Apr 25, 2013

The Fallen Angels

The Fallen Angels by Susannah Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Campion Lazender is a worthy successor to her namesake. Love her romance with Gitan. This book is full of intrigue and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. Book two in the Lazender family series.

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Apr 24, 2013

Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, # 3)Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very dark. Ethan feels as if a part of himself is missing and Amma is making deals with bokors, to protect "her boy".

Lena and Ethan are able to see flashes of her Mother's life before she became Sarafine.

Ridley uses John's powers to try to fit in as a mortal girl, but when her secret is revealed she flees and turns into a Dark Caster again in hopes of holding on to Link.

Link uses his powers as an incubus to help his friends and Olivia and John start a relationship.

Marian is found guilty of treason but the friends find a way to save her. Sadly in the end nothing can save Ethan from his FATE.

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Apr 23, 2013

Gardening with Native Plants of the South

Gardening with Native Plants of the SouthGardening with Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Am enjoying this book immensely, many useful gardening tips. Lots of my favorite plants are in the book and a few that I have on my want to get list after reading the book.

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Apr 16, 2013

Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ethan has no memory of what happened to him on Lena's birthday and is puzzled and hurt by the growing distance between them. Liv (a Keeper in training) has come to town to study with Marian and a friendship grows between her and Ethan. Believing that Ethan would be better off with another mortal Lena runs away with John Breed (an Incubus that can walk in daylight).

When Marian gives Ethan his Mother's Arclight he learns one of her secrets and discovers that the song in his head comes from his Mother not Lena. When he realizes that Sarafine is calling the Claiming Moon out of Time with Abraham's help he sets off to rescue Lena with the help of Liv, Link, Lucille (his Aunt's cat), Macon and surprisingly Ridley (who will risk everything to help them). But ultimately Lena will refuse to Choose her place in the Order of Things and will break the Order with dangerous consequences. Now Ridley must learn to live as a mortal girl and Link must deal with becoming an Incubus. Liv's "help" has ended her career as a "Keeper" so she must choose another path. And Ethan and Lena search for a way to stay together.

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Apr 10, 2013

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best of the trilogy it has an actual plot and everything. After returning from their honeymoon they have to deal with Jack Hyde's obsession with the Gray family. When he kidnaps Mia, Ana will risk everything to save her. Ana must also deal with Christian's overreaction to the news she is pregnant.

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Apr 9, 2013

The Wild Lawn Handbook

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front LawnThe Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn by Stevie Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent advice on how to create a wild lawn requiring little maintenance once established. Bo and I hope to do this gradually as time permits.

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Religious Dogma Must Not Limit a Woman's Healthcare Options

DREGER (March 16 LTE) please do not mischaracterize my position on issues. I am all for preventing unwanted pregnancies. I advocate for teaching comprehensive sex education in our public schools and reproductive healthcare that includes contraceptive coverage, coverage that many in the anti-choice movement wish to deny because of their religious beliefs. 

Sometimes contraceptives fail and when they do a woman should certainly have the choice to terminate the pregnancy as we do not know her circumstances. In case you missed it in the United States if someone is brain dead they can be disconnected from life support? Why then would we afford a collection of cells without a fully formed brain more rights than a woman?

Certainly a victim of rape or incest should not be forced to carry a reminder of her victimization for nine months. For those who seek help in time the Morning After Pill should be an option and for those who are too traumatized to seek help right away abortion should be an option.  No man should be able to interfere with their choice in the matter. 

If genetic testing shows the fetus will be deformed then certainly abortion should be an option. 

I am relieved that you would allow a woman whose life was at risk to have an abortion. Many in the anti-choice movement would not. Savita Halappanavar died because she had the misfortune to be pregnant in a Catholic Country, religious dogma must not be allowed to dictate a woman’s healthcare here.