Category Archives: Reviews

Fat Girl Fairy Boy book review

Standard

When I first seen the name of the book, I wasn’t sure it would be anything I liked, but after reading the description, I changed my mind:

“Frieda Kunkelheimer knew she wasn’t welcome in the world from her earliest stirrings. She also knew she was big and ugly, as proclaimed by her grandmother on the day of her birth. Though Frieda Kunkelheimer later blossoms into a beautiful and successful Hollywood film star, it had been determined, even before birth, that she was unwanted and unloved.

En route to a film shoot, the embittered, aging actress known as Frie, and Robin, her fearful, phobic gay makeup artist, survive a plane crash in the jungles of Central America only to be held hostage by El Salvadoran guerrillas. Their self-absorbed lives take a backseat to the events of their capture as a bizarre set of circumstances unfold and kindle courage, compassion, and forgiveness they never thought possible.

‘Fat Girl Fairy Boy’ is a darkly humorous tale of family, friendship, and personal discovery. Written in masterful prose, and filled with rich characters, McConkie mixes irony, humor, and pathos while weaving multifaceted storylines into a wildly entertaining adventure. Few experienced novelists fare as well as McConkie in this debut literary event.”

Fat Girl Fairy boy is written by Carol McConkie  and is available here

The back story of the main characters was relatable, and I love that! I think many can identify with eating for comfort and how much that can control your life, and being bullied growing up,  Reading the transformation of both characters was not only fun, but inspiring.  In this book you genuinely dislike the villains and love the heroes.

I do wish that it grabbed my attention a tad earlier in the story as I have a hard time continuing to read when it doesn’t, however I am glad I finished it because it got much better.

Bonus is it is actually 2 books in one, and who doesn’t love more?

Overall I recommend this book, if you read it be sure to let me know what you think

I was given a free book in return for my review, however this does not alter how I reviewed the book, I always give my honest opinions

Advertisements

It’s a Shakeology Review and Giveaway

Standard

Hi there, I am so happy to be offering you guys another giveaway.  If you are anything like me you have heard of Shakeology and probably thought to yourself “I would love to try a shake before I decide to invest in it” Well Dana over at www.beachbodycoach.com/bradensmommy has given me the opportunity to do just that, and to offer the same to one of my readers.  Are you excited?

Chocolate-Shakeology

I was given a Chocolate Shakeology shake to try out, and I must admit I was a little skeptical, I have never been one to like “health” shakes.  Dana mentioned I might want to try Banana and Peanut butter in the shake which reminds me did you know that beachbody offers recipes for their shakes on their website? I think that is pretty awesome. Anyway I wanted to try it both ways so I made the shake according to the directions:
Blend powder with 8-12 oz of water or other beverage and ice until creamy
I used  1% milk

I have to be honest and say I did not love the flavor, it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either, however I have never been a huge fan of chocolate shake drinks, and as a bonus it didn’t taste chalky like some of them do,  and so in went 1 whole banana and a TBSP of Peter Pan creamy peanut butter.

The difference was night and day, the shake tasted pretty darn good, and I had no problem drinking it all up.

I did stay full for quite awhile, I had the shake for breakfast and forced myself to have a snack at 2pm, because I still hadn’t eaten anything.

I didn’t feel a huge boost of energy but to be fair it was only 1 shake and I am sure it takes time to your body to adjust to it, I also am on medications that make me sleepy due to my back.   I was able to get through my normal Jillian workout just fine without feeling run down though, so I would say a little improvement, pretty good for day 1!

I have seen many people talk about how expensive Shakeology is, but if you compare the cost of a shake to the cost of an average meal, or to a home made smoothie, fresh squeezed juice, or a health drink bought at a juice bar, chances are you would be saving money with Shakeology.

via the beachbody website: Shakeology shakes contain over 70 natural ingredients derived from rich, nutrient-dense whole-food sources from around the world and who doesn’t want more nutrients?

Still have questions? Still unsure? or Maybe you are ready to try it out?

Dana would love to be your beach body coach and show you how and why Shakeology…Let someone be there to answer all of your questions, It’s free so what do you have to lose? And bonus by doing so you will be entered into the giveaway to try your very own Chocolate Shakeology Shake…Win Win right?

Chocolate-Shakeology

Just click the link for the rafflecopter, make sure to read the terms and conditions 🙂 …Seriously what are you waiting for?
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Review “Hidden Under Her Heart”

Standard


I was given a e-copy of the book Hidden Under her Heart byRachelle Ayala, to read and review. I love reading and I particularly love to read anything that makes me think a little more or can bring me to another place, this book did both.  The story was compelling and got you attached to the characters easily.  You couldn’t help but to feel for both Maryanne and Lucas. Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down until I finished, that is always a great sign.  The book takes you on a journey through a new romance plagued with unfortunate circumstances,   It tears at your heart, and manages to also lift you up. Rachelle did a great job at tackling controversial and difficult subjects, rape, abortion, and race and I commend her for being able to do so.  One of my favorite parts of the book comes closer to the end, with a glimpse into the healing process, and a wonderful way for anyone to put their problems into perspective.  The book does contain a mild sex scene, and some adult issues, but if you don’t mind that I recommend reading it, you will not be disappointed.

Book Description from Amazon.com

” Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off premarital sex, hoping to land a marrying type of man.

Lucas Knight, a law-school dropout, moves to California to train for the Ironman Triathlon. He’s smart, sweet, and everything Maryanne wants in a man, but their relationship suffers from his dedication to the sport. Seeking consolation in the arms of a handsome preacher’s son, Maryanne attends a church party where she is raped.

Maryanne is pregnant from the rape and plans to abort. But the identity of her rapist is hidden in her baby’s DNA. Lucas asks Maryanne to seek alternatives and pledges to support her through the pregnancy. When Lucas becomes the prime suspect, Maryanne must clear his name and make a life changing decision.

The rapist has other ideas. In order to destroy the evidence, he offers Maryanne an illegal offshore abortion. With Maryanne’s life in danger, Lucas races to save her and her baby. However, Maryanne hides a secret that threatens to tear them apart forever.”

You can find the book on Amazon,and Barnes & Noble

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.