Reviews by yugure
If you're interested in incorporating smoothies into your diet but don't know where to start, this is an excellent beginner's guide. Palatsky does a nice job of laying out the foundations of good smoothies and has A TON of recipes for you to choose from. My favorite is the Cinna-bun (can't quite recall the name but it's something like that) smoothie and the Pecan Pie smoothie. I usually add other ingredients to Palatsky's recipes (like a handful of baby greens or spinach, flaxseed, silken tofu, etc) because some of them are purely dessert-type smoothies and I like to make mine for breakfast and want to make sure I'm getting a wide variety of nutrients. I didn't find the categorizations (like Calming or Brain-Boosting) to be particularly helpful or very clear - many of the recipes seemed like they could be in any number of categories. I do think it would be nice to have a list of recipes by season (spring summer fall winter) or holiday. (Which reminds me - this book was sadly lacking in pumpkin smoothies!)
I was disappointed by this entry in the Saranormal series. The stakes were much higher in the previous books; this one didn't feel nearly as intense. In fact, I was surprised when I got to the last page - it felt more like the middle of a book than the end. It is decidedly lacking in closure, which each previous book had (closure that still always felt like an appropriate segue into the next book.) Also, the ending of this one was entirely predictable using a well-known plot device. I guess I just expect more from Phoebe Rivers.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one in the series. I think I stopped caring about the characters after the first 200 pages of them whining at each other (tolerable in the first book, not so much in the second). The plot is dragged on and on, with lots of unnecessary scenes and dialogues. While the authors clearly have an interesting mythology they're working with, and lots of nice little twists and interesting pieces of plot development, they take forever to get anywhere in the story, and by the time secrets were revealed, all I could think of was "Thank god, we're closing in on the end." After this one, I don't think I'll read the rest of the series. (Agreed with what others have said - at least this is better than Twilight)
Fascinating, bizarre, moving, intriguing, and thought-provoking. That's a lot of adjectives for one book, but The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope earns them all. A very interesting exploration of gender, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships. The ending is just as mysterious as the beginning, which fits this strange story perfectly. You don't really get any answers, but I don't think they're necessary. This is a book to keep thinking about after the last page.
Wonderfully illustrated with interesting page layouts and excellent use of lighting/solid black. Klassen knows his stuff (not surprising - check out I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat) Story was unexpected and quirky, which is pretty spot-on for Lemony Snicket.