Dec 27, 2017

Expelled by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Emily Raymond (With)

ExpelledExpelled by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surprisingly good I recommend it highly for any teen.

The book begins when Theo gets expelled for posting a picture to his Twitter account that he didn't post. Desperate to figure out who is wrecking his life Theo comes up with the idea to do a documentary that proves he is innocent. He ropes his friend Jude (bisexual artist) who was supposedly in the photograph in his mascot uniform into helping. He also approaches Sasha Elli (his secret crush) who also got expelled into working with them and she brings Parker (the star football player at the center of the photograph) into the group.

Theo also starts to deal with his Father's suicide after he was diagnosed with ALS as well as his growing feelings for Sasha. When Sasha works up the courage to tell Theo the dark secret that is destroying her life he finds a way to help her.

And when he learns that Parker was desperate to get off the football team due to the Coach forcing him to use steroids Theo finds a way to reveal the dirty secret.

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Dec 22, 2017

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part One:
I still think Rock may be Shallan's brother Helaran. It occurs to me that he may share Shallan's ability to disguise his appearance and she shies away from remembering what her brother looks like. In fact Shallan's memory seems to be a quagmire of uncertainty, leaving readers with the same tortured questions of what actually took place in Shallan's past.

This book seems to be dwelling a lot on the past, Dalinar spends a lot of time thinking of the past. We catch glimpses of a Dalinar who is very different than the man we have come to know. This Dalinar lives to kill and is consumed by something he refers to as "The Thrill". And yet he is coming into his own. Against the wishes of the ardents he marries Navani. He also begins to recall his first wife Evi. Elhokar swears fealty to Dalinar, making Dalinar a sort of high King of Roshar.

Kaladin returns home to warn his parents and the villagers of the coming storms. He gets there too late but finds his parents still alive, as well as many of the villagers. The parshmen didn't attack but ran away. Curious about where they are going he tracks them, and when he is discovered allows them to take him prisoner. When he realizes they have children with them he starts helping them and a sort of friendship begins to form between Kaladin and many of the group. They reach a town where the parshmen from all over are gathering and Kaladin realizes it is time to leave his new "friends" but when an unexpected storm arrives Kaladin goes back to make sure the human prisoners are safe before leaving even though it means he has to deal with the red eyed parshmen, referred to as The Fused.

Adolin is put in charge of finding out who is killing people when a second body is found murdered the same way as Sadeas, of course Adolin knows that the second murder was done by a copycat as he is the one who killed Sadeas. The investigation eventually leads them to Re-Shephir (the Midnight Mother, Mother of Lies) who is terrified that Shallan will have the ability to imprison her and eventually flees leaving Adolin in possession of numerous gemstones. Sadeas' wife makes Amaram high Prince of her family to Adolin's dismay. Adolin also begins to teach Shallan to use her sword and the two grow closer.

Jasnah Kholin (who is very much alive) arrives in Urithiru.

Part Two:
Just when I was ready to say I was totally wrong about Rock being Helaran something happens to make me think "well maybe". Rock's family has arrived (wife and kids) and we learn more about his past but one of the interesting things we learn is that Rock's children are allowed to worship any God they wish and his son worships the Vorin God.

Rlain (the Bridge Four Parshmen) feels alone and attempts to explain that "his people" are all gone or changed.

Moash was captured by The Fused and enslaved, he is working with the Parshmen Kaladin befriended and is teaching them how to fight.

Teft is battling his addiction.

Dalinar meets Odium in one of his visions and Odium attempts to explain to Dalinar why he should free him.

Jasnah has to adjust to the changes in Shallan. Shallan learns "why" Helaran attacked Amaram. Amaram was working with King Gavilar (Dalinar's elder brother) to bring back the Voidbringers in a misguided attempt to strengthen their religion. Sadeas was probably in on the plot too. Sadeas and Gavilar often left Dalinar out of their plans and treated him like a barbarian who was good for slaughtering their enemies but incapable of understanding the "bigger picture" so it seems plausible that Dalinar who would have objected to their "plan" would be left out and explains the rift between Sadeas and Dalinar.

Part Three: (and rats I have to return the library book so it will be awhile before I get to read Part 4) Dalinar is using diplomacy not the sword to bring everyone on Roshar together to the surprise of many. But just as he wins the Azish over his memories of what happened to Evi 12 years ago return. Rathalas rebelled and Dalinar was sent to quash the rebellion, Evi pleaded with him not to kill anyone so he attempted to parlay with King Tanalan whose life Dalinar had spared when he was a baby. Tanalan pretended to accept Dalinar's offer of Peace and told him that Sadeas was betraying Gavilar and secretly helping him, and where he could find the traitors.Dalinar and some of his men set off to capture the traitors, but it was an ambush and Dalinar was severely injured and his men were killed. Everyone assumed Dalinar was killed and were shocked when a badly injured Dalinar walked into camp, Sadeas reinforcements had arrived so when Dalinar decides to burn Rathalas to the ground in retaliation, Sadeas eggs him on and Dalinar finds it easy to ignore Evi's pleas for peace. Unbeknownst to Dalinar Evi snuck out of the war camp and went to the city to warn them, when she was taken prisoner. Dalinar had the emissaries King Tanalan sent out slaughtered before they could tell him they were holding Evi hostage and she along with many other women and children died when Dalinar burned the city to the ground. Dalinar finds it almost impossible to deal with what he has done, even though the Stormfather considers what he did "Justice", although since the Stormfather has bonded with Dalinar he is beginning to understand human morality.

Shallan's "personalities/disguises" are becoming more distinct while Shallan is in love with Adolin Veil is attracted to Kaladin. Kaladin has picked up on the attraction and is somewhat confused by Shallan's behavior. Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin and King Elhokar go to Kholinar to rescue Queen Aesudan, their son, Prince Gavinor and reclaim the city. (I am really beginning to like Elhokar he is maturing nicely and would have been a wonderful King given time) When they get there they stay with Adolin's tailor while they try to find out what is going on. There are two Unmade in the city causing all sorts of problems, the Queen and her Guard that stayed loyal to her are holed up in the Palace and the Parshmen periodically attack The Walls. Shallan starts feeding a young beggar boy (Grund) in exchange for information. She also meets with Wit. Shallan is attempting to infiltrate the Cult that has taken over the platform the Oathgate is on and where the two Unmade are located in the control building. Her job is to open the Oathgate so that reinforcements from Urithiru can come to Kholinar's aid. In order to get the Cult's attention Shallan starts stealing food and distributing it to the people Grund told her needed it. Eventually she is invited to join the Cult but she is forced to flee when the Unmade start to get inside her head. She goes to see Grund and discovers him being attacked for the food she had been giving him. He tells her he hates her with his dying breath and Shallan starts to come undone. Wit eventually finds her and convinces her she is strong enough as Shallan to bear the memories from her past and to do what she has too.

Kaladin joins the Wall Guard and becomes friendly with the men in his unit. He meets the mysterious Highmarshal Azure (who turns out to be a woman) he tells her he is there with King Elhokar and she agrees to help with Elhokar's assault on The Palace. Highmarshal Azure, the troops from the Wall that can be spared, Elhokar and Kaladin go to the Palace while Adolin and Shallan go to the Oathgate. Queen Aesudan has joined the Parshmen (she actually seems to be one), but Elhokar and Kaladin are able to rescue Prince Gavinor and Kaladin sends Elhokar and the Prince away with a guard while he attempts to hold the Queens troops off. Unfortunately the Parshmen arrive before they can escape and when Kaladin recognizes the Parshmen he befriended amongst the attackers he freezes and is unable to bring himself to attack. He screams for everyone to stop killing each other and watches helplessly as Moash kills Elhokar who is holding his son in his arms and just beginning to say the words that would bond him to a spren. (I hope that he was actually able to bond and somehow managed to survive I am going to be very sad if he is really dead, Shallan has managed to survive being killed multiple times in this book so if he was actually able to use Stormlight it is a possibility.) The Queen's troops take Prince Gavinor and Adolin arrives and gets Kaladin and the survivors to the Oathgate platform. One of the Unmade (Ashertmarn) flees, but Shallan is talking with Sja-anat who warns Shallan not to use the Oathgate that she has been forced to touch the spren of the device so it wouldn't function as Shallan wanted by Ashertmarn. Shallan warns Adolin that the Oathgate is a trap, but he tells her they have no choice they must use the Oathgate or die. Sja-anat says she will try not to kill them. The book ends with Adolin, Shallan, Kaladin and Azure being transported to a strange place with a sea of beads everywhere but the platform they are standing on and strange creatures (enormous spren) inhabiting it. I have to say I agree with the creature that stated "Oh, this is bad, so very, very bad"

Part Four:
Adolin, Shallan, Kaladin and Azure with the help of their spren take passage on a ship Captained by Ico. When they get to they city they discover that Voidspren are in Shadesmar and have taken over. In order to escape them Syl (aka: Ancient Daughter) turns herself over to the Honorspren who are hunting her and they all get passage on the Honorspren ship. Adolin confesses to Shallan that he killed Torol Sadeas, and she praises him for it. But Adolin also sees how she looks at Kaladin and mistakenly thinks Shallan is in love with Kaladin. When the Voidspren follow them, the Captain of the Honorspren ship (Notum) decides that the honorable thing to do is to help them, so Notum puts Adolin, Shallan and Kaladin ashore near one of the Oathgates, so hopefully they can escape Shadesmar, but they discover the Oathgate is being guarded by the Voidspren. Azure chooses to stay with the Honorspren ship.

Szeth trains with the Skybreakers and Nin decides to tell him of the decision the Heralds made to sacrifice one of their own to end the cycle of pain and death, which became known as the Aharietiam.

Dalinar has trouble dealing with the fact he caused Evi's death and starts drinking again leaving Navani to keep the alliance together. He eventually stops drinking and starts working with the alliance to save Roshar when the alliance learns that; Elhokar swore fealty to Dalinar, Dalinar had visions he didn't tell them about, Dalinar had the Stormfather bring Venli into one of the visions so he could ask her if they could find a peaceful solution, and that the Dawnchant has been translated and it wasn't written by a human. The writer was a Dawnsinger (parshmen) and the otherworlders were the humans (Voidbringers). The humans had destroyed their own world with Surgebinding and invaded Roshar. When the Radiants discovered this they walked away rather than fight for something "wrong". The Stormfather has been trying to hide this "truth". The alliance falls apart.

Taravangian plots against Dalinar.

A parshman steals"the King's Drop" (huge gemstone that never loses it's Stormlight).

Another parshman attacks Rock, Bisig and Eth in order to get the Honorblade Eth was carrying. He got in wearing the coat Teft sold in order to buy drugs. Rock and Bisig survive the attack, but Eth is killed. Feeling guilty over selling his coat Teft leaves, only to stumble upon the Parshmen attacking Urithiru.

Part 5:
Teft's spren pesters him to say the words and become a Radiant.

Dalinar remembers everything about his visit to The Nightwatcher including the fact she intended for him to regain his memories. It's part of her plan to defeat Odium (the god the humans brought with them when they came to Roshar).

When the parshmen army leaves Shadesmar for Thaylen City Adolin and Kaladin attempt to distract the guards that are left behind while Shallan figures out how to work the Oathgate, but instead Shallan learns that Honor has forbidden the Gatekeepers (two enormous spren) from allowing passage. The army they saw was comprised of souls of the dead and did not need the portal. Adolin is seriously wounded and Kaladin can't find it in himself to speak the words needed to heal him.

Amaram and his army are taken over by Voidspren and join the attack on Thaylen City.

Prime Aqasix Yanagawn the First Emperor of all Makabak attempts to go back and help the Thaylen's but when his advisors learn that Amaram joined the Parshmen he is convinced it was an Alethi trick. Lift did get away from her guard and go back and Dalinar sends her to get "the King's Drop".

Szeth chooses not to stay with Nin and the other Skybreakers who will fight on the side of the Parshmen as they were the original inhabitants of Roshar, but instead swears himself to Dalinar Kholin. Dalinar goes to face Odium alone with nothing more than a book (The Way of Kings). Dalinar ask for a contest of champions and Odium agrees to it. Dalinar thinks that Odium will choose Amaram as his champion but to Dalinar's dismay he chooses Dalinar to be his champion. It turns out that "The Thrill" Dalinar experienced during battle was an unmade spren (it's the same thing that has taken over Amaram's troops) Odium tries to get Dalinar to place the blame for what happened to Evi on being under the influence of Odium and his spren. But Dalinar refuses to do so and takes full responsibility for the choices he made. This allows Dalinar to become Unity and unite the physical world, the world of minds and the spiritual realm, he pulls Adolin, Shallan and Kaladin out of Shadesmar and Renarin is able to heal Adolin.

Jasnah realizes Renarin isn't a Knight Radiant, but they are unsure what he is, but when Jasnah doesn't kill him they realize his visions don't necessarily come true.

Ash (Herald) finds Taln she expects him to hate her and the other Heralds for abandoning him, but he thinks it is a wonderful thing because it gave the humans time to recover.

Teft is able to defeat the Parshmen in Urithiru and bring aid to Thaylen City. Just when Amaram is about to kill Kaladin Rock uses a Shardbow to kill Amaram ( ? how did Rock know how to use it and have the strength to use it without Shardplate).

Another interesting thing is Adolin's Shardblade that is supposedly dead defended him in Shadesmar when he was wounded, and when they are fighting the thunderclast told him her name was Mayalaran and he starts calling her Maya.

Venli bonds with an honorspren but keeps it a secret from Odium and The Fused.

Szeth and Left are able to get "the King's Drop" to Dalinar and he is able to use it to trap "the Thrill". At which point Odium and his followers retreat.

Moash kills Jezerezeh'Elin, King of Heralds for The Fused. I really can't forgive him for killing Elhokar and Jezrien. And yes I now believe Elhokar is dead, really sad about this as he had so much potential. In return Moash is given The Blade of Jezerezeh.

Lopen becomes a Full Knight Radiant.

Dalinar ask Navani to teach him how to read. Jasnah is named Queen of Alethkar, after Adolin refuses the position of King.

Kaladin flies to a group of refugees after they contact him by spanreed and discovers that Skar and Drehy managed to save Elhokar's son. I think if Elhokar had managed to survive he would have been with them.

Taravangian's Diagram has been proven wrong (Renarin apparently has the ability to change it) and now Dalinar knows enough not to completely trust Taravangian. He doesn't know that Taravangian was the traitor that brought the singers "Parshmen" to Urithiru, but he does know that it was Taravangian that hired Szeth to kill him. He also doesn't know that Taravangian is working with Odium.

Shallan and Adolin marry, and her surviving brothers are at the ceremony.

Wit rescues a Pattern from the Kholinar Palace where Elhokar was killed. (Another reason I think Elhokar is dead I believe the Pattern was Elhokar's spren).

From what I have read it will be 2020 before the next book comes out. Really don't understand why he couldn't write 5 smaller books some of which would be published sooner. I really hate holding these LARGE books and I hate having to wait so long between books because you forget so much.

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Dec 19, 2017

Intensity: Chronicles of Nick

Intensity: Chronicles of NickIntensity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, really she just undid everything she had done in the Chronicles of Nick like it never happened!!!

Nick is pretty much stuck in his grimoire for the entire book after Grim is unable to get him to drink the water from the Lethe so he forgets everything. While Cyprian is masquerading as Nick and causing trouble. Nick does share a tender moment with Adrian and realizes that Cyprian just wants to be loved. He comes away with an understanding that rather than kill his son he can save him. Although in this time he does kill him. After meeting Takeshi (a guardian of time) Kody realizes that she was given water from the Lethe so she forgot her life with Nick and then lied to by Sroasha and that Nick was never the villain. Nick manages to drain Noir's power (it has something to do with Nick being part Sephiroth) and masters his Malachai powers. He creates a portal back to New Orleans. Unfortunately when he gets there it's too late and Kody has already been killed she hangs around long enough to tell Nick bye. She promises to find a way back to him and he promises to be waiting.

Nick talks Takeshi into letting him drink water from the Lethe so he will forget everything but before he does Nick goes to Sanctuary where Cyprian is hanging out masquerading as Nick. Nick gets Simi to lure him outside and kills him. So a Nick who no longer knows he is the Malachi is now in his senior year of High School preparing to go to Tulane or Loyola and with no memory of his friends. Although Caleb and Xev are still hanging around to protect him. But he is back to just being Kyrian's squire.

Not sure if this is the last Chronicle of Nick book are not it looks like she is going to start a series for Cyprian next. Although the epilogue hints that Nick is going to learn about being the Malachi as a teen as teenage Nick shows up in Ambrose's study with Caleb, Aeron, Kaziel, Vawn and a teen girl Ambrose doesn't recognize. insisting they are going to FIX the timeline and save Cyprian.

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Dec 17, 2017

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22)

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22)The Midnight Line by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Reacher finds a West Point class ring in a pawn shop he sets out to find the owner. He soon discovers that her identical twin sister has hired a P.I. to find Sanderson, they team up and the threesome soon stumble across a lucrative prescription pill racket, with people willing to kill to keep their business running.

Once they find Sanderson they learn the corruption went all the way to the military where Sy (Sanderson's boyfriend) was killed to keep him from reporting the misappropriation of medicine.

Now Reacher is out to get payback for those wronged and the medicine Sanderson needs to survive. And as usual Reacher delivers as only Reacher can.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica - Why Me?: My Fight Against Polymyalgia Rheumatica by Bren Ryan

Polymyalgia Rheumatica - Why Me?: My Fight Against Polymyalgia RheumaticaPolymyalgia Rheumatica - Why Me?: My Fight Against Polymyalgia Rheumatica by Bren Ryan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I expected the book to be more about PMR but the first half of the book is about accidents (unrelated to PMR) that she was in and recovering from the injuries that resulted. It's only half way through the book that she is diagnosed with PMR. I definitely could relate to the constant tiredness and pain and how people don't get how awful you feel.

"What they don't realize is that it is not the normal aches and pains that subside with rest and a couple of is muscular pain and inflammation, that has decided it is moving into your cozy body. "

"When people ask how you are...Fine is what we say, because you see we don't look ill, and if we did tell you how we really felt...deep down we know that it would be so hard for a person to believe, how someone looking not so bad on the outside can be so ill on the inside...PMR is the invisible illness."

These are the words she used to describe PMR and I have to say they accurately reflect how I feel.

Useless- Yes, I feel this way especially when I can't do something simple like undress myself.
Burden - yep, and that is the last thing my husband needs he is already burdened with taking care of his Mother, Aunt and sister. He didn't need someone else to take care of.
Guilt - I feel guilty about all the things I can't do or don't get done. Some days even doing the laundry is too much for me.
Depressed- Yes, this is a big one. We put off doing so much because of Hubby's work (he was out of town a lot) and Mother (he constantly has to do stuff around her house leaving little time for us to spend together) but there was always suppose to be this magical one day when he retired and we would have TIME for each other. Now I have to face the fact it will never happen, by the time he has time for me, IF I am still alive I probably won't feel like doing things with him. We got kayaks last year for Christmas, now I wonder if we will ever use them again.
Bitter - Yes, it's not fair
Anxious - Sometimes everything just seems overwhelming and I can't cope with normal every day stress.
Defeated - Yes, sometimes it would be easier just to give up. Sometimes I have really good days. I feel like ME again, it makes the bad days seem so much worse because I wonder if I am ever going to be ME again. The woman that had a zest for living and enjoyed her life.
Low self esteem - yes, because who on earth can't dress themselves, open a jar, bag of chips or whatever simple task I can't do.

One of the hardest things is that people really don't understand that you are seriously ill, they don't get how you simply can't do some things one day especially when the next day you can. It's frightening and you feel very ALONE. If you had cancer you would get lots of sympathy and support and everyone would understand you were sick. With PMR people just wonder WHY your house is a mess, why you don't feel like doing stuff, why you don't ????

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The Polymyalgia Rheumatica Diet by Susan Parker Mat

The Polymyalgia Rheumatica DietThe Polymyalgia Rheumatica Diet by Susan Parker Mat
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Glad I just checked this one out of the library. Heavy on seafood dishes and really doesn't address the role nightshades play in inflammation so I don't see how this "diet" would help PMR suffers. She is really just advocating that you eliminate sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol and avoid red meat.

I won't be using this cookbook.

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Dec 5, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Heal Yourself: The Top 100 Best Recipes for Chronic Inflammation by Susan Hollister

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Heal Yourself: The Top 100 Best Recipes for Chronic InflammationAnti-Inflammatory Diet: Heal Yourself: The Top 100 Best Recipes for Chronic Inflammation by Susan Hollister
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Huge waste of money, most of the information can be found on the Internet for free and the majority of the recipes contain nightshades which have been linked to inflammation. The main thing someone buying this book would want to avoid. (The Link Between Nightshades, Chronic Pain and Inflammation

And even though she says to avoid dairy she has dairy in her recipes, and while she says she you can substitute almond or coconut milk she doesn't use them which one would expect in a cookbook claiming to be an anti-inflammatory diet cookbook.

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Nov 29, 2017

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Edmond Kirsch is murdered in front of millions of people as he prepares to make a startling announcement about where we come from and where we are going Robert Langdon is determined to find out just what the announcement was. With the help of Ambra Vidal (Prince Julian's fiancee) Langdon embarks on a quest to discover the passcode to Edmond's cloud account where the announcement has been prerecorded and saved. But the assassin is determined to stop them at any cost. And the Palace places them in further danger when they announce that Ambra was kidnapped by Langdon.

Once the message is out and the Palace clears up the misunderstanding about the "kidnapping" Langdon has time to think and as he puts the clues together he comes to a startling conclusion about the role Winston (AI Kirsch created) played in the events surrounding Edmond's death.

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Nov 22, 2017

Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)

Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Larinda literally dies at Eve's feet, Eve has to put aside her distaste for the "social information reporter" to find her killer. And thanks to Larinda's sideline of blackmailing those weak enough to pay the list of potential killers is long. As Eve uncovers their secrets she removes them from the suspect list as most of Larinda's victims are decent people trying to protect loved ones or haunted by past abuse. As the "marks" are removed from the suspect list one by one Eve broadens it to include people close to the marks. But it isn't until a innocent woman is killed because she was unwittingly used as an alibi that Eve zeroes in on her man.

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Nov 18, 2017

Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

Killing Season: A ThrillerKilling Season: A Thriller by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Benjamin Vicksburg, "Vicks" to his friends is obsessed with finding the serial killer who murdered his older sister three years ago. When Dorothy moves to town she befriends Vicks while dating the BMOC John David "JD". When Dorothy breaks up with JD, her and Vicks hook up for awhile, but when she thinks he forgot Valentines she falls back into JD's arms. Vicks is totally disgusted with her and in an effort to make things up to him Dorothy gets a job working at a lodge that offers discounts to people who work in the government labs in the area, as Vicks suspects the killer does. She uses her job to print out reams of data on the guest and then she and Vicks narrow down the suspect list.

But while Vicks is zeroing in on the killer the killer is stalking Ben's sister Haley and her best friend Lily. Which one will be his victim and will Ben be able to save her.

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Nov 17, 2017

Bissel Bolt Pet

I won the Bissel Bolt Pet Handheld Vacuum.  I like the way it just plugs into any power outlet. Big plus in my opinion. I find it rather heavy to hold and I kept accidentally turning it off as the power button is near the handle.

I had hoped to use it to vacuum out the Fenris hair in the car, but the hair stubbornly clung to the upholstery and had the vacumn outmatched. It is great for picking up spills in the house.  

Flower Friday

 More from Bellingrath Gardens. I love the charming paths through the property I would like to do something similar here with more environmentally friendly material.

Nov 12, 2017

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers, #10)

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers, #10)Deep Freeze by John Sandford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virgil gets sent back to Trippton, Minnesota ( home of the school board killers) to solve the murder of local bank President Gina Hemming who was found floating in the Mississippi shortly after she hosted a Class Reunion committee meeting. He is also instructed to help a Private Investigator track down the maker of Barbie Os.

After a series of misadventures and another murder Flowers arrest the killer and heads home to make a baby with Frankie.

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Nov 10, 2017

Bellingrath Garden Paths

 I really like the flowers planted with the Sky Flower. I think I will repot mine and add some similar flowers this Winter while I have it in the greenhouse. I also need to trim mine up so it will look more like this.

 Didn't get to look at this area as much as I would have liked they had a car show going on and it was very noisy.

Nov 9, 2017

The Dancing Floor by Barbara Michaels

The Dancing FloorThe Dancing Floor by Barbara Michaels
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After her Father's death Heather embarks on the garden tours they had planned to take together. Denied admittance to Troytan Heather sneaks onto the grounds through a hedge when she encounters a statue it gives her a fright and she flees right into the arms of Jordan.

His Father, Frank, soon invites her to stay and work on restoring the gardens with him. But the local legends of witchcraft give Heather more than her usual nightmares.

When a fire breaks out at Troytan Heather, Jordan and Frank barely escape with their lives. Frank's bodyguard Sean was passed out in the cottage, so if Tipp the cat hadn't woken Heather they would have perished in the fire.When arson is confirmed suspicion falls on Bobby the troubled son of Lindsay and Giles. But when Bobby's body is found in the maze Heather realizes that there isn't anything Lindsay won't do to marry money.

And when Jordan finally confesses his "feelings" Heather has other things on her mind than food thankfully. Heather is a "little obsessed" with meals.

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Nov 8, 2017

Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22)

Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22)Mind Game by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane starts dreaming about a woman in trouble who looks vaguely familiar. Trying to track down clues in order to help "Lisa" she soon realizes that the reason the woman looks familiar is she resembles Seth Caleb. Confronting Caleb Jane discovers that the woman is his sister and that she shares his mysterious blood powers although she has managed to keep her talent hidden.

Now Lisa is being used as bait in order to get Caleb to do what her kidnappers (Teresa Romano & her hired gun Santara) want, but after Jane and Caleb rescue Lisa, the kidnappers decided to use Jane as bait instead.

After helping MacDuff (with an assist from Margaret and Juno) find Cira's treasure Jane leaves the safety of Loch Gaelkar to take the treasure to the Bank in Edinburgh with MacDuff and Jock. Jane decides to go back to camp before they are finished with one set of guards and is waylaid by Caleb's enemies. Caleb, Joe and Lisa working together manage to extricate Jane from their grasp while leaving their intended victim unharmed.

Eve and Joe's friends gather at Loch Gaelkar to celebrate their wedding.

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Nov 1, 2017

Still Loving my DEEBOTN79

I blogged about the DEEBOTN79 back in April when I first got it. I am still LOVING it. Someone asked about the capacity so I thought I would show you. This is the tray that dirt/fur is collected in. It holds a lot more than you would think as the dirt is very compacted inside. It's also very simple to empty it.
Really wish I had one that mopped too. But if you are trying to find a Christmas present for someone this nifty tool would definitely be on my list. And the customer service at Ecovacs is top notch.

Oct 31, 2017

Bellingrath Gardens ~ Asian

Back in April I toured Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile Alabama. We had a warmer than normal winter so everything was blooming ahead of schedule. The Garden is divided into different areas. This is the Asian area. Here I am with the Grancy Graybeard.

This cute little frog caught my eye.

It was very peaceful here with the running water.

Swamp Iris

Koi pond

Bottle Bush.  And I have to admit to being a bit pleased that I am not the only one whose garden gets away from them sometimes.

I blogged about the Boat House and Magnolia Cafe at ATCAD