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Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock

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Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock
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Recently, I received an email from author Christina Dymock asking if I’d be interested in participating in a book tour for her cookbook, One Dirty Bowl. When I read that the motivation behind One Dirty Bowl was to share recipes that could all be made by using only ONE bowl and a pan, I was intrigued. 

I definitely love recipes that only require the use of minimal dishes so that there is less to wash when done. A long time favorite recipe in our house is Pumpkin Dump Cake. It, like the recipes, in Christina Dymock’s book only requires one mixing bowl and one pan. It is delicious and very easy to make plus is always a hit.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try any recipes from One Dirty Bowl just yet, but have my eye on a couple so when I get the chance to try one out I’ll post pictures in a follow up.

When I bake (and cook) I prefer to use oil instead of butter and never use shortening. Studies have shown that trans fat like the kind used in shortening are really bad so I never use it, so I never use any recipe that has shortening as an ingredient. I mention this because if you are like me, then you should know that there are quite a few recipes that call for shortening and several that call for shortening and butter.

That said, the recipes look tasty, easy to make, and use very few dishes. I love the look of this cookbook both the layout and the photos. This interestingly is the first e-cookbook I own! I love the idea of e-cookbooks as cookbooks are often very large volumes that take up a lot of space, whereas a 1,000 e-cookbooks don’t take up anymore space than the size of ones e-reader.

If you love to bake but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to follow complicated recipes that call for difficult to find ingredients, then Own Dirty Bowl is for you!

Happy Baking!
~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

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Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Fractured Truth (book 3)

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Fractured Truth concludes Rachel McClellan’s trilogy about teenaged Aura Llona who as light personified is constantly in danger from Vykens (evil) who killed her parents as her mother was also an Aura. I’ve enjoyed reading Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series since I reviewed Fractured Light in December 2011. On top of loving all of her books, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Rachel McClellan as well.

While I’ve been looking forward to this book for over a year, its bittersweet as the trilogy has now come to an end. But I look forward to McClellan’s next novel. When readers last left off with Fractured Soul, Llona had transferred to the Auran academy that her mother’s sister, Sophie works at, Lucent Academy along with her best friend (who happens to be a fury) May.

Unfortunately, Llona realizes that something very bad is happening at Lucent and she IS going to get to the bottom of it. Luckily May and her former guardian, Christian, are right at her side to help. When Fractured Soul ends, aunt Sophie has been taken by the evil headmaster, corrupted guardians, and Vykens.

In Fractured Truth a LOT happens in a relatively short amount of time which makes reading both book 1 and 2 a MUST to fully enjoy all the complexities of this conclusion. Fans of McClellan’s will not be disappointed in all of the action book 3 packs in. Truly, my ONLY negative is that this is the last novel in the trilogy. I don’t want the story of Llona, May, Christian and the rest to end. I’ve enjoyed this journey of reviewing McClellan’s novels so very much. I love the style in which McClellan writes, and can’t wait to see what she does next.

I really do NOT want to reveal too much story-plot line for those who have not had the pleasure of enjoying this awesome series. I will say that Rachel McClellan’s Fractured Light series is on my short list of favorite novels I’ve read since starting this blog. She is also on the top of favorite authors to work with.

If you enjoy YA Dystopian novels, you will enjoy the Fractured Light series!
Who are some of your favorite authors and their books? I’d love to hear in the comments. And if you’ve read any of this series I’d love to hear what you thought!

~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

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Read my reviews of Fractured Light and Fractured Soul by clicking on the title under the cover image!

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Fractured Light (book 1)

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Fractured Soul (book 2)

Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan

 

Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to my first book tour of 2013! Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of participating in the book tour for YA author Rachel McClellan’s debut novel, Fractured Light (you can read my review HERE). So when I received an invitation to join the tour for its sequel, I quickly and excitedly responded that I was in fact very interested!

Fractured Soul centers around Llona (pronounced Ee-ona) and begins not long after where Fractured Light left off. Like in the first book, the main plot is the ongoing fight between good (Auras) and evil (Vykens). Yet lines between good and evil have become even more blurred as things are almost never as clear as black and white, but more like various shades of gray. Llona and close friend May are the newest students at Lucent academy which is the school Llona’s Aunt Sophie runs. But once again trouble seems to follow Llona no matter where she goes including the one place in North America that is supposed to be safe for Auras!

Llona, like her mother, is an Aura and as such is told she is only a being of ‘light’ and as such is not supposed to want to be able to fight and defend herself. But Llona is ANYTHING, BUT typical or ordinary. In this next part of the story, Llona learns quite a bit more about how and why she has very different capabilities compared to the other Auras studying at Lucent Academy.

One of the main reasons that I gave Fractured Soul 4.5 stars (and not 5) is because there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the novel. I was very annoyed that soooo very much was left unresolved. And of course the third novel more than likely will be unavailable for at least a year!

I very much look forward to the next book in this series as I’ve really enjoyed Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series.
~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy, Character Interview, and GIVEAWAY!

Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beckoning Light is the first in a series of YA novels by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Charlotte and her older brother Kevin are moving back to Charleston, South Carolina and the house they grew up in, after spending 3 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. And to make things just a bit more awkward, school has already started and the uncle they’re staying with happens to be the basketball coach and music teacher.

When the book starts, Kevin is concerned about his younger sister’s ability to ‘fit’ in, make friends, and have a ‘social’ life. And is pleasantly surprised to find that Charlotte is doing just fine on her own. But it is the things that Kevin doesn’t notice about Charlotte that could cause them to potentially never see one another again.

As it turns out the garden gate does have another side IF you have the right key that is. But what Charlotte has never been told about could truly come back to haunt her. As soon as I read about the mysterious garden gate, I immediately remembered reading another book about a curious garden gate as a young child. Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote (among other things) The Secret Garden

I read The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett as a young child and as soon as I read about the garden gate it made me think of that other garden and how it was secluded away behind doors. Doors, that determined young women were able to get into. That is about as far as the similarities go. That and wondering if the area inside the garden is different as one imagines.

I gave Beckoning Light a 5 out of 5 stars as I really enjoyed reading the book and the story line within. Certain aspects were more or less predictable than others, but was a great read. I very much look forward to reading the second book Perilous Light in the next few weeks.

Now you have a chance to win your own copy of Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy! The giveaway is open now, Wednesday, May 16th through Friday, May 25th at midnight EST! The winner will get their choice of e-book format! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment with your email and which e-book format you’d like! it is that simple! Following is appreciated, but not required for this particular giveaway.

~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and A Tale of Many Reviews Book Tours as part of their book tour. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Special Feature – Character Interview with Charlotte

Q: How did you feel about moving back to Charleston?
A: I had mixed feelings. I missed South Carolina but I was really nervous about starting over at a
new school and about facing Liam after our kiss.

Q: Why were you so intrigued by the old gate in your yard?
A: We were never allowed to go through it, and I didn’t understand why. It was always locked and I
wanted to know what if anything was beyond it.

Q: What is your relationship like with your brother Kevin?
A: It’s a love-hate relationship, probably like most people have with their siblings. He can be so
infuriating but I know that he cares about me and would do anything to protect me.

Q: How would you describe your taste in music?
A: My music taste is really eclectic. I’m always looking for new bands. Lately I’ve been really
getting into the indie scene.

Q: What was the first thing you noticed about Calvin?
A: His eyes… they are such a gorgeous shade of green.

Q: What’s your favorite part about Energo?
A: There is this incredible feeling of belonging I get and the colors are amazing. I can’t imagine a
more beautiful place.

Q: Any advice to someone entering a hidden world?
A: Pack a toothbrush and hope for modern plumbing.

Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss and GIVEAWAY!

Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Clockwise is the first in a series of novels by Elle Strauss about the complicated life of sophomore (in high school) Casey Donovan. Starting when Casey was about 9 years old, she for some unknown reason, travels back in time. And anyone who has the fortune or rather misfortune to be touching Casey when she starts to “trip” back in time goes with her.

When the book starts Casey is flustered when approached by her crush, senior (and hottie) Nate Mackenzie during football practice when Casey catches his football. Not long afterwards Lucinda (Casey’s best friend) drags her to the Fall dance and miraculously Nate actually asks Casey to dance! But of course that is the moment when Casey is thrust back in time toting Nate along with her!

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