Reviews by yugure
Starter veggie book
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If you're looking for an argument for a plant-based diet that is steeped in scientific and social research, this is not the book for you. While everything Esselstyn discusses HAS a scientific basis, you won't find any references or sources here. (Though he may have covered that ground in his first book, which I have not read). This could still be a good starter "veggie" book as it could lead readers to other, more thoroughly researched books. Do check out the recipes in the back of this book, however. Many of them look delicious!
Spoiler in the prologue
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The relationship between Sarah and Lady Azura is revealed in this book, and while I can't say I was very surprised about it, Rivers does a nice job of dragging it out.... IF you ignore the prologue. For some reason, the author decided to spell everything out in a letter to Sarah's father that was supposedly sent to them while they lived in California. Why Rivers puts such a big reveal at the beginning of the book is beyond me. In fact, if you want to keep the tension, I suggest skipping the prologue completely (or reading it after you've finished the book). Other than that, the book was well done like the others in the series.
Not as great as the first two, but still good
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Perhaps not quite as good as the two previous books in this series, but a good read nonetheless. The focus of this book seemed to be more on the developing relationships between Sarah and her friends, Sarah and Jayden, and even Sarah and Lady Azura. Lots of tension between Sarah and Jayden in this one, and also a bit of a surprise when Sarah's father starts dating someone in town who has a daughter that Sarah knows!
Surprisingly entertaining
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Surprisingly good. I expected another Twilight hack job, but Beautiful Creatures was much better written with a much more interesting mythology. I enjoyed Garcia and Stohl's ability to create a realistic Southern town, though the "popular mean girls" were pretty much stereotypes through and through. Also, the book does run on a bit long and the two main characters do a bit too much "oh we can't be together"/"no we must be together" back and forth for my taste (we get it, your relationship is complicated). Mostly I enjoyed the style of writing and the voice of the narrator, but about 300 pages in I was ready for the story to come to a close.
Another great installment
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Another great installment of the Saranormal series. Sara Collins reads like a very real, conflicted girl, dealing with both normal problems like fitting in and paranormal problems like helping ghosts. This book introduces a boy that Sara likes, and I thought their relationship was very well done. Not romance heavy, but certainly touches on what it's like to be a middle schooler and having a crush! Lily is a great best friend for Sara, and the character of Miranda is also a great addition - she clearly doesn't bond with Sara the way Lily does, but she's not an outright villainous "popular girl", either.