Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review of Rise of the Transgenics by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Rise of the Transgenics (Catnip Book 2) by J.S. Frankel 

Overall star rating --- 5


About the book:
"I told you, don’t call me Miss Kitty."
Harry Goldman, young genius, DNA researcher and still a nerd, is back, and this time he’s working for the law.

At the end of Catnip, his girlfriend, Anastasia, devolved into a cat. He manages to bring her back to her half-human form, but no sooner does he do so than a new problem surfaces. Two other transgenics emerge, and they are out for blood.

Harry and Anastasia have to face off against Lyudmila, another cat-girl, and Piotr, a half-rhino, half-boar monstrosity that lives to kill. And if that isn’t bad enough, the police, lynch mobs, and underground dwellers are after Harry and his girlfriend as well. With time running out, they embark on a treacherous journey to the Ukraine in order to solve the riddle of Anastasia’s DNA, a journey that could also cost both of them their lives.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10 
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Our heroes faces a new and more deadly foe in book two. The transition into book two was smooth and business picked up immediately. This fast paced book is filled with interesting characters and villains. The suspense builds through the book. The characters were well developed, and that includes secondary characters.

The writing is superbly done and filled with crafty sentences and vivid imagery. The editing is top notch with nothing that might distract the reader from this enjoyable adventure.

The story does have some violent scenes, but they are tastefully done. I don't read or watch gore because I'm squeamish. The scenes were necessary to the telling of the tale. The ending was well written, and with a twist. The promise of a third Catnip book filled the air, so watch for it. I want to tell you more, but the author might kill me.         

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure
Age recommendations -- 13 or older because of the violent scenes
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild to slightly moderate

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Review of The Familiar by Jill Nojack

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Familiar by Jill Nojack

Overall star rating --- 3 stars 

About the book:
Sometimes a cat has to man up.

Tom has been mostly cat for a long time, but when the witch who enslaved him dies, he has one last chance to become a man again and maybe to find love, too. He just needs to tell Cassie, a sensible girl who knows nothing about the witchy business all around her, that he's trapped in the body of the kitten she cuddles at night. But cats aren't known for their conversational skills, and a powerful warlock is determined to take Cassie for himself. To make things worse, Tom is rapidly running out of lives.

Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 21
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7

The review --
This was a quite good book, and I enjoyed the adventures of poor Tom. The character of Cassie is quite likeable too. It's a good, fun read. If you like witches, with a bit of humor thrown in, then this is your book. But, the epilogue was a mistake. It was a blatant plug for the next book, and it sort of ruins what is an otherwise quite good book. That should have been left for the next book, or listed as a preview of the next book.

It's always been my feeling that the epilogue should tie up the loose ends of a book, not be a preview for the next book. Otherwise, the book was rather good and quite enjoyable.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- mild

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review of Mastering the art of Indian & Pakistani cuisine by Asim Iftikhar

Review of --
Mastering the art of Indian & Pakistani cuisine: A must-have guide for every kitchen by Asim Iftikhar

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
How many times you have walked by an Indian or Pakistani restaurant smelling the delicious barbecue, longing to store all that barbecue at home for lifetime. How often you have planned to cook biryani at home but just couldn’t do so because you were short of ingredients. How many times you would have thought to use your oven for sajji, but don’t know the technique. How often you visited India and tasted the mouth-watering chicken korma, but couldn’t bring the moments back. How many times you would have thought to cook food with balanced spices and different flavors but couldn’t do so because you had an intimidation of ruining your food and how many times you just lacked a perfect trainer to create a blend of Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Now, you just put all that in the past.
Hi, I am Asim Iftikhar and this is my mum’s kitchen guide. My mother is a great cook and I am here for your guidance for the Indo-Pak cuisine. This is the first book of its kind that encompasses a complete training program of Indo-Pak cuisine and has been written especially for the nonnatives and newbies. While compiling the book, the focus was on the nonnatives and newbies to entail every bit of information: It gives the detail for the number of people to be served and describes that how content varies with the number of people. So, it gives complete freedom and flexibility to however people you are serving. This book also features a unit conversion table for the complete understanding of kitchen units. Before the start of the first recipe, the book teaches basic knife skills, which is an essential part of Indo-Pak cooking and makes Indian and Pakistani food so easy to cook, that it was never before. The book has also introduced an augmentation table for the first time ever, which adds another fifty recipes and makes fifty recipe book a hundred recipe book. So in short, this is a jam pack offer providing a complete guidance and giving hundred recipes in an incredibly small book.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Subject covered -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The author does an excellent job on covering his subject, and yes, you can take this book and cook the cuisine. His book goes from the basics of measurements, cutting skills, and pans, to some most delicious sounding recipes. One I want to share with you is for fried rice. But if you like this cuisine, or if you're wanting to expand your cooking repertoire, this is one book you should definitely add to your cookbook collection.

Recipe from the book:

Fried Vegetable Rice

8 oz. rice
2 cups water
2 large onions, sliced
4 carrots, sliced lengthwise
8 oz. cauliflower, chopped
2 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 capsicum, chopped
1/2 tsp. black pepper, crushed

Put eight ounces rice in a cooking pot. Add two cups of water and add half teaspoon salt in it. Cook till tender over medium flame (10-15 minutes), while covered. Pour the rice in the bowl. Now take a fry pan, add one tablespoon oil and fry chopped capsicums for a minute and set it aside. Do the same practice separately with sliced onions and sliced carrots (frying for a minute in the same oil and setting aside one by one). Now take a cooking pot and add two tablespoons oil in it. Now add two tablespoons soya sauce, half teaspoon black pepper powder and fry for five minutes. Now add the fried capsicum, fried onion, fried cauliflower and rice from the bowl in it and cook for another 10 minutes while covered on the lowest flame.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jacqueline's review of What Happened to Alex Manning by Kim Scott

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- What Happened to Alex Manning? (The Manning Family Series Book 1) by Kim Scott

Overall star rating --- 2 stars 


About the book:
Alex Manning was a remarkably handsome young man, in the early 1900s, on the coast of Maine. He looked forward to a charmed future, when he would inherit the family business, home, and fortune. But an error in judgment and a tragic accident will cost him everything. When he has paid so deeply for the mistakes of the past, is there any hope for his future?


Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 --17
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This was a very gloomy, tragic, book, and I did not like it at all; not a happy book to read. I only read a third of book, then skipped to ending. It is not a happy book at all.

It chronicles the life and times of the Manning family, focusing on a specific generation or two. Their story is sad and depressing, as several tragic deaths are chronicled. If you want to be depressed, this would be a good book to read. If not, avoid it. If you like tragic historical fiction, then this book would be for you.

Please do not confuse this book with historical romantic fiction. They are 2 totally different genres.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- historical fiction
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

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