Sam Spielman is forced to choose between the unthinkable and the impossible. Would he rather pay the ultimate price for the most grievous of this world's sins, or go on living in the darkness of his own creation? Seemingly trapped with a one way ticket on the voyage of the damned, can Coco and Sam find the only way out? Coco finally reaches for redemption in the barren deserts of Nevada. Hanging in the balance is a modern day fortune which rivals the worth of King Solomon's Mines. In a riveting conclusion with a surprising twist, perhaps the wages of sin can be spent more wisely than even they would have believed possible.

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


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